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8 Days Nature Drive Safari in Northern Tanzania

Arumeru Lodge, Usa River Academy, Arusha, Tanzania

Tanzania Family Safari

Enjoy eight days of visiting various safari eco-destinations in Tanzania. Enjoy majestic nature in its natural environment. This is the perfect combination of wildlife viewing and bird-watching.

Key Information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum of 2 and maximum of 25 participants
  • Children from the age of 12 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and English-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park, and Lake Natron
  • Main Wildlife: Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, African Buffalo, Cheetah, Hippos, Leopard
  • Transportation in a 4X4 safari vehicle
  • Roundtrip airport transfers are included
  • Daily full board meals will be provided
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 25 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

During this private safari, you will be staying in various accommodations namely:

  • Arumeru Lodge
  • Kati Kati Tented Camp
  • Lake Burunge Tented Camp
  • Ngorongoro Farm House

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Upon arrival at the airport in Kilimanjaro, Karibu Africa Safaris' driver will be waiting to greet you and take you to the serenity of your lodge for a time to unwind from your flight and begin to settle into your holiday.

Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, home of the highest population of elephants, wildebeest, pride of lions, and over 400 species of birds. There will be lots of time for taking pictures. Have lunch in the great outdoors then continue with game drives until the African sun begins to set. Leave the park and drive towards your overnight accommodation.

Day 3: Lake Manyara Park and Lake Natron

After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for wildlife viewing. Lake Manyara Park is famously known for its tree-climbing lions and its diverse set of vegetation and wildlife. The birdlife in the park is abundant and, if lucky, you might see the famous tree-climbing lions and a variety of other animals such as impala, elephants, dik-dik, and hippos.

In the afternoon, drive to Lake Natron, there are a number of excursions like visits to the hot springs, Maasai Boma, and the waterfalls, that can be split and done this afternoon and the next morning before departing to Serengeti Park. In the evening, enjoy the sundowner overlooking Lake Natron, Majestic Lengai, and Gelai mountains.

Day 4: Lake Natron - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, drive to Serengeti Park through Klein’s gate to the Serengeti plains. Your guide will pick a perfect place for a picnic lunch so you can continue to enjoy the scenic beauty. Proceed with game drives en route towards Serengeti, making your way towards your camp for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park (Full Day Game Drive)

You will have a full day game drive in the Serengeti, one of the most stunning wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The name comes from the Maasai word “siringet” meaning “endless plains”. This vast savannah hosts the world’s largest surviving concentration of wildlife. In addition to the short grasses, there are beautiful rocky out-cropping called kopjes and thousands of acres of bush and acacia woodland. Return to camp for a relaxed evening.

Day 6: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Karatu

After breakfast, head off on your final game drive in the Serengeti; enjoying the huge open spaces and variety of wildlife. You will then proceed to your accommodation in Karatu where you may relax and enjoy the rest of the day.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater Tour

After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, descending into the crater for game viewing on the World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the home of the largest African mammals; here, it is possible to see elephants, prides of lion, hippos, a resident herd of wildebeest, zebra, various gazelles, baboons, and the black rhino.

Lunch will be taken at a picnic site at the water’s edge. In the late afternoon, ascend back to the crater rim, seeing more wildlife along the way. Proceed to your overnight accommodation for a soothing shower and, sometimes, to recapture the events of your trip.

Day 8: Lake Manyara Park - Arusha

Today, you can have a lie-in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the camp before starting the journey to Arusha for lunch, followed by your last transfer to the airport in Kilimanjaro for departure.

Location

Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire National Park is located between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Among the rolling area where the park lies, it occupies an area of 2,600 square kilometers. The park earns its name from the perennial Tarangire River, a permanent feature that takes over the northern part of the park.

Through the cut ditches, the river flows upwards up to when it leaves the corner of the park, in the North West flowing into Lake Burungi. There are a number of large swamps which are usually dry for most of the year in the south. The Tarangire is usually very dry, in fact, drier than the Serengeti; however, its vegetation is much greener, especially with lots of elephant grass, vast areas with mixed acacia woodlands, and some of the wonderful ribbons of the aquatic forest.

  • The Elephant Haven in the Heart of Africa

Located just a few hours’ drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for people traveling through the northern safari circuit, on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a paradise for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope, such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk, are regularly observed.

More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful Yellow-collared lovebird and the somewhat drabber Rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling, all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti name is derived from the Maasai phrase “serengit” which means “endless plains”. Located in northern Tanzania, the park shares its northern boundary with the Kenyan Masai Mara Game Reserve and to the south with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 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 is a 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 and is the least visited section of the park.

