10 Days (North Serengeti Migration) -Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Serengeti (4 nights), Ngorongoro & Materuni falls
Duration - 10 days

In this tour we will cover the 5 most popular destinations in Tanzania - Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron, Central Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Materuni Falls. Tour starts and ends at Arusha. With our experienced driver guides, it will be a trip of a lifetime!


Short Itinerary


Day 1 (Jul 11, 2024) - Arusha to Tarangire. Game drives in Tarangire
Day 2 (Jul 12, 2024) - Transfer to Lake Manyara for game drives
Day 3 (Jul 13, 2024) - Transfer to Lake Natron for Bird Watching/Flamingo Walk
Day 4 (Jul 14, 2024) - Lake Natron (Ngare Sero waterfalls visit) and transfer to Northern Serengeti
Day 5 (Jul 15, 2024) - North Serengeti - Full day game drives
Day 6 (Jul 16, 2024) - Mornning game drives in North Serengeti and transfer to Central Serengeti
Day 7 (Jul 17, 2024) - Central Serengeti - full day game drives
Day 8 (Jul 18, 2024) - Morning game drives in Serengeti and afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro/Karatu
Day 9 (Jul 19, 2024) - Ngorongoro crater tour (5 hours) in the morning and afternoon transfer to Arusha
Day 10 (Jul 20, 2024) - Visit to Materuni falls, chagga tribe and coffee plantation tour and drop at Arusha or Kili airport

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Itinerary


Day 1 - Arusha to Tarangire. Game drives in Tarangire

We start at around 7:00 AM from Arusha and drive to Tarangire National park with packed lunch boxes. Tarangire gate will be about 2.5 hours drive away. Once we reach the park, we start game drives here. Tarangire National park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. We will have a lunch break at a picnic scenic picnic spot. Post lunch, we will continue with game drives till around 5:00 PM or so. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you.

Day 2 - Transfer to Lake Manyara for game drives

We start at around 8:30 AM from hotel after breakfast and drive to Manyara National park with packed lunch boxes. Manyara gate will be about 30 min drive away. Once we reach the park, we start game drives here. As you enter the national park, lush forests of Acacia and Mahogany trees begin to set the mood for what is waiting ahead and with a small break for picnic lunch. During the game drive in Lake Manyara watch out for buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, baboons and the blue monkey, tree climbing lions, however spotting them is a game of luck. In the right season, you can see the shoreline turning pink with millions of flamingos flocking there. And you will head to your hotel, have dinner and rest.
Optional add-on tours this day: Hiking at Rift valley for 1.5 hours in morning ($25 per client), Canoeing at Lake Manyara for about 2.5 hours ($74 per person)

Day 3 - Transfer to Lake Natron for Bird Watching/Flamingo Walk

Your day will begin after breakfast by about 8:00 AM. We depart with packed lunch boxes towards Lake Natron. Located about 3.5 hours drive away from Mto Wa Mbu/Manyara, Lake Natron is a surreal destination and unique natural spectacle. Its waters are highly alkaline and are unusually shallow, averaging just one meter in depth. After checking into your lodge and a short break, put your walking shoes on as a Maasai tribesman takes you on a walk around the shores of Lake Natron on the lookout for birds, especially the lesser flamingos. Lake Natron is the most important and regular breeding site for lesser flamingos in East Africa hosting up to 2 million of them during the breeding season. The majority of egg-laying and hatching takes place from September to January. After the hike, you will head back to your camp/lodge for a well deserved dinner and rest.

