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    $800 p/p in USD
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Making Memories in Africa

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

Explore Tanzania’s renowned northern circuit: Tarangire National Park, where you can see plenty of elephants and beautiful baobab trees; the amazing Serengeti National Park with its wealth of animal and bird inhabitants; and spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, home to the big five and a huge number of other animals. On your safari don’t forget to also look out for the small animals such as agama lizard or hyrax as well as the numerous stunning bird species like the beautiful lilac-breasted roller, superb starling, or studious-looking secretary birds.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Wildlife:
    Big Five, Birds, Thomson's Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest, Baboon, Kudu, Oryx, Warthog, Grant's Gazelle
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Arusha

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 800 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation & meals as per itinerary
  • Airport pick up
  • Transport & game drives in 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English-speaking safari guid
  • Mineral water per person during game drives
  • Game drives & game reserve entry fees
  • Tourist Development Levy
  • Wildlife Management Area Fees where applicable
  • Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for safari guide & lodge/camp staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry services during the safari

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Making Memories in Africa
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Making Memories in Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

In the morning after breakfast (around 8.00 am) your driver-guide will arrive at the hotel and inform the receptionist that he is waiting for you. After meeting up with your driver you will travel to Tarangire National Park and by 10:00 a.m, you will already be on your first safari! Tarangire is huge: as you stand at the park gate and look south, it stretches as far as the eye can see. Known as the ‘Elephant Playground,’ this spectacular park contains the country’s largest population of these mighty mammals. Tarangire is also home to buffalo, lion, gnu, zebra and gazelle and the park can rival Serengeti National Park for sheer animal densities. What might you see today? Perhaps a solitary male lion stretched out beneath a tree, perhaps a trio of male cheetah enjoying some lazy bonding time in the sun. Maybe some graceful Grant’s gazelle or zebra bounding away from the road or a couple of giraffes munching happily from the choicest acacia branches. For Tarangire specialties, look out for kudu and oryx.

Here as in other parks, it pays not to ignore the small animals. It is so easy to be mesmerized by the power and majesty of an elephant or the elegance of the giraffe. Ask your guide to find you an agama lizard, especially a male one who changes colour in front of you according to the temperature! Or a hyrax, known as pimbi, an insignificant-looking creature of around 30 cm in length…who astonishingly is related to elephant! Not many trees will pass you by without something of avian interest catching your eye. A memorable flash of colour might be a lilac-breasted roller or superb starling. Ostrich are plentiful and it is hard not to chuckle at the sighting of the well-named, studious-looking secretary bird as it awkwardly pads across the grasslands.

The park is also famous for its noble baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. It can be dusty (take a scarf to wear over your mouth if necessary), but this is a minor inconvenience for sighting wildlife in such abundance. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch, you will leave the park to make your way to the cooler regions of the Ngorongoro highlands. 

Accommodation: Panorama, Karatu
Meal Plan: Breakfast will be provided by your campsite. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal provided on safari. Your evening meal will be a full, cooked dinner at the Panorama.

After breakfast from 8.00 am to 9.00 am, you will set off for your next destination, the stunning Serengeti National Park, a distance of 166 km and a journey time of around 3 ½ hours. By late morning, you will reach Serengeti, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the country’s oldest and most celebrated national park. Enjoy your first game drive here, there are surely not many better places on earth to see such quantities and variety of wildlife. You will absorb the breathtaking scenery, fantastic changing light and – of course – spot the many animals choosing to make their home here. Your dedicated driver-guide will be delighted to share with you his knowledge of this incredible place and its flora and fauna. With thousands of predators – and their prey numbering in the hundreds of thousands – it is no surprise that there is always something fascinating happening amongst the wildlife populations. Your driver-guide may find you lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, cheetah and antelope on today’s safari… just some of the many species here. Snap off some memorable photos, but don’t forget to simply take a deep breath and enjoy nature in its real-time, raw beauty. After the game drive, you will be taken to your accommodation for some welcome rest, your evening meal and to spend the night.

Accommodation: Serengeti Campsite
Meal Plan: Breakfast is served at your accommodation and they will prepare your lunch to be enjoyed out on safari. Your evening meal will be a full, cooked dinner created by the chef and his team at the Serengeti campsite.

Following breakfast, you will have a morning game drive in amazing Serengeti (6.00 am), marveling at its animal inhabitants. With its informative visitor centre, the Seronera area of Central Serengeti is the national park’s most popular area. And it is very popular with the wildlife, too. The Seronera River enjoys year-round waterflow, so there is always something of interest to observe. Several game drives can be undertaken here and might reveal lions in sizeable prides, hippo or herds of elephants – whose populations in the park have risen in recent times.

Depending on other attractions, you may choose to call in at the Serengeti Visitor Centre, where there is an excellent explanation of the park’s eco-system and a chance to understand the history of conservation in this area. In particular, you will find out about the work of Bernhard Grzimek and the Frankfurt Zoological Society who had the foresighted vision of preserving the Serengeti’s eco-system. Even at the center, you may well find wildlife: populations of hyrax and mongoose, as well as many small bird species.

After lunch, you will head south-east towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area. If it has not already struck you with its vastness, Serengeti’s ‘endless plains’ will make a deep impression on you as you will take the long, straight road which passes Simba Kopjes (famous from ‘The Lion King’) to reach Naabi Hill Gate, close to the divide between Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Here you can gather information at the gate’s visitor center, clamber up the hill for superb views back over the plains, or look out for a colorful agama lizard among the rocks.

Accommodation: Simba Campsite
Meal Plan: Breakfast is enjoyed at the campsite. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, enjoyed in the Serengeti. Your dinner will be a first-class cooked meal at the Simba campsite.

From your accommodation, you will set off after breakfast, a 6.00 am departure to reach the rim and then descend into the vast crater itself. At one side there’s the Lerai Forest, classic mountain forest landscape with almost tropical characteristics. This is good elephant country, so keep your eyes peeled. By the side of the nearby swampland is what is sometimes called the ‘elephant graveyard’ as the mighty male tuskers at the end of their lives come to chew on the soft, swampland grasses once their teeth have failed them.

The crater has a population of around 120 lions, with well-defined territories, 15,000 gnu, 9,000 zebra, 400 hyenas, and around 50 black rhino. Many gnu and other herd animals are resident, benefiting from the many sources of year-round waters and are boosted by some migrators in season. Buffalo, serval, jackal, Thomson’s gazelle and eland are also present in numbers. Hippos can be found in pools and swampland and highland birdlife is colourful and plentiful around the waters. Flamingos can often be seen in Lake Magadi, which occupies part of the crater floor. After your morning game drive in this stunning crater and then lunch, you will have a 3-hour journey, covering the 193 km back to Arusha.

Meal Plan: Breakfast is served at your accommodation. Lunch will be prepared by the accommodation and enjoyed after your morning game-drive before you drive back to Arusha. As today is the end of the safari, please note that dinner tonight is not included in the tour.

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