6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS
DRIVING SAFARI
ARUSHA | TARANGIRE | SERENGETI | NGORONGORO
ARRIVE / DEPART: KILIMANJARO

This Safari gives you the flavor of Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The first night in Arusha gives you the much-needed rest before you begin your Tanzanian Safari adventure. Tarangire will be your first stop before proceeding to Serengeti National park and Ngorongoro Crater.
You will also visit the Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai village on this Safari.
To add more adventure to your safari you may want to also do the Balloon Safari in Serengeti.

INCLUDESFull board accommodation and meals, Airport transfers, Game drives, Park entry fees, Conservation fees, All Excursions mentioned in the itinerary, Tourism Levy
ExcludesInternational Flights, Visas, Tips, Alcoholic drinks, Travel Insurance, Flying Doctors, Medical Evacuation and any items of personal nature.
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Day 1

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, after customs and immigration formalities, you’ll meet with your Driver guide and be transferred to Arusha for Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
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Day 2

After breakfast, your driver will meet with you at the Hotel Reception to start your Safari. Drive to Tarangire National Park with packed lunch.

Enjoy afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,600 sq km and is located 118kms southwest of Arusha. The park offers wonderful panoramas of wide savannah grasslands dotted with open acacia woodland studded with large Baobab trees.

The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. The park is a dry season refuge for many migratory animals (elephants, wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, eland and buffalo), that spend many months of the year outside the park on traditional grazing corridors linking Tarangire with other protected areas. Elephants can be seen in herds, along with masses of wildebeest, zebra, eland, hartebeest, buffalo and oryx, who, migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the gleaming Tarangire River in search of water during the dry season.

The river may reduce in size, but always provides some water for these animals who gather in great numbers along its banks. Mobs of elephant are easily encountered in the park, whether wet or dry season.

The swamps, are the focus for a 550 bird varieties. On drier grounds you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.

Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.

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Day 3

After breakfast, with lunch boxes drive to the Serengeti National Park with a Game drive en-route.

Here in Serengeti, can be found the largest concentration of plains animals – 4 million and 500 species of birds. Your chance to see predators chasing their prey and enjoying their kill. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringet” referring to an “endless plain.” It was first inhabited by ancient hunter-gatherers and pastoralists. The central Serengeti was declared a Game Reserve in 1929. In 1951, the Reserve became Tanganyika’s first National Park, which included the Ngorongoro Crater.

Further alterations took place in 1959 in the Park, part of the Serengeti plains and the highlands were removed and added to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, while extensions to the north and south were included to provide more protection to the wildebeest migration. Covering 14,763 square kilometres, the Park is roughly the size of Northern Ireland making it Tanzania’s largest national park.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

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Day 4

After breakfast at the lodge, depart for a Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park with lunch boxes.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
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Day 5

Breakfast at the Lodge. With packed lunch boxes, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge, archaeological site, in the north-east of Tanzania within Ngorongoro Conservation area in which early human fossils were first discovered in 1911 by German entomologist who was looking for butterflies.

The name was derived from early European miss-spelling of “Oldupai” the Maasai name for the plants that grow in that area. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the tectonic forces which created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Long ago the area was covered by an ancient salt lake which vanished and leaving salt deposits exposed in its walls until today. The steep-sided gorges is nearly 90 metres highland and its extension is 50 kilometres long. The importance of this area lies on the uncovered archaeological remains; fossils remains including the bones of early hominids, stone tools, marks and a building site. Other sites within the area are Laetoli site, Lake Ndutu sites and Nasera Rock shelter. Apart from Olduvai Gorge, which reminds us of the origin of mankind, there are also the ruins of the ancient city, which are marked by stone terrace and the complex irrigation system at Engaruka within Conservation area.

Afternoon Maasai village visit, you get to meet the Maasai Community up-close and learn about their culture and lifestyle.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

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Day 6

Descend down the crater for a full-day tour with lunch boxes.

Here you can see a spectacular concentration of wildlife, including the big five. Drive across the dense forest and near the soda lake and enjoy viewing a variety of bird-life. Ascend to the lodge from the 2000ft. deep crater.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is situated 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania.

The conservation area boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology. The volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and to the Maasai. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. It borders the Serengeti National Park to the north and west. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, established in 1959, is a pioneering experiment in multiple land use. Here pastoralism, conservation and tourism co-exist in a carefully managed harmony.

The centrepiece of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater which is a caldera. The Crater floor is a natural sanctuary for thousands of animals and many species of insects and birds. Lush highlands surround the Crater, falling away to the tawny plains and alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

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Day 7

Drive back to Arusha. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.