7 DAYS SAFARIS IN TANZANIA: TARANGIRE, SERE AND NGORO
Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania
Whatever your arrival time at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Africa Uncovered Safaris driver-guide will be waiting for you with a warm welcoming smile. Kick back and relax in your comfortable vehicle as he takes you to your hotel in Arusha (Tanzania’s self-styled Safari Capital). Depending on your time of arrival, you will get a brief impression of this large bustling commercial city on the way to your hotel. You may have your pre-safari briefing today; if not, it will take place early tomorrow morning.
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
This morning, you will get picked up from your hotel and driven to the first stop on the safari -Tarangire National Park. Often considered Tanzania’s most underrated park, the Tarangire is one of Africa’s gems known for its huge Baobab trees and large herds of elephants. This park owes its name to Tarangire River which flows across the area and attracts high numbers of animals during the dry months. Its sparse vegetation scattered with Acacia trees and mixed woodland makes it a beautiful location. Up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams in the riverbeds. During the drier months, migratory wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo can also be seen crowding the shrinking lagoons.
Best time to visit: Tarangire is excellent all year-round for game viewing. However, during the dry season (August to October & December) the wildlife is at its most concentrated and wildlife viewing is best. Some safari operators skip this park during the wetter months (April to June) because the overgrown vegetation will make it more difficult to see some animals.
Most common animals: elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos, zebras, wildebeests and lions.
Day 3: Tarangire to Serengeti National Park
On this day, we will drive to one of the most famous game parks in Africa, the Serengeti- known to host one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on earth (the great migration of wildebeests and zebras) The Serengeti’s vast plains and grasslands are also home to a haven of other wildlife including lions, cheetahs, leopards and many other predators. Stretching across 14,763 sq km, it is impossible to see it all in just one day.
As for the scenery? It is truly mind-blowing and is definitely the place to be if you want to feel like you are in the heart of the African bush. When the weather is hot and dry, the savannah is a dusty sunburnt red. Then after the rains have visited, the plains transform to lush green grassland dotted with pretty wildflowers and blooming Fig and Acacia trees.
Best time to visit: A Serengeti safari offers top wildlife viewing all year-round. However, if your goal is to witness the wildebeest migration, you need to time it right. The wildebeest migration takes one full year to complete before the cycle starts again. This means there is a good chance to witness it throughout the year. But certain highlights only occur in certain months`, for instance the dramatic river crossings occur between July and August in the far west.
The calving season starts from December to March. Between April and June, you’ll find huge herds migrating to the Grumeti region before making their way back to Kenya.
Most common animals: elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, hyenas and ostrich.
Day 4 and 5
Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park: Full day excursion of discovery, a chance to enjoy the varied landscapes of the Central Serengeti. The Seronera River weaves its way through this area providing waters for all species of wildlife. You will also see the distinctive rocky outcrops, the famous kopjes which characterize the Serengeti landscape. Lunch will be an unforgettable experience enjoyed in the middle of the bush. Everything here varies with the seasons but in May, November and December migrating herds join the already rich population of resident animals which live here year-round. During the rainy season, the landscape turns black with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest – a simply incredible sight.
Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater: After breakfast we drive a 4-hour journey covering 250km to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and visit the incomparable crater. We set off at 6am in-order to reach the rim and then descend into the vast crater lake itself. At one side there’s the Lerai Forest, classic mountain forest landscape with almost tropical characteristics. This is good elephant country so keep your eyes peeled. By the side of the nearby swampland is what is sometimes called the ‘elephant graveyard’ as the mighty male tuskers at the end of their lives come to chew on the soft swampland grasses once their teeth have failed them.
The crater has a population of around 120 lions, with well-defined territories; 15,000 wildebeests, 9,000 zebras, 400 hyenas and around 50 black rhinos. Many wildebeests and other herd animals are resident benefiting from the many sources of year-round waters.
Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, you will depart for 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 colonies of flamingos and many more waterfowls. The park is also home to giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, impalas, and groups of noisy monkeys and baboons.
Transport: 4X4 Custom built – Toyota Landcruiser
• Pop-up Roof, Opening Sliding windows, Seat Belts, Heavy duty wheels, and Extra Fuel tanks. Refrigerator for cooling drinks, one pair of binoculars per couple, Eco friendly Trash Bag. Wi-Fi on board during safari, Charging Outlets type Plug G for charging Cameras and smart phones
Professional English-Speaking Driver guide. A Friendly expert at a wide variety of skills: Flora and Fauna, Tanzania’s cultural and natural history
Arrival and Departure Transfer:
To/from Kilimanjaro International or Arusha Airport
• One arrival Transfer
• One departure Transfer
Accommodation on Full Board (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast)
Experience Wildlife with 4X4 Safari Vehicle
•Game drive in Serengeti National Park
•Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire
Park Entrance Fee:
•Park fee for Serengeti National Park
•Park fee for Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire
18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)
Tipping is of course discretionary, but is an expected part of the way in which business is done in Tanzania. It counts as an expression of gratitude to those who – hopefully – have made your experience an unforgettable one and enables you to directly reward those people. Our passengers come from all around the world, with different cultural attitudes to tipping, but a tip is of great significance here in Tanzania and will be hugely appreciated by the recipient. We know that the act of giving of a tip can be a bit awkward and we would suggest that the best way to remove this ‘awkwardness’ is for each couple to put their tip anonymously into an envelope and for the envelopes to be presented by the couple to the staff member.
The trip costs Excludes all visa costs including arrival visas and transit visas
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):
Testing/screening on arrival:
All passengers arriving in Tanzania will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate upon arrival. The test should be taken within 72 hours of arrival into Tanzania. All passengers travelling to Tanzania must complete an online Traveler’s Surveillance Form. This form must be submitted no more than 24 hours before arrival. All the passengers entering Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 including a mandatory rapid test. The cost for rapid testing is 25 USD per traveler which can be paid for through the online Traveler Surveillance Form or in cash on arrival. The Government of Tanzania is also implementing temperature scanning for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania.
The trip cost Excludes Medical Insurance which is mandatory
The trip cost Excludes Travel Insurance which is mandatory
If you require to launder your clothes while on your safari, then you will need to pay an amount that the accommodation charges as per their rate sheet.
Drinks at the lodges/camps:
All kinds of soft drinks and hard drinks at the lodges/camps are not included
All visitors will spend some significant time in our comfortable vehicles on the rather rough roads of Tanzania. Anyone who is liable to back pain may experience severe discomfort and should satisfy themselves as to the suitability of a safari (and take medical advice if appropriate) before booking.
Visitors with Limited Mobility:
Please note that our itineraries are not suitable for those with limited mobility or who are physically disabled. Our vehicles are not capable of being adapted to accommodate those people, unfortunately.
PRICE PER PERSON 2500usd tented lodge accommodation
NB price is for 2 people and above.
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