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Appreciate A Photo & Mara River Crossing Safari

11 Days Safari tour itinerary for tanzania

rain 25 °C

DAY01
Arusha national park

Have an early breakfast at the lodge, collect picnic lunches before driving to Arusha National Park for a full day of game viewing. Arusha National Park is a gem of varied ecosystems and spectacular views of Mt. Meru, the crater that gives the region its name. The small national park includes the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes.

Enjoy game viewing around the Momela Lakes at a laid-back and quiet pace with lots of flamingos and other birds around, while passing through the forest you will stop to search for troupes of rare Black & White colobus monkeys playing in the canopy.

Late in the afternoon, you will return to your lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Ngarasero Mountain Lodge or similar

DAY02
Arusha - tarangire national park

Have breakfast at the lodge, then drive south through Arusha to prehistoric-looking Tarangire National Park. It’s a two and half-hours drive from Ngarasero Mountain Lodge to the gate of Tarangire National Park.

Upon arriving at the park gate, your Tanzanian safari guide will do the paperwork to obtains permits and thereafter, you will drive to the lodge and arrive in time for your lunch.

Proceed for a late afternoon game viewing into a landscape dotted with baobab trees and umbrella-thorn acacias; visiting the Silalei Swamp and Tarangire River is the centrepiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. In the dry season, large numbers of animals congregate along the lifeblood of the river. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. In addition to the animal species, the park is famous for its century-old baobab trees and over 300 species of birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar

DAY03
Exploring tarangire national park

Have a full day of game viewing at Tarangire National Park and will break the day into two by having a morning and afternoon game viewing; visiting the Silalei Swamp and Tarangire River is the centrepiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. In the dry season, large numbers of animals congregate along the lifeblood of the river. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, Greater and lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. In addition to the animal species, the park is famous for its century-old baobab trees and over 300 species of birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar

DAY04
Exploring tarangire national park – drive to ngorongoro highland

After breakfast, you will have a morning game drive exploring Tarangire National Park, before continuing with a short drive.

Stop at the culturally-diverse village of Mto wa Mbu for an in-depth look at tribal life, where more than 100 different Tanzanian tribes make their homes.

Sit down for a local lunch served at the village before proceeding with the drive to Ngorongoro Highland for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar.

DAY05
Exploring the flourishing floor of ngorongoro crater

Wake up for a very early start and collect breakfast and lunch boxes, at around 05:45 and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive ecosystem.

Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tends to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. Another big drawcard to this picturesque Caldera is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and if lucky enough, you may have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Serval Cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.

Halt for a picnic breakfast served at one of the picnic sites on the crater floor.

Followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater.

Meals and Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar

DAY06
Ngorongoro crater - eastern serengeti plains

Early breakfast will be served at the lodge and thereafter descend into the crater for another in-depth exploration of Ngorongoro Crater before driving to the eastern plain of Serengeti via the Gol kopjes with a visit to Oldupai Gorge. This area links the Southern plains of Serengeti and Central Serengeti which is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains.

Driving through the Gol kopjes is always a breathtaking experience with a view of vast open plains and amazing wildlife. This is gazelle country; and where there are gazelles, there are always cheetahs.

Late in the afternoon, drive to Sametu Camp where you will spend the next two nights. Areas that you will be visiting are the Eastern Serengeti Plains as well as Sametu, Gol & Barafu kopjes.

Meals and accommodations at Sametu Tented Camp or similar

DAY07
Exploring central and eastern serengeti plains & kopjes

A game viewing around Central Serengeti plains and you have an options of breaking the days into two by doing early morning and late afternoon game viewing, drive through the central Serengeti in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions and photographic opportunities, whereby, you will depart the lodge at first light with a picnic breakfast for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and Sametu Kopjes and Plains as well as Moru and Gol Kopjes. The Central Serengeti and Seronera River Valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

Dinner and overnight at Sametu Tented Camp or similar

DAY08
Exploring north serengeti kopjes & mara river crossing

After early breakfast, drive to the northern Serengeti with game viewing en route and arrive at your camp for lunch. You will spend the rest of your day on enjoying the photographic opportunity at the area with early morning and late afternoon game viewing at Mara river areas.

Depart the camp at first light for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations.

Alternatively, as usually, you may choose to enjoy a more leisurely breakfast at the lodge instead of a picnic breakfast. You will drive through the Mara River in the golden light of dawn looking for special photographic opportunities of wildebeest and zebras taking the cold plunge to cross the glittering waters of the Mara River as well as other wildlife interactions. Witnessing the river crossing takes patience as the herd will often take hours to decide whether or not to cross, weighing the risk of crocodiles and the strength of the river's current.

