Destination: Africa | Duration: 9 days | Call to Personalize your Custom Journey
A private Tanzania safari is considered one of the best adventures on earth with plentiful wildlife, including the Big Five, and amazing landscapes. Your guide will take you on a journey to explore four of Tanzania’s top national parks and conservation areas – Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Tarangire.
Day 1: Your Tanzania Safari begins!
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Perhaps after you check in, you will catch your first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro from your balcony. The tallest peak in Africa, making it one of the seven summits. It’s also the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro is a popular climb for both experienced and first-time hikers. It requires no technical skills or equipment. You might consider it as an add-on to your Tanzania safari making your trip the ultimate adventure.
Day 2: Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is an ideal choice for your day on safari and it is one of the few places in Tanzania where you can do a walking safari. The park boasts sub-Sahara Africa’s third highest peak in Mt. Meru; and it is famous for the generous variety and quantity of game that can be viewed at a very close distance. You will enjoy a game drive with good chances of seeing large herds of giraffes and zebras. Highlights of the walking safari include venturing up the initial part of the Trail leading up Mt. Meru offering sweeping views of the park below. You’ll visit picturesque Tululusia Waterfall and have a chance to see large herds of buffalo. Witness thousands of colorful white and pink flamingoes before continuing the afternoon’s game drive. After the game drive, continue to Karatu for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National
Head to Lake Manyara National Park for another exciting driving safari. It is a scenic gem that Ernest Hemingway claimed is “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The road inside winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where troops of baboons can be found lounging in the trees and scampering about the main road through the park. In contrast to the seclusion of the forest is the grassy floodplain and expansive views eastward across the alkaline lake to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. It is here you may see herds of large buffalo, wildebeest and zebras, and giraffes.
As you head inland from the floodplain, there is a narrow belt of acacia woodland that is the favorite spot of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Keep a sharp eye out for the lions who may be lounging above and be aware of large groups of enormous elephants crossing the road right in front of you; or literally walking alongside of your safari vehicle. After a picnic lunch, you are invited to a traditional Maasai Village where you will be immersed in this vibrant and fascinating culture. When the day is over, you’ll head back to Karatu for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Full Day Game Drive
Pack up your gear for a game drive on the way to Serengeti National Park. Your first stop will be at the Ngorongoro Crater scenic overlook where you can peer down into the crater with your binoculars to spot herds of wildlife such as buffalo, wildebeests and others. Further along the way, your guide will point out natural formations such as termite mounds and mountain chains with rolling hills that are verdant green representative of Ernest Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa”. While driving towards the park, you will pass many small interesting Maasai Villages bustling with their traditional activities. The Maasai are striking people donning colorful fabric while tending to their beloved cattle and daily routines centered around rustic huts known as “Bomas”.
You will break for lunch at Naabi Hills, the border between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti. Then continue the drive until you arrive in the Serengeti for dinner at your Safari Camp.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy your breakfast while taking in the coveted Serengeti sunrise. Then spend an entire day driving throughout the Serengeti National Park. The rugged terrain and vast array of animals will truly astound you. You will, of course, be stopping frequently for photo opportunities and wildlife viewing. Your highly experienced and intuitive guide will seek out the best locations for you to witness Tanzania wildlife at its finest. It is here that you will most certainly see large cats such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs. While of course one cannot predict nature, you may take in many extraordinary events such as predators patiently stalking their prey, mother cats caring for their cubs, and herds of elephants that are slowly moving their massive bodies right alongside your vehicle.
Relax and enjoy your lunch at a picturesque location within the park. Then continue your game drive exploring the ebb and flow of life in the wild. Top off a very memorable day with the perfect Serengeti sunset.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Wake early to breathe in yet another iconic Serengeti sunrise and venture out for one last game drive inside this spectacular National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has also been proclaimed a world wonder. Most famous for its annual migration, as many as 2 million animals make their way from north to south and then back again through the park each year. Seeing the “Great Migration” in action is one of the world’s greatest spectacles.
After stopping for a picnic lunch, you will move onward to the Ngorongoro Highlands, located southeast of Serengeti N.P. The Highlands consists of a remarkable range of volcanic mountains that stand beside the Great Rift Valley. Looking out toward the vibrant crater floor you will get an interesting perspective as to what tomorrow will hold. The day will end at a new lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Get ready for the climatic decent to the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is a huge breathtaking caldera that is 23 kilometers wide and covers an area of about 250 square kilometers. Reaching the crater early in the morning provides you with some extraordinary moments. This area is known as “Eden” to many due to its luscious green environment bursting with lively animals such as monkeys, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, gazelle, and lions, just to name just a few. It is also the best place to possibly get a glimpse of some of Tanzania’s last remaining Black Rhinos.
The unparalleled beauty of this pristine wildlife sanctuary will leave you breathless. At the floor of the crater you will enjoy a picnic lunch at the serene Ngoyitoktok Spring. Bird watchers will rejoice at the flocks of superb starlings, and weavers. After lunch, climb back into your safari vehicle and continue with an afternoon game drive soaking up more of what Ngorongoro has to offer. Your spectacular day in the Crater will conclude as you ascend out of the crater and head to back to your lodge for dinner.
Day 8: Tarangire National Park
Following breakfast, you will drive approximately 45 minutes southeast to enjoy a full-day game drive within Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is known as “Home of the Elephants” and is the 2nd largest park in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. The expansive landscape is stunning and the Tarangire River running through the park makes a convenient refuge for the abundant wildlife.
You’ll have an incredible viewpoint during a picnic punch. Many small vervet monkeys lurk in the nearby trees hoping to get some crumbs. But your guide will be ever vigilant, so these bold critters don’t snatch your meal. This location is beautiful and entertaining to say the least. After lunch, continue your game drive before returning to your Kilimanjaro Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: End of Safari
Today you are picked up at the lobby after breakfast and transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your scheduled departure flight and transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. May the memories of your journey forever be etched in your mind. Kwaheri! Farewell!
To extend your time in Africa, we recommend a gorilla safari in Rwanda or a beach holiday on Pembe Island or Zanzibar.