8 Days tanzania wildlife safari
Tanzania Family Safari: Trip highlights
Start: Arusha/ Kilimanjaro Airport
End : Kilimanjaro Airport
Tour Duration: 6days Tanzania Wildlife Safari
Highlights: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater,
Accommodations: Midrange Accommodations
Group Size: 2-6 People in the vehicle – guaranteed departure vehicleItinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this productStop At:
Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha Region
Introduction to Tarangire
With a landscape and vegetation so rich, this is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and is not to be missed. Named after its river, Tarangire National park wildlife connection in the dry season is just as diverse and consistent as in the Ngorongoro Crater with large herds of elephants that are drawn to the riverbeds to quench their thirst. While other migratory animals such as wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and impala will gather the shrinking lagoons, against the ever so picturesque backdrop of giant Baobab trees and the hilly landscape. Tarangire is a majestically beautiful park to be seen with its unique migration during the wet and dry season.
Often referred to as an Elephant Eden, Tarangire offers an up-close-and-personal experience with the elephants within a safe distance. Our guest can watch big herds of elephant cross right in front of their vehicle, or witness these wondered animals interact playfully with each other in the open. With an estimated 3,000 elephant in the park, Tarangire is said to have largest elephant population in Northern Tanzania. During the dry season up to 300 herds of elephants will scratch the dry river bed for an underground stream with their extraordinary smelling abilities, along with their strength to dig down to the water source, as a result, creates an abundant supply of other animals in the area.
The Tarangire River also attracts an impressive diversity of wildlife such as the migrating herbivorous zebra, wildebeest, and buffalo, as well as the resident herbivores like impalas, gazelle, Oryx and gerenuk, bushbuck, water back, dik-dik, warthog, kudu and reedbuck. Large predatory animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards can also be sighted with more time spent inside the park. With our guide taking you to the further interior and exclusive areas of the park. African wild dog sightings are rare, but they have recently been spotted in different areas in and near the national park.
A large variety of bird species can be found in the swamp, making this the biggest breeding habitats in the world. One of the leading attractions for birders would be the variety of raptors that can be spotted within the park, such as Batelour Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Fish Eagle, Step Eagle and Sported Eagle Owl. Other birdlife includes the Kori Bustards, the Stocking Thighed Ostrich, as well as ground homibilis. For the keen birder, the ones to look out for would be the colourful yellow coloured Lover Bird, Rufours-lailed Weaver, and Ashy Starling, which are all endemic to Northern Tanzania.
Things to Do
Early morning and late afternoon guided walks can be arranged depending on the guest’s schedule. This walk will typically be a ground walking safari, led by a park ranger. Walking safari can be organized independently through the park authorities, or arranged directly by the lodge or camp. You will be staying at Oliver’s Camp Treetops or Swala Sanctuary which both offer guided walks. On walking safaris, you will have the opportunity to encounter of foot giraffes, elephants, kudus, antelope, and other wildlife from a safe distance.
Night Game Drive
This is a fantastic way to discover Tarangire in a completely different setting to daytime game drives for this activity you will be in an open vehicle with a drive and local Masai. Spot the animals such as porcupines, genets bush babies and the occasional hippos and leopards who hang about at night. These night game drives can be organized through Tarangire Safari Lodge, Olivers Camp, Swala Sanctuary, and Tarangire Treetops.
Duration: 8 hoursStop At:
Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha Region
Lake Manyara National Park is comprised of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Water covers two-thirds of the park and Lake Manyara is host to thousands of flamingoes, at certain times of the year, as well as other diverse bird life. The highlight of Lake Manyara Park is the large population of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and hippos can easily be spotted at a much closer range than in other parks. This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world.
Wildlife drives, canoeing (when water levels are high enough), mountain bike tours and bird watching are the most popular activities in Lake Manyara National Park.
Things to do:
Guided walks and around Lake Manyara
For those who are more outdoorsy and preferr to incorporate more hiking/walking activities in their itineraries, Lake Manyara is an excellent location for these type of activities. Take a leisurely nature walk near Lake Manyara with a guide that can take anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours. A forest hike is a more physical activity that requires relatively good fitness and a pair of sturdy hiking shoes as the trail can be quite steep. This typically takes between 2.5 to 3 hours.
Prepare yourself for an exhibiting and thrilling experience to bike in the Lake Manyara region. It involves easy cycle ride down the great rift valley wall, and you will also pass through the farming villages of Mto wa Mbu you will also be able to bike through some of the Lake Manyara groundwater forest and between small herds of animals on the lake shore. This activity will take between 2.5 to 3 hrs.
Manyara treetop walkway takes you on a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara, walk among the treetop and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective.
This 370m air walk starts with a short boardwalk that gradually rises from ground level up through the canopy of the forest. You will step over a series of supervision bridges with thick netting on the sides, and reach a higher of the rim off the ground, each of the bridges end with a viewing deck situated around tree trunks. This treetop platforms are perfect places to stop and enjoy life in the canopy amongst butterflies, monkeys, and birds.
