Self Drive Holiday Overview
10 Days Self drive holiday tour in Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater and Tarangire national parks the Tanzania most renown game reserves is awesome. Above all you will drive through the rough African terrain in the middle of the no where, surrounded by herds of animals will brings you a life time memory.
Start your Self Drive holiday by driving towards Ngorongoro crater the largest and intact caldera which host about 30,000 different species of animals. Some commonly seen animals in the crater include lions, buffaloes, wildebeest, zebras, hyenas and many others. These animal were migrated into the crater to the sufficient availability of water and green pastures. The crater is also the home to various birds species include the flamingos.
After enjoying a brilliant game viewing in the crater the Self Drive Tanzania Tour takes you to Serengeti national park which is the world most famous park with the largest population of wildlife in the world. The common animals of serengeti include lions, elephants, zebras, and wildebeest among others. In addition to that this park host the migratory wildebeest and Zebra which move in different parts of the park as from December to August of each year.
The last portion of your Self Drive holiday Tour will be spent in Lake Manyara and the Tarangire National Park. These parks have remarkable number of wildlife and diverse landscapes. Doing self drive in these parks is also a phenomenon and will add value to your African Safari experience.
Self Drive Holiday Day-by-day program
Day 1: Start the self drive holiday
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, met and greet by our representative who will show you the vehicle and handle it to you.
After taking the vehicle start your Self drive holiday in Tanzania by driving to Ngorongoro highlands via Arusha town for lunch. Arrive Ngorongoro in the late afternoon for leisure stay which followed by dinner and overnight at Kitela Lodge.
Perched up on the hillside of a valley with beautiful views of a coffee plantation and a waterfall at Ngorongoro highlands, Kitela Lodge offers perfect accommodation for Self drive safari in Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national park. This lodge consists of 20 cottages surrounded by beautiful gardens, a coffee plantation and a working farm.
Day 2: Self Drive holiday in Ngorongoro Crater.
Today you shall continue with the self drive holiday into the Ngorongoro Conservation area for a full day ngorongoro crater tour. The crater boast the Early morning breakfast, leave the lodge for a self drive into the Ngorongoro crater. The where you will spend a full day conducting
The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place for self drive holiday in Tanzania to see ‘The Big Five’. The crater is also the home to the rare black rhino, good populations of lion, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Other wildlife which can also found in the crater includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle. Over 400 species of birds are also found in Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 3 – 6: Self drive holiday in Serengeti
Early breakfast, then depart for a self drive holiday in Serengeti National Park. Enjoy the game drive in the Serengeti plains searching for the Migration herds. The Serengeti national parks is the leading safari destination as well as self drive safari in Africa due its abundant wildlife and nature. During the migration you can easily spot predators such as lions, hyenas, cheetahs chasing and killing their prey. You will be spending the nights at Kubu kubu Tented Camp on full board.
Kubu kubu tented camp has designed with a modern African decorative style that creates a fresh and bright atmosphere, but very cozy and with the right amount of luxury. Guests can attend to the show of the Great Migration from the comfort of their tents.
Day 7: Serengeti – Maramboi
Today you shall depart Serengeti National park to Maramboi area which is located within the Lake Manyara ecosystem southern of Lake Manyara National Park. After the arrival spend the afternoon at leisure in the lodge, dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Lodge
The Maramboi tented lodge is situated at a prime location in the fields of golden vegetation within the ecosystem of Lake Manyara. Right from the lodge you can see a variety of animals such as zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles among others. A walking safari can also organize from the lodge which is guided by a Maasai guide into the nearby areas which surround the lodge.
Day 8: Self drive holiday in Manyara
Breakfast at the lodge, depart for a self drive into Lake Manyara National Park. This park has the size of 330 square kilometers of which 220 sq kilometers is the Lake Manyara which the park derived its name from. The Lake Manyara national park boast a good population of elephants, wildebeest, hippos along with so many giraffes, and buffalo. Other animals of Lake Manyara include warthog, waterbuck, zebras, impala, and waterbuck.
Day 9: Self drive holiday in Tarangire
Today you shall proceed with the self drive holiday in Tarangire national park which is located to the south east of the Great Rift Valley. This park has the area of about 2,600 square kilometers which cross cut by the Tarangire River which stands as main source of the water for animals during the dry season. The park has also several wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south. Late Afternoon drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Maramboi – Arusha- Kilimanjaro Airport
Breakfast at the lodge, depart the lodge Kilimanjaro International Airport via the Arusha town. Our representative will meet you at the airport for the handing back the vehicle.
