A short safari full of wildlife!

This Safari shows you the best of Northern Tanzania in three days, from the with Baobabs studded landscape of Tarangire, with herds of over a hundred elephants, the phenomenal Ngorongoro Crater with the rare Black Rhino to the pink spots on Lake Manyara, which at a closer look turn out to be countless flamingos.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1075
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
3 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Romantic safaris Romantic Birding safaris Birding
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This Safari is ideal for people who don't have much time to go on safari. Maybe you just climbed the Kilimanjaro, visited friends, went to the beach on Zanzibar or are on a business trip. This three days safari gives you a fine pick of all the best Tanzania has to show: birders paradise Tarangire National Park, also featuring many other animals and with it with baobabs studded landscape a perfect background for the large elephant herds, the phenomenal Ngoorngoro Crater, which gives you a chance to see all of the big five in one day, the relative small Lake Manyara with the flamningos, large buffel herds and famous tree climbing lions. In short, three days filled with wildlife and fantastic landscapes!

Day 1: Tarangire National Park

Your Safari starts! Your private driver with private safari vehicle will pick you up anywhere in Arusha! The driver is well educated and has a lot of knowledge about the country, animals and nature and even more, he is very passionate about it. He will show you the beauty of his country the coming 3 days! He will discuss with you the day to day programme.

Because it is about 3 hours driving to Tarangire National Park, we make an early departure today. On your way to Tarangire National Park you pass through the Maasai steppes, pass Maasai villages and see the Maasai herding their cattle. Tarangire National Park is a not so famous park. However it has a lot to offer! With 550 different bird species, it is a birders paradise. Nowhere in East Africa will you find so many bird species in one area!

The landscape of Tarangire is very diverse, from the with Baobab studded plains to the always green marshes. Through the park meanders the Tarangire River, it did not only give the park its name, but is also the reason for the animals to stick in the area. In the dry season, when the river is often not more than a mud stream or even totally gone, the elephants dig holes in the riverbed, looking for underground streams. Also the other animals in the park enjoy a drink from these by elephants made waterholes. In the raining season the river can grow to a thundering river, depending on the amount of rain upstream. In Tarangire National Park you enjoy a pick nick lunch. After the lunch you still have time to make a game drive. Besides the large elephant herds, the park is also known for the large herds of buffels. When they all start running at once, you can feel the ground trembling! Also many other grazers can be seen in the park, like impala’s, gazelles, zebras, and wildebeests. The little colourful love birds are in stark contrast with the big black (and red) southern ground hornbills, as the little rock hyrax is in stark contrast with their big nephew: the elephant (yes it is unbelievable that those two are related!).
In the afternoon you leave Tarangire National Park and a scenic route over the Great Rift Valley escarpment takes you to RHOTIA VALLEY TENTED LODGE AND CHILDRENS HOME. Rhotia Valley is bordering the forest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

If you would like, you can go to the nearby Children’s Home between 17.00 and 18.00 hours. The Children’s Home is financed with the proceedings from the lodge. You can play a game of soccer with the children or help them with their homework. By staying at the Lodge you contribute to the Children’s Home!

Meals: Breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner

If you want to read about our visit to this lodge, please go to our website www.africatriedandtested.com and read out blog!


Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

Today your driver will take you to one of the most special places on this planet: The Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, and before you descent in the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim.

De crater is a non-active volcano, to reach the crater floor you have to make quite a descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity in animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, black rhino, buffel, leopard and the lion) can be found in the crater. Today it is your chance to see the rare black rhino. In Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, flamingos look for their food while hippos cool down in the sweet water pools after their grazing outing at night. In the Lerai Forest elephant with giant tusks pull leaves and branches from the trees while on the plains wildebeests, zebras and antelopes are grazing. Lions often look for the shade, sometimes even the shade of a car. The high numbers of animals and the imposing landscape with the crater walls make a day in the crater and overwhelming experience!

At the end of the day you leave the crater and return to Rhotia Valley for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner
 

Day 3: Lake Manyara

After breakfast it is time to visit the last park on your programme: Lake Manyara National Park. Situated at the foot of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, you see Lake Mayara already on your drive towards the park.

Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions, the large (migrating) flamingo population, and the different monkeys (sykes, colobus, vervet monkeys and olive baboons can be found in the forest area). Buffels roll in the mud of the alkaline Lake Manyara, a good treatment against ticks and other insects in their fur, while giraffes walk past the lake. Elephants walk seemingly effortless up and down the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and pelicans land in the lake, again a picture not easy to forget! The charm of Lake Manyara is that although it is small it is diverse and surprising!

In the afternoon you will leave the park and drive back to Arusha.
 
Meals: breakfast and pick nick lunch and

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  • Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

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Since: Oct 2011

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Animals you will see

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Aardvark
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African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Baboon
Baboon
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
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