7 DAY - BEST OF TANZANIA GROUP (Book Now)
Scheduled small group tour with maximum 7 passengers
Day 1: ARUSHA
After clearing customs and immigration at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by your guide for the short transfer to your lodge which is nestled between the peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or visit the Game Sanctuary that has for many years provided a safe haven to African plains game.
Mount Meru Game Lodge
Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa river and the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. Conveniently located 25 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport the lodge is an ideal starting point for your safari.
The lodge & sanctuary was established by Dr. Von Nagy in 1959 and remains in family hands to this day. The lodge has grown in popularity over the years, and visitors have included numerous presidents as well as members of European Royal families.
The main building of the lodge consists of a reception area, lounge and bar. The lounge, with its enormous picture windows and comfortable furniture, provides for a relaxed environment. The bar is well stocked with a wide selection of spirits, beers and minerals which are complemented by a carefully selected collection of wines. To the front of the main building is a terrace which is shaded by enormous old Mango trees and which enjoys magnificent views over mature, carefully tended gardens to the Sanctuary beyond.
In the grounds of the lodge is an outdoor dining area and a swimming pool where one can enjoy a few rays of sunlight. The garden with its camp fire allows guests to dine under the African star-lit sky while listening to the exotic night sounds.
Accommodation - Mount Meru Game Lodge
Day 2: ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)
Wake to the views of Mt Meru before heading down to breakfast. After collecting your packed lunch, we will join our guide as we head to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. Tarangire National Park extends over some 2,600 sq km (1,615 square miles) in the Rift Valley. Arid and studded with giant termite mounds, it is here that you can witness massive herds of elephant with some herds having as many as 500 elephants. During the dry season the park becomes a haven for many migratory species. This is the best time to see animals as they cluster around various water sources. When the rains arrive the animals become more widely distributed and the region’s swamps are again alive with birdlife. The many herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, impala, gazelle and eland feast on the green shoots, eventually depleting them which force the animals to return to the river systems once more.
In the late afternoon, we will make our way out of the park and towards our camp in the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. On arrival you will be shown your tent and have some time to freshen up for dinner.
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is built on private land looking out on a flood plain that is (in season) a rich feeding ground for elephant and many other animals. There are 10 permanent tented cottages built to exacting standards.
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge has the following facilities:
Accommodation: Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Day 3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)
After breakfast and check out, we depart to the Serengeti with a packed lunch. We have a pleasant time on our first game drive in the Serengeti on our way to tonight's camp. The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. Its name means 'endless plain' in the Masai language. It is from here that massive concentrations of wildebeest, zebras and other animals commence the annual Great Migration in search of new pastures, providing one of the greatest natural spectacles to be found anywhere in the world. You can watch golden-maned lions stalking the migrating herds, spot leopards at rest in trees at dusk, and take a hot-air balloon tour at dawn as the sun’s golden rays illuminate the land.
In the late afternoon we will make our way towards camp. On arrival you will be shown your tent and have some time to relax before dinner.
Kati Kati Tented Camp
Immerse yourself in nature in this bushcamp.
Kati Kati is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience in a camp. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.
The tents are the original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa. Each spacious tent has en-suite facilities and features a balcony with views.
Kati Kati is located a two hour drive along a panoramic route from the Olduvai Museum and the Grumeti River, two of the most popular visits for all travelers to Tanzania.
The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. The entire infrastructure is mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind.
Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Day 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)
Enjoy a full day in the famous Serengeti National Park with morning and evening game drives. Spend the evenings in comfort around a campfire, surrounded by the African bush - an extraordinary experience for all nature lovers.
Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Day 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (B / L / D)
After breakfast we depart with a packed lunch and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way we will visit one of the world's most famous prehistoric sites, Olduvai Gorge, for a tour and lecture. Learn how the gorge was famous for the African origin of humankind and in turn, why it is referred to as the 'Cradle of Mankind'. As we proceed on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we will drive through the Crater Rim from where we will have the opportunity – weather permitting – to see the Crater, in all its glory. We continue on to tonight's lodge which is located in lush grounds within the Karatu Area.
Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge
Day 6: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (B / L / D)
We get up early to make the most out of our day in the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world, measuring about 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area. The high walls of the crater serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. There is a large resident population of varied game with the very real chance of being able to see the "big five". Among the notable birds are Lammergeyer, Vereaux's Eagle and Egyptian Vulture, which make their home in the highest of the crater walls; the beautiful Rosy-breasted Longclaw, which appears on the plains after rains; and flocks of Lesser and Greater Flamingos which are occasional visitors to the crater lakes.
We return to our lodge before dusk, in time to freshen up before dinner.
Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge
Day 7: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA - - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK (B / L)
After breakfast we drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is small compared to Tanzania’s other parks. At only 330 square kilometres it fits neatly into the Great Rift Valley. This park is often overlooked and underrated but this gem was described by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the loveliest place I have ever seen’. The shallow alkaline lake is often covered by resident flamingos and whatever the park lacks in size, it makes up for in diversity. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is an expanse of tropical jungle filled with troops of baboons and other occupants of the rainforest. Large herds of buffalos and zebras wander on the plains and in the distance are the ever present jagged peaks of volcanoes.
We will leave the park and make our way to Arusha for lunch. After lunch you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.
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