Day 4 - Lake Natron (Ngare Sero waterfalls visit) and transfer to Northern Serengeti

Your day starts early. Around 6:00 AM, accompanied by a Maasai guide, enjoy some light hiking to the nearby Ngare Sero waterfalls and relax in the cool spray of water cascading down the rocks of this scenic ravine. Make sure to bring your shoes! We return to accommodation by 8:30 AM and finishing up a good breakfast, will head out towards the Serengeti National Park. This road trip takes through variety of sites: towns and villages, savannah and forest, and you’ll be able to spot animals like antelope, wildebeest and zebra. We enter Serengeti in the afternoon and drive towards North Serengeti. You will have an afternoon game drive in the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long game drive itself. The eventful day comes to an end with dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

Day 5 - North Serengeti - Full day game drives

We depart for full day game drives around 8:00 AM with packed lunch and return back to lodge late afternoon around 6:00 PM. Or you can depart at 6:00 AM on an early morning game drive. Later return to accommodation for breakfast and relax for a bit and depart on an afternoon game drive with packed lunch. In the months between mid june to september the migration can be found in this region. From mid June to September, the Mara River in this region offers the most dramatic river crossing of the great migration. Fierce,deep and heavily rain fed the river takes an enormous toll on the migrating wildebeest. Watching the wildebeest surging through the torrential flow, some drowning and a few falling prey to lurking crocodiles is an unforgettable sight. If it’s your lucky day you will be able to witness this natural wonder and watch nature take its course. Tracing the great migration you might even move towards the Lobo valley. The pristine lobo valley is scattered with woodlands, plains, hills and famous granite Kopjes.It offers an enormous amount of bigcat game with lions, leopards and cheetah in plenty. During the dry season the permanent water sources in the valley attract plenty of resident and migratory animals, resulting in excellent game viewing. During the full day game drive, you will have a stop where you can have your picnic lunch. The day comes to an end with a tasty dinner and a good rest in your choice of accommodation.

Day 6 - Mornning game drives in North Serengeti and transfer to Central Serengeti

We start after the breakfast and depart for game drives around 9:00 AM with packed lunch or depart at 6:00 AM on an early morning game drive. Later return to accommodation for breakfast and relax for a bit and depart to Central Serengeti with packed lunch. The four hour drive to the centre will offer mild enroute game.The drive south from the Mara river valley takes you through hill country, the Lobo area, woodlands and then back into Seronera terrain.The central portion of the Serengeti - known as Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengetis' species. As you make your way into the Seronera region, you will begin to notice the hilly and broken terrain altering into plain grasslands. In Seronera one must really look out for the many lion prides that thrive in this region.The interactions and survival of these lion prides provide an excellent game viewing experience all year round. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long drive itself. The eventful day comes to an end with a dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

Day 7 - Central Serengeti - full day game drives

We depart around 8:00 AM after breakfast, with packed lunch boxes for full day game drives that last for about 8-9 hours in Central Serengeti. We return to camp around 5:30 PM. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

Optional add-on tours this day: Balloon Safari in the morning ($540 per person) or Walking safari for 3-4 hours ($45 per person sharing or $60 for solo client) in Central Serengeti

Day 8 - Morning game drives in Serengeti and afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro/Karatu

After early breakfast, we depart at around 6:30 AM and will have game drives till around noon in Central Serengeti. Later depart for accommodation in Karatu, crossing Ngorongoro conservation area. The long day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

Day 9 - Ngorongoro crater tour (5 hours) in the morning and afternoon transfer to Arusha

After an early breakfast, descend to the crater floor for game drive(5 hours). You can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, hyenas, Jackals, rhinos and many birds. The birds seen here include eagle, vulture, flamingos in the Crater Lake, storks, giant vulture,and many more. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. With a 3.5 hr drive left to your accommodation in Arusha, the day will come to a close. Freshly made delicious dinner will be ready for you at your accommodation. All these days of the safari, will have you quite tired and a good rest is essential. You will also bid farewell to your safari guide and vehicle today as last leg of your tour will be done with a different vehicle (toyota alphard or similar) and driver.The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.

