Northern Tanzania Safari, This trip takes you to some of Northern Tanzania’s most beautiful National Parks. Not only will you see huge numbers of wildlife on the planes of the Serengeti, you will most likely spot the ‘big 5’ in the world famous Ngorongoro Crater.
From the moment of arrival to the end of your safari, you will be escorted by our superb guides. Your stay in the comfortable lodges and tented camps will allow you to experience the African bush at your own leisure, while enjoying great service!
NOTE: This safari can be easily extended with a visit to Zanzibar Island. There is no better place than the beautiful beaches to reflect on all you have seen while on your safari.
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
When you arrive in Tanzania, you will be met by a representative from Friends of Africa Family Safaris and taken to your hotel. Here you can relax by the pool and have a cool drink at the bar and recover from your journey.
Accommodation: planet Lodge or Similar. Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: Lake Manyara
Today you start your safari. You head through the bustling city of Arusha and out towards Lake Manyara National Park. You travel through the beautiful Masai open grassland and rolling hills. While driving you will see Masai herding their cattle and goats. Just before the park entrance you drive through the small but busy village of Mto wa Mbu, famous for its population of up to 120 tribes and its lively, colourful atmosphere.
Arriving at Lake Manyara, you will enter the park and start your first game drive, first through lush forest and then out to open grassland and the lake edge. The birdlife in this park is a bird-watcher’s paradise, with many endemic species. You can also expect to see a variety of animals, such as impala, elephants, dik-dik, bushbuck, hippos and, if you’re lucky, you might see the famous tree-climbing lions of Manyara.
Accommodation: Migunga Tented Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board
Driving time: Approx 3 hours, excluding game drives
Day 3: Lake Manyara-Serengeti
Waking up early, you head back to Lake Manyara for an early morning game drive before breakfast. After a couple of hours you head back to the lodge for a delicious breakfast before starting your journey to the Serengeti. You will drive up the amazing Rift Valley escarpment, where we hope you will be able to see beautiful views of Lake Manyara and take a photo if the weather is clear. From here, you travel through farmland to the town of Karatu, which marks the start of the Ngorongoro conservation area and the gateway to the Serengeti.
After a quick stop to pay the park fees you, continue your journey through the conservation area towards the Serengeti. If the weather is clear you can stop at the viewpoint for your first glimpse of Ngorongoro Crater. Before reaching the Serengeti gate, you will visit the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge. This site is famous for the Laetoli hominid footprints and many other archaeological discoveries that have been made during its 70 years of excavation by the Leaky family and other researchers. Once you arrive at the Serengeti gate there will be a short stop, and you will thenenter the land of the endless plains and start your first game drive in the Serengeti on the way to your lodge.
Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board
Driving time: Approx 5-6 hours, excluding game drives
Day 4: Full day in Serengeti
After breakfast at the lodge, you will begin a full-day game drive in the Serengeti. This park covers an area of 14,763 square kilometres and has a range of different habitats including open grasslands, marshes, forests and kopjes. You will spend the day moving around the different habitats looking for animals such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, hippos, impala, zebras, wildebeest, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle and many others. There is a wide variety of bird life. The sheer size of this park and its amazing changing scenery makes this a day to remember.
Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board
Driving Time: game drives
Day 5: Serengeti-Ngorongoro
After breakfast you head off on your final game drive in the Serengeti, enjoying the huge open spaces and variety of wildlife. You then head back through the Ngorongoro conservation area and to your lodge, where you may relax and enjoy the view of the forest with a cold drink.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge or Farm House. Meal Plan: Full Board
Driving Time: 4 hours Serengeti to Ngorongoro, excluding game drives
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you head off into the Ngorongoro conservation area for a crater tour. The crater – or Caldera, which is the correct term – is over 20 kilometres wide and approximately 600 metres deep. If you are lucky and have a clear day, from the bottom you will be able to see the whole way around the crater walls. Today you will do a game drive over the crater floor, through grassland and forest, and see the soda lake named Lake Makat. Ngorongoro Crater is famous for the presence of the Big Five – buffalos, black rhinos, elephants, lions and leopards. It also contains many other animals, such as cheetahs, zebras, hippos, serval cats, hyenas and wildebeest.
Accommodation: Tloma Mountain Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Driving time: 1 hour from camp to crater, excluding game drives
Day 7: Back to Arusha
Today you can have a lie-in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the camp before starting your final journey back to Arusha. Before reaching the town centre you will have a chance to stop at one of the largest curio shops in Tanzania or the Meserani Snake Park (optional activity at your own cost). You will then be taken to Arusha town or the international airport, depending on your plans.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
driving time: Approx 3-4 hours
- Lodge safari according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance