Safari Overview

This 6 Day best of Tanzania wildlife Safari will take you to the prime national parks along the northern Tanzania Safari Circuit. You will encounter most of Africa’s Big Five animals among which are buffaloes, elephants, African leopard and buffaloes in addition to several large predators like lions, and not to forget the countless number of grazers and birds. The safari will begin in Arusha Town, take you to Lake Manyara home to one of the two populations of the unique tree-climbing lions and thousands of flamingoes, proceed to the endless plains of the Serengeti NP best known for its annual wildebeest migration where you can have a Hot-Air Balloon Safari, then descend the 600m deep walls of the Ngorongoro Crater floor which is home to more than 3,000 wild animals, before going to Tarangire National Park home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. The safari will then end in Arusha town where you can enjoy a city tour (optional).

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Lake Manyara

Day 2: Transfer from Lake Manyara to the Serengeti Plains

Day 3: Explore Serengeti – Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Day 4: Transfer from Serengeti to Ngorongoro crater

Day 5: Transfer from Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park

Day 6: Return to Arusha/ Departure

 

Detailed Safari Overview

Day1: Transfer from Arusha Town to Lake Manyara NP

You will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town early in the morning by our representative who will be your safari guide and driver. He will brief you about the safari before beginning the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Unique about this park is that it is home to one of the two populations of the unique tree climbing lions .When you arrive in the park, proceed to your accommodation where you will check-in, have lunch and later set off on a game drive to explore this beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Lake Manyara National Park has several wildlife habitats that protect different wildlife including the large flocks of pink flamingoes, a very big population of the huge African elephants.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Breakfast

Accommodation Options: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, or Kirurumu Tented Lodge, or Migunga Forest Camp

Day 2: Transfer to the endless Serengeti Plains

Today morning right after breakfast, you will checkout of you lodge and begin the journey to the wildlife swarmed plains of Serengeti.  Along the way, you will drive through the Karatu farmland and the Conservation Area. Once in the Serengeti, you will be impressed by the size of these endless plains. You will proceed to the Seronera area found in the central part of the park, which has a great diversity of wildlife habitats that support a very large number of wild animals. River Seronera is also found within this area and it not only provides water to the surrounding area but also attracts a very large number of wild animals especially in the dry season thus offering great wildlife views.

You will later head to your accommodation where you will enjoy a nice hot lunch and later proceed for an afternoon game drive in the park. At the end of the day you will drive back to your overnight accommodation to freshen up and have dinner.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp, or Serengeti Acacia Camps, or Kananga special tented camps

Mid-range: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, or Seronera Wildlife Lodge, or Mbalageti Serengeti

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, or Serengeti Serena Lodge, or Soroi Serengeti Lodge

Day 3: Explore Serengeti NP, Hot-Air Balloon Tour, Game Drives

Very early in the morning you will have a chance to be part of the people going on the Hot air balloon tour. During this you will glide over the wide plains of the Serengeti and enjoy an aerial view of the large number of wild animals grazing in the pastures. You will enjoy views of the river flowing calmly, see the different wildlife habitats as well as some of the village settlements close by. The highlight of this tour will be the opportunity to see the breathtaking sun rise over the horizon as well as the Serengeti come to life as the rays of the sun spread over these endless plains.  At the end of the tour you will have a bush champagne breakfast.

You will have a game drive and will explore various circuits within the park among which is the River Sogore Circuit which circles through the endless plains all the way to the southern sector of the Seronera River. This river attracts a very large number of animals especially in the dry season which congregate to drink water. You will later proceed to the visitor’s center which has a gift shop where you can purchase some Souvenirs, obtain a lot of resourceful information about the park and even enjoy your lunch. The center has great views of wildlife.

Later on in the afternoon you will set out for another game drive to search for more animals within this park. Some of the animals you will see today include: lions, topi, Thompson’s gazelles, cheetahs, elands, giraffes, impalas, zebras and so many more.

In the evening you will return to your lodge for dinner and the overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp, or Serengeti Acacia Camps, or Kananga special tented camps

Mid-range: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, or Seronera Wildlife Lodge, or Mbalageti Serengeti

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, or Serengeti Serena Lodge, or Soroi Serengeti Lodge

Day 4: Transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater

In the morning, you will have breakfast at your lodge, check-out and start on the drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way, you will make a stopover at Olduvai Gorge an anthropological site where Dr. Lois Leakey and his wife – both anthropologist researchers, discovered human skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and Handy Man’ which are very significant discoveries in the evolution of man.

When you arrive at your accommodation, you check-in, have lunch and later drive down the walls of the popular Ngorongoro Crater. The crater walls are 600 meters deep. Once on the crater floor, you will embark on a game drive to see the various animals living here as well as see the numerous features found within the crater. It is approximated that there are more than 3,000 wild animals living on the crater floor among which are: large zebra herds, warthogs, the mysterious leopards, wildebeests, huge African elephants, jackals, elands, hyenas, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions as well as hippos. You will also visit the large but shallow Lake Magadi which is an alkaline lake that offers habitat to hippos and a large flock of flamingoes.

You will later return to your overnight accommodation to freshen up and have dinner.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Rhino Lodge, or Ngorongoro Farmhouse

Mid-range: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Luxury: Ngorongoro Serena, or Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Tarangire National Park

Today you will have breakfast and then transfer to Tarangire National Park. This park has an impressive vegetation cover comprised of very big baobab trees, large swamps and acacia woodland. There are also a number of very high (nearly ‘two-story’) termite mounds that are scattered across the park. During the dry season, the swamps and river attract a very large number of wild animals, and because at the time the vegetation is thinning out, game viewing is very impressive. The park has one of the largest populations of the giant African elephants which can easily be sighted during the game drives. The African elephant is the largest living mammal on land, and the adult male ones can weigh up to seven (7) tons. Some of the other animals you are likely to encounter in this park include: buffaloes, African lions, impalas, giraffes, cheetahs, warthogs, mongoose, red-bottomed baboons and ostriches. The greater kudu, fringed eared Oryx and the Ashy starlings are among the unique wildlife species found in Tarangire National Park.

At the end of your adventure in the park, you will drive to your accommodation, freshen up, have dinner and enjoy the night’s rest.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options: Tarangire Maramboi Camp, or Tarangire Sopa Lodge, or Lake Burunge Tented Camp

Day 6: Return to Arusha/ Departure

This being the final day of our safari, you will enjoy a nice breakfast and take a last game drive in Tarangire National Park before driving back to Arusha town where this safari will end. In Arusha, there will be an optional city tour before you are transferred to the airport. This will mark the end of our amazing best of Tanzania 6 day safari.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

The Safari includes:

Full board accommodation

All meals as indicated in the itinerary

Transport (4X4 Safari vehicle with fuel)

Full time English speaking driver / guide

Drinking water in the car

Park entrance fees to Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park, and the Ngorongoro

Safari excludes:

Airport transfers

Visas, passport fees and insurance

All activities listed as ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Personal items

Tips or gratitude gifts to the guides

Soft and alcoholic drinks

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