This 10 days Tanzania safari tour you will experience the real life home of Maasai warriors and Africa’s Big Five. Get a true taste of daily life in the African bush when you learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. You may see lions resting under enormous baobab trees… wildebeest making their way past herds of elephants and gazelles… elephants, up close. Travel aboard our open-top Africa safari vehicles where everyone has a great view of Tanzania’s amazing wildlife during morning and afternoon game drives. And from your tented camp in “the place where life began”…. to your lodge next to Africa’s “Garden of Eden”… to your safari camp in the western Serengeti, your becomes part of the unbelievable wilderness pageant that comes alive right outside your door.
Day 1: Arrival into Arusha
Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your comfortable lodge.
Dinner and Overnight: Serena Mountain Village.
Day 2: Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast Your guide will brief you on your itinerary and review the expectations for your safari,giving you a taste of what’s to come. Please ask the guide questions at this time and as they come up during the safari and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, first crossing the Maasai Steppe and the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and then winding up into the fertile Ngorongoro Highlands. The Conservation Area is a wildlife and cultural preserve that covers 3,200 square miles, of which a mere102 square miles represent Ngorongoro Crater. Only Maasai are permitted to live within the area’s boundaries; they are seen throughout the highlands and conservation area wearing bright red and royal blue cloths and tending their herds of goats and cattle. The crater floor, however, is reserved only for wildlife. At some ten miles in diameter, the crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, and it abounds with one of the highest concentrations of diverse animals imaginable.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning descend in the Ngorongoro Crater , a habitat rich in culture and teeming with wildlife. Sometimes there are more than 30,000 animals in and around the crater, including black rhino,cheetah, lion, hyena, eland, and numerous antelope. On the floor of the crater, the alkaline Lake Magadi serves as an important water source, also attracting flamingo flocks during the dry season.Nearby, the small Lerai Forest, with its yellow fever acacia trees, provides shade and shelter for wildlife. You will often see baboons, vervet monkeys, and even elephants in its thicket. Thorny bush,grasslands, hippo pools and a second small lake are also found on the floor. You’ll soon see why Ngorongoro is considered to be among the world’s great wonder, breakfast box and picnic lunch are saved to maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park
After breakfast at your hotel depart the cool, grassy Ngorongoro Conservation Area and later arrive on the great Serengeti plains for a different but just as spectacular wildlife viewing experience. You will pass one of the world’s greatest prehistoric archaeological sites, called Oldupai Gorge, and then continue your way over the scrublands. The wooded knolls around Naabi Hill Gate mark the Serengeti’s official entrance, which then drops into the park’s signature wide-open plains. Like no other, this stretch embodies the meaning of the word “Serengeti,” which from the Maasai “Siringet” and has been artistically translated as “the land that flows on forever”. Serengeti National Park covers 6,000 square miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 2 million wildebeest.
Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park ( Southern Serengeti)
There is nothing as marvellous as traversing the plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s second largest national park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland, plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and riverine forests. The Grumeti, Mbalageti, and Mara river systems serve as critical water sources and are often excellent sites for wildlife viewing. Beyond the heralded migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti is best known for its big predators, ncluding cheetah and leopard, as well as large prides of lions and clans of hyenas. Other commonly seen animals include gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, topi, hartebeest, ostrich, and jackal, but it is the full diversity of wildlife and habitats that you will truly find amazing. The greater Serengeti ecosystem actually covers the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and numerous surrounding wildlife-protected lands that combine for a total of almost 17,000 square mile. Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.
Day 6: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu.
What is the story behind the Big Five? It actually has nothing to do with the size of the animals. In the 1800s, colonial trophy hunters named buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion, and leopard as the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. Thus, they were named the Big Five. Years later, tourism companies adopted the term and the list became the so-called five must-see animals while on safari. While it is possible to spot all the listed animals on your trip, leopard and rhino sometimes prove difficult to track down asthey are both solitary, reclusive species. Ultimately, however, wildlife viewing in the Serengeti will be nothing short of amazing.
Optional Serengeti Balloon Excursion
Those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.
Day 7: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu
Your exploration takes you to various parts of the Serengeti ecosystem, including Ndutu area, the southernmost corner, where large herds of wildebeest tend to congregate in the so-called green months. The southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system fall outside of national park boundaries into what is known as the Ndutu area. Seasonally, this area is home to vast numbers of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, as they migrate over the plains in search of food and water.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.