A good place to enjoy your picnic breakfast today is along the Mara River.

Later, drive back to your camp for lunch and a little leisure at the camp in the middle of the day.

Late in the afternoon, you will have another game viewing searching for different wildlife interactions around Mara River and Wogakuria kopjes area during sunset and softer light for photography.

Dinner and overnight at Mara River Tented Camp or similar

DAY09
Exploring north serengeti kopjes & mara river crossing

After early breakfast, you will spend your full day enjoying the photographic opportunity at the area with early morning and late afternoon game viewing at Mara river areas. You will depart the camp at first light for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations.

Alternatively, as usually, you may choose to enjoy a more leisurely breakfast at the lodge instead of a picnic breakfast. You will drive through the Mara River in the golden light of dawn looking for special photographic opportunities of wildebeest and Zebras taking the cold plunge to cross the glittering waters of the Mara River as well as other wildlife interactions. Witnessing the river crossing takes patience as the herd will often take hours to decide whether or not to cross, weighing the risk of crocodiles and the strength of the river's current.

A good place to enjoy your picnic breakfast today is along the Mara River.

Later, drive back to your camp for lunch and a little leisure at the camp in the middle of the day.

Late in the afternoon, you will have another game viewing searching for different wildlife interactions around Mara River and Wogakuria kopjes area during sunset and softer light for photography.

Dinner and overnight at Mara River Tented Camp or similar

DAY10
Exploring north serengeti kopjes & mara river crossing

After early breakfast, you will spend your full day enjoying the photographic opportunity at the area with early morning and late afternoon game viewing at Mara river areas. You will depart the camp at first light for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations.

Alternatively, as usually, you may choose to enjoy a more leisurely breakfast at the lodge instead of a picnic breakfast. You will drive through the Mara River in the golden light of dawn looking for special photographic opportunities of wildebeest and zebras taking the cold plunge to cross the glittering waters of the Mara River as well as other wildlife interactions. Witnessing the river crossing takes patience as the herd will often take hours to decide whether or not to cross, weighing the risk of crocodiles and the strength of the river's current.

A good place to enjoy your picnic breakfast today is along the Mara River.

Later, drive back to your camp for lunch and a little leisure at the camp in the middle of the day.

Late in the afternoon, you will have another game viewing searching for different wildlife interactions around Mara River and Wogakuria kopjes area during sunset and softer light for photography.

Dinner and overnight at Mara River Tented Camp or similar

DAY11
Bush flight from northern serengeti – arusha - home

Early breakfast at the camp, and then leave the camp for Kogatende Airstrip with game viewing en route.

Take a domestic flight from Kogatende to Arusha.

Optional stops at cultural heritage for shopping and then drive to the lodge for lunch and a day-use room.

Around 17:00, you will have an early farewell dinner at Ngarasero Mountain lodge, before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.vr56muqqmcngbwaogxj1.jpg

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Steer Your Safari To The Grumeti River

6 Days Safari tour itinerary for tanzania

rain 30 °C

DAY01
Arusha – lake manyara – ngorongoro highland

After breakfast at the lodge, you will meet your naturalist Tanzanian safari guide for a short briefing thereafter drives south of Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park.

Have an option to visit the culturally-diverse village of MtowaMbu set on the banks of the river of the same name, for an in-depth look at tribal life in the African bush; more than 100 different Tanzanian tribes make their homes before check-in into Lake Manyara National Park.

Eat a picnic lunch served at Msasa Picnic site, which has got a fabulous view of the Lake.

Followed by an afternoon game viewing in the park, searching for the diverse flora and fauna of the park. There are some 350 species of birds in the park. The park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals like the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions.

Late in the afternoon, drive to Ngorongoro Highlands.

Meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge or Similar

DAY02
Exploring ngorongoro crater

Wake up for early breakfast at the lodge thereafter descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive ecosystem.

Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tends to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. Another big drawcard to this picturesque Caldera is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and if lucky, enough you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Serval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.

After a picnic lunch, you will leave the Crater and drive to the central east plain of Serengeti via the Gol Kopjes. This area linking the Southern plain of Serengeti and Central Serengeti is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains. Driving through the Gol kopjes is always a breathtaking experience with a vision of vast open plains and amazing wildlife. This is gazelle country and where there are gazelles there are always cheetahs.

Continue game viewing through the Gol Kopjes searching for different wildlife interactions at the area.

