TANZANIA ADVENTURE FAMILY SAFARI
Day 1 : Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha City - Usa River
Day 2 : Usa River
Day 3 : Tarangire National Park - Arusha City - Karatu
Day 4 : Lake Manyara - Karatu
Day 5 : Ngorongoro Crater
Day 6 : Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 7 : Serengeti National Park
Day 8 : Serengeti National Park - Karatu
Day 9 : Maasai Village - Arusha City - Usa River - Kilimanjaro International Airport
DAY 1 : Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha City - Usa River
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 Villa Luna Half Board.
DAY 2 : Usa River
We offer morning and afternoon rides, 2-hour ride (depending on pace). The morning rides departs at 8:00AM and the afternoon rides departs at 14.30PM. We are flexible with time however these are the best hours of the day to be out in the bush on horseback.
The ride takes place on nearby Dolly Estate and whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced rider, there is an opportunity and experience for everyone. Those with little riding experience can enjoy a gentle hack along dusty tracks where wildebeest and antelopes graze contentedly. Led by experienced guides, one can explore the meandering paths, spotting a rich array of wildlife along your way. Regularly seen on Dolly estate is one of the most elegant mammals found in Tanzania, the Gerenuk.
Each safari is led by qualified and professionally trained guides, always pushing for a new and exhilarating adventure. Whether you would like to unfold Africa’s beauty by horseback or by foot, Kaskazi will share its enthusiasm and tell stories that will travel generations. The routes are off the beaten track and with a vast knowledge about the countries fauna and flora, we go deep into the bush and together enjoy the wonders that Africa has to offer, the magnificent wildlife, the scenery and the magical interaction with the local tribes who inhabit these areas. All this viewed from what back in the days also used to roam wild, the horse.
Night at Villa Luna Half Board.
DAY 3 : Tarangire National Park - Arusha City - Karatu
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 Ngorongoro Farm House Suite Rooms
DAY 4 : Lake Manyara - Karatu
Early morning you will be picked up from your hotel and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game viewing and photographing. 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.
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.
Night at Ngorongoro Farm House Suite Rooms
DAY 5 : Ngorongoro Crater
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 Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on a Full Board Basis
DAY 6 : Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today we will leave Ngorongoro and head to the vast plains of the Serengeti! We will see wildlife along the way, and of course when we reach Serengeti National Park you will have the chance to see the many animals that make the park so famous. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best possible chance to observe animals and to capture your perfect photo. Depending upon the time of year, you have the chance to see the great migration with a hundred thousand wildebeests and zebras. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Masai Mara through the northwest Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the long rainy season in April through June, the herds travel slowly back through the west and northwest Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change the animals’ migration times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and makes sure that you can see the animals from the best spots in the national park.
Night at Kati Kati tented Camp
DAY 7 : Serengeti National Park
Spend a full day exploring the vast Serengeti plains. Serengeti National Park quite simply offers the finest game viewing in all of Africa. Unrivaled concentrations of wildlife, stunningly beautiful landscapes and vast pristine areas make this region our number one pick.
You will rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive. At sunrise you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion. Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks. You will return to Camp in time to enjoy a sundowner before your evening meal.
Night at Kati Kati tented Camp
DAY 8 : Serengeti National Park - Karatu
Morning departure for a safari through the famous Serengeti. The Serengeti Plain is a natural savannah straddling Tanzania and Kenya. The most common species found in the "endless plains" are black wildebeest, impala, zebra and buffalo. It also includes jackals, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, almost all types of antelopes and a rich bird life where birds of prey, big and small, and a various species of vultures are well represented. The Serengeti is probably the most famous game reserve in Tanzania. The park covers 14,763 km square, but the ecosystem is much larger, extending over the Masai Mara, Kenya and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Today we will drive to Karatu. You will enjoy a last minute game drive in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the way. Enjoy this last chance to view the amazing wildlife and landscapes of this beautiful area! It is also a day to recuperate, relax at the hotel and savor a delicious dinner.
Night at Kudu Lodge & Camp Karatu
DAY 9 : Maasai Village - Arusha City - Usa River - Kilimanjaro International Airport
This morning we would leave to spend the day in the native village of Maasai families, discovering their culture. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the most well known of African ethnic groups, due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa. Visit a Maasai village and get an authentic look at the daily life in this traditional culture! The Maasai are some of Africa’s most iconic people and have maintained the pastoral way of life of their ancestors. In Laiboni, you will see how the people live in harmony with their animals and visit a Maasai home to learn about domestic life. Speak with village inhabitants about their way of life and sample the colorful beaded wares of the Maasai women. This is your chance to get an inside look at this unique culture.
After spending time sharing in the native village of Maasai families, discovering their culture, you will then return to Arusha. You will be driven back to Arusha stopping for souvenir shopping along the way arriving in Arusha for dinner and overnight.
You will be served a delicious hot meal for lunch at Lake Duluti Lodge and the possibility to use the pool and the shower in the pool, changing room to refresh yourself before leaving to the airport.
You will be ready to be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will enjoy a panoramic drive through the city's sub-urbans and it's environs. Your driver guide will see you off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight back home.
East African Voyage wishes you a safe journey!
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Villa Luna Retreat
Villa Luna, almost 30 minutes from Arusha town, is a new, small and peaceful retreat surrounded by beautiful lush garden with trees, flowers and hundreds of amazing birds. Villa Luna is the ideal base for your Safari and for many other activities. And for those who are planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro the Villa is a perfect starting point as well. After a safari or a busy week in the chaotic town, you have now a delicious retreat where enjoy and relax the African atmosphere, lounging by the swimming pool, playing golf, riding horse, walking and Bird-watching and many other excursions.
Villa Luna has 6 clean and comfortable rooms – 4 at the first floor with balcony and 2 at the ground floor – all have en-suite bathrooms (with hot and cold water), mosquito nets, wardrobe and fan.
Hotel Half Board-Category: 3*
Ngorongoro Farm House
A small, exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, the Ngorongoro Farm House is only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. It is built in an old colonial farm style and is rustically decorated with local materials. Ngorongoro Farm House is a perfect stopover for any safari in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. Each suite has a private veranda with stunning views and the property has a lovely swimming pool.
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.
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.
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.
Lake Duluti Lodge
Set on the scenic lake for which it is named, Lake Duluti Lodge is a quiet, pleasant luxury lodge consisting of 18 individual chalets. The chalets are comfortably and luxuriously decorated with natural wood and bright, comfortable furniture and include satellite TV and internet connections. The chalets are situated to maximize privacy and views of the lake. Guests can take walks and canoe rides around the lake. Meals are served in the main dining area, the deck, and the swimming pool area.