Overview: Wildlife watching in Tarangire National Park and in the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater make this 2 day tour a wonderful experience. As you book this tour 5% donations and payments go to the local community support. Book for a purpose as small donations bring big impact.
DAY 1 : Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha City
Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.
After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover that Arusha – the undisputed ‘safari capital’ of East Africa – is perched at 1400 meters above sea level, keeping the temperatures and humidity relatively low. All around this important city are some of Tanzania’s greatest delights. Mount Meru towers above Arusha, while even distant Kilimanjaro can be seen on a clear day. Arusha provides the ideal starting – point for safari – lovers, within reach of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
The city even has its own natural attraction, Arusha National Park, close by. Named after the Wa-Arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative and tourist centre is the perfect place to relax after a long journey… and before you set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!
Accommodation: Planet lodge
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
DAY 2: Arusha City to Lake Manyara National Park
Today, your safari really begins as we start early from your Arusha hotel for our pleasant drive westwards to Lake Manyara National Park. First of all, we enjoy this morning with an introduction to northern Tanzanian culture, taking a visit to fascinating Mto wa Mbu village. Incredibly, this ‘village’ is actually home to over eighteen thousand inhabitants, drawn from 120 different tribes. Today is a superb opportunity to find out about their everyday lives, visiting their farms, huts, artisan shops and the local market, with your expert driver guide taking good care of you and sharing his detailed knowledge of tribal culture.
We enjoy lunch in the village, before exploring the stunning landscape of the park, looking for wildlife on the plains, in the acacia woodlands and by the shores of the shallow alkaline lake. Lake Manyara is rightly famous for its tree-climbing lions, but they’re far from the only highlight: by the end of an exhilarating afternoon, you could easily have spotted elephant, hippo, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe, plus many other species. Pink-hued flamingos, one of 400 bird species recorded here, provide a splash of colour. At the end of the afternoon, it’s back to your lodge for some relaxation and a delicious dinner.
Accommodation: Farm house
Meal plan: Breakfast, local lunch in Mto wa Mbu village & dinner
DAY 3: Lake Manyara National Park to Lake Eyasi
After breakfast, we take advantage of another opportunity to explore the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park on our thrilling morning game drive. Your driver guide will be on the lookout for any animals that didn’t appear yesterday!
We enjoy lunch at the lodge, before continuing south-westwards for more adventures at another lake, Lake Eyasi. This alkaline lake is a well-known bird-watching destination, with hundreds of bird species present around its shores, including pelicans and flamingos. Hippos, leopards and monkeys may also be spotted here. At the end of the day’s excitement, we take you back to your lodge to rest and recuperate as well as to enjoy your freshly prepared dinner.
Accommodation: Country Lodge Karatu
Meal plan: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner
DAY 4: Lake Eyasi to Serengeti National Park
Today we rise early and set off to visit one of Africa’s true rarities, one not so often mentioned. These are the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the continent’s last surviving hunter – gatherer tribes. Our visit also lets us meet the fascinating Datoga people, before we return to the lodge for a hot breakfast. After breakfast, we collect our picnic lunch boxes and set off for the Serengeti, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, where we take an afternoon game drive.
The vast expanses of Africa roll out before us on the journey, before we reach our destination. There are surely not many better places on Earth to see wildlife than Serengeti and we will witness its many wonders as we take an afternoon game drive in this inspiring setting. Here, predators and their prey are everywhere and it is no surprise that there is always something fascinating happening amongst the populations of leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and many other species. Return to the lodge in the evening for some relaxation and a chance to discuss the day’s discoveries over dinner.
Note: Balloon Safari on Day 5 is optional
Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner
DAY 5: At Serengeti National Park
Waking up in the Serengeti is something really special. Sights, sounds and smells of Africa are all around us, and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park. After breakfast, we start today with the morning section of our game drive in Serengeti National Park, marveling at the stunning scenery, ever changing light and always entertaining wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver guide.
After our picnic lunch, we set off again, searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds are the ‘stars of the show’ and Nature’s dramas can unfold at any time. Of course, the animals don’t work to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time on our drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the comfort of the lodge for dinner and some much needed rest.
Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner.
