On arrival, your friendly guide will welcome you and take you to your accommodation, and help you get settled in. He or she will make sure you are all set for supper and will go over your planned itinerary with you to answer any questions you have. He or she will also want to hear about any special dreams you may not yet have mentioned, as all our guides want your entire experience to be superb. Once you are settled and comfortable, your guide will leave you to enjoy the evening and the sounds and smells of the Tanzanian night.
A full eight days on safari is one of the perfect trips you can take. Explore the wonders of the Serengeti, pop in on Arusha National Park, marvel at the elephants and baobabs in Tarangire National Park, visit Lake Manyara National Park and experience a game drive in the Unesco World Heritage site of the Ngorongoro Crater. You will be hard-pressed to decide which is the most amazing! This safari is eight full days, where you arrive in the afternoon or evening beforehand. (You may discover that many ‘eight-day’ itineraries are actually seven full days plus your evening arrival…)
If you’ve ever dreamed of wide-open plains where leopards roam and lions lie in wait for unwary gazelle, then this is the trip for you. The light ranges from golden to dazzling; animals live out the circle of nature, and photographers drool over the sights. Join Destination Serengeti for the ultimate safari experience!
We have put together a few options for your eight to nine day safari to help you discover what appeals to you, but we are also more than happy to custom design a safari to fit exactly what you want to see. So read on to start dreaming, but don’t hesitate to reach out to finalize where you will go and what you will see.
With no further ado: The Taste of Northern Tanzania itinerary:
Full Day One
Have a relaxed breakfast and then head to Arusha National Park with your guide. Arusha National Park is easy to miss as it is relatively small and many itineraries skip it in their rush to the glories of the Serengeti. But you have time to explore, and a hike or canoe ride in Arusha National Park is the perfect way to start exploring and leave your travel rush behind. As well, Arusha National Park is one of only two places in the world where you can see the famous white Colobus monkeys. In Arusha National Park, you can expect to see Cape Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, a variety of monkeys (the white Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons) and many birds, from flamingos to coucals. After a full day of game drives, return to your lodging in Arusha for a dining experience and spend time dreaming under the stars as dark descends early here.
Full Day One
Full Day Two
Have a wonderful early breakfast at your hotel in Arusha and let the adventure begin on the road to Tarangire National Park (famous for its elephant population and baobab trees). If this is your first trip to Africa, you’ll learn that the journey is half the fun! Watch for donkeys, cattle and all sorts of new flora and fauna on your way to the Park, then enjoy your first afternoon game drive inside Tarangire. You are likely to see elephants and birds of all stripes and colors. Likely, too, to see giraffe, zebra, impala; and possibly even lions. Dinner and overnight at a lodge at Tarangire.
Full Day Three
Enjoy a morning game drive in Tarangire. Watch elephants thundering down the hillside towards you, or Zebra kicking up the river water with their hooves. Watch giraffe running through the acacia, and see if you can spot a lion, just waiting for someone to come near. See how many different varieties of birds you can spot, as your guide is quick to point them out if you are interested. Then head out of Tarangire and up via the Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park, where you will look for the famous tree-climbing lions. Drive along the lake and stop to stretch your legs at the hot springs, or the boardwalk. Watch for hippos, warthogs, zebras, Cape buffalo – and the ever-present baboons! By the lakeshore, you will find kingfishers, herons, spoonbills, storks, pelicans, bee-eaters, and many other species. Overnight near Lake Manyara.
Full Day Three
Full Day Four
After breakfast today, you’ll head to the great Serengeti National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Enter through the Naabi gate, then drive around the kopjes looking to spot the big cats, in particular lion and cheetah who often hang out on these huge stone outcrops. Stop for a packed lunch at the visitor center and stretch your legs with a short educational walk that lays out much of the flora and fauna you will see in the coming days, then continue your game drive. Your first day in the Serengeti is bound to be eye-opening, and wonderful. As the sun starts to descend (and it goes down quickly once it starts!), you will head to your camp to settle in and enjoy bush T.V. and a marvellous dinner in the wild.
Full Day Five
Wake up excited to find yourself in the great Serengeti National Park. Today will be a full day of game drives; sunrise to sunset if that suits you. If you want the full day out, take a breakfast box and a breakfast lunch and head out just as the sun is coming up for as much adventure as you can handle. If you would like to take the day more slowly, enjoy a delicious breakfast at your camp, and then head out with your lunchbox to see what the Serengeti has prepared to welcome you.
Depending on the season, your guide may take you towards the central Serengeti (amazing game viewing !) or towards the Grumeti region (especially in June and July when the great migration passes through), or towards the North if you’re coming later in the dry season. Whichever direction you go, you can expect to see lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, impala, and so many amazing birds!
Full Day Five
Full Day Six
Another full day of game drives inside the Serengeti gives you memories that will last a lifetime. Explore the natural ecosystem and learn about the animals and nature with your experienced guide. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset in this great wilderness. Decide if you want a hot breakfast or to pack your breakfast and get out on the trail first thing in the morning then later have a hot coffee and your packed breakfast while exploring the plains. By taking a generous boxed lunch, you can spend the whole day discovering the wonders of the plains and kopjes and watering holes that run throughout the Serengeti. Enjoy a second night at your camp, which will already be feeling like home.
Full Day Seven
Enjoy another sunrise and your last full morning drive in the Serengeti before heading out through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. What animals will bid you farewell and see you on your way? Leaving the Serengeti, visit Maasai bomas to learn about the traditional culture of the Maasai society, then continue to your lodge for dinner and a good rest. Enjoy the view, meal and luxuries from your accommodation perched high on the rim overlooking the world-famous Ngorongoro crater.
Full Day Seven
Full Day Eight
This morning will be spectacular. After breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive and see the large numbers of animals that live in this (relatively) small space, which is a World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera formed when the Ngorongoro volcano exploded some 2 million years ago. Some 25,000 animals live in the Crater, including Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, eland and many other species. You may even have a chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros. After lunch, head back to Arusha airport for your departure.