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Tanzania Big 5 Safari

From $2,886/pp

From $2,886/pp

Tanzania

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7 days

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All year round

Tanzania Big 5 Safari

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south. With the Lake on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world and the lions here are also renowned for their tree climbing. The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet –with more than a million animals following the rains. The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos.

Description

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south. With the Lake on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world and the lions here are also renowned for their tree climbing. The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet –with more than a million animals following the rains. The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha and your chosen hotel. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.

Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Just a stone’s throw from the ‘centre of Africa’ – being halfway between Cairo and Cape Town – Arusha’s Villa Maua (House of Flowers) could not be more ‘central’ than its prime location in the safari capital of Northern Tanzania. With just nine, spacious and tastefully decorated garden rooms, this elegant, Cape Dutch inspired, boutique property combines the benefits of being in the ‘centre of town’ with also being sited in one of the historic residential areas of the city. Ideal for pre or post-safari stays or those visitors with historic or commercial interests in the city, the cosy warmth of Villa Maua creates an ambience of welcome home-style hospitality.

Today your adventure begins at Arusha’s Villa Maua (House of Flowers) - just a stone’s throw from the ‘centre of Africa’.

Activities

  • Private Hotel Transfer

Accommodation

Villa Maua Arusha

Day 2

Safari fun

After breakfast, depart your Hotel with a packed lunch and drive to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy your day with game drives in the park and lunch at a picnic site. Late afternoon arrive at your lodge for check in, dinner and overnight. This is a full day activity.

The drive from Arusha to Tarangire is about 1.5-2 hours.

Located only 10 minutes from Tarangire National Park, Lake Burunge Tented Lodge consists of 30 rooms which includes 20 tents and 10 bungalows rooms, located in a shady bush land gorve – all with spectacular views of Lake Burunge. Activities: Game drives in Tarangire National Park, guided nature walks and / or visit a boma (village) to interact with the local Mbuwge people and learn about their culture.

Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Picnic Lunch

Accommodation

Lake Burunge Tented Lodge

Day 3

Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive to Manyara National Park. Enjoy your day with game viewing and your lunch at a picnic site. Late afternoon drive to your Karatu lodge for check in, dinner and overnight. This is a full day activity.

Located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on the Great Escarpment, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Country Lodge Karatu is situated in the centre of Northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community. Country Lodge Karatu symbolizes simple country comforts, providing pleasant and affordable lodging in the heart of Tanzania’s rich and scenic highlands.

The ideal ‘Stepping Stone’ for safaris into Ngorongoro Crater and beyond, as well as other travellers visiting the area. Our lodge sits within five acres nestled on the edge of Karatu town, surrounded by rolling plains reaching up to the coffee hills of Oldeani and the forests’ of Ngorongoro.

Enjoy the tranquillity, home comforts and warm Tanzanian hospitality while exploring Manyara National Park.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Country Lodge Karatu

Day 4-5

Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart from your lodge with packed lunch and drive to the Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro conservation area. On arrival in the Serengeti, spend the afternoon with game drives. In the early evening arrive at your lodge for check in, dinner and Overnight. You will stay for 2 nights at Serengeti with game drives This is a full day activity.

The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cosy mess tent islocated in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetisers and snacks before dinner.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Kati Kati Tented Camp

Day 6-7

Ngorongoro crater explorer

After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive through the Serengeti plains to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On arrival descend into the crater, for half a day tour of the crater floor. In the afternoon ascend and drive to your lodge, for check in, dinner and Overnight. This is a full day activity.

The next morning, after breakfast, depart from your Lodge and drive to Arusha. After lunch you are transferred to Arusha/ Kilimanjaro Airport to connect with your scheduled flight. Driving time is about 2 -2.5 hours

Explore the Ngorongoro crater conservation area before descending into it and continuing your exciting game drive.

Activities

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Airport Transfers

Accommodation

Country Lodge Karatu

What's Included

Accommodation

  • 1 Night at Villa Maua Arusha
  • 1 Night at Lake Buruge Tented Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Country Lodge Karatu
  • 2 Nights at Kati Kati Tented Camp

Ground Transport

  • Pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
  • Arrival and Departure Transfer.
  • Unlimited mileage on game drives.
  • Special converted 4x4 safari land rover/cruiser.

Exclusions

  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any service not specified

Medical Evacuation Fees

Medical evacuation facilitation fees:

  • Only valid in combination with International medical evacuation cover. (Please provide us with your medical insurance policy and insurance provider name at time of booking).

Flights

All international/domestic flights and visas

Meals

  • Villa Maua Arusha: Breakfast
  • Lake Buruge Tented Lodge: Full Board; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Country Lodge Karatu: Full Board; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Kati Kati Tented Camp: Full Board; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Selection of snacks and cooled, hot drinks in safari vehicle.

Fees and Tours

  • All park and entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • National parks and Ngorongoro Conservation entrance fees.
  • 1 Half day Crater tour and Ngorongoro Crater service fees x 1.
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Johnothan Dean Sanders

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