Days
4
Price from
€1,995EUR

Discover some of Tanzania’s most colourful and varied wildlife on this short adventure. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll drive up part of the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, an ideal base for taking in the picturesque scenes around the lake and the abundant wildlife of the national park. You’ll then venture into Tarangire National Park, whose wildlife concentration is second only to Ngorongoro Crater.

Independent Experiences
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.


Start
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Tanzania
Finish
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Tanzania
Country
Tanzania
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFTMX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Explore one of Africa’s most picturesque and diverse bodies of water – Lake Manyara – which even master of understatement Ernest Hemmingway called the loveliest on the continent.

  • Enjoy the hospitality and stunning location of Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, perched right on the escarpment overlooking the lake.

  • Live out wildlife safari dreams with elephant, lion, giraffe and baboon-spotting in Tarangire National Park, which boasts one of the region's richest concentrations of animal life.

  • Draw on the expertise of a local guide while taking numerous game drives in a purpose built safari vehicle.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although this is an Independent Experience, your game drives within the Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Parks will be by necessity shared game drives. Other guests from the lodge will accompany you.

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.

Itinerary

On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by a Peregrine representative and driven to your lodge. Please arrive before 2pm so you have time to transfer to Lake Manyara. It will be a three-hour drive to your lodge, passing through the typical Tanzanian rural village of Mto Wa Mbu and climbing up part of the Great Rift Valley. You will arrive at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in the late afternoon and enjoy your first game drive. Even though much of the national park is covered in water, it still has a variety of habitats, including grassy floodplain, rocky escarpment, acacia woodland and groundwater forest, meaning it attracts a large diversity of wildlife – buffalo, giraffe, antelope, baboons, and more. Your accommodation is spectacularly perched high on the escarpment overlooking the alkaline Lake Manyara – a wonderful place to spend the first night of your Tanzanian safari.
Accommodation
  • Lake Manyara Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Manyara - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Dinner
This morning you will explore more of 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 the 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. The park is a great place for elephant watching, with numbers thankfully returning to substantial levels after declines due to poaching. These incredible creatures are somewhat relaxed around vehicles, making viewing that much easier. After lunch back at the lodge, you’ll depart Lake Manyara for Tarangire National Park, home to one of the highest wildlife concentrations in the area. The region is drier than the Serengeti but more densely vegetated, with immense baobab trees throughout. Your accommodation tonight is beautifully located, with wonderful views out to the distant Rift Escarpment and Lake Manyara in the background.

Notes: Your game drive within Lake Manyara National Park will be a shared activity. You will be accompanied by other guests from the lodge. Total driving time today is approximately 3 hours.
Accommodation
  • Maramboi Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you will enjoy two game drives, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This will allow you to see animals at their most active and avoid the heat of midday. Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the Masailands and is defined by large open savannas 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. The quantity of buffalo, giraffe, eland and warthog that congregate around the river numbers in the thousands, while impala, zebra and wildebeest are in the tens of thousands. This obviously means that many large predators can also be found here, but they often prove elusive to spotters. Much more visible are the elephants which, like at Manyara, are drawn by the water.

Notes: Again, your game drives within Tarangire National Park will be shared activities. You will be accompanied by other guests from the lodge. Total driving time today is approximately 7 hours, including game drives.
Accommodation
  • Maramboi Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will farewell Tarangire National Park and this part of your African adventure with an early morning game drive, soaking up the views of this remarkable wilderness before returning to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) via Arusha. Any flights out of the Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports should not be booked prior to 5pm. Should you wish to depart from Arusha Airport (ARK), a transfer can be booked (at an additional cost). Please contact your booking agent to arrange.

Notes: Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle

Accommodation

Safari lodge

Included Activities

  • Lake Manyara - Game drive

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Important notes

Important: Please note that lodge based activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

FLIGHTS:
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport on arrival. On the final day of the tour, you will be dropped off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in the early afternoon. Please ensure you do not book your departure flight out of Kilimanjaro Airport prior to 5pm. 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.

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