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2 Days Short Break Safari in Arusha, Tanzania

Country Lodge Karatu, Karatu, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Adventure Tanzania Safaris

Step out of your vehicle into African soil and take a hike that will give you a completely different feel for your surroundings. Join Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris in wild Tanzania, meet the famous tree climbing lions, descend to a crater, and admire endangered black rhinos, elephants, and zebras. Whether you are trekking through the forested slopes, this safari si the best way to truly immerse yourself in the African bush, expect to see buffaloes and a variety of birds.

Highlights

  • Lake Manyara National Park game drive
  • Meet buffaloes, elephants, and tree climbing lions
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater and meet black rhinos, zebras, hippos, and gazelles
  • Discover hot springs, a variety of birds, and a herd of hippos
  • 3 daily meals plus mineral water
  • 1 night accommodation

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2 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this safari, you will stay at the Karatu Country Inn Lodge. The lodge sits within five acres nestled on the edge of Karatu, surrounded by rolling plains reaching up to the coffee hills of Oldeani and the forest of Ngorongoro.

Garden paths led to 11 double cottages surrounded by green lawns, hedged by brightly flowered bougainvillaea, tropical plants, and trees. Birds and butterflies feel right at home in the garden, as you will in the lodgings.

The cottages house two rooms each. Both king sized beds and twin bedrooms are available, as well as triple bedrooms. The rooms are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, inviting and comfortable beds, mosquito netting, bedside tables, and lamps. On chilly nights, request your fireplace be lit, and return from dinner to glowing warmth.

Program

Day 1 - Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

In the early morning after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel with your packed lunch and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing in the northern part of the park.

Here, expect to see game such as buffaloes and elephants including the famous tree climbing lions. Break off for refreshment and lunch at the picnic site. After lunch drive southwards, here you will be greeted by bubbling hot springs and a herd of hippos.

Also expect to see a variety of birds including pelicans, cormorants, and thousands of flamingos. Late evening, drive to Karatu Country Inn Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater - Back to Arusha

After check out, an early breakfast and a packed lunch, you will be transferred and descend to the Ngorongoro Crater for full day game viewing. Expect to see a variety of birds including thousands of flamingos and other water birds.

The big game here includes the endangered black rhinos, elephant, zebras, hippos, gazelle, and predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and leopards. Break for lunch at the picnic site and proceed with game viewing up to the late evening when you will ascend the crater and drive back to Arusha town.

Location

This safari will take place at Karatu, Tanzania. A part of Tanzania is dedicated to reserves and national parks and it offers a huge array of exciting places to explore. Its mountains include the highest in Africa, snowed peaked Kilimanjaro, and Mount Meru, which is as big a challenge for the adventurer!

Tanzania boasts beautiful lakes, a long and luscious tropical coastline, and the island of Zanzibar with historical stone town as well as the lion’s share of wildlife and wilderness including the great migration of wildebeest and other grazers across the vast Serengeti plains.

You will stay at the Karatu Country Inn Lodge located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on the Great Escarpment, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The lodge is situated in the center of Northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community.

The lodge is located near the bustling, agricultural town of Karatu, once a sleepy village awakened by rural development and increased visitors to national parks and world heritage areas.

Nearby places

  • Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area - 10 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Hiking

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net

Food

In this safari, you will enjoy three daily delicious meals plus a liter of mineral water. During the excursion days, you will enjoy a packed lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

Things to do (optional)

Descend the grand escarpment and explore the surroundings

With it’s beautiful forest and interesting eco-systems, it is suggested that you descend the grand escarpment to Lake Manyara National Park or visit Tarangire National Park, famous for elephants in the dry season.

Lake Eyasi is just a short drive away and is home to the wa-Hadzaabe, one of only two true Bushmen tribes surviving in Africa. The intriguing Barabaig people and Datoga tribe also live by Lake Eyasi, a dry and fascinating area lost in time and seeped in cultural history.

Karatu is thriving agricultural growing district producing fruits, vegetables, wheat, and coffee on commercial scales and home to the Iraqw people who are talented farmers.

Enjoy fun activities

During your free time, you can also shop in town, take a cultural tour, walk in the village or along country roads, visit nearby waterfalls, take a tour in a coffee plantation and learn how coffee is hand picked, cleaned, sorted, and dried ready for grading and roasting.

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious meals
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • All parks and crater entrance fees
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro
  • One and a half liter of mineral water a day
  • Salary for the professional English drive guide
  • Transport on a four-wheel drive vehicle with the pop-up roof

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Flying doctor insurance - 30 USD
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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