5 Days Safari through Tanzanias Northern Circuit
5 days Safari
Day 1 - Arusha – Tarangire (March – October) or Manyara (November-February)
Option 1: Tarangire National Park – hot lunch
After breakfast leave Arusha and proceed to Tarangire National Park. It will take two hours to reach Tarangire Gate. After passing the gate start with the game drive inside the park, before you go hot lunch at Tarangire Safari Lodge. After lunch discover Tarangire National Park on your further game drives. Leave the park in the afternoon to proceed to your accommodation at Maramboi Lodge.
Tarangire National Park Information:
Tarangire National Park is one of 11 national parks in Tanzania. It is located south-west of Arusha in the Lake Manyara region. The Tarangire River flows through the park even in the dry season and is the only water source for the wildlife. Therefore, the wildlife in the park is very rich during dry season. The landscape consists of savannah and the river. The park is 2600 square km and is located on 900m altitude.
Furthermore the park is well known for its uncountable baobab trees, the large number of elephants and various species of birds.
Option 2 – Lake Manyara National Park or Mto wa Mbu cultural tour
After breakfast leave to Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy a full day game drive and proceed to your accommodation.
Activity Option: do a guided walk with a ranger inside the National Park. Duration: approx. 2 hours
Alternative: Mto wa Mbu cultural Tour
After breakfast proceed to Mto wa Mbu for a cultural tour/ bike tour / tuk tuk tour on the edge of Lake Manyara National Park. There you will see how the farmers plant their crops and how local craftsmen produce their goods. For lunch enjoy a local meal under the banana trees. After that visit a Maasai Village and proceed to your accommodation
Lake Manyara National Park Information:
Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
Day 2 – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast leave to Serengeti National Park. On the way you can visit Olduvai Gorge – the cradle of mankind and a Maasai Village. Entry fees for Olduvai Museum and Maasai Village please pay cash there, they are not included in the price. Game en route to the Lodge / Camp. Overnight at Kati Kati Camp.
Serengeti National Park Information:
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Day 3 – Serengeti National Park
Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park. You can choose either to go with a packed lunch, or to come back to the accommodation for hot lunch. Overnight again at Kati Kati Camp.
Meals: B/LB or L/D
Day 4 – Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim or Karatu
Today do a last morning game drive in Serengeti National Park and return to Ngorongoro Crater Rim or to Karatu. Game en route.
Today you will do an unforgettable Ngorongoro Crater Tour. At the beginning you will descend into the crater – 600m from the rim to the floor. When you reach the bottom, start your game drive and discover this breathtaking landscape. Wildebeests, zebras and lions will cross your way. Enjoy your picnic lunch next to the hippo pool. After the game drive ascend the steep crater wall with the safari car and return to Arusha.
NOTE: Gamed drive inside the crater is limited to 6 hours!
Ngorongoro Crater Information:
The Ngorongoro conservation area is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. Within the protected area is the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest caldera in the world. The crater is 600m deep and 260 square km in size and offers the diversity of East African scenery and wildlife in a confined space.
Included and excluded in the price:
4x4 Safari Car with Pop up roof
English speaking guide
All national park entry fees and governmental levies
Accommodation as stated
Meals as stated
1,5 Liter water per person per day, while on safari
Flying Doctors Insurance
Visa (50 US per person or 100 US per person for US citizens), you can get on arrival at the airport
Things of personal needs
Lake Manyara walk at extra cost
Balloon Safari in Serengeti at extra cost
Accommodation before and after in Arusha (please see separate price sheet)
Tip: recommended: 15-20 US per group per day per driver guide, 10-15 US per group per day for the cook (when budget camping safari)
- Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory if you arrive through Nairobi or Addis Abeba.
- US Dollar notes from the years before the year 2006 are not accepted in Tanzania
- For now availability of accommodations are not guaranteed, this will be proofed on time of booking.
Country : Tanzania
From : $2495 USD per person sharing (min. 2 pax), March -June & Nov
Duration : 5 days
Valid for Travel: 1.1-31.12.2017
Featured Benefits: Tanzanias northern highlights for travellers with limited time