8 DAYS BEST NORTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI: ITINERARY
DAY 1: ARUSHA
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, meet and assist at airport transfer to Lodge. Dinner and overnight,
Arumeru River Lodge Mid-range lodge located in or near Arusha
DAY 2: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Northern Tanzania Safari after breakfast, you depart for Tarangire national park. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. After lunch relax for a short while and later go for an afternoon game drive.
It is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular in the dry season between June and September. It is during this period that thousands of animals- wildebeest, zebra, eland, harte best, buffalo, and onyx migrate from the dry masai steppe to the tarangire river in search of water. The predators -lion, leopard and others- as is the custom in the savanna follow closely by. Birds are also abundant here and over 550 species have been recorded. Dinner and overnight
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge- Mid-range lodge located Karatu
DAY 3: TARANGIRE – NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR
After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro conservation area where you will have lunch at your lodge. The lodge sits on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater from where you get awesome views of the collapsed volcano.
After a short rest break, proceed for an afternoon tour of the crater. The drive commences with the 600 m descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater. Covering 260 sq. Km, the crater is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many species of plain animals- wildebeest, zebra, reed buck, thompson gazelle and many more.
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge -Mid-range lodge located outside Lake Manyara NP
DAY 4: NGORONGORO – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Best Northern Tanzania Safari after breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai gorge. Olduvai gorge is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of homo habilis (’handy man’ ) regarded as mankind’s first step on the path of human evolution. You arrive in time for lunch at your lodge.
Later in the day afternoon game drives in the park. The serengeti is probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Within its 15,000 sq km area it hosts 3 million large mammals. More than 35 species of plain animals- zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, and others are found here. And so for the big five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
The park is the staging zones for one the most spectacular events in the natural world- the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around june when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the masai mara in kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The serengeti also has over 500 species of birds.
Kati Kati Tented Camp-Mid-range tented camp located inside Serengeti NP
DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
8 days best northern Tanzania safari departs for an early morning game drive. Return for breakfast, collect lunch boxes and proceed at 1000 hrs for a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti. You will have a picnic lunch in the course of the day. Return to the lodge at 1700 hrs.
Kati Kati Tented Camp - Mid-range lodge located inside in Serengeti.
DAY 7: SERENGETI – LAKE MANYARA
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. After breakfast, drive at 1000 hrs to the Ngorongoro highlands. You will have lunch at Gibbs farm, formerly a working coffee farm. Then proceed for an afternoon visit of the waterfalls en-route to lake Manyara to arrive in time for dinner at your lodge.
You will spend the night at kirurumu tented lodge. The lodge is perched on the edge of the mto wa mbu escarpment and has great views of the great rift valley and lake manyara itself.
Country Lodge Mid-range lodge located outside Manyara & Ngorongoro NP
DAY 8: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK & BACK TO ARUSHA– DEPART
8 days Best Northern Tanzania Safari after breakfast departs at 0830 hrs for a morning game drive in lake manyara national park. The park covers 330 sq. Km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lake shore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the big five -lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the rift valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of birds.
Return to the lodge for lunch. 1400 hrs- drive back to Arusha. Later in the evening drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
Accommodation with full board during safari
All park fees
Transportation with driver-guide during safari (All vehicles are 4×4 with viewing roofs)
Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
Lake Manyara supplement fee
Tips for your driver-guide during safari
Transfer to/from airport
Any personal expenses
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies and supplement summit oxygen
All customers travelling with Kilimanjaro trekkings are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance.
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