TANZANIA SAFARI ITINERARIES
8-day tour package
Arrival: We pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to Arusha, 52km from the airport.

Day 1
Arusha – Lake Manyara
Destination: The tour begins with lunch in Arusha, and a short safari briefing, followed by a drive to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park
Non game-viewing travel time/distance: 2.5 hours/130 km
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: In the Lake Manyara area; accommodation will be based on the standard and type requested.
Meal plan: HB
Lunch: In Arusha, if applicable
Dinner: At the resort where you’ll be staying overnight

Day 2
Lake Manyara – Serengeti
Destination: After breakfast at Lake Manyara, drive via the market town of Mto Wa Mbu before arriving at Serengeti National Park.
Non game-viewing travel time/distance: 6 hours/205 km
What to look out for: Serengeti: Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous parks. It is certainly Africa’s most visited and well-known park – but even so, with an area of just under 15,000 sq. km, it is so big that you’re virtually guaranteed to have unforgettable experiences of an untamed and beautiful land. The park’s unique attractions include the annual great wildebeest migration (where wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate between the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya), its huge expanse of savannah vegetation, a balloon safari and some of the richest wildlife and birdlife you will see anywhere. The wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi, eland, water buck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, hippos and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vulture.
The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu,” and means “endless plains,” and once you see the savannah stretching to the horizon, you can see why. The only interruptions are scattered weathered granite outcrops called kopjes. These usually attract lions and other predators, like cobras – all attracted by the likelihood of prey, since most kopjes are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. That’s why a drive past kopjes usually provide excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. The Simba Kopjes, as the name suggests, offer great opportunities for watching lion, while the Barafu Kopjes are good places to see cheetah.
Wildlife will head in the direction of the best water, because that’s where the food is, for prey and predator alike. That’s why in addition to kopjes, some of your best sightings will be near the rivers, like the areas around the Ngare Nanyuki, Sogore and Seronera rivers.
Serengeti’s main attraction, though, is its enormous migration, when somewhere around 2.5 million animals, including about 1.7 million wildebeest alone, travel to fresh grazing lands. It is one of nature’s most spectacular shows. But even if you miss the season, you are still likely see more wildlife than almost anywhere else on earth.
One of the more unusual ways to spot wildlife is from a hot air balloon. You can glide silently over the plains while watching wildlife and Africa’s wonderful scenery. Whichever way you choose to see the abundant game, a trip to the park’s visitor’s centre is worth your while. Close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, it has stores offering snacks and cold drinks, information and maps, as well as some interesting wildlife displays.
Overnight stay: In the Lake Seronera 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
Serengeti (Sogore River and Maasai Kopjes tour)
Destination: All-day safari in Serengeti National Park
Non game-viewing travel time/distance:
What to look out for: Serengeti: Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous parks. It is certainly Africa’s most visited and well-known park – but even so, with an area of just under 15,000 sq. km, it is so big that you’re virtually guaranteed to have unforgettable experiences of an untamed and beautiful land. The park’s unique attractions include the annual great wildebeest migration (where wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate between the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya), its huge expanse of savannah vegetation, a balloon safari and some of the richest wildlife and birdlife you will see anywhere. The wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi, eland, water buck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, hippos and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vulture.
The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu,” and means “endless plains,” and once you see the savannah stretching to the horizon, you can see why. The only interruptions are scattered weathered granite outcrops called kopjes. These usually attract lions and other predators, like cobras – all attracted by the likelihood of prey, since most kopjes are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. That’s why a drive past kopjes usually provide excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. The Simba Kopjes, as the name suggests, offer great opportunities for watching lion, while the Barafu Kopjes are good places to see cheetah.
Wildlife will head in the direction of the best water, because that’s where the food is, for prey and predator alike. That’s why in addition to kopjes, some of your best sightings will be near the rivers, like the areas around the Ngare Nanyuki, Sogore and Seronera rivers.
Serengeti’s main attraction, though, is its enormous migration, when somewhere around 2.5 million animals, including about 1.7 million wildebeest alone, travel to fresh grazing lands. It is one of nature’s most spectacular shows. But even if you miss the season, you are still likely see more wildlife than almost anywhere else on earth.
One of the more unusual ways to spot wildlife is from a hot air balloon. You can glide silently over the plains while watching wildlife and Africa’s wonderful scenery. Whichever way you choose to see the abundant game, a trip to the park’s visitor’s centre is worth your while. Close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, it has stores offering snacks and cold drinks, information and maps, as well as some interesting wildlife displays.
Overnight stay: In the Lake Seronera 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 4
Serengeti (Balloon tour and Barafu Kopjes and Ngare Nanyuki River tour)
Destination: Balloon tour and day safari in Serengeti National Park
Non game-viewing travel time/distance:
What to look out for: Serengeti: Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous parks. It is certainly Africa’s most visited and well-known park – but even so, with an area of just under 15,000 sq. km, it is so big that you’re virtually guaranteed to have unforgettable experiences of an untamed and beautiful land. The park’s unique attractions include the annual great wildebeest migration (where wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate between the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya), its huge expanse of savannah vegetation, a balloon safari and some of the richest wildlife and birdlife you will see anywhere. The wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi, eland, water buck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, hippos and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vulture.
