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Spectacular landscape, beautiful scenery, abundance and variety of wildlife are what to expect on this exceptional safari adventure. Your journey starts on arrival in Arusha located at the foot of the beautiful Mount Meru and known as the safari capital of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit. It is a bustling city filled with an interesting mix of markets, chaotic traffic, old colonial buildings and modern conveniences such as coffee shops with WiFi, and an array of great restaurants. Accompanied by your private local guide you will explore the country’s best landscapes and wildlife treasures.

Your first stop will be at the less-known and visited Tarangire National Park famous for its huge herds of elephants, baobab trees and tree-climbing lions. From here, proceed to Lake Manyara National Park, host to at least 11 different ecosystems, with groundwater forests, floodplains, hot springs and open savannahs bursting with diverse wildlife. Next is Ngorongoro Crater, a year-round wildlife haven, it is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and home to over 30,000 animals as well as the best place in Tanzania to see the big five in their natural habitat. From one village land (the Masai communities lived inside Ngorongoro) to the other, you will travel northeast of the Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Natron, which is the birthplace of 75% of the world’s population of lesser flamingos and considered heaven for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers who come here to see the spectacular gathering of over 2 million lesser flamingos between August and October at the lake to lay their eggs.

Round off this iconic safari adventure by witnessing the world’s most known wildlife gathering – the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti National Park.

Summary of your Trip
  • 3 Nights Africa Safari Lake Manyara (Lake Manyara) | Tanzania
  • 2 Nights Africa Safari Lake Natron (Lake Natron) | Tanzania
  • 1 Night Africa Safari Maasai Boma Camp (Serengeti's Klein's Gate) | Tanzania
  • 2 Nights Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma (Serengeti - Grumeti Game Reserves) | Tanzania
Price Includes
  • Experienced English-speaking driver/ guide
  • Transportation and all game drives in Private safari custom built 4×4 vehicle with pop up roof
  • Bottled water in the vehicle for the entire safari
  • Domestic flight Serengeti/Arusha Airport
  • Road transfers from Arusha Airport
  • Full Board Meals for the whole trip
  • Parks and concession fees, entrance fees to Ngorongoro Crater
Price Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Drinks (excluding welcome drinks and water)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotel, lodge/camp
  • Spa treatments

Day 1 Arusha - Tarangire national park – Lake Manyara

You will be picked up from your lodging in Arusha by your local Driver-guide after breakfast (pre-safari accommodation not included). After the itinerary briefing you will board your private safari custom built vehicle with pop up roof and head north towards Tarangire National Park for a day game drive.
Leaving the busy city, passing locals going about their day as you venture into more remote village territory. Over the countryside, the brightly coloured Maasai can be seen herding their cattle.
Today’s game drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire national park. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during the dry season. During that time of the year, thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park.

The park is famous for its huge herds of elephants, baobab trees and tree-climbing lions. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect to see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighted in the trees along the Tarangire River. The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongooses. The landscape and vegetation are incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bushes and high grasses. Enjoy Lunch inside the park and continue with the afternoon game drive.

In the late afternoon, drive to Africa Safari Lake Manyara, your base for the following 3 nights and from which you will explore Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater.
Arrive at the lodge and be welcomed by cheerful staff. Check in, settle and unwind in your luxury tent. Once refreshed, join fellow guests in the lodge restaurant for dinner.

Room Type: Safari Comfort Accommodation
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner)

Day 2Full Day safari game drive in Lake Manyara National Park

Africa Safari Lake Manyara lies between the foothills of Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, but even more striking is its location, which could easily be mistaken for the middle of a national park due to a large number of plain games freely roaming permanently in the garden.
Today is dedicated to a full-day Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This morning after a delicious breakfast, you depart with lunch boxes to the park.

Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smaller but most sought-after destinations in Tanzania’s northern circuit. It is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located African wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment.
The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals. Expect to see games such as Buffalo, including one of Africa’s densely populated African elephants herds, Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, Giraffe, Impala, and hippo, as well as large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake.
You will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and then continue with the afternoon game drive.
After spending a couple of hours in your custom-built safari vehicle, you might enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Kirurumu River which has to be crossed on large rocks a couple of times. This is a great chance to get out of your vehicle and explore this beautiful area on foot. Note that wet muddy feet cannot entirely be avoided!
In the late afternoon, you will drive back to the Camp. You may decide to jump in the pool to shake off the dust from a day game drive and freshen up.
Once freshen up, you will join fellow guests for pre-dinner in the restaurant/bar. Later indulge
in a delicious freshly prepared dinner, then it is time to exchange stories around the roaring campfire before returning to your room for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Room Type: Safari Comfort Accommodation
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner)

Day 3Descent into the Ngorongoro Crater

This morning is an early start. After breakfast at the lodge, drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend the 600m high crater walls to the crater floor with your picnic lunch. Your day here will be full of excitement as this 10-mile-wide crater is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Marvel at the paradise the Ngorongoro Crater is, your experienced guide has an intimate knowledge of the area and will explain the finer, intricate details of the bush, its wildlife and its many wonders. The crater shelters close to 30,000 animals including the Big Five. The area teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, and cheetahs.

Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, it is also home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes found on the crater floor.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Crater floor surrendered by wildlife and later ascend the crater and head back to your lodge reminiscent of the day sightseeing.
The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

Room Type: Safari Comfort Accommodation
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - 5Lake Natron

This morning you travel northeast of the Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Natron located near the border with neighbouring Kenya. This is a journey of around 4 hours with the most spectacular scenery to be enjoyed en route.

After breakfast at the lodge, the drive starts, and you embark on the discovery of hidden Tanzania; today’s drive is the perfect opportunity to explore the remoteness of Tanzania and to see different sides of the country’s ever-changing landscapes. Lake Natron sits at the lowest point of the rift valley – 600m above sea level – and is probably the world’s most caustic body of water. As you pass the Rift Valley and drive further towards Lake Natron, you will notice the lush green vegetation slowly exchanging for dry, arid and dusty landscapes.

The occasional Maasai villages passed en route become dots in the distant scenery. The further north you reach, the more remains of old volcanoes rise around you. Among them is Ol Doinyo Lengai, meaning ‘Mountain of God’ in the Maasai dialect. This volcano is one of the few that are still active. When you eventually reach Lake Natron, you might perhaps catch its smoke disappearing in the sky. Tonight’s accommodation is at Africa Safari Lake Natron, a luxury Safari Lodge located between the most important safari parks in northern Tanzania and considered the perfect base for visiting the most important breeding site in the world for Lesser Flamingos or seeing the different salt and soda lakes as well as human footprints left in the mud between 5,000 and 19,000 years ago.
The following day is dedicated to the Hominid Footprints site visit and the Ngare Sero waterfall walk.
Waking up at the foot of Ol Doinyo Lengai is a magical feeling. The Engare Sero Footprint Site, situated on the south of Lake Natron, 11 km away from Africa Safari Lake Natron has been reported to host one of the best-preserved sets of fossilized hominid footprints in the world. However, until now there has been no detailed characterization and age determination of the footprint-bearing strata (the Footprint Tuff). The over 400 footprints are between 5.000 to 19.000 years old and came to scientists’ attention in 2008. They cover a cordoned-off area slightly larger than a tennis court.

To complete your day of exploring lake Natron, venture out on a moderate two-hour hike along the western edge of Lake Natron leading to a series of narrow gorges and waterfalls, where you can swim in slot canyons and walk behind the falling water. Quite a refreshing activity after a hot day at Lake Natron as the area is both arid and wet at the same time, and lush with wild palms growing above the gorge.
After a day exploring Humankind’s discovery and landscape treasures and listening to the Maasai local guide gives theories of humankind’s earliest days, it is time to head back to the lodge where a sumptuous dinner awaits.

