This is the ultimate Tanzanian safari, taking in some of the best wildlife viewing on Earth. From huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo, to smaller yet no less magical encounters with big cats, hippos, elephants, along with a huge variety of birds and antelope, this experience offers numerous opportunities for superb game viewing. The landscapes will leave you dreaming of African vistas for a long time to come with vast arid plains, endless grassy savannas stretching and rugged Highlands cloaked with rainforest.
Duration: 5-nights/6-days, starting and ending in Arusha.
Game Drives: Two full days plus four half-days
Highlights: Tarangire National Park | Lake Manyara | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park | Large herds of wildebeest, zebra & buffalo | Big cats | Elephants | Hundreds of bird species | Migrating herds (seasonal) | Maasai village visit | Arusha
Your driver/guide will meet you at your Arusha hotel for a briefing before departing at 8am for the drive south across the Maasai Steppe to Tarangire. After lunch you’ll embark on your first game drive in this exquisite park; crossed by a large river attracting huge herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra in the dry season. Year-round Tarangire boasts an impressive resident population that includes lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, honey badger and giraffe along with a variety of antelope. With over 550 species of birds the park attracts bird watchers from around the world and some lucky visitors get to see rare African wild dogs.
Some of the best wildlife viewing happens in the morning when many creatures are winding down a night of hunting, or being hunted. So you’ll be up early for a final drive in Tarangire before returning to your lodge for breakfast. After checking-out you’ll be driven to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park, where you’ll enjoy your second game drive of the day after lunch. This park is known for incredible bird watching; it’s possible for visitors to see upwards of 100 different species on any given day. Also look out for leopards, hippos and tree-climbing lions, along with lots of elephants, giraffe and blue monkeys.mmmmm
Following breakfast you’ll watch the scenery change dramatically from dry plains to thick rainforest as the jeep makes the ascent into the Highlands. You’ll stop to enjoy a breathtaking panorama over Ngorongoro Crater before continuing your drive through Maasai pastoral country to the incredible Serengeti National Park. You’ll start looking for wildlife as soon as you pass through the gates, allowing time for encounters with some of the thousands of Serengeti animals before heading to your lodge for dinner.
A full day of game viewing in this internationally acclaimed national park awaits. With or without the presence of the annual migration, the Serengeti offers unforgettable game viewing in a magnificent setting. There is a large resident population of big cats, elephants and buffalo along with hundreds of bird species. The dramatic savannah, dotted with rocky outcrops and trees, showcases a dreamy African landscape where many varieties of antelope browse. If the migration is in season, you could see herds of wildebeest and zebra many thousand-strong with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena in hot pursuit.
After breakfast you’ll be driven back into the Highlands where you’ll begin the steep descent to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater. Your day promises to be magical as you explore this unique ecosystem that is bursting with wildlife including lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, hyena along huge herds of grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Ostrich and flamingos are among the hundreds of plentiful bird species. A picnic lunch with spectacular views will be taken inside the crater and later that afternoon your jeep will take you on the thrilling ascent to the crater rim and on to your lodge for dinner.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your lodge before descending out of the Highlands and back to the arid plains of Northern Tanzania. You be stopping to visit a Maasai village where you will be welcomed by the community and invited to experience some of their culture and lifestyle. After leaving the village behind you will be driven to Arusha where your Tanzanian safari concludes.
Five nights accommodation based on two people sharing a room. Single and multi-occupancy rates are available on request.
All meals as follows: breakfast every day, except the first day, with tea & coffee included; daily lunch, either a picnic lunch or at your accommodation; dinner every night except the final night. Please note that any additional snacks or beverages should be settled directly with your accommodation provider.
A fully trained English-speaking driver/guide with extensive African tour guiding and safari experience.
Transport in a specially converted 4×4 safari jeep with a pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing. Single seating on either side of an aisle ensures that all guests get a window seat.
All entrance fees to the parks and reserves detailed in the itinerary.
Pick up or drop off at Arusha airport if required.
Please note that personal expenses such as laundry costs, telephone calls and beverages are not included along with any additional optional tours and tips.