Tanzania Discovery Safari is ideal for those wishing to experience Tanzania for the first time. Magnificent landscapes, rich wildlife and many natural wonders awaits you on this African Safari holiday.
Take a deep breath and enter the exotic paradise of Tanzania, where your adventure promises thrilling game viewing, an incredible exploration of the unspoiled African plains, and even a visit to an archaeological site where the earliest known ancestral remains were discovered.
Also on your agenda will be a culturally rich stop at a real Maasai village at Ngorongoro. In the language of the Maasai, Serengeti means “the endless plains that go up to the sky.” See the unique and unrivaled beauty of the African plains and landscapes on this fascinating 7-days guided African safari that will offer you a unique insight into the natural world.
DAY 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by a representative and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha the nerve center of East Africa, and getaway to several national parks in the north of the country. Meals & Overnight at African Tulip Hotel.
Day 2: Tarangire, Tanzania
Dreams become reality this morning as you drive to Tarangire National Park in safari vehicles for your first experience at wildlife viewing.Your destination today is prehistoric-looking Tarangire National Park, where you experience the African wilderness as the early explorers did – without crowds! One of the best parks on the northern circuit to see elephants, Tarangire’s wildlife population includes herds of zebra, jackal, giraffe, gazelle, and buffalo. Arrive at your safari lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive into a landscape dotted with baobab trees and umbrella-thorn acacias.
On arrival game viewing in the Park en route to Tarangire Sapa lodge where you will have lunch. After lunch an afternoon game viewing in the Park. Tarangire National Park famed for its large baobab herds of elephant that reside there. Game drives in this park reveal an honest glimpse of an unspoiled Africa.
The park boast of over 550 species of birds (one of the highest number of bird species of any world habitat), and thousands of wild animals, it also has the highest concentrations of African wildlife during the dry season. Your specially built safari vehicle with pop-up roof provides you with intimate viewing of this natural wilderness, considered one of Africa’s finest.
DAY 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
The famed Ngorongoro crater supports a high number of large mammals estimated to be about 25,000, with Grazers such as zebra and wildebeest dominating –The two accounting for almost half the animals – others include gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest.
An odd feature of the elephants found on the crater floor is that they are almost exclusively bulls. The reason for the absence of the breeding herds could be unavailability of sufficient quality food in the crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. Crater floor has the most dense population of large predators, mainly lion – about 100 – and more than 400 spotted hyena, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger.
Day 4 & 5: Serengeti, Tanzania
Drive to the legendary Serengeti National Park, visiting en route the famed Olduvai Gorge, or more precisely Oldupai Gorge (the correct Maasai name).Here, some of the world’s most important archaeological finds have been made. You will find the drive to the gorge is breathtaking, with panoramic views of volcanic mountains in the distance, and wildflowers alongside the road. Some of mankind’s earliest ancestors are known to have lived in the Ngorongoro area, where the rich fossil sites of Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli have earned this part of the continent the title “Cradle of Mankind.”
In 1959, Olduvai Gorge became the most famous prehistoric site in Africa with the “Zinjanthropus” discovery. Mary Leakey unearthed a 1.7 million-year-old fossil skull, which her husband, Louis, named Zinj, and proclaimed the “earliest man.” Real ancestral bones emerged from Olduvai only two years later, when fossils discovered by the Leakey’s’ son, Jonathan, were named Homo habilis, or “The Handy Man.”He is thought to be the first toolmaker.
Almost nowhere else in Africa can you expect to see more big game than in the Serengeti Plains. In the center of the plains, set high on a hill overlooking the sweeping grasslands that are the habitat of countless zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, and numerous other species, the your deluxe Lodge enjoys an incomparable location.
Day 6: Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Today you make your way to Lake Manyara National Park, with a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon touring and viewing wildlife in the park. The small forested park is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a backdrop for your search of the park’s phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos.
The afternoon is spent game viewing along the main road that winds for several kilometers through a cool, lush, mature groundwater forest dominated by large fichus trees and a tangle of green epiphytes. Dinner & Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Day 7:Lake Manyara To Arusha & Depart
After breakfast return to Arusha, arriving in time for lunch at African Tulip Hotel. After lunch a day room to freshen –up will be provided till late evening when you will be collected from the hotel by your guide and transferred to Kilimanjaro International airport where you will board your home bound flight.