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Best of North Tanzania - 8 Days

Best of North Tanzania

Tanzania · Private Tour · 8 Days
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Private Tour
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safari
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culture

Don't miss any of North Tanzania's premium national parks and add authentic visits to some of the country's most fascinating tribes like the Masai and Hadzabe.

Highlights

  • Explore Tanzania's top three national parks in just one week
  • See lions, cheetah, elephants, cape buffalos, zebras, rhino and other African wildlife
  • Game drive across the immense savannah plains of Serengeti National Park
  • Watch the largest elephant herds in Tanzania at Tarangire National Park
  • Take in the stunning landscapes of the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater
  • Observe the tree-climbing lions and wide range of birds in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Visit Hadzabe and Masai villages to get an insight on their culture and traditions

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha
Day 2 - Arusha → Tarangire → Lake Manyara
Day 3 - Lake Manyara → Serengeti
Day 4 - Serengeti
Day 5 - Serengeti → Ngorongoro Crater
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater → Lake Eyasi
Day 7 - Hadzabe Tribe & Lake Eyasi → Lake Manyara
Day 8 - Lake Manyara → Arusha

What is included

  • Private 4x4 vehicle with roof hatch to optimize game viewing
  • Game drives as specified in the program
  • 8 nights accommodation at comfort lodges and camps
  • 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 2-8
  • Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance during 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.

In the afternoon we will continue to Lake Manyara. 

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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 → Serengeti

We'll take an early breakfast, as we've got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

We'll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti National Park. Along the way we'll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.

It's a nearly six hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but will break up the drive with a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you'll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.

After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself on a game drive. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.

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Lake Manyara → Serengeti 6h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ole Serai Turner Springs

Standard Serengeti

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4
Serengeti

At 06.00h we will start the sunrise game drive. You will be accompanied by the melodic singing of the birds while searching for leopards and lions hunting for their morning meal and contrastingly calm hippos, returning to their watery homes with their family. 

We will return to the campsite or lodge, where we will enjoy a late breakfast at 9.00am and continue our game drive at 10.30am to stay in the wilderness for the rest of the day. Our safari drive will continue according according to the time of year and we will follow the animals on their trail.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ole Serai Turner Springs

Standard Serengeti

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5
Serengeti → Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive thru the Serengeti National Park and then head towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The highlight of the expedition will be a game drive in the Serengeti. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals in herds, wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion. While game viewing, we will proceed with picnic lunches. 

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Serengeti → Ngorongoro Crater 4h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ngorongoro Serana Safari Lodge

Standard Ngorongoro Crater

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6
Ngorongoro Crater → Lake Eyasi

After breakfast, we will proceed for a full-day game drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, considered the 8th natural wonder of the world.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down into the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). The caldera exhibits more than 120 species of mammals. 

We will also visit saline lakes such as Lake Magadi, a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. This is also the best place to see pools full of hippos, the endangered East African black rhino as well as secretary birds, white storks, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big drawing card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which can require the trained eye of your guide to spot.

After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter we will make our way to Lake Eyasi

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Ngorongoro Crater → Lake Eyasi 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Standard Lake Eyasi

day
7
Hadzabe Tribe & Lake Eyasi → Lake Manyara

We will start our day before breakfast and visit the village where we will find the Hadzabe tribe. The Hadzabe are an endangered group with only about 2,000 men and women left, and are one of the few tribes that have stayed true to living harmoniously in nature.

The local hunters will prepare a performance of hunting techniques just for us. They are not merely a stylish display, but reveal their everyday life when they hunt for animals to feed their families. You will be asked to watch quietly and be as motionless as possible, as they will show how they attract animals with distinct movements and routines, sometimes with the help of animal body parts, such as antelope horns. 

We will then return to the lodge to have our late breakfast and pack our picnic lunch for our visit to Lake Eyasi.

Lake Eyasi is a shallow soda lake and in the dry season the lake sometimes disappears completely. When the water level is fairly high, it is an important water source for many animals and a seasonal stop for some of the most beautiful bird species, including two species of flamingoes who come to the lake’s shore every year because it ensures a healthy and safe breeding ground. During the periods of high water levels, the lake’s borders are flooded and attract many animals, mainly hippos. Here we will have time to meet the Datooga people, who are mostly farmers and cattle breeders. Finally, we will drive to Lake Manyara. 

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

Standard Lake Manyara

day
8
Lake Manyara → Arusha

Depart after breakfast to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing and picnic lunch. We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh produce market town of Mto Wa Mbu, situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters paradise.

We will enter Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive, a photographers heaven for game viewing. Expect to see a park teeming with wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions resting in acacia trees. From your vehicles, you will have a marvelous view of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. In the afternoon we will drive back to Arusha and transfer you to the airport for your return flight. 

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

Accommodations

Arusha
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Lake Duluti Lodge

Standard
Lake Manyara
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Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

Standard
Serengeti
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Ole Serai Turner Springs

Standard
Ngorongoro Crater
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Ngorongoro Serana Safari Lodge

Standard
Lake Eyasi
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Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

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$4225$3635$3439
1 Jan 2019 - 31 May 2019$4225$3635$3439

Photos

Cheetah watching prey, Serengeti National Park
Elephant family, Tarangire National Park
Zebra, Serengeti National Park
Giraffes, Ngorongoro Crater
Hippos in river, Serengeti National Park
Hadzabe bushmen tribe
Olive baboon family, Lake Manyara National Park
Mt Meru, Arusha

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