Tanzania Self Drive Holiday Price
2 people @ US $ 2557
3 people@ US $ 2110
Self Drive Holiday CostIncludes
All park fees and concession fees
Vehicle Rental Fees
Self Drive Holiday Excludes
Accommodation at the parks
Gondar Emperor’s Castle is a complex of royal palaces and castles in Gondar, Ethiopia. The entire complex covers an area of about 70,000 sqm, and it is dates back to the 17th century and is often referred to by historians as the Camelot of Ethiopia. Located just near the town center one can walk from his/her hotel to the ruins. When in the site the local guide will walk you around while giving brief history of the castles.
Gondar Emperor’s Castle Tour Program
Arrival Bole International Airport
On your arrival at Bole International Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Day 1: Addis Ababa – Bahar Dar
Pick from the hotel to the airport for the flight to to Bahar Dar. Tour activities in Bahar Dar Include a Visit to the marketplace, boat ride in Lake Tana which is source of the Blue Nile and visit to ancient island monasteries.
Day 2: Bahar Dar – Gondar
Breakfast then depart for Gondar where you will Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built in the early 17th century by Ethiopian kings. The castles were survived several wars include the World War 2. Later proceed to the church of Debre Birhan Selassie who is famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Gondar – Lalibela
Leave Gondar to Lalibela on scheduled flight to visit the magnificent rock-hewn churches which is among the UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic churches were carved directly into the stone mountainside about 800 years ago. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
Leisure breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Addis Ababa. Afternoon you may do the city tour of Addis or shopping. Late night we will provide you with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Tour Price: Inquire
BB accommodation in Addis Ababa
Domestic flight as per the itinerary
Full boar accommodation whilst on Tour
Entrance fees to all sites
Road transfers to the sites from the hotels
Boat ride in Lake Tana
Air ticket for International flight
Any expenses of the personal nature
Erta Ale Volcano Tour in Ethiopia a spectacular trek to active lava lake which comprises of two active volcano craters within a larger oval-shaped caldera. The two caldera exhibit periodic fountaining of lava causing Lava Lake overflows; this creates spectacular incandescence as the pahoehoe lava flows into the larger caldera around the craters and occasionally beyond. Lava flows in the S crater overflowed its rim in November 2010 (BGVN 36:06).
Erta Ale Volcano Tour Program
Day 1: Mekele to Hamed ela
In the morning transfer to the airport for your schedule flight to Mekele. From Makele drive to Hamedela via Berhale (639 meters above sea level). Pass across the Danakil Depression which is full of eye-catching colors due to the presence of sulphur springs. Some points of the depression lying about 100 meters below sea level. Proceed with the journey to small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.
Day 2: Hamd Ela – Dodom (150 meters)
Early breakfast then at 0630 hrs departs to Askoma (150 meters) which is located at the base of new Erta Ale. The distance between Hamd Ela to Askoma is about 80 km and it is the journey of about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. The route is also pass through several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land. Trek 9 km for about 3 hrs from Askoma to the new Erta Ale. Early dinner and trek up to the new Erta Ale reach the peak at 20:00. The Camels carry all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano. Spend a night at the rim watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. New Erta Ale is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit which ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. The magma flow moved 3.5 kms south from old Erta Ale to the New eruption point.
Day 3: Explore the Volcano
Proceed with the Erta Ale Volcano Tour by enjoying the sunrise at the volcano and Lake Afdera (102 meters) then walk around the craters. The main crater is 613 meters above sea level with and the depth of 200 m and width of 350 m. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. At 7:00 hrs leave to Askoma where you will arrive at at 10:30 am. During winter you may visit Lake Afdera which is the deepest depression on the planet. Lake Afdera is Located about 100 m below the sea level. Proceed to Hamed Ela for overnight at the campsite.
Day 4: Hamed Ela – Mekele
Today you will visit Dallol and Lake Assal which are 130 m below the sea level. This place is famous for salt mining. Observe the locals cutting salts block ready to carry by camels. Later drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele where you will take a schedule flight back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in the hotel. On the next day you will be provided with transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.
Erta Ale Volcano Tour Price: Inquire
The price Includes
All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
Bottles of water for the trip.
Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
Cooking, camping equipment,
Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
Meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation and security during the trip
Blue Nile Falls Tour and the Lalibela Rock Churches to explore the ancient culture and boat trip in Lake Tana which is the source of the Blue Nile. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Blue Nile Falls and the Rock churches which preferred as the world’s most incredible man-made features. These ancient churches were curved from the rocks and they are a lasting monument to man’s faith in God.
Blue Nile Falls Tour Ethiopia Program
Day 1: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar- Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls
Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahirdar, met and transfer to the hotel for check in. Embark into the boat trip in Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country. The Lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures.
Lunch in the hotel, drive for 35 KM to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. Blue Nile measure 45m-high and they form the most spectacular waterfall in Africa. Walking to the fall through the beautiful river gorge on the ancient bridge from the 17th century, and meeting the local people at the small villages on the way to the fall is also a great experience.
