Tanzania Wildlife Safari – 4 Nights
Tanzania Wildlife Safari – 4 Nights – Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro
Rates: Minimum 2 guests
USD 2295 Per Person sharing – Standard accommodation (tented camps and lodges)
USD 2050 Per Person sharing – Budget tented accommodation
About the tour
This amazing tour stops at four of Tanzania’s most iconic wildlife preserves. See a wide variety of biomes and the amazing wildlife found within. From the Big Five to the variety of carnivores and herbivores that share the various landscapes with them.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
With an early morning start (8 am) pick-up at your hotel in Arusha, you depart on a beautiful drive to the Tarangire National Park.
Lunch will be served at a picnic spot, surrounded by the splendour of Tanzania.
Theafternoon and evening will be spent trying to spot the various wildlife while on safari within the park. The night’s stop is at Twigga Camp.
Meals: Lunch and dinner.
Day 2 – Tarangire – Lame Manyara
After an early morning breakfast, the safari goes on to Lake Manyara National park. You will experience the beauty of one of Africa’s best wildlife reserves as you have a morning game drive. In the afternoon, another picnic lunch awaits you in one of the park’s picnic sites. Afterwards you will have another game drive lasting into the evening, ending at Twigga Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 – Lake Manyara – Serengeti
After breakfast, you depart to the world famous Serengeti National Park. The day will be spent on game drive within the park. Depending on the time of year, you could be treated to the vast herds of Wildebeest during their calving season, usually between December through March. During the other months, you will see the animals that make the area their permanent homes. This includes the Big Five, cheetah, hyena, impala and various other animals.
Afternoon lunch will be served at one of the scenic picnic spots within the park and afterwards you will continue your game drive.
The evening will be spent at Acacia Tented Camp (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim
The morning will be spent on game drive, viewing the marvels at hand within the Serengeti national Park. After the game drive, the tour moves towards Ngorongoro.
Here you can decide if you would like to take a detour to the world famous archaeological site, the Ulduvai Gorge. This would be at an additional cost.
The evening will be spent at Rhino Lodge/Simba Camp Site (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 Ngorongoro Crate – Arusha
After breakfast, descend down to the Ngorongoro Crater for a 6 hour Game Drive. Lunch will be served in one of the crater’s beautiful picnic spots. The afternoon will be a drive back to Arusha.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Transport on 4WD vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier
Meals as indicated
Park entrance fees
Service of an English speaking professional guide/Driver
Camping fees, Mattresses (If Camping)
Food, cook and all kitchen utensils (If Camping)
Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day
Activities as per itinerary above
a Warm wake-up call consists of a fresh cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate followed by a full English or continental breakfast served in the main dining area. a Three course lunch will be served on your return to the camp and three course dinners are served each evening.
- Bush Picnic baskets – Can be arranged for longer game drives.
- Private Picnics
- Three Course Dinners
Activities and Wildlife
Game drives are the main attraction and they are perfect for finding large predators, such as lions and cheetah in safety.
The Mara Migration:
Approximately 260,000 zebra, 1.7 million wildebeest and roughly 470, 000 gazelle cross the majestic river giving birth to over 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period.
Fascinating facts about the migration:
- The migration may seem like a frenzy but research has shown, the wildebeest possess what is known as “swarm intelligence”. The Wildebeest systematically explore and overcome as one.
- Zebra and Wildebeest graze in harmony as they eat different parts of the same grass.
- Wildebeest have no natural leader resulting in the herd splitting up into smaller circles.
- There are more than 3,000 lions that follow the migration across the reserve.
The camp has an amazing variety of wildlife present in its surrounding area. Recently seen wildlife includes Buffalo, Hyena, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog and elephant. An interesting fact about the African Elephant is that it is the world’s largest land animal. The biggest can be up to 7.5 meters long and 3.3m high at the shoulder, weighing 6 Tonne. That is a jaw dropping 6000 kilograms. The Mara River is also home of the The Mara River crocodiles, the biggest crocodiles in Africa.
The bird life in the area is another beautiful sight to be seen, especially on the forest edge. Notable bird species (of the total 500) include Woodpeckers, the African Kingfisher, Grey breasted spurfowl, Kori bustard, Rufous-tailed weaver, Secretary bird and Fischer’s lovebird. Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds, and may have loud voices and a dramatic wooing display whilst the Fischer’s lovebird best known for their beautiful colouring and energetic nature.
- Viewing historical Maasai Paintings (rock paintings)
Maasai rock paintings are seen as ancient and were made using natural materials such as clay and ash. Some of the rock painting may be between 1500 and 7000 years old.
Interesting facts about the Maasai:
Maasai are best known for their beautiful beadwork. Young men spend hours and days working on elaborate hairstyles, which are ritually shaved as they pass into the next age group. Cattle are central to Maasai economy and are rarely killed as they are a sign of wealth. Traditional grazing lands span from central Kenya into central Tanzania.
- Hot air balloon trips
Organised upon request and can accommodate 16 people at a time. The additional charge includes champagne and a unique bush breakfast.
- The Serengeti Cheetah Project
Guests can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project by monitoring the cheetah of this vast national park. Your guide will introduce you to the cheetah’s habitat and teach you how to identify and photograph the cheetah. Your contribution to the project could uncover new movement patterns and aid the conservation project.
What to pack
Items that you must bring:
- Valid Passport / Valid Visa & another picture ID.
- a Photocopy of your passport page to be carried in your wallet.
- Airline Tickets
- Recommended inoculations (vaccinations)
- Correct Currency
- Travel Insurance
Most African adventures include some time in the outdoors, and a basic personal medical aid kit is recommended. The following items should be included:
- Prescription Medications
- Malaria Medication
- Motion sickness tablets
- Allergy treatments
- Insect repellents
- Band aids
Casual and comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, but please note that the weather is unpredictable and the nights may become cold even in the hottest summer months. It is very important to pack warm clothing for chilly nights and sudden changes in climate.
The most practical items to pack:
- Colours: khaki, brown, white and beige. Avoid bright colours as you would like to blend in as much as possible.
- Light cotton tops, trouser and shorts.
- Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, evenings and cooler days.
- Fleece sweater or a warm jacket.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Good socks and comfortable walking boots.
- a Versatile scarf can be used as a shoulder wrap, shawl or head wrap and takes very little place in your baggage.
- Remember to pack all prescription medications.
Comfort is key when going on a safari. Remember that game drives or walks can be up to 3 hours or longer so make sure you are comfortably dressed. Tip: Wear layers of clothes as the day can start chilly but warm up rather quickly.