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Tanzania offers the top safari experiences in Africa. Explore the abundance of wildlife at the beautiful national parks of Tanzania in this safari tour. As the parks are very large and require a lot of driving, this safari is a great option to be able to enjoy the wildlife at a leisurely pace without feeling like all of your time is spent driving from one location to another.
During this safari tour, you have the option of staying in camps or lodges.
If choosing the camping option, you would be staying in two types of camping accommodation:
While in Karatu, you will stay in campgrounds in the town. These usually have a bar on site and some have other facilities, such as a pool. These campgrounds have shared public restrooms with hot showers.
While in Serengeti, you will be staying in the park's public camp sites, these are right in the middle of the park. They have a dining area and public toilets/showers, though the showers are usually not heated.
All meals on camping safaris will be prepared by one of the company's chefs.
Lodges come in a few styles as well:
In Karatu, the lodge will be a more traditional, Western-style room. There is usually a pool on site and they have nice, green environment. There is a bar and restaurant on site as well, which is where you will have your meals provided.
In Serengeti, you will stay in a tented lodge. This consists of a spacious platform tent with bathroom inside and comfortable beds. A hot shower is provided each day. Meals will be provided in a dining hall tent and drinks are available for purchase in the bar. There is usually a campfire in the evening.
Examples of lodges include: Country Lodge or Bougainvillea in Karatu and Kisura and Thorn Tree Camp in Serengeti.
Your safari driver / guide will pick you up to begin your safari in the morning. You may request to stop at a supermarket in Arusha to buy snacks and bottled water for your safari. From Arusha, you will drive two to three hours to the Manyara region of Tanzania where you will visit the first park in this safari: either Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Park.
You will enjoy a game drive today, getting your first view of animals, birds, and interesting plant life. Throughout the safari, you will be provided with boxed lunches which allows you to have a picnic right in the parks and maximize valuable wildlife time. After the game drive, you will drive to the Karatu area where you will have dinner, discuss your plans for tomorrow, and stay overnight.
Today, you will wake up, enjoy breakfast at your accommodation, and then head out to drive to Serengeti National Park. This drive will take you through Ngorongoro Conservation Area and around the rim of the crater where there is a breathtaking view. You will continue through the Ngorongoro Highlands where you can take in the scenery and wildlife along the way. You will also see the Maasai people and their livestock living side by side with wild animals.
If you choose, you may visit a Maasai boma for a cultural experience (entrance fee not included). After stopping for a picnic lunch at the entrance gate to the Serengeti, you will continue on into the Serengeti for an afternoon game drive before arriving at our accommodation for the night.
You may choose to start the game drive early because morning is a great time to see animals in action. You will have a full day to explore the Serengeti today. The time of year and the migration cycle will determine which part of the Serengeti you'll explore.
The park is huge, bordering Kenya in the North, Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the Southeast, and spanning all the way to Lake Victoria in the far West. There is no way you can see it all! After the full day game drive, you will head back to the camp in the central Serengeti for another night.
Today, you will drive back toward Ngorongoro Conservation Area, watching for wildlife on the way. You will descend down into the crater for a game drive today. The volcanic caldera referred to as Ngorongoro Crater creates a unique enclosure and protection for the animals, allowing many to forgo migration and stay in the crater their entire lives. The crater also hosts one of the densest populations of lions in the world.
This World Heritage Site is the perfect place to admire the spectacular geography and watch the Big Five in their natural habitat. After the game drive, you will continue on to Karatu where we will stay overnight.
After breakfast, you will head back toward Arusha. Depending on your schedule, you may stop in some little towns, where you can observe the local culture and you can shop if you would like to.
Dismas has been working on Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru since 2003. He started working as a porter and worked his way up to a guiding position. Since completing training in 2009, he has been working as a mountain guide. Dismas has shared memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with over 500 clients on the mountain, with very high success rates. Having worked his way up from porter to guide, Dismas has a good understanding of the challenges facing each member of the staff. He is committed to being a fair and supportive boss.
This safari tour will take you from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park / Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Home to Tanzania's largest elephant population, this lesser known park is a hidden gem in the Northern Circuit. Large herds of elephants roam the grounds alongside impalas, giraffes, zebras, and many others. Big cats can also be found here. Termite mounds dot the landscape, many acting as homes for mongoose. With over 500 species of birds, this is another great site for bird watchers.
This park also boasts interesting flora with many iconic types of trees. Acacia, baobab, and "sausage trees" are all common in the park.
The smallest park of the Northern Circuit, much of it is covered by a large soda lake. Perfect for bird lovers, this park is home to hundreds of species of birds and known for the flamingos that feed on the lake's algae.
While it is known as the "home of tree climbing lions," the park's carnivores can be difficult to spot. Driving through the forest, you are sure to see baboons and monkeys as well as interesting plant life. Located along the Great Rift Valley, the views into this park are spectacular.
Ngorongoro Conversation Area contains four major regions: highland plains, savannah, forest, and the volcanic caldera. This park has amazing cultural, historical, geographical, and ecological significance.
The Ngorongoro highlands are home to thousands of Maasai. This area is unique in the fact that humans, livestock and wild animals live in harmony. Olduvai Gorge, located in the plains regions, is one of the most important paleontological sites in the world. Remains of the earliest known humans have been found here; it is believed that humans have occupied the area for the past 1.9 million years.
The crater itself is the world's largest volcanic caldera, formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. Today, the crater hosts a variety of wildlife, including the critically endangered black rhino and one of the densest populations of lions in the world.
The Serengeti, Maasai for "endless plains," is the most well-known and largest of all Tanzania's parks. Spanning 5,700 square miles (14,750 square meters), it is roughly the size of Connecticut or Northern Ireland.
The Serengeti plays host to the annual great migration, where 1.5 million wildebeests and 250,000 zebras travel through the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara on the Kenyan side. With this plentiful supply of food, carnivores such as lions, leopards and cheetahs thrive here as well. The diversity and abundance of wildlife in the Serengeti makes this park a can't miss destination.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this safari.
Other beverages are available at most accommodations at the clients' own cost
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Alternatively, flights can be booked to Dar es Salaam or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) and ground transportation arranged to arrive in Arusha. Domestic flights can also be arranged to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Airport transfers from Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports to lodging are included in the price. Ground transport from Dar es Salaam or Nairobi is not included.
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