9 Days Safari Highlights

Summary

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Price: from $4500 – $6500
  • Destinations: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
  • Accommodation Type: Luxury
  • Best time to visit: All year
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INCLUSIONS

  • English-Speaking Resident Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and All Government Taxes
  • 24/7 EOS On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arusha

  • Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro, you will be met by a Eyes On Serengeti representative for your private transfer to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, where you will spend one night in a garden cottage set amongst lush tropical gardens.

Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2

Arusha to Lake Manyara

  • Your safari starts from Arusha. You will be picked up from your hotel or Kilimanjaro Airport and drive to Lake Manyara. Lunch will be served at the camp ( or enjoy a picnic at the park ) followed by an afternoon game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. You will then return for Dinner and Overnight at one of the camps/lodges at Lake Manyara.

Accommodation: Plantation Lodge

Day 3

Lake Manyara to Serengeti

  • After breakfast departure from Lake Manyara, you will drive to Serengeti National Park. A packed lunch will be carried and game-drive enroute to the camp – afternoon game-drive – Dinner & Overnight at the Camp. Where exactly at the Serengeti depends on your travel season/month. In Jan/Feb, the best area would be the Southern part called Ndutu, during the Migration in June/July the best area would be the Western Corridor or Northern part. Central Serengeti is always a great place as starting point for your game drives in different directions. Stay in a basic camp to get the real safari experience or choose a bit more comfort in one of the luxury tented camps or lodges.

Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 4-5

Serengeti

  • Spend two full days in the Serengeti with game drives. This gives a good chance to cover a large area and see a lot of wildlife. The Serengeti is named after Siringet, a Masai word for endless plains – The park is one of the world’s best-known wildlife sanctuaries and symbolizes the classic Africa safari. With more than 2 million wildebeest and a large number of Thomson gazelle and zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The area is so vast even at the height of the wildebeest migration when over one million animals are moving, the Serengeti never seems crowded. The park lies between the shores of Lake Victoria to the West, Lake Eyasi in the South, and the Great Rift Valley to the East. Return to the camp for a hot lunch or spend the day on game-drive with a packed lunch in the park. Dinner and Overnight Serengeti

Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 6

Serengeti to Ngorongoro

  • After breakfast continue with a safari to the Olduvai Gorge with packed lunch. The site is also known as “The Cradle of Mankind” it is a steep-sided ravine within the Great Rift Valley that stretches through East Africa. The Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in the further understanding of early human evolution. Brief Visit to the museum and the visitor’s center before proceeding towards the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner & Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is built high on the crater rim with amazing views over and into the crate- a truly breathtaking natural wonder!

Accommodation: Plantation Lodge

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater visit

  • An early start to the day is best in order to avoid the later influx of tourists into the Ngorongoro Crater. The park gate opens at 06h00, so it is best to be there as close to this time as possible. You’ll head off after a hearty breakfast.
  • Down on the crater floor, there is an abundance of wildlife including black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, and eland. There are a number of lions that are typically larger in size than an average lion due to the large amount of game in the area.
  • Enjoy packed lunch under the trees on the crater floor before drive driving back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Plantation Lodge

Day 8

Tarangire National Park

  • After an early breakfast in camp, head to the lounge area where you will be met by your expert guide and head out into the bush on foot for a morning walking safari in the Tarangire National Park. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot with the sun rising in the background. Stop in the shade where you will enjoy a delicious packed lunch from heading back to camp.
  • Proceed with afternoon game drive in the park, Tarangire National Park. The park is located between the Masai Steppe in the South East and the Lakes of the Great Rift valley to the North and West.
  • Back at camp, relax and refresh before a three-course meal and time spent around the campfire, drink in hand.

Accommodation: Maramboi Tented Lodge

Day 9

Tarangire to Arusha

  • Enjoy your last early morning game-drive at Tarangire! Drive back to Arusha, option to fly to Zanzibar for a few relaxing days on the beach or drop off at JRO Kilimanjaro Airport.

Our website contains all you need to know to start researching your Tanzania adventure. We keep it as informative as possible, but it is always worth getting in touch directly, by email or telephone. As with any destination, things change and the excellent deals we get from our suppliers vary from week to week, which means your best source of information, travel advice, and recommendations will always be our expert consultants.

Our Planning safari Guide to Tanzania is a good place to start if you are in the initial research stage of your planning. It provides a brief overview of what a Tanzania holiday has to offer, a few of our favourite things about Tanzania, and how the experts here at Eyes On Serengeti can craft an itinerary to suit your special interests and expectations.

The majority of Tanzania’s wildlife is resident year-round, so safari experiences and wildlife viewing can be fantastic year-round. However, April and May can be rainy and are probably best avoided – especially if you are also planning time on the beach. Generally, the best time for dry-season wildlife viewing is from July – October. However, The Great Migration is exceptional in February, as this is calving season, so there are definitely exceptions to this rule! We cannot stress enough that the most effective way to find the best itinerary to suit you is for you to call us and discuss.

Zanzibar: Most people visit the island of Zanzibar after their Tanzania safari. Zanzibar has a huge variety of boutique hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets, with a similarly wide range of activities, including diving. The island does mostly conform to the Indian Ocean idyll that its name suggests, although some beaches are tidal, so it is worth doing a bit of research on our Zanzibar beaches page before setting your heart on a specific beach resort. Stone Town is also a great non-beach town to explore whilst staying on the island.

Tanzania experiences two dry seasons, lasting from January to March and June to September. If you’re coming to Tanzania for the sublime array of wildlife then we recommend timing your visit with either of the dry seasons. The reason being that the vegetation is less dense, so game viewing is somewhat easier and animals tend to head to commonly known waterholes, rivers, and lakes for refreshment.
The second dry season from June to September is the most popular time to visit Tanzania. So if you want the great weather and easily found wildlife but fewer crowds, maybe plan to visit between January and March.

April to May and October to November mark the rainy seasons in Tanzania. The first rainy season, from April to May is seen as the heaviest and a raincoat is a must-have. The second, from October to November, then sees lighter rainfall.
The rainy seasons can be a beautiful time to visit as the vegetation is at its most lush and green. Rainfall tends to fall in short showers, interspersed with bursts of sunshine, which can make for some excellent photography. April to May is also the low season in Tanzania, so parks are usually less crowded and rates for accommodation and tours can be lower.

If you’re visiting the vast Serengeti, time your visit with the second dry season from June to September to experience the annual highlight of the great migration. This epic natural event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate north to the Masai Mara in Kenya from July to November.

This is also a great time to visit if you’re looking to do a combined safari to Tanzania and Kenya. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds the migration brings, visit the Serengeti in the first dry season from January to March, which is also the wildebeest calving season.

Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent year-round. However in the dry seasons, from January to March and June to September, the grass on the crater floor is short – making Africa’s iconic wildlife much easier to spot.

If you are looking to climb Kilimanjaro then there are a few things to bear in mind. The warmest months are January and February, however these also bring with them the largest numbers of trekkers. By March through to May the rains come making trekking potentially more challenging – however there are considerably less people on the mountain.
June to August then see colder temperatures but less rain and September and October are fairly dry with pleasant temperatures. November to December see the rains return but the temperatures are still quite mild. Despite what the daytime temperature is, it gets cold at night on the mountain and naturally the closer you are to the summit the colder it will be.

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