Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Arusha, Lake Manyara and Natron – 9 days mid-range Safari
$5230 per person
All the parks are home to small and large animals including birds and reptiles; With accommodation inside the parks at budget camping sites. You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife, habit and habitat of the fauna and flora in the natural areas.
Serengeti National Park – Lying at the heart of the Tanzania safari experience, the Serengeti is rich in biodiversity, accessible to a wide range of travelers, and combines easily with many other destinations. Naturally, it is most famous for its role in hosting the Great Wildebeest Migration – find out here when to go for Africa’s greatest show. Best of all, if you can’t make it during the Migration, you’ll enjoy excellent wildlife viewing on Serengeti safaris at any time of year as well as great accommodation and top guiding.
Ngorongoro Crater Safari – Crater was created as a result of an imploded volcano, establishing a unique caldera that stretches 20km in diameter, is home to its very own eco-system and is teeming with indigenous wildlife. Located right near the famous Serengeti National Park, it is ideally located for visitors to explore the variety of plant and animal life living within the crater walls.
This is one of the most magnificent tourist destinations in Africa unparalleled in its distinguished scenic beauty, wildlife and atmosphere.
Tarangire National Park – Located in Tanzania’s Manyara region Tarangire National Park is one of the prime safari attractions. Adding essence to northern Tanzania, the national park is full of natural wonder and untamed wildlife viewing. The national park is nearer to the Lake Manyara area which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The national park got its name from the Tarangire River that flows inside the national park.
Arusha National Park – A multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours. Just a short drive from Moshi or Arusha, the park is the ideal location for wildlife viewing on a day trip.
Lake Manyara National Park – Offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.
The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.
Lake Natron – A soda lake at the base of the active Ol Donyo Lengai volcano, the area around Lake Natron is often described as having a desolate and almost lunar beauty. Lake Natron is found in the northern part of Tanzania and it is the most important breeding site for Lesser Flamingos in the world.
Departure Timemorning from Arusha
Return Timeafternoon to Arusha
Dress CodeComfortable casual, athletic and beach clothing, comfortable sneakers, shoes or sandals, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionAll meals during safari as per itineraryDestinations transfers (airport transfer)Emergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesKnowledgeable driver/guidePark FeesPrivate 4x4 custom built vehicleRescue Fees
Not IncludedBeveragesDrinking water one bottle of 1.5 ltr a day while on safariFlightsMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal Expenses (i.e. laundry and communications)Tanzania VisaTips for guidesTrip & medical insurance
Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha Town
Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Mc. Elly’s hotel in Arusha based on bed and breakfast.
Day 1: Arusha National Park
07h30 Depart from the hotel towards Momella area Enjoy a peaceful and scenic canoeing safari (optional) along the shorelines of Momella Lake or walking tour with game ranger in Arusha national Park which will give you a beautiful view of both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro before starting game drive (2 to 3 Hours). Game drive will start soon after walking tour, animal to see in this park are buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos and water birds living around the area, Baboons Black and white Colobus Monkey, before sunset drive back to Arusha, dinner and overnight at Mc-Elly’s Hotel.
Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
Soon after breakfast at your lodge then drive to Lake Manyara National Park with lunch box for both morning and afternoon game drives in the park. You will have enough time to look for Flora and Fauna i.e. Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more…About 350 species of birds have been recorded, picnic lunch in the park, evening leave the park for dinner and overnight at Twiga Campsite. Full board.
Day 3: Lake Manyara – Lake Natron
After breakfast drive to Lake Natron via Engaruka and visit to see old irrigation system which were used in the 14th century. Engaruka is the only place in East Africa where Maasai have adapted agriculture. At 1300 hrs back to the Camp for hot lunch. After lunch travel along the base of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Natron arriving there in the evening. Walk to the wonderful waterfall a very nice place where many visitors do even take bath in this fall. Dinner and overnight in Lake Natron at Worldview Budget campsite.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Soon after breakfast collect your lunch boxes and depart for two full days game drives in the Serengeti, crossing the Cliff of the Rift Valley with game drives and lunch on the way. Lobo is where the trails of the Serengeti Wildebeest migration has passed on their coming back to Serengeti from Maasai Mara in Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Kisura tented camp/Serengeti centre at Nyani public Campsite.
Day 5&6: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Full day Game drive. This is the land of most peoples’ safari dreams. Serengeti has an amazing abundance of animals. In dry season (May – Oct), game is concentrated around water holes, making multiple species photo shots fairly easy to come by. In wet season (Jan – Mar), game is scattered all over the plains! June – Aug is the season of the Great Wildebeest Migration – a sight to be seen! Apr – May, be prepared for the babies. Most are born in Feb – Mar, and are out and about by this time. No season is a bad season in the Serengeti.