  • The Beauty that is Serengeti

The Serengeti fits well into most people’s dream of an African safari with its abundant wildlife, vast golden plains dotted with thorny umbrella acacia trees, kopjes, and sausage trees, and its crocodile and hippo-filled rivers. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, the great migration of wildebeest and zebra.

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. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and bravery.

Established in 1952, the vast savanna of the park is breathtaking with a resident population of lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, and bird species that are 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.

Ngorongoro National Park

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is found in Northern Tanzania, bordered in the north-west by the plains of Serengeti and the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. The conservation area spans over vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodland, and forest. The main attraction of the conservation area is the Ngorongoro Crater; a caldera that was formed 3 million years ago after the collapse of a giant volcano.

Standing higher and mightier than the neighboring Mount Kilimanjaro, the volcano had vast slopes that directed their own weather pattern and water flow. The ferocious volcanic eruption collapsed the mighty mountain, forming a caldera that is 610 meters deep with a floor area of 260 kilometers squared. The crater rim is over 2,200 meters high and experiences its own climate.

Swathes of cloud hang around the rim on most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night. From the crater viewpoint, one is able to make the tiny shapes of wildlife making their way around the crater floor far below.

  • Wildlife in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is host to the largest ungulate herds in the world, including gnu (wildebeests), plains zebras, and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles. Predatory animals include lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment, and currently one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild. Notable among more than 400 species of birds in the area are flamingos, silvery-cheeked hornbills, and superb starlings.

  • The Majestic Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater has achieved world-renowned status, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. One of Africa’s most famous sites, the crater is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. At 19 kilometers wide, it is one of the largest unbroken calderas in the world that isn’t a lake.

Over the course of a few million years after the volcanic collapse, this geologic divot filled with life. Abundant water and grasses attracted ungulates, large predators, and countless bird species. Because of its enclosed topography, animals would descend into this bowl-shaped place and never leave, making some to consider it as an “eighth wonder of the world.”

  • Human History in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area has been a subject of extensive archeological research for over 80 years and has yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution. Evidence includes fossilized footprints at Laetoli, associated with the development of human bipedalism and a sequence of diverse, evolving hominid species within Olduvai Gorge, which range from Austral piths to the Homo lineage.

Over time, after its formation, the caldera teemed with sustenance while also providing grazing lands for human tribes living along its edge; and so began the story of one of the planet’s most beautiful places, an unprecedented coliseum of biodiversity.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located in northern Tanzania, between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley, the park offers varied ecosystems, incredible birdlife, and breathtaking views. The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of birdlife that thrives on its brackish waters.

Pink flamingo stoops and grazes by the thousands of colorful 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.

  • Bird Watchers’ Paradise

Lake Manyara National Park provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s wildlife, especially birdlife. Its ground water 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.

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. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.

  • The Unique Wildlife

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.

Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. A unique spectacle in the wildlife world, they make the broken forest and escarpment make for good habitat. 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. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is surely a worthy stop in its own right.

Food

All meals are included in the package.

Daily Meals as per below:

  • Day 1: Depends on the flight plans of the client. Booking can be Bed and Breakfast, or Half Board
  • Day 2 – 4: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Day 5: Breakfast and Lunch

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

Tribes and Culture

In Africa, safari does not simply mean viewing wild animals; the word “safari” literally means “voyage.” You should make a trip among the many African tribes; the proud Maasai, the sturdy Chagga people, or the wandering Bushmen, the Hadzabe. Village leaders of the tribe chiefs will show you Africa from a different angle.

Spending the night with a local Hadzabe family in the bush is surely an ultimate experience; one you will remember for the rest of your life and will make fine material for stories to tell friends and family back home! If you are interested in the other side of Africa, please let Karibu Africa Safaris know and they will send you a tailor-made travel proposal.

What's included

  • Daily game drives
  • Daily full board meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • All park fees
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Wildlife Management Area entrance fees
  • Concession fee
  • Activities at Lake Natron

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visas
  • Personal items
  • International and local flights
  • Insurance
  • Hadzabe Cultural Activity (for an extra price)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfers are included in the package, Karibu Africa Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

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 50% 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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Pricing information

If you will be traveling with a child under 12 years old, you are requested to inquire about the quotation directly from Karibu Africa Safaris; this is because most accommodations have varied prices for children and their number. For more information, please send an inquiry.

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