An excellent, extended safari which gives us plenty of time in beautiful Serengeti National Park, and also introduces us to the magic of Tanzania’s other natural Northern Circuit attractions. We will begin our adventure on this eight-day adventure in Lake Manyara, small but certainly not lacking in interesting sights,.. sounds and smells and set against a dramatic backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment, not forgetting the glistening lake itself. In Serengeti, we will have a full program of game-drives, letting us explore the stunning and varied landscapes of this famous place. All the time, we’ll be looking for the best wildlife experiences, before we depart for another Tanzanian gem, the incomparable crater of Ngorongoro, on the lookout for a black rhino. Then, we finish our adventure in Tarangire National Park, another of the Northern Circuit’s true jewels and famous for its large herd of elephants and iconic baobab trees
- Duration: 7 Days
- Destination: Tanzania
- Tour Start in: Arusha
- Tour End in: Arusha, Tanzania
- Tour Type: Game Drive Safari
- Accommodation Type: Mid-range or Luxury
YOU WILL VISIT
- Tarangire National Park – Game drive
- African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
- Serengeti National Park – Game drive
- Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive
- 4×4 Game Drives
- Bird Watching
- Big 5
- A visit to Maasai village
- Local Visits
Day 1 Arriving in Arusha
On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by an 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.
Meals: Bed & Breakfast
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel
Day 2 Discover the beauty of Tarangire
After Breakfast at the hotel, our local guide we will make sure that you have received all the essential information before to set off to our first Safari destination. The Lunch will be taken at the Tarangire National Park and will continue with an afternoon game drive. Overnight in Tarangire.
Safari (Game Drive) in Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is well known for its ‘’ Elephant Playground’’. This phenomenal park contains huge herds of these kind of mammals such as buffalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. This park is a rival to Serengeti Park because of its animal diversities.
Day 3 Conquering the Great Plain of Serengeti
Serengeti National Park/Central area
Wildlife is abundant: sometimes you may think it has come to find you, rather than the other way around. Today’s highlight is unknown, as the animals don’t publish their schedule (!) What we see also depends on the season, but we may find some ‘big cats,’ on the prowl and looking for prey. Cheetah, leopard and lions are all possibilities!.
Safari in Serengeti National Park
Today is a full day of discovery, a chance to enjoy the varied landscapes of the Central Serengeti. The Seronera River weaves its way through the Serengeti, providing waters for all species of wildlife. You will also see the distinctive rocky outcrops, the famous kopjes which characterize the Serengeti landscape. Kopjes are very hard and often granite. They have been aged at maybe 600 million years old and created even before the earth’s surface was pushed up from the ocean. Lions and other cats frequent these stony places and they are also home to snakes and hyraxes. Slowly weathering in wind and rain, they are peeling off in layers, which you may see on close inspection.
Everything here varies with the seasons, but in May, November and December migrating herds join the already rich population of resident animals which live here year-round. (In the rainy season, the landscape turns black with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest – a simply incredible sight.)
Day 4 The awakening of the Endless Serengeti
Following breakfast, you will spend the whole day on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park and have lunch at a picnic spot en-route. Depending upon the time of year, you might even have the chance to witness the great migration with hundred thousands of wildebeests, zebras and Thompson gazelles. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Masai Mara through the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rainy season in April, May and June, the herds slowly travel back through the western and north-western part of the Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can of course change, resulting in the animals migrating during different times and routes. Your guide will try his outmost to find the animals and will make sure that you can see them from the best spot in the national park. Naturally, the migration also attracts predators and with luck you might see a kill in action. You will spend another night at the Acacia Central Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 5 Explore the Mara River Crossing
After breakfast, we will set off on a full day game drive in the wilderness following the Great Migration trails. Our experienced driver tour guide will provide you with interesting facts about this highly renowned event, which makes Tanzania the top safari destination in Africa.
Serengeti, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to around 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, which join in the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Listen to the exotic sounds of over six million hooves pounding the open plains. This is just like you imagined Africa to be!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mara Under Canvas (North Camp).
Day 6 Serengeti North – Ngorongoro Highlands
Leave very early in the morning and drive to central Serengeti for game viewing before heading Ngorongoro Crater Highlands for dinner and overnight.
The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm Valley.
Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater Tour – Arusha & Beyond
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing within the crater. Ngorongoro Crater was formed 3 million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. The crater’s ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks. It is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by 30,000 animals. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including giraffes, zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed safely at a relatively close range. After lunch, we precede Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure back home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
- 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)
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
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