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9 Nights Best of Tanzania Northern Parks Wildlife

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Tour Details

This journey combines a visit to the best Tanzanian National Parks. Legendary names such as Tarangire National Park, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro evoke ancient memory and instil awe. Experience breathtaking landscapes filled with a staggering amount and variety of wildlife, from creatures you’ve always imagined seeing on safari, to animals you may never even have dreamed of. The focus during this journey will be among others on the western part of the Serengeti, where the Great Migration cross the Grumeti River from May to July. The herds of wildebeest and zebra must outsmart the huge Nile crocodiles and fast-flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side. An amazing spectacle.

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night Forest Hill Hotel in Arusha | Tanzania
  • 2 Nights Sangwaine Tented Lodge (Tarangire National Park) | Tanzania
  • 3 Nights Mbugani Migration Camp (Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves) | Tanzania
  • 2 Nights Rhino Lodge (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) | Tanzania
  • 1 Night Marera Valley Lodge (Karatu) | 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
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Road transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Full Board Meals as specified (except in Arusha – Bed & Breakfast)
  • Drinking water on the safari
  • Parks and concession fees, entrance fees to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge Museum
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Drinks (excluding welcome drinks and water)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Telephone calls, Safari shop purchases
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotel, lodge/camp
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Tanzania

You are met at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by our representative and transferred to The Forest Hill Hotel in Arusha. On arrival at the hotel, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink while completing check-in procedures. Settle in your room – The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and get ready for your first adventure tomorrow morning.
Dinner (on your own account) at the hotel.

Room Type: Standard Chalet
Meal Basis: Dinner

Day 2Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, meet your local guide and depart for Tarangire National Park. Today’s game drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire national park located in the Manyara Region. 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 dry seasons. During the dry season, thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park.

The park is famous for its huge number 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. As night falls drive to Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, your accommodation for the following 2 nights and from which to explore the Camp.
Located near the new Sangaiwe gate to Tarangire National Park with stunning views over Lake Burunge, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge offers travellers to Tanzania luxury tented accommodation, great service and fresh food.
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: Luxury Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (All meals) and Safari Activities

Day 3Full Day Tarangire National Park

Ranked as the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania and covering an area of 2,600 square kilometres, after breakfast this morning, enjoy a full-day game viewing in Tarangire National Park.
During the dry season months, herds of up to 300 elephants of all ages and sizes can be seen digging in the once-full riverbed in search of underground springs. During these months the park boasts the greatest wildlife concentration outside the Serengeti. Also common in Tarangire NP are pythons, which with patience and keen observance may be spotted coiled in tree branches. It is located 105km from Arusha.
After a full day spotting wildlife in the Tarangire National Park, drive back to your luxury accommodation to enjoy a sumptuous meal around a roaring campfire and it is time to swamp wildlife stories with fellow guests and make new friends.

Room Type: Luxury Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (All meals) and two daily game drives

Day 4Serengeti National Park (Central)

This morning, it is time to visit Tanzania‘s oldest and most popular national park – Serengeti.
After a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, depart for the Serengeti National Park with lunch boxes. Enjoy the drive through the wonderful landscape with Masai herds grazing along the road. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you can admire the famous Ngorongoro Crater from above (stop at the Viewpoint) and watch the slow change of landscape that transforms the green hills into an endless Savannah.

Driving towards the Serengeti, we travel amid the never-ending plain grasslands. The Serengeti means endless plains in the local African language and watching the grassland stretch out as far as the eye can see and eventually merge with the sky at the horizon is an absolutely breathtaking view.
The drive within the Serengeti is not only spectacular but also a game drive in itself with stops en route to view wildlife but also to enjoy lunch.

Known as the mecca of national parks, Serengeti is one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations and is famed for its prolific wildlife and the great Wildebeest migration. It is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the world because it has the largest concentration of big mammals in the world. Here you will encounter a mind-boggling array of wildlife. Among other leopards, cheetahs, elephants, pride of lions, impalas, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, lots of birds and many more. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa. Its climate and vegetation have remained largely untouched for millions of years.
The central portion of the Serengeti – known as the Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park and this is where we are heading to. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and there are big cats in the vicinities especially the pride of lions.

Arrival at Mbugani Seronera Camp is in the late afternoon.
The Seronera Camp is just 15 mn from the airstrip and is open all year around to offer you a unique accommodation where you will feel both completely safe and one with nature. In addition, it offers guests the opportunity to explore the richest wildlife and spectacular landscapes in the area.
After check-in, there will be plenty of time to refresh before dinner. Once refreshed, join fellow travellers for pre-drinks dinner and later settle for a sumptuous dinner marking the end of the day.

Room Type: Luxury Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (All meals) and Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5 - 6Western Corridor

Mbugani Camps is a semi-permanent camp that follows the great wildebeest migration throughout the Serengeti allowing the visitors to experience this wonderful natural spectacle up close, and its unique location is determined each season, according to the dynamic movements of the wildebeest mega herds.
In addition to year around Mbugani Seronera Camp, there is Mbugani Migration Camp which follows the Migration in the Serengeti.

Between May and July, Mbugani set up a camp in Kirawira – Western Serengeti and from July to October the Bologonja Camp is set up in Northern Serengeti.

