7 Days Tanzania Mid-Range Lodge Safari
OverviewThis 7/6-days safari will take you to most of famous northern Tanzania National Park, which is Tarangire, Lake Manyara, world famous mixed cultural Ngorongoro Conservation area authority, and Serengeti national park. You will be traveling through a breathtaking view of landscape including Great Rift valley across Lake Manyara, the everlasting Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro highland and its crater.
ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your Africa Safari tour. You will spend the rest of your time at your won leisure and relaxation.
DAY 1: ARUSHA –TARANGIRE
After a breakfast, your drive will be at your hotel ready to take approximate 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Giant baobab trees, bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places to view elephants up close. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests, which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. Leopards are seen now and then but cheetahs are rarely spotted. From the open roof of the safari vehicle, you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. In the evening you reach your lodge inside the park.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE – LAKE MANYARA
After breakfast you will travel from the Tarangire Area to the Lake Manyara National Park. The park is known for its over 400 bird species, primate-filled forests, and grassy plains. A large area of the park is covered by the alkaline Lake Manyara, the seasonal breeding grounds for large number of flamingos and many more waterfowls. The park is also home to giraffes, elephant, zebras, Buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, impalas and groups of noisy monkeys and baboons. After an extensive game drive, you will exit the park and drive to your lodge for overnight.
DAY 3: LAKE MANYARA – SERENGETI
After breakfast, you will travel via the cooler highlands towards the southern Serengeti and at midday you will reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park. This park is the largest in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes – short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps, and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. The Serengeti is famous for the yearly migration when hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water.
DAY 4: SERENGETI
The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are. Predators usually follow closely behind the trekking animals and include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up north. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from one year to another although; your guide will know where to locate the animals and where to see them best.
DAY 5: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CRATER
On your outward journey to the park gate, you will enjoy some more game viewing before you leave the Serengeti National Park in the early afternoon to continue your journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As soon as you reach the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, you will see the giant caldera below – a breath-taking view. You will leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and drive to Karatu in the Ngorongoro highlands. Here you will join a walk in the coffee plantation to learn more about the cultivation and processing of coffee.
DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast you drive for 25-minute Ngorongoro conservation and drive 600m down the crater for game. The massive collapsed volcano is home to over 25,000 mammals ranging from the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – to spotted hyenas, rare warthogs, and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an extensive game drive and a picnic for lunch at hippo pool, you will leave the caldera in the late afternoon and return to your lodge in Karatu
DAY 7: NGORONGORO HIGHLAND – ARUSHA
After a leisurely breakfast, you will have a local tour to village around a highland of Karatu. The tour can either be a walking tour or bicycle tour either in the ridge of Great Rift Valley or along the Ngorongoro forest line. In the afternoon you will travel back to Arusha where you will arrive around late afternoon.
Today you may have a plan to fly home or have a flight to Zanzibar; our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at perfect time to catch your flight.