We suggest this tour to all travelers who want to live a different experience in addition to the classic safari.
Starting from Arusha we will cross the Maasai plains to reach the spectacular Rift Valley of Lake Manyara. We will then continue to the majestic Serengeti, famous for the amount of animals passing through the most famous crater, Ngorongoro, a perfect ecosystem of only 20 square kilometers.
After the Serengeti we will head to the Lake Natron area, an extremely dry area dominated by the perfect cone of the Oldoinyo Leng’ai, the volcano sacred to the Maasai people. Its altitude is almost 3000 meters: Oldoinyo Leng’ai is the only volcano in the world to emit natro-carbonate lava, rich in sodium carbonate, with very low viscosity and temperature, since it flows between 500° and 590° C.
The safari ends with the last park, the Tarangire, famous for its beautiful landscapes with Baobab and Acacias and an unexpected amount of elephants.
– Day 1 – Reception at the airport and relaxation in Arusha
Upon your arrival in Tanzania you will find your airport guide waiting for you. The journey through the north of the country begins in the city of Arusha, the city from which the vast majority of safaris depart.
The day includes transportation to Karibu Heritage Lodge or Kibo Palace Hotel (luxury) for some relaxation and dinner.
– Day 2 – Safari in Lake Manyara National Park
Duration of the trip (indicative) ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA: 2 hours and 30 min. (119 km)
After breakfast, early in the morning, we leave for the first safari of the trip. The destination is Lake Manyara Park.
Small but distinctive Park of Northern Tanzania: a combination of the impressive mountains of the Rift Valley, immense pools of water, forests and acacia forests.
Lunch will be served in a “picnic box” provided by Lodge himself, which makes the day more flexible and fun. In this way it will be possible to stop and eat in front of dreamlike scenarios, or calmly observe the animals immersed in their daily lives.
During the day you can also visit the hot springs of Maji Moto.
In the afternoon you will head to the Tarangire National Park for an overnight stay at Burunge Camp Lodge or Maramboi Tented Lodge (luxury).
Day 3 – Safari in the Tarangire National Park
Picturesque and disorderly is the kingdom of elephants and giant baobabs.
The landscape at first tends to be flat, but after a while it becomes a succession of rolling hills beautiful to see in dry season and beautiful in green season. Huge and centuries-old baobabs provide a constant backdrop to the wild natural landscape. Baobabs impress with their large size and grotesque appearance, but they are also important elements in the ecosystem of the park; elephants, for example, use to sharpen tusks by rubbing them against the stems and during periods of drought use the hollow trunks of baobabs as water reserves.
After the safari we will head to Karatu at Hhando Coffee Lodge or Farm House Valley (luxury) to enjoy a warm shower and relax.
Day 4 – Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and arrival in Ndutu
After breakfast, early in the morning, we leave for a visit to the volcanic crater of Ngorongoro, the huge caldera formed about 2.5 million years ago after the collapse of the volcano became inactive.
An amphitheater twenty km wide with walls six hundred meters high that houses an incredible amount of animals, including precisely the “big five” or the “big five”: elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. The latter, although present in the Serengeti, where it is rarely seen and only from afar, can be observed in the crater. The show continues with wildebeests, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, hyenas and more, and a great variety of birds, among which thousands of pink flamingos, buzzards, hawks, ostriches, eagles. The crater, in some way, offers everything the animals need, a sort of paradise on earth, but it can also be a source of major and bloody struggles for survival. Picnic box” packed lunch on the shores of Lake Magadi.
In the afternoon you will leave the Crater of Ngorongoro and head towards the area of Ndutu with arrival at the
Lake Masek Tented Camp. Dinner and overnight stay
– Day 5 – From Ndutu to Serengeti
In the morning safari in the area of Ndutu and departure for the Serengeti which in Maasai language means “boundless plain” (about 15,000 square kilometers of surface), is what exactly corresponds to our imagination of Savannah, as we were accustomed to seeing it in the most famous documentaries, films and animated films.
Late in the afternoon the arrival at the tented field inside the Park is expected. This exceptional feature will allow you to enjoy the company of animals that move all around the camp (always in total safety), to enjoy an exceptional sunset, and to make safari in the morning very early.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp.
– Day 6 – Day dedicated to the Serengeti
In the morning a dream awakening awaits you: just open your tent and you will be immediately immersed in the center of Serengeti, in the wildest nature, where the animals temporarily host us in their space, in their lives, and where you can admire the colors of the red sun that rises on the horizon illuminating the characteristic African landscapes.
It is recommended to wake up very early so that you can make a game drive at dawn, as it is at sunrise and sunset that you have more opportunity to meet the cats, which instead in the hottest hours tend to rest.
During the day you will have the opportunity to visit a part of the park and be witnesses of the slow flow of life in the savannah.
Late afternoon return to the Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp. Dinner and overnight stay.
– Day 7 – From Serengeti to Lake Natron
Breakfast at the lodge/tented camp and departure for Lake Natron and last game drive in the north-eastern part of the Serengeti Park. To reach the lake we will therefore follow a different route than the previous one that led us to the Serengeti. We will use a track that will give us wonderful views and very different from the previous ones; lunch during the transfer.
In the afternoon excursion on foot along the Engare Sero stream that flows in a narrow rocky gorge until you reach a waterfall where you can swim.
At the end of the stay accommodation at the Africa Camp Lake Natron for dinner and overnight stay.
– Day 8 – The Lake Natron
Lake Natron is the usual nesting area for millions of pink flamingos that, especially during the dry season (June-October), crowd its shores. The extremely dry area is dominated by the perfect cone of the Oldoinyo Leng’ai, the volcano sacred to the Maasai people. Its altitude is almost 3000 metres: Oldoinyo Leng’ai is the only volcano in the world to emit natro-carbonate lava, rich in sodium carbonate, with a very low viscosity and temperature, as it flows between 500 and 590°C. Departure in the morning to reach the shores of the lake and admire the colonies of flamingos, visit the fossilized footprints of Engare Sero brought to light in 2008 and visit a village Masai.
After the visit we will head towards Arusha at Karibu Heritage Lodge or Ilboru Safari Lodge (luxury) for a rest before the departure the next day.
Day 9 – Visit of the city of Arusha and departure
After breakfast, depending on the time of your plane, you can visit the city of Arusha.
Fresh, green and rich in vegetation, Arusha is one of the most developed cities in Tanzania and with a dizzying rate of growth. You can visit the typical Maasai Market which is located near the clocktower.
Transportation to the airport is planned to coincide with the times of your flight.
What is included
- Welcome reception upon your arrival at Arusha/Kilimanjaro airport and transport to the chosen airport at the end of the safari
- Land transport in private Land Cruiser from the first to the last day of safari, with assistance and change of car in case of breakdowns so as not to lose even a second of vacation
- Driver/guide in Italian language (if available)
- Accommodation and full board throughout the safari. During the safari days the hotel will provide a lunch box.
- Entrance fees and duties and taxes for overnight stay in reserves and national parks
- Bottled mineral water, coffee, snacks and binoculars available for each participant
- AMREF Flying Doctor policy throughout your stay
What is not included
- International flights
- Tanzania Visa (50 USD)
- Tip for driving (approx. 20 USD per day)
- Drinks at dinner (water is included), personal purchases Everything not mentioned in the “What is included” section.