Experience Some of the best locations to enjoy a safari trip in Africa. This safari trip takes place in beautiful Tanzania and is organized by Tanzania Travel Company. You will visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Witness many animals from buffalo to monkeys, and get a chance to see the "Big Five" during this safari vacation! So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and experience it yourself!
During this safari, you will be accommodated in several accommodations.
Today, you will meet and greet at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by Tanzania Travel Companies' safari guide and representative. They will transfer you to the Karama or Planet lodge. Later, Tanzania Travel Companies' safari consultant will come to meet you and provide you with a safari briefing. Then, you will have dinner and an overnight stay.
Your safari starts with a drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Baobab trees are the dominant feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along Tarangire River which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lions, leopards, and cheetahs and about five thousand plus elephant heads. Later, you will overnight at Endoro Lodge in Karatu or Kirurumu Tented Lodge in Tarangire.
After breakfast, you will depart for Lake Manyara. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippopotamuses, and others. Later, you will overnight at Manyara Wildlife Safari Campsite in Lake Manyara or Endoro Lodge in Karatu.
After breakfast, you will drive to Serengeti National Park. Picnic lunch en-route on a kopje (rock outcropping) in Serengeti, then continue further into the Serengeti for a game drive. Afterwards, you will overnight at Mapito Tented Camp in Ikoma, Serengeti.
You will have early wake-up calls with a cup of tea or coffee and proceed to have morning game drives to see nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light. Later, you will have a picnic bush breakfast en--route.
Afterwards, You will have a full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippopotamus, rhinos, antelopes, and many birds as well as other species. Then, you will overnight at Mapito Tented Camp in Ikoma, Serengeti.
After breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for a magnificent game drive and bush picnic lunch at the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Ngorongoro is described as one of the wonders of the world. It is also the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary amphitheater for some of Africa’s densest animal population. Ngorongoro is the only place where black rhinos can be observed in their natural habitat.
As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 feet high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippopotamus, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, and other species. ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only and this is only for the lucky ones! Later, you will overnight at Ngorongoro Farmhouse.
After morning breakfast, you will drive to Ol Doinyo O’rok for your gift and souvenir shopping before you return to Arusha. Later, you will be transferred to the airport.
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. However, it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, impalas, gazelles, hartebeests, and eland antelopes crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s 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 peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000-square kilometer (12,500 square miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But 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.
Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meter 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.
There is a million wildebeest and each one is driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life which are 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, and 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 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles 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 pride 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 hyenas and a host of more elusive small predators ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to beautiful serval cats.
Please arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Tanzania Travel Company will pick you up there and the pick up is included in the price. If you arrive an another airport than Kilimanjaro, they will arrange a connection flight to Arusha either on arrival or the following day (at extra cost). If you arrive in Nairobi, road transfers in private or shared vehicles are possible. Please send Tanzania Travel Company an inquiry for further information.
"It was a trip of a lifetime. Climbing above the clouds on Kilimanjaro was hard but Sam and his team led by Abi, Daniel and Ben had us well prepared both ahead of time and took great care of us on the mountain. Our party will remember this as hard but spectacular. We followed this up with an amazing nine day safari through the Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Nagorongoro Crater and Conservation area and finally through the Serengeti National Park from South to North. Hasanni our guide was excellent and he, along with the many lodges we stayed at, took very good care of us. The services were exceptional. We observed many birds and animals including the Big Five, Chetah and the great migrations of wildebeest and other animals through the Serengeti and the Mara River. Thank you Sam and the entire Tanzania Travel Company team. Roger and Group."
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"What an amazing adventure - we joined Sam and his team in Tanzania for the trek of a lifetime through the Rift Valley as part of a Challenge to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. "
"We were a small party and the way that we were looked after by Sam and the team went beyond what we could have ever expected. The accommodation (tented) was super - we were provided with matresses as well as sheets and blankets - you could of course use your own sleeping bag - we had a full breakfast everyday and a freshly cooked meal in the evenings - all of which were of a very high standard. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending The Tanzania Travel Company to anyone - you will not be disappointed!!! We plan to return in 2017"
"Visited September 2015"
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