Tarangire is a surprise. In the shadow of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, tourists often make the mistake of skipping this lovely park. But what they are missing is an astonishing display of both flora and fauna. Tarangire National Park is famous for its great herds of elephants. During the peak months of the dry season visitors can expect to see the largest concentration (3,000) of these wonderful creatures in the world.
In fact, Tarangire boasts the 2nd highest concentration of wildlife of any Tanzanian park. More than 700 lions live here, and you’ll often spot them on safari drives. Other big cats here are leopards and cheetahs supported by vast herds of zebras, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe amongst many other grazers. During the dry season the safaris here are unmatched. It’s also one of Tanzania’s finest spots for bird watching.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire
Our staff will meet you at the hotel and together we will have short briefing to finalize details and answer any additional questions regarding your upcoming safari. We then depart from Arusha at 8am and drive to Tarangire National Park.We will begin the game viewing at the richest vista of an endless golden savannah. You will see the Tarangire River with Baobab trees all along the river-banks. This is a well-established view point, where game can be viewed ambling to and from the river throughout the day. Thousands of animals migrate from Maasai steppe to Tarangire River looking for water.
You might be able to see three rare species of animals; the Greater Kadu, the Fringe-eared Oryx as well as a few Ashy Starlings. Picnic lunches will be set on some of the picnic sites in the proximity of wildlife. Dinner and overnight at lodge/campsite according to the type of accommodation options requested.
Day 2: Tarangire – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we will start our drive past the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind” to the Serengeti National Park. The gorge lies on the same spot where once lay an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world’s earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim.
Our visit will also include the famous Maasai bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people and get to know their culture and habits. Upon entering the Serengeti National Park for your game drive, the most intriguing and yet amazing African landscape rolls before your eyes. Here you will experience African wildlife in all its glory. Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
Day 3: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive and then head towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The highlight of the expedition will be a game drive in the Serengeti. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals in herds, wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators.
You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion. While game viewing, we will proceed with picnic lunches, dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater- Arusha
After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a full-day game drive
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down into the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five. The caldera exhibits more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as Lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will also see pools full of hippos, the endangered East African black rhino as well as birds such as the secretary bird, the white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season and kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big drawing card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which can require the trained eye of your guide to spot.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter, we will drive back to Arusha.
Included in the package is:
- Tanzanian Experience with home comfort
- Quality safari
- The services of our knowledgeable English speaking driver/guide
- Full board accommodation
- All the Park entrance/ conservation fees
- Transport in a safari Micro-Toyota 4×4 wheel-drive with a pop-up-roof for wildlife viewing and photography.
- guaranteed window/and comfortable seats
- bottled mineral water throughout the safari
- Return transfer to your place of stay
- All applicable taxes & government tolls
Excluded in the package is:
- Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch/dinner
- Tip to driver/guide