Tanzania is arguably the ultimate safari destination for wildlife lovers. With sixteen beautiful national parks, it offers some of Africa’s best game viewing. These include elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, dik-diks, antelopes, gazelles, elands and kudus. The country dedicates more of its land to these national parks than any other wildlife destination in the world, spanning an incredible 42,000km. It means that going on a Tanzania safari is a real once in life-time experience.
Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free standing mountain. We run trips to Kilimanjaro throughout the year. How about combining a safari with a Kilimanjaro climb?!
“It’s my first time on safari, my heart is fluttering wildly with anticipation as the Land Rover descends the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim. Rust coloured dust bellows behind us, adding another layer upon the roadside foliage. Moments upon touch down our guide cries “elephant”, murmurs of “where” fill the vehicle, as six pairs of eyes scan the landscape. A mature bull, easily weighing 6 tonnes with curved tusk 2 meters long, is standing in the barely-there shade of an acacia tree, providing a picture perfect Tanzanian postcard. A quote from John Hemingway comes to mind “If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa”.
Francesca Torrigiani, Milan
Trip Mix: 10% History & Culture | 20% Activity & Sport | 70% Wildlife & Nature
Focus Themes: Wildlife
Physical Rating: Moderate
Accommodation: Authentic, camping or boutique style lodges and cottages, mid to upper scale
✓ Combine with a trip to Kilimanjaro and summit the tallest mountain in Africa
✓Go on safari in the UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park
✓ Camp overnight in some of Africa’s most beautiful national parks
✓ Experience the unique sunrise over the African Savannah
✓ Experience the rich culture of the local Tanzanian tribes
✓ Spot the ‘Big Five’ – African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, African Rhino, African Lion
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Psssssst. Remember this itinerary is just a suggestion. We have put together what we think is a great four days, but you might want to do other things (theres lots to see!). You may have more than four days, you may have less. Lets have a chat about your ideas and create an itinerary together.
“You can’t go to Tanzania without going on a safari – it’s like going to Italy and not trying the pasta” Florin Avram
Congratulations! You have successfully summited the roof of Africa and one of the world’s seven summits. You are pretty tired and need some relaxing! So today we are taking you to the beautiful Kigongoni Lodge for a dip in the pool, relaxing in the sun and some delicious local cuisine. We will arrive here at 2/3pm, so put your feet up and relax into the evening.
In the morning after breakfast we will pick you up from Kigongoni Lodge (or your chosen hotel / airport) and get our adventure off to a start by driving to Lake Manyara National Park. Whilst probably being the most underrated of all Tanzanian parks, it covers 402 square miles of lush forest and is the perfect destination for quintessential African wildlife. These include elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, the lake’s famous tree-climbing lions, impala, leopards, dik dik, warthogs and more! After a full day of adventuring we will head to Kudu Camp for some dinner and a rest.
Lake Manyara National Park
Located on the way to the famous Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks that shouldn’t be missed. Stretching for 50km along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. It offers such ecological variety for a small area, ranging from savannah to bush plains to evergreen forest. The chance to see elephant families moving through the forest is alone reason enough to come, whilst also providing the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife.
After breakfast, you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration. Your drive today is spectacular as you drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on as you crest the hillside, spread out before you as far as the eyes can see, is the vast Serengeti. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Maasai language. Large predators including lion, cheetah, and hyena are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. On the way into the Serengeti, you will stop at the famous Olduvai Gorge, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first man that walked the earth. After enjoying lunch, you will drive to a Maasai Culture Boma visit for learning about this tribe before you depart on an evening game drive in the Seronera.
Serengeti National Park
This is one of the most famous World Heritage Sites and its unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists. The sheer amount of wildlife as well as the beauty of the landscape itself makes the Serengeti Tanzania’s most popular national park. It is also the oldest and offers a rare glimpse into the pristine natural wonder of Africa from long ago.
Today you will wake up very early to do an early morning game drive before breakfast to spot the animals when they are more active and to have a fantastic sunrise in front of you. The sunrise in the African Savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences you will ever have. After the game drive, return to the camp for brunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Ngorongoro, the 8th natural wonder of the world. The crater is a virtual Noah’s Ark, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusks, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They are the most incredible elephants you’ll ever see in your life. Overnight is at Simba campsite.
The crater is located in Tanzania’s conservation area and it’s the world’s largest unfilled volcanic caldera that is still inactive and intact. This crater was formed almost 3 million years ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself. It is 2,000 feet deep and the area spans almost 100 square miles. This means the actual volcano was at least 15,000 feet high. While exploring the crater we expect to see black rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, buffalos, wildebeests, zebras and many more.
After breakfast, descend to the Crater floor for game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world and fourteen kilometers of isolated natural beauty. Ngorongoro Crater is surrounded by a ring of extinct volcanoes and the floor, dotted with watering holes, shelters some 30,000 animals. You can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, and many birds. The birds seen here include eagle, vulture, flamingos in the Crater Lake, stork, bats, giant vulture, sacred ibis, kori bustard, blacksmith plover, long necked heron, and the cattle eagle. A picnic lunch will take place at hippo pool. Ascend to the rim and depart for Arusha. Drop off at Airport Planet Lodge
Our adventure comes to an end today. But before we depart we will pay a visit to a local community and enjoy a lunch there.
“To go on an African safari has been on my bucket list for so long, and it didn’t disappoint! It is by far the best adventure I have ever been on” Caitlin Summers
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