7 Day Safari | Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara
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On this safari tour you will be guided through three main national parks in Tanzania, including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.
You start with Tanzania’s little gem, TarangireNational Park, which is famous for its elephant migration, bird watching and the authentic safari atmosphere. The Ngorongoro Crater, with its breathtakingly beautiful backdrop, is the best place in East Africa to see the ‘Big Five’ and will leave you full in admiration.
To top it off, the Serengeti National Park, the most famous park in Africa, follows. The endless grassy plains are among the best grazing areas in the African bush and are therefore home to the largest herds and the highest concentration of predators on our planet.
The park’s main attraction is the migration of up to 2 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 Thompson, Impala and Grant gazelles, known as the ‘Great Migration’ – many consider them to be the most spectacular remaining African wildlife spectacle. The predator viewing here is exceptional with around 4,000 lions and large numbers of cheetahs, leopards and hyenas.
Make your way home with great memories or continue your trip with a few days of beach vacation before you start your journey home.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha – Briefing and visit to the art gallery, (53km and 1 hr. drive)
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. There you will be picked up and driven by private transfer to Arusha, to your booked hotel. Your guide will come and give you an introduction to the whole safari. At noon you will be picked up and driven to the unique cultural centre, ‘Cultural Heritage Gallery’ on the outskirts of Arusha. The variety of sculptures, masks, furniture, drawings and photos from all parts of Africa on display here is extremely impressive and worth visiting. Overnight at Hotel Ilboru Safari Lodge oder similar (D).
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Manyara – Great Rift Valley, flamingos and tree climbing lions
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning by your safari guide and driven through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. The landscapes of Lake Manyara are difficult to describe in words, and the game drives along the lake provide excellent photo opportunities. Although small (205 square miles), the park offers breathtaking scenery and is known for its huge mahogany trees, giant figs, lush acacia forest, and a growing population of blue monkeys and baboons. Permanent residents of this park also include impa-las, giraffes, elephants, and large numbers of buffalo. The lake is also home to large numbers of hippos. The park has a number of special features and is famous for its tree-climbing lions, the flamingos on the lakeshore, and the crested eagle and hornbill. Some additional tours are possible on this day, including a bike ride or a boat excursion. In the afternoon transfer to the hotel for Karatu and dinner. Overnight at Eileen’s Trees Inn, (B|L|D).
Day 3: Drive to Tarangire – Huge elephant herds, baobab trees and the Tarangire River
Tarangire is famous for its varied land-scape with nine different vegetation zones. The landscape of the park is charac-terized by the large number of old, imposing monkey bread trees / baobab trees (the largest on the continent), for which Tarangire is famous. The park’s river is the elixir of life for many wild animals living here, a wide variety of birds, in-cluding lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, antelopes and of course ele-phants. In fact, the park has the largest concentration of elephants in the coun-try and offers unique opportunities to observe elephant families. Today’s picnic spot is fascinating and a viewing point with great views of the river and wildlife and a good chance of seeing big game hunting during your picnic. In the afternoon we continue our game drive before we continue to your accommodation. Overnight at Eileen’s Trees Inn, (B|L|D).
Day 4: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and drive to Serengeti National Park – (136km and 3,5 hr. drive)
Today we dedicate ourselves to the Ngorongoro Crater, which offers a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop and is the best place in East Africa to see the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard). Any safari in northern Tanzania should ideally include a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater. It is one of the most beautiful nature safari locations in the world and an extraordinary place to meet people from the Massai tribe. The Ngorongoro Crater and the surrounding highlands together form one of the most beautiful regions in Africa. Volcanic craters make a great backdrop to some of the most fertile and richest pasture land in Africa. The most famous crater of this type is without question Ngorongoro, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and is home to the highest density of large game in Africa. Ngorongoro is rightly one of the most famous safari destinations on the continent. In the afternoon we drive to the Serengeti National Park and spend the night there. Overnight in Serengeti National Park, Embalakai Camps or similar (B|L|D).
Day 5: In the Serengeti National Park – the endless plains of Tanzania
Another day in the Serengeti National Park awaits you today. The ‘endless plains’ of the Serengeti are home to an extraordinarily large number of wildlife in north eastern Tanzania – Tanzania’s border turns it into Kenya’s famous Masai Mara. Predators viewing here is excellent with around 4,000 lions and large numbers of cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. Other animals frequently found in the park are topi, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, elephant, caracal, serval, bat-eared fox, hyrax, wildebeest, rabbit, warthog, aardvark, giraffe, jackal, mongoose, crocodile, monitor lizard, aardwolf, many types of primates, including baboons and colobus monkeys and over 500 species of birds. Overnight in Serengeti National Park, Embalakai Camps or similar (B|L|D).
Day 6: Transfer to Arusha – on the way optionally visit Olduvai Gorge and/or Maasai village – (255 km and 4,5 hr)
Today we drive back to Arusha and have the opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge along the way. Here the two archaeologists Lois and Mary Leaky researched ‘the cradle of mankind’ in the 1950s and found the oldest human remains, one of the most important discoveries in the world. On the way we have the option to visit a Maasai village to experience life of these wonderful people living in harmony with nature in Tanzania. Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar (B).
