All the Important Highlights on a Tanzania Safari

A visit to Tanzania’s popular and most wildlife-dense parks and local cultures in a kind of medium-paced safari and enjoying all the most important highlights on a safari in Tanzania. For those who prefer a laid-back pace we recommend spending an extra night or two in each park and even consider flying in between lodges and camps.

Overview

  • Overnight in Arusha town
  • Game drive in Tarangire and Lake Manyara parks
  • Ngorongoro crater tour
  • 4 nights in Serengeti
  • Visit to Maasai village
  • Visit to Hadza dwellings
  • Ngorongoro Crater tour
  • visit to the East African Rift Valley landscapes
  • visit to the Oldupai Gorge World Heritage Site
  • stay in a private lodge and private tented camp
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners according program
  • Local flight to Arusha

Note: This is a sample itinerary. Actual itinerary or prices will vary depending on your needs, availability of accommodation, travel season or group size.

Inclusions

Airport transfers
1 night in Arusha town
1 night in a tented camp  near Lake Manyara
Visit to hunter-gatherers tribe
Visit to Maasai village
2 nights in Ngorongoro
4 nights in Serengeti
Breakfast, Lunch Dinner According to program
Bottled Water
All park fees
All taxes (VAT 18%)
Private guide and private safari vehicle 4×4

Travel and medical insurance
International flight
Items of personal nature
Gratuity
Local flights

Itinerary

Arrive at Kilimanjaro/Nairobi Airport where your driver guide and private safari vehicle is waiting for you. Afterwards, you transfer to your lodge/hotel in Arusha town for dinner and overnight. You will receive brief information about your safari program.

After an early breakfast your driver-guide picks you from your hotel. You drive 2.5hrs southwest of Arusha town to the magnificent but less visited Tarangire National Park. The journey is on tarmacked road except for last 10kms where it turns to gravel road.
Covering an area of 2600 square kilometers, Tarangire is a vast wild landscape haired by gigantic baobab trees, acacia bush, plains, swamps and rocky outcrops. The main feature of the Park is the permanent Tarangire River which attracts many animals in the dry as well as rainy season. Wildlife viewing here is superb and this small park actually experiences its own migration – though incomparable to Serengeti’s annual spectacle. You eat lunch at a picnic site while enjoying panoramic views of the Tarangire River valley. Elephants (huge herds!) are guaranteed here together with other cats and if you are lucky a wild dog. Tarangire is also excellent for birds of prey and provides habitat for other animal populations including migratory zebras and wildebeests, buffalo, giraffe, impala, eland, hartebeest, greater and lesser kudu, jackal and warthogs.

Another day exploring Tarangire

After a leisurely breakfast, and road condition permitting, we depart for Ngorongoro highlands for a walking safari , stop en-route at a Maasai village and enjoy discovering the Maasai way of life including dances, food and clothing. The Maasai are traditional semi-nomadic people who keep livestock for a living. They live in grass-thatched huts with walls made of tree branches and plastered with cow dung. More ‘modern’ Maasai houses are plastered with mud. Traditionally, Maasai people do not hunt or eat wild animals and this has made people and animals to live together peacefully. You will get a chance to experience how the Maasai people live and depending on season, observe Maasai ritual ceremonies. We hope to see buffalo, antelopes and  other animal species. Dinner and overnight and Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you embark on a very rough trail for 1.5 hours’ drive. The road orbits the Ngorongoro crater and head south west to Mongola village. We visit the village and get a glimpse of the Barabaig/Hadza/San tribes. The Hadza number approximately 1000 and some 300-400 Hadza live as hunter-gatherers. For the best cultural interaction, we recommend a very early morning drive (around 5:45am) to the dwellings of the Hadza where you can join the them when they go to forage, and during the course of the day eat while foraging, and also bring back some honey, fruit or wild game when available. You will get the chance to walk with them and watch the way they hunt or collect honey and insects. Return to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or Similar for dinner and overnight

After an early breakfast, you will descend 2000 feet to the Ngorongoro crater floor. The crater is made of a collapsed volcano and cover approximately 260km², making it the largest volcanic caldera in the world. The crater is the home to about 30,000 animals. This is the largest permanent concertation of wildlife in Africa and the balance of predator and prey is so precise that rarely animals leave. The crater floor is mainly grassland providing opportunity for excellent game viewing. There are two swamps fed by streams (a favorite for hippo, elephant and reedbuck, among other species), two forests and huge soda lake that attract thousands of flamingoes and other water birds. The crater walls themselves are lightly forested, and provide a backdrop and sanctuary for many animals. Your mission today includes the search for the Big Five, spotting beautiful birds and scout for predator action. Overnight Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or similar

After breakfast, you ascend and drive down off the western edge of the crater onto the Serengeti plains. Today is your long transit day. We make sure you have picnic lunch and plenty of drinks. You stop for lunch at Oldupai gorge where you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of the valley. The site’s curator gives visitors a brief history of the area where archaeologists discovered fossil remains of our early human ancestors – hominins- providing most known evidence of the human evolution. Olduvai is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
From Oldupai gorge, the journey continues at a leisurely pace to Serengeti Serena. Journey time is approximately 2-3 hours and you arrive at the lodge before night fall. Serengeti is the oldest and largest national park in Tanzania covering an area of 14,763km². Serengeti comprises of massive rolling grasslands interposed only by acacia forest, scrub and river courses. We will drive through the short grass plains in the direction of Seronera valley game viewing all the way. Even without the migration, this area has abundant concentration of wildlife including elephants, buffalo, zebra, cheetah, leopards and antelopes.
You will spend four nights in this vast area of land supporting the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa and probably the largest herd on the planet: the annual natural migration of an enormous herd of wildebeests along with zebra and gazelles searching for water and greener pastures. Serengeti is boundless and stretches into Kenya’s Maasai Mara in the north and Maswa game Reserve in the south carrying on towards Lake Victoria in the west. Serengeti’s beautiful scenery varies from short and long grass plains in the south, acacia savannah in the center to the wooden grasslands concentrated around the tributaries of the Grumeti and Mara River in the north. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching to the edge of Lake Victoria. The Seronera valley in the central Serengeti is famous for abundance of lions and leopards that are generally easy to find.

After breakfast, we drive back to Seronera Airstrip in central Serengeti for your flight to Arusha for your further travel arrangements. Alternatively, extend your safari to Zanzibar for day 11-15

VOLUNTEER TRAVELS

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Travelling and working as volunteer or intern is another perfect way to experience Tanzania, make a difference in people’s lives and obtain practical experience. Contact us and we will find the perfect program for you.

SERENGETI SAFARI & ZANZIBAR

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4-DAY WILDLIFE SAFARI

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We visit Tarangire and Lake Manyara parks, explore the East African Rift valley’s stunning landscapes and head to Ngorongoro crater best known for its volcanic crater and an estimated 30,000 animals.