This 7 day safari by road and air covers the highlights of Tanzania’s most popular parks and reserves including Lake Manyara, the World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater and the unequalled Serengeti National Park – this is classic Africa at its best. Accommodation is in the high quality Lemala properties. The tour operates as a great value Shared / Set Departure (departs Mondays) or can be arranged as a Private Departure.
Discover some of the best game-viewing areas in Tanzania in a comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle and escorted by an expert driver-guide. Starting in Arusha – after a night at the Arusha Hotel – we head to the beautiful Lake Manyara region for 2 nights, then on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for 1 night. There is a choice of accommodation in the Serengeti – either continue by road to Lemala Ewanjan for 2 nights or transfer to the airstrip and fly to Lemala Kuria Hills for 2 nights. For both options there is fascinating game-viewing to be seen in the Serengeti then on the last day you fly back to Arusha.
With its sparkling soda lake, steep mountain scenery and dense woodlands Lake Manyara National Park offers a unique wilderness experience with varied terrain supporting diverse habitats.
The National Park was established to protect elephants and it now boasts a large population. The area is also famed for its unusual tree-climbing lions. There are also large herds of buffalo as well as cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala.
The lake shores can often be seen covered in large flocks of pink flamingos, and more than 400 other species of bird have been recorded here.
Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural world, is an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast superbowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. The central bowl - the caldera - has sides roughly 1,950 feet high and a flattish centre with a diameter of about ten miles. The views from the top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking. The crater walls are forested but four wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters around 20,000 animals. Many of these are the large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra who depend on the open grasslands in the crater. These attract the attendant predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena.
Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippo wallow in the pools. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino that have taken refuge here. A soda lake, fed by the Munge river attracts water birds, including flamingos and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill.
One of the most fascinating attractions in the area is the Olduvai Gorge, where an old river has carved away the rock to expose layer upon layer of volcanic soil.
The vast 14,763 square kilometres of the Serengeti are renowned as being one of the world’s leading safari destinations
Every year the Great Migration of over 1.5 million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson's gazelle, moves through the western corridor on its 1000 kilometre journey to the fresh grazing of the Masai Mara. Predators pick off the weak and the young and crocodiles feast as the vast herd crosses the rivers. This is one of the earth's great sights – but it is by no means all the Serengeti has to offer.
The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the ancient volcanoes of the Ngorongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming after the rains. The savannah, sprinkled with Acacia Tortilis, has majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes which make great vantage points for predators. The lion are abundant, the leopard are plentiful (yet still secretive) and black rhino and cheetah both breed here.
There are more than 500 species of bird and, interestingly, 100 sub-species of dung beetle - a sign of a varied animal population! Ndutu, in the south, has small lakes where you may see hippo and water birds. Perhaps one of the best ways to see the Serengeti is a hot air balloon ride when, in the cool of the early morning, you may admire the grandeur, the vastness and the stunning landscape.
Day 1 (Monday): Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and assisted by our local representative. Transfer to Arusha for overnight at The Arusha Hotel (BB).
Day 2 (Tuesday): Lake Manyara
After breakfast, check out and drive to Lake Manyara to arrive early in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Manyara Camp (LDBB).
Day 3 (Wednesday): Lake Manyara
Spend a full day in Manyara with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight at Lemala Manyara (LDBB).
Day 4 (Thursday): Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Afternoon tour of the crater. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Camp (LDBB).
Day 5 (Friday): Serengeti National Park
Option 1: Lemala Ewanjan Camp:
After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. Arrive for lunch at the lodge. Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).
Option 2: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge:
After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Serengeti departing at 0835hrs to arrive at 0945hrs. Upon arrival you will be met by Lemala Kuria Hills staff to transfer to the camp. Arrive for check in and lunch. Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Kuria Hills (LDBB).
Day 6 (Saturday): Serengeti National Park
Spend a full day in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan or Lemala Kuria Hills (LDBB).
Day 7 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the local airstrip (Seronera for Lemala Ewanjan; Kogatende for Lemala Kuria Hills) for your scheduled flight back to Arusha. Upon arrival, met and transferred to a hotel (not included but can be arranged at a supplement) or to Kilimanjaro Airport. Our local representative will assist you at check-in and reconfirm your onward flight.
BB: Bed & Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
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7 DAY TANZANIA DISCOVERY (4X4 & AIR SAFARI): prices are per person (min 2)
Tours operate with a minimum of 2 passengers. Price based on shared departure (departs on Mondays with up to 7 guests) or private vehicle (departing any day of the week) if your group is 4 passengers or more.
Private vehicles (departing any day of the week) are available for 2 to 3 passengers at a supplement of 15%.
PRICES INCLUDE: Arrival and departure airport transfers in Arusha. 1 night at Arusha Hotel (Bed & Breakfast basis). 2 nights at Lemala Manyara (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks) except in April and May (when Lemala Ngorongoro is closed) stay 1 night instead at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (Full Board). 2 nights at Lemala Ewanjan OR Lemala Kuria Hills (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). Crater visit on Day 4. All game drives as per itinerary. All park entrance fees. Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide. Transport in a 5- 7 Seater 4x4 vehicle. 1 litre bottle of mineral water per person per day (in safari vehicle).
|OPTION 1: LEMALA MANYARA, LEMALA NGORONGORO & LEMALA EWANJAN|
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||PER PERSON SHARING TWIN / DBL ROOM||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|01-Jan-15||28-Feb-15||4700 USD||1045 USD|
|01-Mar-15||31-Mar-15||3970 USD||640 USD|
|01-Apr-15||31-May-15||3565 USD||480 USD|
|01-Jun-15||31-Oct-15||4700 USD||1045 USD|
|01-Nov-15||15-Dec-15||3970 USD||640 USD|
|OPTION 2: LEMALA MANYARA, LEMALA NGORONGORO & LEMALA KURIA HILLS|
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||PER PERSON SHARING TWIN / DBL ROOM||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|01-Jan-15||28-Feb-15||4675 USD||885 USD|
|01-Mar-15||31-Mar-15||4450 USD||715 USD|
|01-Apr-15||31-May-15||4075 USD||560 USD|
|01-Jun-15||30-Jun-15||4695 USD||885 USD|
|01-Jul-15||31-Oct-15||5320 USD||1095 USD|
|01-Nov-15||15-Dec-15||4490 USD||715 USD|
Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
If you wish to discuss your requirements with one of our expert safari consultants please call on:
USATel: 1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or 1-800-642-4666 (Hildy Rubin)