6 days Best of Tanzania Big 5 safari tours

Highlights; 6day Big 5 safari crossways Tanzania’s diverse sceneries of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Lake Manyara , Tarangire & magnificent northern Serengeti Safaris.

East Africa Tanzania has a rich history of safari and this action-packed itinerary is a fitting tribute to that all thrilling experiences like never before. This trip starts from Arusha, the doorway to the northern Serengeti plains and home to some of the country’s finest coffee farms. A night at Arusha Coffee Lodge grant you the opportunity to sleep off your jet-lag and leave you equipped to enjoy early mornings and nights around the crackling fire at Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park.

Day 1 – Arusha – Lake Manyara
Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours
Distance: 130 km
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
Dinner and overnight as at lake manyara campsite
Meal plan is lunch and dinner.

Day 2 – Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti Plains
Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours
Distance: 205 km
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and overnight in the Seronera campsite.
Meal plan is Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 – Serengeti Plains
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.
We do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. The visitor’s centre not far from the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive. This nicely designed centre, offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The centre also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. We will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees.
In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink!
Dinner and overnight in the Seronera campsite.
Meal plan is Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 -Serengeti Plains – Ngorongoro Crater

Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 145 km
After breakfast at the camp followed by game viewing within the Serengeti national park before we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time of early man. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of the’Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.
We arrive in in the late afternoon at the camp and spend the afternoon at leisure at the crater rim as time will be limited to descend down the crater than if we could have entered in the morning due to time set for getting out of the crater by the Tanzania government
Dinner and overnight at ngorongoro simba campsite on the crater rim, no accommodation available inside the crater.
Meal plan is Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5 – Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National park
After breakfast we descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a full-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its huge population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor or at the camp before we set off for the Tarangire national park which is not far away from the crater.
If time allows we sshall also have late evening game viewing at the tarangire national park otherwise no worries we shall have an extensive game on day 6th before setting off for Arusha where safari ends in the evening around 4 or 5 pm followed by a transfer back to your Arusha hotel
Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested on the Tarangire campsite
Meal plan is Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 – Tarangire National Park – Arusha
After your breakfast we shal have a game viewing season in this park and after lunch we shall depart and drive to Arusha to be dropped off at the hotel or at Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Cost per person sharing:
(a) Group joining camping budget safari per person is $ 1,020 usd for 6 days program outlined above accommodations will be at portable 2 man tents of which we camp at Serengeti seronera public campsite, ngorongoro simba campsite, Lake Manyara campsite and Tarangire campsite.

Rates include
– All government taxes, levies, and fees
– Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
– All meals noted in the itinerary. Each day generally includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner buffets consisting of both western and local dishes.
– Transportation in standard game viewing safari vehicle complete with pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography.
– Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
– Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Tanzania culture.
– A jeep / land cruiser outfitted with two-way, long range high frequency radio communications equipment.
– A jeep on the Tanzania section
– Each Jeep carries safari accessories including wildlife books, beanbags to support cameras on car doors and window sills, binoculars, a first-aid kit, an ice-chest, and a fire extinguisher.
– Bottled mineral water during game drives.
– Park entrance fees and game drives as noted in the itinerary.
– Pick up transfers
Rates exclude
– International flights from home and back and departures taxes.
– Visa fees (If applicable) – (Tanzania)
– Travel Insurance
– Arusha accommodations
– Optional Maasai village visit and olduvai gorge visit
– Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
– Laundry services
– Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

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