Best of Tanzania Wildlife Tour

Trip duration

7 days/ 6 nights

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

The tour will start in Tanzania’s tourism capital, Arusha. We shall arrive via the Kilimanjaro Airport, where our driver will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey.

We shall then head to our hotel in Arusha, arriving before dusk.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater via Lake Manyara

We shall leave our hotel early, carrying picnic lunches. We shall drive towards Lake Manyara, a pristine soda lake in the Rift Valley. The local Baobab trees will illuminate our journey through this lowland region. Here we see lots of birds and during good time, lots of flamingos. The local game is mainly composed of monkeys. Others include Savannah Elephants, Lions and much more.

We shall then proceed to Ngorongoro Crater, a large and scenic crater located at about 2000m above sea level. We shall have an opportunity to learn about the crater and also view models of the entire area. This crater is about 600m deep and has an amazing view both from the top and inside the crater. The crater is nestled in a pristine natural forest, full of beautiful indigenous trees.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

The mighty Ngorongoro is an amazing place. It is known as one of the wonders of Africa. Descending down the crater floor takes you through great scenery and you get to experience the local Euphorbia tree varieties. Herds of wild animals are plenty inside the crater as well as wonderful views of the crater walls. Look out for the local Lions, Black Rhinos, Common Zebras, assorted Gazelles, Nile Hippos and Wildebeests.

We shall return to the lodge for lunch. Later in the afternoon, we shall have an optional nature walk.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park via OlDuvai Gorge Pre-Historic Site

The gorge has led to multiple archaeological and paleontological discoveries. Home to the great work by Louis and Mary Leakey, this is a phenomenal destination. Some famous discoveries here include Zinjanthropus, Homo habilis and Homo erectus. You will get to learn all about the work going on at the site in a very interactive way.

We shall later head to Serengeti National Park where we shall have our lunch. The journey to the park passes through the Ndutu Plains and welcomes you to Naabi Area; the beautiful locations where the annual Wildebeest migration starts, by thousands of females calving on these plains. Soon after lunch we shall start game drives in this vast savannah, as we head to our camp.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

A full day game drive in this wonderful park will see us enjoy the sceneries of these vast plains. We shall spend time looking around some of the famous rock outcrops, often referred as Kopjes. Look out for animals such as Leopard, Cape Buffalo, assorted Gazelles, Maasai Giraffe, Wildebeest, Common Zebras, Savannah Elephant and Lions.

Here you shall also get an opportunity to learn all about the famous migration and get to follow in the steps of the Wildebeests in a lovely Kopje, modelled to imitate the migration cycle.

Day 6: Lake Victoria

Leaving Serengeti early, we shall exit the Serengeti via a transect road that allows us to do a final sampling session across the park. By lunch time, we shall be at Lake Victoria, where our lodge is located next to the mighty lake.

Later in the afternoon, we shall have a bird walk along the lake shore and the lodge compound.

Day 7: Departure

We shall have an early morning boat ride on Lake Victoria. Later we shall drive to Migori Airstrip, crossing the Kenyan border, where we shall board a local flight to our major airport. Then we shall board our flight home.

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, African Lion, Black Rhino, Savannah Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Nile Hippopotamus

Highlight birds

Kori Bustard, Secretarybird, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo

Habitats covered

Savannah, Highland Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Nature Walk, Camp Fire, Star Gazing, Boat Ride, Visit to the Maasai Village

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