Dinner and overnight at Kisura tented camp/ Serengeti centre at Nyani public Campsite.
Day 7: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Morning breakfast at 7:30 soon after breakfast start game drive with your packed lunch box till afternoon then bid farewell Serengeti, toward to Ngorongoro for overnight at Rhino Lodge/Simba public campsite.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater - Karatu Town
Early morning breakfast start descending to the crater, enjoy beautiful 6 hours crater Tour. You come across unique attractions near this historical caldera where man and wildlife are living together without harming one another.
Get a chance to observe wildlife including Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Wildebeest, Warthog and Zebra, and see also lake Magadi, Lerai Forest and Ngoitoktok swamp. Later after your lunch at the picnic site start drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea lodge, full board/Flamingo Safari lodge & campsite.
Day 9: Karatu Town - Tarangire National Park - Kilimanjaro International Airport
Start from the campsite with packed lunch start two hours driving to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park covers an area of 1360sq km (525sq miles) with scattered Baobab trees, alternating with open acacia woodland which caters for wildlife food, open bush plains, swamps and rivers like river Tarangire. Wildlife like Elephants, Zebra, Giraffe, DikDik and Ostrich and different species of birds can be seen; then drive to Airport for your onward flight.
This nine day safari is the ultimate itinerary for the best wildlife experience in Tanzania. On this tour, we journey through the most famous national parks and conservation areas - Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Arusha National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa
The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.
The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists - many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
Lake Manyara National Park
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.
The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.
Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside; the blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees; dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and the outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.
Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for people travelling through the northern safari circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers an unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.
Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
Arusha National Park
This park is often overlooked by visitors, worried they will not see that much wildlife. However Arusha National Park has such a lot to offer and dazzles with a perfect mix of flora and fauna and diversified landscapes. Passing the “small Serengeti” during a game drive, you are likely to spot peaceful herds of buffaloes, shy bushbucks on the edge of the forest as well as warthogs and zebras. Heading towards the Ngurdoto Crater you will soon find yourself in a lush rainforest – a great place to spot the athletic black and white colobus monkey as well as the elegant mitis monkey. The Ngurdoto Crater is basically a smaller version of the Ngorongoro Crater and has a diameter of about 3 km. With a bit of luck you might even spot buffaloes in the swamps on the crater floor.
Due to the low numbers of predators in the park, walking safaris are permitted. This is a must for anyone wanting to get a closer look at the moss covered trees and the occasional red hot pokers as well as for those wanting to get up close to wildlife. Most common sightings whilst on a walking safari include buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes and a variety of birds such as the silvery cheeked hornbill, little bee-eater and the occasional long crested eagle. The walk takes visitors to the refreshing Tululusia waterfalls and back to the Momella gate.
On the way towards the Momella Lakes, visitors are in for a treat as common waterbucks and reedbucks love to hang around the lake shore. An array of water birds like cormorants, kingfishers and beautiful flamingos are also often spotted. There are seven alkaline lakes to be seen and each lake has a different salt concentration. Visitors also have the option of going on a canoe trip on the small Momella Lake.
Arusha National Park is also home to about a handful of African elephants but due to their constant movement they are hardly ever spotted. The same goes for leopards which roam the vast foggy forests of Mt Meru
Natron is often described as having a desolate and almost lunar beauty. Lake Natron is found in the northern part of Tanzania. Nearest towns to Lake Natron are Arusha in Tanzania and Magadi in Kenya. It is the most important breeding site for Lesser Flamingos in the world.
East Africa has 1.5-2.5 million Lesser Flamingos, representing three-quarters of the world population and most of them are hatched at Lake Natron. Food is plentiful, nesting sites abound – and above all, the lake is isolated and undisturbed. The lake and its ecosystem provides a source of livelihoods to the local communities.
High levels of evaporation have left behind natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) and trona (sodium sesquicarbonate dihydrate). The alkalinity of the lake can reach a pH of greater than 12. The surrounding bedrock is composed of alkaline, sodium-dominated trachyte lavas that were laid down during the Pleistocene period. The lavas have significant amounts of carbonate but very low calcium and magnesium levels. This has allowed the lake to concentrate into a caustic alkaline brine
Walks around the lake and to the streams and waterfalls along the nearby escarpment make for a fantastic adventure off the beaten track.
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