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!
Take off on a short drive early this morning to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km across and teeming with all of the impressive African big game. Your drive will guide you on a descent into the crater, where you can admire the spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Tonight, you will literally be staying on the crater rim for an unforgettable unique lodging experience. It is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge!
You will depart from the lodge this morning after breakfast, as your adventure continues to the endless plains of the Serengeti! Upon entering the Serengeti, you will be able to game drive all the way to your extraordinary camp area. The camp is mobile, in order to follow the migration patterns, and therefore locations vary throughout the year from the northern Serengeti, to the far southern plains at Ndutu. This accommodation ensures that you will always be as close to the action as possible, so take advantage of it!
Enjoy a full day of further exploring the endless plains. Admire the vast landscapes and observe the wildlife go about their daily routines. Join their natural habitat, as you game drive across the land, learning about their activity and habits, as you go. Along the way, you will also stop for a delicious picnic lunch. There will be resident cats and herd animals for you to watch throughout your day of exploration.
Today, you will be transferred out of the Serengeti, passing through Olduvai Gorge en route. There, you will enjoy lunch and time to look at the incredible archaeological sites, where early human tools and fossils have been found, including "Lucy." You will also have the opportunity to visit the informative and fascinating museum there. Afterwards, you will set off in the direction of Tarangire National Park, arriving at your camp just in time for sunset. Tonight's overnight camp offers a classic bush experience that ensures intimacy, luxury and authenticity.
Early this morning, head out on a final adventurous game drive in the Tarangire National Park! This park is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and majestic backdrop of baobabs. This setting encompasses the true Africa, and will be the perfect way to end your safari experience. After your game drive, you will be transferred back to Arusha, where you will be comfortably dropped off at your departure point or lodge.
Karama Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge located in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect home base for a Tanzania Safari or a restful night's sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The lodge itself consists of twenty-two unique en-suite cabins on stilts to ensure privacy and spectacular views of the landscape below and beyond. All cabins have a verandah with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Situated at the top of the lush and serene Suye Hill, Karama Lodge is a unique lodge with a rustic, yet comfortable, ambience providing a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere. It is a peaceful secluded respite where you can enjoy the beauty around you to the sounds of the surrounding forest.
Endoro Lodge is located on the lower slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater rim and adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area forest line and the thick pristine mountain forest. The lodge straddles the Conservation areas perimeter and is just a short ride away to the Loduare Park Gate. Wildlife from the unfenced forest including Elephants roam freely into the property giving visitors a very rare opportunity to really mix and mingle with the wild.
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 Camps are an intimate collection of mobile luxury camps that progressively shift to the rhythms of the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the vast herds follow the rains and fresh grasses in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti, our camps mimic that pattern of movement. From the Southern plains of Ndutu to the Western expanses and north to the Mara River crossings – Nasikia Mobile Camps can offer you the prime locations and unique & luxurious surroundings to explore on your adventures. The tents have varying configurations. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin with running water, and you step into our twilight showers to thrill in Mother Nature. All the décor was handmade or sewn with local wares by local people – from basin stands to the flowing curtains and hand beaded cushions.
Nasikia Tarangire Ndovu Camp is located in the heart of Tarangire, showcasing the best of Tanzania’s wild adventures. The camp is comprised of only 7 mobile tents, available in Tarangire during its most appealing time of year, June 15th to October 31st. During these dry months, the massive elephants herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their incredible ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. Nasikia vows to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while respecting the direction of the location, wildlife and other factors of sustainable tourism.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.