Experience Northern Tanzania's wildlife and culture on a 7 day National Park safari. Some of the safari accommodations are in modern, deluxe lodges – maintained in harmony with the environment and constructed using local materials. In the Serengeti, you’ll stay at a mobile tented camp, immersing yourself with the sights and sounds of Africa, as you track the action on the go. Food at all locations is well prepared, with local flair. You'll enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives, for the best wildlife photography and light. Your excellent driver-guides are sensitive to the needs of photography/migration groups, making sure you get the most out of your long days on the field. You will not be restricted to a rigid schedule of times, but rather allow the wildlife and environment to dictate your routine (within the regulations of the national parks and issued permits).
Welcome to Tanzania! On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee: $100 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). After clearing customs, you will be met in the arrivals hall by a local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your accommodations in Arusha, a journey of approximately 1 hour.
This evening, you will meet with your expert guide for an exciting pre-safari briefing!
Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's northern circuit, serving as a base for Kilimanjaro treks and wildlife safaris into Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Transport hub aside, Arusha even offers its own opportunities for exploration, including day trips to Arusha National Park, canoeing tours on Momella Lake and Meru coffee plantation visits. For those looking to just rest and recover from jet lag, Arusha also features the perfect stop to relax and recharge, before continuing your African adventure!
After checking out of your hotel in Arusha, you will embark on the journey into Lake Manyara. Enjoy a thrilling morning game drive and a classic safari picnic lunch, as you experience your first glimpse of Northern Tanzania's wild wonders! Lake Manyara offers an insight into the Great Rift Valley system and the adaptation of many herd animals and magnificent bird life.
This afternoon, you will continue to the Esilalei Maasai Village, where you will explore the community, meet the villagers and learn about our local school project. After this extraordinary cultural experience, you will zig zag your way up the Rift Valley Escarpment towards the Crater Highlands, where you will be staying this evening. Your lodge is located on the farmland bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where the wildlife roams freely uninhibited.
The Crater Highlands features an idyllic stopping point, on the journey from Tarangire and Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. This rural region is known for its lovely farmhouse lodges, vast landscapes, flourishing coffee plantations, working farms and local ethnic communities. Through a variety of cultural activities on offer in the area, you are invited to immerse yourself in the rhythms and beauty of rural farm life and the pristine surrounding nature.
Early this morning, you will embark on an epic descent into the Ngorongoro Crater. Featuring dramatic open landscapes and impressive game viewing, it is no surprise that this attraction is often described as the eighth wonder of the world. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano - a fascinating natural amphitheater that stretches 25 kilometers across. This destination is teeming with Africa's most alluring big game. Later this evening, you will continue to your next lodge, literally located on the crater rim. Get ready for a true unique lodging experience! It is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's most amazing sights: a collapsed volcano which forms an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km (16 mi) across and teeming with all of the African big game. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat soda lake. This is an area of spectacular beauty and superb game viewing, a truly unique safari destination.
After breakfast at the lodge this morning, your adventure continues to the limitless plains of the Serengeti! Upon entering the Serengeti National Park, you can enjoy an exclusive game drive en route to your next camp. As the name suggests, your camp is mobile, promising the ultimate wildlife experience. A mobile camp means that you follow the exact migration patterns, making the most of your safari adventure. Depending on where the migration is at the time, the mobile camp can be located anywhere from the northern Serengeti, to the far southern plains of Ndutu.
The Serengeti National Park is the best place on the planet to admire large game. An experience in the Serengeti promises an adventure you will never forget. From one exhilarating game drive to the next, your guide will help you to track down majestic prides of lions, cheetah, leopard and much more! Each evening can be spent at your enchanting tented camp, sharing stories by the fire and enjoying dinner beneath a blanket of African stars.
Spend this entire day exploring the enchanting Serengeti scenery. Admire the vast plains as far as the eye can see and observe the wildlife roam around in their natural habitat. Your guide will teach you about their fascinating routines and habits, as you track down the wildlife action. You never know what is waiting around the next bend in the road! At some point this afternoon, you will stop for a traditional picnic lunch, before heading back to camp. Fall asleep this evening, listening to the calls of the wild!
Today, you will say goodbye to the enticing wonders of the Serengeti. En route to your next destination, you will pass through Olduvai Gorge, where you will stop for lunch. Following lunch, you can explore the area's incredible archaeological sites, where early human tools and fossils have been discovered, including "Lucy". Visit the informative museum, before continuing your transfer to Tarangire National Park. You should arrive at your next camp just in time for sunset. This evening's camp offers a classic bush experience that ensures intimacy, luxury and authenticity.
Tarangire is one of the most diverse National Parks in Tanzania. Covering a promising area of 1,360 sq km, Tarangire is situated in the northwestern corner of Tanzania’s Masai Steppe, east of The Great Rift Valley. This region boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, in addition to an impressive concentration of big cats. Featuring over 500 different species, Tarangire also offers the best bird diversity in East Africa. The rugged landscape offers a unique safari backdrop, that blends seamlessly between rolling grasslands, messy swamps and forests of baobab trees.
Bright and early this morning, you will embark on your final game drive through the treasures of Tarangire National Park! This legendary park is known for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and majestic backdrop of baobabs. Its setting encompasses authentic Africa, offering the perfect end to your iconic safari experience. After your morning game drive, you will be returned to Arusha.
Nestled on the lower slopes of majestic Mt Meru, the legendary Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming mountain climbers and safari travelers to northern Tanzania for decades. Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mt Kilimanjaro, this beautiful swahili sanctuary is set on a five acre plot , tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town.
Quietly tucked away on the top of a hill in rural Africa, yet still perfectly located in the very heart of the Northern Tanzania safari circuit, Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge breathes the atmosphere of true Africa. On property are only fifteen en-suite tented safari houses, maintaining an intimate charm and personalized quality service. Your stay at Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge will directly contribute to the well being of local children. The profits that are made from your stay at the lodge go to the Children’s Home and the local schools of Rhotia. Rhotia Valley Children’s Home is the safe and caring home for orphans from the local community. The Center helps children who do not have a family, to build a promising future!
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset. All of the 91 double bedrooms are very spacious and each two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass fronted verandah, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater The lodge has 6 single rooms, all of which have a queen sized beds and glass fronted sliding doors.
Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation, bordering the southern Serengeti plains, Ndutu thrives with wildlife especially from December through to March annually for the Great Wildebeest Migration. The multiple land use philosophy in the area is to maintain the peaceful co-existence of human and wildlife in a natural and traditional setting. Man and his ancestors have lived in the Ngorongoro ecosystem for more than three million years. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in both lakes is extremely salty, too salty for human consumption. Lake Ndutu comes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the short grass plains, which provide ample cover and food, especially during the calving season between late January to late February. Ndutu is the place to be and Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is in the heart of the action!
Perched on a shallow ascending ridge on the southern side of the infamous Tarangire river within the central part of Tarangire National Park, this is where Tarangire Ndovu Camp is situated. A permanent camp elevated off the ground with expansive and breath-taking views to the west. Inspired to use local material and craftsmanship, this camp offers one of the most incredible locations within the borders of the National Park. Elegantly designed and stylishly furnished, en-suite tents that cater for a range of travelers including families. Two family suites with an interleading walkway cater for these specific needs. An infinity swimming pool overlooking the plains with distant Baobab trees keeping guard. The camp is revealed by lovers of the great outdoors and designed to be affordable while still being able to offer great comfort after a long day of safari under the African sun.
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