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Welcome to one of the best safaris to indulge in, traversing Tanzania’s best-protected areas for Big Five viewing, from big herds of elephants in Tarangire, big cats and spectacular wildebeest migration in Serengeti, to the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro. On the last day before the departure, you will enjoy a unique adventurous activity on a quad bike at a village near Ngorongoro. If you're a wildlife and nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don't want to miss!
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
The Green mountain Hotel is located in the heart of Arusha City. The ideal destination for people who are looking for a really unforgettable stay. Scenic mountains are the main features of the Arusha land, offering an infinite choice of leisure activities. If you are looking for a good place, luxury, and comfortable to stay, Green Mountain Hotel will satisfy your needs. You can also get clear views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Get close to nature! The location near Tarangire National Park is perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of Africa. Situated in sparsely populated farmland on forty acres of untouched community land, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge offers a peaceful setting wherein to relax after your busy safari days. Sit on the deck of your tent and enjoy the uninterrupted views over Lake Burunge to the Great Rift Valley escarpment beyond.
The accommodation is in beautifully constructed tented rooms set on wooden platforms with a solidly attached bath, toilet, and dressing area. Presently, there are thirteen tents. Each elevated tent has twin or double beds, a writing desk, ample places for luggage, and indoor and outdoor seating. Decks all have stunning views to Lake Burunge and the Rift Valley.
Kati Kati Tented Camp offers a mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two-hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. They have thirty-two cottages set throughout a lushly landscaped property. Ten rooms in five double cottages are located in a coffee garden. The rest of the rooms are located surrounding the pool area.
Each cozy room has mosquito-netted king or twin beds, dressing area, a fireplace, large bathroom with shower, and a veranda from which to enjoy the views of the lush tropical gardens.
On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met by one of World Air Travel and Tours' staff members. After greet and meet services, he will escort you to your accommodation in Arusha (approximately 60 kilometers), ready for the safari tomorrow.
After breakfast, set off on safari for Tarangire National Park (approximately 120 kilometers), which of all Tanzania parks, boasts the largest number of savannah elephants. Named after the river that nourishes the wildlife of a vast ecosystem, Tarangire is also home to zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, eland, water buck, lion, giraffe, onyx, and an unsurpassed diversity of birds.
On drier ground, you may find the kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird, the stocking thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird and small parties of ground horn bills blustering like turkeys. Other birds include the yellow-collared lovebird, drabber rufous-tailed weaver, and the ashy starling - all endemic to the dry savannah of north central Tanzania.
From June to November, masses of wildlife congregate around the river, but the park is a stronghold for big game year-round. After a game drive, retire to your beautifully designed tented lodge, hidden among ancient baobab trees and giant rock kopjes within the park.
Early in the morning, you drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Picnic lunch packets will be served on the way. You will arrive in Serengeti in time for an exciting game viewing drive in one of the best game parks in Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park and one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. It stretches as far as Lake Victoria to the west. Its name comes from the Masai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'.
If you rise early, you can take a morning game drive through the park to see the nocturnal predators returning from their nightly hunt and very active animals waking up in the early morning light. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes, birds, and other species.
You will enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. The park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve.
Depending on the wildlife movement, you can have hot lunch at the camp or enjoy picnic lunch packets.
After breakfast, you will break the camp and drive south towards Ngorongoro. The drive is scenic and on arrival, you will descend some 610 meters into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game viewing drive with picnic lunch at a private scenic site (hippos pool).
Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world, teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Pride of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, golden and black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard, and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains.
Unmatched for its natural variety and breath taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Spend the night few minutes drive from Ngorongoro.
After breakfast, you will drive and find your quad bike ready and after 30 minutes training and practice session, drive yourself to explore. These rides include two hours on the quad bikes. With dozens of possible routes, including riding through a local coffee farm, along ridges for terrific views and local sights, riding through town and onward through nearby farms past brick factories, schools and other points of interest, there is something to see for everyone.
Protective clothing is included such as overalls and handkerchiefs for mud and dust, helmet, boots, and protective pads. In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Arusha and to the airport for your international flight back home or continue with other plans.
The price of the safari includes Mto wa Mbu tour.
Tanzania is a safari dream destination. From the vivid aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean to the grandeur of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is a startlingly beautiful land. With vast national parks and reserves, countless wildlife, spectacular landscapes, and a vibrant culture, there is something for every traveler.
Be amazed by the great wildebeest migration that occurs each year, climb the famous Mount Kilimanjaro, safari on the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, or relax on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and soak up the Swahili culture.
Tanzania has protected its wildlife with extensive game parks throughout the country. On the northern circuit, there are Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the vast Serengeti National Park. On the southern circuit, there are Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Selous Reserve, Saadani National Park, and Udzungwa Mountains National Park. On the western side, they have Gombe Stream, Katavi National Park, and Mahale National Park.
It is in Tanzania that the famous Great Migration occurs each year. The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular wildlife events in the world where more than one million animals make their seasonal journey to fresh pastures.
This migration of huge herds of wildlife is a sight that must be seen to be believed as they move throughout the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. The migration is full of dramatic moments as the wildebeest brave the crocodile-infested waters searching for greener pastures.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a must see for its sheer beauty. Known as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, the Ngorongoro Crater is a popular Tanzanian safari destination. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest roam, while lions laze in the sun. It’s there you will find the endangered black rhino grazing on the floor of the crater.
Just outside the crater’s ridge, Maasai herd their cattle and goats over pastures on the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have done for centuries. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is protected and only indigenous tribes such as the Maasai are allowed to live within its borders.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers highlands plains, scrub bush, and forest and covers approximately 8,288 square kilometers. The wildlife is concentrated and so the game viewing is truly incredible and it can’t be beaten as a safari destination. It was also there, on the dusty floors of Oldupai Gorge, that humankind’s fossils were discovered, giving humankind an insight into the beginning of humanity.
The Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park and the largest, with 14,763 square kilometers of protected grassy plains, tinged with twisted shadows of acacia trees. The Serengeti is the quintessential image of a wild and unspoiled Africa.
Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grass, huge herds of elephants feed on acacia bark and call each other across the plains whilst giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, and eland - indeed, the whole range of Africa wildlife are presented in awe-inspiring numbers.
While in the safari, you will get full board meals along with complimentary drinking water in your vehicle. You will also get breakfast on the arrival day and breakfast and lunch on the departure day.
Please book your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is located between Arusha and Moshi. Transfer from and to this airport is included. World Air Travel and Tours will pick you up at the airport. There are many airlines serving this airport including KLM, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Turkish Airways, Qatar Airways, Rwanda Air Express, Condor, and Air Uganda.
Road conditions vary a great deal. The best way to enter Tanzania overland is from Kenya. Both short and long distance bus services are available. On the main long-haul routes, there is a choice between luxury and ordinary buses. There are buses available from Nairobi and Mombasa towns and also from the Nairobi International Airport to Tanzania. Advance booking is recommended.
The ports to enter Tanzania are Dar Es Salaam, Mtwara, Zanzibar, and Tanga.