This short Northern circuit Safari combines some of the major highlights of Tanzania with insights in local culture by meeting with local communities. Emphasis in accommodation is given with smaller rustic lodges and tented camps with a welcoming, authentic atmosphere and less luxury hence always nice and of good standards. Ideal is this itinerary also for active families traveling with curious and eager kids.
Tanzania highlights and local culture
Day 01: Tarangire
Depart Arusha in the morning for your drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s fifth largest national park and sanctuary for unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, and up to six thousand elephants. Driving time without game viewing approx 2 hours
Overnight at Osopuko Lodge (or sim) at Tarangire. Lunchbox and dinner included
Day 02: Lake Manyara
After breakfast we depart for Lake Manyara. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as buffalos, elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos and others
Driving time without game viewing approx 1 hour.
Overnight at migunga lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. All meals included
Day 03: Exploring Lake Manyara and its surroundings
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After spending most of the previous days in the car you might enjoy to get out for some physical activities and to explore the area at the Rift Valley Escarpment by walk guided by well trained local guides. First you walk through Mto wa Mbu Village where your guided introduce you to the local village and social life, to economic activities, education and many others things. Instead of the village tour your guides can also take you to a large banana plantation, one of the basics of local economy life and explain you about this agricultural meaning. Later you can walk through a small forest inhabited by monkeys and dikdiks which leads to Miwaleni River. Following river is a thrilling (maybe little strenuous) hike and climb over rocks and stones until you finally reach Miwaleni Waterfall hidden in the Rift Valley Escarpment.
After late lunch at your lodge and some rest you can go for a bicycle ride or walk in the plains towards Lake Manyara or visit one of the Masai Villages nearby before you retire in your lodge with a cold drink watching the sunset over the Rift Valley Escarpment.
2nd overnight at migunga lodge. All meals included
Day 04: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will proceed driving towards the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. You descend into the famous Ngorongoro Crater for a wonderful game drives often described as one of the wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, during one game drive only. A picnic lunch will be taken at Lake Magadi while hippos, flamingoes and different bird of preys can be observed.
Driving time without game viewing approx 1 hour
Overnight at Octagon Safari Lodge or Endoro lodge. All meals included
Day 05: Ngorongoro-Arusha
This morning you will learn again about culture of the region. After visiting the lively market of Karatu Town you visit a descendent of the ancient Irawq tribe who tell you history and traditions of the tribe and whole Tanzania. For the ones preferring it more sportive, a walk on the Endoro Trail in the Ngorongoro forest will be arranged. Hot lunch will be served at a lodge in Karatu before you return to arusha
Driving time without game viewing approx 2-5 hours. Breakfast and lunch included
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***routing subject to changes if necessary***
Price on request
- 05 days private safari
- Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruise or Land Rover with photographic roof hatch
- Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
- All game drives and activity as mentioned
- Game drives at the Ngorongoro crater bottom
- All wildlife reserve entry fees
- 04 x full board at safari lodges or tented camps as per itinerary
- 1 extra lunch
- 2litre mineral water per person/ day during game drives
- Coffee/tea with picnic lunches
- Flying doctor insurance
- International flights
- Domestic flights
- Visa fee (50 US$/ 100 US$ for American & Irish passport Holders-to be paid upon arrival)
- Overnights at Arusha
- All items of a personal nature
- Gratuities for safari guide