DAY 6: Serengeti National Park to Lake Victoria
After breakfast, we make the most of our stay at Serengeti with a morning game drive in this remarkable wildlife haven. Any time spent here produces a wealth of interesting wildlife. We enjoy a lunch at the lodge, and – with our extended time at Serengeti now over – we depart northwards for our drive to Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest freshwater lake and a centre of activity for the local people. On arrival at our lodge, we relax and take dinner.
Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
DAY 7: Lake Victoria to Ngorongoro Crater
Before our journey this afternoon to spectacular Ngorongoro, we spend time exploring Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria. The lake is an important resource, providing income for millions of Tanzanians, Kenyans and Ugandans. It is also the source of the iconic White Nile. This fascinating lake and its surroundings can be explored in a number of exciting ways:
Excursion by local canoe: An unforgettable experience, as local fishermen wait to meet you at the harbour before taking you to their village, Mwaburugu. Here you’ll explore their settlement, learning about their lifestyles and customs. As they row you back again, they’ll enhance your journey with harmonious traditional songs. You’ll be accompanied throughout this excursion by a guide, who’ll explain the different fishing methods, introduce you to the bird species and educate you about the local ways and customs.
Mountain bike trips: There can be no better way to explore the great African outdoors than by bicycle. Pedaling into the heart of Sukumaland gives you full exposure to this region’s sights, sounds and smells. Tracks are plentiful and there are no cars, you get even closer to the farmers, singing as they work on their shambas; closer to the colourful kangas worn by the elegant women as they return from the market. You’ll be greeted by children, smiled at by shepherds – an experience of the real Africa, up close and personal.
Fishing: A lively fishing economy is supported by the lake and you can join in! You have a choice of fishing from the shore, or hopping in to a rowing boat, on the hunt for tilapia, catfish, barbell or tiny cichlids, tiny colourful fish often seen in an aquarium. The perch is a mainstay of the local fishing industry here, so important to the local fishermen that it has been called ‘mkombozi’ or ‘saviour’ by the Sukuma tribe since its introduction to the lake in the 1960s.
Bird watching: With over 250 bird species present around the lake, ornithologists will find a paradise at Lake Victoria. Many are indigenous species, not to be found elsewhere – even in the Serengeti. African Fish Eagles can be seen frequently skimming the lake and catch fish and the other colourful (and wonderfully-named!) species include the swamp flycatcher, red-chested sunbird, northern brown-throated weaver, yellow-backed weaver, black-headed gonolek and blue-headed coucal.
Don’t forget your binoculars and camera! After your wonderful day of exploring the lake – however you choose to do it – your driver guide will take you northwards to Ngorongoro, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner. Tomorrow, your adventure continues!
DAY 8: Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro International Airport
Today may be ‘departure day’, but there will be plenty of time to enjoy another true spectacle, before your thoughts turn to home. Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as a wonder of the world and your early morning game drive shows you why.
First, there’s the volcanic caldera (the world’s largest), full of grassland, forest and swamp, a setting of jaw-dropping beauty. Secondly, the permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals. Here you’ll find many of the reasons you chose to come on safari: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, wallowing hippo, waterbuck, baboons… even the rare black rhino finds shelter here.
Sharing this awesome space with the animals are the Maasai, grazing their cattle in an area which has been a separate conservation area since 1956 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. This harmonious co-habitation of man and beast makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania and your driver guide will be pleased to explain this incredible co-existence to you.
After your morning game drive, we have our picnic lunch in the crater before we return to the airport for your flight home.
Meal plan: Breakfast and picnic lunch
Additional rate information
1 PAX: $4076
Rooming list: 1 Single
2 PAX: $2750
Rooming list: 1 Double / Twin
3 PAX: $2445
Rooming list: 1 Double / Twin + 1 Single
4 PAX: $2165
Rooming list: 2 Double / Twin
5 PAX: $2120
Rooming list: 2 Double / Twin + 1 Single
6 PAX: $1985
Rooming list: 3 Double / Twin
7 PAX: $1978
Rooming list: 3 Double / Twin + 1 Single
– The rate for this tour is applicable year-round.
– There is no minimum number of people required to book this tour.
– Holiday Surcharge of $35 per person / per night on 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December will apply accordingly.
Transportation in 4×4 safari vehicle
Professional, English speaking guide and safari cook
Meals according to travel plan
Mineral water (1.5 liter per day / person)
Full board accommodation whilst on safari
All national park fees
Donations and payments to local community projects
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc