Northern Tanzania Safari – 15 days

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Northern Tanzania Safari – 15 days

$3075 per person

Northern Tanzania Safari – The tour will take you to visit and explore the Northern parks of Tanzania

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.

Price is given if you are chose to have – 3 nights Arusha Mc.Elly’s Hotel, 1 night Tarangire kigongoni Camp, 1 night Engaruka camp, 2 nights Lake Natron campsite, 2 nights Serengeti at Lobo campsite, 2 nights Lake Victoria at Stop over campsite, 2 nights Serengeti at Seronera Campsits, 2 nights Ngorongoro samba campsite.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Arusha
  • Departure Time
    morning from Arusha
  • Return Time
    afternoon to Arusha
  • Dress Code
    Comfortable casual, athletic and beach clothing, comfortable sneakers, shoes or sandals, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Included
    4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle
    Accommondation per Tour Description
    Arrival and Departure Transfers
    Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor
    Government Taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
    Meals per Tour Description
    Park Fees
    Personal Guide
    Rescue Fees
  • Not Included
    Meals not listed
    Optional Tours
    Personal Expenses
    Tanzania Visa
    Tips and Items of Personal Nature
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Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha Town

Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Mc. Elly’s hotel in Arusha based on bed and breakfast.

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Day 2: Arusha National Park

In the morning pick up from your hotel in Arusha town and drive 30km with packed lunch to Arusha National park for game drives and walking in the park. This park is a home to Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Black and white Colobus Monkey, Baboon and many birds include Turraco and flamingos. Lunch picnic then proceed with afternoon game drives before you drive back to Town in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Mc-Elly’s Hotel - Full board.

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Day 3: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

In the morning at 0830hrs pick up from your hotel in Arusha and drive on tarmac road 120km to Tarangire National Park for game drives. Lunch picnic there after lunch continue with afternoon game viewing in the park, a home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more… Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Lunch picnic and there after proceed with afternoon game viewing before the drive takes you for dinner and overnight campsite. Full board.

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Day 4: Tarangire - Engaruka

In the morning after breakfast at your campsite and drive to Engaruka ruins North of Manyara on the Great Rift Valley escapement where you will arrive in time for lunch. Do some walking and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Rift Valley corridor visit local Maasai Boma Maasai herbalist. Dinner and overnight in Engaruka Campsite. Full board.

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Day 5: Engaruka - Lake Natron

After breakfast continue with walking in 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 Camp or budget camping. Full board.

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Day 6: Natron Lake

Breakfast then walk around this beautiful lake where most of time it is covered with pinkish colour of Flamingos. These birds have the habit of producing their own good and breed in this lake thorough explanation about this event. Evening walk again to the waterfall for shower it is very interesting dinner and overnight in your Camp. Full board.

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Day 7: Lake Natron - Lobo/ North Serengeti N.P

After breakfast travel to Lobo North of Serengeti Park 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 campsite. Full board.

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Day 8: Lobo North Serengeti N.P

Today you will have a full day game viewing and explore the Lobo North of Serengeti Park to see more animals at this side. Dinner and overnight at campsite. Full board.

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Day 9: Lobo - Serengeti national park - Lake Victoria

Early morning game drive, then drive back to your camp for breakfast and soon after breakfast collect your lunch boxes and proceed to the Ndabaka Gate main gate of Serengeti National park which is at the western corridor of the park to stopover campsite situated to the shore of Lake Victoria which is close from the gate. Dinner and overnight at the camp. Full board.

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Day 10: Lake Victoria excursion

Today after breakfast you will have a free day for excursion and choose any activities to do. There are many options to do at the lake, canoeing, and fishing with local people, bike hiking and bird watching around the Camp. Note that only two activities are included on the program that you have to choose.

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Day 11&12: Serengeti National Park

Soon after breakfast collect your lunch boxes and depart for two full days game drives in the Serengeti. 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.

Each day can start with breakfast at the camp, or a box breakfast can be taken to maximize time on the plains. Box lunch can also be packed. If you like, you can be gone from camp from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.!

Being able to go “far and wide” maximizes your chances of finding a cheetah, or maybe even a family of them (as well as an abundance of other game). Spending the day completely off the beaten path, you will likely not see another truck. But we guarantee you will see much more game than those whose vehicles never leave the road! Dinner and overnight at Seronera campsite. Full Board. 

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Day 13: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Wake up at 0600hrs for early morning game drives in Serengeti at 0845hrs back to the Camp for breakfast. Then pack your camping equipment and lunchbox and drive to Olduvai Gorge and stop at the museum which overlooks the spectacular gorge. Drive through the gorge. If you would like to take an hour or two to trek through the gorge, please let our driver guide know! Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite. Full board.

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Day 14: Trekking at Ngorongoro Crater Highland

The Crater Highlands are part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is a reserve where the local communities live alongside the wildlife. The highlands consist of volcanoes, not all of which are extinct, rising steeply from the side of the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania. They are more than just the Ngorongoro Crater, with a number of impressive peaks of steep escarpments, crater lakes, dense forest, grassy ridges, streams and waterfalls. One volcano, the Ol-Doinyo-Lengai (2878m), is active to this day. It is also home to many Maassai people who have grazed cattle on the grasslands here for hundreds of years.

