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10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania

This 10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania is perfect for people who want to see all the national parks in the Northern safari Circuit. Besides the famous Serengeti and Ngorogoro crater you will also visit Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha national park. Hike and enjoy the stunning scenery of Lake Natron. You will sleep in nice mid-range lodges with excellent service and located inside or near the national parks.

Itinerary:

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

Walking-safari & game drive in Arusha N.P.

To Lake Natron N.P.

Waterfall hike, visit a traditional Masai village and Lake view hike

To Tarangire N.P. afternoon game drive

Village walk in ‘Mto wa Mbu’ and game drive Lake Manyara N.P.

To the Serengeti, afternoon game drive

Full day of game drives in Serengeti National Park

Game drive in Serengeti N.P. and Ngorongoro Crater

Airport transfer or holiday extension in Uganda, Rwanda or Zanzibar

 

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania!

Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfers you to Ilboru Safari Lodge. This is a pleasant lodge with a beautiful garden and swimming pool, nestled on the lower slopes of majestic Mount Meru. The Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming mountain climbers and safari travelers to northern Tanzania for decades. This beautiful Swahili sanctuary is ideally located and tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town. Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, you will comfortably stay in your private bungalow reminiscent of a traditional Swahili ‘boma’. This version of the boma features a round layout with thatched rooftops while still providing you with the western conveniences for ultimate comfort.

Accommodation

Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan No meals inclusive today

 

Day 2: Walking Safari & Game Drive in Arusha N.P.

After a tasty breakfast you will be picked up from the lodge. In about 1 hour you drive to Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park is a small park of 137 km² but has remarkable sights including the fourth highest mountain in Africa; Mount Meru (4566m). The transition between the urban chaos and pristine mountain hiking trails is very obvious and abrupt when entering Arusha National Park.

Visitors are inspired by the wonderful landscapes ranging from the Meru Crater in the west, the Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east, to the grasslands and the Momella lakes in the north-east. It also shelters Ngurdoto Crater, often called Little Ngorongoro, with its swamp-filled floor.

Animals which can be found in the park, amongst others, are the black & white Colobus monkeys, 10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania, small predators, giraffes, elephants and buffaloes. The park is excellent as a starting point of your trip to acclimatize after a long international flight. On a clear day and a with a bit of luck you can see the majestic Kilimanjaro in the distance.

Arusha National Park is special because it is one of the few parks in Tanzania where you have the opportunity to do a safari by foot. An armed  ranger will be waiting for you to accompany you on your exciting walking safari. During this activity you get the chance to experience the wildlife up-close, a totally different experience than game-viewing by car. Buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, zebra, bush-buck and of course the naughty baboons can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species.

Lunch will be at a quaint picnic spot. In the afternoon you continue your safari by vehicle. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills between grazing herds of Zebra while wide-eyed cute Dik-Dik dart into scrubby bush. During the game drive you also pass the tranquil beauty of the Momella Lakes.

Accommodation

Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch

 

Day 3: To Lake Natron N.P.

Today you travel to Lake Natron National Park, a drive of about 4 to 5 hours on a dusty, bumpy road providing you with the real ‘African massage’ as we call it. During the drive you pass many Masai villages and termite mounds. Also keep your eyes open for gazelle, giraffe, zebra, baboons, bee boxes, ostrich as well as birds such as vultures, starlings, kites and bustards.

In the northeast of Tanzania between the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Serengeti plains, lies wild and remote Lake Natron at the lowest point of the Rift valley. It is situated at the base of Tanzania’s only active volcano, Oldonyo L’Engai. This means; ‘The Mountain of God’). This 58km long but only 50 cm deep lake should be on every adventurer’s itinerary.

The roads pass through completely authentic and isolated Masai land with small bomas (fortified traditional compounds) and with big mountains in view, creating an almost desolate, other-worldly landscape. The climate is dry, desolate and dramatically beautiful. Around Lake Natron merely the landscape forms the attraction rather than the wildlife but from June to November about three million flamingos gather at the lake. This is another one of East Africa’s most stirring wildlife spectacles.

You sleep in Lake Natron Halisi Camp from where you have incredible. The camp offers a true wilderness experience featuring 6 tents simply furnished with a seating area in to enjoy the remoteness and tranquility. The main guest area is comprised of a dining, a bar where you enjoy a sundowner far removed from civilization and a lounge tent with a cozy camp fire.

You can visit Engaresero waterfalls after a stunning gorge walk and bathe in the cool water. Every guest automatically contributes to the development and wellbeing of Engaresero village as these 9 acres belong to them.

Accommodation

Lake Natron Halisi Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 4: Lake Walk / Masai village / Waterfall hike

In the very early morning, before it gets too hot, you depart – accompanied by a Masai guide – for a 3 to 4 hour walk to Lake Natron. The walk goes through Ngare Sero village where you can see how the local Masai community lives.

The Lake Natron area belongs to the Masai and it is very impressive to see them living and working with their cattle in such extreme temperatures and a barren landscape. During the walk you have magnificent views of the active Oldonyo L’Engai volcano and Lake Natron.

