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7 Days Best of Tanzania Safari

Arrival: Arusha, Tanzania

Upon touchdown at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will receive a warm welcome by our driver/guide who will transport you to your hotel to relax and recharge during your stay in Arusha.

Day 1: Arusha-Tarangire

Today, you will awake to the exotic birdcalls in a magical new world with the whiff of Tanzanian serenity.  We will meet at 7:00am for a safari briefing before we take a drive to the thrilling Tarangire National Park. Tarangire national park gets its name from the river that threads its way through the reserve. The national park is renowned for its dense wildlife population which is most spectacular between June and September that is the dry period. During this time, thousands of animals-elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hartebeest, kudu, wildebeest, eland and the rarely seen gerenuk and oryx-migrate from the dry Masai steppe to the Tarangire River in search of water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. Over 550 bird varieties have been reported here including the heaviest flying bird-the kori bustard. Tarangire National Park is also famous for its large population of elephants.

  • Main Destination: Tarangire national park
  • Overnight: Maramboi Tented Lodge
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner (Breakfast not included); Drinks not included

Day 2: Tarangire-Lake Manyara

Rise up early for breakfast, check out and depart Tarangire for Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions that spend most of the day spread out along the branches of acacia trees six to seven meters above the ground. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its picturesque beauty. As you enter the gate, you shall pass through a lush forest, home to troops of baboons and both vervet and blue monkeys. Further along the forest opens up into grassland, woodlands and swamps and beyond these the soda lake itself. It is home to over 400 species of birds including pelican flamingoes, cormorants, Egyptian Geese, sacred ibis and storks. The park is particularly famed for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. Also hippo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, reedbuck, warthog, a greater variety of smaller animals and, of course, the endangered wild dog.

  • Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
  • Overnight: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner; (Drinks not included)

Day 3: Lake Manyara-Serengeti

Rise up early for breakfast, check out and depart Lake Manyara National Park for Serengeti. Arrive at Serengeti national park and enjoy game viewing on your way to the lodge. Serengeti National Park is arguably one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world and is probably one of the reasons you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out for an afternoon to remember as you set out accompanied by an experienced tracker-guide into the seamlessly never-ending expanses of the Serengeti.

  • Main Destination: Serengeti national park
  • Overnight: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner; (Drinks not included)

Day 4: Serengeti

Rise early today for breakfast. As the cool, fresh air fills your lungs you will feel invigorated and rejuvenated, ready for a great full day game drive. Roll down the windows or stand up through the customized pop up roof hatch and enjoy these unhindered 360 views. A photographic dream unfolds before your eyes as we look out for the so called “big seven”-leopard, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, lion, elephant and African hunting dog. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, serval, hyrax, baboons, honey badger, mongoose, bat-eared fox, pangolin, genet, giraffe, aardvark, ostrich, caracal, civet, both Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey and some 20 types of antelope including eland, waterbuck, topi, roan, the much smaller dik dik, duiker, oribi, klipspringer, kudu, impala, and hartebeest or kongoni. There is, of course, also a great profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species have been recorded here including bee-eaters, guinea fowl, storks, flamingo, hornbills, herons, bustards, ostrich, parrots, weavers, vultures, cranes, hoopoe, kingfishers, and the bizarre long-legged  secretary birds. Serengeti tends to be less crowded, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

  • Main Destination: Serengeti national park
  • Overnight: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner; (Drinks not included)

Day 5: Serengeti-Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Rise up early for breakfast, check out and depart Serengeti National Park for the stunning vast plains of Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will drive slowly so as to get into some more game viewing. You may opt setting your foot at the pre-historic Oldupai Gorge one of the attractions of the Ngorongoro conservation area. It is here that in 1959, Dr Louis Leakey and his wife Mary discovered the remains of man’s first step on the ladder of human evolution-Homo Hablis. There is a small museum to view and an observation platform, where you can listen to an informative talk. You shall enjoy your lunch along the way and later head towards your overnight accommodation whilst taking in the overwhelming size of the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Main Destination: Ngorongoro Conservation area.
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner; (Drinks not included)

Day 6: Ngorongoro crater

Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the opulent Ngorongoro; a home to the ‘big five’; ‘the cradle of mankind’ and a ‘living Eden for tourists. The area encompasses a blend of archaeological sites, landscapes, people and abundant wildlife that is unsurpassed in the continent. Featuring forests, waterfalls, grasslands and volcanoes, it is home to the nomadic Masai people, Of course, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater remains the major attraction, and centerpiece of the Ngorongoro; a natural amphitheatre surrounded by steep walls that rise over 600 meters from the crater floor. It is without doubt a world great natural spectacle whose abundant wildlife and magical setting never fail to thrill. Your driver/guide will take you down into the crater and to all the best spots to view wildlife. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor.

  • Main Destination: Ngorongoro Crater
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner; (Drinks not included)

Day 7: Return to Arusha

You spend this last morning in the Ngorongoro admiring the unspoiled Africa as you prepare for a drive back to the buzzing Tanzanian’s capital bringing to an end what we hope shall be a safari of your lifetime. We hope to welcome you back! And as we say here, “Karibu Tena”.

  • Main Destination: Arusha
  • Overnight: End of tour; no accommodation
  • Meal plan: Breakfast (Lunch and dinner not included); Drinks not included

End of Service

Your tour price includes:

  • All meals on safari
  • Accommodation throughout your safari
  • Unlimited supply of bottle water in safari vehicle
  • All transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • All government taxes included
  • AMREF flying doctors evacuation
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Guaranteed window seat throughout safari
  • All national park fees, conservancy fees and hotel taxes

Services not included:

  • Any optional activities are not included
  • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
  • Accommodation on the last day
  • Visa fee
  • Hot air balloon
  • Boat ride
  • Masai village visit
  • International flights
  • All items of personal nature and not mentioned in the itinerary, for instance phone calls and shopping
  • Tips to hotel staff and Driver/Guide (Tipping is normal in Kenya – if you are satisfied with the service, a suitable tip is normally around 5%, and USD 10 per person/per day for the driver/guide)

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