This itinerary takes you through some of Tanzania’s awe-inspiring wildlife destinations Tarangire, Lake Ndutu, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro to deliver a dramatic big cat, big game, birding, and nature walk in Serengeti.
Your 9-day itinerary will kick off discovering these natural gems in Tarangire national park, rightly billed as the adrenalin elephant’s paradise of Africa because of the superb sighting and sheer number. From there, your journey to the heart of Tanzania moves to Lake Ndutu, and enjoy a classic full day of birding and searching for the big cat’s lion, cheetah, and leopard. Serengeti will be filled with great opportunities to look for the big cats and other big games even when the great migration is not their game viewing is always spectacular, either on game viewing or gliding silently on a balloon safari (Optional), to Ngorongoro. The populations of black rhino are making a comeback thanks to special conservation projects.
- Experience the incredible Tarangire wildlife and, dotted baobab trees landscape.
- Search for the big cats in Serengeti and Ngorongoro rich-plains
- Scan the plains of Namiri and Gol-kopjes in Serengeti for cheetah
- Discover the hidden corners of Serengeti on a walking safari
- Enjoy sun-set in Serengeti with the company of your guide with a glass of gin &tonic
- Game drives in the company of some of the best guides in Tanzania
- 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 of safari
- Tea and coffee stops during safari
- AMREF flying doctors rescue fee
- All National Park Fees
- Sundowner in Serengeti national park
- Walking safari in Serengeti
- 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: Arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport.
Welcome to Tanzania, meet your guide for the drive to Kibo palace hotel. Tucked away in Arusha, Kibo Palace Hotel is straddled between the gateway to some of the most enchanting safari destinations and Mount Kilimanjaro, whose highest point it is named after. This little paradise comes with all the amenities and access you would expect in a modern city right in the wild. After settling into your room, take a walk around the town of Arusha and experience life in real Africa style or relax on the poolside.
Main Destination: Arusha
Accommodation: Kibo Palace Hotel
Day 2-3: Arusha –Tarangire national park.
Two days safari exploring “elephant paradise
You leave Kibo palace after breakfast with a picnic lunch packed safely away. The Rift Valley landscape drifts past as your guide heads for Tarangire National Park, the least visited reserve on the itinerary but one capable of delivering fantastic game viewing. Explore the incredibly diverse landscape of Tarangire National Park. Famous for its magnificent Baobabs and high numbers of elephants and with the largest populations of animals migrating here between June and September, the dry season provides an awe-inspiring spectacle of wildlife. Spend your two days exploring the park habitats from the life-giving Tarangire River, acacia woodland, plains, and swamps for the great sightings of lion, cheetah, leopard, and the rare sightings of wild dogs. The best time to witness predators is from the months of June-October when the seasonal migration of wildebeest, zebra, and elands are at their best, this is the one place in Africa where the fringe-eared Oryx and long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Main Destination: Tarangire National park
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
Day 4- 5 Tarangire –Ndutu area.
Two days exploring woodlands, Lakes, swamps, and plains
Leaving Tarangire, you gain altitude as you are driven north and into the Ngorongoro Highlands. A packed lunch sustains you on the way, and before long you check into Ndutu safari lodge. Spend your two days mostly exploring the western section of the Ngorongoro conservation area on safari tracking the great number of big cats and wildlife that this vast area offers. If you’re here at the right time for the great migration (depending on the season), this is the region where the herds are at their most concentration between the months of December to March, because it’s the area where the wildebeest drop their young once in the month of the end of January-February. But even when the migration is not around game viewing is great with sightings of lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, and rare wild dogs common, to the top on these off-road is allowed and very few cars from the months of May-November. It’s also an area of untamed natural beauty, of plains, Lakes, woodlands, marsh, and open plains.
Main Destination: Ngorongoro conservation (Ndutu)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Ndutu safari lodge
Day 6-7: Ndutu—Serengeti national park.
Two days exploring central and eastern Serengeti
Leaving Ndutu, you are driven north and into the Serengeti National Park. A packed lunch sustains you on the way, and before long you check into Serengeti Tortillis camp. The Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous national parks, annually hosting the Great Migration of over 1.3 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra who follow the grass to and from the neighboring Maasai Mara in Kenya, as well as an incredible variety of wildlife which is resident year-round. If you here in the month of April-June you may be lucky to witness the spectacular phenomenon of present wildlife wonders. The central and eastern part of Serengeti is well known for the great sighting of the lion, leopard, and cheetah and these is all that we will be unveiling, The big cats dairy, the area is also home to elephants, hippos, giraffe, hyena, hyrax and a host of antelope species.
Main Destination: Serengeti national park
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti heritage tented camp
Day 8: Serengeti national park-Karatu.
Leave the camp at around 7: 00 AM alongside your guide and a well-trained armed park ranger and join on a walking safari and tread across the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park, with great knowledge of the area and wildlife, it is the perfect setting to appreciate nature. The slow pace of the walk combined with the interpretative skills of the guides will open your eyes to a new and fascinating world. Stroll along paths walked by untamed wildlife and immerse yourself into the raw essence of life in the bush.
Spend 2-3 hours out in the bush, with the chance to encounter wildlife, such as giraffes, buffaloes, impala, and ostrich. These guided walks bring you closer to nature, leaving lasting impressions from an ancient culture, and an appreciation for a simpler way of life. After return to the camp for breakfast and proceed with game viewing on your way to Ngorongoro conservation and end up at your accommodation Bougainvillea safari lodge.
Main Destination: Karatu
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Day 9: Ngorongoro crater –Arusha Town
Alongside your personal guide, explore the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Magnificent geography and fertile soils lure huge herds of plains game and predators in what makes for a multi-colored and thrilling amphitheater of wildlife. The Big Five are all present here and you can spot flamingos on the central soda lake, zebras grazing along the plains, lions lazing in the tall grass, and leopards in the trees of the crater rims, enjoy your picnic at the crater flour followed by an afternoon drive to and proceed to the airport and connect your flight back home.
Main Destination: Ngorongoro crater
Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch
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