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8 Days Northern Tanzania Safari Tour
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Unforgettable Safari in Tanzania

This trip offers plenty of opportunity to experience Tanzania's magnificent wildlife within its two spectacular wildlife areas in Northern Tanzania. You’ll see incredibly diverse wildlife for as far as the eye can see from giraffes, to zebras, impalas, monkeys, and hippos the list goes on on this ultimate East African / Tanzanian adventure.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 15 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Languages: English, French, and German
  • Park fees are included

Highlights

  • 10 game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater tour
  • See the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Visit Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Park
  • Transport in a customized a 4x4 Land cruiser with a pop-up roof
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Styles


7 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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Accommodation

You will be staying in the following accommodations during this safari:

  • First night: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Second to fourth nights: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • Fifth and sixth nights: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Seventh night: Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Program

Day 1: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

Pick up from your Arusha hotel or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and depart for Lake Manyara National Park. You will arrive mid-morning where you will have an introductory game drive as you head to the lodge for lunch. Have lunch, relax, and later enjoy another game drive at 4 p.m.

  • Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
  • Included meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast at your lodge, depart for Serengeti National Park, home to the Big Five and numerous plains game. Spend the rest of the day game viewing within the park with lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon game drive is at 4 p.m.

  • Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 and 4: Serengeti National Park

Spend these two days with full-day game drive till lunch time where you will drive to the lodge for lunch. Relax after lunch and later, have another game drive at 4 p.m. Alternatively, you can depart for a full day game drive with packed lunch then stay out till 4 p.m. when you will drive back to the lodge.

  • Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Have breakfast and immediately depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area to arrive before lunch. Have a game drive as you head to the lodge for lunch. After lunch relax by the pool area and later have another game drive at 4 p.m.

  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

At 7 a.m.,m check out of the lodge with packed picnic lunch and depart for a tour to the rim of the crater. Later, ascend for a game drive to look for numerous plains game and the Big Five. Spend the day within the crater and have lunch at one of the famous picnic spots in the park.

In the evening, you will return to the lodge and enjoy the most magnificent views of the crater from the lodge.

  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park

Have breakfast then depart for Tarangire National Park by mid-morning. Check in at the lodge and late have a game drive.

  • Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Tarangire National Park to Arusha

Have breakfast then depart for Arusha to arrive for lunch. You will be dropped at the airport or hotel of your choice.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Location

This safari tour will take you from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located 125 kilometers west of Arusha town, nestling by the wall of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa. The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area.

The main habitats include the shallow soda lake itself which occupies 77% of the national park's total area of 330 square kilometers, the groundwater forest, open grassland, acacia woodland, and the rift wall.

The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the park include buffalo, elephants, leopards, baboons, impala, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippos.

Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, hammerkops and the migratory flamingos, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lakes.

Serengeti National Park

Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, Serengeti National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha. The park is located some 320 kilometers to the northwest of Arusha, lying in a high plateau between the Ngorongoro highlands and the Kenya / Tanzania border, and extending almost to Lake Victoria to the west.

Aptly named “endless plains” by the Maasai people, you will nimmediately experience this vastness as you enter the southeastern plains of the park from Ngorongoro.

Declared a protected area in 1921 and gazetted as a National park in 1951, Serengeti is the oldest national park in Tanzania and undoubtedly one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The principal features of the Serengeti are the short and long grass plains in the south and east, the acacia savannah in the central areas, the hilly and densely wooded areas in the north, and the extensive woodland in the west.

There is a variety of scenery, which include the plains, lakes, hills and the rock outcrops called kopjes. The main game drive areas in the Serengeti are the Seronera Valley, the Western Corridor, and Lobo or Northern Serengeti.

The Seronera Valley in central Serengeti endowed with permanent surface water attract a large concentration of wildlife throughout the year. Common animals that can be seen here are lions, buffaloes, impalas, hippos, waterbucks, elephants, cheetahs and the leopard.

