Classic Tanzania

 

Itinerary: from Arusha to Arusha

Duration: 7 days

Group size: from 2 people

Lodge Safari Price: from 2390 €

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On this tour  you will experience the Tarangire National Park, the Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. All these highlights are situated in the North of Tanzania. Spectacular wildlife and impressive landscapes like the endless savannah of the Serengeti are the highlights of this amazing classic safari.


Day 1: Arusha– Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Serengeti

National Park

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

Day 6: Karatu – Lake Manyara National Park

Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park– Arusha

Itinerary*

Day 1: Arusha– Tarangire National Park

After a short briefing and loading the luggage onto the vehicle, you will drive in the direction of Tarangire National Park. Giant Baobab trees, the bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. The park encompasses almost 2600 sq km, roughly the size of Luxemburg. The Tarangire National Park is considered one of the best places in eastern Africa to see elephants up close. One reason is that there are about 4000 of these huge mammals in the region, another reason is that the elephants are not bothered by the presence of motor vehicles. Apart from elephants, you will also have a chance to see the beautiful Maasai giraffe, various gazelles and antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons and over a hundred different species of birds. After a day of watching wildlife, you will arrive at the Tarangire Safari Lodge in the afternoon. Here you will stay overnight. LD

Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, the journey takes you through the vegetation rich area of the Mbulu Highlands, where wheat, corn and coffee is cultivated. You will travel further upwards until you reach the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve and the Volcano pass. Having passed the crater highlands, you will soon see the plains of the southern Serengeti. You will stop for lunch at Olduvai Gorge. This area became world renown from the work of the archaeological English couple Leaky as they found the oldest remains of prehistoric man during the sixties. A nearby museum documents their work and a visit can be arranged. On the journey to the accommodation for the night, you will start to understand the meaning of the word “Serengeti” which comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu”, meaning the endless plain. The southern Serengeti plains literally seem to go on forever, stretching until the horizon that is only interrupted by the so-called “Kopjes” or “Inselbergs” which are strange looking rock formations. These plains are the ideal hunting grounds for cheetahs and other big cats. In the afternoon, you will reach your destination for the day. According to the season, you will stay either at the Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp or at the Mapito Tented Camp within or on the outskirts of the National Park. BLD

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

Day 3 is set aside for wildlife watching and the Serengeti is at your disposal. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best possible chance to observe animals and to capture your perfect photo. Depending upon the time of year, you have the chance to see the great migration with a hundred thousand wildebeests and zebras. During the small rain season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Maasai Mara through the northwest Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rain season in April, May and June, the herds travel slowly back through the west and northwest Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change resulting that the animals migrate during different times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and makes sure that you can see the animals from the best spot in the national park. The Frankfurt Zoological Institute has a base at the Serengeti and a visit can be arranged. Depending on the season, the accommodation of the night is either the Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp or the Mapito Tented Camp. BLD

Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

On your outward journey to the Serengeti National Park Gate, you will have another chance to watch the beautiful animals of Africa. Leaving behind the wonderful Seronera Valley with its wildebeests and zebras as well as occasional visits by lions and other large cats such as cheetahs and leopards, you will leave the Serengeti and drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater. After a picnic lunch at a designated picnic spot, you will travel in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you reach the crater’s edge, you will see the giant Ngorongoro Crater in which the caldera opens before you in all its glory. You will overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which is situated directly on the crater’s edge and offers fantastic views of the crater. BLD

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

After breakfast at the lodge during the break of the day, you will travel down the adventurous trail into the crater below. Inside the biggest crater in the world, a number of different animals live. Its grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the east African savannah. In only a few hours, you have the chance of spotting the big five – lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros and leopards. After extensive wildlife watching and a picnic in the crater, you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro in the afternoon and travel further to your accommodation for the night near Karatu. The Ngorongoro Farm House lies in the middle of a coffee plantation and has wonderful views of the fertile crater highlands. BLD

Day 6: Karatu – Lake Manyara National Park

Today, you will visit the last national park on the northern circuit; The Lake Manyara National Park. The protected area encloses a large part of the alkaline lake of the same name. This amazing lake is the seasonal home for the giant flamingo colony and many more waterfowls. On the lakeshore, you can also observe elephants, hippopotami, buffalos, guenons, banded mongooses and numerous types of gazelles and antelopes. This park is also well known for the “tree lions” in which tree climbing is an abnormal behaviour for lions. In the park, you can regularly observe the tree lions taking a nap in the tree canopies or escaping from the heat on the ground. After watching the animals and exploring the national park for the whole day, you will leave the park in the afternoon and travel to the Kirurumu Tented Camp. BLD
Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park– Arusha

After a relaxing breakfast, you will travel back to Arusha. Depending on your personal travel plans or your flight departure, there might be some time for a visit to the markets in Arusha or other activities.
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* Subject to change without notice

 

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Price and Services

Price:                                    from  2390 €

Price includes:

  •  Transport in 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Mineral water on safari (3 litre per day/person)
  • Overnight stays in safari lodges / tented camps
  • All National Park fees


Not included:

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

FURTHER INFORMATION

Entry: Passport (at least 6 month valid from date of departure)

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are compulsory, but we suggest malaria prophylactics. For more information please contact your GP.

Minimum number of persons: 2 people

Window seat guaranteed !

Departures

Dates 2014:

14.02. / 21.02. / 28.02. / 07.03. / 14.03. / 21.03. / 28.03. / 04.04. / 11.04. / 18.04. / 25.04. / 02.05. / 09.05. / 16.05. / 23.05. / 30.05. / 06.06. / 13.06. / 20.06. / 27. 06. / 04.07. / 11.07. / 18.07./ 25.07. / 01.08. / 08.08. / 15.08. / 22.08. / 29.08. / 05.09. / 12.09. / 19.09. / 26.09. / 3.10. / 10.10. / 17.10. / 24.10. / 31.10. / 07.11. / 14.11. / 21.11. / 28.11. / 05.12. / 12.12. / 19.12. / 26.12.

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