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North Tanzania Safari & Trekking - 11 Days

North Tanzania Safari & Trekking

Tanzania · Private Tour · 11 Days
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Private Tour
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safari
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culture

Take a safari in the Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara, trek across the Ngorongoro and Ol Doinyo Lengai, then immerse in the villages of the Masai and Hadzabe. 

Highlights

  • See the most iconic African predators: lions, cheetahs, hyenas and with some luck, elusive leopards
  • Spot the continent's most charismatic herbivores: elephants, buffalos, zebras, hippos and giraffes
  • Trek across two of Tanzania's most striking landscapes, Empakai Crater and Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano
  • Game drive through the endless savannah landscapes of Serengeti National Park
  • Get close to Tanzania's largest elephant herds in Tarangire National Park
  • Descend to the wildlife-rich plains of the mighty Ngorongoro Crater
  • Observe the tree-climbing lions and rich birdlife Lake Manyara National Park
  • Visit Hadzabe, Datoga and Masai villages to get an insight on their culture and traditions
  • Enjoy the magnificent landscapes of Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha
Day 2 - Arusha → Tarangire → Lake Manyara
Day 3 - Lake Manyara
Day 4 - Lake Manyara → Lake Eyasi
Day 5 - Lake Manyara → Ngorongoro Crater
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater Trekking
Day 7 - Ngorongoro Crater → Serengeti
Day 8 - Serengeti
Day 9 - Serengeti → Lake Natron → Ngorongoro Crater
Day 10 - Ngorongoro Crater → Ol Doinyo Lengai → Arusha
Day 11 - Arusha

What is included

  • 9 nights accommodation at comfort lodges and camps
  • Private 4x4 vehicle with roof hatch to optimize game viewing
  • Game drives as specified in the program
  • Transfers to and from Arusha, Kilimanjaro or Nairobi Airport (for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala shared shuttle service with daily departures at 0800 and 1400)
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide/driver
  • All park entrance fees for the mentioned visits
  • Full board meals from day 2-5
  • Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary, alcoholic beverages
  • Activities and excursions not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Travel insurance
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport we will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lake Duluti Lodge

Standard Arusha

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2
Arusha → Tarangire → Lake Manyara

You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the approximately two hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Along the way you'll pass bustling Masai villages and the vast, open plains that have become synonymous with images of Africa.

Once you've entered Tarangire, you'll begin your game drive across a rich vista of endless golden savannah that surrounds the Tarangire River. The river itself runs throughout the year and is a vital source of water for the animals of the region during the dry season. Lined with acacia and baobab trees, the river is regularly visited by the park's large elephant population as well as other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes.

A picnic lunch with a view of the river is a great way to take it all in, but you'll have to keep on your toes as the local monkey population does its best to separate you from your lunch!

Driving through the park you'll also have the opportunity to see lions, leopards, cape buffalo, and a huge variety of antelopes. If you're particularly lucky, you might even see endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx.

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Arusha → Tarangire 2h
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Tarangire → Lake Manyara 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

Standard Lake Manyara

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3
Lake Manyara

After breakfast you'll enjoy of a morning game drive of Lake Manyara National Park. This scenic park is literally a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world, with species ranging from zebra, elephant and wildebeest to a massive troop of baboons and tree-climbing lions. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees that invite for really epic shots.

Likewise, bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds that have their seasonal habitat in the park. Be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller, with a backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and its sparkling sun. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

Standard Lake Manyara

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4
Lake Manyara → Lake Eyasi

You'll be up before breakfast today, as you'll be joining the Hadzabe bushmen for the opportunity to hunt for your own food!

One of the last true bushman tribes in Africa, the Hadzabe live very much as they always have despite the rapid development of Tanzania. With only 2,000 members, the Hadzabe people offer us a glimpse into the deep-rotted rural life of Tanzania's tribes.

The tribesmen hunters will display their hunting techniques for us. Far from a mere performance, this is a frequent event in their daily lives when they go out hunting in order to feed their families. You will see firsthand how the Hadzabe use distinctive motions and even the body parts of certain animals to lure their prey close enough that they can be brought down with hand-crafted poisons.

After a late breakfast, you'll have the opportunity for a drive around Lake Eyasi proper. You will enjoy of the breathtaking scenery of this shallow soda lake which some bird and mammal species call home. You'll also have time to meet with the Datoga people. Mostly farmers and cattle breeders, these fascinating people offer another insight into tribal life in Tanzania.

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Lake Manyara → Lake Eyasi 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

Standard Lake Manyara

day
5
Lake Manyara → Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you'll depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, considered by some the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. When you get a first glimpse of this immense, verdant caldera from a handpicked panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand what has made its lofty reputation. 