Day 7: Departure Drive to Arusha-Kilimanjaro International Aiprort or connection component Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru trekking/ Zanzibar
Free time until departure. Our driver will pick you up from the hotel according to your flight details and drive you to the airport or you can continue with your connection program (B).
We reserve the right to make changes to the program due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.
Legends: B = breakfast | L = lunch | D = dinner
This trekking tour can also be booked for individual travelers at an additional cost or for your group at any date.
Duration: 7 days
Costs: € 2.390 per person
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 290 for single room supplement
- Transfer from and to the airport
- All transfers in Tanzania
- Accommodation incl. breakfast in Arusha
- Hotel overnight stays including 3 meals during the safari tour
- Transport in a 4 × 4 safari vehicle (guaranteed window seat)
- Professional, English-speaking safari guide
- Mineral water on safari
- All national park fees
- All flights
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks other than water
- Visa fees (US $ 50)
- Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
To enter Tanzania, a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and a tourist visa are required. The visa for German citizens can be applied for three to four weeks before departure at the Tanzanian embassy (approx. 50 EUR plus postage). Alternatively, the visa is also available when entering Tanzania (50 USD, to be paid in cash on site). We recommend this option; it is less complicated and cheaper. An exit tax of USD 30 is required for international flights from Zanzibar (payable locally in cash).
These visa and passport regulations are valid for the EU countries and Switzerland. Other citizens would like to inquire at the respective country consulate.
No compulsory vaccinations, in particular no yellow fever vaccination, are required for direct entry from Germany / Switzerland, Austria to the mainland of Tanzania and Zanzibar. This also applies when entering a yellow fever endemic area in transit; as long as the airport is not left during the stopover and the stay is less than 12 hours. However, you should be vaccinated against COVID-19, tetanus, hepatitis A, diphtheria and polio. Hepatitis B and typhoid vaccinations are recommended for long stays.
We recommend that you consult your doctor in good time. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
A travel health insurance (with rescue costs) is essential for your own safety and a prerequisite for booking our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains or on safari that requires a helicopter, the helicopter will not take off until full coverage of the costs has been clarified.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. Flights at bargain prices in particular cannot usually be rebooked or cancelled free of charge. In Tanzania there could also be complications with the weather, your health, etc., which would force you to abandon your trip.
We asked ERGO Reiseversicherung to put together different service packages for you. You can book the right travel health insurance for you at https://www.reiseversicherung.de.
It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours only recommends that its guests book travel insurance through ERGO and assumes no responsibility for the contractual content between the travel guest and the insurance provider. It is up to each guest to book their travel insurance through ERGO or another provider.
Standard of hotels and accommodations
In Tanzania, the hotels we have booked are good and correspond to mid-western standards. The sanitary facilities are clean and functional. The hotel kitchen is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. Sometimes there can be power cuts or sometimes no hot water is available. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and makes every effort to ensure the well-being of each guest. The hotels we have booked are as follows:
Arusha: Ilboru Safari Lodge, Mount Meru Hotel, Mount Meru Game Lodge, Rivertrees Country Inn, Arumeru River Lodge
Moshi/Kilimanjaro: Chanya Lodge, Weru Weru, Kaliwa Lodge, Salinero
Karatu: Eileen’s Trees Inn, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Endoro Lodge
Manyara: Lake Manyara Serena Hotel, Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Luxury Lodge
Ngorongoro: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Rhino Lodge
Serengeti: Embalakai Camps, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Serengeti Serena Hotel, Lahia Tented Lodge, Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp, Four Seasons Serengeti, Melia Serengeti
Tarangire: Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire Balloon Camp, Tarangire Simba Lodge, Maramboi Tented Lodge
Zanzibar: Maru Maru Hotel, Nungwi Dreams, MMelia Zanzibar, the Z hotel, Kendwa Rocks, Zanzibar Serena Hotel, Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel, Kholle House
The travel program is optimally coordinated for all of the trips we recommend. However, it can happen that roads are closed or impassable without prior notice, that waiting times of several hours arise due to traffic jams or fuel shortages, that access to sites can be closed for various reasons, or other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, Health of the participants, a pandemic or unfavourable conditions during trekking make the implementation of the travel program difficult or, in the worst case, impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will endeavour to carry out all program points to your satisfaction. The inconvenience is usually limited. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this point that, for the reasons mentioned, program changes are possible at any time and are not the responsibility of the organizer. Any resulting costs are borne by the traveller. We ask for your understanding.
Flying in Tanzania
Domestic flights in Tanzania may be postponed for days due to limited airspace or weather conditions, or for technical or other reasons. Under these exceptional circumstances, our team will try – in cooperation with you – to relocate the tour to other regions or to organize road transport. The risk of delay and cancellation of these flights is borne by all participants.
In the event of a delay of several days, all participants are personally responsible for changing their flight home at least 48 hours in advance. We are of course happy to help you.
The domestic flights booked by us are:
- Air Tanzania
- Precision Air
- Coastal Aviation
- Auric air
Please note that our trips are not suitable for people with limited mobility.
- Duration: 7 days
- Holiday Type: Hotel accommodation
- Best trekking period: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec
- Difficulty: Easy
- Max Altitude: 2.500 m
- Group size: Min. 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of onl two persons)
- Tour guide: English speaking, trained Tanzanian safari guide
- Price: 2.390,00 €
- Single room supplement: 290,00 €