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.
Leaving the northern Serengeti, the large herds of wildebeests and zebras embarked on the long journey towards the low grass plains of the central-southern Serengeti where most of them were born. Between December and January they go even further south for the season of the parties. The low grass plains and acacias glades around Lakes Ndutu and Masek are covered with herbivores as far as the eye can see, which is an indescribable sight.
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.
After the safari we will head to Karatu at Hhando Coffee Lodge or Farm House Valley (luxury) to enjoy a hot shower and relax.
– Day 3 – Safari in Ngorongoro Crater and arrival in Serengeti
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 Serengeti which in Maasai language means “boundless plain” (about 15,000 square kilometers), is exactly what corresponds to our imagination of Savannah, as we have been 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 4 – From Serengeti to Ndutu
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.
In the afternoon we leave for the area of Ndutu inserted in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Arrival at Serengeti Heritage Ndutu Camp or Ndutu Safari Lodge (luxury)
– Day 5 –Ndutu
Full day to discover the area of Ndutu, very important in our winter months, as it is here that you can see the incredible spectacle of the great migration, involving over 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras.
Dinner and overnight stay.
– Day 6 – From Ndutu to Tarangire
Last hours in the area of Ndutu and then we will leave for the National Park of Tarangire.
Overnight stay at Burunge Camp Lodge or Maramboi Tented Lodge (luxury).
– Day 7 – 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.
Lunch is planned directly on site. After the safari we will head to Arusha at Karibu Heritage Lodge or Ilboru Safari Lodge (luxury) for a rest before the next day’s departure.
– Day 8 – 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