Destinations: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
If you are looking to see all of Africa’s big game, especially the iconic lion, this is the perfect safari for you. Visit the best wildlife spots in northern Tanzania. From the famous Serengeti, which is the world’s greatest lion sanctuary, to flamingo paradise Lake Natron and the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to almost 30,000 animals (including the Big Five).
Day 1: Arrival – Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Venus premier Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.
Day 2: Arusha National Park
After breakfast you drive to Arusha National Park for a morning game drive with picnic lunch. This is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania, but it has a rich variety of wildlife and landscapes. From the swampy Ngurdoto Crater and alkaline lakes to dense jungle and the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Enjoy a peaceful and scenic canoeing safari on Momella Lake. On this 2 hours canoe safari you can view buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos, birds and beautiful views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro (on a clear day). In the late afternoon return to Venus Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Natron
Drive today across the only active volcano in East Africa, Oldonyo Lengai, towards Lake Natron. On the way you can enjoy amazing landscapes and the traditional Maasai. Lake Natron is the most important breeding site for flamingos in the world and the only breeding site for flamingos in East Africa. The crust created by the alkali salt sometimes gives the lake a stunning red or pink hue, or even orange in the more shallow parts, by the microorganisms that live there. Today you also visit the big Engarasero waterfall. In the late afternoon you continue to Lake Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
Today starts, after breakfast, with a game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. Return to Rift Valley Photographic Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Today you go on a morning an afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators like lions, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Late in the afternoon you return to Mbugani Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. If you want to see the kings of the jungle, the Serengeti is the place to be. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds and vultures, just to name a few. Enjoy this supreme game viewing and return to Mbugani tented camp in the late afternoon.
Day 7:Ngorongoro Crater
Set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon you will continue to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Lake Eyasi
This day will be full of culture, with interesting encounters with a local tribe. After breakfast, you drive to Lake Eyasi. This is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the Hadzabe Bushmen. This tribe hunt on wild animals with bow and arrows, eating roots, honey and wild fruits. Visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand. You go with the Bushman on a game walk an participate in their real life activities such as hunting. For a lot of people these are one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of their safari. All meals and overnight will be at Eileen’s Trees Inn.
Day 9: Tarangire National Park
Rise up early for a game drive in Tarangire National Park with picnic breakfast. This lovely park is the kingdom of elephants, birds and baobabs. With four of the Big Five residing within the park, this park is a great spot. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python. In the evening you depart for 2.5 hours on a night game drive in the park. Discover nocturnal animals like porcupines, pangolin, aardvark and others. Dinner and overnight at Whistling Thorn Tented Camp.
Day 10: Departure
On this last day of your safari you drive back to Arusha for lunch and then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you departure flight.