Room Type: Safari Comfort Accommodation
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner)

Day 6 - 8Northern Serengeti and Grumeti Reserves

First Night in Serengeti: Africa Safari Maasai Boma

“No visit to Lake Natron is completed without the Flamingo Lake walk”. Therefore, this morning before we are back on the road to Serengeti, we will do the walk.
Get ready!! put on your walking shoes as a Maasai tribesman guides you on a walk around the shores of Lake Natron in search of the Lesser flamingo. Lake Natron is the most important and regular breeding site for Lesser Flamingos in East Africa and during the breeding season, Lake Natron hosts up to 2.5 million flamingos.

Depending on your travel date – between August and October you will be able to see the spectacular gathering of over 2 million lesser flamingos lake to lay their eggs and if you want to see the birth of the little ones, visit in early November.
The long-legged waterfowl may flourish here, but to most other living creatures including small birds, these conditions make survival extremely challenging; however, the Lake Flats do provide a variety of habitats for birds that flourish in the alkali oasis.
Around midday, back on the road and heading west towards Serengeti. Today again it is a long drive – seat and enjoy the dramatic beauty of the Northern Tanzania landscape.

Arrival at Africa Safari Maasai Boma, your accommodation for the night is in the late afternoon. Inspired by a traditional Maasai boma, Africa Safari Maasai Boma is a special accommodation not only due to its ideal location, with Kenya’s Maasai Mara in the background but also for being located at the confluent of Lake Natron in the east, Serengeti National Park in the west and Ngorongoro in the south, making a roundtrip. Experience an insight into traditional Maasai life and enjoy the feeling of authentic Tanzania.

Room Type: Safari Comfort Accommodation
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner),

Night 2 – 3 Serengeti: Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma

After a well-rested night followed by breakfast, depart for the last leg of this epic safari adventure taking you to Western Serengeti at Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma, a comfortable safari accommodation located in a private concession outside the Serengeti National Park but within the Serengeti Ecosystem and only 300 metres from the National Park boundary and the Game Controlled Area of the Tanzanian Wildlife Authority (TAWA).
The drive to Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma is a game drive in itself. You will depart the lodge with picnic lunch boxes and while on your way enjoying great Serengeti big cats wildlife, you will stop at a specific spot to enjoy lunch and later continue with the game drive until you reach your destination of the day.
The following 2 nights will be spent exploring the Serengeti Ecosystem with your knowledgeable experienced guide. Game viewing vehicles are linked with radio communication equipment where wildlife footprints, sound and last spotting information are shared amongst discretionary guides to maximize your game viewing opportunities.

Due to the location of Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma on the western boundary of Serengeti National Park and in a private conservancy, there are additional activities that are not available inside the park boundary. These include walks and night game drives as optional add-ons.
A hot air balloon safari within the Serengeti National Park is also available for those of you who want a bird’s eye view of wildlife beneath.
Because of its proximity to the Grumeti River, Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma has a backyard full of animals and the Great Migration is there several months of the year April to June on their way to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in search of greener pastures.
Serengeti is a huge ecosystem where millions of wildebeest follow a trajectory path on their annual trek. From Western Serengeti, the wildebeest continue through Northern Serengeti crossing the Mara River border in search of better grazing lands in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and then returning to North-eastern Serengeti around November.
Meanwhile, the Ikona Game Controlled Area has also proven to be a hidden treasure when it comes to wildlife. The area is home to migrating animals from Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

Room Type: Safari Comfort Accommodation
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner)

Day 9Departure

This morning your epic Tanzania safari comes to an end. Enjoy a last-morning game drive followed by a delicious breakfast before being transferred to Seronera airstrip to connect with your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. As your board the flight pip on the window to have one last glimpse of the vast ecosystem that you have been exploring for more than a week.
On arrival at Arusha Airport, your transfer will be on attendance to take you either to a day room at a city hotel OR to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight home.

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