8 days

Tanzania Lodge Safari

Tanzania Lodge Safari

The black-maned tree-climbing lions and flamingos of Lake Manyara National Park

The 'Garden of Eden' of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater

Tarangire National Park's migratory animals, savannahs, acacias and baobabs

Game drives in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Serengeti

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  • Tanzania boasts some of the most impressive national parks in Africa, containing some of the best range of wildlife on the entire continent. On this short lodge-based safari we visit Lake Manyara National Park, one of many such soda lakes in east Africa's Great Rift Valley, for our first game drive from our base at an incredible lodge overlooking the lake. From Lake Manyara we travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and into the bordering Serengeti National Park. This is the quintessential Africa, where wide open plains stretch as far as the eye can see, supporting vast numbers of plains animals, including over two million wildebeest. Driving around the Serengeti Plains ranks as one of the major highlights in all of Africa. Leaving the Serengeti we pause at Olduvai Gorge, an archeological site made famous by Dr Leakey in the 1950's, before reaching the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater. Just 20 kilometres wide the crater floor teems with vast quantities of animals, including elephant, lion, cheetah and black rhino. The park is truly a mini 'Garden of Eden' which we will explore from our lodge, which is spectacularly perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From Ngorongoro we travel to our final national park, Tarangire National Park, which has a wildlife concentration second only to the Ngorongoro Crater. This safari is conducted in a 4WD vehicle with a specialist local guide to give you the best possible insight into these famous parks of northern Tanzania.

    Why we love it

    • Tanzania boasts some of the most impressive national parks in Africa, containing some of the best range of wildlife on the entire continent.
    • On this short lodge-based safari we visit Lake Manyara National Park, one of many such soda lakes in east Africa's Great Rift Valley, for your first game drive from our base at an incredible lodge overlooking the lake.
    • From Lake Manyara we travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and into the bordering Serengeti National Park.
    • This is the quintessential Africa, where wide open plains stretch as far as the eye can see, supporting vast numbers of plains animals, including over two million wildebeest.
    • Driving around the Serengeti Plains ranks as one of the major highlights in all of Africa.
    • Leaving the Serengeti you will pause at Olduvai Gorge, an archeological site made famous by Dr Leakey in the 1950's, before reaching the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Just 20 kilometres wide the crater floor teems with vast quantities of animals, including elephant, lion, cheetah and black rhino.
    • The park is truly a mini 'Garden of Eden' which we will explore from our lodge, which is spectacularly perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • From Ngorongoro we travel to your final national park, Tarangire National Park, which has a wildlife concentration second only to the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • This safari is conducted in a 4WD vehicle with a specialist local guide to give you the best possible insight into these famous parks of northern Tanzania.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Kilimanjaro Airport - Arusha

    • On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by a Peregrine representative. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm this evening.
    • The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day and there are no excursions planned, so you may arrive at any time.
    Kibo Palace Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lake Manyara

    • This morning is free to enjoy at leisure in Arusha before joining up with other guests on the safari for lunch. In Arusha you may wish to visit the village of Tengeru. Walk through the narrow village roads and chat with the locals to find out about their daily lives.
    • A three-hour drive will take you through the village of Mto Wa Mbu before you climb up part of the great Rift Valley to your lodge. You will arrive at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in the late afternoon.
    • Spectacularly perched high on the escarpment overlooking the alkaline Lake Manyara, this is a wonderful place to spend the first night on your Tanzanian safari.
    Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

    • In the morning you will explore Lake Manyara National Park on a short game drive. This picturesque lake is home to a large number of birds, including flamingos and pelicans, which can be seen in the water or on shore.
    • The area is also renowned for black-maned, tree-climbing lions, who have developed this habit due to the marshy soil. Witnessing one of these is real highlight of any safari. Large herds of buffalo and elephant are also often sighted.
    • You will depart Lake Manyara for the wide open plains of the Serengeti. To reach the Serengeti you must travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, skirting the Ngorongoro Crater before entering into the Serengeti.
    • You will spend the afternoon on a game drive covering the more southern regions of the Serengeti before reaching your Lodge.
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

    • The seemingly endless Serengeti Plains capture the essence of Africa. They are home to massive numbers of grazing animals and also various predators, and the interaction between the many species often provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.
    • Today you will start around sunrise for a morning game drive and follow that up later on with an afternoon game drive, as the animals tend to be more active in the cooler hours of the day. You will usually return to camp during the hotter hours in the middle of the day, where you will enjoy a hearty meal, relax and maybe take a siesta.
    • Depending on wildlife movements and opportunities for sightings, the drive may continue through lunch and last all day. In this case, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    • This morning you will have time to further explore the Serengeti and perhaps visit Simba Kopjes, an outcrop of rocks favoured by lion and cheetah, who can often be seen basking in the morning sun.
    • You will spend your time game viewing and will stop for a picnic lunch on the drive from Serengeti National Park back toward the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Along the way you will have the option to visit Olduvai Gorge, an site famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of pre-historic man.
    • Your lodge for the next two nights is beautifully located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. We highly recommend that you take the time in the late afternoon to pause and take in this incredible vista, as the sun sets over the crater.
    Ngorongoro Sopa or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater

    • Today you will explore the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, widely regarded as a microcosm of natural habitats in Africa and often touted as a veritable Garden of Eden. Within this crater lies every type of ecosystem, including riverine forests, open plains, freshwater and alkaline lakes.
    • Ngorongoro Crater is the remnants of an ancient volcano caldera, and within its 300 square kilometres is a remarkable concentration of wildlife. The scenery is spectacular as you descend almost 600 metres down to the crater floor. There is every chance that you will see a considerable variety of wildlife in this compact area, including the highly endangered black rhinoceros.
    • In the afternoon you will leave the crater and return to the lodge for a second night. (National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater.) The late afternoon can be spent relaxing at the lodge, enjoying the wonderful views.
    Ngorongoro Sopa or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park

    • Bidding farewell to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will travel back down the Rift Valley escarpment and through Mto Wa Mbu before reaching Tarangire National Park - your final Tanzanian national park.
    • Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the Masailands and is defined by large open savannahs dotted with acacia woodland and large baobab trees. With the presence of the Tarangire River, this park forms a refuge during the dry season for many migratory animals, ensuring that Tarangire's wildlife concentration is second only to that of Ngorongoro Crater.
    • At Tarangire you will enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to your safari lodge, situated inside the park.
    Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Tarangire National Park - Kilimanjaro Airport

    • You will enjoy an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park before returning to Arusha in time for lunch. It is then time for fond farewells, as some of you may be staying on in Arusha.
    • The rest of you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), arriving mid-afternoon at which time your tour finishes. Any flights out of Kilimanjaro Airport should not be booked prior to 4pm.
    • Should you wish to depart from Arusha Airport (ARK), a transfer can be booked (at an additional cost). Please contact your Travel Agent to arrange.
    • Flights out of Arusha Airport should also not be booked to depart prior to 3pm.
    Breakfast | Lunch
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local driver/guide
    • Arrival transfer
    • 1 day in Lake Manyara National Park, 2 days in the Serengeti National Park, 2 days in Ngorongoro Crater and 1 day in Tarangire National Park
    • Accommodation in Lake Manyara Serena Lodge overlooking Lake Manyara; in Serengeti Sopa Lodge; and at a lodge located on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFJL
Group size 4 - 6
Start City: Arusha, Tanzania
End City: Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

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