This experienced safari holiday plan will suit your African Holiday thirst for a week, as it covers the best places to visit in Tanzania. This one can also be done from midrange to Luxury to meet everyone's budget. The specific timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.
On your arrival at the Airport, you will meet our Croy African Adventure driver/representative and be picked up, then transfer to Arusha town for your accommodation.
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge/ Similar.
Arusha National Park After breakfast depart with your professional safari naturalist guide for the game drive.
Arusha National Park is the closest national park to Arusha town, northern Tanzania’s safari capital. This park is small, lies on the slopes of the spectacular Meru Volcano, one of the highest volcanoes with an altitude of 4566 m.
This park offers the opportunity to explore a fascinating diversity of habitats. You will also have some scenic moments from a couple of view points along the rim of the Ngurdoto Crater to the puzzling pattern of the Momella Lakes. In this park the animals such as giraffes, buffalos, zebras, warthogs, the black-and-white colobus monkeys, flamingos and many more can be seen.
Late afternoon or early evening return to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge/ Similar.
Arusha - Tarangire
After your nice breakfast you will depart to Tarangire National park which is approximately 3 hours’ drive from Arusha. It's wise to pack up and drive to the Park. It's one of the largest national parks in Tanzania. The opportunities for game viewing are waiting for you as we drive through the park and explore its beauty and is famous for its large elephant herds and its picturesque landscape dotted with baobab trees. Tarangire is one of the least visited parks in northern Tanzania yet its dense population of game from July – November is second only to the Serengeti.
Tarangire National Park is one of the finest parks in Tanzania. Centered on the Tarangire River, this park has expansive views with wide panoramas of wooded savannah stretching in every direction. The most outstanding feature is the Tarangire River, which is permanent, and the only reliable dry-season source of water available to wildlife in a vast stretch of Tanzania's Rift Valley, attracting tremendous concentrations of animals.
Accommodation: Lake Burunge Tented Camp/Simba Lodge/Similar.
Tarangire – Manyara National Park – Karatu. B - L - D
After breakfast you will depart to Lake Manyara National Park for a nature walk (1hr to 1.5hrs) in Mto Wa Mbu village followed by hot local lunch. After lunch, we will proceed to Manyara NP for a game drive. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow that flamingos’ feed upon. Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles. Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks also live in this park.
Accommodation: Eleen’s Tree Lodge/ Boganvillivia/Marera lodge.
Ngorongoro Crater Tour – Serengeti.
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago. It is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.
Afternoon ascend the crater drive along the crater rim before descending the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro crater and onto the vast plains of the Serengeti. Arrive at your lodge approx. 4-5 hours later.
The Serengeti is not only famous for the great Wildebeest Migration that moves around the park every year but also for the vast number of species that reside in the park year round. The concentration of predators in the Serengeti is high with large prides of lions, numerous hyena clans, and regular sightings of both cheetah and Leopard. Elephants, buffalo, giraffe, and antelope can be found feeding on the rich plains as well as some of the lesser known species such as aardwolf, mongoose, caracal, Serval cats and hyrax.
Thorn/Mbugani/Serengeti Heritage/Katikati Tented camps or similar.
Spend your day exploring the extensive plains of the Serengeti in search of the ‘Big 5’. If you would like to maximize your time game viewing you can take a picnic lunch out into the park and enjoy a meal out in the vast savannah before returning to your lodge/camp later in the day. One of the world's last great wildlife refuges, the Serengeti, stretches between the Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Victoria. The name comes from the Maasai word siringet, meaning "endless plains". The Serengeti's 14,763 square kms contains about three million large animals, many of them taking part in seasonal migrations, unparalleled in nature. Every year, triggered by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands. The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park, which is the central zone of the Serengeti ecosystem, an area that also takes in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maswa Game Reserve in the west. The landscape of the southern Serengeti is characterized by treeless plains where the eye can see for miles to the Ngorongoro crater rising from the horizon in the distance. The plains are dotted with rocky outcrops known as kopje’s where lions often laze the day away. Cheetah favour this landscape and can often be seen sitting atop an old termite mount scanning for its next meal. Spend your day exploring the extensive plains in search of the big cats and other plains game including Thomson gazelle, zebra and wildebeest. If you would like to maximize your time game viewing you can take a picnic lunch out into the park and enjoy a meal out in the vast savannah before returning to your lodge later in the day. The northern Serengeti’s star attraction is the Mara River, filled with hippos and crocodiles that cut through the area. Driving through the area on your game drive today you will have the chance to see lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, and herds of topi and bat eared fox. If you would like to maximize your time game viewing you can take a picnic lunch out into the park and enjoy a meal out in the vast savannah before returning to your lodge later in the day.
Accommodation: Thorn/Mbugani/Serengeti Heritage/Katikati Tented camps.
Serengeti – Karatu.
After breakfast load luggages in the vehicle ready to depart with picnic lunch continue with Game drive afternoon drive to Karatu for overnight.
Accommodation: Eleen’s Tree Lodge/Bougainvillea Country or similar lodge
Karatu – Arusha - Zanzibar
After your great breakfast check out to leave the lodge drive to Arusha for lunch, then drive to the Airport for the flight back home.