As to game viewing you may expect to see species such as Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu and Oryx. Lake Natron is the most important breeding ground for up to two million of lesser Flamingos. The breeding season stretches from September to March with a peak from October to December during which time they cover the lake. After viewing the lake and birdlife, you walk back to the camp.

After lunch and a few hours of rest, 10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania, you will have a walk to the pretty Ngare Sero Waterfalls accompanies by a Masai guide. This adventurous walk can only be recommended to reasonably fit and agile travelers. The walk to the first waterfall is quite difficult as there is no clear footpath through the gorge and you need to wade across the river several times. Also expect to do some walking along ledges and clambering over rocks.

Accommodation

Lake Natron Halisi Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 5: Game Drives in Tarangire National Park

Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to Tarangire National Park. The game drive can begin! Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to approximately 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed.

Elephants gathering at the Tarangire River to drink make for a perfect wide picture! You can also spot many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, 10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present.

This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Also it is the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Equally important your guide will have a lunch-box for you so that you don’t get disorganized by going back to the lodge for lunch where you can also picnic at a beautiful spot in the park. After that safari continues.

Accommodation

Sanguine Tented Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

 

Day 6: Village Walk in Mto wa Mbu

After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. The bustling farming community of Mto Wa Mbu is home to around 18,000 people. On this walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors miss out on. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is thought to be one of the only places in Tanzania where there are representatives from all 120 tribes living happily side by side.

During your visit you’ll get a good feel for the social side of the village the farms and the milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likely visit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects.

Maybe you also like to visit to a local ‘bar’ so you can try mbege. Where the traditional banana as well as millet beer is drunk mainly by the Chagga tribe. If possible you can also visit the bustling local market. Hence walking around stalls selling fruit and vegetables, spices and meat.

Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller and most underrated parks. While it may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit destinations, 10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania, its vegetation is diverse and very beautiful. There are 11 ecosystems in all, ranging from savannah to marshland to the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. In the forest you can find baboons and other interesting animals where by the lake you can find flamingos (outside the rain season), pelicans and other water birds.

Your accommodation for tonight is the Wildlife Safari Camp, which has nice rooms with large beds, suiting bathrooms plus private balcony hence offering customers with comfort privacy. Not only but also looks awesome in the rolling grasslands where overlooking of lake Manyara National park is possible.

Accommodation

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, local lunch, dinner

 

Day 7: To Serengeti National Park

A Tanzania tour is not complete without safari in the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. Therefore this park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Masai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti.

The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti!

Named after the distinctive Tortillas tree of the Serengeti, this tented camp combines comfort with the real Africa safari experience. With the great comfort of king size beds, 10 Day Wildlife Safari to Tanzania, luxurious decoration and bathroom facilities in the safari tents, you will feel right at home in the middle of the Serengeti. Therefore in the dining tent the chefs will prepare your bush meal with a bit of magic for extra delight.

Before you crawl into bed, take a moment in their lounge or wind down with a sunset at the fireplace. Then, sleep and relax knowing the best of Africa’s natural wonders is gently knocking on your door.

Accommodation

Tortillas Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 8: Game driving in Serengeti National Park

Early in the morning. Africa  tends to reveal its cool side therefore, you should wrap up warm for the start of the day by living your accommodation for a full day safari, since early morning is a magical and best time to observe the exciting of the chase. Further more, that’s when sparkling light tend to strike the landscape  not only but also birds awaken, in the same way the sense of a great adventure begins to unfurl.

Best of the best your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife  thus you will visit the heart of the Serengeti and Seronera Valley. Where Serengeti valley is often termed as the ‘classic’,  Serengeti possesses  short grass plains with all different kinds of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose, that’s where few predators hunt during the heat of the day. therefore these  full-day safaris are the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer. The Serengeti rarely disappoints!

We will find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your safari back to Tortillas Camp where it is time to relax a bit and process the day’s adventures again with a refreshing drink before you sit down for an excellent dinner. Tired but satisfied, you go to bed with dreams of Serengeti plains!

Accommodation

Tortillas Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari Serengeti

This optional activity costs US$500 per person.

Lot in a hot air balloon over the famous Serengeti National Park with its charming countryside. This may be the most beautiful area in the world for a balloon flight. Where there are no dangerous substances for example:- electricity lines and many others. Therefore your Balloon Safari adventure starts early morning as soon as you depart your lodge.

Importantly when you arrive, you’ll meet your pilot and witness weather your balloon is being filled as well as prepared. Eventually the capacity is not that big but it makes the experience a special one. Accordingly the balloon safari takes approximately 1 hour depending on the weather conditions. You will end this outing in style with a charming bush breakfast in the middle of the park!

 

Day 9: Game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater

Today you enjoy a game drive on your way un-route out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater, in the afternoon, you’ll have a game drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. mostly important this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Unfortunately there are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and many more other animals.

Accommodation

Country Lodge Karatu

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

 

Day 10: Departure

Since today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Matoke Tours! You will drive back to Arusha. Meanwhile depending on the time your flight departs, you might be with some time in the morning to enjoy the pool once more, have a massage or take a yoga glass. All optional activities this morning are at your own expense. Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Accommodation not included

Meal Plan Breakfast

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