Day 2: Bahirdar-Lalibela
Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Bahirdar airport for a flight to Lalibela. At the airport meet and transfer to the hotel for check in then drive to the site of the Ethiopia’s most famous rock hewl churches which referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.
Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.
In the morning the rock churches that you will visit include: Bete Meskel, Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Golgotha Michael, Bete Mariam, Bete Giorgis and Bete Denagil
Lunch then proceed with the tour to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. After visiting the churches proceed with the walking through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.
Overnight at Harbe Hotel in Lalibela.
Day 3: Lalibela-Addis Ababa
Leisure breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for the schedule flight back to Addis Ababa.
Cost of Tour: Inquire
English speaking guide for 3 days
Airport transfers and City transfers
Transport in a private 4×4 vehicle
Entrance fee to all sites
Food and Accommodation
Domestic flights (Addis Ababa – Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
Expenses of the Personal nature (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
Meals (lunch and dinner)
Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.
Lalibela rock churches tour is an authentic historical tour to Lalibela town the home to the group of rock curved churches in the northern Ethiopia and the center for pilgrim in the country. The population of Lalibela which is the home to the rock churches is dominated by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.
Lalibela Rock Churches Tour Program
Day 1: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Start the Lalibela rock churches tour early in the morning by visiting the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) which is now the UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches. The local guide will briefly explain about the history of the churches and walk you around to see all the beautiful architecture. In the evening drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight Panoramic View Hotel.
Day 2: Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos, Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela.
Day 3: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure
After a relaxed breakfast, a drive to the lalibela airport for the local flight back to Addis Ababa which will arrive in the midday. You may spend the afternoon hour do some shopping for souvenirs in Addis.
Farewell dinner at Ethiopian Traditional cultural restaurant where you will enjoy the life night with music and dances. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Cost of the Tour: Inquire
All transfers in Addis Ababa and lalibela
Bed and breakfast accommodation in Lalibela
All entrance fees and local guide fee
Bottled natural water every day
Southern Omo Valley in Ethiopia is unquestionably one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide diversity of people and animals that inhabit it. It is located in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The region is known for its culture and diversity.
Tour to Southern Omo Valley brings you to the most fascinating tribes on the continent of Africa and around the world. The tours include visit to several towns and villages located in the area where you will meet with either of the following tribes: Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech (Geleb), Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu (or Muguji), Mursi, Tsemay, and Turkana when you tour the valley.
Southern Omo Valley Tour Program
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive meet and greet with Wilds of Africa representatives and transfer to the hotel for overnight. If time allows you may embark into a city tour of Addis Ababa where you will visit the national museum (where you can see the Lucy fossil skeleton found), Trinity cathedral church, Entoto hills and Merkato.
Day 2: Drive to Arba Minch via Dorze village
After breakfast depart for Arba minch through villages for the local stovia Dorze people. The Stovia Dorze people have very fascinating culture which revealed by their bamboo built houses and their local farms which they cultivate the false banana used to extract the local brew called Kotcho.
Day 3: Arba Minch – Jinka
Morning after breakfast embark into the boat trip in Lake Chamo where you will see some crocodiles, Hippos and a lot of water birds. After boat trip proceed to Konso for Lunch and drive to Jinka via Tsemay and Ari tribe villages.
Day 4: Mursi Tribe Tour and Turmi
Morning visit the Mursi tribes’ village. The Mursi tribes are famously known for their unique tradition for women to wear lip plate. Yet till up this moment no one knows the origin if this tradition but the Mursi people consider it as the way of distinguishing them from other surrounding tribes. After visiting the Mursi proceed to Turmi.
Day 5: Omorate tribe tour
Today after breakfast we will go to Omorate to visit the Dasenach tribes where we will cross the Omo River by wooden local boat. In the afternoon the tour proceed to the nearby hammer tribe. If lucky you may see some special occasions like wedding ceremonies and ritual.
Day 6: Drive back to Arba minch via Konso
Morning drive to Arba minch on the way visit Konso tribe village. Konso tribe is known for their unique social life structure and practicing the agriculture terracing.
Day 7: Drive back to Addis and Departure
Morning after breakfast visit Tiys Stelae en-route to Addis Ababa. In the evening enjoy the farewell dinner then transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.
“ End of the tour “
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Bed and breakfast Accommodation whilst on tour.
Transportation on 4 WD Land Cruiser for the whole tour
All entrance fee in all sites, village and park
Fee for English speaking guide
Boat trips at Lake Chamo
Pure drinking water 1 liter per person daily
All Government tax
International air tickets,
Video filming and photography fees,
Tips and items of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc
All not mentioned in the included part