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4 Days The Taste of Africa Private Safari in Northern Tanzania Suitable for First-timers
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Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge, Tanzania

Big Five Safari in Tanzania

This trip will take you to the most amazing destinations of your dreams, including the eighth wonder of the world, the magnificent secluded and scenic wilderness with a perfect chance to get a pure glimpse of the Big Five.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group safari: 2 to 7 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 6 years are allowed on the tour under their parental guidance.
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Languages: English (Spanish, German, French on request)
  • All park fees are included.

Meet the guides

Joe

Highlights

  • Full day Serengeti National Park
  • Arusha - Tarangire National Park game drive
  • Karatu - Ndutu - Serengeti Central fame drive
  • Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater- Arusha game drive
  • Spot the famous Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard)
  • Transport in a customized private 4x4 safari jeep with guaranteed window seats
  • 7 nights accommodation with full board meals
  • Complimentary airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: 2-7 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
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Check-out Time:
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Night 1: Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge

Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge is located in fertile farmland, adjacent to Ngorongoro forest, set in a risen escarpment of the great rift valley. Rugged tranquility and breathtaking landscape. Whether you are looking for cultural tours, hiking and biking opportunities, a chance to enjoy a slice of peaceful rural Tanzania.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Night 2 and 3: Asili Wilderness Tented Camp

Get the true flavors of wilderness and experience an awe-inspiring trip that you can truly cherish for a lifetime at the Serengeti Asili Camp. Our well-located campsite allows you to indulge in a magical ecosystem where you can find creature-filled landscape, a group of variant birds flying in the blue skies, tree-climbing lions, lush green lands and wide-open spaces with inhabitants easily spotted all around. You get the chance to live your lifelong dream in real with a Serengeti Camp Safari program amidst the migration crossings in action, balloon safaris, bonfire tales and more.

Overlooking the plains of Central Serengeti, Serengeti Asili Camp is an excellent lodging space that is decorated with wooden decks and is shaded by the Tortilla’s Acacia trees. All the tents in the camp are designed in style with premium facilities ensuite to give you the comfort of a home away from home. The camp operates round the year and gives you a true chance to get close to nature.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Program

Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

After morning breakfast, drive from the hotel in Arusha and drive heading to Tarangire National Park for a game drive with packed lunch. More game drives within the park followed by picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge
  • Meals: Full board

Day 2: Karatu - Serengeti National Park

Pick up from the lodge and drive heading to Serengeti national park for a game drive in the park, with picnic lunch. Afternoon/evening game drive. Later drive back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Asili Camp Serengeti
  • Meals: Full board

Day 3: Full day in Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti boasts one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet. Even during the ‘down-time’, vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle roam there, along with groups of elephant, giraffe, and buffalo, as the lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas and jackals stalk their meals. The game drive is followed by lunch at the camp/lodge/picnic lunch.

  • Accommodation: Asili Camp Serengeti
  • Meals: Full board

Day 4: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Arusha

After breakfast, morning game drive in Serengeti national park as you are heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area with lunch box via Olduvai Gorge/Maasai village as an optional. Later drive back to Arusha Town for departure.

Location

The northern Tanzania circuit is by far the most popular safari circuit, comprising most of the must-see destinations in the country. If you’re a first-time visitor to Tanzania, this is where you want to be.

The circuit starts in Arusha and includes, from east to west: Arusha National Park at the foot of Mount Meru, Tarangire National Park 110 kilometers southwest of the town of Arusha, Manyara Ranch between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara National Park at the bottom of the Gregory Rift, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (which includes the Ngorongoro caldera, the Empakaai Crater and the southern Serengeti plains of Lake Ndutu), and the Serengeti National Park that stretches north to the Tanzania/Kenya border.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive.

There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 square miles, (14,763 square kilometers), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple of hundred vehicles driving around.

The park can be divided into three sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “Serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

Two world heritage sites and two biosphere reserves have been established within the 30,000 square kilometers region. Its unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists - many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation, and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.

The wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20 kilometers across, 600 meters deep and 300 square kilometers in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.

the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year.

You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro!

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometers, with sides up to 600 meters deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time.

The Crater rim is over 2,200 meters high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point, it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.

The crater floor consists of a number of different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests, and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) - a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb. Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor (combined with fairly steep crater sides) tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible birdlife, and breathtaking views.

Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. Its groundwater forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.

The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of birdlife that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingos stoop and graze by the thousands of colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lakeshore.

Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.

Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but a rather rare feature of the northern park.

In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world - a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty gold 600-meter 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”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

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; the blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees; dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and the outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes - some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

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 water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Food

During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. You will get to be served the tastiest and lavish exotic cuisine. You will also be provided with one bottled water per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Customized private safari Jeep 4x4 Toyota land cruiser with full-length photographic
  • 4 days private safari
  • All national parks and Ngorongoro Conservation entrance fees as per Itinerary
  • All meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • A bottle of water per day
  • Government taxes

What's not included

  • International flights from home and back
  • Optional Maasai Village visit
  • Optional Serengeti balloon safari
  • All tipping or gratuities (highly recommended)
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Any diversion from the main program
  • Yellow fever vaccination unless requested
  • Visa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

With this package, customers can arrive either at Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO) or Arusha Airport ARK). Asili Explorer Safaris shall meet you at the airport and transfer to Arusha town or head straight to the parks based on their arrival time.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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