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7 Day Taste of Northern Tanzania Safari in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

Green Mountain Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

Exciting Safari in Tanzania

One of the best safari to indulge in, traversing Tanzania’s best-protected areas for Big Five viewing, from big herds of elephants in Tarangire, tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, big cats and spectacular wildebeest migration in Serengeti, to the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro. If you’re a wildlife and nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: minimum 2, maximum 7 persons in a 4×4 safari land cruiser with pop up roof
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 6 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Language: English-speaking guides.
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Enjoy five game drives
  • Visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park
  • Explore Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Opportunity to see the Big Five animals, tree-climbing lions, elephants, and more
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari land cruiser with pop up roof
  • Meals and drinking water included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 activity days
Group size: 2-7 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

  • Day 1: Green Mountain Hotel
  • Day 2: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
  • Day 3: Marera Valley Lodge
  • Day 4 and 5: Mbugani Tented Camp
  • Day 6: Marera Valley Lodge

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Airport)

Karibu Tanzania – Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by one of Leadwood Expeditions' staff members. After meet-and-greet services, he will escort you to your accommodation in Arusha (approximately 60 kilometers) so you are ready for the safari tomorrow. The lodge is perched on the slopes of Mount Meru with a magnificent view of the mountain.

  • Main destination: Arusha
  • Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel, mid-range lodge located in or near Arusha
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast and dinner (lunch not included, drinks not included)

Day 2: Discover the Tarangire

After breakfast, set off on a safari with your private car and driver to Tarangire National Park (approximately 120 kilometers). Named for the river that nourishes the wildlife of a vast ecosystem, Tarangire is home to elephant, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, eland, waterbuck, lion, giraffe, onyx and an unsurpassed diversity of birds.

From June to November, masses of wildlife congregate around the river, but the park is a stronghold for big games year-round. Take your first game drive before retiring to your beautifully designed lodge, hidden among ancient baobab trees and giant rock kopjes within the park.

  • Main destination: Tarangire National Park
  • Accommodation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, mid-range tented camp bordering Tarangire NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 3: On to Lake Manyara

After breakfast, you depart for Lake Manyara National Park (approximately 90 kilometers) with en-route views.

Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park contains a diverse range of habitats and topographical features ranging from the rift wall, groundwater forest, acacia woodlands, and open grasslands to the shores of Lake Manyara and the lake itself.

Have an afternoon game viewing in the park searching for the diverse flora and fauna of the park. There are 350 different bird species in the park. The park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals such as the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo, and the famous tree-climbing lions that are unique to the lake. The park is generally recognized for its incredible beauty.

  • Main destination: Lake Manyara National Park
  • Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge, mid-range lodge located outside Lake Manyara NP
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 4: Drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro

The legendary Serengeti Plain is your destination today (210 kilometers), a vast rolling plain whose sparse vegetation allows for some of the best wildlife viewings in the world.

The annual migration of wildebeest and zebra is one of the park’s great attractions, but throughout the year the Serengeti is excellent for seeing predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah, along with elephant, giraffe, hyena, hippo, rhino, and many varieties of antelopes and birds.

Depending on animal movement, the Leadwood Expeditions team can arrange a packed lunch or go back to the lodge for a hot lunch. The evening is free to rest.

  • Main destination: Serengeti National Park
  • Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Camp, mid-range tented camp located inside Serengeti NP
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 5: Full day in the endless plains of Serengeti

If you rise early you can take a morning game drive through the park to see the nocturnal predators returning from their nightly hunt and very active animals waking up in the early morning light.

Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes, birds and other species. we enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti Plains.

In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals.

The park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve. Depending on wildlife movement, you can have a hot lunch at the camp or enjoy picnic lunch packets.

  • Main destination: Serengeti National Park
  • Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Camp, mid-range tented camp located inside Serengeti NP
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 6: A day in the "African garden of Eden", Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you descend some 610 meters into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game viewing drive with picnic lunch at a private scenic site (hippo's pool). Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, golden and black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard, and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains.

Unmatched for its natural variety and breathtaking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size.

Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. In the afternoon, ascend and spend the night close to Ngorongoro.

  • Main destination: Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge, mid-range lodge located outside Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 7: Departure or continue with other plans

Today you drive to Arusha and you will have a few hours for shopping in Arusha. In the afternoon, the Leadwood Expeditions team will drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for your international flight back home or continue with other plans.

  • Main destination: Ngorongoro - Arusha
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast and lunch, drinking water (dinner not included, other drinks not included)

Location

This safari takes place in Tanzania. Starting from Arusha, you will then visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Serengeti Nationa Park before returning to Arusha.

Food

Included in the package are the meals as outlined in the itinerary.

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

  • Transport whilst on safari in 4×4 safari Land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Meals whilst on safari as per the itinerary
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Transfer upon arrival and departure
  • All national park fees and government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional driver / guide
  • All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
  • 1 Ngorongoro Crater tour (conservation fee)
  • Complimentary drinking water while on the safari

What's not included

  • International / local flights
  • Tips and gratuities to driver / guide, hotel / camp and restaurant staff, room service
  • Items of a personal nature such as toiletries, torch, laundry, bottled water, and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Accommodation after the safari
  • Change in itinerary
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Pricing information

The rate excludes Easter, Christmas and New Year supplements.

Prices may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond Leadwood Expeditions’ control and any increase levied will be passed to you for park fees and government taxes.

Leadwood Expeditions may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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