April 11, 2017
Safari in Tanzania
Written By Bush 2 City Adventure
Duration: 8 days
Tour Style: Family Safaris
Destinations: Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater
This village is considered a melting pot of the many different tribes in Tanzania. The children will love to explore the busy and interesting marketplace. You will arrive at your accommodation, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in time to settle in and enjoy a hot lunch. In the evening you will enjoy a game drive.
Small and rich in wildlife, Lake Manyara is your next destination, in the Great Rift Valley. Here, as well as the renowned populations of flamingos and pelicans, you have the chance to find out about the many different tribes in the village. Stop at incredible Mto Wa Mbu village, this “village” is considered a melting pot of culture. Today is a superb opportunity to explore the busy and interesting marketplace, pick up some authentic souvenirs or just immerse yourself in the culture.
The unique Ngorongoro Conservation Area is your next breathtaking spend 1 night. The unique circular crater is your next stop, with a crater rim 7, 500 feet above sea level “largest volcanic crater in Africa” with a high density of predator!
Lions, hyena, and jackals share the unique space with hippo, wildebeest, and zebra at Serengeti are the venue for your next wildlife experience for 3 night, an icon destination whose wildlife never disappoints.
Your drive guide is experienced experts, ensuring that you not only combine exciting game drive “many animal species encountered thought the tour” but great educational journey for everyone and cultural visit.
An appropriate end to an astonishing trip, before our returning to Arusha and the Airport.
DAY 1: KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ARUSHA
Jambo, welcome to Tanzania. A Bush 2 City Adventure`s guide will meet your family at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation at the bustling small town of Arusha. For the remainder of the day, you may wish to relax and enjoy a swim in the pool. Alternatively, you may enjoy a culture walk that is organized by the hotel and lasts about 1 hour. The walk takes in some of the sights of Arusha including the Clock Tower and the markets.
DAY 2: ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be greeted at your accommodation by your Bush 2 City Adventure`s guide who will brief you about safety in the parks whilst on safari. We will then depart for your first day of safari and make our way to the picturesque Tarangire National Park for an adventure packed a day of game driving. We will reach your accommodation in time for you and the family to settle in and enjoy a hot lunch. In the afternoon you will enjoy an afternoon game drive. Tarangire National Park is dominated by the perennial Tarangire River and is characteristically known for its giant baobab trees that stretch and winds their branches into the blue sky. The most spectacular feature of Tarangire is its large elephant population. In fact, it has the largest population of any park in northern Tanzania. These gentle giants abound in excess of 3,000. Tarangire is currently experiencing and elephant baby boom and you will notice a lot of juniors and babies as members of the herd. Also expect to see zebra, eland, mongoose, giraffe, bushbuck, hartebeest, dik-dik, impala, warthog, and reedbuck. Primates you may encounter are an olive baboon, vervet monkey, and bush baby. Many carnivores are abundant throughout the park such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal.
DAY 3: TARANGIRE TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast from your lodge, enjoy a short drive to Lake Manyara National Park. En-route we will take the opportunity to stop and explore Mto Wa Mbu Village. This village is considered a melting pot of the many different tribes in Tanzania. The children will love to explore the busy and interesting marketplace. You will arrive at your accommodation, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in time to settle in and enjoy a hot lunch. In the evening you will enjoy a game drive.
Stretching for 50km’s along the base of the 600 meters high Rift Valley Escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting described by Ernest Hemingway as the “loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater where hundred strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and forest hornbills honk high in the jungle canopy. The park is world famous for its tree climbing lions which you may be lucky to observe. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos, elephant, giraffe, large buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, baboons and blue monkeys.
DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy breakfast, before departing through the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands to visit a traditional Maasai village. Here you will be greeted by the Chief who will guide you around the nearby Boma and explain the culture of the Maasai people. After saying goodbye to the Maasai people, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge to visit the museum. This world famous archaeological site containing fossils of our early human ancestors thought to be over 2 million years old. Enjoy lunch en-route as you head towards the entry gate for the world famous Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7TH WORLDWIDE WONDER, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa. At the end of the afternoon, exhausted and exhilarated, it’s back to your chosen accommodation for dinner and to talk about the many fantastic experiences you’ve had today
DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
This morning, embark on an optional hot air balloon ride over the boundless Serengeti plains, just as animals begin to stir. For those not enjoying a balloon safari, you may opt for an early morning game drive. At sunrise, you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch, you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion. Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks.
DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The exciting sounds of Africa will rouse you from your sleep. We make the most of the day with a 08:00 start, heading off on our morning game drive.
It’s almost impossible to spend too much time in Serengeti and with more than 1.6 million herbivores-plus thousands of predators, there’s always something new and interesting to see. The changing seasons and natural light simply add to the diversity. Today your driver-guide will help you spot some more of the many species at Serengeti, teaching you about their fascinating habits and habitats
After breakfast, you’ll start an 8:00 am enjoy morning game drive at Serengeti, afternoon depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Old Duvai George
DAY 8: NGORONGORO CRATER TO AIRPORT
At sunrise, we descend 600 meters into the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Animals that you may find in the crater include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and elephant. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is the dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Tour the Lerai Forest with its yellow-barked acacias, searching for giant-tusked elephant, rare black rhino and black- mined lion. Bird lovers can view flamingo and other species, which share the shallow waters with a big game. You may also see Maasai herdsmen and their cattle — the crater is in their territory, and the Maasai continue to coexist with wildlife as they have for centuries. Stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo pool and watch resident hippos bobbing in the river.
After your morning game drive, we have our picnic lunch in the crater before we return to the airport for your flight home
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