HIGHLIGHTS 8 days – Tanzania

 

HIGHLIGHTS: LAKE MANYARA, SERENGETI, NGORONGORO, TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

8 Day Accommodated Safari

NOTES

  • We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in the case of non-availability
  • Park fees and airline prices may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed on to you.
  • Prices quoted are based on the dates shown. Changes in dates may lead to a change in the safari price.
  • Passengers arriving to Tanzania must carry a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver guide will meet you and assist you with your baggage, and provide a private transfer to Arusha for an overnight stay at Arumeru River Lodge or Mount Meru Game Lodge or similar (meals Bed and Breakfast).

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, we will pack a picnic lunch, and drive to Lake Manyara via a local Maasai village. The Park derives its name from the Maasai word “Manyara,” which is the name for the plant Euphorbia tirucalli. The Maasai use this plant to grow livestock stockades. Eventually Manyara will produce a stockproof hedge which is more durable than any other made of cut thorn branches. There is a specimen of Euphorbia tirucalli at the entrance gate. The Great Rift Valley is part of a fault in the earth’s crust which stretches 8 000 kilometers (4,971 miles) from Turkey to the mouth of the Zambezi River in Rwanda.

The fault is so massive that when astronauts landed on the moon, the Great Rift Valley was clearly visible to them. In the Manyara area there is no eastern wall to the Rift Valley as there is in Kenya. Here the flattish country falls very gently into a depression, while in Kenya the valley has walls to both east and west. The types of vegetation which occur in the Park are related to the geology of the area. The northern part of the Park, nearest the entrance, is composed mainly of volcanic rock which, being porous, allows many streams of clear water to flow out of the base of the rift wall. Further south, around Msasa River, the volcanic rock gives way to ancient crystalline rock, which is hard and non-porous, allowing fewer springs and streams to emerge. Those that do, the Ndala, Bagayo and Endabash, cascade down the entire face of the wall when flowing.

Despite the fact that Lake Manyara National Park is only 330 square kilometers (127 square miles) in area, of which about 230 square kilometers (89 square miles) are lake, it contains a large variety of habitats: the rift wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodland, areas of open grassland, the lake shore, swamp and the lake itself. Due to the variety of habitats the Park is able to support a large number of species. Over 380 species of birds, some migratory, have been recorded in the Park. You will do game drives in the park till evening. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Kirurumu Tented Lodge on a full board basis.

 

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we will drive to the great Serengeti National Park with lunch and game drives en-route. On your way to the Serengeti, you pass via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and also visit Olduvai Gorge (historical site). Leaving the Ngorongoro highlands behind you will enter the Southern plains of the Serengeti National Park, where you will view the endless plains with an abundance of animals. The name Serengeti is the corruption of the Maasai word Siringeti which means endless plains.

Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world with an area of over 14 000 square kilometers. Serengeti is the home of all the “big five” mammals, over 500 bird species, crocodiles in the Grumeti river and other reptiles such as tortoises and snakes. Serengeti has a very beautiful landscape. Apart from variations in vegetations and animal species, there are rolling hills and massive granite rock outcrops (koppies) which can be up to 20m high. On top of the koppies animals such as lions, leopards and hyraxes like to rest, giving you the opportunity to take remarkable photographs. Serengeti is also the home to about 1.4 million wildebeest which participate in the famous migration, together with zebras, Thompson and Grant gazelles, and the elands.

These animals migrate annually from the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, exploring the whole park, and then cross the Mara River in the north and enter in the Masai Mara game reserve, where they migrate back to the Serengeti. During your stay in the Serengeti, there is a very big possibility to see these animals in their journey together with hundreds of predators which usually get a better opportunity of hunting them. The Serengeti is home to lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, wild dog, gazelles, crocs and more. There are also a lot of birds, including the Eurasia migrants. Serengeti National Park is also mentioned as one of the Current Tourists’ Seven Wonders of the World.

On arrival in the Serengeti, we will get lunch and proceed with game viewing around Seronera or Eastwards. Dinner and overnight in Serengeti Savannah or Kensington Luxury Tented Camp or similar on full board basis.

Day 4: Full day in the Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we will do a half day game viewing in the Lobo area, where you will enjoy your hot lunch. We will then proceed with game drives until evening. Dinner and overnight in the Serengeti Savannah or Kensington Luxury Tented Camp or similar on full board basis.

 

Tanzania Serengeti

Day 5: Full day in the Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we will do another half day’s game viewing in the Lobo area, where enjoy another hot lunch before you drive back to Seronera – the center of the Serengeti. We will continue with game drives to search for carnivores (lions, leopards, cheetah, hyenas and wild dogs) in the Koppies until evening. Dinner and overnight in Lobo Wildlife Lodge or similar on full board basis.

 

Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast we will depart from the Serengeti towards the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. We will drive with picnic lunch boxes, and game viewing en-route to Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers an area of about 8 300 square kilometers and is dedicated to wildlife conservation and pastoralism done by the indigenous Maasai people. There is nothing that compares with the beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the eighth wonder of the world. It covers an area of 260 square kilometers and you will have to descend for 610 meters to reach the crater floor. It is one of the most densely crowded game parks in the world, including the endangered black rhinoceros. Actually the Ngorongoro Crater is the caldera, although it is popularly known as the Crater.

 

There are also lots of other small and big mammals including hyenas, jackals, zebras, mongoose and baboons to mention just a few. The crater is also very rich in bird life with over 400 species recorded, with lots of bird of prey such as vultures and eagles. The Ngorongoro crater floor is made up of swamps, rivers, lake, grassland, woodland and a forest. On the other hand the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has a lot of other breathtaking scenery such as shifting sands, the famous volcanic active Oldonyo Lengai Mountain and other unique craters such as Olmoti and Empakai. It is also the home to the proud and colorful indigenous people from the Maasai tribe, one of the tribes which have maintained its culture and traditions intact, in spite of the changes brought by globalization.

 

The area is also important in terms of archeology as it hosts the Olduvai Gorge. On your arrival at the Ngorongoro Conservation area you will have a panoramic view of the Ngorongoro Crater. All the “big five” – rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant live in this wonderful caldera. Other animals found are zebra, hippo, wildebeest and hyena, to name but a few. Birds include flamingos on the Soda lake, geese, storks, vultures and many more. Relax with dinner and overnight in the Ngorongoro Savannah or Kensington Tented Camp or similar on full board basis.

 

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast descend to the crater floor for game drives, with a picnic lunch served at Ngoitoktok swamp, a Hippo pool. Later in the afternoon, we will ascend to the Crater rim and drive to Tarangire National Park. After lunch you can do a cultural tour, and visit a Maasai boma. We will then proceed to Tarangire National Park for dinner and overnight at the Tarangire Safari Lodge or Tarangire River Camp or similar on full board basis.

 

Day 8: Tarangire National Park to Arusha

After breakfast, we will do a game drive in the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park covers approximately 2 600 square kilometers and, in the dry season, is second only to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in concentrations of wildlife. Tarangire lies to the south of the large, open grass plains of southern Maasailand, and derives its name from the Tarangire River, which provides permanent water for wildlife in the area. The park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, eland and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire, until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. After lunch we will drive back to Arusha and onward to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home. KLM is the best connection from Kilimanjaro.

 

End of services

 

Optional Excursions to be paid as extra

Serengeti Balloon Safari

Visit Maasai Boma