Embark on a captivating Tanzania classic tour that encompasses the diverse beauty and wildlife of this East African gem. Your journey begins with an arrival in Tanzania, followed by a visit to Lake Manyara National Park, where you can spot tree-climbing lions and a myriad of birdlife. The adventure continues with a thrilling Serengeti wildebeest migration tracking safari, taking you through the iconic Serengeti National Park. En route, explore Olduvai Gorge, a site of archaeological significance. Witness the grandeur of the Ngorongoro Crater and its unique Ngorongoro conservation setting. You’ll then head to Tarangire National Park, known for its rich wildlife congregations around the Tarangire River, and indulge in a Tarangire cultural tourism experience. Your journey ends with a return to Moshi or Arusha, offering a glimpse of the Maasai way of life. This comprehensive itinerary showcases the best of Tanzania’s natural wonders and cultural heritage.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from the Airport to Arusha or Moshi, where the rest of the day is at leisure. You stay at Hotel on BB. which is the perfect place to prepare for your adventure
DAY 2: GAME DRIVE IN LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives.
Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. A surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House Lodge or similar: full board.
DAY 3: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING SAFARI
We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route, there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. Within this steep-sided ravine, Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here is a small museum; we can see evidence of our ancestors dating back 2.5 million years. After lunch, we drive into the Serengeti itself, and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, February and March, we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffes, buffalo, and elephants, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to the camp for the night.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Safari lodge or similar: Full board.
DAY 4: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST SAFARI
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year.
You can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide-open plains to the kopjes. These rocky volcanic outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals, and from the top, we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in-game viewing.
Hopefully, we will see all of the simple games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions, and if you are lucky, the elusive leopard and cheetah, and huge amounts of interesting birdlife, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Safari lodge or similar: Full board.
DAY 5: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive-in Ngorongoro, we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here, we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally, we descend into the Crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino, and leopards (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs cannot cope with the steeps sides of the Crater.
Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge: full board.
DAY 6 : NGORONGORO – TARANGIRE TOUR
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park that offers some excellent sights. Generally, in the dry seasons, Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, a permanent water source. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire safari lodge or similar: Full board.
DAY 7: TARANGIRE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE TOUR
Go for an early morning tour before breakfast looking for predators hunting, return for late breakfast, relax at the lodge, and explore the Maasai cultural experience; you will go on a walk to visit Datoga tribes. The Maasai live in the areas as well as the Datoga. Learning about their history is as fascinating as breathtaking from several hilltop peaks in the area.
In the evening, drive back to Moshi town or Arusha.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel: half board.
Day 8: Departure day
After saying goodbye to our team in operation, you need a Private departure transfer from Arusha or Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.