This safari is a 6 days, 5 night lodge safari to the top game-viewing areas of Tanzania: Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park. The wildlife concentrations and diversity here are unsurpassed – and you’ll be able to view them from the comfort of your 4×4 Landcruiser, in the company of an experienced safari driver / guide. This lodge safari package fits for friends & family with kids as it includes some cultural encounter where you will be able to mingle with locals, bushman at Lake Eyasi & Masai village at Ngorongoro highlands.
Comfort & private – During the safari you will have a private 4 x 4 safari Land Cruiser driven by a professional and well experienced local English speaking safari driver guide who will take you and show you all the animals that you have ever dreamed of, the small & the big. Your jeep will have a photographic roof thatch to assure good pictures from any angle. Accommodation will be standard mid-range lodges & tented camps.
- 6 days 5 nights private Tanzania lodge safari for 1 to 6 person
- Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch (window seat for everybody)
- Services of a professional & experienced local English speaking safari driver guide
- All meals and refreshments based on L,D,L meal plan
- Overnight stays in safari lodges / tented camps
- All national park fees
- 1.5 l mineral water per person during game drive
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival and $100 for U.S. nationals
- Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and beverages in lodges or Camps
- Arrival & departure transfers (but can still be arranged at extra cost)
- Accommodation in Arusha before & after safari (but still can arrange at extra cost)
- International Flights
- Optional activities
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National park
Distance: 130 km
Non Game Viewing Time: 2 to 3 hrs.
After breakfast meet you safari driver guide at the lobby & leave for Tarangire National Park via Arusha town where you can change money or do any last minute purchase. Tarangire is the fifth largest National park in Tanzania well known for its beautiful landscape & larger elephant population found nowhere on earth.
Tarangire River and the majestic baobab trees dwarfing some animal species which comes underneath are among the highlights of this park. Tarangire – Lake Manyara ecosystem forms a cycle of annual migration of over 3000 elephant, wildebeest & zebras. Apart from elephant population you may expect to spot giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippos, warthog & the three rare species of Lesser & Greater Kudu, Oryx and the Ash staling. Later afternoon before or during sunset drive to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
Overnight at the pleasant Sangaiwe Tented Camp. All meals include.
Day 2: Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi
Distance: Tarangire – Manyara 50 km – Lake Manya – Lake Eyasi – 80 km
Non Game Viewing time: 1 to 2 hours
After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National park. This park is placed at the most dramatically location with lot of underground water streams that makes it green throughout the year. Overlapping habitats & permanent water supply attracts large number of animal including herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe hippos & many antelopes. Primates like baboon, velvet monkeys, blue monkey and others are inhabit this park. Lake Manyara tree climbing lion & larger flocks of flamingos are the highlights of this park.
After lunch in one of the picnic site inside the park, 6 days Tanzania lodge safari continues as you drive to Lake Eyasi for some cultural encounter. The driving is up and across the Great Rift Valley escarpment, reaching Lake Eyasi after about 1.5 hours. You will visit the Datoga tribe ‘The black smith’ they will take you around their homes and you will interact with them & ask as many questions as you can, then you will visit the black smith. Later afternoon you will walk along the Lake shore for wonderfully sunset before driving to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge. All meals included
Day 3: Lake Eyasi – Serengeti National park
Distance: 170 km
Non Game Viewing Time: 3 to 4 hrs.
On this day you will go for an early morning hunting with bushman including tuition on survival skills. Bushman is an indigenous tribe divided in three clans of Datoga, Tindiga & the Hadzabe living in hunting & gathering of fruits, tubes & eggs pretty much the same as people who lived in the Stone Age. Late morning you will depart for Serengeti National park, the driving is via beautiful high lying farmlands of Karatu & across Ngorongoro highlands.
Check in at Ngorongoro gate & drive up to the Crater view point, stop for some nice pictures of the crater floor from the rim after, driving along the crater rim & down to the endless rolling plains of Serengeti. On the way you will visit one of Masai village whereby some Masai warriors invites you & take you in & around their houses giving some information about their customary life. Later their popular song which involving jumping & dancing will begin, if you want you can join the dancing.
Afterward you will proceed to Nabii hills gate for check into Serengeti National Park, you can have your packed lunch here while checking in or at the Kopjes (rocky outcropping). After lunch & some rest, start your en-route game drive on your way to the Central Serengeti possibly your driver guide will have already know where the wildebeest Migration is packed. Late afternoon during or before sunset drive to your camp for dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Serengeti Thorn trees Camp Central Serengeti or similar. All meals included.
Day 4: Full day in Serengeti National Park
Early start for an early morning game drive in Serengeti, (leave the camp with breakfast box and lunch box), early morning game drive starting at 6:30 can allows you to spot cat family on the road as they try to avoid morning mist. You may also see how other animals behave in the morning after a long night of darkness, you can see other predators returning back from their long night of hunting or a pride of a lioness organizing morning ambush.
If your traveling dates is when the Great Wildebeest Migration packed in Serengeti, you will go straight to where they are & spend much time with the herds in anticipation of seeing animal actions like fighting, eating, hunting even killing, break for breakfast somewhere in the bush then proceed with game drive until lunch time.You may break for lunch at Soronera visitor’s center or elsewhere, after lunch and some rest, embark on your afternoon game drive & late drive back to your Camp during or before the sunset for dinner & overnight.
In this day you can leave very early in the morning and do the famous Serengeti Balloon Safari. (Extra cost) The Serengeti balloon safari fly in the morning at 6:30 and takes 2 hours before landing in the bush for breakfast and some celebration. Afterward, your safari driver guide will catch up with you and proceed with your full day game drives in the Serengeti.
Overnight at Serengeti Thorn trees Camp Serengeti. All meals included.
Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
Distance: 178 km
Non Game Viewing Time: 2 to 3 hrs.
After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro Crater, en route game drive, reach Naabi Hills gate for check out, drive to the highlands of Ngorongoro and descent 600 meters into the Crater floor for wonderful game drive. Picnic lunch will be served in one of the picnic site inside the Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is referred by many as one of the world nature wonders that you cannot afford to miss when planning your Tanzania safari, its scenery is beautiful regardless of wet or dry seasons.
The number of animal species in the Crater is big and only few animals are moving in and out of the Crater. You may expect to spot herds of wildebeests, zebras, hippos, eland, elephant, topi & many more. The rare black rhino can be seen here living in their natural habitat.
The crater is also home to a good number of predators which includes cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lions & the ever-elusive leopard that sometimes need sharp eyes to spot. You will drive along Lake Magadi a shallow alkaline Lake at the southwestern corner of the crater frequently visited by some flocks of flamingos, hippos & other aquatic birds, late afternoon drive to the lodge for sunset, dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge at the crater rim or similar in Karatu town. All meals included.
Day 6: Ngorongoro – Arusha
Distance: 154 km
Non Game Viewing Time: 3 to 4 hrs.
Morning at leisure, have breakfast & depending on your flight time (Option) you can do a guided nature walk along Endoro trial all the way to the elephant cave, the walk is of about 2 to 3 hours (Cost is $ 30 per person). Then back for hot lunch before driving back to Arusha for overnight (own account) or drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport. KLM or other late flights can be the best option if flying on this day.
All accommodation subjected to availability.