8 days Tanzania Closeup Adventure

Northern Tanzania circuit offer excellent parks for game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is said to have the world’s densest population of lion whilst in nearby Lake Manyara lions have developed a liking for residing in the branches of trees, where they can both sleep and watch for prey. The Serengeti is notable for its large migratory herds of wildebeest and zebras with strings of predators in trail.There is lots of surprises on this tour which will make a breathless lifetime experience.

Day 1: Arusha-Tarangire

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel of your arrival by your safari guide and driven to Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park is almost 3000 sq km in size and is probably best known for its huge numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The name of the park comes from the Tarangire River which crosses through the park. Tarangire is especially spectacular during the dry season (June – November) as wildlife concentrations rival that of the Serengeti (since enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their only source of water). With its varied habitats and permanent water in the Tarangire River the park is home to over 2000 elephants and 500 bird species.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National   

At 7:00 am after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide have an early game drive at Tarangire National Park  and later on drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive.

Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park which is famous for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals considering its small size. A short visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks you will visit during your safari.

After a game drive in the park you will proceed onto Karatu town for overnight at the

Breakfast Lunch and dinner will be provided.

Day 3: Serengeti 

At 7.00 am after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and driven to Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti National Park is the world’s last great wildlife refuge as it contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature’s wonders. The area covers 14,763 sq kms and the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai ‘Siringet’, meaning endless plains.

Enjoy afternoon game drive at the central part of the Serengeti.

Day 4: Serengeti

Optional: Enjoy early morning Hot Air Ballooning followed by a Bush Champagne Breakfast.

After breakfast enjoy full day game drive around Serengeti.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

2 small bottles of water (500ml) per person are also provided.

The Central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its abundance of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in the Central Serengeti is a ‘must see’ on every safari regardless of the specific month of travel. Game viewing in Central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season (June – November) as resident animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident herbivores include impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, topi, hartebeest and giraffe. Resident carnivores include lion and leopard.

Day 5/6: North Serengeti

After breakfast enjoy full days in the north of Serengeti.

You may be lucky enough to see the migration crossing the Mara River!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided. 2 small bottles of water (500ml) per person are also provided

The endless plains of Serengeti are also the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – the 1.5 million wildebeest endless migration in search for fresh pastures Each year this huge herd of wildebeest (along with over 200,000 zebra and gazelle) migrate in a clockwise direction around the Serengeti, up to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then back down to the Serengeti to have their young (over 8000 wildebeest are born a day, between mid Feb and mid March). Each year they trek over 2,500km and are constantly threatened and followed by some of Africa’s greatest predators. Depending on the time of your visit, your driver guide will be able to share with you where the herd’s current location is at.

Day 7: Serengeti –Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, have a game drive at Serengeti on your way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area . On the way you will pass by at the Oldupai Gorge is a site famous for the study of human origins. The gorge contains a range of palaeontological remains in an excellent state of preservation. The deposits span 2,000,000 years of hominin history. Oldupai still holds surprises despite being the focus of intense research for more than 40 years

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

2 small bottles of water (500ml) per person are also provided.

Day 8: Ngorongoro crater –Arusha

After breakfast, descend into the crater for a crater game drive. After lunch, start the 2 ½ hour journey back to Arusha then proceed to Kilimanjaro international airport for your flight back home

Breakfast and lunch provided.

2 small bottles of water (500ml) per person are also provided.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided. 2 small bottles of water (500ml) per person are also provided

Often called the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world. About 2 million years ago the Ngorongoro volcano erupted, and its walls collapsed. The volcano floor sank to create a natural enclosure with its 600m tall walls. Now, at over 19 kilometres wide, Ngorongoro Crater is filled with great areas of acacia forest, hippo filled swamps and open grasslands. These different habitats contain over 30,000 animals – including elephants, warthogs, flamingoes, magnificent birdlife, the rare black rhinoceros and all the predatory cats. The Maasai can also be seen grazing their cattle alongside the buffalo and wildebeest.

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    Rates Includes:

    • Transportation in a safari specific vehicle
    • A professional English speaking driver/guide
    • Park entry fees and conservancy fees where applicable
    • 2 small bottles of drinking water (500ml) per person per day
    • Meals and accommodations as per the itinerary

    Rates Exclude:

    • International flights/visa fees/Personal Travel/Baggage Insurance
    • Drinks outside the 2 bottles of drinking water mentioned above
    • Tips for the driver guide and any porters at the lodges
    • Unexpected increases in National Park/Lodge Fees by the relevant authorities
    • Bank Fee/charges in sending your money to Tanzania and getting USD cash out in Tanzania