The 7 days Tanzania Wildlife safari specifically takes you to some of the world’s greatest wonders in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit; including Ngorongoro Conservation Area comprising one of Tanzania’s highest concentration mammals and notable population of carnivores and predators. A visit to Tarangire National Park exposes one to biggest herds of elephants in Africa and Lake Manyara National park is hub to the only group of tree climbing lions in Tanzania, dramatic wildlife as well as a shallow soda lake situated on the edge of East African rift valley.
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Pick up from airport or hotel in Arusha and depart for Lake Manyara National park. This specific national Park is popular for its beautiful pink flamingos, climbing lions plus dramatic population of wildlife. Arrive, check in and immediately take a short game drive or just relax at the lodge, have lunch and once again head out into the park to admire Manyara’s landscape, nature and spend valuable time with lions, antelopes, hippos, zebras etc.
During a flamingo season, Lake Manyara is the best place to view pink flamingos as they feed on algae along the lake shores. Retire for dinner and overnight stay at a pre-booked lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park
Have breakfast, and head to Tanzania’s and Africa’s most popular park, the Serengeti National Park. This is a journey of 205km, traversing the adorable Serengeti plains, pleasant high lying farmlands of Karatu as well as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Descend into the heart of Serengeti national park, with its rolling savannah plains, stretching to as far as the eyes can see, and straight into the central area of the park – Seronera area which is one of the premier wildlife hubs of the park, featuring River Seronera a water source for many animals in the area.
Check in at the lodge in time for lunch, relax and in the afternoon, head out for a game drive to explore some of the park’s residents before sunset.
Day 3: Explore the Serengeti Plains
A morning / sunrise hot air balloon is the best way to ride over the scenic Serengeti landscape, while spotting rich game, meandering rivers and the numerous pockets of villages.
Return for breakfast, and after go for yet another game drive along River Sogore circuit. This river meanders through the plains south of the Seronera river, making it a perfect habitat for lions, Thomson Gazelles, Ostriches, Topis, and cheetahs.
Have lunch at the lodge, and later follow the Kopjes’ circuit which runs anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, an excellent shelter for huge prides of lions and formidable colonies of cobras. These Kopjes are well scattered around the Serengeti Plains, characterized by water pools which attract numerous animals particular in dry season to quench their thirst. Hence this is a spot for exclusive wild game watching.
Day 4: Serengeti National park – Ngorongoro Crater
Early breakfast and drive out of Serengeti, heading to Ngorongoro conservation area on a journey that takes approximately 4-5 hours. This place is famously referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden” and ranks 8th among the world’s natural wonders. On arrival, have lunch and immediately head out for an extensive safari along Ngorongoro Crater Lake, with its shores teeming with amazing rare and endangered wildlife species, ranging from the Big Five, carnivores, bird species and outstanding scenery. You will enjoy watching this beautiful scenery.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Exploration
A warm breakfast and later descend into a 600m scenic crater for an experiential day of full game drive. The Ngorongoro is particularly home to over 30,000 animals making it one of the most wildlife – filled places in the world and a shelter to some of East Africa’s remaining black rhinos.
Due to its year round supply of water and pasture, the Ngorongoro conservation area is without doubt filled with variety of wildlife for a good reason. Permanent residents here include Zebras, warthogs, elands, hippos, giant African elephants, buffaloes, etc. Predators include cheetahs, lions, leopards, jackals and hyenas. During a favorite season of the great migration, which happens between June-September, visitors can sight the magnificent wildebeest migration crossing from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara National park.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, undertake a 3.5 hours’ drive to Tarangire national park, traversing along the Tarangire river. This area is mainly comprised of low lying hills scattered on the floor of the East African Rift Valley.
The acacia woodland vegetation, huge swamps, giant African Baobab trees all characterize this region and are magnets to millions of wildlife species especially during the dry season.
Take a picnic lunch, and immediately go on a game drive. Among other common sightings, Tarangire specifically is home to three rare species of animals, including the greater Kudu, fringed – eared Oryx, and the shy starling. Retire from the game drive, have dinner at the lodge and overnight stay..
Day 7: Tarangire National Park – Arusha Airport
Start the day with a pre-breakfast game safari to encounter Tarangire’s rarest species, especially the night hunters like leopards, lions, hyenas, jackals, owls, etc. return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, and immediately check out of the lodge. Drive for 2 hours heading to Arusha town. Arrive in time for lunch, do some shopping and depending on your flight time be dropped off at the airport for departure flight.