This11-day, the itinerary takes you on a journey through Tanzania’s unrivaled wildlife destinations – Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the legendary Serengeti – to deliver a dramatic and diverse big game safari.
Begin with the beauty of Lake Manyara with its thousands of flamingos and famous tree-climbing lions before moving on to encounter the spectacle of the Ngorongoro Crater floor, home to Africa’s Big 5. The sweeping plains of the Serengeti provide a backdrop for the tour’s grand finale. Game viewing is superb all year round, but if you have timed your safari with the wildebeest migration, you can expect massed herds and plenty of predator action.
- Look for the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara hanging on the branches of acacia trees.
- Discover the Namiri plains for the great sighting of lion, cheetah, and hyena.
- Go down to the crater on the day of game viewing and a chance to see the big five.
- Experience the incredible wildlife of Tanzania and the landscape in Mayara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro.
- Learn from some of the best knowledgeable guides in Tanzania
- Relax on Zanzibar white sand beaches and swim in crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
- Meet and greet, and airport transfer
- Safari according to the itinerary
- Transportation on a well maintained 4×4 safari Land cruiser
- UNLIMITED Game drives
- Well- trained, English-speaking guide
- All accommodation as per itinerary
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Unlimited Mineral water while on safari
- Tea and coffee stops during safari
- AMREF flying doctors rescue fee
- All National Park Fees
- Sundowner in Serengeti national park
- Local flight from Seronera to Zanzibar.
- Balloon safari in Serengeti (Optional)
- International flights
- Airport taxes
- All meals and drinks not specified
- Tips and gratuities
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance.
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International airport.
Welcome to Tanzania, meet your guide for the drive to planet lodge. Nestled in the heart of Arusha, Planet Lodge will captivate you with the natural beauty of the Tanzanian landscape. The unique African village-style accommodations will offer you a peaceful sanctuary where you can connect with nature. After settling into your room, take a walk around the garden or relax by the poolside.
Main Destination: Arusha
Accommodation: Planet Lodge Hotel
Day 2-3: Arusha—Manyara National Park
Leaving River trees country lodge after a relaxed breakfast we drive west passing some Maasai villages as your guides give the orientation of Tanzania people and culture, before long you enter Lake Manyara national park. Nestled under the Great Rift Valley is a small game area with the biggest diversity of habitat than the big Serengeti national park, arrive at your camp “Lake Manyara tortilla camp”, settle in for two nights, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives plus exciting night drives. A spectacular part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara’s rich variety of natural habitats are set around the soda lake, itself a haven for clouds of flamingos and other water birds. This is a paradise for birding enthusiasts! The forested valleys and open savannah plains support a large elephant population as well as giraffe, buffalo, and many antelope species. There are fewer predators but topping the list are Lake Manyara’s lions, famous for their habit of climbing trees.
Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
Day 4-5: Lake Manyara –Serengeti national Park.
Leaving Lake Manyara After breakfast with a nice packed picnic lunch to sustain you on the way we gain altitude as we drive through the Ngorongoro highlands and the conservation area, and before long the open plains of the legendary Serengeti unfold before you, as you pass some young Maasai herds-men taking care of their goats and sheep’s, it’s vast open plains stretching towards. This is where the famed Great Migration takes place at certain times of year – over a million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate a vast circular route, following the rains to fresh pastures and the soft grass shoots that nurture their new born calves and foals. Driven by instincts as ancient as the Serengeti itself. Even without the great migration around game viewing is good throughout the year, and the area is home to lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, and some time the endangered black rhino. Spend your two days exploring the area in the great company of some of the best guides with bush dinner, balloon safari, and walking safari (optional) which adds to the excitement of the bush.
Main Destination: Serengeti National park
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage tented camp
Day 6-7: Serengeti national Park-Ngorongoro Highlands.
Leaving Serengeti after a half-day of game viewing on our last day we make our way to the Ngorongoro rich highlands, before long we will be at our accommodation the Plantation lodge for two nights. The next day we make our way through the Ngorongoro conservation and descend to the crater, With a density of game rarely seen anywhere in Africa, combined with breathtaking scenery, the magic of Ngorongoro is evident long before you reach the crater floor. This is one of the few places in Africa where the Big 5 can be seen in a single game drive, and there is much more to observe. Herds of gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra are resident here while smaller predators like caracal and serval cats are often seen along with lions and their eternal enemies, spotted hyena. The forests and marshes are the domain of elephants but the crater’s wetlands belong to hippos and thousands of flamingos.
After a full day of adventuring and a delicious picnic lunch on the crater plains, you return to the lodge’s elegant comforts with time to digest the wonders you have seen.
Main Destination: Ngorongoro Highlands
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bougainvillea safari lodge
Day 8-10: Ngorongoro Highlands—Tropical Island of Zanzibar.
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Manyara airstrip for your scheduled short-haul flight to Zanzibar. After landing at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, you will be transferred by road straight to the t Royal Zanzibar beach resort on the north coast. Settle into your spacious suite, set in a beautiful garden with sensational views of the powdery white-sand beach and clear aquamarine waters from your private veranda. The comfortable hammock and couch are sure to be your ideal companions for the next three days.
Main destination: Zanzibar Island
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
Day 11: Departure.
Leaving your beach hotel as you are transferred back to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport for, you’re the onward connection.
Main Destination: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
Meal Plan: Breakfast
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