BEST OF SAFARI IN TANZANIA
Day 1 : Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha City
Day 2 : Tarangire National Park - Arusha City
Day 3 : Serengeti National Park - Tarangire National Park
Day 4 : Serengeti National Park
Day 5 : Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Ngorongoro Crater
Day 6 : Ngorongoro Crater - Karatu
Day 7 : Lake Manyara - Kilimanjaro International Airport
DAY 1 : Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha City
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel for a first evening in Tanzania. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate.
Night at Planet Lodge on a Half Board basis
DAY 2 : Tarangire National Park - Arusha City
Early morning you will be picked up from your hotel and drive to Tarangire National Park for a full day of game viewing and photographing. Named after the river that flows through the park, Tarangire National Park is one of the lesser known Tanzanian National Parks, giving it a real air of undiscovered Africa.
Famous for its tree climbing pythons, massive baobabs and large herds of elephant, Tarangire National Park is small but still home to a significant wildlife population, with a density of wildlife matched only by Ngorongoro. Birding is particularly good here; the swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties; the most breeding species in one habitat
Today is committed to a full day game drive safari in Tarangire National Park. Imagine hundreds of zebra stripes reflecting in still waters. Imagine the looming silhouette of elephants burnt into the crimson sunset. Imagine the sight of ghostly baobab trees scattered across shimmering grasslands. These features are not figments of imagination – these features are just a taste of what Tarangire is all about!
The most spectacular feature of Tarangire is that it serves as a place of refuge for the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania.Elephant viewing in Tarangire is outstanding and it is likely that you will see hundreds of elephants in a single day. Set against stunning scenery, elephant viewing will undoubtedly prove to be one of the biggest highlights for a safari in Tarangire. Tarangire is an incredible park that will reserve a special place in your heart and memories. Rest assured - no matter what time of year you choose to visit Tarangire, you’ll certainly be glad you did!
Night at Tarangire Simba Lodge
DAY 3 : Serengeti National Park - Tarangire National Park
After breakfast you will leave the camp/lodge for a game drive safari to one of the most scenic experiences you will ever have. You will drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with beautiful views of the highlands. Along the way you will stop at the Crater viewing point for a glance of the World famous Ngorongoro Crater. You will then drive past the Ngorongoro highlands, through the Nabii gate and onto the Serengeti plains.
Serengeti National Park quite simply offers the finest game viewing anywhere in Africa. Unrivaled concentrations of wildlife, stunningly beautiful landscapes and vast pristine areas make Serengeti National Park our pick for the best national park in the whole of Africa.As well as the migration of ungulates, the Serengeti National Park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros & buffalo), the park also supports many further species, including cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures.
You will stop for a picnic lunch along the way before proceeding with your game game drive safari arriving at your camp/ lodge for dinner and overnight.
Night at Kati Kati tented Camp
DAY 4 : Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, leave your Camp heading towards Central Serengeti. The central Serengeti is home to the beautiful Seronera valley. Several perennial rivers run through this valley enabling many resident animals to thrive year round. The combination of location and resident prey attracts the largest populations of predators in Africa. It is this amazing abundance and diversity of easily-seen large predators that attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of researchers to the Seronera river valley each year. There is simply no better place in Africa to observe these large carnivores and since many are resident, excellent encounters are available year round regardless of the season or where the great migratory herds are located. It is not unusual to see all four large predators (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) during the course of a day in the central Serengeti.
As well as the migration of ungulates, the Serengeti National Park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros & buffalo), the park also supports many further species, including cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures.
Night at Kati Kati tented Camp
DAY 5 : Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you will leave the camp/lodge for a morning game drive in the Serengeti plains with a picnic lunch. You will enjoy a morning of game viewing and photographing. There is simply no better place in Africa to observe the large carnivores and since many are resident, excellent encounters are available year round regardless of the season or where the great migratory herds are located. It is not unusual to see all four large predators (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) during the course of a day in the central Serengeti.
