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7 Days Flamingos and Big Five Tanzania Safari

  • Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Mto wa Mbu

Adventurous Safari in Tanzania

This relatively short Big Five safari tour takes you through the exceptionally beautiful national parks of Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater in the north of Tanzania. With an experienced guide, you will encounter the "Big Five", flamingos and other species of birds, and discover what the wildlife in Tanzania has to offer!

Highlights

  • Daily dame drives in 4-wheel jeeps
  • Mountain bike excursion in Mto wa Mbu
  • Professional English-speaking driver / guide
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Daily meals and beverages
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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Karama Lodge in Arusha

The eco-friendly Karama Lodge which lies about 4 kilometers from the center of Arusha. The lodge consists of wooden bungalows on a terrace between the trees in a lovely, lush setting. Here, you can recover from your flight and enjoy the views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Karama lodge has a restaurant with an African theme that serves delicious meals, a cozy bar, and a swimming pool with spring water and sunbeds where you can swim and relax. You will stay in simply furnished wooden chalets built on a platform with a 2-person bed with mosquito net, private shower, toilet, and porch with a beautiful view of the surroundings.

Tarangire Safari Lodge in Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Safari Lodge is situated in the Tarangire National Park at the foot of a mountain and has a fantastic view over the park and the Tarangire River where many elephants and other wild animals come to quench their thirst.

Tarangire Safari Lodge has a large restaurant that serves delicious meals, a cozy bar and a swimming pool with sunbeds where you can take a refreshing dive and absorb all the wonderful impressions you gathered on your safari.

The accommodation at Tarangire Safari Lodge consists of a comfortably furnished safari tent with a shower and toilet where you can enjoy a good night’s rest. When you open your tent in the morning, you will find yourself surrounded by nature at this beautiful reserve.

Fanaka Resort in Mto wa Mbu

Fanaka Resort lies just outside the center of Mto wa Mbu in a lovely lush environment. One part of it is a camping area surrounded by a number of neatly furnished 2 to 4-person bungalows with your own shower and toilet.

In the spring of 2015, a new swimming pool was opened at Fanaka Resort, so guests can cool off after a dusty safari. Dinner can be taken at the restaurant which also has a cozy bar. The resort has neatly furnished 2 - 4-person rooms with double and single beds all with mosquito nets. All rooms have a private shower and toilet.

Overview

This flamingos and "Big Five" safari tour starts in the area surrounding the town of Arusha, where you will stay in a unique and comfortable lodge with swimming pool and beautiful sights at Mount Meru. You will first visit the ‘mountain and lakes’ park of Arusha National Park.

After a full day’s game driving through this small but lovely nature and game reserve, you will visit the Tarangire National Park which is one of the ‘best-kept secrets’ in Tanzania. This is the location for the highest concentration of elephants and the park is adorned with thousands of baobab trees.

Driving through a corridor, you will travel to Lake Manyara by jeep where you may see lions in trees, either dozing or on the lookout for prey. To complete the "Big Five", you will visit the Ngorongoro Crater. From the crater rim, at an altitude of about 2300 meters, you will have a breathtaking view over this immense ‘living’ crater. Just 700 meter below there are about 30.000 wild animals, including the black rhino.

This 7-day flamingos and "Big Five" safari tour ends at the interesting Maasai village of Mto wa Mbu which enables you to absorb some of the local cultures. This is followed directly by a transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to either fly back home or on to the exotic island of Zanzibar for a tropical beach extension to your holiday.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

You will be transferred to Arusha and arrived at the eco-friendly Karama Lodge, a unique resort with wooden bungalows on platforms with a shower and toilet, restaurant, bar, swimming pool. Dinner will be served depending on your time of arrival.

Day 2: Arusha National Park

After having breakfast and packing your lunch, you will be introduced to your English-speaking guide and driver. You will depart for Arusha National Park in your private overland vehicle. Enjoy a game drive for the whole day with lunch at an idyllic location in the park. Then, you will go back to Arusha and the Karama Lodge towards the end of the afternoon followed by dinner and time to relax.

Day 3: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to the "elephant park" of Tarangire in a well-equipped jeep. Here, you will have a number of game drives and have lunch in a beautiful spot at Tarangire National Park with a view of the river valley where many elephants and other wild animals come to quench their thirst.