Day 10 - Visit to Materuni falls, chagga tribe and coffee plantation tour and drop at Arusha or Kili airport

After breakfast, around 8:00 AM we start the 2 hour drive to Materuni which is located under the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival, you will do a 35 minutes hike to the waterfalls. If weather is clear, we might get decent views of Mt Kilimanjaro this day. Make sure to wear good boots as the trail can be often muddy. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is a good place for a refreshing swim after the hike. 25-minute hike back from the waterfalls afterward you will join a local tribe with whom you will a enjoy delicious Swahili/Chagga lunch. After lunch, you will explore the coffee-making process and get to processes your own cup of coffee. Later you will be driven either back to the hotel in Arusha or to the airport. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, our tour comes to an end.
Hotel in Arusha can be arranged at extra cost.

Stay Locations


Day 1 - Tarangire (Within the Park) or Tarangire (Outside the Park) or Lake Manyara (Outside the Park)

Day 2 - Lake Manyara (Within the Park) or Lake Manyara (Outside the Park)

Day 3 - Lake Natron

Day 4 - North Serengeti

Day 5 - North Serengeti

Day 6 - Central Serengeti

Day 7 - Central Serengeti

Day 8 - Karatu or NCA

Day 9 - Arusha

Maps


Pre & Post Tour Hotels


Arusha is the base for safari tours in North Tanzania. If you need accommodation in Arusha before/after your safari tour you can check some popular hotel prices on bed and breakfast basis below (Prices are per person).

Single room:

Double sharing room:

Triple sharing room:

All of the above prices are on per person per night on bed and breakfast basis. More hotel options can be shared upon request

Transfers


This tour starts from Arusha. Kilimanjaro airport is the nearest international airport and Arusha airport is the nearest domestic airport. Please check our page on how to get to Arusha

Airport Pickup/Drop
Pickup or drop off at Arusha airport on the day of safari: No extra charge
Pickup or drop off at Kilimanjaro airport on the day of safari: USD 30 per vehicle

Airport to Hotel transfers
Transfer from Arusha airport to Arusha hotel or vice versa: USD 25 per vehicle
Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha hotel or vice versa: USD 50 per vehicle

InterCity transfers
Transfer from Moshi to Arusha or vice versa: USD 100 per vehicle
Transfer from Nairobi to Arusha or vice versa: USD 275 per vehicle

Flights


We do not book International Flights.
We can book local flights based on availability. Below are indicative additional costs for local flights.

Intercity Flights
From Zanzibar to Arusha: From USD 100 per person (Morning flight)
From Dar es salaam to Arusha: From USD 90 per person (Morning flight)
From Arusha to Zanzibar: From USD 170 per person (Late Afternoon flight)
From Arusha to Dar es salaam: From USD 110 per person (Late Afternoon flight)

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This tour starts & ends at Arusha with road transfers between all locations. North Serengeti is the farthest location you will be visiting and it is 11 hours from Arusha, each way. You can check about driving and flying to Serengeti here. To save drive time, you can directly fly into North Serengeti where your safari vehicle with guide will be waiting to directly start the safari and cover other parks over the next few days making your way to Arusha by road on the last day. We will reroute the itinerary such that you cover all the parks included in the original itinerary with the same choice of accommodations & same number of nights as included in the original itinerary. This is called a Fly-in Safari

We can also reroute the itinerary such that you start with driving from Arusha on day 1 and cover other parks before you reach North Serengeti. We end the safari tour at North Serengeti on the last day from where you can fly out to Ausha (or other cities). We will reroute the itinerary such that you cover all the parks included in the original itinerary with the same choice of accommodations & same number of nights as included in the original itinerary. This is called a Fly-out Safari.

