Tanzania

Mount Kiliminjaro, the Ngorongoro region, The Great Rift Valley, along with 16 National Parks is what makes Tanzania an extremely popular and highly recommended travel destination.

Tanzania is home to the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kiliminjaro, a mountainous and densely forested terrain. Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, can be found to the north and to the west is the continent’s deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika. In contrast to these regions is Central Tanzania, which is a large plateau.

The numerous national parks lend itself to excellent game viewing conditions and a desirable location for those wishing to embark on an unforgettable safari.

The hottest periods are between November and February and the coldest periods between May and August. We recommend planning your trip between June – July as this is the best time to view the migration across the Serengeti.

9 Night, 10 Day

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Natron National Park
  • Masai Manyata (village)
  • Great Serengeti Plains
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Olduvai Gorge, “The Cradle of Man”
  • Lake Manyara

WILDLIFE & SCENERY

On this special, private and exclusive safari in Tanzania we visit some of the world’s most exciting wildlife areas whose names are legendary, such as: The Great Serengeti Plains and the awesome Ngorongoro Crater. Besides the wonderful wildlife and abundance of game, what makes this safari so special is the migration activity of the wildebeest and zebra. This is also the time of the year for the dropping of the new born calves, when each day brings hundreds of the young ones staggering to their feet and taking their first steps an unbelievable sight.

DAY 1 – KILIMANJARO

  • Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • On arrival please look out for a board on which your names will be displayed.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kilimanjaro.
  • Afternoon at leisure

Overnight: Kilimanjaro Hotel BB

DAY 2- TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

  • Early morning departure for Tarangire National Park to experience wildlife viewing.
  • This park is known for its prehistoric Baobab Trees and its large population of elephants, said to number 6000, as well as a variety of other game species.
  • The Tarangire  river provides the only permanent water in Maasailand, making the park a prime location for animal spotting during the dry months.

Overnight: Tarangire National Park DBB

DAY 3- LAKE NATRON

  • We depart for Lake Natron.
  • On arrival you will explore the Lake Natron area. We will enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • Lake Natron is synonymous with the flamingos and is a feast for the eyes. A large soda lake, one can explore the waterfalls, natural river gorges and a natural spa that derives from the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
  • In the afternoon we will visit an authentic Maasai Community, experiencing the Maasai culture first hand.

Overnight: Lodge Lake Natron Accommodation DBB

DAY 4- SERENGETI

  • Today you leave for the Serengeti National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania.
  • It is here you have the opportunity to experience the Migration of some 300 000 wildebeest and 350 000 zebra.
  • Besides the migration, this area has great prides of lion and many other species; including leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant and crocodile, as well as a large variety of antelope.
  • Lunch
  • After lunch, enjoy your first Serengeti Game Drive.

Overnight: Lodge Accommodation DBB

DAY 5- SERENGETTI

  • Another full day is spent exploring this wonderful wild-life sanctuary and tracking the game. On this day we will experience morning and afternoon game  drives or go out for a full day safari with a picnic lunch. Your professional guide will advise you on the best option at the time.

Overnight: Lodge Accommodation, DBB

DAY 6 – NGORONGORO CRATER

  • This morning we are off on your next wildlife adventure! You leave the great plains of the Serengeti for one of the world’s ‘natural wildlife wonders’, the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is 10 miles across and 2000 feet deep, it is said to be home to some 30 000 wildlife residents.
  • The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a spectacular natural and cultural landscape and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978.
  • One the way, you will stop off at the Olduvai Gorge, “The Cradle of Man”, where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the early remains of our ancestors.
  • We arrive early evening at our Lodge

Overnight: Lodge Accommodation  DBB

DAY 7 – NGORONGORO CRATER

  • A highlight awaits you this morning, as you descend through the morning mist 2000 feet to the crater floor.
  • The crater has been called the ‘world’s largest zoo’, and the animals here can be approached fairly closely, offering wonderful opportunities for photos.
  • Here you can find lion, zebra, wildebeest, a variety of antelope, cheetah, monkey, baboon and some of the largest bull elephant in Africa today.
  • It is also here you have the chance of seeing the highly endangered Black Rhino.
  • This is a very special day.