Day 8: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu
Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.
Day 9: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu
Explore the pristine landscapes of the Southern Serengeti with your guide’s uncanny wildlife spotting instincts leading the way. Expansive plains, rolling hills, dramatic granite outcrops and riverine valleys are home to an endless variety of fascinating creatures, from the lowly dung beetle to the impressive elephant.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.
Day 10: Depart
After breakfast drive or ( flying-option) to Arusha for lunch and transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport to catch your departing Flight.Each passenger is allowed one duffle bag, weighing no more than 15kgs (33lbs), unless otherwise noted.
Day 1: Arusha
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari on arrival at kilimanjaro airport, meet and assist at airport transfer by Your drive to impala hotel. Dinner and overnight at impala hotel
Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari after breakfast, you depart for Tarangire national park. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. after lunch relax for a short while and later go for an afternoon game drive.
Tarangire is a park of giant baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia parkland.
It is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular in the dry season between june and september. It is during this period that thousands of animals- wildebeest, zebra, eland, harte beest, buffalo, and onyx migrate from the dry masai steppe to the tarangire river in search of water. The predators -lion, leopard and others- as is the custom in the savanna follow closely by. Birds are also abundant here and over 550 species have been recorded. Dinner and overnight at tarangire sopa lodge
Day 3: Tarangire – Ngorongoro Crater Tour
8 days Best northern Tanzania safari after breakfast depart for Ngorongoro conservation area where you will have lunch at your lodge. The lodge sits on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater from where you get awesome views of the collapsed volcano.
After a short rest break, proceed for an afternoon tour of the crater. The drive commences with the 600 m descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater. Covering 260 sq. Km, the crater is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife farmaciahomem.pt. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many species of plain animals- wildebeest, zebra, reed buck, thompson gazelle and many more. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro sopa lodge
Day 4: Ngorongoro – Serengeti National Park
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari after breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai gorge. Olduvai gorge is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of homo habilis ( ’handy man’ ) regarded as mankind?s first step on the path of human evolution. You arrive in time for lunch at your lodge.
Later in the day afternoon game drive in the park. The serengeti is probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Within its 15,000 sq km area it hosts 3 million large mammals. More than 35 species of plain animals- zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, and others are found here. And so for the big five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
The park is the staging zone for one the most spectacular events in the natural world- the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around june when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the masai mara in kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The serengeti also has over 500 species of birds. Dinner and overnight at serengeti sopa lodge
Day 5 & 6: Serengeti National Park
8 days Best northern Tanzania safari depart for an early morning game drive. Return for breakfast, collect lunch boxes and proceed at 1000 hrs for a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti. You will have a picnic lunch in the course of the day. Return to the lodge at 1700 hrs.Dinner and overnight at serengeti sopa lodge
Day 7: Serengeti – Lake manyara
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. After breakfast, drive at 1000 hrs to the Ngorongoro highlands. You will have lunch at Gibbs farm, formerly a working coffee farm. Then proceed for an afternoon visit of the waterfalls en-route to lake Manyara to arrive in time for dinner at your lodge.
You will spend the night at kirurumu tented lodge. The lodge is perched on the edge of the mto wa mbu escarpment and has great views of the great rift valley and lake manyara itself. Dinner and overnight at kirurumu tented lodge
Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park – depart
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari after breakfast, depart at 0830 hrs for a morning game drive in lake manyara national park. The park covers 330 sq. Km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lake shore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the big five -lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the rift valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of birds.
Return to the lodge for lunch. 1400 hrs- drive back to Arusha. Later in the evening drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
End of 8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari.
Day 1 : Arusha To Lake Manyara National Park.