Bird-eye View of the Forest
During this walk a guide will point out exciting facts about Lake Manyara flora and fauna, while you can enjoy a unique birds-eye view of the world around you, this is Tanzania’s first treetop walkways and one of the longest in Africa making it a significant outdoor activity for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Families, couples, individuals, and groups are all welcome.
Get ready for an experience you will never forget.
Duration: 6 hoursStop At:
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region
The crater currently stands as the world largest inactive, intact and unfolded volcanic caldera at 610m deep and 20km wide. The formation of the crater and surrounding highlands are a result of the massive rifling occurred to the west of the great rift valley. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area also includes Empakai Crater and Olduvai Gorge, as well as the surrounding highlands forests, which are our essential water source for nearby agriculture communities, its signature Ngoitokitola Spring and Lake Magadi is often covered in a shroud of pink flamingo making this a must-see destination for birds and photographers.
Due to the crater abundance in water and reach soils, it’s no surprise that this area continuously proves to be a heaven for variety with wildlife. This African garden of Eden is home to more than 20,000 large mammals through a small number of animals do migrate in and out of the area. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded within the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Among them are the great white pelican, tremendous and lesser/flamingo, rupell griffon vulture, vareaux eagle, Egyptian vulture, kori bastard, finches loveberds and eastern double collared sunbird, water back, bushback and eland commonly found in the Lerai Forest and the adjoining Gorigor Swamp is the best place to see large tusked elephants who dominate the area, the high endangered black rhinos which have been pushed to the edge of extinction due to poaching, can still be found on the crater floor, the predator mammals that can commonly see are lions, hyenas, as well as leopard.
Things to Do
Guided walk at the crater rim
This is a favorite activity that is typically arranged on the day you descend to the crater floor for game drive, as most of our guests choose to stay on the rim of the crater. Request a guided walk in the afternoon, which will allow guests to stretch their legs, and to see wildlife on foot. A park ranger along with your safari guide will guide the commonly seen animal around the craters as elephants, African cape buffalos as well as small antelope in the area.
Duration: 8 hoursStop At:
Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is one of Africa’s renowned and captivating wildlife viewing area, the variety of habitat included in its pristine ecosystem guarantees a versatile safari filled with excitement and feelings of Africa authenticity. Year round, the Serengeti encompasses the highest wildlife census of all national parks including both residents and migratory animals. It is also home to the great migration, which entails the annual journeys of grazers such as the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles as the relocate for green pasture. The word Serengeti derived from the Maasai word which translates the place where the land runs on forever-a most fitting description for this beautiful, unique park in Northern Tanzania, at 147635 km (5700 Sq miles) the Serengeti National Park is a home to the high density of large predators, and a host of the indisputably most impressive natural event the annual migration.
The seasonal and the annual migration are what make the Serengeti such a terrible location for a game drive through the year and its distinct seasonal changes that shape the migrations pattern. From late November to December the migrating herds arrive on the short grass plain of the eastern and south of Seronera which also extend into Ngorongoro Conservation Area, also known as the Ndutu Plains. These are the prime location to be when the calving season takes place. Large herds of wildebeest and zebra gather to give birth simultaneously and in turn triggering thrilling game hunting for the large predators. Until late February or March, the herds will remain on the plains, feeding on the fresh grass which is filled with valuable nutrition for lactating mothers. From the end of March to April the herds will start to move west as they prepare for their migration toward the north-by may until mid June the migrating herds are expected to pass through the western corridor, making the Grummet River a spectacular sighting with a small migration crossing alongside the aggressive Nile Crocodile.
The dry season begins the end of June to July and lasts entail the beginning to mid-October, where the herds will concentrate in the Northern Serengeti, making the Mara River one of the most popular destinations to see the excellent river crossing with poignant scenes, of confusion and panic among the herds attempting a successful river crossing. This marks one of the most spectacular natural events in the world. By mid to the end of October, the herds are heading back south again through western Loliondo and Lobo area, as the animals return to find the fresh green shoots on the short plain grass.
The Serengeti Eco-system
Recognized by UNESCO as a world site, the Serengeti eco-system consists of the following areas: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation, Maswa, Ikorogo and Grumeti Game Reserves, Ikona and Makao Wildlife Management Areas. Ngorongoro game controlled area village land and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserves. Aside from its largest herds of migrating wildlife, the ecosystem is also an important sanctuary to the continent’s most endangered species, notably the black Rhino and the African Wild dog.
When it comes to wildlife viewing the Serengeti is an unrevealed park which burst an impressive diversity and number of animals, with the highest concentration of large predators in the world with an estimate of 9,000 Hyenas, 3,000 lions 1,000 Leopards, along with the highest density of cheetah’s on the continent. The current estimated population of wildebeest here stands at a whopping 1.2 million and has more than 20,000 zebras, and about 400,000 Thomson Gazelles.
Duration: 8 hours
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Minimum age is 16 years"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
Duration: 1 To 10 Hours
Cancellations and refunds:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.