Tanzania is arguably the most special country on the African continent. Its changing and beautiful landscapes, its lush, varied and abundant flora and fauna or the richness of its cultural mix are proof of this. It is the birthplace of the magical Serengueti National Park and the monumental Kilimanjaro. In Dreams of Africa Safari we accompany you in this unique experience by the most emblematic National Parks on the planet.
Day 1: Arrival
We will pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport, according to your arrival times and destination. One of our guides will wait for you at the airport to help you with your luggage and take you to the city of Arusha, where your adventure will begin. Arusha is one of the most important cities in the country, surrounded by wonderful natural parks, is the perfect place to start our journey. It is located at the foot of Mount Meru, which with its 4.566 meters of altitude is the second highest point in the country. Arusha is a multicultural city, a range of religions and cultures that coexist in total harmony. You will have unlimited cold water as well as wifi network in our cars. We’ll transfer you to the hotel. If you are not too tired, we invite you to stroll around the city, enter its markets and mingle with its people, or have a taste of the delicious local beers. You will be surprised by the proximity and friendliness of this city of the Great Rift Valley. (Accommodation and breakfast)
Day 2. City of Arusha to Tarangire National Park (2,850 km2/ 1,005 mi2)
We will pick you up at the Lodge / Hotel in Arusha and head to Tarangire National Park to make our first safari. The park extends along the Tarangire River line and consists mainly of low hills on the plain of the Great Rift Valley. Its natural vegetation consists of acacia forests and gigantic baobab trees, with huge swampy areas in the south. In the middle of the morning we will make a stop to stretch our legs and drink if you wish a tea or coffee that gives us the energy necessary to continue our safari. In Tarangire National Park, both the river and the marshes act as a magnet for wild animals, during the dry season of Tanzania. Tarangire National Park has a reputation for containing some of Africa’s largest herds of elephants. After so many hours of emotions we will make a stop to eat and replenish strength, with a picnic meal, in one of the many enabled areas within the park. Then we’ll resume our safari. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals: the large kudu, the fringe eared oryx and the ashy starling. Transfer to Lodge/Hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Taranguire / Ngorongoro / Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we start with a trip to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a unique landscape awaits you. From its viewpoint we will see the impressive panorama of the Crater in all its splendor. During our tour we will observe multiple Masai villages, wildlife, and we Will make a stop on the way so that you can take some photo surrounded by these incredible landscapes and enjoy, if you wish, a tea or coffee. We will continue driving south, to enter the Serengeti National Park, continuing our safari during our route. There’s a lot to watch, more than 1.5 million wildebeest and 700,000 zebras are on their way here on the famous annual migration. We’ll serve you a picnic meal. Once you arrive at the Lodge/Camp, a night full of emotions awaits you, while dining comfortably in the middle of the savannah and sleeping surrounded by the sounds of nature. Dinner and Accommodation at the Lodge/Camp.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park (14,763 km2/ 5,700 mi2)
Today is the day! The incredible Serengeti awaits you. At 14.763 km2 the Serengeti National Park is the largest in Tanzania and one of the largest on the African continent. We will leave early in the morning for a full day Safari in the park, cradle of Masai culture and the house of the “Big 5”. As you know, we will stop in the middle of the morning for a tea or coffee and continue in search of wildebeest migration, including predators (lions, leopards, cheetahs) and other mammals (antilopes, gazelles, zebras, hippos, hyenas). The black rhino, giraffe (national animal of Tanzania) or herds of elephants and African buffaloes, are some of the many animal species that can be found in the Serengeti National Park. We will eat picnic in the middle of the savannah and continue our adventure. The Serengeti National Park is the oldest in Tanzania and the main tourist attraction of the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1981 and its wildlife is of incomparable wealth, so make sure you have your photographic equipment always prepared. Dinner and accommodation at the Lodge/Camp. Don’t miss the opportunity to observe the wonderful sky in the African night, or to hear a beautiful Masai legend by the fire. Don’t forget that if you wish, we can help you hire a balloon safari service. Definitely a special way to observe the Serengeti.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park (14,763 km2/ 5,700 mi2)
Our day begins with a morning tour in the center of the Serengeti. For animals, that’s the most active time of the day, it’s still not too hot, so it’s the best opportunity to see predators hunting. Serengeti is thought to have africa’s largest lion population, in part due to the large number of animals that serve as prey to them. There are currently more than 3.000 lions living in the park’s ecosystem and more than 1.000 African leopards, so they are frequently seen throughout the park. As usual we will stop to have our morning snack and during the day, we will stop at Olduvai Gorge. It is a fascinating archaeological site that we will visit if you are interested in history and the Masai tribes. We will eat picnic as we watch the herds grazing placidly around us and after the well-deserved rest we will continue with our adventure. Have you seen the big five? Feel like in a National Geographic documentary, as you go looking for the one you’re missing, there’s no better place than the magical Serengeti for it. The Serengeti National Park is also home to hundreds of unique birds such as the crowned crane, the kori bustard, the secretary bird, ostriches or the royal owl. Once in your accommodation, do not miss the opportunity, if you have not already done so, to observe a sunset in the Savanna. Dinner and accommodation at the Lodge or Camp.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater (19.2 km diameter, 610 deep, 304 km2)
Equipped with our picnic lunch, we will leave the magnificent Serengeti National Park to get on the road to Ngorongoro National Park. We will resume our way back through the endless plain and enjoying our daily safari during the route. As every day, in the middle of the morning, we will stop to replenish strength with some drinks or fruit and we will continue with our way to the conservation area of Ngorongoro. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area located 180 km west of arusha city in tanzania’s volcanic highlands. The delimitation of the conservation area runs along the border of Ngorongoro District. The protected area covers an area of 8,288 km2. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we can find nine volcanoes, of which only one of them is active, the Oldoinyo Lengai. Also, there are one of Tanzania’s most interesting and world-renowned sites, the impressive Ngorongoro Crater. Picnic food. Dinner and accommodation in the vicinity of the Crater.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we will descend 2.000 feet to the bottom of the Crater in our 4×4 vehicle to explore this Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro is a huge, deep volcanic crater with rich pastures, swamps, forests and permanent water on the crater floor. That’s why the wildlife here is so diverse and numerous. Following our customs, in the middle of the morning we will stop for a coffee or some butter cookies, to resume our safari with energy. There are up to 25.000 large animals that live here. It would be the best opportunity to see the black rhino and many other rare species. We will have a fantastic day and we will see the wildlife at its best. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best places in the world to photograph wild animals up close, without interfering or altering their daily life. A paradise of fauna and flora, without a doubt a unique place. In the afternoon we will go back to the crater walls to return to our Lodge/Camp. If you have the opportunity to observe the sunset over the Crater, feel lucky. It’s one of the images you won’t forget for the rest of your life. Dinner and accommodation at the Lodge/Camp
Day 8: Ngorongoro/Arusha/Airport
Today is our last day, so after breakfast, we will head to the city of Arusha. If your schedule allows, we advise you to take advantage of this day to buy souvenirs in the city. Tanzanian craftsmanship is a real marvel. Transfer to the airport for international flight.
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