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Highlights Of Tanzania Safari

Starting From $3,629 Per Person

Journey Style: Private (Fully Escorted)

Accommodation Style: Mid-Range

Duration: 8 Days

Highlights: Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater

Embark on a tour of Tanzania’s best wildlife highlights within the mesmerizing natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara. A smooth and seamless journey filled with exciting animal encounters and atmospheric camps that you can just sit back and enjoy the wonders of Tanzania.

Day One: Arrive Arusha

Your journey begins as you are collected from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge. This growing city lies near the foot of Mount Meru, serving as the travel hub for safaris to Tanzania’s famous Northern Safari Circuit.

Destination: Arusha, Tanzania

Welcome to Arusha, the gateway to the popular safari circuit in northern Tanzania. Sitting snugly at the foothills of Mount Meru, the small town is surrounded by some of the most famous national parks in Africa. Virtually everyone visiting Tanzania’s northern parks will stop over here, but few actually take the time to get to know it. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll be surprised at what you can do in and around Arusha.

Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any East African safari.

Day Two: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

On the second day, we travel from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, taking an afternoon game drive and stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. This incredibly scenic national park is noted for its tree-climbing lions, large troops of baboons and flamingo flocks. Keep an eye out for buffaloes, elephants, zebras, wildebeest and giraffe as well as antelopes such as bushbuck. Lake Manyara also hosts an abundance of birds, including numerous waterbirds.

zebras in grass

Destination: Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park is a small park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Its groundwater forest offers a nice change of scenery from the more savannah-dominated parks. Although the park is known for tree-climbing lions, big cats aren’t that easily seen. Elephant are prolific and are the main attraction.

Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

With its extraordinary setting on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge offers panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. Private balconies on each guest room take full advantage of breathtaking vistas of the African wilderness, as do the lounge, restaurant, and infinity swimming pool, which literally seems suspended above the spectacular landscape.

Day Three: Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we depart for the Serengeti National Park with a picnic lunch along the way. Renowned for the annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. En route to Serengeti, you will drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ndutu Plains. The afternoon game drive will follow.

Destination: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa and is synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. It is Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top-class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a lodge in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.

Day Four: Exploring Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, immerse yourself in the splendor of the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife reserves. Discover the park’s iconic creatures on an optional hot-air balloon safari at sunrise, and set out in a 4×4 on morning and afternoon safaris through the golden grasslands. With luck, spot all of Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. As enduring as the game-viewing, you are sure to be in awe of the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains. 

Destination: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa and is synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. It is Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top-class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a lodge in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.

Day Five: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast enjoy a morning game drive exploring more of the wonderful Serengeti. Upon return, check out and depart for the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge, site of archaeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years ago have been discovered. We will be stopping along the way for a delicious picnic lunch before arriving at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which is spread along the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro World Heritage site. 

crater

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime. There are few places that have wildlife densities and variety on this level. It is not unusual to see the Big Five in one day – and all this in the most amazing setting with a backdrop of the 600m/1,968ft-high crater wall.

 

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Nestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Framed by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its torch-lit walls are adorned with stylized cave paintings. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight.

Day Six: Exploring Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera with sides so steep that it has become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife, including most of the species found in East Africa. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters 25,000 large mammals. Observe this wildlife spectacle on a game viewing drive within the crater and enjoy a picnic lunch served at a scenic spot on the crater floor. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon/evening at leisure back at your accommodation.

crater

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime. There are few places that have wildlife densities and variety on this level. It is not unusual to see the Big Five in one day – and all this in the most amazing setting with a backdrop of the 600m/1,968ft-high crater wall.

 

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Nestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Framed by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its torch-lit walls are adorned with stylized cave paintings. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight.

Day Seven: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha – International Flight Home

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning before departing for Arusha. Conduct some last minute souvenir shopping before or after your lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your international flight.

 

Day Eight: Arrive Home

Today you arrive back at your home airport. Thank you for joining us for the trip of a lifetime in Africa. We know how precious experiences away from the everyday are, and we hope you made lasting memories on your safari.

 

What’s Included

  • A fully-escorted adventure with a warm welcome at the airport or at your accommodation from one of our representatives.
  • Breakfast each morning at your accommodations, along with lunch and dinner as per your detailed itinerary.
  • Local and seasoned expert private guides take you through your itinerary highlights and experiences.
  • All accommodation stays, tours and transfers for scheduled activities are covered unless otherwise listed in the itinerary.

What’s Not Included

  • Your international airfare (unless noted in the itinerary) Please let one of our safari experts know if you’d like to receive pricing for airfare.
  • Visas (our team will assist in the application process and advise what visa is best based on your destination).
  • Travel insurance, which is required and can be purchased from us after you’ve secured your trip with us.
  • Additional sightseeing, activities, and experiences outside of your itinerary along with gratuities.

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