A stunning Ten days of wildlife wonders starts in Arusha National Park and takes in the ‘classic’ destinations of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Lake Eyasi, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Lion and cheetah, elephants and buffalo, as well as fascinating birdlife, flamingos all in incredible environments, provide the highlights. Accommodation during this ‘Comfort Plus’ category trip is in luxury safari lodges, truly the best available.

Facts

Scheduled safari: Discovery
Tourcode: BR07SHIKA
From: Arusha
To: Arusha
Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants: 6 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every day
Price: from 4,665 USD
Single Supplement: from 420 USD

DAY 1 – KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ARUSHA

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.

After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover that Arusha – the undisputed ‘safari capital’ of East Africa- is perched at 1400 meters above sea level, keeping the temperatures and humidity relatively low. All around this important city are some of Tanzania’s greatest delights. Mount Meru towers above Arusha, while even distant Kilimanjaro can be seen on a clear day. Arusha provides the ideal starting-point for safari-lovers, within reach of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

The city even has its own natural attraction, Arusha National Park, close by. Named after the Wa-arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative and tourist centre is the perfect place to relax after a long journey… and before you set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!

Accommodation: Gran Melia Arusha Hotel
Meal Plan: Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Day 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Your adventure will start at Moshi, a cheerful, bustling town filled with coffee houses and a lively buzz. You’ll set off to the Arusha National Park, the setting for the jewel-like Lake Momella, which you’ll glimpse through the bronze bush where the Ngurduto Crater buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthogs, zebra and gazelle reside throughout the year. You’ll set out on foot, too, for a stroll that will offer you the sensation of feeling Africa’s vibrant pulse through the soles of your shoes and you’ll experience the bush in infinite detail. You’ll be safe, though, as an armed ranger will accompany you as you explore the landscape of buzzing insects and birds calling, with the cries of the savannah further off. You’ll hike through lush forest to a sparkling waterfall and, further, to a magical place famous for the antics of the black and white colobus monkeys.

Accommodation: Gran Melia Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 45 minutes, 35 km from Gran Melia to Arusha National Park

Day 3: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK to MTO WA MBU

After a tasty breakfast you’ll head off to the lovely, quiet Tarangire National Park. It’s a huge park, with a diverse concentration of wildlife especially between July and October when the Tarangire River is in full flood. If you love elephants, then this is the park for you. You’ll never forget your first siting of the majestic African elephant, the largest land mammal in the world; and at Tarangire, herds of these beautiful, intelligent creatures wander at leisure, looking after their young. But you’ll also see a dizzying variety of wildlife including lions, giraffe, warthogs, ostrich, impala, cheetah, mongoose, buffalo, and baboons. The birdlife is magnificent, too, and you’ll catch the flash of a red-and-yellow barbet, or gaze on the slow circling of the tawny eagle. After a picnic lunch you’ll drive to Mto wa Mbu and reach the Lodge in the late afternoon. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the African evening while enjoying a tasty dinner.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 2.58-hour, 138 km from Arusha to Tarangire National Park.

Day 4: MTO WA MBU TO LAKE NATRON

After a yummy breakfast, you’ll depart for Lake Natron, which is famous for its salinity and the unique consequences of this. The microorganisms that prefer an alkaline environment cause the lake’s russet tone, and you’ll see salt-crust rafts scattered in the shallows. Over half the world’s lesser flamingoes are born in the lake, and you are likely to see clouds of shimmering pink as the flamingoes settle and stalk on the still waters. You’ll explore a curious terrain of salt marshes and freshwater wetlands with its unique flora, leading to sparkling waterfalls. The lake is framed by the incredible Oldoinyo Lengai (Mountain of God in Maa, the language of Maasai people), an active volcano that carves out hornitos – incredible statues made of cooled lava. (We can arrange a climb up Oldoinyo Lengai – it’s an extra day to your adventure. Just ask us when you book!) You’ll spend the evening watching the sun set pink and gold over this incredible landscape, and dinner will be served as the first stars appear.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent at Lake Natron.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 85 km from Mto wa Mbo to Lake Natron

Day 5: LAKE NATRON TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you’ll say goodbye to Lake Natron and hello to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. But first you’ll travel through the bustling towns of Loliondo and Wasso through Klein’s Gate at the northeast entrance to the park. This road trip takes in an array of sites: towns and villages, savannah and forest, and you’ll be able to spot animals like antelope, wildebeest and zebra. You’ll arrive at the Lodge in the centre of the Serengeti where you can stretch your legs then fill up with a delicious dinner in time for a good night’s sleep, ready for your full day’s adventures tomorrow.

