Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro – Serengeti
See the best of what Tanzania has to offer with our 7 day/6 night adventure which takes you on a journey through the northern parks of the country. Enjoy a world class safari, taking in four of the most famous national parks in the region. If you want an itinerary that combines maximum game viewing time with the chance to unwind in some of the country’s most luxurious accommodation, this is the safari for you.
You will be met at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport by your personal safari specialist and driver who will brief you on the journey ahead. Equipped with a wealth of knowledge, our experts will be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with all the information necessary for an unforgettable safari experience. After checking into your chosen Arusha hotel, relax and unwind before enjoying dinner at the hotel or in one of our recommended local restaurants in Arusha town.
After early rising you will begin your journey to the unique Tarangire National Park, home to more African Elephants per square kilometers than anywhere else on earth. Standing in the park surrounded by a landscape unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years, you will begin to appreciate one of the world’s last untouched areas of natural beauty. The main attractions of Tarangire include the magnificent ancient Baobab trees and the wildlife migration of June to August, which see wildebeest and zebra follow the rains to greener pastures. This is the second largest movement of wildlife in the world, after the mass migration of the Serengeti.
There are large populations of impala, giraffe, eland and buffalo. Thompson’s gazelle, hartebeest, bohor reedbuck and both the greater and lesser kudu are also in abundance here. In terms of predators, lion prides are common throughout Tarangire, as are leopards and spotted hyena. Packs of wild dogs sometimes can be seen passing through.
After a day spent exploring Tarangire, at 6pm you will head to your lodge for dinner and overnight rest.
Early Morning after breakfast you will depart your lodge and head to Lake Manyara National Park to continue your safari. Lake Manyara lies in the Great Rift Valley and is, one of the most beautiful places in Africa. Dramatically bordered by lush green vegetation, upon entering the park you will become captivated by large troops of baboons and blue monkeys swinging from the trees. Further down, the forest opens up into woodlands, grassland, and swamps, beyond which sits the soda lake itself. Home to 350 species of birds including the flamingos, pelicans, sacred ibisses, grebes and storks – it’s easy to see Lake Manyara is commonly referred to as “the bird watcher’s paradise”.
The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree climbing lions that spend most of their days lazily relaxing along the branches of acacia trees 6 – 8 meters above the ground. The park is also noted for its numerous buffalos, elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos and a number of smaller animals, which can all be seen in a single day.
After a picnic lunch, you will continue your afternoon game- drive to see as much wildlife as possible. You will depart the park around 6pm and head to your lodge perched on the rim of the crater to witness a magnificent sunset and enjoy a relaxing evening.
A 6am wake-up call is recommended to catch sunrise over the crater. After breakfast you will start your descent into the Ngorongoro Crater, One of the highest concentrations of wild animals in any African national park, you will see everything you would hope to see on safari during your morning game drive.
Residents of the Ngorongoro include lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes and many rare birds you could even get to see the ”Big Five” in one day!
After a picnic lunch, we will depart for the South Serengeti ecosystem which belongs jointly to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. One of the most scenic drives in Tanzania, you will see Maasai warriors grazing cattle and, depending on the time of the year, you could catch the mass migration of some two million wildebeest and Zebra. Before entering the Serengeti National Park, you will visit a traditional Maasai village to see how this ancient tribe has lived for hundreds of years, receiving a personal tour of the manyattas (houses).
You will arrive in the Serengeti late afternoon/early evening and be taken directly to your chosen camp or lodge.
The endless plains of the Serengeti…
Your drive will begin around 6am when you will be on the lookout for nocturnal predators returning from their night’s hunting and animals waking up in the early dawn. As the sun rises you will stop for a bush breakfast then it’s off to search for prides of lions, cheetahs and leopards among the numerous species of animals which call the Serengeti ‘home’. On the way back to the lodge for lunch you will visit the Serengeti information center in the Seronera area where your guide can explain the history of the Serengeti.
Later in the afternoon, when the sun is less intense, you can go for an early evening game drive or undertake a nature walk around the camp with the resident tribesmen. They are happy to share their vast knowledge of plants and animals surrounding which you will pass on your walk.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to maximize your time in the park, a picnic lunch is also available – a long day but worth the extra effort.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will head out for a full day of game driving into a different region of the great Serengeti. You will go in search of the two million-strong wildebeest and zebra migration, and the predators that pursue them.
You will stop at one of the parks’ beautiful picnic areas for a relaxed lunch and refreshments before continuing on your afternoon game drive, returning to your lodge by mid-afternoon to avoid the intense heat of the sun. Watching the thousands of wildebeest and zebra majestically floating along the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget.
Enjoy breakfast with views over the stunning Serengeti plains before, departing for the Seronara airstrip, located in the central are