Watching the huge herds of grazing wildebeest and zebra spread out across the rolling grassy plains of the famous Serengeti National Park and being surrounded by the densest concentration of predators in Africa. Tanzania is top of most peoples places to visit and this tour is no different. We explore three of the most popular parks and during the wet season we can take advantage of the calving season and lots less people to have the parks and animals almost to yourself. What an experience and one that will make you want to come back to East Africa time and time again.
Up to 70 Species of Mammals
Luxury Safari Accommodation
Up to 400 Species of Birds
Private Jeep Safaris Throughout
Floodlit Waterhole Viewing
Excellent local guides throughout
Tour Dates: 8/8/2020 – 13/8/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Type / Focus: Mammals & Birds
On arrival in Tanzania you will meet your local guide and taken to Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha. After lunch you will proceed to Lake Manyara (3 hours) and your accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge). The lodge is set on the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning soda lake. You will have your evening meal here watching the sunset in spectacular settings.
Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast you will be taken on a game drive around the lake. The park is sheltered by the massive escarpment and the area is home to large herds of buffalo and elephants. There are some unusually seen animals here including pangolins, aardvarks, civet as well as more common African mammals like zebra, giraffe and hippos but the stars of the show are the unusual tree-climbing lions. After returning to the lodge for lunch you will depart for one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the entire world. Serengeti National Park. You will have a game drive here en-route to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Serengeti Serena Lodge).
Serengeti National Park
Today you can either have a morning and afternoon drive and come back to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Serengeti Serena Lodge) or head out all day with a packed lunch. The full day is of course recommended as the park is so vast and there are so many hidden gems that the most time spent here the better really. The reason for this park being so special is that the ecosystem here supports the largest remaining concentrations of game in all of Africa and the huge open spaces leave the animals free for migrations. You will return to the lodge for your evening meal.
Early this morning you have another game drive before being transferred to Ngorogoro Crater. You will make a brief stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the museum before reaching your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Ngorogoro Sernea Lodge). The lodge is built into the rim of the dormant and collapsed volcano and provides spectacular views of the crater.
Today after breakfast you will descend down into the crater. The crater is home to nearly all (barring impala, giraffe and topi) East Africas plains mammals. There are also hundreds of species of birds and the general wildlife viewing is truly exceptiona. The endangered black rhino is a particular delight to find and watch and there is nowhere better to try and see a hunt as the crater is home to Africas densest concentration of predators. The one strange feature of the animals here is that the majority of the elephants seem to be bulls. You will return to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Ngorogoro Serena Lodge).
Tarangire National Park
This morning you will depart Ngorogoro Crater and head over to Tarangire National Park. You will have lunch en-route at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Tarangire Sopa Lodge). Once you arrive at the park you will see the huge baobab trees and the herds of impala, hartebeest, wildebeest as well as elephants, buffalo, greater kudu, fringe-eared oryx and many other grazing species. The birding is exceptional here as well as the mammal watching and the park is a perfect way to finish you tour of Tanzania.
Early this morning you will have another morning game drive before departing back to Arusha for lunch at Naura Springs Hotel. After lunch you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
April and May are the rainy season in Tanzania, but this is also the calving season and the abundant vegetation around means that animal numbers are at a peak at this time of year.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent driver. We have a zoologist to escort you on all your excursions.
All our excursions including guided walks, morning, afternoon and night drives rides and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. A water proof coat is also a good idea. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend KLM Airways as a good airline for flights to Kilimanjaro Airport. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.odopo.co.uk. They are accredited by IATA which means you can book through them securly.
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All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Tanzania. This is obtainable on arrival and costs around £49 but for more information please visit http://www.tanzania-online.gov.uk for more information (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Tanzania, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. For people spending more time in Tanzania before or after the tour it may be a good idea to also protect yourself against rabies and yellow fever if you travelling between infected countries in Africa and the Americas. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Tanzania as soon as you have decided on this trip.
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