Accommodation: Serengeti Melia Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After a nourishing breakfast, you’ll continue into the vast plains of the magnificent Serengeti, home to a diverse array of hundreds of species of animal and bird. Each moment of today’s adventure will stimulate your senses; your eyes alert for each new siting, your ears feasting on the calls, screeches and buzz of life – or the still, dead silence of the hot noonday. The Serengeti is world famous for its diversity – you’ll likely see lions, leopard, elephant, cheetahs and water buffalo – and all within a few feet of your jeep. There’s nowhere like it. It’s also home to one of the natural wonders of the world – the Great Migration of zebra and wildebeest as they traverse the plains in their thousands, risking their lives with the predators they attract, who are also just trying to stay alive. It’s humbling to watch. You’ll also spot some of the park’s lesser known, but equally beautiful creatures including eland, hyenas, gazelle, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, monkeys, baboons, hippo and rhino. The hundreds of bird species, both endemic and migrating from the Eurasia, are a special bonus for bird-watchers. The day’s delights will continue with a freshly cooked and delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Melia Serengeti Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

 

Day 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER

You’ll be up and about after breakfast for another drive through the sights and sounds of the Serengeti: the golden grasslands dotted with acacia, the endless blue of the skies and the ever-changing sites: over here you might see a rare tree-climbing lion – not as graceful as the leopard who is a lithe, natural climber – and towards the horizon a mixed herd of zebra and wildebeest grazing gently. After lunch you’ll set off for your next adventure, which is an exploration of the unique Ngorongoro Crater, and we’ll spend overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, which is on the very rim of the Crater itself. This is an ideal place to rest and relax, as you’ll enjoy a drink watching the incredible colours of the sunset range over the savannah, and the shadow of night creep into the caldera below. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner by starlight.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 1.47-hour, 67.5 km from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Day 8: NGORONGORO CRATER TO LAKE EYASI

You’ll be up early in a world etched in the pink and apricot rays of an African dawn because early mornings are the best time to spot the animals – especially the Big Five. But don’t worry; you’ll have a filling, healthy breakfast before you set off! The volcanic landscape is rich and fertile and attracts thousands of grazing animals – and their predators. The high walls of the crater form a protective shelter for many animals and prevent migration, so the diversity is dizzying and you’ll spot zebra, wildebeest and cackling hyenas, amongst others. After a busy morning you’ll enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch near a pond full of hippos and then gaze on the sites at Soda Lake: the flocks of graceful flamingos as well as stork, ibis, and crane. Circling in the indigo blue sky are vultures and hawks eagerly in search of a discarded carcases. In the afternoon you’ll set off for Lake Eyasi, in time for a peaceful sunset walk at the lakeshore before a well-deserved rest at the Ziwani Lodge.

Accommodation: Ziwani Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 2.45-hour, 85.5 km from Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Eyasi

Day 9: LAKE EYASI TO MTO WA MBU

Lake Eyasi is a special place; it’s the home of one of the world’s last tribe of hunter- gatherers. The Hadzabe bushpeople grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. They live a hunter-gatherer existence that is little changed in 10,000 years. You’ll be able to watch the Hadzabe traditional methods of survival, including how they hunt; and you can be sure nothing is hunted that is not used in its entirety. The Hadzabe way respects the land and all of its inhabitants and you’ll find a beauty and peace in their way of life. After lunch you’ll journey to Mto wa Mbu, which is very close to the gate of our next national park, the Lake Manyara National Park. You’ll spend the evening reflecting on your adventures so far, and relaxing with a drink as you listen to the calls of the evening.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey time and Distance: 1.38-hour, 75.4 km from Lake Natron to Mto wa Mbu

Day 10: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK TO ARUSHA

Another early start – fuelled by a decent breakfast – to spot the wildlife as they are starting their day. Lake Manyara National Park nestles at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and is a patchwork of diverse landscapes: the shrubby expanse of the golden savannah, the narrow shores teeming with wildlife and the still waters of Lake Manyara itself. This park is famous for elephant and for its tribes of baboons, who swoop and call to each other and never seem to stop for breath. It’s also home to the legendary tree-climbing lions as well as powerful water buffalo, the majestic African elephant, and giraffe, impala and hippo. With over four hundred species of dazzling birds, some of which are migratory, it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the heart of the park, to the calls of the birds and the buzzing of insects while the sun turns everything to gold. After more wildlife spotting, you’ll say goodbye to the Lake and drive through Maasai bomas, baobab forest and rolling savannah plains en route to Arusha, where your safari adventure will end. If you’re too stunned by the beauty of what you have witnessed to move, we’ll be happy to take you to the airport or Arusha.

Accommodation: NIL
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch.
Journey time and Distance: 1.58-hour, 113 km from Lake Manyara to Arusha

Departure Instructions:

This Tour ends at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 17:30hrs, you can only depart on this day if you have booked a Domestic flight which departs from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 19:40hrs and onwards or an International Flight which departs at 21:00hrs and onwards. Otherwise, you will need to book a post night Accommodation if you are departing with any earlier flight.

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Price Quoted Per Person Sharing

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Price per person sharing Single supplement   Tour language
755 USD 220 USD English

Items included:

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border)
  • Professional, English-speaking guide (change of guide at the border)
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees

Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

10 Days
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$4,660 USD
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Highlights

Tour Code: BR07SHIKA
Tour Duration: 10 days 9 nights Safari
Group Size: 2 persons and above
Special Category: Lodge Safari/Tented Camp
Season: All Year Around
We consider last minutes booking basically for camping