Bursting with wildlife, the national parks of Tanzania will have you continually reaching for your camera. Travelling across the undulating plains of the Serengeti, go in search of the iconic Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes. Descending into the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater, a microcosm of famous east African scenery and wild game, lose yourself in the herds of zebra and wildebeest. You'll head home invigorated by this perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.

Start
Arusha, Tanzania
Finish
Arusha, Tanzania
Countries
Tanzania
Themes
Overland
Code
YGKZ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 2 Max 12
Carbon offset
481kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Be astounded by the vast array of wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater in open top 4x4 vehicles
  • Try to spot a rare tree-climbing lion at Lake Manyara National Park
  • Travel across the endless grasslands of the Serengeti searching for large herds of wildebeest and zebra
  • Learn the story of the large baobab trees at Tarangire National Park.

Itinerary

On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by an Intrepid 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.
This morning we will visit the village of Tengeru. Walk through the narrow village roads and chat with the locals about their ever day 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. You will arrive at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in the late afternoon.

Spectacularly perched high on the escarpment overlooking the alkaline Lake Manyara, this is a wonderful place to spend the first night on your Tanzanian safari.

In the afternoon you will explore Lake Manyara National Park on a short game drive. This picturesque lake is home to a large number of birds, including flamingos and pelicans, which can be seen in the water or on shore.
The area is also renowned for black-maned, tree-climbing lions, who have developed this habit due to the marshy soil. Witnessing one of these is real highlight of any safari. Large herds of buffalo and elephant are also often sighted.
You will depart Lake Manyara 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 Lodge.
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 the lodge in the late afternoon.
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. Along the way you will have the option to visit Olduvai Gorge, an site famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of pre-historic man.
Your lodge for the next two nights is beautifully located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. We highly recommend that you take the time in the late afternoon to pause and take in this incredible vista, as the sun sets over the 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 the lodge 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 lodge, enjoying the wonderful views.
Bidding farewell to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will travel back down the Rift Valley escarpment and through Mto Wa Mbu before reaching Tarangire National Park - your final Tanzanian national park.
Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the Masailands 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.
At Tarangire you will enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to your safari lodge, situated inside the park.
You will enjoy an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park before returning to Arusha in time for lunch. It is then time for fond farewells, as some of you may be staying on in Arusha.
A departure transfer can be booked, at an additional expense, to either Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). Please esnure you do not book flights to depart prior to 5pm.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Accommodation
Farmstay (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lake Manyara - Game drive
  • Tengeru - Local family farm visit and community walk
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Tarangire Game Drive

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel.
3. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
4. This trip finishes in Arusha, after lunch, on Day 8. Please do not book any flights out of JRO International Airport until after 5pm this afternoon.

Trip notes

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