9 Day Tanzania with Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Tarangire National Parks from US$5,372.-pp

Exquisite safari through Northern Tanzania with combination of driving and flying to get the best out of your journey. Search for the famous wildebeest migration and explore Ngorongoro Crater for “The Big-5”.

Highlites:

Explore the best Northern Tanzania National Parks:  the Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater

Private vehicle with your guide/driver to stop and go as you please, with exception of Northern Serengeti where you share the safari vehicle

See the countryside and villages of Northern Tanzania

Small safari camps for better experiences

Walking and Night Safari option

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Rivertrees Country InnArushaHB1x Garden Room1 Night
Tarangire Ndovu Tented LodgeTarangire National ParkFB+1x Double Room1 Night
Ang’ata Ngorongoro CampNgorongoro CraterFB+1x Double King Size Tent2 Nights
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct)Northern SerengetiFB+1x Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp4 Nights

Key:

HB: Half Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$5,510.- from mid June to end of October, 2022

Price per person, sharing occupancy.

Included

Accommodation and full board as per package, private customized safari vehicle with naturalist guide/driver during your stay at Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro with unlimited miles, shared safari vehicle in the Northern Serengeti, all National Park Entrance fees, airport meet and greet,   emergency evacuation insurance from safari camps to nearest hospital (no treatment included);

Excluded

International flight to Kilimanjaro airport, optional tours in Arusha, optional night game drive or walk at Tarangire, optional hot air balloon flight, visa,

Note: Tour starts and ends at Kilimanjaro airport. Daily departures pending space available. This is a safari with only the two of you in the vehicle during first portion of the safari, prior your flight to the northern Serengeti.  Some lunches are picnic style. Price would be lower if 4 friends are sharing this journey.

Day 1:            Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha           

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Arusha

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania – nestled below Mt. Meru and close to Mount Kilimanjaro. From Arusha there are options to head  to Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks and from there it’s a short trip to the Serengeti. Arusha was built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate.

Day Itinerary

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and meet our representative for the transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn   

Once an old coffee estate, Rivertrees is now a charming country inn nestled in abundant foliage with the Usa River flowing by. Set in the foothills of Mt Meru, conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive to Arusha, its location proffers a wealth of natural wonders to explore. 

Comprising the original Farm House, an elegant River House, luxurious River Cottages and several beautifully appointed Garden Rooms, it also serves delicious garden-fresh cuisine in its stunningly set restaurant. The swimming pool and spa are tailored for relaxation, and friendly personalised service ensures a memorable stay, whether for a one-night stopover or much longer.

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:            Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge, Tarangire National Park           

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for having the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti eco-system. Named after the river that crosses through it, this park at 1,100 square miles located southwest of Arusha, is sometimes sadly missed by those heading for the more well known of the National Parks in Tanzania. Yet we can highly recommend it for its elephant migration, quiet authentic atmosphere and fantastic birding opportunities. During the dry season, the river is the only source of water for many animals, with thousands migrating to it from the nearby Lake Manyara National Park. The landscape here is diverse, with a mix of habitats that are unique to the area and not found anywhere else: hilly landscapes are dotted with vast numbers of baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. Herds of up to 300 elephants congregate here, whilst migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and eland can also be seen, with the accompanying predators following along behind. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; ostriches, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.

The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.

The swamps, an oasis of green year round, are where you will find over 550 bird species, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. It is a birder’s dream with frequent sightings of yellow-collared lovebirds, which can be seen during a game drive alongside the river.

Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Day Itinerary

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 Meet your safari guide after breakfast and drive through villages and typical African scenery.

Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way to Tarangire National Park where you will safari in the afternoon.

Overnight: Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge View iBrochure

Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge is located in the heart of Tarangire, Tanzania’s wild land and landscapes. Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and a gentle backdrop of baobabs. It is the lesser visited but more intriguing park on the northern circuit. At Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge, we have 10 standard tented suites PLUS 2 x 2 bedroom inter-connected tented family suites that are open throughout the year. During these dry months, the massive elephants herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. We endeavour to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while being directed by the location, wildlife and other factors of responsible tourism. The main thatched area is open plan from bar to lounge to dining area – and offset with a stunning rim flow pool in front of the property overlooking the wild expanses ahead, all the way to the Great Rift Valley wall.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 3:            Ang’ata Ngorongoro Camp, Ngorongoro Crater     

Day Itinerary

Morning safari in Tarangire National Park. Then cross the Great Rift Valley and enter Ngorongoro Conservation area where you will spend the night on the crater rim for early access into the crater next morning.

Overnight: Ang’ata Ngorongoro Camp        

Ang’ata Ngorongoro Camp with 7 medium size tents and 1 double Family Tent and is ideally situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, just inside the Lemala Ranger Post. It allows early descent in the crater before the crowds arrive and late game drives when most have already left the Crater floor.

Each guest tent has an en suite bathroom with shower and vanity desk.

The camp’s lounge is the place to meet other travellers and share safari stories while enjoying a complimentary cup of Tanzanian coffee or tea.

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the dining tent, freshly prepared on a daily basis.