Late in the afternoon, drive to Sametu Tented Camp, where you will spend your next two nights.

Meals and Overnight at Sametu Tented Camp or similar

DAY03
Exploring central and eastern plains and kopjes

A game viewing around Central Serengeti plains and you have an option of breaking the days into two by doing early morning and late afternoon game viewing, drive through the central Serengeti in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions and photographic opportunities, whereby, you will depart the lodge at first light with picnic breakfast for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and Sametu kopjes and plains as well as Moru and Gol Kopjes. The Central Serengeti and Seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

Meals and Overnight at Sametu Tented Camp

DAY04
Exploring the western serengeti and grumeti river

Rise up for leisure breakfast at the camp and thereafter, enjoys a scenic drive to the western corridor of Serengeti where the famous Grumeti River, when the region is bursting with wildlife during the great migration, and many visiting predators from other drier part of the Serengeti sneaking to the area to ensure their own survival. There is a big chance you will see the Great Migration of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River. The herds must outsmart the crocodiles and fast-flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side and it is simply an amazing spectacle.

Meals and Overnight at Mbalageti Lodge or Similar

DAY05
Exploring the western serengeti and grumeti river

Rise up for leisure breakfast at the camp and thereafter, enjoys a scenic drive to the western corridor of Serengeti where the famous Grumeti River, when the region is bursting with wildlife during the great migration, and many visiting predators from other drier part of the Serengeti sneaking to the area to ensure their own survival. There is a big chance you will see the Great Migration of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River. The herds must outsmart the crocodiles and fast-flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side and it is simply an amazing spectacle.

Meals and Overnight at Mbalageti Lodge or Similar

DAY06
Bush flight from serengeti to arusha

Early breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Seronera Airstrip with game drives en-route.

Board a bush flight from Seronera to Arusha.

Stop at cultural heritage for lunch and an optional shopping, and then drive to Ngaresero Mountain Lodge for a dayroom.

Have an early dinner at the Lodge before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.sp7yzinfve8mymddhxmn.jpg

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Jump In For A Migration Safari

4 Days Safari tour itinerary for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park & Arusha

rain 29 °C

01
Bush flight to central serengeti.

After early breakfast, collect your lunch boxes and transfer to Arusha Airport to catch your bush flight to central Serengeti.

After arrival, you will be picked up by your Tanzanian safari driver-guide.

Proceed for a game drive in central Serengeti where you will spend your full day exploring the vast Serengeti and its endless plains. The drive through the central Serengeti is in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions where you will explore different areas of the central Serengeti. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and Sametu kopjes and plains as well as Moru and Simba kopjes. The Central Serengeti and Seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

Meals and overnight stay: Sametu tented Camp or similar

DAY02
Exploring central serengeti national park- south serengeti and ndutu forest.

Head for a game viewing around Central Serengeti plains in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions and photographic opportunities. You will have an opportunity to search for the biggest herds of the great migration.

Spend your full day of game viewing exploring different areas of the central Serengeti. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and Sametu kopjes and plains as well as Moru and Gol Kopjes. The Central Serengeti and Seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a game drive en route to Ndutu.

Dinner and overnight stay: Lake Masek Tented Camp or similar

DAY03
Exploring south serengeti and ndutu forest-ngorongoro conservation area authority.

Enjoy a full day of game viewing exploring the southern Serengeti plains and the Ndutu forest, which is home to the enormous migratory herds of wildebeest and zebras during the wet season. The wildebeest migrations will most likely be spread across the green plains of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the southern Serengeti from December to May.

Explore Lake Masek, Lake Ndutu, the Hidden Valley, Kusini Valley and the Kakesio Plains during your game drives. In addition to the large migratory herds, predators will be abundant and easily seen. Cheetah densities will be at the highest as many have followed the migratory Thomson’s gazelles onto the southern and eastern plains. Lions should be easily visible, both resident prides and the nomads which have followed the wildebeest and zebras onto the plains.

Late in the afternoon, drive to Ngorongoro Highlands.

Meals and overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa lodge or similar.

DAY04
Exploring ngorongoro crater-arusha-fly back home

After an early breakfast, collect your lunch boxes and at around 05:45 and drive to Ngorongoro Crater.

Descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive ecosystem.

Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, who tend to spend their time on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. Another big drawcard to this picturesque Caldera is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and if lucky enough, you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Serval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.

Sit for a picnic breakfast will be served at one of the picnic sites on the crater floor.

Followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the Lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater.

