Big Five Expedition Safari in Tanzania - 7 Days

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Trip Overview

Big Five Expedition Safari in Tanzania

Mkama Tours to Tanzania is happy to lead your dream safari in Africa to the savannah plains of Serengeti for wildebeest migration via Lake Manyara flooded by pink flamingos then descending to the Ngorongoro magical crater and the Olduvai Gorge to witness the evidence of skulls and borne of early hominids. With a warmth and friendly welcome of all her hospitality citizen, Tanzania makes a super destination for your holiday in Africa.

This itinerary is good because participants will need moderate time at least two nights in Serengeti National Park compare to how large Serengeti is. So long time is the best; at least to explore adventures.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children policy: Minimum age allowed for participation is 12 and participating children need to be supervised is under age 13.
  • Languages: English, Arabic, and Spanish
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 6 exciting game drives
  • Entry fees and guiding fees included
  • See lion, cheetah, elephant, hippo, leopard, and rhinoceros
  • Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Transport based on an excellent and comfortable 4×4 vehicle
  • 3 meals, water bottles, fruit, and coffee daily
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Day 1
Arrival in Arusha

Mkama Tours to Tanzania Limited guide will pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and take you to their office in Arusha. As local Tanzanians, their guides know well the country and Arusha city, so you’ll be in good hands from when you arrive at the moment you leave.

Day 2
Arusha to Manyara

You will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha by your driver guide and depart to Lake Manyara. Arrive at lunch time, game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, and overnight at Twiga Campsite. You will enjoy lunch in the village before exploring the stunning landscape of the park, looking for wildlife on the plains in the acacia woodlands and by the shores of the shallow alkaline lake.

Lake Manyara is rightly famous for its tree-climbing lions, but they’re far from the only highlight; by the end of an exhilarating afternoon, you could easily have spotted elephant, hippo, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe, plus many other species. Pink-hued flamingos, one of 400 bird species recorded here, provide a splash of color.

Day 3
Manyara to Serengeti

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti via Oldupai Gorge, afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park, and overnight at Seronera Campsite. Please note that Serengeti National Park is the biggest national park in the world for the natural features and beauty of the world with the wildebeest migration, the big five animals, and great features.

Day 4
Serengeti

Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park and overnight at Seronera Campsite.

After breakfast early morning, depart for a game drive along the Sogore River circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River. This is an adventure view for spotting lion, gazelle, tope, ostrich, and cheetah. There is a tourists center, close to public campsites, which is a well worth breathtaking after morning game drive.

The center offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop where you can purchase information leaflets and maps of the area. The Kopjes circuit going counterclockwise around the Maasai Kopjes is there for your afternoon game drive after lunch. On this tour, you have the chance to view more lion and some formidably large cobra.

Day 5
Serengeti to Ngorongoro

Depart with picnic breakfast for early morning game drive, after lunch departure to Ngorongoro Crater rim en-route game drive in Serengeti National Park, and overnight at Simba Campsite.

Early in the morning, exciting sounds of Africa will raise you from your sleep. You will make the most of the day with an 8:00 a.m. start, heading off on your morning game drive. Later, the adventure will continue when you travel up to Ngorongoro, another African icon.

It’s almost impossible to spend too much time in Serengeti and with more than 1.5 million herbivores with thousands of predators, there’s always something new and interesting to see. The changing seasons and natural light simply add to the diversity. This morning, your driver-guide will help you spot some more of the many species at Serengeti, teaching you about their fascinating habits and habitats.

After a pleasant picnic lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival, settle in at the campsite while a tasty, hot dinner is prepared for you. Tomorrow, the wonders of the crater await you.

Day 6
Ngorongoro to Arusha

After breakfast, descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a game drive, followed by an afternoon ascend to the crater rim for Arusha.

The volcanic caldera (the world’s largest) is full of grassland, a forest, and swamp, a setting of jaw-dropping beauty. Secondly, the permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals. There, you’ll find many of the reasons you chose to come on safari: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, wallowing hippo, waterbuck, baboons, and even the rare black rhino finds shelter here.

Sharing this awesome space with the animals are the Maasai, grazing their cattle in an area which has been a separate conservation area since 1956 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. This harmonious cohabitation of man and beast makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania and your driver guide will be pleased to explain this incredible co-existence to you.

After your morning game drive, you will have a picnic lunch in the crater before you return to Arusha.

Day 7
Back to Arusha

After a full day game drive, you can expect to be back in Arusha around 6:00 p.m. although it can be flexible if needed (i.e. flight to catch). Likewise, you will be transferred to curio shops where you can grab some souvenirs to take back home with you. After a long day in the crater and drive back to Arusha, you will spend the night at Hotel in Arusha.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks

Kindly take note of the following:

Rates are quoted based on two guests sharing and single supplement rates apply on single room occupancy

The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this itinerary

On occasion the itinerary may be in a different order or using alternative lodges according to road conditions and availability.

Other Safari Important Notes

  1. ELECTRICITY
    All lodges and camps will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times.

The power supply in Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.

  1. INTERNAL FLIGHTS/BAGGAGE
    Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. extra luggage can be left in storage in Arusha (by arrangement prior to travel
  2. YELLOW FEVER
    It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.
  3. ACCOMMODATION
    Please note all accommodation listed below is not guaranteed, but is indicative of the types of accommodation used.
  4. COMBO TRIP
    Please note that this tour combines with other Mkama Tours to Tanzania. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with Mkama Tours to Tanzania, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another Mkama Tours to Tanzania, after your trip concludes.

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