Fly Into Serengeti
From Arusha to North Serengeti: From USD 320 per person
From Zanzibar to North Serengeti: From USD 380 per person
From Dar es Salaam to North Serengeti: From USD 380 per person

Fly out of Serengeti
From North Serengeti to Arusha: From USD 300 per person
From North Serengeti to Zanzibar: From USD 500 per person
From North Serengeti to Dar es salaam: From USD 500 per person

Note 1: Rates mentioned above are indicative and subject to change based on exact dates, airlines and party(group) size
Note 2: In the Fly into Serengeti rates mentioned above, in addition to airfare, above rates also include cost to send the safari landcruiser with guide a day in advance to Serengeti, in time for your arrival & additional park fees that results due to rerouting of itinerary.
Note 3: Flights into Serengeti land at around 10:30 AM and game drives can start soon after landing while flights out of Serengeti depart around 11:00 AM and game drives can be done till about 45 min before flight departure.

Meals


Day 1 - Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 - Breakfast & Lunch

Drive Times


Day 1 - Arusha to Tarangire takes about 2.5 to 3 hours (106 km)
Day 2 - Tarangire to Lake Manyara takes about 1.5 to 2 hours (88 km)
Day 3 - Lake Manyara to Lake Natron takes about 3 to 3.5 hours (120 km)
Day 4 - Lake Natron to North Serengeti takes about 6.5 to 7 hours (270 km)
Day 6 - North Serebgeti to Central Serengeti takes about 4.5 to 5 hours (103 km)
Day 8 - Central Serengeti to NCA takes about 3 to 3.5 hours (151 km)
Day 9 - NCA to Arusha takes about 4 to 4.5 hours (154 km)
Day 10 - Arusha to Materuni Falls takes about 2 hours (97 km)

Note: These are estimated drive times. Because of the traffic, location of the accommodations, and several other factors, actual drive times may vary. Driving distances are approximate and do not account for exact places.

Inclusions


  • Park Fees (for Non-Residents).

  • Concession/ Camping Fees.

  • Daily game drives while on Safari.

  • A professional driver/ guide.

  • 4x4 Land Cruiser.

  • All Taxes and VAT.

  • Meals as per itinerary.

  • Drinking water while on safari (2 litres per person per day).

Exclusions


  • International flights.

  • Airport Transfers (Unless mentioned otherwise).

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless mentioned otherwise).

  • Tips (Tipping guidelines).

  • Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).

  • Government imposed increase of Taxes and or Park Fees.

  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

Addons


Add-on tours in Serengeti
Hot Air Balloon Ride: USD 540 per person
Rhino Tracking: USD 130 per person
Short Walking Tour (upto 4 hours): USD 45 per person
Long Walking Tour (upto 6 hours): USD 60 per person
Information on Serengeti Add-on tours

Add-on tours in Ngorongoro
Masai Village Tour: USD 25 per person
Olduvai Gorge museum visit: USD 35 per person
Ngorongoro Crater Rim Hike: USD 35 per person
Information on Ngorongoro Add-on tours

Add-on tours in Lake Manyara
Canoeing in Lake Manyara: USD 74 per person
Night Game drives in Lake Manyara NP: USD 114 per person
Treetop Walkway: USD 54 per person
Information on Lake Manyara Add-on tours

Add-on tours in Tarangire
Hot Air Balloon Ride: USD 540 per person
Short Walking Tour (upto 4 hours): USD 45 per person
Long Walking Tour (upto 6 hours): USD 60 per person
Night Game Drives (for clients staying inside): USD 100-200 per person depending on lodge

Add-on tours in Karatu
Coffee Plantation Tour: USD 20 per person
Iraqw Village Tour: USD 25 per person
Endoro Falls & Elephant Caves visit: USD 35 per person
Information on Karatu Add-on tours

Add-on tours in Arusha NP
Canoeing in Lake Momella: USD 79 per person

10 Days (North Serengeti Migration) -Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Serengeti (4 nights), Ngorongoro & Materuni falls
Duration - 10 days

In this tour we will cover the 5 most popular destinations in Tanzania - Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron, Central Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Materuni Falls. Tour starts and ends at Arusha. With our experienced driver guides, it will be a trip of a lifetime!


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