In the afternoon we will leave the endless plains of Serengeti driving towards the Ngorongoro highlands. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a large area containing active volcanoes, mountains, archaeological sites, rolling plains, forests, lakes, sand dunes and Ngorongoro Crater, a true natural wonder of the world. The views at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater are sensational.
After some onroute game drive, at the end of the day you will be driven to your Lodge or camp location arriving in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset, dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.
Night at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on a Full Board Basis
DAY 6 : Ngorongoro Crater - Karatu
Today, you will visit the Ngorongoro crater, the main feature is a large, unbroken, unfolded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610m (2,000 ft.) deep and its floor covers 260 km² (100 sq. mi). The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea.
Game drives through the Ngorongoro Crater begin early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop – up roofs. Accompanied by an expert driver guide, a magnificent experience is sure to be had! The descent into the crater is one of scenic beauty, as you make your way through lush forests, home to numerous elephants and buffalo. As you reach the inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, marvelling at the incredible landscape around you, your guide will take you through the grassy crater floor, the unbelievable fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi and the surrounding marshes. Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share this extraordinary paradise.
Night at Kudu Lodge & Camp Karatu
DAY 7 : Lake Manyara - Kilimanjaro International Airport
Today, we will explore the beautiful and diverse Lake Manyara National Park. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
Early noon you will exit the park and drive back to Arusha arriving at the Kilimanjaro Airport where you will board your late afternoon flight out.
Planet Lodge is a unique hotel with comfortable and stylish individual chalets set on 4.5 well-manicured acres with spectacular views of Mount Meru. Each chalet has a bedroom and a sitting room, as well as a private balcony from which to enjoy the views and the ambiance. The restaurant serves local and international fare, and the bar and lounge are pleasant places to relax indoors or out. The lodge also has a outdoor pool set on a beautiful garden with great view of Mount Meru..
Hotel Half Board-Category: 3*
Tarangire Simba Lodge
Located near the new Sangaiwe Gate of Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Simba Lodge is situated in a wildlife-rich area with unhampered views to beautiful Lake Burunge, bordered by the park and a Wildlife Management Area. The setting is stunning; with a giant old Baobab tree anchoring one corner and a permeating feeling of real Africa.
Accommodation at Tarangire Simba Lodge is in classic canvas safari tents situated permanently under thatch. The spacious tents are constructed on platforms complete with wooden floors, en-suite dressing room, toilet and shower. Additionally there is an outdoor shower and each tent has a private veranda with views to the bush and Lake Burunge.
Furnishings are handcrafted from African hardwood complimented with tastefully selected fabrics. Both twin and queen tents are available; electricity and hot water are solar powered. Full amenities are provided.
Kati Kati Camp offers an authentic safari experience in the Serengeti. This pleasant mobile tented camp is strategically located in central Serengeti, with easy access to the best wildlife viewing sites in the park. The ten tents are all en-suite, and the camp has a cozy central mess tent where meals are served, as well as an outdoor campfire and bar.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and is known for its magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of wildlife. Its position on the western rim allows an exceptionally spectacular and uninterrupted view of the sunset from the common areas and the individual rooms. The luxurious, split-level guest rooms feature queen-sized beds and spacious showers, but the most prominent feature is the enclosed solarium, from which guests can take in the views in the privacy of their own room.
Kudu Lodge and Camp
Kudu Lodge and Campsite offers outstanding hospitality, comfortable accommodation and pleasant surroundings, is situated at Karatu, the heart of the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Kudu Lodge nestles in eleven acres of rolling countryside, amidst mature trees and gardens, home to myriad birds and a tranquil and shady oasis hideaway for visitors— the perfect base for wildlife safaris. Our lodge is the epitome of spaciousness, friendliness and African hospitality.
Elevation of the Lodge & Campsite is circa 1400 m above sea level, making temperatures during the day not too high, and around 12 degrees in the evening. Temperatures gradually warm up through the months of May June and July, from the coolest month which is generally April.
Karatu town is a two-hour drive from Arusha. Nearby are the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Eyasi, (for a cultural excursion) Lake Natron and Ol donyo Lengai Mountain.