This trek is one of the most beautiful there are in Tanzania. You will meet many Maassai along the way and in their villages. Deep and lush extinct craters will offer you stunning views.

After breakfast collect your lunch box and depart for a full day trek at the Ngorongoro highland. Drive to Nainokanoka Village at the Ranger post where trekking starts with armed ranger. You go through the Olmoti crater for the Munge river waterfalls and crater viewing. The crater is the source of Munge River which drains its water into the Ngorngoro crater, passing through the Elbulbul depression where the Maasai livestock mix-graze with herds of Zebras and Wildebeests. This is also a bird-rich area. Lunch will be saved there and later on drive back to Simba campsite for dinner and overnight. Full Board.

 
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Day 15: Crater Tour

You will have a full day to explore the Crater as you will descend into the Crater floor for both morning game drives each day after a relaxed breakfast. All the BIG FIVE; Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, others are Zebra, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hyena and more…Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake Geese Storks, Vultures and more. After lunch, proceed with game viewing while ascending the Crater and drive on back to Arusha for overnight at the Mc.Elly’s Hotel.

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Day 8: Lobo North Serengeti N.P

Today you will have a full day game viewing and explore the Lobo North of Serengeti Park to see more animals at this side. Dinner and overnight at campsite. Full board.

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Day 8: Lobo North Serengeti N.P

Today you will have a full day game viewing and explore the Lobo North of Serengeti Park to see more animals at this side. Dinner and overnight at campsite. Full board.

Embark on an enchanting adventure to amazing safari destinations on our fifteen day safari.
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 Victoria

With a surface area of 68,800 sq km (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake. In addition, it's the largest tropical lake in the world, and the planet's second largest freshwater lake. Only North America's Lake Superior is larger.

An irregular quadrilateral in shape, its shores, save on the west, are deeply indented. Its greatest length from north to south is 210 miles (337 km), its greatest breadth 150 miles (240 km). Its coastline exceeds 2,000 miles (3,220 km). Its waters fill a shallow depression in the centre of the great plateau that stretches between the Western and Eastern Rift Valleys. The lake’s surface is 3,720 feet (1,134 metres) above sea level, and its greatest ascertained depth is 270 feet (82 metres). Many archipelagos are contained within the lake, as are numerous reefs, often just below the surface of the clear waters. Lake Victoria has more than 200 species of fish, of which the Tilapia is the most economically important. The lake’s basin area covers 92,240 square miles (238,900 square km).

The lake’s shores vary in aspect. The lake’s southwestern coast is backed by precipices 300 feet (90 metres) high, which give way on the western coast to papyrus and ambatch swamps marking the delta of the Kagera River. The lake’s deeply indented northern coast is flat and bare. A narrow channel leads into the Kavirondo Gulf, which has an average width of 16 miles (25 km) and extends for 40 miles (64 km) eastward to Kisumu, Kenya. The Ugandan cities of Kampala and Entebbe lie along or near the northern coast. At the lake’s southeastern corner is Speke Gulf, and at the southwestern corner Emin Pasha Gulf. Of the numerous islands in the lake, Ukerewe, north of Speke Gulf, is the largest, with wooded hills rising 650 feet (200 metres) above the lake. It is densely populated. At the lake’s northwestern corner are the 62 islands of the Sese archipelago, some of them of striking beauty.

The Kagera River, the largest and most important of the lake affluents, enters the western side of Lake Victoria just north of latitude 1° S. The only other river of note entering from the west is the Katonga, north of Kagera. The lake’s only outlet is the Victoria Nile, which exits from the northern coast.

The search by Europeans for the source of the Nile led to the sighting of the lake by the British explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858. Formerly known to the Arabs as Ukerewe, the lake was named by Speke in honour of Queen Victoria of England. A detailed survey of the lake was made by Sir William Garstin in 1901. Plans for gradually raising the level of the lake’s waters were completed in 1954 with the construction of the Owen Falls Dam (now the Nalubaale Dam) on the Victoria Nile at Jinja, Uganda. The dam provides hydroelectric power on a large scale and made the lake a vast reservoir. A second dam, Kiira, was later constructed 0.6 mile (1 km) from Nalubaale. It was completed in 1999 and began producing hydroelectric power the next year.

The Lake Victoria region is one of the most densely populated in Africa; within 50 miles (80 km) of its shores live several million people, nearly all Bantu-speaking. There are local steamer services around the lake.

 
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

 
Lake Natron

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.

 Arusha – Zanzibar   You will meet with our staff upon arrival and transfer to Matemwe Beach Village for dinner and overnight on HB   Day16: Dinner and overnight at Tembo House on HB   Day17: Dinner and overnight at Tembo House on HB   Day18: Dinner and overnight at Bluelagoon House on HB   Day19: Dinner and overnight at Bluelagoon House on HB   Day20: Dinner and overnight at Bluelagoon House on HB   Day21: Transferred to Airport for flight to Dar es salaam where you will catch your flight back home and that will be the end of our services.   Each person will pay US$1,600.00