Explore Northern Tanzania
This trip has been designed to provide a great insight into three great wild areas of Tanzania; Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.
With a maximum of six guests, with each guaranteed a window seat in specially adapted 4X4 safari vehicles, this trip is an ideal way to explore the North of Tanzania and to encounter some of its stunning flora and fauna.
This trip has been tailormade to incorporate eco friendly camps and lodges and to give those wanting to travel with likeminded individuals an alternative to a large group experience. This safari will suit anybody who wants to travel in a small intimate group and who wants to maximise their time out exploring the sights and sounds of these amazing wildlife areas.
5 Nights - Arusha – Tarangire – Ngorongoro – Serengeti – Arusha
Small group guided trip – maximum of 6 guests
Day 1 - Arusha - Tarangire
Day 3 - Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Highlands
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park
Day 6 - Serengeti National Park - Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative and will meet your safari guide and other companions.
After a brief stop in the bustling town of Arusha for lunch your adventure truly begins as you make your way to Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire is the third largest National Park in Tanzania. It is famous for its elephants; it has some of the highest density of the species across the whole of Tanzania. Baobab trees are abundant throughout the park and make a beautiful backdrop against which to view the parks resident wildlife.
As well as elephants, birdlife here is prolific, with more than 500 species recorded. The park is also home to buffalo, giraffe, a number of antelope species, and lions to name but a few. Tarangire also boasts its own annual migration which has been estimated as including up to 3,000 elephants, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra – a fascinating sight if you time it right!
Your accommodation is the stunning Maisha Kikoti Camp, which is located on the main wildlife corridor of the park and is thus ideally placed for great game viewing from its doorstep! The journey to camp is an adventure in itself as it takes you along the river and via the Silale swamp, a magnet for wildlife. Upon arrival you will have chance to settle into your accommodation.
As with all our accommodation, the camp has a strong conservation focus. You will stay in wonderfully comfortable deluxe thatched chalets decorated in an authentic African style.
Kikoti is one of the very few camps in the park that due to its unique location can offer guests evening game drives which are a wonderful way to discover the wildlife and remote landscapes. Your first evening will be spent out on a game drive exploring more of the beauty of Tarangire.
Maisha Kikoti Camp
Day 2 - Tarangire National Park
You have a full day to explore more of Tarangire. You can either select to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, or even a full days drive (armed with picnic lunches!) – the choice is yours. The local Maasai also lead walking safaris and nature walks in the area surrounding camp – these are a fantastic way of learning more about the local culture as well as offering a very different perspective on the flora and fauna that surround you.
Whatever, you decide to do, we sure that you will have a great time!
Maisha Kikoti Camp (as Day 1)
After breakfast you will have your last chance to see the wildlife of Tarangire as you depart and make your way to the Ngorongoro Highlands.
We will stop enroute for lunch at a traditional homestead and to visit the local banana plantations and rice fields.
You trip to Endoro Camp is spectacular as you wind your way upwards! You will arrive at camp in the late afternoon and are then free to explore the nature trails and waterfalls located around the lodge.
It’s an early start this morning as you are going to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Probably the most famous location in Tanzania, and often considered to be the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro Crater is a spectacular sight and once that should not be missed. The crater itself is the main draw, created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself around two to three million years ago. The resulting crater is around 2,000 feet deep and covers an area of around 300km2. The crater is estimated to contain in the region of 30,000 animals. The ‘big 5’ are all present and it’s often relatively easy to spot animals within the craters grassy plains. Cheetah, hyena and jackal can also often be spotted.
You will ascend from the crater and enjoy a game drive around the rim before tucking into packed lunches.
After lunch you will visit Olduvai Gorge. This is the site where the famous anthropologist Louis Leakey unearthed the remains of three hominoid species which are thought to date back nearly 2 million years. The small museum at the site gives more insight into one of oldest sites of hominoid habitation in the world.
You then make your way into the Serengeti National Park for an afternoon game drive as you make your way to camp in time for sundowners. Covering an area of nearly 15,000km2, the Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania and contains great numbers of wildlife, during the migration it is estimated that 5 million animals inhabit the park. The ‘big 5’ are evident here along with giraffe, back maned lions gazelle, primates, more than 500 bird species and a whole range of other African wildlife.
Day 4 - Ngorongoro Highlands - Serengeti National Park
Mbugani Tented Camp
Mbugani Camp consists of just 12 tents. Each tented camp suite features two queen beds and private bath with shower, sink and flush toilet. Running cold water is available all day, and hot water for morning or evening showers is available on request. Electricity in the rooms is limited to the evening hours for charging batteries and lighting the tents. A backup generator is on the premises to keep essential systems running at all times.
Safari chairs are set at the entrance of your tent to create a mini-canvas veranda where you enjoy a drink and share stories of your safari adventures.
You have another full day to explore the Serengeti – again it’s up to you to set the pace and decide what you want to do and when.
After canapés and sundowners, you will get to experience a bush dinner, dining under the stars, before relaxing around the campfire.
Maisha Serengeti Mobile Camp | All Inclusive (as Day 4)
After breakfast you will have the opportunity for an early morning game drive as you make your way to the small airstrip at Seronera. The light plane flight is an experience in itself – make sure you have your camera at the ready as the views that you see from the plane are quite spectacular.
After lunch in Arusha you will then be taken back to Kilimanjaro to connect to your onward destination.
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