You will be picked up from your hotel after the breakfast, this will be around 0730am, then proceed to Lake Manyara for a full day game drive in beautiful Manyara National Park. You will be able to See buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many more species, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Rift Wall. This is one of the park which inhabits a lot of the flamingos as well as huge elephants, we also have hot springs at the edge of the lake, the whole day will be spent exploring the park which will take you as well as in the hippo pool,on this day you will have your picnic lunch with you to avoid coming back to the hotel for lunch the whole day will be maximized in the game drive. After the whole day game drive leave the park around 1830hrs and proceed to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge or in Sun Bright Camp
Day 2 : Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park
Wake up call around 0600am, have your breakfast, there after check out the hotel and Set out for the endless open plains and stunning skies of the Serengeti. On this day you will have an opportunity to visit the famous Olduvai Gorge the site Olduvai Gorge – a renowned archeological site famous for some of man’s earliest remains, you will have a lecture at this point as well as your lunch, there after you will have a drive to Serengeti, this normally takes like 4 hours, on arrival proceed to the game drive en route to your Hotel, after the game drive check in the Hotel around 1830hrs for dinner and overnight in Serengeti Wildlife Lodge or at Seronera Campsite
Days 3 : The Serengeti Full Day
On this day, you will have the whole day game drive, after the breakfast our driver will have your picnic lunch with you so that you may have enough time to explore the park for the whole day,The Serengeti National park has also been declared a World Heritage Site, and covers over 14700 sq km of prime African wilderness. It actually forms one ecosystem with Kenya’s neighboring Masai Mara Game Reserve, and plays and integral part in the annual wildebeest migration that moves in a circular fashion between itself and the Masai Mara (in Kenya). The terrain is most famously characterized by the endless grassy plains dotted, at times, by millions of head of game – the classical ‘Out of Africa” feel. However certain parts also are covered in the Acacia savanna, dense wooded hills or rocky outcrops known as koppies, as well as pans and lakes. The abundance of African wildlife is of course what makes it such a sought after safari destination, and includes healthy populations of lion, buffalo, impala, hippo, waterbuck, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a host of other game species – not mention the more than 400 species of birds. Dinner and overnight in Wildlife Lodge or at Seronera Campsite
Day 4 : Serengeti To Ngorongoro.
Wake up call at 0600am have just a cup of hot coffee, then proceed for the early morning game drive, this early morning game drive is very important as you will be able to see the morning kill from the big five, this normally takes you until 0930hrs, then return to the Lodge or Camp for the main breakfast, After the breakfast check out the Lodge or Camp and proceed for the final game drive as you check out the Park and proceed to Ngorongoro, where the night will be spent on the Crater Rim. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge Rhino Camp
Day 5 : Ngorongoro Crater Tour Full Day – Tarangire.
After the breakfast check out the Lodge or Camp early in the morning as at 0730am, we will descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day explore game drive tour. We take a picnic lunch and this will be served in the crater next to the hippo pool, at this point you will be able to stretch your feet and visit the washrooms. The Ngorongoro Crater is recognized as a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and forms part of an international biosphere reserve. The crater measures approximately 300 sq km and measures about 19 km across. The floor of the crater is 600 meters below the rim, (which is over 2200 m.a.s.l), and is home to an abundance of wildlife including black rhino, lion, cheetah, buffalo, elephants and a plethora of antelope species. Late in the afternoon we ascend the crater and then proceed to Tarangire. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Day 6 : Tarangire National Park – Back To Arusha
Early breakfast,then proceed for a full day game drive, you will be able to witness hug herds of elephants for Tarangire National park is famous for the huge elephants or known as home of elephants, on this day we will have picnic lunch with us and we normally have our lunch at the view point of Tarangire. After lunch proceed for the whole afternoon game drive as you head out and proceed to Arusha arriving late afternoon with a drop off to your hotel where the adventure comes to an end.
Day 1: Arusha – Manyara
After breakfast from you hotel in Arusha depart to Manyara with picnic lunch. Lunch and afternoon game drive in this superb scenic park set around Lake Manyara, most famous for the tree climbing lions. Lake Manyara is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Marvel at the variety of species, spoonbill, teal, pelican, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch on the slope of the Great Rift escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of the baobab. Dinner & overnight Ngorongoro Farm House.
