9 days/8 nights ultimate safari
This ultimate safari gives you maximum game drive experience combined with cultural activities along the way. You will visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Natron (Maasai Experience Optional).
DAY 1: MOSHI/ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi/Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park, which is known for its huge baobab trees and large herds of elephants. Its sparse vegetation makes it a beautiful and special location, where up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams in the dry riverbeds. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, and buffalo can also be seen = crowding the shrinking lagoons. Here you will enjoy an afternoon game drive with a picnic lunch. Overnight stay on the
outskirts of Tarangire National Park.
Overnight stay on the outskirts of Tarangire National Park in the Kudu Lodge or similar.
DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA TO LAKE EYASI
Today you will enjoy a day trip to Lake Manyara National Park, which is located within the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara boasts a spectacular setting, famous for its tree climbing lions and soda-ash lake. The park also provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. After your game drive, we’ll then travel the short journey to Lake Eyasi.
Overnight stay at Lake Eyasi at the Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge
DAY 3: LAKE EYASI TO NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, you’ll get the chance to visit the bushmen tribe of Datoga and Hadzabe and learn about their culture and way of life. A tour will give you the opportunity to go along on a hunt and experience their great hunting skills with arrows and bows, as well as enjoy some singing and dancing ceremonies. After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s seven natural wonders. Before dinner is served, enjoy awesome views of the crater below. Overnight stay on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
Overnight stay on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater in Rhino Lodge or Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or similar.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO CRATER TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today you’ll rise early in the morning to descend the 600m high walls to the floor of the crater and get up close with one of Africa’s seven natural wonders! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most beautiful and unique places in Africa. Here you will find a haven of African wildlife and you might also be lucky enough to witness the endangered Rhino! Enjoy a game drive and brunch by the hippo pool before driving to Serengeti National Park. Overnight stay in Serengeti.
Overnight stay in Serengeti National Park in Tortilis Luxury or similar.
DAYS 5 TO 6: THE SERENGETI (TWO FULL DAYS)
Now you get two full days to experience the Serengeti. Known to host one of most amazing wildlife spectacles on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra – the Serengeti’s vast plains are also home to a haven of other wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards and many other predators. Two overnight stays in Serengeti National Park. Cultural trip to Maasai village optional. Overnight stay in Serengeti National Park in Tortilis Luxury or similar.
Best time to visit: Suitable all year-round. December to July, to follow the wildebeest migration (either Ndutu or Mara River Crossing), June to October to see predators.
DAY 7: THE SERENGETI TO LAKE NATRON
Today you will continue your safari adventure on to Lake Natron with a game drive on the route. You’ll arrive at the park in the late afternoon. After a few hours’ sleep, you will then have the option to climb Oldoinyo Lengai, an active volcano otherwise known as the “Mountain of God” by the Maasai. You will begin the climb shortly before midnight, reaching the summit by sunrise. This is a challenging climb, which is very steep and covered in volcanic ash. Overnight stay at Lake Natron.
Overnight stay at Lake Natron at Moivaro Lodge.
DAY 8: LAKE NATRON (FULL DAY)
DAY 9: LAKE NATRON TO MOSHI/ARUSHA
After breakfast, drive back to Moshi/Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport.