TANZANIA SAFARI ITINERARIES

3-day tour package

Arrival: We pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to Arusha, 52km from the airport.

Day 1

Arusha – Tarangire/Lake Manyara

Destination: Depart from Arusha after breakfast and drive to either Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive.

Non game-viewing travel time/distance:

What to look out for: Tarangire: Tarangire National Park follows the course of the Tarangire River along the Great Rift Valley Floor. Its natural vegetation amid low-lying hills mainly consists of acacia woodland and bush savannah, with many huge African Baobab trees, with expansive swamplands to the south. The river and the swamps act like a magnet for wildlife during the dry season, with thousands animals travelling in search of water, which makes the area superb for sightings. The park is said have some of Africa’s largest elephant herds. Tarangire is a bird-watcher’s delight, especially near the river. Your wildlife sightings are quite likely to include elephant, wildebeest, lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, eland, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, dik-dik, ostrich pythons, and even a few harder-to-see species like oryx and greater kudu.

Lake Manyara: Your first stop en route Manyara is usually the market town of Mto Wa Mbu (meaning River of Mosquitoes), by the park entrance. There’s lots of delicious fruit to try, including the local red banana, and many souvenir salespeople, all trying to sell you something that you’ll remember the trip by.

Tanzania isn’t short of dramatic-looking wildlife havens, and Lake Manyara National Park is up there with best. Two-thirds of the park comprises a shallow soda (alkaline) lake at the base of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word “emanyara”, which is a plant from the euphorbia family that is grown into a hedge around a homestead. Your wildlife sightings inside this scenic gem of a park amid the fig, acacia and mahogany trees, and the plains and lakeshore are likely to include big herds of elephant, waterbuck, Thompsons and Grant’s gazelles, lion (Manyara’s lions are famed for their tree-climbing), zebra, bushbuck, giraffe, baboon, blue monkey and hyena.
And with over 440 bird species recorded, Lake Manyara is a perfect place for bird lovers. It’s fairly common to see as many as a hundred species in a single day. There are thousands of pink flamingos attracted by the algae that thrive in the alkaline lake water, as well as great flocks of pelicans, cormorants and storks. You’ll also see spoonbill, teal, kingfisher, as well as hornbills in the forest.

If your itinerary fits, don’t miss the famous Maji Mato hot springs.

Overnight stay: In the Tarangire or Lake Manyara area (depending on the tour option you’ve selected); accommodation will be based on the standard and type requested.

Meal plan: HB

Lunch: Packed picnic lunch

Dinner: At the resort where you’ll be staying overnight

Day 2

Ngorongoro Crater

Destination: Depart for Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive, before driving to Lake Manyara.

Non game-viewing travel time/distance:

What to look out for: Ngorongoro Crater: The Ngorongoro crater is among the world’s great natural wonders. It was formed millions of years ago when a now-extinct volcano erupted and collapsed back upon itself, forming an enormous crater. Today, it is home to an astonishing concentration of wildlife. Because the crater is so large, it contains several different mini-ecosystems, woodland, plains, lake, river, swamp, and forest, each of which is preferred by different species. The plains are home to larger grazing animals like antelope, buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, as well their predators, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. In and around the forests and woodlands you can find monkeys, bushbuck, waterbuck elephant and, if you’re lucky, the rare black rhino and African hunting dog. In fact the crater is among the very few places that gives you a chance to see the Big Five of game (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard) within fairly close proximity.

That’s not all, though. You can also see warthog, hippo, eland, jackal; the only major species that are not seen here are topi, giraffe and impala, but there are still over 120 specials of mammal in the caldera. The bird life also offers rewarding sightings, with storks, secretary birds, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches.

Overnight stay: In the Lake Manyara area; accommodation will be based on the standard and type requested.

Meal plan: FB

Breakfast: At your resort

Lunch: Packed picnic lunch

Dinner: At the resort where you’ll be staying overnight

Day 3

Lake Manyara – Arusha

Destination: After breakfast, you will have a game drive within the Lake Manyara lake shore region. You’ll finish by the afternoon, in time to travel to Arusha and catch your flight out from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Non game-viewing travel time/distance:

What to look out for: Lake Manyara: Your first stop en route Manyara is usually the market town of Mto Wa Mbu (meaning River of Mosquitoes), by the park entrance. There’s lots of delicious fruit to try, including the local red banana, and many souvenir salespeople, all trying to sell you something that you’ll remember the trip by.

Tanzania isn’t short of dramatic-looking wildlife havens, and Lake Manyara National Park is up there with best. Two-thirds of the park comprises a shallow soda (alkaline) lake at the base of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word “emanyara”, which is a plant from the euphorbia family that is grown into a hedge around a homestead. Your wildlife sightings inside this scenic gem of a park amid the fig, acacia and mahogany trees, and the plains and lakeshore are likely to include big herds of elephant, waterbuck, Thompsons and Grant’s gazelles, lion (Manyara’s lions are famed for their tree-climbing), zebra, bushbuck, giraffe, baboon, blue monkey and hyena.
And with over 440 bird species recorded, Lake Manyara is a perfect place for bird lovers. It’s fairly common to see as many as a hundred species in a single day. There are thousands of pink flamingos attracted by the algae that thrive in the alkaline lake water, as well as great flocks of pelicans, cormorants and storks. You’ll also see spoonbill, teal, kingfisher, as well as hornbills in the forest.

If your itinerary fits, don’t miss the famous Maji Mato hot springs.

Overnight stay:

Meal plan: BB

Breakfast: At your resort

Lunch: Packed picnic lunch or in Arusha, as applicable

Departure: That brings us to the end of your safari package. You will finish in time for a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

Note on tipping: Your guide should be tipped $20-30 a day per group.Note on accommodation at hotels and resorts: Our bookings are liable to change depending on availability and your preferences.

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