Day One : Tarangire National Park
After enjoying a satisfying breakfast at the hotel, which typically starts at around 7:30 AM, participants can expect their safari guide to arrive and inform the receptionist of their presence. Following this, they will meet up with their driver and commence their journey to Tarangire National Park, where they can expect to arrive by 10:00 AM, marking the beginning of their first safari experience.
Tarangire National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts. It is home to an abundance of wild animals, including lions, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, and many more. However, the park is particularly famous for its incredible population of elephants, who are known to gather around the Tarangire River.
It is important to note that while the guide will do their utmost to ensure participants get the best wildlife experience possible, the presence of specific animals in the park cannot be guaranteed as this is wild nature. Nevertheless, the Africa Travel Bureau team has its own radio channel, which drivers use to communicate and collaborate on searches for rare species, thus increasing the chances of participants sighting elusive wildlife.
During the day, participants will take a break for lunch, where they will be provided with a delicious meal before continuing their safari experience. As evening approaches, participants will be transferred to their accommodation located on the edge of the Ngorongoro volcanic crater, where they can relax and enjoy the stunning views.
Ngorongoro is a world-famous destination that boasts unparalleled beauty and is renowned for its abundance of wildlife. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Participants can look forward to an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of this incredible destination.
Overnight : Sangaiwe tented lodge
Day Two : Ngorongoro Crater
To make the most of the early morning hours when many animals are active, it is recommended to leave the hotel as early as possible. A packed breakfast in lunchboxes will be provided to ensure participants have sustenance throughout their safari. Participants can expect to depart at 6:30 AM for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is approximately an hour’s drive from their accommodation.
Ngorongoro is one of the most popular and fascinating national parks in Tanzania, and for good reason. It has the highest concentration of different animal species per square kilometer, providing participants with an incredible opportunity to witness an impressive variety of wildlife. Among the animals they can expect to see are buffalo, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, hippopotamus, and feline species such as caracals and servals. Those who are particularly lucky may even spot a rhinoceros, whose numbers are rapidly declining.
After an exhilarating morning safari experience, participants will be taken to the lake side for a well-deserved lunch break. Lunchboxes will be provided, after which the safari will continue, culminating in a few hours with a transfer to the renowned Serengeti National Park.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit a memorial dedicated to two West German researchers, Bernhard and Michael Grzimek. These two individuals played a significant role in the preservation of Northern Tanzania National Parks, and their tireless efforts have ensured that these parks remain in their current natural state for generations to come. Those interested in learning more about their story can read the book “Serengeti Shall Not Die,” which can be found on Amazon.com for USD 10–25.
In the evening, participants will be transferred to a hotel located in the heart of the Serengeti valley. This will be their base for the next three days as they explore the incredible Serengeti National Park, which is considered a treasure of the world’s wildlife. The unique climatic conditions of the park provide participants with a chance to see a myriad of animals, including resting lions, the elusive leopard, graceful antelopes, pythons, gemsboks, elands, servals, secretary birds, crocodiles, black rhinos, and many others. With so much to see and do, participants can expect an unforgettable adventure in one of the world’s most incredible destinations.
Overnight: Tanzania Bush Camp
Day three : Serengeti National Park
On the third day of your safari, you will start your adventure after breakfast, around 7:30 AM. Your safari guide will pick you up from your hotel in the Serengeti and you will head to the eastern and southern parts of the park. The landscape here is characterized by vast savannas, which offer an excellent opportunity to observe some of the most iconic African wildlife in their natural habitat.
During your safari, you might spot some of the big cats such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs, who are often seen hunting antelopes, gazelles, and other prey. The Serengeti is also home to large herds of zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, and buffalo, as well as various species of birds.
As the day progresses, you will enjoy a packed lunch while you continue your safari adventure. The drive may take several hours, but the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife will keep you entertained throughout the journey.
