Essence of Tanzania Safari – 6 Day

We drive up through the beautiful highlands to the rich farming area of Karatu. Karatu is located on the ‘outer’ slopes of Ngorongoro – fertile land, from when the massive volcano erupted, and head to the beautiful plains of the Serengeti.

Africa’s most famous national park covers an area of almost 15000 sq km and is world-renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the much large Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area.

Itinerary

Tarangire National Park

 

After an early morning briefing, we set off for the day to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK.

Close to Arusha, 118 kilometres away, Tarangire National Park gets its name from the river that threads its way through the length of the reserve. It is famous for its dense wildlife population which is most spectacular between June and September, the dry period. During this time, thousands of animals – elephant, buffalo, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, kudu, hartebeest and the rarely seen oryx – migrate from the dry Masai steppe to the Tarangire River looking for water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. Tarangire has the largest population of elephant of any park in the northern circuit and is also home to 550 varieties of bird.

From Tarangire, we drive up through the beautiful highlands to the rich farming area of Karatu. Karatu is located on the ‘outer’ slopes of Ngorongoro – fertile land, from when the massive volcano erupted.

Accomodation: Marera Lodge

Ngorongoro – Ndutu Area

 

Today we head into Ngorongoro Conservation area, and after driving steadily down the steep 610 metre sides of the crater, we enjoy spectacular game viewing in the crater – which is almost guaranteed to turn up four of the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of birds, all viewed against the backdrop of the thickly forested crater walls. Picnic lunch in the crater.

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A large volcanic caldera, with an area of 259 square kilometers, it contains a huge variety of game and birds and is often referred to as a microcosm of Africa with its dramatic weather changes and varied terrains consisting of forest, grasslands and both freshwater and soda lakes.

Accomodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge

Serengeti

 

Depart the Ngorongoro region, en route to the Serengeti, with picnic lunch; we stop off at Olduvai Gorge for a short visit and an insight into history of the region.

It is at Olduvai Gorge where, in 1959, Mary Leakey made her ground-breaking discovery of a hominid (human-like) skull dating back 1.8 million years. Since then other hominid species, possibly our early ancestors, have been found in the area dating as far back as 3.7 million years.

The whole area is often referred to as the ‘cradle of mankind.’

There is also time to visit a Masai village before continuing to the Serengeti Acacia Camp, or Ndutu/North Acacia Camp, to settle in for the evening. All meals included. Overnight Serengeti Acacia Camp (or should you travel outside April/May, you may stay at Ndutu or North Camp. When you confirm your preferred dates of travel, we will advise which camp you will be staying at).

Accomodation: Acacia Tented Camp

Serengeti

 

The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and contains more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. It is here, at certain times of the year, that we may encounter the breathtaking spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, drawing with them their predators and numerous other species of game. From January to March the herds can largely be found in the southern area, proceeding north through the Centre and Western Corridor during June and July before entering Kenya’s Masai Mara. They return south in November to repeat this amazing instinctive procession all over again.

Africa’s most famous national park covers an area of almost 15000 sq km and is world-renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the much large Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area.

The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies.

Animal migration is linked to the annual rainfall patterns and its effect on their feeding habitats. Formerly the home of the Maasai tribe who displaced the Datoga pastoralists in the 17th century, the name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word serengit, meaning ‘endless plain’

The national park was created by the Tanzania Government in 1951 and became famous through the work of Professor Bernard Grzimek (in particular his book ‘Serengeti Shall Not Die’).

Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dikdik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains and more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhinos are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park – so one doesn’t often see them. But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.

Balloon Safari

If you would like to go on an early morning balloon Safari over the Serengeti, this will be possible if you are at our central camp in the Serengeti. Please note that balloon Safaris can only be organized by PRE-ARRANGEMENT and there is an additional cost for this.

Accomodation: Acacia Tented Camp

Arusha

 

Depart early in the morning from the lodge after breakfast as it’s your last day, with game viewing along the way. You will be taken to Kilimanjaro / Arusha airport for your flight or overnight accommodation.

Rates:

High Season
JUNE | JULY | AUG | SEP | DEC | FEB
$2800 Per Person

$350 Single Supplement 

Low Season
OCT | NOV | JAN | MARCH   |  APRIL | MAY

$2690 Per Person

$320 Single Supplement

 

More Information

Included

  • accommodation at quality lodges and tented camp as set out above
  • all meals on safari
  • park fees and entries
  • game viewing activities as indicated
  • bottled water for game drives / in vehicle (not at hotels/lodges)
  • All safari in a fully kitted out 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser safari vehicle
  • Maximum six guests in a vehicle – all WITH WINDOW SEATS – no ‘middle’ seats.

Excluded:
Flights
Visas
Travel insurance
Health requirements
Gratuities
Drinks
All items of a personal nature and any service not specified.  There is a cash bar at all the camps.

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