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7 Days Best of Tanzania: Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Mid-range Safari

Octagon Luxury Lodge, Manyara, Tanzania

Experience Tanzania’s rich diversity of wildlife

Tanzania is the best African safari country as rated by travelers who have experienced wildlife safari tours in Tanzania. This Tanzania safari is a travel package designed to visit the national parks of Serengeti and Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. During this wildlife safari tour, travelers will see all the impressive big five of Africa. Safari lodges, luxury tented camps, are offered in this safari. If you would be interested in other options please send an inquiry.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Maximum group size: 6 persons in a 4x4 vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 5 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German
  • All park fees (for non-residents) are included
  • The price per person for the extra balloon activity is 590 USD per person. Please send an inquiry for more details.

Meet the guides

David
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Highlights

  • 7 exciting game drives
  • Transportation in a 4x4 land cruiser with pop up roof
  • See the Big Five, zebras, hippos, wildebeests, hyenas, and a variety of birds
  • Wildlife exploration in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Nduu Lake Area, and Ngorongoro
  • Daily delicious meals and bottled water
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


7 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:30
Check-out Time:
08:30

You will be accommodated in various lodges and campsites as follows:

Octagon Lodge

Octagon Lodge is a small and private lodge located twenty minutes from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate in Karatu, Tanzania. Ideal for visitors on a trip, it is situated amidst colorful and exotic gardens and provides a perfect base for visiting the Northern Parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

  • Level of accommodation: Mid-range
  • Features: Garden view, balcony, sitting area, pool

Serengeti Mawe Tented Camp

Mawe Tented Camp is located at the heart of Serengeti central part in the Seronera area, carefully positioned for close proximity to the wildlife herds and great migration. Stay in this amazing tented lodge and enjoy game drives directly on your doorstep every day!

  • Level of accommodation: Mid-range
  • Features: Mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold showers

GnuTented Lodge

Gnu Ndutu Camp is within the area of Ndutu Lake and Lake Masek. It has 8 tents including family rooms.

  • Level of accommodation: Mid-range
  • Features: En-suite bathrooms, hot water, 24 hours solar power electricity, Savannah view

Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim, Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. With 24 comfortable ensuite rooms, a cozy living space, friendly local staff, and generous African-inspired meals, Rhino Lodge welcome guests to Africa's most remarkable game park.

  • Level of accommodation: Mid-range
  • Features: En-suite bathrooms, wood-burning stove, bar/dining-room

Program

Day 1: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will be picked up from The Charity Hotel in Arusha, and go on a 130 kilometers tarmac road with a lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park for afternoon game drives. Start the game drive through underground water forest. You will have a picnic lunch, dinner, and overnight at Octagon Luxury lodge.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park

You will have an early morning breakfast in Manyara, then drive to the great Serengeti National Park with lunch and game drives en route. During your afternoon you will go on a game drive in the park, then have dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Mawe Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will start the day with the morning game drives in Serengeti National Park marveling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your expert guide with option of picnic or hot lunch at 12:30 a.m. And after lunch you set off again for afternoon game drives that last till sunset time at 06:30 p.m. Then you head back to camp for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Mawe Luxury Camp.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park - Ndutu Area in Southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro

Early in the morning before breakfast you leave the camp with the lunch box for a full game drive to explore the great migration in the southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro which is Ndutu Area. In the afternoon you stop to the bush for lunch, and after the lunch you continue the evening game drive until sunset time then you drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at GnuTented Lodge.

Day 5: Ndutu Area

Early in the morning, before breakfast, you leave the camp with the lunch box for a full game drive to explorer the great migration in the southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro which is Ndutu Area. In the afternoon you stop to the bush for lunch, and after the lunch you continue the evening game drive until sunset time then you drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at GnuTented Lodge.

