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Safari in Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge, and Ngorongoro Crater are the most popular National Parks in Northern Tanzania. In this six-day safari, you will get to know them all, together with the best of Tanzania, as you travel in a small group seat-in-vehicle with a maximum of six participants per vehicle, all with window seats.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Maximum group size of six participants
  • Starts in Kilimanjaro or Nairobi and ends in Moshi
  • Professional English-speaking driver / guide during the safari
  • All park and entrance fees included

Highlights

  • Game drives through Tanzania's top National Parks: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Tarangire
  • Witness the legendary Great Migration and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Have the chance to enjoy a trip to Olduvai Gorge, the Cradle of Humanity
  • Spot herds and group of animals like elephant, followed by zebras, buffalo, and oryxes
  • Marvel at families of the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark
  • Custom designed 4x4 safari vehicles with open roofs for game viewing
  • 5 nights accommodation with meals and bottled water
  • Airport transfers and all park and entrance fees included

Styles


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

Highview Hotel (2 nights)

Highview Hotel Karatu is owned and operated by Zara Tours, Moshi, a travel agency and tour operator fully licensed and registered under the law of the Republic of Tanzania. The opening of the Highview Hotel was in 2006, located on a hillside facing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The hotel had been designed in the lines of simplicity, combined with quality services.

It offers dining in its restaurant or in the serene garden, with a mix of local and international dishes served à la carte or buffet style. Packed lunches will be available for day trips. In the lounge, relax with a drink, enjoy board games, Internet access, or cultural shows. The gardens also provide shaded seating and house an organic vegetable and fruit garden.

Guests can enjoy hiking around Moshi or go to a mini-supermarket just three kilometers away.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Lounge

Ikoma Wildcamp & Cottages (1 night)

Ikoma Wildcamp is situated in the middle of the Serengeti Ecosystem, between Grumeti and the Ikorongo Game Reserve, and features a blend of 10 huts or boma and 15 spacious, well-furnished tents with ensuite bathrooms.

Along with stunning views, the camp offers modern amenities like Internet access, bar activities, sundowner cocktails, and bush meals at private sites. The multi-cuisine restaurant also provides a memorable dining experience alongside the impressive wildlife.

Facilities

  • Internet access
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Serengeti Wildcamp (1 night)

Serengeti Wild Camp is a safe and comfortable mobile tented camp located in the central part of the Serengeti National Park, in the Seronera area. There are 20 spacious private tents, which are all self-contained with private showers and toilets. It will bring you closer to nature as you hear elephants trumpeting far away at night.

Facilities

  • Cold / hot towel
  • Telephone service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Swimming pool

Springlands Hotel Moshi (1 night)

Springlands Hotel in Moshi, 29 kilometers from Kilimanjaro, offers accommodation with amenities like an outdoor pool, complementary parking, a bar, 24-hour reception, and free Wi-Fi. Continental or à la carte breakfast is served at the hotel.

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, satellite television, a kitchenette, a dining area, and a private bathroom with all the essentials, including a kettle.

You can also enjoy hiking around Moshi, with a mini-supermarket just three kilometers away.

Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking
  • Bar
  • 24-hour reception
  • Free Wi-Fi

Program

Day 1

On this morning, Zara Tours will collect you from the airport and drive along a scenic route to Tarangire National Park. The beauty of the park will offer you an awesome game viewing experience unlike you have ever seen before, and during the dry season, Tarangire draws hundreds of animals to the park, making for a spectacular wildlife and bird viewing.

The landscape is varied, with grassy savannah plains, swamps, hills, and spectacular baobabs. Also during the dry season, elephants abound, as well as families of the ancient trunks of baobaob trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees, plus a breathtaking view of the Masai steppe and mountain in the south makes a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience.

You can see herds and group of animals like elephant, followed by zebras, buffalo, and oryxes who venture from Masai to the Tarangire in search of water, There will also be a few lions prowling around, looking for unexpecting preys around the jungle.

There are more breeding species of birds found in Tarangire National Park than anywhere else on the planet. Also, it is traversed by the Tarangire River, which never dries up, making it the only source of water during the dry season. In the late afternoon, you will drive back for overnight at Highview Hotel.

  • Overnight at Highview Hotel or similar (with lunch, dinner, and breakfast)

Day 2

The drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge takes three to four hours. Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago.

Your journey to Olduvai Gorge promises to be an extraordinary voyage through time, offering a captivating glimpse into the roots of human history. This archaeological treasure trove has yielded remarkable discoveries, including ancient fossils and stone tools that provide invaluable insights into people's early ancestors and the evolution of human civilization.

As you explore the rugged terrain of Olduvai Gorge, guided by expert archaeologists, you'll be immersed in the rich narratives of people's prehistoric past. Unravel the mysteries of early human life and culture, and stand in awe of the profound significance that that site holds for the understanding of humanity's origins.

An experience at Olduvai Gorge can be an enlightening and humbling adventure, connecting you with the deep heritage that unites all people. In the late evening, you will return to the Ikoma Wild Camp for rest, dinner, and an overnight stay.