From December, when the long rains start, to May, eastern Serengeti plains provide the best opportunities for game viewing as hundreds of thousands of the migratory animals are concentrated in this part attracted by the short palatable grass.

Between May and July, when drought sets in, Serengeti is the site of one of the most breathtaking events in the animal kingdom - the migration of thousands of wildebeest heading southwest, north or west in search of water and greener pastures.

The Lobo area remains rich in wildlife during the dry months of August to November when most of the game has moved from the grass plains in the south. This is also true of the Western Corridor towards Lake Victoria when the migration usually lingers in the area between June and July.

Serengeti provides sanctuary to the highest concentration of plains animals in the world. Survey estimates indicate an animal population of over four million including 3,000 lions, 1,600,000 wildebeest, 300,000 Thomson‘s and Grant‘s gazelle, and 500,000 zebras. There are over 400 species of birds in the Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

A UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is situated some 190 kilometers west of Arusha, between Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks.

Covering approximately 8,292 square kilometers, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of the Ngorongoro Crater itself, the Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu, the Empakai Crater, and the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment in multi-purpose land use where people (the Maasai), their livestock and wildlife coexist and share the same protected habitat. Wild animals are protected as in the national parks. The craters of Ngorongoro and Empakai are reserved exclusively for wildlife, while the rest of the conservation area is shared by wildlife, people and livestock.

The Maasai, the main residents of Ngorongoro, are pastoralists who move widely with their herds of cattle, sheep, goat, and donkeys in search of pasture and water. In recent years the Maasai have been encouraged to work on the land and supplement their traditional diet of milk and meat.

The Ngorongoro Crater, which is the central attraction in the area, is the largest caldera in the world that has its walls intact. The Ngorongoro Crater floor, a sheer drop of 610 metres below the crater rim, has an area of 304 square kilometers, with a diameter of 19 kilometers. The sight of the Ngorongoro Crater is simply stunning.

“It is impossible to give a fair description of the size and beauty of the Crater, for there is nothing with which one can compare it. It is one of the Wonders of the World…” once wrote Professor Bernhard Grzimek.

The crater floor is home to tens of thousands of plains animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands, and a large predator population of lions, hyena, and jackal which can all be viewed at close quarters. The rare black rhino can be viewed here, and if you are lucky you can see cheetah and leopard.

The rainy season is between November and May. The altitude at the crater rim is about 2286 metres above sea level, and temperatures can get quite chilly in the evening, especially between May to September.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park lies 120 kilometers south of Arusha, along the Great North Road highway, and is very popular for day trips from the town. Tarangire offers a wide variety of wildlife in its area of 2,850 square kilometers. As in all ecosystems, the vegetation and the types of animals you find are closely correlated.

The principal features of the park are the flood plains and the grassland, mainly comprising of various types of acacia trees, and a few scattered baobabs, tamarind, and the sausage trees.

The Tarangire River, after which the park is named, provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area. When the Maasai Steppes dry up with the end of the long rains in June, migratory animals return to the Tarangire River, making Tarangire National Park second only to Ngorongoro in the concentration of wildlife.

This period stretches between June and October and it is the best season for game viewing in Tarangire. The most common animals found in the park include zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, waterbucks, giraffe, elephants, gazelles, impala, gerenuk, lesser kudu and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx.

You may be lucky to spot the tree-climbing python, for which the park is famous, or the greater kudu and the roan antelope which are rare species in Northern Tanzania. Over 550 bird species have been recorded in the park.

Food

During this safari tour, you will be provided with seven breakfasts, eight lunches, and seven dinners.

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)

You can book these optional activities for a fee:

  • Nature walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Maasai village visit (30 USD per person)
  • Balloon ride (550 USD per person)

What's included

  • 10 game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater tour
  • Transport in a customized a 4x4 Land cruiser with a pop-up roof
  • Services of professional tour driver / guide
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Drinking water
  • All government taxes / VAT
  • Park fees and crater fees

What's not included

  • International flights from home and back
  • Tips and porterage
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal items
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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