The Western Corridor Camp, boasts 24/7 electricity, large ensuite bathrooms, and huge viewing windows from which to see all of the action, the camp consists of 15 oversized en suite comfortable and spacious tents on a raised deck overlooking the savannah Serengeti plains and beautiful scenery.
The Western Corridor or West Serengeti is a remote, little-visited area of the national park famed for the thrilling river crossings of the Grumeti River during the Great Migration between May and July. While the crossing of the Grumeti River may be lesser known compared to its northern counterpart – the crossing of the Mara River offers sightings just as exhilarating with the added benefit of fewer fellow visitors at the crossings. The Grumeti River is the first enormous obstacle for the herds to tackle. Besides the wildebeest Migration May-July, wildlife viewing in the Western Corridor is consistent throughout the year. The broken savannah south of the Grumeti River supports substantial resident populations of giraffe, wildebeest, elephant, zebra and other typical plains animals, and lion. The little-visited open grasslands north of the river are good for cheetahs.
Together with your knowledgeable guide, you will decide on your daily schedule in the Western corridor according to wildlife movements – Morning and afternoon game drives with a pause for a hot lunch at the lodge or a full-day wildlife experience with a picnic lunch in the park.
Serengeti balloon safaris are offered during the Great Migration season from the beginning of June to the end of October.

Don’t miss getting on the Hot Air Balloon Safari in one of the mornings. Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of Tanzania, as you silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. They are the ultimate way to experience the vastness of the national park. Just imagine floating above the Serengeti plains skimming treetops in complete silence whilst seeing wildlife on the ground below. This is an essential safari experience for travellers to Serengeti National Park.
Back again at the camp after an exhilarating afternoon or full day of unforgettable bush life and freshen up. In the evenings, watch the sky change into a blaze of colour as the sun sinks, whilst you’re sipping cocktails. Cluster around a roaring campfire to share stories of the day’s magic and listen to the African night come alive.

Room Type: Luxury Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (All meals) and Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7 - 8Ngorongoro Crater

Today, after a morning game drive followed by breakfast, leaving the plains of Serengeti behind, you are back on the road towards Ngorongoro. En route, you will stop at Olduvai Gorge also known as “the Cradle of Mankind.” Set between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, the gorge makes a good stop for guests travelling between the two, rewarding visitors with a presentation on its history, an excellent new museum, and beautiful views – as well as the possibility of visiting an active dig. The gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world because it has the oldest evidence of human evolution.

Arrival at Rhino Lodge, your accommodation for the following 2 Nights is in the afternoon.
Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Set by the rim of the crater, it offers easy access to the main gate and road descending into the crater.
The following morning descends into the 600m crater. Set out early and take advantage of the camp’s proximity to the entrance and the excellent morning light diffusing down the crater walls for some sublime photos. The Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor.

Marvel at the paradise the Ngorongoro Crater is, with the variety and abundance of game and brilliant vistas. Pride of lions, herds of cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, golden and black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and hyena can be spotted. Unmatched for its natural variety; breathtaking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exists inside a region this size. 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. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge. Enjoy a picnic lunch next to Lake Magadi watching the pink of the flamingos reflected on the water’s surface.

Later ascend the crater and back to your lodge overlooking the lush forest and the Oldeani peak – the perfect location to unwind after hours of excitement in the crater as you watch local wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, Zebra, hyena and Marabout storks sometimes wander across the lawns by day. Relax in front of a roaring lodge fire in the evening as you enjoy an aperitif before indulging in a delicious freshly prepared feast, then it is time to exchange wildlife stories.

Room Type: Standard room
Meal Basis: Full Board (All meals) and Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9Lake Manyara National Park

The last stop on this epic Northern Park’s wildlife and landscape exploration takes you to Lake Manyara National Park, a small but beautiful Lake Manyara National Park located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment and covered by a massive but shallow soda lake.
The park is renowned for its unique ecosystems bursting with diverse wildlife. This pocket-sized version of the Serengeti is host to at least 11 different ecosystems, with groundwater forests, floodplains, hot springs and open savannahs.

The majority of the park is covered in Lake Manyara, a beautiful soda lake which attracts hippos, pink flamingos and more than 300 other migratory birds.
Lake Manyara National Park also boasts one of the world’s highest concentrations of large mammals. You’ll likely spot huge herds of elephants and the famous tree-climbing lions, along with great populations of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, warthog, impala and waterbuck.
If you’re keen to spot some primates, keep your eyes peeled for the resident baboon, vervet monkey, common monkey and nocturnal bush babies. The Park is also home to leopards and hyenas, although they are more difficult to spot.
Enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and later depart to your accommodation for the night:
Marera Valley Lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Marera Valley Lodge is also closer to the village of Rhotia. This elegant lodge has stellar views over the valley and is very convenient to the main road with good access to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Guests can also indulge in deep-tissue massages, facials, or aromatherapy.

Room Type: Standard cottage
Meal Basis: Full Board (All meals) and Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10Departure

This morning, your captivating Northern Park’s wildlife and landscape safari exploration comes to an end. After a leisurely breakfast, followed by check-out procedures, the drive back to Kilimanjaro International Airport will start. You will be dropped off to connect with your onward flight back home.

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