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8 Days Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater Safari in Tanzania

Mvuli Hotel, Kundayo Road, Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Guided Safari in Tanzania

This is your chance to visit Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks and Ngorongoro Crater. You will explore the Serengeti with its big cats, see black rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater, where approximately 25,000 animals are living in this biggest caldera, and witness Lake Manyara's bird paradise, with a chance to see heavy flying birds like flamingos or pelicans. In Tarangire, you will see big groups of elephants like no other in the world.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 6 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to join this safari starting from 5 years old
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Meet the guides

Florent
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Highlights

  • 7 exciting guided game drives
  • Transportation in a four-wheel drive Land Cruiser
  • Visit Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Encounter elephants, buffalos, wildebeests, and more
  • Meals on safari and breakfasts in Arusha
  • Roundtrip airport transfer service
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Park fees included

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6 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:30
Check-out Time:
10:00

Nights 1 and 7: Mvuli Hotel

Mvuli Hotel provides a countryside environment within a city. The hotel is surrounded by large lush gardens bordering a beautiful tree plantation and a stream of fresh clear water flowing all year round from the surrounding mountains, providing a unique charm.

Mvuli Hotel has 17 spacious rooms with private balconies designed to make your stay comfortable and memorable, all on a single story building. Mvuli Hotel is situated just three kilometers from the Arusha Business Area and 800 meters off the Moshi - Arusha Highway, on Kundayo Road.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • Business services
  • Children's playground
  • Copy service
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Free secure parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service
  • Iron / board on request
  • Non-smoking property
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Porters
  • Safe in room
  • Storage space
  • Wake-up service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service

Night 2: Tarangire Osupuko Lodge

Tarangire Osupuko Lodge overlooks the famous Tarangire National Park which is crossed by the wildlife-attracting Tarangire River. The gently rolling landscape is sprinkled with Baobab trees and towering termite mounds, dense African bush and sweeping grasses.

Tarangire Osupuko lodges offer best facilities for your comfortable stay: internet access all the time, swimming pool with best scenery of animals, open-air bar and lounge area, different types of accommodation for your convenience.

The bedrooms at Tarangire Osupuko Lodge are spacious and comfortable. Enjoy a classic décor featuring beautifully handcrafted furniture artwork and big windows with impressive views of Tarangire National Park.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Night 3: Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge

Ngorongoro Farm House, a small and exclusive hotel built on a 500 acre coffee plantation, has hand plaited thatched rooftops, ample verandas, and colonial interiors, all of which has been designed to take you to the comfort and style of past times. Take a walk around the farm to contemplate the daily activities, relax in the fragrant gardens, or enjoy the spectacular sunsets with the Oldeani Volcano as a backdrop.

The hotel has 52 chalet type rooms (49 are standard type rooms and three are suites) built in the style of the old colonial farms and decorated rustically with local materials and tasteful details. All of them are spacious and connected by pathways divided into three sectors.

The main building has a thatched roof. It includes a lounge, restaurant, and large terrace with spectacular views. There is also a swimming pool, massage cabin, souvenir shop, and living room on-site.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Nights 4 and 5: Serengeti Osupuko Luxury Tented Camp

In Central Serengeti, the mobile camp is scenically located on the slopes of Rongai Hills where sunrise is your daily wake-up call and the beautiful sunset will always alert you to go to the camp fire or sundowner.

The tents are spacious, with separate bedrooms and bathrooms. King-sized beds and mattresses are available. Tents have netting all around, so no mosquito netting is needed. The whole bedroom area has windows for air flow, and no fans are needed. Electricity is provided by a generator when you need it. Hot water is also available.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • 24-hour electricity
  • Baby sitting
  • Campfire
  • Children’s menu
  • Internet facility
  • Laundry
  • Open kitchen
  • Picnic basket on request
  • Solar-inverter power 210 – 220 volts AC
  • Sundowners
  • Welcome drinks on arrival and cold / hot face towels

Night 6: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

The lodge is standing on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of the lake. The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area lies immediately adjacent to the Serengeti National Park and 180 kilometers from Arusha.

The lodge offers 75 spacious rooms housed in a circular, double-story, whitewashed fashion. Each room has its own private veranda, while the interior decor reflects the blue of the alkaline waters and the pink of its flamingos.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Conference room
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Wi-Fi

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

You will be picked up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to Mvuli Hotel in Arusha. From the airport, it takes about 45 minutes to Mvuli Hotel in Arusha. Enjoy your night at the beautiful Mvuli Hotel with comfortable beds, big swimming pool, and a beautiful green garden around the hotel. Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will be picked up from Mvuli Hotel and driven to Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch and drinking water to enjoy along the way. Upon arrival at the park, you will have your first game drive viewing wild animals. This is an elephant's paradise where you will see large herds of elephants like no other in the world. Other animals like buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, and hundreds of bird species can also be seen. After your game drive, you will check in at Tarangire Osupuko Lodge, have dinner, and enjoy your overnight stay.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and, with a picnic lunch and drinking water to enjoy along the way, drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This is a small national park with great scenery, a beautiful lake with hundreds of bird species that include flamingo and pelican, and animals that include hippo, buffalo, warthog, giraffe, and baboon. When you arrive at the park, you will enjoy an exciting game drive and later, drive to Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge where you will have dinner and enjoy your overnight stay.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and, with a picnic lunch and drinking water to enjoy along the way, drive to Serengeti National Park. Your journey will take you through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. An optional stop can be made to visit a Maasai village and Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area for an extra price on the way to Serengeti National Park. You will enjoy a game drive in the park viewing the wide variety of wild animals and later drive to the Serengeti Osupuko Luxury Tented Camp for dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

