8 Day Best of Tanzania Wildlife Safari

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8 Day Best of Tanzania Wildlife Safari2019-01-19T12:27:29+00:00

TOUR HIGHLIGHT

If you want to see the largest herd movement of animals on the planet and also visit the best national parks in northern Tanzania, this is the perfect itinerary for you. The focus during this trip will be on the western part of the Serengeti, where the Great Migration cross the Grumeti River from May to July. The herds of wildebeest en zebra must outsmart the huge Nile crocodiles and fast flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side. An amazing spectacle.

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SUMMARY

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Destination: Tanzania
  • Tour Start in: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Tour End in: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Tour Type: Game Drive Safari & Historical Sites Visit
  • Accommodation Type: Mid-range or Luxury

YOU WILL VISIT

  • Arusha
  • Lake Manyara
  • Serengeti
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire

EXPERIENCES

  • Game Drives
  • Bird Watching
  • Cultural Visits
  • Local farm family and Community Walk

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL/KILIMANJAARO/ARUSHA

On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by Eyes on Serengeti Safari representative. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm this evening.

The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day and there are no excursions planned, so you may arrive at any time.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Afram safari. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note – we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

This morning we will visit the village of Tengeru. Walk through the narrow village roads and chat with the locals about their everyday lives. You will hear all about their crops and watch them being farmed. You may even get the opportunity to roast and grind your own coffee.

After lunch we head off on a three-hour drive through the village of Mto Wa Mbu and before you climb up part of the Great Rift Valley to your lodge.
Keep an eye out for spectacular views of Mt Meru as you leave Arusha and head towards Lake Manyara permanent tented camp. All safari tents have hot showers, toilet, built-in fly screens and a private front verandah that is great for watching the sunset. There is also a pool for a late afternoon or early morning dip.

Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its black-maned, tree-climbing lions and large herds of buffaloes and elephants, not to mention the flocks of flamingos and pelicans that can be found on the shores of the lake itself.
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Tengeru – Local family farm visit and community walk
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Special Information
Our campsite is powered by generators and you will be able to charge cameras and batteries both in your tent and in the common areas.

Day 3: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Today you will wake early for a game drive of the Lake Manyara area before leaving for the wide open plains of the Serengeti. To reach the Serengeti you must travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, skirting the Ngorongoro Crater before entering into the Serengeti.

You will spend the afternoon on a game drive covering the more southern regions of the Serengeti before reaching your camp site for the evening.

Your tented camp for the next 2 nights is set against a backdrop of savannah and skies. Traditional Meru tents each have ensuites, and private verandahs overlooking the impressive plains of the Serengeti. The camp has a cozy dining room tent, with interior and exterior areas, and also organises camp fires to unwind under the stars.
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Serengeti National Park – Game drive
Lake Manyara – Game drive
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Special Information
The tented camp runs on generator and there will be charging opportunities up until 11pm over the next 2 days.

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The seemingly endless Serengeti Plains capture the essence of Africa. They are home to massive numbers of grazing animals and also various predators, and the interaction between the many species often provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

Today you will start around sunrise for a morning game drive and follow that up later on with an afternoon game drive, as the animals tend to be more active in the cooler hours of the day. You will usually return to camp during the hotter hours in the middle of the day, where you will enjoy a hearty meal, relax and maybe take a siesta.

Depending on wildlife movements and opportunities for sightings, the drive may continue through lunch and last all day. In this case, you will return to camp in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Serengeti National Park – Game drive
Optional Activities
Serengeti National Park – Balloon Ride (from price) – USD599
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

DAY 5: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

This morning you will have time to further explore the Serengeti and perhaps visit Simba Kopjes, an outcrop of rocks favoured by lion and cheetah, who can often be seen basking in the morning sun.

You will spend your time game viewing and will stop for a picnic lunch on the drive from Serengeti National Park back toward the Ngorongoro Conservation area. 

Located on a hilltop with beautiful views of the valley, the permanent tented camp is built out of locally sourced materials. Each tent has private facilities and balcony.
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Special Information
This tented camp is powered by generators so you will also have the chance to charge your cameras, laptops and phones prior to 11pm.

DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER

Today you will explore the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, widely regarded as a microcosm of natural habitats in Africa and often touted as a veritable Garden of Eden. Within this crater lies every type of ecosystem, including riverine forests, open plains, freshwater and alkaline lakes.

Ngorongoro Crater is the remnants of an ancient volcano caldera, and within its 300 square kilometres is a remarkable concentration of wildlife. The scenery is spectacular as you descend almost 600 metres down to the crater floor. There is every chance that you will see a considerable variety of wildlife in this compact area, including the highly endangered black rhinoceros.

In the afternoon you will leave the crater and return to camp for a second night. (National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater.) The late afternoon can be spent relaxing at the camp, soaking up the wonderful scenery.
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Ngorongoro Crater – 4×4 Game Drive
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 7: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Head to Tarangire National Park passing through Mto Wa Mbu before reaching – your final Tanzanian national park.

Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the Masai lands and is defined by large open savannahs dotted with acacia woodland and large baobab trees. With the presence of the Tarangire River, this park forms a refuge during the dry season for many migratory animals, ensuring that Tarangire’s wildlife concentration is second only to that of Ngorongoro Crater.

This morning, armed with a lunch box, we head to Tarangire National Park. At Tarangire you will enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to your tented camp set in a typical African thorn-tree bush landscape, right next to the Kwakuchinja Wildlife Corridor. The corridor is used by the animals to migrate from Tarangire to Lake Manyara in search of water and grasses. During the migration periods, you may be lucky enough to witness the migration of zebras, wildebeest and elephants right from the veranda of your tent. 
Canvas tents with permanent thatched ramadas have ensuite bathrooms with each shower being fed by 15L tank filled manually by lodge staff. This is the real African bush experience!
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Tarangire National Park – Game Drive
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Special Information
You will have the opportunity to charge belongings at this camp.

DAY 8: ARUSHA

This morning we depart for Arusha. A departure transfer can be booked, at an additional expense, to either Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). Please ensure you do not book flights to depart prior to 5pm.
Meals Included
Breakfast

PRICE INCLUDE

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary

  • A professional driver/guide

  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)

  • All Taxes/VAT

  • Round-trip airport transfer

  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

  • Drinking water on all days

  • Free snacks and water in Safari

PRICE EXCLUDE

  • International flights (from/to home)

  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)

  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

  • The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees

  • Alcohol drinks