Experience an authentic safari experience with Siafu Tanzania Safaris! During this safari, not only will you have exciting game drives in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater, but you will also stay in several camping accommodations, allowing you to truly become one with nature. Let a professional guide you through the journey and enjoy your safari to the fullest!
During this safari, you will be staying at Fanaka, Nyani, and Simba campsites.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel to start your safari in the Lake Manyara National Park. The small Lake Manyara National Park is home to tree climbing lions, elephants, and large troops of baboons and monkeys.
The park is dominated by the shallow, alkaline lake and boasts with diverse habitats like grassy plains, escarpment, and forest. Hundreds of bird species gather there, most notable are thousands of pink flamingos. In addition to the striking scenery, you have the chance to see giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, and the comical warthog. In the late afternoon, you will leave the park and travel to the Fanaka campsite, where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, you will drive towards the fertile crater highlands where the farmers grow wheat, corn, and coffee. At midday, you will reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park, the largest park in Tanzania. The Serengeti has a diversity of landscapes including short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps, and lakes. It is famous for the yearly migration, where hundred thousand of wildebeest and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water.
On your way to your accommodation, you will understand where the word Serengeti comes from (plains in the language of the Masai). In the early evening, you will reach the campsite, where you will spend the night.
The whole day will be spent on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. During the short rainy season in November and December, the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south, while during the longer rainy season from April to June, they return back up north.
This circle of life is determined by the rainfalls, and locations of the herds might vary from year to year, but your guide will know where to find the animals and where to see them best. A visit to the Serengeti Visitor Center is also possible. You will spend another night at the campsite.
After breakfast, you will continue your safari in the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley, you might be lucky to see predators hunt as the animals gather at the waters during the dry season. After lunch at a picnic spot, you will slowly drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater.
As soon as you have reached the crater, you will have a superb view of the caldera. This approximately 20-kilometers wide crater is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to over 20,000 animals. You will stay at the campsite on the crater rim from where you will be able to enjoy an incredible sunset.
Rise and shine! After an early breakfast, you will drive down the steep path into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest, unbroken, and unflooded caldera in the world and it has an unbelievable diversity of wildlife. In addition to zebras and wildebeests, you might also spot the rare black rhino and other members of the “Big Five” - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard.
The crater is also home to other animals such as hyenas, waterbucks, bushbucks, eland, and more than 500 bird species. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch, you will leave the caldera in the early afternoon and drive back to Arusha, where you will arrive in the early evening.
The safaris will take place in Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.
Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meters high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest, where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes; some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lake shore in the far south of the park.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.
The famous nature zoo, Ngorongoro Crater, located 2,286 meters above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 meters from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre covers 260 square kilometers or 100 square miles. This is the home to over 25,000 large mammals. About half of the animals are zebras and wildebeests.
There are also gazelles, buffaloes, elands, hartebeests, warthogs, and the rare rhinoceros. Occasionally, Maasai can also be seen bringing their cattle down the crater walls to the lake below. Such vast numbers of animals attract many predators, including lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards. More than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti can also be spotted here. Countless flamingoes from a pink blanket over the soda lakes.
The Crater has been declared a World Heritage site. The Ngorongoro Crater lies within Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8,000 square kilometers. It is bounded Lake Eyasi in the southwest and the Gol Mountains in the north. Roughly in the center is the Olbalal Swamp and the arid. Olduvai Gorge is dotted with extinct craters and high plains and to the north is Oldonyo le Ngai, a gray, forbidding perfect cone that is a still-active volcano.
A million wildebeest, each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40 kilometers (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a seventh worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala, and Grant’s gazelle.
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the out-sized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across the sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. There are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.
Popular the Serengeti might be, it still remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.
Daily meals are included in the price. You will be served mainly English food.
Please book your flight to Arusha Airport (ARK). Your trip will start in Arusha. You can also arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). A pick up car can be arranged from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha for 60 USD per car and per trip.
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