Day 6: Lake Ndutu to Ngorongoro Crater Rim

After breakfast, depart from Lake Ndutu to Ngorongoro Crater Rim. Wake up for early morning game drives in Ndutu then head back to the Lodge for lunch. You will then check out and drive with game viewing en route to Ngorongoro Crater Rim for dinner and overnight at

Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater Rim to Arusha

Wake up early in the morning for breakfast and then descend into the crater floor for game drive. All the big five (rhino, lion, buffalo, and elephant) live in this wonderful caldera. Others that live here are zebra, hippo, wildebeest, hyena, and more. Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake, geese, storks, vultures, and more. Your lunch will be served in the picnic site in the Crater at Ngoitoktok swamp, a Hippo pool. After lunch, drive back to Arusha.

Guides

David Maro

Location

This safari takes place in Tanzania and is focusing on exploring the great migration areas such as Lake Manyara National park, Serengeti National Park, Ndutu Area - which is composed from southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro, and Ngorongoro Crater.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, is a World Heritage Site which has been recently proclaimed as the 7th worldwide wonder. It is famed for its annual migration, when about 6 million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet, even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti National Park offers the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa with its great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands of elands, topis, kongonis, impalas, and Grant’s gazelles.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera which hosts an advanced ecosystem perfect for the inhabitation and preservation of a wide variety of animals, from the king of the jungle, the lion, to the horned beast, the rhino. The crater, which has a land area size of around 8,288 square kilometers, was originally established as a national park in 1959.

In 1979, the park received a title as a World Heritage Site, ensuring that the uniqueness of Ngorongoro remains protected and preserved. The Ngorongoro Crater is an amazing place to visit and enjoy a vast landscape from heights that stretch widely. The bottom of the crater floor is actually the remaining of a collapsed volcanic caldera.

The walls surrounding the crater floor are around 2,000 feet height and serve as the perfect way to preserve the wildlife inside. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see at the Ngorongoro Crater include the Big 5, consisting of rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. You can also see hyenas as they hang around the large watering hole, planning an attack on an unsuspecting flamingo.

The crater also serves a great location for bird spotters with many different types inhabiting the park, namely the kori bustard and the black kite which exist in larger populations than at other parks within the north of Tanzania. Not only the wildlife and scenery attract many tourists to the crater each year, as equally interesting are the fossils that have been found in Olduvai Gorge which remains one of the most vital prehistoric landmarks, with archaeologists estimating some fossilized remains of hominid species to be over three million years old.

If you are planning a Tanzania safari of the northern circuit, then this park is a must-add to your itinerary. The Ngorongoro Crater is preferable to the most famous park in the world, the Serengeti National Park.

Food

Included in the price you have daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus 1.5 liters of water. If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • A visit to a Maasai village
  • A visit to Mafia island
  • Balloon safari in Serengeti National Park
  • Capture photos of the wildlife and scenery
  • Enjoy animal watching
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • One afternoon game drive in Manyara
  • One en-route game drive from Manyara to Serengeti
  • 2 afternoon and 1 morning game drives in Serengeti
  • One morning game drive in the Ngorongoro crater rim
  • 2 full days and one en-route game drive to see the great migration in southern Serengeti and northern Ngorongoro - Ndutu area
  • Transportation in top up roof 4X4 land cruiser
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Arusha Airport (ARK)
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section) and 1.5 liter of water per day
  • A professional driver / guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional}
  • All taxes / VAT

What's not included

  • International flights from / to your home country
  • Tips - tipping guideline of 10 USD per person per day
  • Personal items like souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

  • Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK).
  • Airport: Arusha Airport Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport. No additional charges. Please feel free to send a direct inquiry to Kili Slope Tours and safaris to get more information on the airport transfer.
Airport: Arusha Airport Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
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 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Additional information

Rates are based on group safari. For more information on private tour prices please send an inquiry.

Extra Information

Balloon activities are weather dependent. In case of bad weather, this activity can be amended.

The price per person for the extra balloon activity is 590 USD per person. In case the below listed package does not include this activity, please send an inquiry for more details.

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