Day 2: Manyara – Serengeti
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch and afternoon game drive in this park with immense herds of herbivore, wildebeests, gazelles and Zebras followed by predators on their annual migration to permanent water holes, offering a timeless spectacle unequalled in the world. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Wilderness camp
Day 3: Serengeti
Morning games drive after breakfast. Enjoy the endless plains of Serengeti with game viewing, A magnificent experience awaits as you travel to the most famous wildlife park in Africa the legendary Serengeti. Here you might have the chance to see the migration, where thousands of zebra and wildebeest make trip from the Masai Mara every year. Packed lunch is served and proceed for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Wilderness camp
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
After breakfast, game drive enroute towards Ngorongoro Crater with packed lunch, one of the largest intact volcanic Crater in the world, the crater floor offers game viewing to homely permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, and is one of the only places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the big five (lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Dinner and Overnight Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Day 5: Ngorongoro – Arusha
After breakfast drive to ngorongoro crater rim and descend Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural world. An extinct volcano that collapsed around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. The views from the top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking which are forested but four wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters. Large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra that depends on the open grasslands in the crater. Attracting predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena. The elephant found are the lone males. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino that have taken refuge here. A soda lake attracts water birds, including flamingoes and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill. Wildly beautiful as it is, it is not surprising that Ngorongoro Crater has been called a Garden of Eden. The game drives are done with packed lunch.after lunch ascend to the rim,and drive to Arusha. End of Service.
Day 1 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and after a short briefing you set off to the Lake Manyara National Park. The small park stretches along the 600 m high Rift Valley Escarpment and is dominated by the alkaline Lake Manyara. Many water birds gather at the lake and more than 400 bird species are found in the park. The diverse vegetation provides a habitat for many animals such as monkeys in the forest, giraffes and antelopes on the grasslands and elephants around the acacia trees. If you are very lucky you might also see the Manyara lions, lounging in the trees. In the late afternoon you will leave the Lake Manyara National Park and head to the Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, where you will spend the night.Lunch; Dinner
Day 2 Lake Manyara Area – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you will drive towards the fertile crater highlands where the farmers grow wheat, corn and coffee. You will pass the Ngorongoro Crater before you reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park around midday. The Serengeti is the largest park in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes including short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps, mountains and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called Kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. Depending on the season you will witness the migration of thousands of animals for which this park is famous for. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up north. This circle of life is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls and the locations of the herds may vary from year to year but your guide will know where to find the animals and where to see them best. You will spend the night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 3 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Dawn is a good time to watch wildlife and so you will be up early to join an early morning game drive. You will return to the camp for breakfast before heading out for another game drive in the park. Here in the Seronera region you will often see wildebeests and zebras in close proximity of lions and other predators such as leopards and cheetahs. After a picnic lunch you will continue your journey towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Once you have reached the crater rim you will enjoy fantastic views of this 600 m deep collapsed volcano. You will stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, situated on the craters edge.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
After an early breakfast you will drive down the steep and narrow road that takes you into the crater. The slopes are forested but soon the landscape changes to savannah. Here the wildlife is just breath-taking and with a little luck you can observe the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – in just a few hours. You should also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After a morning dedicated to game viewing and a picnic lunch, you will leave the crater in the early afternoon to drive back to Arusha, where you will arrive in the early evening.
You will visit Ngorongoro Crater, which has the densest population of wildlife anywhere in Africa. Here you can hope to see most of the animal species found in East Africa including lion, elephant, zebra, rhino, leopard, buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest, hippo and many different bird species.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY & LAKE MANYARA
Morning pickup from airport or hotel and head to Lake Manyara National Park, which is two hours from Arusha (120 km) and not far from Ngorongoro and Tarangire National parks.
The park is 127 square miles (329 km2) and the lake’s alkaline waters cover approximately 89 square miles (231 km2). While most known for baboons, the lake and its surrounding area are home to other wildlife such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. You may also see the park’s famous tree climbing lions.
Accommodation: Manyara Wildlife Lodge.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
DAY 2: NGORONGORO CRATER & MASAI BOMA
Breakfast at the lodge, followed by a drive to a Masai Boma and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is the crater, a large unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. It’s 610 m (2,000 ft.) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 square meters). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4,500 to 5,800 meters) high. The crater is famous for the big 5 animals (Lion, Elephants, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo). Other animals you will see are Zebras, Gazelle, Wildebeest, Impalas, Hippos and different species of birds.
Accommodation: Rhino Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 3: NGORONGORO TO ARUSHA
After breakfast, enjoy one final morning of viewing wildlife on the crater rim and the stunning landscapes as you make your way out of Ngorongoro and return to Arusha town. You will have lunch at the tranquil hideaway of the Shanga Shangaa Arts Center, where handicapped artisans make extraordinary jewellery and glassware. They also serve a delicious meal! From there, you will visit the Cultural Heritage Centre, which has much more than just souvenirs for sale – you can peruse their art gallery and their Tanzanite display – a stone more precious than diamonds! Later in the afternoon, you will make your way through Arusha and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch