Overview

This is a small group safari (max 11 persons) that explores both the wildlife and cultural highlights of Tanzania, with all accommodation in either a lodge or permanent tented camp.

Join us on this trip-of-a-lifetime as we explore the exotic wilderness of East Africa for 10 days. We’ll be visiting some of the world’s most exciting wildlife destinations…including Serengeti National Park, the fabled “Lost Land” of Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Lake Ndutu, and Lake Natron.  The variety of landscapes and wildlife in all of these parks are beyond belief!  A land of plains, lakes and mountains, with a narrow, low-lying coastal belt, Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country and also one of its most diverse. Tanzania is home for more than 100 different ethnic groups, mostly of Bantu origin, each with its own language and customs.
Tanzania has one of the largest and wildest animal populations in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, and flamingo – you name them. Blessed with some of the world’s largest game reserves, the country also has one of the highest concentrations of elephant, buffalo, hippo, wild dog and chimpanzee.  You’ll be astounded at the huge amount of wildlife we’ll encounter…close up and personal!  Bring your cameras…and your courage!

We’ll be staying at a fascinating mix of safari camps…from game lodges situated in the wilderness to luxury safari tents in the bush.  All your meals are included, as are exciting game drives and hikes with local guides.  Since this overland adventure crosses a huge swath of the African landscape, our transportation is of utmost importance.  For this we’re using a custom built overland safari vehicle, holding just 11 people along with your support staff:  the group leader, your personal wildlife guide and our driver.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arusha

Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha. If you arrive early enough, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available.

Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation or similar

DAY 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park - Manyara

Your safari begins after breakfast this morning. On our adventure we will be traveling overland crossing great swathes of the African plains and countryside, searching for the game herds and their ever-present predators. We'll be traveling in style with custom-built 4WD safari vehicles that are capable of dealing with the sometimes rugged African landscape.These overland vehicles are the result of many years of safari experience and design and will allow us to get to the game in safety and comfort!They have ample room for our small group of 12, and of course we have our own driver and private ranger-guide for the entire trip with us! The vehicles also have pop-up tops to allow everyone the chance to watch game, take unobstructed (but safe) photos, or just feel the wind in your face. They also carry all of our luggage and gear in specially built storage compartments. For this area of Africa, these custom overland vehicles are far superior to the smaller "land-cruiser" type used elsewhere. Since all safari vehicles in Tanzania must be enclosed, the oversized windows on these allow everyone plenty of view. And you can also move around inside, unlike the land-cruisers which are cramped seating only. They even have built-in refrigerators! We'll be spending plenty of time outside the vehicle as well, as we trek through the African bush in search of wildlife and scenery.

Our first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before we head off on our exciting safari experience! We will be in the Tarangire National Park for lunch and an afternoon game drive. The Tarangire National Park covers 2,600 square kilometers and has the highest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Here, you can watch huge herds of wildebeest, eland, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and elephant moving through the undulating countryside and taking a rest under a vast number of baobab trees, or drinking at the lagoons and the rivers. Remember not to just look on the ground though, but have a look at the branches of the trees for lion, leopard and pythons or the amazing 550 bird species also found in this area.
Tarangire is well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of the annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. If time permits we'll have a chance to do a bush hike with a ranger today as well. Bush hikes are an exhilirating experience that puts you down on the same level as the animals...with unparalleled opportunities to learn fascinating bush skills from the rangers.

Tonight you'll relax in comfort at our wilderness tented camp, have an incredible meal, and maybe drinks afterwards as you watch the incredible African sunset.

Accommodation: Moivaro Migunga Tented Camp or similar 

DAY 3: Manyara National Park

After coffee and breakfast, we head towards Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game drive. Lake Manyara National Park sits at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and is one of the most scenic parks in Tanzania. There are stunning views of the park from every direction. From the east, the Rift Valley escarpment emerges on the horizon with the lake forming a glistening background. On the southern side of the park, you will find the hot springs of Maji Moto. At the top of the escarpment from the west, the park stretches across a ribbon of green with the lake shining in the sun. Like most Rift Valley lakes, the water is alkaline. This attracts vast flocks of flamingos, which form pink foam against a silver background of water. Altogether, this area offers beautiful views as you take in the massive lake with its silver shimmer and surrounding vegetation.
The major landmark is the spectacular rift wall, where the plains give way to cultivated uplands of Mbululand.
Animals found in the area include zebra, elephant, hippo, monkey, wildebeest (gnu), waterbuck, warthog, gazelle, impala, buffalo, warthog, hyena, baboon and giraffe. Manyara is also known for its tree-climbing lions. These majestic animals find shelter from the heat and biting flies in the branches of trees and can easily kill buffalo, which is far greater in weight and size. There are also over 350 species of bird life, with a variety of local species inhabiting the forest and bush, including pelicans that waddle around next to short grasses on the shore of the lake.
Perhaps the most famous resident of Lake Manyara is not the massive flocks of flamingos, but the elusive tree-climbing lions!

After lunch we take walking tour through the colorful town of Mto-wa-Mbu before we head towards our lodge at Karatu on the foothills of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation: Moivaro Crater Forest Tented Camp or similar

DAY 4: Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area

After an early breakfast, we head towards the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. A spectacular drive up the crater wall, leads us to the entrance of this magnificent wildlife sanctuary, where we spend some hours exploring the floor of the crater. Being one of the largest calderas in the world, 12.4 miles wide and almost 2,000 ft tall, with a variety of animals and vegetation, Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania’s most stunning areas. The vegetation includes grasslands, swamps, forests, salt-pans, as well as a freshwater lake and has been compared to Noah's Ark or the Garden of Eden.
You will have no trouble finding lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many of the plains herbivores such as wildebeest (gnu), Thomson's gazelle, zebra and reedbuck, as well as thousands of flamingo wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the crater. Within the steep walls of the crater you will find considerable movement of animals and you may well come across local Masai tribesmen (who have grazing rights here), tending their cattle.
After lunch we leave the crater and return to our lodge for a relaxing afternoon and the opportunity to partake in a forest walk.

Accommodation: Moivaro Crater Forest Tented Camp or similar 

DAY 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Lake Ndutu

This morning, we head through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, towards Lake Ndutu. Lake Ndutu forms a shallow basin where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in the lake is extremely saline, too saline for human consumption but Lake Ndutu becomes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the Short Grass Plains, which provide ample cover and food.
Situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem, Ndutu Safari Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs, which encourage a host of birds and other animals to come right to your front door. After lunch we will go out for an afternoon game walk in the area escorted by an armed game ranger.

Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge or similar

DAY 6: Lake Ndutu – Serengeti National Park

Today our game drive will lead towards the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti, which sprawls across 5,757 square miles, is Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park. The chief herbivore of Serengeti is the wildebeest (gnu) of which there are up to two million. The amazing annual migration of wildebeest herds is one of the biggest attractions of the Serengeti. It begins at the Serengeti National Park near the Kenyan border, when huge herds of these animals, head for greener pastures in Kenya. Starting in April each year, they migrate across the Serengeti's southern plains accompanied by zebra, antelope, gazelle, lion and tourists! The park is also famous for its lions, which can be tracked due to the fact that many have collars fitted with transmitters, as well as cheetah and large herds of giraffe.
We arrive in camp for lunch and settle into our accommodation during the heat of the day. As the mid-day heat draws to a close, we depart on an evening game drive before dinner.

Accommodation: Kananga Special Tented Camp or similar

DAY 7: Serengeti

Enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration and large predator population. From February to May, a herd of over a million wildebeest (gnu) migrate for the Western Corridor of the park, in search of greener pastures. The Serengeti’s other animal attractions include lion, leopard, zebra, Thompson gazelle, impala, Grant’s gazelle and buffalo. Most of the park is open swathes of grassland, broken by isolated granite kopjes (hills) and patches of acacias woodlands. Tonight we are staying in a true safari camp on the African plains. The stunning display of stars combined with the sounds of the wilderness will be an experience you won't soon forget.

Accommodation: Kananga Special Tented Camp or similar 

DAY 8: Serengeti – Lake Natron

This morning after breakfast, we make our way through to the northern section of the Serengeti, towards Klein’s Gate. Here we leave the Serengeti behind and enter the Masai region of Loliondo. We make our way through this region toward Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai (“The Mountain of God”) – an active volcano which last erupted in 2007.

Accommodation: Moivaro Natron Tented Camp or similar

DAY 9: Lake Natron

Lake Natron lies wild and remote, in the north-eastern part of Tanzania, between the Ngorongoro Highlands and Serengeti Plains. Situated at the base of Africa's only active volcano Oldonyo L'Engai (Mountain of God), Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. Home to millions of tiny crustaceans, the lake is a haven for literally thousands of lesser flamingos. Here, the landscape rather than the wildlife, forms the attraction: - the area around the lake is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.
We spend the day exploring this incredibly interesting area, which is a haven for thousands of lesser flamingo and one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds in the world. Activities today include a visit to a traditional Masai village, a walk to a nearby waterfall, as well as a visit to Lake Natron to see the flamingos.

For those interested and brave enough there is also the option climb Ol Donyo Lengai, the Masai holy mountain and the last active volcano in East Africa. The climb will start around midnight and you should summit at 6 am and return to the bottom of the volcano around noon.

Please note that although no specialized equipment is needed this is a strenuous and very steep climb and a fair degree of fitness is required.

Accommodation: Moivaro Natron Tented Camp or similar

DAY 10: Lake Natron - Arusha

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will make our way to Arusha where the tour will end.  If your flight leaves later today you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport, if you are unable to book a late flight then you will be transferred to the airport tomorrow morning, and you should plan on spending this night in Arusha.

 

What´s Included

  • 1 night accomm at Moivaro Coffee Plantation (or similar)
  • 1 night accomm at Migunga Tented Camp (or similar)
  • 2 nights accomm at Crater Forest Tented Camp (or similar)
  • 1 night accomm at Ndutu Safari Lodge (or similar)
  • 2 nights accomm at Kananga Special Tented Camp (or similar)
  • 2 nights accomm at Moivaro Natron Tented Camp (or similar)
  • All meals
  • Group Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport...Tour begins on Day 1 at Moivaro Coffee Plantation and ends on Day 10 in the city of Arusha
  • All transfers during the tour, primary vehicle is a custom 4WD 12 passenger overland    safari vehicle
  • Transfers in Ngorongoro Crater by 4WD Land Cruiser
  • Game drives in Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Ndutu, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Natron
  • Bush walks with armed rangers in Tarangire, Lake Ndutu and Ngorongoro Forest
  • Village walk in Manyara
  • Possible school visit in Arusha
  • Masaii cultural experience at Natron
  • Fully escorted by an Go Get Lost Tour Leader

 

What´s not Included

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature...laundry, telephone calls, etc
  • Visa fees, if necessary
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, or lodge staff

 

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