Apart from its sheer beauty, this is one of the best locations in Africa where you can have viewings of large numbers of animals in the same place, including the fabled Big Five. It's a particularly good place to spot the endangered black rhino and large numbers of hippo enjoying the muddy waters of the lakes. 

You will go on an unforgettable game drive in the floor of the crater, which is also home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as large populations of other animals they prey on, such as wildebeest, zebras and antelopes. This is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.

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Lake Manyara → Ngorongoro Crater 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ngorongoro O’ldeani Lodge

Standard Ngorongoro Crater

day
6
Ngorongoro Crater Trekking

You'll start your day with an early breakfast before heading out for your trekking at Empakai Crater. Hiking through forested hills that come to some 300 metres above the crater floor, you'll be rewarded with an absolutely stunning view when you reach the top.

Empakai Crater offers unparalleled views of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still active volcano. There's also the opportunity to see Lake Natron, the Great Rift Valley, and even distant Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day. 

You'll then trek down into the crater itself towards the shores of Empakai Lake, where you'll see animals such as bushbucks, buffaloes, waterbucks, elands, and countless different bird species. Taking a picnic within the park offers you the chance to soak in its utter tranquility before you hike back to the car for your return journey.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ngorongoro O’ldeani Lodge

Standard Ngorongoro Crater

day
7
Ngorongoro Crater → Serengeti

We'll have an early breakfast to prepare for the great day of adventure we have ahead!

Our day will begin with a scenic drive across African rolling plains towards the Serengeti National Park. It's a nearly five hour drive to the park gates, but we'll break the drive on the road with a visit to one of the mythical Maasai bomas to discover their authentic villages and traditions. Here you'll visit local markets and get the chance to observe (and take part of) a traditional Maasai dance.

After a tasty lunch at the Serengeti picnic area, we'll finally start exploring the Serengeti itself with a superb game drive. Be mesmerized by Africa’s iconic savannah landscapes and the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.

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Ngorongoro Crater → Serengeti 4h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ole Serai Turner Springs

Standard Serengeti

day
8
Serengeti

We start the day early before dawn to embark on a sunrise game drive. With the morning singing of the birds as your soundtrack, you'll spend the day in the search of leopards and lions hunting for their morning meal, then spying the contrastingly calm hippos returning to their watery homes with their families.

At around 9am, you will come back to the lodge for a late and leisurely breakfast before continuing the game drive at 10.30. Your driver will personalize route based on the time of year and the kind of animals you'd like to see, catering your day so that your opportunities to see the Serengeti's diverse wildlife are maximized.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ole Serai Turner Springs

Standard Serengeti

day
9
Serengeti → Lake Natron → Ngorongoro Crater

You'll enjoy a leisurely morning game drive around Lake Natron and it surrounds. Known both for its unique volcanic landscape and the large flocks of brightly coloured flamingos that call it home, Lake Natron's isolation also means that you have a good chance of having the area to yourself.

You can expect to see wildlife such as zebra, wildebeest, oryx, ostriches, kudu, gerenuk, and jackals in addition to the lake's resident flamingos, but it is the area's distinct mix of ravines, craters, and lakes that makes it such a unique location.

You'll want an early night tonight, as you'll be up in the wee hours to begin your Ol Doinyo Lengai climb.

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Serengeti → Ngorongoro Crater 6h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ngorongoro O’ldeani Lodge

Standard Ngorongoro Crater

day
10
Ngorongoro Crater → Ol Doinyo Lengai → Arusha

One of the few volcanoes in the world to emit sodium carbonate and potassium, still-active Ol Doinyo Lengai is a strikingly beautiful volcano that photographers and hikers alike love.

Due to the intense heat the volcano emits, it can only be climbed at night when the air is cooler, so we will depart at around 3 or 4 am to begin our ascent. As the only active volcano in Tanzania, climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai is an invigorating experience that rewards successful climbers with an astounding view of the surrounding lands and distant Lake Natron.

We will return to camp at around lunch time and transfer to Arusha for your flight back home.

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Ngorongoro Crater → Arusha 4h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lake Duluti Lodge

Standard Arusha

day
11
Arusha

Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport for your return flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Arusha
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Lake Duluti Lodge

Standard
Lake Manyara
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Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

Standard
Ngorongoro Crater
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Ngorongoro O’ldeani Lodge

Standard
Serengeti
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Ole Serai Turner Springs

Standard

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
6 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$5889$5008$4713
1 Jan 2019 - 31 May 2019$5889$5008$4713

Photos

Zebras, Ngorongoro Crater
Monkey, Tarangire National Park
Buffalo, Lake Manyara National Park
Masai warrior, Empakai Lake
Mt Meru, Arusha
Elephant, Serengeti National Park
Hadzabe bushmen tribe
Leopard, Serengeti National Park
Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano
Lion, Ngorongoro Crater
Volcanic landscape, Lake Natron
Traditional african woodcarvings, Arusha

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