Witness the elephants & ancient baobab tress of Tarangire, visit the hauntingly beautiful Lake Natron, meet the nomadic Maasai tribe, travel the endless plains of the world-famous Serengeti, search for the elusive Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater, join the Hadazbe Bush People as they go hunting & gathering, spot the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara & enjoy sundowners by the campfire & dinner under the African sky on our 11 Day Mid-Range Loge & Tented Camps safari.
Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport you will be met by a our team and transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening you will have a welcome briefing at your hotel. Overnight at Outpost lodge.
Day 2: Safari to Tarangire National Park
Visit Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive, One of Africa’s little-known gems & should be on the itinerary of all lovers of wilderness & solitude. Its name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park & is the only source of water during the dry season.
Tarangire’s landscape is incredibly diverse and is dotted with ancient baobab trees & large termite mounds. The dry season sees the harsh sun suck the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red while the wet season brings luscious high grasses.
Famous for its large elephant population, it is also home to zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, baboons, dwarf mongoose, impala, buffalo, antelope & fringe-eared oryx. Predators include lion, cheetah & leopard. The swamps are shared by flocks of birds; green wood hoopoes, lovebirds, tallish herons, white bellied go-away birds & giant kingfishers. On drier ground you will find the kori bustard & the heaviest of the flying birds; the ostrich. Dinner and overnight at Lake Burunge tented Lodge.
Day 3: Tour to Lake Natron
Travel to Lake Natron, wild and remote, it is situated at the base of Africa’s only active volcano, Oldoinyo Lengai, known as the Mountain of God to the local Maasai people. The area around Lake Natron contains some of the most harsh and amazing scenery in Africa and is utterly breathtaking.
Together with your Guide, you will be accompanied by a local Maasai Guide and walk up to the Engero Sero Waterfalls. Winding up through the shady gorge you will reach a beautiful natural swimming pool surrounded by steep rock walls showered by cascading spring water where you will have the opportunity to swim. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron tented camp.
Day 4: Lake Natron
Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. Home to millions of tiny crustaceans, the lake is a haven for literally thousands of flamingos and it is one of the most important flamingo breeding grounds on earth. It is the landscape rather than the animals that is the attraction – the area around the lake is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.
After breakfast you will walk out across the baked mud to the shores of the great Soda Lake. From here, you can look back at the memorising view of Oldoinyo Lengai standing tall amongst the rolling hills and flat plains. Its ash-grey colour will remind you that this is still an active volcano. Lake Natron tented camp.
Day 5: Maasai Village & Serengeti National Park
Travel to the Serengeti National Park which is one of Africa’s premier’s game parks. Driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area toward the Serengeti National Park you will begin to experience the vastness of this territory and marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through this acacia spotted savannah. You will visit a Maasai Village in the Ngorongoro Highlands where you will meet the Elders, Warriors, women and children and learn about the culture, beliefs and traditions of Tanzania’s last nomadic tribe.
The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Serengeti is a year-round destination and each season has its own special highlight with the most famous being the annual wildebeest migration – a once in a lifetime experience. You will game drive enroute before arriving into the Serengeti in time for a half day game drive. And overnight Lobo wildlife Lodge.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Today, you will venture deeper into the world-famous Serengeti on a full day game drive. Enhance Your Safari: This morning you have the opportunity to enjoy a hot air balloon flight (not included). Launch at dawn, rising as the sun raises above the breathtaking Serengeti you will gently float over the plains for around 1 hour. Upon your graceful return to the ground you will feast on a champagne breakfast under an acacia tree before continuing your safari. Please ask us for price and availability. Dinner and overnight at Kati kati tented lodge FB.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will be rewarded with a full day game drive in the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 & is one of the only places on earth where mankind & wild animals co-exist is harmony.
The Crater is famous for Africa’s best game viewing as there is an ever present abundance of wildlife due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will descend 610 meters into the Crater where your safari truly begins. Spot the endangered black rhino, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, eland, Grant’s & Thomson’s gazelle & giant tusked elephants plus lions & leopards, cheetahs as well as scavengers such as spotted hyenas, jackals & wild dogs. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge FB
Day 8 to 9: Tour to Lake Eyasi
After an early breakfast you will drive to Lake Eyasi where you will meet your local guide and together you will meet the Hadzabe Bush People and Datoka Tribe. Join them as they go about their daily activities such as hunting and gathering. You will visit the area where they collect fruits and roots and find water during the dry season as well as visit the caves they call home. Stay at Lake Eyansi safari lodge
Day 10: Tour to Lake Manyara
Visit Lake Manyara, home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees & grassy flood plains the contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking. With its open plains, huge escarpment, soda lake, dense woodlands & distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
Animals such as elephants, hippos, impala, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, blue monkeys & buffalo all roam the park’s territory as well as the famous tree-climbing lions & leopard & provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life with over 400 species having been recorded within the park including pink-hued flamingos, herons, storks & pelicans. After a full day game drive you will return to Arusha for your final evening. At outpost lodge
Day 11: Farewell Tanzania
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.