The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu,” and means “endless plains,” and once you see the savannah stretching to the horizon, you can see why. The only interruptions are scattered weathered granite outcrops called kopjes. These usually attract lions and other predators, like cobras – all attracted by the likelihood of prey, since most kopjes are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. That’s why a drive past kopjes usually provide excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. The Simba Kopjes, as the name suggests, offer great opportunities for watching lion, while the Barafu Kopjes are good places to see cheetah.
Wildlife will head in the direction of the best water, because that’s where the food is, for prey and predator alike. That’s why in addition to kopjes, some of your best sightings will be near the rivers, like the areas around the Ngare Nanyuki, Sogore and Seronera rivers.
Serengeti’s main attraction, though, is its enormous migration, when somewhere around 2.5 million animals, including about 1.7 million wildebeest alone, travel to fresh grazing lands. It is one of nature’s most spectacular shows. But even if you miss the season, you are still likely see more wildlife than almost anywhere else on earth.
One of the more unusual ways to spot wildlife is from a hot air balloon. You can glide silently over the plains while watching wildlife and Africa’s wonderful scenery. Whichever way you choose to see the abundant game, a trip to the park’s visitor’s centre is worth your while. Close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, it has stores offering snacks and cold drinks, information and maps, as well as some interesting wildlife displays.
Overnight stay: In the Lake Seronera 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 5
Serengeti – Lake Ndutu
Destination: Morning game drive in Serengeti to the Simba Kopjes, followed by an afternoon game drive by Lake Ndutu
Non game-viewing travel time/distance: 1.75 hours/80 km
What to look out for: Serengeti: Serengeti is one of the world’s most famous parks. It is certainly Africa’s most visited and well-known park – but even so, with an area of just under 15,000 sq. km, it is so big that you’re virtually guaranteed to have unforgettable experiences of an untamed and beautiful land. The park’s unique attractions include the annual great wildebeest migration (where wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate between the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya), its huge expanse of savannah vegetation, a balloon safari and some of the richest wildlife and birdlife you will see anywhere. The wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi, eland, water buck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog, hippos and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vulture.
The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu,” and means “endless plains,” and once you see the savannah stretching to the horizon, you can see why. The only interruptions are scattered weathered granite outcrops called kopjes. These usually attract lions and other predators, like cobras – all attracted by the likelihood of prey, since most kopjes are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. That’s why a drive past kopjes usually provide excellent wildlife spotting opportunities. The Simba Kopjes, as the name suggests, offer great opportunities for watching lion, while the Barafu Kopjes are good places to see cheetah.
Wildlife will head in the direction of the best water, because that’s where the food is, for prey and predator alike. That’s why in addition to kopjes, some of your best sightings will be near the rivers, like the areas around the Ngare Nanyuki, Sogore and Seronera rivers.
Serengeti’s main attraction, though, is its enormous migration, when somewhere around 2.5 million animals, including about 1.7 million wildebeest alone, travel to fresh grazing lands. It is one of nature’s most spectacular shows. But even if you miss the season, you are still likely see more wildlife than almost anywhere else on earth.
One of the more unusual ways to spot wildlife is from a hot air balloon. You can glide silently over the plains while watching wildlife and Africa’s wonderful scenery. Whichever way you choose to see the abundant game, a trip to the park’s visitor’s centre is worth your while. Close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, it has stores offering snacks and cold drinks, information and maps, as well as some interesting wildlife displays.
Lake Ndutu: Lake Ndutu is a shallow basin where water collects from higher elevations. Its waters are too alkaline for human consumption, but the surrounding Ndutu woodlands and short grass plans provide lots of cover and food and though this offers a change from the vast open plains of the Serengeti you can see a lot of wildlife here, elephant and bird life in particular.
Overnight stay: In the Lake Ndutu 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 6
Lake Ndutu – Oldupai Gorge –Ngorongoro Crater
Destination: Leave Lake Ndutu after breakfast for a morning game drive in the Naabi Hills area, then head to Ngorongoro via Oldupai Gorge.
Non game-viewing travel time/distance: 2 hours/90 km
What to look out for: Oldupai Gorge: The Oldupai Gorge, often referred to as the “cradle of mankind,” is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. A great deal of what we know about many of our oldest humanoid ancestors came to light from the pioneering work by Louis and Mary Leakey and their son, Richard, in this area. The museum here displays some of these remarkable discoveries.
Ngorongoro Highlands: Tectonic and volcanic activity has created many hills and craters around the great Ngorongoro Crater, collectively called the Ngorongoro Highlands. Some of these areas offer excellent sightings of wildlife, especially when there are migrating herds during their calving period. You can see wildebeest, zebra giraffe, a variety of antelopes, elephant, lion, cheetah and buffalo as well as a great number of bird species.
You can also set out on foot with the Maasai, who have walked their goats and cattle amongst migrating animals for centuries. The sight is quite spectacular from close up and you will get some superb photo opportunities.
Overnight stay: In the Ngorongoro Crater rim 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 7
Ngorongoro Crater
Destination: Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a morning safari.
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 Ngorongoro Crater rim 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 8
Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
Destination: Depart from Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast in time to reach Arusha for a farewell lunch and the end of your tour.
Non game-viewing travel time/distance: 4 hours/190 km.
What to look out for:
Overnight stay:
Meal plan: BB
Breakfast: At your resort
Lunch: In Arusha, if 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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