8 Day Best Tanzania Safaris
In this camping safari, you will explore the best of northern Tanzania, including Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Spectacular wildlife watching is mixed with impressive landscapes, bushy picturesque forests, steep hanging craters, and seemingly endless grass savannahs. This is the perfect way to get close to nature and experience wildlife!
Day by Day
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be warmly welcomed by one of the experienced driver-guides, ready to greet and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.
The city even has its own natural attraction close by, Arusha National Park. Named after the Wa-Arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative, and tourist center is the perfect place to relax after a long journey and before you set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Dinner and overnight will be at Mc-Ellys Hotel.
After a short briefing, your luggage is loaded onto the vehicle, and you will head in the direction of the Tarangire National Park. The giant Baobab trees, the bush savannah, and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. The park covers approximately 2,600 square kilometers and is roughly the size of Luxemburg.
The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places in East Africa to see elephants up close. One reason is that there are approximately 4,000 animals in the region, and another is that the elephants are not too bothered by the presence of motor vehicles.
In addition to observing elephants, you will also have a chance to see the beautiful Maasai giraffe, various gazelles and antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons, and over a hundred different species of birds. After a day of wildlife watching, you will stay in the park in the late afternoon and drive to the Twiga Campsite, where you will overnight. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
After breakfast, the journey continues to the village of Mto wa Mbu. After a short briefing, your guide will take you on a walk through the village. From banana plantations to rice fields, from the local medicine man to the local brewery, and from the paint and woodcraft workshop to the local school, the village walk gives you an insight into the daily village life.
Lunch is prepared by a communal women’s group and served at a local compound. It consists of a wide variety of African dishes, giving you the opportunity to taste traditional food. After this wonderful experience, you will visit Lake Manyara, National Park. The protected area encloses a large part of the alkaline lake of the same name.
This amazing lake is the seasonal home of a giant flamingo colony and many more waterfowl. On the lake shore, you can also observe elephants, hippopotami, buffalos, and numerous types of gazelles. You will leave the park in the evening. Overnight will be at Lake Twiga Campsite. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
Today, you will make your way to the vegetation-rich crater highlands. You will continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Karatu. After passing the crater highlands, you will soon see the plains of the southern Serengeti. On the way to your camp, you will start to understand the meaning of the word “Serengeti”, which comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu” and stands for an endless plain.
The southern Serengeti plains literally seem to go on forever, stretching to the horizon and only interrupted by the so-called “Kopjes” or “Inselbergs” (strange-looking rock formations). These plains are the ideal hunting ground for cheetahs and other big cats. In the afternoon, you will reach your destination for the day. Depending on the season, you will stay at the Serengeti Kati Kati Camp inside the park. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
Today is set for game viewing, and the Serengeti is at your disposal. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best-possible chance to observe animals and to capture the perfect photo. You have the chance to witness the great migration with hundred thousands of wildebeests and zebras.
During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Maasai Mara through the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rainy season in April, May, and June, the herds slowly travel back through the western and northwestern part of the Serengeti.
With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change, resulting in animals migrating during different times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and will make sure that you can see the animals from the best spot in the national park. You will spend a night at the Kati Kati Luxury Camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.
On your outward journey to the Serengeti National Park gate, you will have another chance to observe the beautiful animals of Africa. Leaving behind the wonderful Seronera Valley with its wildebeests and zebras, as well as occasional visitors like lions and other large cats such as cheetahs and leopards, you will exit the Serengeti and drive toward the Ngorongoro Simba campsite where you will stay overnight.
After breakfast at the camp, you will travel to the adventurous trail that takes you into the crater. Grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the East African savannah. In only a few hours, you have the chance of spotting the Big Five, including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and leopard.
After an extensive game viewing and a picnic in the crater, you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro in the late afternoon and travel back to Arusha for your own hotel choice. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.