Tour Overview

Duration: 9 days

Destinations: Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park

Overview,

The best of Tanzania’s northern parks in only 9 days. You’ll be visiting the best and highlight destinations of the Northern part of Tanzania with unique game drive.  Chance to visit the world’s largest volcanic caldera at Ngorongoro, the large elephants of Tarangire and the incredible wildebeest population in the breathtaking plains of Serengeti Spend your nights in en-suite fully furnished accommodations, all tucked away in outstanding locations. Interact with the local Masai people to learn their culture and way of life.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Arusha National Park

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our travel guide and transfer to Arusha National Park, one of the small and accessible parks in the northern part of Tanzania with picnic lunch.

When you arrive at the park, you will get to experience variety of landscapes including Mt Meru, Fig tree arch, Momella lakes, Ngurdoto crater with wildlife and an incredibly diverse amount of birdlife.

It is also place where you get to have a wonderful feeling of tranquillity and solitude. If the weather is good, your Guide can find a place for you to get a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will have lunch in one of the parks picnic sites as you enjoy the tranquil views then proceed with game drive.

In the late afternoon, at around 16:00 you will drive back to the hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight as you look forward to continue your Tanzania adventure tomorrow.

 

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you’ll journey to Tarangire National Park, approximately two and a half hours from Arusha. You will experience a change in landscape, vegetation and culture as you drive towards Tarangire. You will see villages and locals operating roadside shops and food vendors selling various food products. You can stop at any points if you’d like to visit a store or take a market tour.

You will drive straight to the lodge, check-in, have lunch and rest a bit before you go out for an afternoon game drive which end at around 17:00. After the game drive, you will enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset as you drive back to the lodge.

 

Day 3:  Tarangire National Park

Equipped with your picnic lunch, after breakfast you will drive back to Tanzania’s elephant’s headquarters, Tarangire National Park. The morning and afternoon are yours to explore the imposing National Park, host to more than 500 bird species.

You will have lunch in one of the picnic sites and proceed with game drive in other areas of the park. Big game viewing is absolutely rewarding here as you have uncountable animals to search for from giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests to lions. Tarangire River, the main source of water in the park, tends to draw a lot of wildlife. While you may have an opportunity to see leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, this is a game of chance since they are rare in the park. Before sunset, you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: Maasai Village visit / Lake Manyara National Park

Today’s expedition starts after breakfast with a drive to a Masai village where you will learn how a day goes by in a Maasai village. You will learn the norms and customs of the locals dressing style, their foods and their songs. You will also get to participate in activities like renovating the house and milking cattle.

After the Maasai home visit, you will head to Mto wa mbu where you will have hot local lunch a good opportunity to taste Tanzanian dishes.

After lunch you will drive to the neighboring Lake Manyara National Park, one of the beautiful parks famously known for its tree climbing lions. The park offers scenic woodland, grassland and swamps ecosystem. Flamingos along with more than 350 other bird species are the park’s highlights. Though small, the Park is noted for its good number of buffalos, elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos and many species of smaller animals.

The tall trees of the groundwater forest are homes to troops of baboons and blue monkeys that will leave you with a feeling of calmness and tranquil.

In late afternoon when you’re done with game viewing, you will drive to the lodge. How you spend the evening is entirely up to you, whether it is in your room or by the bar having a drink as you wait for dinner.

 

Day 5: Game enroute to Serengeti National Park

You’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way you’ll pass through the rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might encounter wild animals like baboon, vervet monkeys, warthogs, buffalo etc. As you enter Serengeti you will be welcomed by beautiful endless plains with wildebeest, zebras, and impalas roaming the grassy plains.

You will drive to the camp to check-in, have lunch and rest before you head out for an afternoon game drive. Serengeti has a lot to offer so prepare yourself to explore this rich ecosystem full of game viewing opportunities. As dusk draws close, you will drive to the camp whilst enjoying the views of sunset for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 & 7: Serengeti National Park

Today after breakfast you will head out for a full day game drive. You will journey from open plains to the kopjes, volcanic rocky outcrops that provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide you with the ultimate game viewing opportunities. Serengeti is home to the great migration over the huge flat plains, you are likely to come across predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and many other small predators. You will have lunch with the great view of the horizon in one of the designated picnic sites. After a successful day of game viewing, you will drive back to camp for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will depart the lodge at 07:00am and head out with picnic lunch to Ngorongoro Crater, a multiple land use where animals and people have managed to co-exist together in harmony. You will descend down this self-sustaining 600-meter-high caldera. Ngorongoro Crater, which is only 10 miles across, was created as a result of volcano activities. You will venture the floor of the crater in search for game viewing opportunity as this place has a variety of wildlife species to offer.

You will have lunch in one of the designated areas then continue with game drive on the self-sustaining ecosystem where you will come across a variety of wildlife species and if lucky you will be able to see rare black rhino. High predator population can also be found in this self-sustaining ecosystem. You will also visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater where large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds are found. During the evening you will ascend the crater and drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 9: Drive to Arusha – Depart

Today marks the end of your safari, however, one last adventure is left as you drive to Arusha. After breakfast you will drive to Mto wa Mbu local market where you will get to meet the local people. You will get to Arusha at noon where you will have lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge. After lunch you will have a short transfer of 10 minutes to Arusha Airport where you will catch your flight back home.

Tour Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions.

  • All park fees for all national parks
  • All meals and accommodations during the entire tour
  • A high-quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Highly experienced safari guide (who speaks good English)
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Unlimited mineral water on safari
  • All government taxes
  • AMREF Flying doctor’s emergency rescue

Exclusions.

  • Visa Fees
  • International Flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks at the lodges
  • Any other things not mentioned above.

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