You will arrive at the Tarangire Safari Lodge at the end of the day. Here, you can take a refreshing dive into the swimming pool and enjoy a sundowner amid the sound of animals. Enjoy dinner and time to chat about the day with your family or other participants.

Day 4: Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Mto wa Mbu

You will make your first game drive around sunrise, followed by a full breakfast and the last game drive as you head for the Tarangire National Park gate. You will then drive along a scenic route to the neighboring Lake Manyara National Park where you spend the rest of the day in search of lions that can be found in trees here.

You will, of course, encounter many other wild animals including exotic birds (of prey) such as vultures and eagles and thousands of flamingos that give the lake its rosy color. You will see troops of baboons that live in the virgin forest here and you will stop at the hippo pool to see hippos splashing about and yawning to show off their gaping mouths.

At the end of the afternoon, you will leave this awesome park to drive to the nearby Maasai Village of Mto wa Mbu after which you will go to the Fanaka Resort to enjoy the pool and have dinner at the restaurant. You will spend the night in a comfortable room with a shower and toilet.

Day 5: Mto wa Mbu - Maasai - Lake Manyara

Today, you will go on a mountain bike excursion to a Maasai Village in the area and to the delta of the Lake Manyara National Park. You will start with breakfast at the campsite and cycle past the Mto wa Mbu Village to a Maasai settlement. Here, you will learn how the proud Maasai tribe live with their cattle. Children herd the cattle, sheep, and goats, and the women work the land.

The women sing while the Maasai men dance using their powerful vertical jumps to outdo each other. There are much laughter and time to pose for photographs or do some filming. You will then enter one of the Maasai homes to see and hear about the traditional life of this special tribe.

After this entertaining and informative visit to the Maasai, you will get on your bicycles and travel via Mto wa Mbu through dense banana plantations to Lake Manyara National Park where you can see various antelopes, flamingos, pelicans, and even buffaloes. On the way back, you will stop at the village for a drink and then continue to your resort where lunch will be waiting.

Please note that the mountain bike tour takes about 5 hours of which you will spend about 1.5 hours with the Maasai. The cycling is not strenuous and runs over flat roads and paths so that everyone can take part.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

You will drive up a steep slope to get to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. On your way, you will come across Maasai settlements and see the Maasai herding their cattle at the bottom of the crater. There is a big soda lake in the middle of the crater with many flamingos and pelicans.

You will have a chance of seeing many wild animals in the crater, even the threatened black rhino. No giraffes though as their long legs are unable to carry them down the steep crater slopes. At the end of the afternoon, you will travel back to Mto wa Mbu via a beautiful green route. Here, you will stay at the Fanaka Resort with its new swimming pool and enjoy a 3-course dinner in the restaurant to swap stories about your day.

Day 7: Departure

Depending on the time of your flight, you can either relax by the pool or visit the art and crafts stalls at Mto wa Mbu to purchase some carvings or typical African paintings. You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and go back home. Or, you can extend your stay and have an inland flight to the exotic island of Zanzibar for a tropical beach holiday.

Note: The number of participants is 2 to 7 persons per safari jeep.

During this safari, there will be a mountain bike excursion to Lake Manyara National Park via Mto wa Mbu.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is the closest game and nature reserve to Arusha. It’s one of the smallest parks of Tanzania but very impressive with a view of two gigantic mountains - Mount Meru (4,565 meters) in the park itself and Kilimanjaro (5895 meters), Africa’s highest mountain - right behind the park. The landscape in the west is wild and mountainous with the Ngurdoto Crater, also called the ‘Small Ngorongoro Crater’, in the southeast of the park. In the northeast of the Arusha National Park lies the Momella lakes which turn pink with flocks of flamingos in the breeding season.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is the 6th largest national park in Tanzania and has a large population of elephants, many of which can be found near the Tarangire River where they graze on the juicy grass and quench their thirst. Tarangire National Park is less well-known than the Serengeti and the Nogorongoro Crater but for the experts, this is one of the hidden secrets of Tanzania.

Tarangire National Park is a long stretched out park, about 1.5-hour drive from Arusha. From the southern marshlands, the Tarangire River winds its way towards Lake Burungi. This alkaline lake has green blue algae that attract thousands of flamingos from July to November. On a clear day, you can see the crater rim of the Nogorongoro Crater from the highest points of this park as well as the far off volcanoes of Oldoniyo Lengai and Mount Meru. Even the top of Kilimanjaro can be seen when the visibility is good.