Bush TV, the local name for campfires, is lit when the weather permits.

Crater Floor Lunches and Walking Safaris (optional) to be booked upon reservation.

Double King Size Tent

A comfortable Tent with double roof and UV shade, with a King size Bed equipped with mosquito nets, Side tables, a lockable chest for your valuables, luggage rack.

En suite Bathroom with shower, Vanity desk and flush toilet, bathrobes, towels and amenities

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 4:            Ang’ata Ngorongoro Camp, Ngorongoro Crater     

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that it is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. It is also one of the view places where hyenas can be seen roaming during the daylight. Outside of the crater Masaai herdsmen can be seen tending to their flocks of goats and herds of cattle.

Day Itinerary

Get an early start and descend into Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of the Big-5. Return to the crater rim for overnight.

Your lodge is located on the rim of the crater which allows you to be amongst the very first people entering the crater in the morning. Most tourists are in lodges 1.5 hour away. Being first in the crater means less people in the morning and better lighting for picture taking.

Activities

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:            Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct), Northern Serengeti         

Northern Serengeti

The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. Unlike the southern plains of the Serengeti that dry out, forcing all but the hardiest of species to leave, the Northern Serengeti remains lush and green throughout the year. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. From July through to October the Migration is in the Northern Serengeti and this is where many of the most famous scenes of the Migration occur with almost daily crossings of the Mara River. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few.

NOTE: Animals are wild and sightings can not be guaranteed

Day Itinerary

Head for the endless plains of the Serengeti by bush plane. Take in a birds-eye view of the Serengeti, an experience you will never forget. Search to spot elephants, giraffe or herds of wildebeest.

Overnight: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct)       View iBrochure

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp is moved and constructed each year to follow the migration herds and to maximise the experience of staying in the heart of wildlife action. From the southern plains of Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation area to the rolling landscapes of northern Serengeti. The number of tents varies and never exceeds 12, so a maximum of 24 guests at any given time.

This is the ultimate and original tented camp experience with ensuite bathrooms, bucket showers, comfortable bedding, beautiful linens and a dining and lounge tent for relaxing and escaping the heat of the day or inclement weather. Food here is a highlight, home cooked style delights always too much to consume! Service is friendly and personal as its owner run with a team of outstanding local staff to ensure your every need is catered for.

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

We offer double (a honeymoon option), twin, single, triple and family (quad) tents and each bed is fully netted for custom made protection from mosquitoes and insects. The beds are fitted with imported cotton sheets, double pillows, duvets and bed runners for your comfort. The tents have netted windows down each side of the tent which you can fully open only the canvas remaining at all times with the mosquito netting stitched strongly into the actual tent. Then comes the bathroom area, which can be accessed directly from the bedroom with a separate doorway. Once inside, there is a bathroom stand with a ceramic wash basin with running water via stylish taps, a mirror, a supply of natural based bathroom products, and linen to suit the number of people expected to occupy the tent.

This area also displays a woven grass mat and cloths rack. Within this area, there are additional toilet and shower areas for privacy. Inside the toilet area is a ceramic flushing toilet, encased in a wooden frame for stability. Inside the shower area, is stand for washing behind a shower curtain and under a 20 litre PVC bucket erected on a pulley system as required. From the entrance to the bedroom and onto the bathroom, each tent is fitted with an extensive solar lighting system for your convenience.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 6:            Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct), Northern Serengeti         

Day Itinerary

Explore the Serengeti in search of the famous Wildebeest Migration.

Activities

Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration

Find and mingle with thundering herds of the legendary wildebeest migration where 1.5 million wildebeest  and zebras followed by hungry predators keep moving in search of nutritious grass. Experience the power of the migration up close in the vast savannas of the Serengeti.

Note: Animals are wild and sightings can not be guaranteed.

Optional: Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp Additional Activities – extra charge

Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. Typically, a balloon safari begins around 6am and lasts for around 1-2 hours. Balloon safaris (additional cost) in the Serengeti take off from designated sites in the nearby Ndutu or Kogatende areas depending on camp location. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to a memorable flight in the wild.

Explore the intriguing wilderness on foot with an armed walking guide; follow the tracks, smell the herds on the breeze and hear the crunch of fauna underfoot.Ideally these are at dawn and dusk, before and after the heat and stillness which prevails around the middle of the day when the animals (and most people) take a rest. Our bush guides have a wealth of insightful experience and they will fascinate you with bush-wise facts, wildlife know-how, local customs and incredible stories of life in the wilderness.

Enjoy a camp meal outside under the infinite African night skies – a beautiful way to experience the bush.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 7:            Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct), Northern Serengeti         

Day Itinerary

Another full day in the famous Serengeti!

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 8:            Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct), Northern Serengeti         

Safaris await to search the endless plains of the Serengeti. You might see big herds of antelopes and zebras, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, elephants, hippo, crocs and lots more….

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 9:            End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

After your morning safari, head for the airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Flight Information:

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Scheduled Airstrip serving Ngorongoro Crater Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct)   
 Scheduled Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (Jun – Oct) Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO]   

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