In the morning after breakfast, enjoy your game tour in Serengeti National Park viewing wild animals. This is a great day as you have the whole day to explore this wonderful park. This is the oldest and famous park, home of wildebeest migrations and big cats. Enjoy your lovely morning game tour. In the afternoon, go to the tented camp for a hot lunch. After lunch, you will continue on an afternoon game drive. Later in the evening, go to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, there is an optional activity of a hot air balloon safari in central Serengeti. This must be booked earlier at an extra cost of 560 USD per person and is not allowed for children under seven years old. Otherwise, you will check out and take part in a game drive through the park as you make your way to Ngorongoro Crater rim. If you take the balloon tour, you will leave from the Serengeti in the late afternoon and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, with a picnic lunch to eat on your way, descend inside the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive you will never forget. You can expect to see hippo, rhinos, elephant, wildebeest, lion, hyena, zebra, and a wide variety of birds. You will stop at a designated spot to enjoy your picnic lunch in the crater. After lunch, your game drive will continue as you ascend back up the crater rim and head back to the town of Arusha. This is where your safari will end. Your overnight stay is at Mvuli Hotel.

Day 8: Departure

In the morning after breakfast, you can enjoy your day, relax, and swim at the swimming pool or explore Arusha city. Visit the central market and other attractions in the city while waiting for your flight home. Get lunch outside the lodge or get back to the lodge. Later, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight home or to Zanzibar depending on your vacation. This will be the end of the services.

Guides

Florent Ipananga

Location

This safari will take place in Tanzania. Your journey will start and end in Arusha. You will explore the best parks in Tanzania's northern circuit including Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is 2,850 square kilometers (1,096 square miles) in size. It is located 118 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of Arusha. To get there, you can take an easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within seven kilometers (four miles) of the main entrance gate. You can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti are available. The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet-season self, but it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, there is always water.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and the peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 square kilometers (12,500 square miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. However, Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

On the drier ground, you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling, all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Here, you can have guided walking safaris and day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road. You can visit the park year-round but dry season (June - September) for sheer numbers of animals. The accommodations available are lodges, tented lodge, luxury tented camps inside the park, plus another half-dozen of exclusive lodges and tented camps immediately outside its borders. Several campsites are available in and around the park.

Ngorongoro Conservation area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a fascinating and unusual conservation area which includes the Ngorongoro Crater at its center, and then extends through the Crater Highlands, in which local tribes are permitted to maintain their traditional lifestyles in the environment as natural as possible.

This extraordinary volcanic landscape is rich and fertile, with stunning craters and lakes, and the high altitude creates a malaria-free microclimate. The crater is said to have the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. As such, Ngorongoro Crater has achieved world renown and attracts a growing number of visitors each year. Even if time is limited this natural but accessibly small caldera ensures a rewarding safari.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The two administrative regions have no jurisdiction over the parks. The park is governed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. 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 lakeshore in the far south of the park. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania's birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might spot them.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is a large and famous national park in Tanzania. It is a northern circuit national park. The origin of the word 'Serengeti' comes from the Maasai people (the nomadic tribe) 'Sirengeti' which means the place where the land runs on forever or endless plain. Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Serengeti National Park has an area of 14,763 square kilometers and was established in the year 1951. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeests and 250,000 zebras.

In the Serengeti plains, the endless, almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals such as gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, and waterbuck also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. In the western corridor, "black cotton" (actually black clay) soil covers the swampy savannah of this region. The Grumeti River is home to enormous Nile crocodiles, colobus monkey, and the martial eagle. The migration passes through from May to July.

In the Northern Serengeti, the landscape is dominated by open woodlands (predominantly Commiphora) and hills, ranging from Seronera in the south to the Mara River in the south, to the Mara River in the border with Kenya. Apart from the migratory wildebeest and zebra (which occur from July to August and in November), the bushy savannah is the place to find an elephant, giraffe, and dik-dik.

As well as the migration of ungulates, the park is well-known for its healthy stock of the resident, particularly the Big Five named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters. The Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3,000 lions live in this ecosystem. African leopards, the reclusive predators, are commonly seen in the Seronera region but are present throughout the national park with the population at around 1,000.

The herds of African elephants are recovering lows in the 1980's caused by poaching and are largely located in the northern regions of the park. Black rhinoceros can be found around the kopjes in the center of the park. Very few individuals remain due to rampant poaching individuals from the Maasai Mara Reserve, crossing the park border and entering Serengeti from the northern section at times.

African buffalos are still abundant and present in healthy numbers, but the numbers have been somewhat reduced due to disease. The park also supports many other species, including cheetah, Thomson's and Grants gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, and giraffe. They also boast about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds, and many species of vultures.

Due to the richness of wildlife and great migration, Serengeti becomes among of top two parks in Tanzania, which gets more than 350,000 visitors per year. Their best-trained safari guides will take you to this wonderful park.

Food

You will be served breakfasts during your stay in Arusha at Mvuli Hotel. Meanwhile, during the safari, you will be served all meals.

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Try a hot air balloon safari in Central Serengeti (560 USD per person)
  • Visit a Maasai village and Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

What's included

  • 6 days of safari
  • Service of an English-speaking safari guide
  • Transportation in four-wheel drive Land Cruiser
  • Park fees and taxes
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts in town
  • Meals during safari
  • Bottled drinking water

What's not included

  • Other meals in town
  • Tips
  • Personal items like visa fees, souvenirs, etc.
  • Local and international flights
  • Soft drink and alcohol

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Snow Africa Adventures Limited will pick you up from the airport.

From the airport, the drive to Arusha (Mvuli Hotel) takes 45 minutes.

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 30% 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.
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