Experience Northern Tanzania's wildlife and culture on an 7 day National Park safari. Some of the safari accommodations are in modern, deluxe lodges – in harmony with the environment and constructed using local materials. In the Serengeti, you’ll stay at a mobile tented camp; immersing you with the sights and sounds of Africa. Food at all locations is well prepared, with local flair. We enjoy early mornings and late afternoons, for the best wildlife photography and light. Long days in the field and excellent driver-guides who are sensitive to the needs of photography/migration groups. We do not restrict ourselves to a rigid schedule of times, but instead allow the wildlife and environment to dictate our 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!
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred into Lake Manyara. Enjoy a morning game drive and a classic safari picnic lunch, as you experience your first glimpse of the great wilds of the Northern Tanzania! Lake Manyara offers an insight into the Great Rift Valley system and the adaptation of many herd animals and magnificent bird life.
From there, you will continue to the Esilalei Maasai Village, where you will explore the community, meet with the locals and learn about our school project. Later this afternoon, following your unique cultural interaction at the village, you will zig zag your way up the Rift Valley Escarpment, and onto the Crater Highlands for your overnight stay. Your lodge is located on the very edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where the wildlife roams freely uninhibited. So keep your eyes out and have fun!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp brings you close to the action and its unique location is determined each season, according to the dynamic movements of the wildebeest mega herds. From December to March, Nasikia is situated at the Small Marsh campsite in Ndutu, where you will find yourself in the midst of the short-grass grazing season with calving during late January. From July to October, the camp is located at Bologonja in the northern Serengeti - an ideal position from which to see the herd brave the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River. The mobile camp is comprised of 8-12 solar powered tents made from heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas. Each tent has a spacious bedroom and patio area for relaxing. The bathroom includes a ceramic wash basin with running water, a supply of natural based bathroom products, and a flushing toilet. Shower under the African skies with a 20 liter shower bucket put up on a pulley system as you require. The camp provides guests with a Lounge Tent complete with library to relax in and a large Dining Tent to enjoy sumptuous bush cuisine, cooked up by the camp chefs from fresh produce taken from all corners of Tanzania.
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.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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