8 Day Northern Tanzania Classical Safari

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Itinerary Briefing

Take a private safari to the best of all the east African national parks. Depending on the time of year, you’ll have the chance to see the great migration in the Serengeti National Park.

The tour starts in Arusha and ends in Arusha. Along the way you’ll have countless adventures in your own animal tracking vehicle, traveling the wild African savanna in search of big game. If you’re a nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Itinerary Day Description

Day 1:   Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – Arusha town

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Your driver guide and I will meet you. After your trip briefing, you will drive with us to your hotel in Arusha town. Enjoy great views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped Uhuru Peak; while you settle in over dinner have a good night sleep.

1st night: Accommodation at African Tulip Hotel in Arusha town (meals on Bed & Breakfast basis)

Day 2:          Arusha – Full day game drive in Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, with packed lunch boxes, you will depart for Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area.

There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, and cheetah and up to six thousand elephant.

After your game drive, you will drive out of the park to the famous town of Karatu for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Marera Valley Lodge  all meals included

Day 3:          Karatu –   Lake Manyara National Park

Tree Climbing Lions & Pink Flamingoes  

After breakfast from your hotel, you will depart for Lake Manyara. Nestled 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 buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and others.

Eventually you will arrive and stay overnight at beautiful Lake Manyara, which Ernest Hemingway once called the “The loveliest lake in Africa.”

The national park is home to the unique tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, which you’ll have the chance to see lounging in the high tree branches.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at Marera Valley Lodge all meals included

Day 4:          Lake Manyara   –   Serengeti National Park.

After breakfast from your lodge, you will transit Ngorongoro conservation Area and get a stop for few minutes at the crater view point.

After your brief stop at the crater view point, you will drive further to Serengeti National Park (driving time for 2 hours, but with plenty to see on the way!). En route you will see grazing zebras, antelopes and giraffes and sometimes some buffalos hiding in the bush.

The South Serengeti ecosystem belongs partly to the Serengeti National park and partly to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Ndutu Area). You will start your day 1 game drive into Serengeti National Park.

You will be able to game drive the central Serengeti en route to your camp.

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 and many birds and other species.

After your game drive in Serengeti National Park, you will drive to your camp and retire your day for dinner and overnight at Tanzania Bush Camps in central Serengeti. All meals included

Day 5:           a full day in the life of Wildebeest migration in Serengeti

You will have breakfast at the camp and embark yourself on a full day game drive in Serengeti National park.

The Migration, consisting of around 2 million animals, is on the move all year round. Depending on the season you may see this impressive phenomenon.

Naturally it also attracts a mass of predators and you may be able to see a band of lionesses gather for a hunt.

After your full day game drive in Serengeti National Park, you will return to your camp for your 2nd overnight at Tanzania Bush Camps in central Serengeti. All meals included

Day 6:          Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater – Natural Wonders

After breakfast from Serengeti, with packed lunch boxes, you will depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you’ll descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a wonderful game drive and picnic lunch. The inside of the crater is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the highest wild animal densities worldwide. Among the species are lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. You might expect to see the ‘Big Five’ in one day! You’ll then stay overnight at a lodge outside the crater.

Standard Accommodation at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge  meals on full board basis

Day 7:                    Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Eyasi

From Ngorongoro you proceed to Lake Eyasi home to the hunter-gathers ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen bearing similar characteristics to those of Bushmen at Southern Africa. The small people of this indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of Fauna and Flora knowledge to share with us.

Around Lake Eyasi you will also visit the remotely living Datoga Tribe famous for their colourful leather dresses. The day is filled with visits and cultural encounters around Lake Eyasi.

Alternatively, you can visit the Hadzabe Bushmen and go with them for hunting or gathering to the bush. If you wish you can watch their daily live activities when they come back from the bush with some meat and their dances

Driving time from Ngorongoro to Lake Eyasi without game viewing approx. 2 – 2,5 hours

After having done with your tour visits and seen the activities at Lake Eyasi, you will drive down to the famous town of Karatu for dinner and overnight accommodation at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, all meals included

Day 8:                    Karatu town – Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depending on your international flight departure timing, after early morning breakfast at your lodge, you will depart to Arusha, arriving around noon time at Shanga Shangaa and you will also take a brief tour at Shanga Shangaa.

(Shanga Shangaa is a place for disabled people where they make glasses, flower vase and other ornaments out of recycled bottles – it is actually it is a glass blowing or ballooning job after heating the recycled bottle under very high gas heat).

Afterwards, you will drive further to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight.

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Included Services

  • All Road transfer as per trip itinerary including airport pick up and drop off transfers.
  • 05 days, 4 nights private trip package
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English-speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees as per trip itinerary
  • All game drives as mentioned
  • All accommodation during safari
  • 2 ltr mineral waters per person / day during game drives
  • Domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar ONE WAY

Excluded Services

  • International Flights & All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari in Serengeti
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation on Zanzibar

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