If you are looking to see all of Africa’s big game, especially the iconic lion, this is the perfect safari for you. Visit the best wildlife spots in northern Tanzania. From the famous Serengeti, which is the world’s greatest lion sanctuary, to flamingo paradise Lake Natron and the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to almost 30,000 animals (including the Big Five).
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to A1 Hotel and Resort in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.
After breakfast you drive to Arusha National Park for a morning game drive with picnic lunch. This is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania, but it has a rich variety of wildlife and landscapes. From the swampy Ngurdoto Crater and alkaline lakes to dense jungle and the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. After your picnic lunch enjoy a peaceful and scenic canoeing safari on Momella Lake. On this 2 hours canoe safari you can view buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos, birds and beautiful views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro (on a clear day). In the late afternoon return to A1 Hotel and Resort for dinner and overnight.
Drive today across the only active volcano in East Africa, Oldonyo Lengai, towards Lake Natron. On the way you can enjoy amazing landscapes and the traditional Maasai. Lake Natron is the most important breeding site for flamingos in the world and the only breeding site for flamingos in East Africa. The crust created by the alkali salt sometimes gives the lake a stunning red or pink hue, or even orange in the more shallow parts, by the microorganisms that live there. Today you also visit the big Engarasero waterfall. In the late afternoon you continue to Lake Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Today starts, after breakfast, with a game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon you will continue to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge for dinner. After dinner you will depart for night game drive in lake Manyara national park to look for animals that are hardly seen in day light like porcupine, aardvark, genets, bush babies and others. This is also a unique opportunity for you to experience the Wild Africa at night as you listen to the different animal sounds. Overnight will be at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Today you go on a morning an afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators like lions, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Late in the afternoon you return to Tanzania Bush Camp for dinner and overnight.
Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. If you want to see the kings of the jungle, the Serengeti is the place to be. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds and vultures, just to name a few. Enjoy this supreme game viewing and return to Tanzania Bush Camp in the late afternoon. After shower meet your safari guide at the fire place for a cold Kilimanjaro beer or glass of wine as he gives you a short history of Tanzania from pre-colonial time. Dinner and overnight will be at Tanzania Bush Camp.
Set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon you will continue to Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge for dinner and overnight.
This day will be full of culture, with interesting encounters with a local tribe. After early breakfast, you drive to Lake Eyasi. This is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the Hadzabe Bushmen. This tribe hunt on wild animals with bow and arrows, eating roots, honey and wild fruits. Visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand. You go with the Bushman on a game walk and participate in their real life activities such as hunting. For a lot of people these are one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of their safari. All meals and overnight will be at Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge.
Rise up early for a game drive in Tarangire National Park with picnic breakfast. This lovely park is the kingdom of elephants, birds and baobabs. With four of the Big Five residing within the park, this park is a great spot. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python. In the afternoon you will continue to Sangaiwe lodge for shower. In the evening you do a bird watching around the camp with your safari guide. Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Burunge Tented Lodge.
On this last day of your safari you drive back to Arusha for lunch and then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for you departure flight.