7 Days Tanzania Odyssey
DAY 1: ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your driver-guide who will take you to Tarangire National Park, located in Manyara Region. Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi, and Mkomazi. Activities will include a wildlife game drive where you can see pythons climb trees, as well as lions and leopards among others. For the bird lovers, keep an eye for the screeching flocks of colorful Yellow-collared lovebirds, and the somewhat drabber Rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling. These are all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – LAKE NATRON
Your driver/guide will pick you up in the morning and drive for about 2 hours before leaving the main road. The ride will take you over bumpy paths, through remote Masai areas with stunning views of the ‘mountain of God’ Ol Doinyo Lengai, and if you’re lucky you might even see some zebra’s, giraffes, or other wildlife.
The drive takes around 2 half hours in total (you’ll stop for lunch) and once you arrive at the Lake Natron area entrance gate, a local Maasai guide will escort you to your accommodation. Visiting this whole area without a local guide is not allowed, so any excursion you do will be in his presence. You’ll check-in and have time to freshen up, after which you’ll head to the lake.
Accompanied by your local guide, you’ll explore the lake on foot. The ground is quite slippery and muddy, so be prepared to slowly slide over it to avoid falling. It’s very shallow for quite some time though, so it’s up to you to see how far you want to go to get close to the flamingos. We’ll stay until sunset, as this is the time when the flamingos are most active, looking for food. After the visit, you’ll return to your accommodation, where dinner will be served.
DAY 3: LAKE NATRON – SERENGETI
The day starts early today, as we want to hike to a nearby waterfall before it gets too warm, and leave enough time to comfortably proceeding to Serengeti national park. The hike takes about 1 to 2 hours and takes you through the beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Natron. Get ready to get wet, as you’ll have to cross the river a few times!
Once you finish your hike, you’ll continue north with a lunch box as the vehicle gently climbs along with multiple serpentine turns. Enjoy one last view at Lake Natron before departing the Rift Valley and continuing to the Northern Serengeti via the village of Wasso. Enter the Serengeti around late afternoon through Kleins Gate. Large herds of wildebeest can be seen crossing back to the southern plains between October and December. Lobo’s constant springs and broad grass plains dotted with kopjes sustain a diverse range of resident game, including leopards, lions, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
DAY 4: SERENGETI (North Mara)
After breakfast at the Camp, depart with your picnic lunch for a game drive and to view the great migration in the North Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park — Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with pride of lions up to 30 strong, however, from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – to actually find a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck.
DAY 5: SERENGETI- NGORONGORO CRATER
After a hearty breakfast and morning game drive in the Serengeti, we make our way to the infamous Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. An abundance of wildlife graces this infamous area, known worldwide for its’ stunning landscape. Enjoy spotting a multitude of different species, from elephants, hippos, and giraffes to the majestic Crater Lions and ravenous hyenas. After a short glimpse of the crater, we wind our way upwards as we head to our campsite on top of the crater rim.
DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, we will depart for a full-day game drive at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. It is not a national park in the strict sense of the word but was rather established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources.
It exists to safeguard the interests of indigenous people as well as promote tourism. Thus, guests on safari have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen with their cattle among the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area.
DAY 7: BACK TO ARUSHA
After our morning visit to the incomparable crater and then lunch, we will have a 4-hour journey, covering the 250km back to Arusha.
End of our 7 Days Tanzania Odyssey.