Best of Tanzania

Starting from $ 2150 per person

5 days
Accommodation: Mid-range
Activity level: Moderate
Group size: Private

Safari Overview

Dive into the heart of Tanzania's iconic wilderness with this meticulously planned 5-day safari adventure. This exclusive itinerary transports you to some of the most celebrated national parks in Tanzania, providing an unparalleled opportunity to experience the mesmeric wildlife and striking landscapes that distinguish this country as an eminent safari destination.

Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of enormous elephant herds against the backdrop of the Serengeti's endless plains. Every moment of this safari will swell your heart with amazement and reverence. Delve into the complex ecosystems of the Ngorongoro Crater, a sanctuary for an extraordinary density of wildlife, painting a more vivid picture of nature's grandeur with each passing day.

The safari journey is sandwiched between comfortable stays in serene lodges and exquisite tented camps, designed to offer you intimate encounters with the wilderness without compromising comfort. Accompanied by well-informed and experienced guides, this 5-day Tanzanian safari ensures an engaging and insightful expedition into the realm of the wild. Step upon this thrilling path with us for an adventure that stitches itself into your memory, leaving an indelible imprint on your heart.

Itinerary

Your incredible 5-day Tanzania safari begins with an arrival in Tanzania at 1 PM. Right after you will drive to Karatu, about 4 hours drive, to get closer to the Ngorongoro Conservation area where you will spend the night.

Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge
Meals: Dinner

Depart immediately after breakfast for an incredible experience, today you will take Game drive inside the world's largest crater!

In fact, you will head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, whose crater was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.This is the best known and most frequented area of the entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but also the most scenic part with a concentration of animals unparalleled in the entire African continent. If that were not enough, let us also mention that it is the only place in Tanzania where you can easily spot the Big 5.

It is actually a large, non-flooded caldera that was formed by the collapse about 3 million years ago of a volcano originally estimated to be 4500 to 5800 meters high. The crater is 2200 meters above sea level and has a diameter that measures 19km in width and 16km in length and is 610 meters deep, while the base area measures 265km; the walls are intact and covered with dense forest and reach an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.

This is the caldera with intact walls and the largest non-flooded bottom in the world and is a splendor from a geological point of view.

Within it, as a result of the microclimate that has been created and the isolation from the rest of the area, there is a unique ecosystem; animals live here as if it were a small Eden on earth, partly because the soil is very rich in mineral salts that make the grasses that grow there very nutritious.

Heavy rains contribute to the formation of small ponds, marshes, streams and help replenish the waters of Lake Magadi present in the crater. Rain and fog, which form as a result of the temperature difference between the crater floor, rim, and surrounding plateaus, are responsible for the unique microclimate on the slopes and within the caldera itself.

Inside the crater is an impressive concentration of fauna, one of the highest on the entire African continent; in fact, an estimated 25. 000 large animals, including numerous herbivores such as large herds of wildebeest and zebra, buffalo, Thomson's gazelles, Grant's gazelles, topi antelopes, baboons, hippos, and black rhinos; this is the only place in Tanzania where it is possible to spot them, thanks to the small size and bare landscape of the crater base.

There is, of course, no shortage of predators such as lions, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, caparison jackals, golden jackals, caracals, otocions, and African catbirds.

The lion population is very large and registers the highest density in Africa, it is not difficult to spot them thanks to the open spaces of the crater floor one is facilitated by the fact that these felines are accustomed to the presence of off-road vehicles to the point that they use them to hide during hunting and ambush prey or to shelter from the scorching sun of the middle hours of the day.

Elephants and leopards are also present, but they prefer to stay in the forest growing on the slopes or in the Lerai Forest, with numerous bird species, about 400.

Missing from the roll call are giraffes and impalas, the cause probably being the absence or scarcity of bushes, a favorite habitat and food for these animals.

Inside the crater it is possible to stay a maximum of 6 hours.

After the game drive you will head to the Serengeti National Park. In about 3 hour drive you will arrive at Central Serengeti where you will spend the night

Accommodation: Kon Tiki Tended camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch box, dinner

Experience an entire day of thrilling game drives in the Serengeti ecosystem, home to some of the most diverse wildlife in Africa. With over 1.5 million wildebeests, 300,000 zebras, 500,000 Thompson's gazelles, plus more than 2,700 lions, 1,000 leopards, and 500 cheetahs, the Serengeti is a haven for animal lovers.

The ecosystem also has large populations of other animals such as huge herds of elephants, eland, impala, water antelope, giraffes, ostriches, genets, crocodiles, and hippopotamuses. In addition, the region boasts over 400 species of birds - making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

Covering an area of 15,000 square kilometers, Serengeti National Park constitutes only one part of a large ecosystem that also includes the Ngorongoro Plains and the Maasai Mara. The orography, soil composition, and vegetation type provide a unique setting for unparalleled wildlife sightings.

Due to its subsoil composition consisting mainly of volcanic rocks, tall trees grow sparingly across most parts of the Serengeti, and grasslands dominate - increasing the already high chances of coming face-to-face with the animals. Witness the impressive Great Migration of the Serengeti, as wildebeest and zebras traverse the region in search of new pastures and water.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the Serengeti ecosystem and come face-to-face with some of Africa’s most majestic and awe-inspiring creatures.

Accommodation: Kon Tiki Tended camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch box, dinner

Half-day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. At a given time you will drive back to Karatu, about 5 hours, where you will spend the night. On the way to Karatu you can stop by a Maasai Village (entrance not included).

Accommodation: Marera Valley lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch box, dinner

After breakfast you will drive for about 4 hours to arrive at Kilimanjaro airport where you will take the (evening) flight to Zanzibar. End services.

We recommend buying a flight departing after 12Pm. If you book an evening flight we can include, at extra cost, Mto Wa Mbu bike tour, a community tour, or Lake Manyara game drive.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

  • 4x4 Toyota Land cruiser with pop up roof unlimited mileage for exclusive use and gasoline
  • Professional driver/driver and related expenses (accommodation, food) english speaking - On request italian or french speaking
  • Accommodations for as mentioned in double rooms
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned
  • Entrance fees to national parks per person and per day you will visit
  • Concession fees per person per night for sleeping in national park areas and under its administration if you opt for lodges and tented camps
  • Fee for car descent to Ngorongoro crater
  • Daily car fees in Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Serengeti
  • Bottled water for all safari days
  • VAT and taxes

As a reminder, the daily fee for the parks are valid for 24 hours after which you will have to pay extra fees (for any delays at the request of the client as the timings are designed to fit within the 24 hours) which will be the responsibility of the traveler.

Exclusions

  • Flight to Tanzania
  • Tanzania entry visa (apply online before departure at official website https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ and you must fill out this form https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/
  • Compulsory Health insurance 
  • Extra expenses - Alcohol and soft drinks in lodges, souvenirs
  • Entrance fees to parks not mentioned or extra fees if staying longer than 24 hours
  • Tips
  • Activities not mentioned or quoted as optional
  • Transaction costs bank transfer payment (to be paid by the client)
  • Anything not mentioned in "costs include"

Rates

Rates are per person and exclude international flight from/to your home country. This tour is offered in US dollars (USD).

  • 2 people: $ 2,150
  • 4 people: $ 1,650
  • 6 people: $ 1,495

All prices are indicative and might change according to the season and lodges availabilities. Please contact us for more details and prices.

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Lodges and tended camps

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Tour Operator based in Arusha, Tanzania, registration company number 132864. We provide custom made safaris in Northern Tanzania. Our guides speak English, French and Italian.
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