Overnight: Lodge Accommodation DBB

DAY 8 – LAKE MANYARA

  • After breakfast we depart for Lake Manyara National Park. This park is known for its wonderful, close up elephant sights, and a large variety of other game species. It is also famous for its tree-climbing lions.
  • On the way we stop off for a cultural tour with the Hadzabe (Bushmen),. The Hadzabe in Northern Tanzania live today as they have lived for thousands of years. Hunting for game with bows and arrows and gathering honey from the African Baobab trees.
  • Lunch is enjoyed en route.
  • Late afternoon you will drive up the side of the Great Rift Valley. The views over the vast plains below are magnificent.
  • Our Lodge is strategically located on the very edge of the vertiginous western escarpment of the Rift Valley.

Overnight: Accommodation DBB

DAY 9- LAKE MANYARA

  • Lake Manyara National Park is home to over 400 bird species including thousands of flamingos that tint the soda waters of the Lake pink. You will also have the opportunity to see the famous tree-climbing lions, which for reasons unknown sleep in the branches of the acacia trees.
  • We spend the day exploring this magnificent area.

 Overnight: Accommodation DBB

 DAY 10 – LAKE MANYARA TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight.

5 NIGHTS 6 DAYS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Natron National Park
  • Masai Manyata (village)
  • Great Serengeti Plains
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Olduvai Gorge, “The Cradle of Man”
  • Lake Manyara

The annual wildebeest migration of herds in Northern Tanzania and Kenya is one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife events.

Often referred to as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, The Great Wildebeest Migration is a movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra throughout the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems.

Despite the wealth of maps and illustrations showing the path of the migrating herds, as with anything in nature, the actual day to day pattern is unpredictable.  We have studied and planned itineraries to fit in with the moving herds for many years, but cannot hope to say exactly where they will be next year!

Day 1 – Arusha

  • On arrival at Arusha Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Hotel/Guest House .
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore Arusha.

Overnight:  Arusha Hotel/Guest House BB

Day 2 – Arusha to Serengeti

  • Today you leave for the Great Serengeti Plains and the 6 000 sq miles of the Serengeti National Park, home of the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the Great Wildebeest Migration.
  • The migration consists of some 300 000 wildebeest and 350 000 zebra and, at this time of the year your luxury lodge should be in the midst of all this activity.   Besides the migration, this area has great prides of lion and many other species; including leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, crocodile, as well as large variety of antelope.
  • Collected from your hotel and transferred for your scheduled flight departing for the Serengeti.
  • You will be met on arrival at the airstrip.
  • Morning Game Drive en – route to the Lodge.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Game Viewing with sundowners en route.

Overnight: Lodge accommodation DBB

Day 3 & Day 4 – Central Serengeti

  • Early morning Game Drive into the Serengeti.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti National Park.
  • The wildlife defines the Serengeti-countless zebra; buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest and other species make it their home. The terrain is the main stage for the great wildebeest migration, an awesome spectacle involving millions of these beasts.

Overnight:  Serengeti Lodge accommodation DBB

Day 5 – Serengeti to Ngorongoro

  • This morning we are off on your next wildlife adventure!  You leave the great plains of the Serengeti for one of the worlds natural wildlife wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater.  The crater is 10 miles across and 2 000 feet deep, it said to be home to some 30 000 wildlife residents.  On the way we will stop off at the Oduvai Gorge, the Cradle of Mankind, where Dr Louis Leakey discovered the early remains of our ancestors.  We will also visit a Masai Manyata (village), to understand how this warrior tribe has lived for hundreds of years.
  •  Early morning Game Drive in the Serengeti.
  • Return to the Lodge for late breakfast.
  • Depart for the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • After picnic lunch, we continue our journey through the Great Rift Valley and the central Serengeti plains climbing to the altitude of 8,000 feet. You continue to ascend to the exterior of the crater reaching its rim and here your first glimpse of what has often been referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the World.”
  • Arrive early evening at the Ngorongoro Crater.

 Overnight:  Lodge accommodation DBB

Day 6 – Ngorongoro Crater

  • Today we descend to the floor of the crater and have an experience of a lifetime, as you watch the thousands of game that Africa has to offer. The unique eco-system supports the delicate balance of predator and prey in the endless quest for survival. Picnic lunch boxes will be served by the hippo pool. As the sun sets on the western side of the crater rim ascend and return to the Lodge.

 Overnight:  Lodge Accommodation DBB

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha

  • After breakfast depart for Arusha.