  • Overnight at Ikoma Wild Camp or similar

Day 3

After a heavy breakfast in the morning, Zara Tours' safari guide will pick you up from the hotel, off to a full day of Serengeti game drive tour. You will have packed lunch boxes in the afternoon. In this day’s game drive, prepare to be awe-struck by one of the most spectacular wildlife experiences on Earth.

As you venture into this vast and iconic park, you will witness the legendary Great Migration, an awe-inspiring spectacle where millions of wildebeests, zebras, and other herbivores journey across the plains in search of fresh grazing lands.

The Serengeti's diverse landscapes, from open savannahs to dense woodlands, provide a haven for the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), along with cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, and a plethora of bird species.

Your safari will unveil captivating scenes of predator-prey interactions, heartwarming family dynamics, and the harmonious coexistence of wildlife in their natural habitat. Prepare for an unforgettable adventure, immersing yourself in the timeless beauty and wildlife wonders of Serengeti.

In the evening, you will be driven back to Serengeti Wild Camp or similar for dinner and an overnight stay.

  • Overnight at Serengeti Wild Camp or similar

Day 4

After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning game drive enroute to Ngorongoro Crater for a once in a lifetime safari tour. The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown, this thick volcanic crater is the most significant unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world.

Upon descending to the crater floor, you will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner of the crater, which is one of the crater’s leading features. The crater is 20 km in diameter, 600 m in height, and is the largest intact crater in the world.

An estimated 30,000 large mammals live in the crater, which features a salt lake at its center. This is one of the most densely populated wildlife areas in the world, and is also the best place in Tanzania to see the black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-maned males.

There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals.

Additionally, the Masai and Hadzabe people live together in harmony with the animals that also call that place home. From the edge, you will be able to look out over the impressive crater and all of its wonderful inhabitants.

In the afternoon, Zara Tours will drive you back to your lodge for your overnight stay at Highview Hotel.

  • Overnight at Highview Hotel

Day 5

On this morning, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Set against the steep escarpment of the Rift Valley, you’ll find Lake Manyara National Park with its evergreen groundwater forest and variety of ecosystems, including acacia woodland, grassy plains, a swampy fan delta, and of course, the expansive lake.

This diversity attracts a wide variety of mammal, bird, and wildlife species. Manyara is also home to rare tree-climbing lions. The park offers excellent game viewing with buffalo, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, hippos, and lots of elephants roaming near the lake. Also look out for blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, and the very active olive baboon troops.

Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly colored lilac breasted roller.

  • Overnight at Springlands Hotel Moshi or similar (with lunch, dinner, and breakfast)

Day 6

  • Departure

Location

The safari will be in Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park covers 330 sq km (127 sq mi), 70% of which is lake. Along its western boundaries is the Rift Valley’s western wall. The park is famous for its birdlife - almost 400 different species - and for its elephant population and tree-climbing lions, who have a large variety of tree species to choose from.

The short game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

Olduvai Gorge

This is locally called “Oldupai,” a name given by the Maasai for the sisal growing in the gorge. Olduvai is known all over the world for the fantastic archeological discoveries made by Doctors Louis and Mary Leakey, including the skull of a humanoid believed to be 1.75 million years old.

The Cradle of Mankind lies on the short grass plains of the Serengeti. Not only have fossils of humanoid origin been found but also fossils from prehistoric animals that lived around them.

An American and Tanzanian archaeological team made the latest and probably greatest findings in 1986. They discovered human fossils, including 302 bones and teeth belonging to a female some 1.8 million years old.

Excavations still continue in the gorge during the dry season, and you can enter the gorge with a special guide. There is also a small museum showing some of the finds and a resting place suitable for a picnic lunch.

Serengeti

The largest national park in Tanzania and one of the most spectacular parks in the world, the Serengeti covers 14,763 square kilometers (5,700 sq mi) including large plains, short grass plains, kopjes, and lakes. The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai language, meaning “endless plain.”

Every year, more than a million wildebeest travel in long caravans across the plains of the mighty Serengeti, all in search of better feeding grounds, followed by a large variety of other animals. Not far behind follow hungry lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.

Other predators such as leopards, serval cats, and jackals watch the wandering game with interest, while elephants, rhinos, and buffalo continue their grazing.

Ngorongoro Crater

One of nature’s true wonders and a photographer’s paradise, Ngorongoro is the largest intact crater in the world, covering 265 square kilometers (102 sq mi).

The 2,000-foot deep crater is home to an abundance of wild game, including elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, serval cats, jackals, bushbacks, elands, waterbucks, wildebeest, many antelope, and a large variety of birds. It is a sight that you will always remember!

Food

Included are full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) accommodation as described in the itinerary and bottled water while on safari.

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)

  • Balloon excursion (600 USD per person)
  • Maasai village tour

What's included

  • All game drives viewing in a custom built 4x4 safari land cruiser
  • Transportation in 4x4 vehicles with viewing roofs
  • Professional English-speaking driver / guide during the safari
  • All park and entrance fees
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
  • Current government taxes and levies
  • 24-hour support during the safari from Zara Tours' office in Moshi
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled water in safari vehicles

What's not included

  • Internal or international flights
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Balloon excursion (600 USD per person)
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other items of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone, and postage

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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