In the evening, after an exhilarating day of game drives, you will be transferred to a hotel where you can relax, enjoy a delicious dinner and share your experiences with other travelers. You will have the opportunity to rest and recharge, preparing for the final day of your safari in the Serengeti.
Overnight : Tanzania Bush Camp
Day Four : Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, your guide will take you to the central part of the Serengeti, also known as Seronera, which is renowned for its rich wildlife. Your guide will try to locate the animals you are most interested in observing. As midday approaches, you will visit the Serengeti Visitor Centre, where you will be given a lunchbox and learn about the park’s history and the animal populations. In this area, you can also spot hyraxes, which are the closest relatives of elephants.
The Serengeti National Park is home to a multitude of animals, so it’s challenging to detail all of them. However, you can expect to see a diverse range of creatures, including elephants, buffaloes, ostriches, giraffes, jackals, hyenas, lions, antelopes, leopards, and cheetahs. Just keep your eyes peeled and be mesmerized by the nature around you.
As evening draws near, you will be transferred to the northern part of the Serengeti and then to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind.
Overnight: Africa Safari Lake Natron
Day Five : Lake Natron
After breakfast, we will head to Lake Natron. The drives from the northern Serengeti are remote, with a desolate, other-worldly beauty and an incomparable feeling of space and antiquity. The roads pass through untraveled Maasai land, with small bomas and big mountains often in view in a wild, cauterised landscape. From June to November, at the lake around two million flamingos gather. On the way to the lodge, we can make a stop at the hot springs. We willovernight at Africa Safari Lake Natron. The lodge has a swimming pool that is embedded in its surrounding landscapes and comes complete with stunning views of neighbouring Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still-active volcano. Enjoy the view! From the lodge you can take a 10 minute walk to the lake with your guide.
Overnight: Africa Safari Lake Natron
Day six: Mto wa Mbu
In the morning, you’ll go on an adventurous walk to the waterfalls. The hike will take you through the lush forests surrounding the falls, and you’ll have the chance to observe the local wildlife and birdlife along the way. Your guide for the hike will be a Maasai, who will provide you with insights into the local culture and traditions. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as the terrain can be challenging in some areas.
After the hike, you’ll return to your accommodation for lunch. Africa Safari Lake Manyara is a beautiful lodge situated on the banks of Lake Manyara, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Here, you can relax and unwind, taking in the natural beauty of the area. You’ll have the opportunity to go on game drives in Lake Manyara National Park, where you can see a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and hippos. The park is also home to over 400 species of birds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge, followed by some stargazing. The night sky in Africa is truly breathtaking, and you’ll have the chance to see constellations and shooting stars that you may never have seen before. After a long day of adventure and exploration, you can retire to your comfortable room, listening to the sounds of the African bush as you drift off to sleep.
Overnight: Africa Safari Lake Manyara
Day Seven : Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is located in the Manyara Region in the northern part of Tanzania. The park covers an area of about 330 square kilometers and is named after Lake Manyara, which covers two-thirds of the park’s total area. The park is known for its diverse ecosystem and breathtaking panoramic views.
As you enter the park, you will be greeted by the lush green forests that surround the lake, which is inhabited by thousands of pink flamingos and other water birds. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, hippos, and wildebeests.
One of the highlights of the park is the famous tree-climbing lions. These lions have developed the unique behavior of climbing trees, which is not commonly seen in other parts of Africa. The park is also known for its babbling brooks with clear water, which provide a perfect habitat for small animals and birds.
During your game drive, you will have the opportunity to explore the park’s different habitats, from the lush forests to the open savannahs. Your guide will help you spot the wildlife and provide interesting information about the different species and their behaviors.
After a full day of game driving, you will start your journey back to Arusha in the late afternoon. The drive back will offer you the chance to enjoy the stunning landscapes of Tanzania and observe the daily life of the local communities along the way. You will arrive in Arusha before dinner, where you can relax and reflect on the amazing experiences you’ve had in Lake Manyara National Park.
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