After lunch, enjoy your game drive en route to Arusha in the later on you will be transferred to the airport to catch your evening flight back home.kjujrzgz2cjvpdu5bhvk.jpg

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Revel In Unforgettable Safaris To Mara River

7 Days Nature tour itinerary for Arusha, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area

rain -25 °C

Y01
Arusha-ngorongoro highland

After breakfast, you will meet your guide for a short briefing then drive south of Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, with the option to visit the culturally-diverse village of Mto wa Mbu set on the banks of the river of the same name, for a taste of tribal life in the African bush.

Enjoy a picnic lunch fabulous views of the lake, followed by afternoon wildlife viewing, soaking up the diverse flora and fauna of the park; there are some 350 species of birds alone. The park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals like the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions.

Late in the afternoon, head off to Ngorongoro Highlands.

Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or equivalent)

DAY02
Exploring ngorongoro crater - central serengeti

After early breakfast, head off with a packed lunch to Ngorongoro and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive ecosystem with your Tanzanian safari guide.

Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against this impressive backdrop. This drive provides one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. Another big draw is the dense population of predators, which includes: lions, hyenas, jackals, and the small cats like the rare caracal.

Halt for a picnic lunch served at one of the picnic sites on the crater floor.

Then it's off to the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi. This is a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater searching for different wildlife interactions at the area.

Then leave the crater and drive to the central east plain of the Serengeti via the Gol Kopjes. This area is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains. Driving through the Gol kopjes is always a breathtaking experience with a vision of vast open plains and amazing wildlife, like gazelles and cheetahs.

Late in the afternoon, drive to your base for the next two nights.

Meals & overnights at Sametu Tented Camp (or equivalent)

DAY03
Exploring central serengeti

After breakfast, a full day's wildlife viewing drive awaits on your way to Central Serengeti. Exploring the vast Serengeti and its endless plains.

Choose to break the day into two, by doing early morning and late afternoon drive through the central Serengeti. The golden light of dawn invites amazing photographic opportunities, departing at first light with a picnic breakfast, in search of migration herds across the Central Serengeti. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and Sametu Kopjes and Plains as well as Moru and Simba kopjes. The Central Serengeti and Seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

Dinner & overnight at Sametu Tented Camp (or equivalent)

DAY04
Exploring northern serengeti

After breakfast, you will enjoy a wildlife drive en route to Northern Serengeti where you will have a chance to visit Kogatende area (the northern part of Serengeti) where the Mara River is situated. The Northern Serengeti is home to a huge number of resident animals including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, eland, black rhinos and wild dogs. This is also a wonderful time of year to witness one of three significant events that happen during the Great Migrations – the annual river crossings. Your days will be a combination of looking for good river crossings and other wildlife interactions along the Mara River, Wogakuria kopjes as well as the Lamai triangle. The Northern Serengeti and the entire Mara river area are truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Meals & overnights at Mara River Tented Camp (or equivalent)

DAY05
Exploring northern serengeti

After breakfast, you will enjoy a wildlife drive en-route to Northern Serengeti where you will have a chance to visit Kogatende area (the northern part of Serengeti) where the Mara River is situated. The Northern Serengeti is home to a huge number of resident animals including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, eland, black rhinos and wild dogs. This is also a wonderful time of year to witness one of three significant events that happen during the Great Migrations – the annual river crossings. Your days will be a combination of looking for good river crossings and other wildlife interactions along the Mara River, Wogakuria kopjes as well as the Lamai triangle. The Northern Serengeti and the entire Mara river area are truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Meals & overnights at Mara River Tented Camp (or equivalent)

DAY06
Exploring northern serengeti

After breakfast, you will enjoy a wildlife drive en route to Northern Serengeti where you will have a chance to visit Kogatende area (the northern part of Serengeti) where the Mara River is situated. The Northern Serengeti is home to a huge number of resident animals including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, eland, black rhinos and wild dogs. This is also a wonderful time of year to witness one of three significant events that happen during the Great Migrations – the annual river crossings. Your days will be a combination of looking for good river crossings and other wildlife interactions along the Mara River, Wogakuria kopjes as well as the Lamai triangle. The Northern Serengeti and the entire Mara river area are truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari.

DAY07
Bush flight and departure

Early breakfast at the camp, then leave for Kogatende Airstrip with wildlife viewing en-route.

Board a bush flight from Kogatende to Arusha.

Stop at a cultural heritage site for lunch and optional shopping, and then drive to Ngara Sero Mountain Lodge for a day room and early dinner before being transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.

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