Tanzania

This classic safari features a mobile tented camp on the Serengeti Plains, one of the finest wildlife sites on Earth.

Country Information

Tanzania

Tanzania Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Tanzania


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Safaris

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Adventure Travel

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Family Travel


(Tour Length)

10 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $11,300
  • Discover  Tarangire National Park,  known for its wildlife and also for the massive baobab trees said to live up to a thousand years
  • Travel into one of Africa’s most famous natural wonders – Ngorongoro Crater, to learn about this self-contained ecosystem inhabited by some 30,000 animals
  • Enjoy three nights on the Serengeti Plains, providing ample time to probe into its primitive natural beauty and the fantastic abundance of plains game
  • Go on safari and experience a classic mobile tented camp, with just six guest tents in the  prime wildlife areas in the Serengeti that offers a look one of the finest wildlife spectacles on the planet
  •  Experience the future of safaris in Tanzania, the Manyara Ranch, wildlife conservancy that serves as a vital corridor for the animals to move between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks.

 

 

Day 1:  Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Welcome to Kilimanjaro International Airport.  After exiting the Customs & Immigrations Hall, you will be met by a Big Five Tours & Expeditions driver/guide who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the lovely Arusha Coffee Lodge, located in one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations. Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2:  Arusha / Tarangire National Park / Manyara Ranch Conservancy
This morning depart overland to Tarangire National Park, complete with picnic lunch. Tarangire is home to great herds of elephant, during the dry season up to 300 can be found along the dry river bed, digging for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland flock to the remaining pools.  During the rainy season, the animals spread out over 12,500 square miles.  The swamps serve as host to 550 bird varieties.  The park extends into two game-controlled areas so the wildlife can move freely. Following your game activities, head into what some call the future of safaris in Tanzania, the Manyara Ranch, a 35,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated in the corridor between Tarangire and Manyara National Park. Originally established as a cattle ranch during Tanzania's colonial period, Manyara Ranch remains an operating ranch with a relatively small herd of beef cattle and black-headed sheep. During 2000, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) obtained management and conservation rights to the ranch to protect these wildlife corridors. In so doing, they established a working relationship with the Maasai, developing their community conservation projects and rehabilitating the ranch itself. The ranch is held in Trust by the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) for the benefit of the local communities and Tanzania.  Manyara Ranch Conservancy (B,LD)

Days 3/4:  Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Enjoy activities at the ranch today. Your experience here will be like none other, the conservancy provides guided game walks, day and night drives, visits to partner villages (in an authentic setting) and activities including horse riding with big game, bush breakfast and dinners and participative research activities to promote on-going conservation projects in collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation. Several large dams on the ranch that attract and retain the wildlife within the conservancy area. There is a significant resident population of wildlife including groups of large bull elephants, breeding herds of giraffe, many lesser kudu, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, oryx and eland. There are also predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and bat-eared foxes. For many years, wild dogs have denned on the ranch. The resident game population is continually being increased by wildlife moving through the migratory corridors. There is a large number of species of birds including many raptors on the ranch. Manyara Ranch has a variety of habitats, which include open savannah, acacia woodland, bush and riverine forest. These habitats support a large diversity of wildlife and birdlife. Manyara Ranch Conservancy (B,L,D)

Day 5:  Manyara Ranch Conservancy / Ngorongoro Crater Indulge your sense of personal discovery as you near Ngorongoro Crater.  In 1892, a German explorer was the first European to record seeing the crater.  You will approach it in much the same way he did - via Lake Manyara.  Certainly one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders, the crater’s steep unbroken rim drops some 2,000 feet to the basin that encompasses 102 square miles.  This may have been one of the world’s tallest mountains until about two million years ago, when a volcano exploded, collapsing it into this massive crater.  Today, Maasai pastoralists and their grazing cattle and goats share this stage with 30,000 animals – lions, elephants, rhinos, wildebeest, flocks of flamingos and so much more.  The safari lodge rests on the rim of the crater, and its design was inspired by traditional Maasai homesteads.  Interiors hint at the days of early settlers.  Beneath grass roofs, exquisite beaded chandeliers, antiques, silk curtains and leather chairs blend with African art.  Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Ngorongoro Crater
The day’s focus is the crater floor, reached by driving a rocky track down the steep side.  Game viewing here is excellent throughout the year.  You come startlingly close to some of the crater’s lions.  Amid dramatic landscapes dotted with buffalo, zebra, reedbuck and rhinos, you relish every morsel of your picnic lunch.  Large numbers of flamingos hang out around the lake in the bottom of the crater.  Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park
Today your destination is the spectacular Serenget as you transfer to Manyara Airstrip for your flight to the Serengeti .  Africa’s most famous park is without equal in its primitive natural beauty, its liberating open space and its fantastic abundance of plains game.  During migration, vast numbers of animals stretch to the horizon in long slender columns.  They face fierce obstacles from voracious predators to treacherous river crossings.  As the great migration makes its way across the expansive Serengeti plains, so the luxury seasonal Olakira Camp follows.  In the early part of the year, Olakira is perfectly situated to witness the calving of wildebeest.  In the dryer months the camp moves to the Northern Serengeti to have a front row seat for the big herds as they move north.  Olakira Camp (B,L,D)

Days 8/9:  Serengeti National Park
Over the next two days, your wilderness camp actually follows the animals – hyenas and jackals, ostrich and cranes, giraffes, impalas, elephants, lions, and maybe the elusive leopard.  With more than 500 bird species in the park, bird watching can leave you breathless.  Olakira Camp (B,L,D)

Day 10:  Serengeti National Park / Arusha / Depart
Savor one last early morning game drive before you leave this fabled land.  Return to Arusha via a scenic flight over the Great Rift Valley.  Enjoy dinner before returning to the airport.  You must say “Kwaheri” (Swahili goodbye).  Duluti Lodge – Day Room (B,L,D)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $11,300

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