Lake Manyara National Park

The Lake Manyara National Park located about a two-hour drive from Arusha and it is situated in the Rift Valley, an enormous tear in the earth’s crust. Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake and a favorite haunt for large flocks of flamingos.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a unique region where the wild animals and the traditional Maasai live side by side. Everything is being preserved here. From the crater rim, at an altitude of about 2300 meters, you will have a breath-taking view over this immense ‘living’ crater. Just 700 meters below you are about 30,000 wild animals, including the Big Five roaming over the wide, green plains that are cut by small rivers and dotted with marshlands, forests, and the white Lake Magadi.

The very fertile soil of the Ngorongoro Crater is an ideal substrate and the rich vegetation attracts a wealth of wildlife and predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs, and also elephants, monkeys, zebras, antelope, rhinos, buffalos, wildebeests, and hippos. Most of these creatures are able to walk in and out of the crater over the crater rim, but you won’t find giraffes here as they are unable to walk up the steep slopes with their long legs.

You will be served daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner with accompanying beverages such as coffee, tea, and fruit juice.

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • All national park fees
  • Big Five game drives in 4-wheel jeeps with photographs / film hatch
  • Bird and baboon watching at Lake Manyara National Park
  • Daily beverages and 1-liter mineral water per person during safari
  • Daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
  • Elephant watching at Tarangire National Park
  • Game drives at Arusha National Park
  • Mountain bike excursion in Mto wa Mbu
  • Professional English-speaking driver / guide
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Visit to Ngorongoro Crater
  • Additional beverages
  • Flight
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa fee (50 USD)

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight and arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where Safari Adventures will pick you up. This pick up service is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Luuk and Britta Wesseling from Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "In Juli zijn wij via Safari Adventures 3 weken naar Zambia geweest, een fantastisch safariland met relatief weinig toeristen. In Kafue park overnachten we in zeer bijzondere Tented Camps van Mukambi Safaris. Wat een geweldige service en heerlijk eten. Veel nijlpaarden, krokodillen en leeuwen gezien, waarvan een keer met een ‘kill’. Toen naar Livingstone voor de beroemde Victoria watervallen, een geweldig schouwspel en daarna op eiland in de Zambezi overnacht, waar we ook een lokaal dorp hebben bezocht en met de lokale bevolking hebben gegeten en gedronken, een onvergetelijke ervaring. Als laatste park bezochten we Zuid Luangwa, bij Track & Trail rivercamp, waar we volop hebben genoten in ons luxe chalet, de uitstekende service en de talloze wilde dieren, waaronder maar liefst 4 luipaarden en waar de olifanten heel dichtbij ons kwamen toen we in het zwembad lagen. Zambia is een absolute aanrader voor meer dan alleen safari!"

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  • Review by Willem Brouwer and Monique van Wirdum from Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "Wij hebben genoten van een geweldige Safari & Strandvakantie: Selous & Zanzibar. Eerst 3 dagen in de wildernis van de Selous, waar wij in een open safari jeep, met een boot en te voet een gedeelte van dit immens grote reservaat hebben mogen ontdekken. Hier hebben we naast heel veel wilde dieren op het land, in de Rufiji rivier en in de lucht, wel meer dan 10 leeuwen gezien en zelfs een keer met een prooi! Daarna hebben we een aantal dagen heerlijk kunnen relaxen in het sfeervolle Paradise Beach Resort op Zanzibar. Alle medewerkers waren stipt op tijd, de accommodaties schoon met prima bedden, het eten meer dan goed en vooral het persoonlijke contact met de managers van het Africa Safari Camp hebben wij erg gewaardeerd. Wij hebben al heel wat reizen gemaakt, maar deze reis heeft onze verwachtingen ruimschoots overtroffen. Het was helemaal top!"

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  • Review by Jelle van den Oever and Domenique van Olderen from Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "We hebben een enorm gave reis gehad. Veel gezien en enorm genoten van het land, de mensen en de natuur. Het was een onvergetelijke ervaring. Hele goede combinatie van safari en strand. Daarnaast erg fijn dat jullie zo flexibel zijn in het opzetten van de reis. Super bedankt!"

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