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Tanzania midrange Tour

  • Destination: Tanzania
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: $2935

SURMARY OF THE TOUR Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania Day 2: walking safari and game drive in Arusha N.P Day 3: Game drive in Tangire N.P Day 4: Village walk in Mto wa Mbu Day 5: To Lake Natron Day 6: Lake walk,Masai village and waterfalls hike Day 7: Serengeti N.P Day 8: Game driving […]

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SURMARY OF THE TOUR
Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania
Day 2: walking safari and game drive in Arusha N.P
Day 3: Game drive in Tangire N.P
Day 4: Village walk in Mto wa Mbu
Day 5: To Lake Natron
Day 6: Lake walk,Masai village and waterfalls hike
Day 7: Serengeti N.P
Day 8: Game driving in Serengeti N.p
Day 9: Game driving in Ngorongoro crater
Day 10: To Arusha and Suye Hill walk
Day 11: Departure
Complete Itinerary:
Please find below the day-by-day programme for the 11-day mid-range tour.
Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania!
Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to Ilboru Safari Lodge; a pleasant lodge with a beautiful garden and swimming pool.
Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, Ilboru Safari Lodge rests at the base of the majestic Mt. Meru.
Journey time 45 minutes
Accommodation Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan No meals inclusive today
Day 2: Walking Safari & Game Drive in Arusha National Park
After a tasty breakfast you will be picked up from the lodge. An hour’s drive will take you to Arusha N.P., a small but beautiful park offering a wide variety of spectacular landscapes at the foot of Mount Meru. The fifth-highest peak in Africa dominates the park’s horizon.
Arusha N.P. is special because it is one of the few parks in Tanzania where you have the opportunity to do a safari on foot. This opportunity to get down to ground level with the animals is something that should not be missed!
The walking safari takes 2 to 3 hours during which you cross the Jekukumia River and visit a beautiful waterfall where you can take a refreshing ‘shower’. The shadowy montane forest is inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys, many colourful birds and is the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is quite easily seen. Also on this walk, you have a chance to spot zebra, buffalo, bush-buck and waterbuck.
It is very exciting to approach animals on foot and a totally different experience than game-viewing by car. The guide stops regularly, not merely pointing and naming but telling you about birds, insects, trees, animal droppings, the medicinal use of plants and which animals eat which plants.
Lunch will be at a quaint picnic spot and then in the afternoon, you continue your safari by vehicle. During the game drive you pass the tranquil beauty of the Momella Lakes which are tinged pink between May and October with thousands of lesser and greater flamingos and many other migrant birds. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills between grazing zebra herds, while pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs.
At sunset, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Journey time: 1 hour, each way
Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 3: Game Drives in Tarangire National Park
Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to the first national park of this trip; Tarangire National Park. The game drive can begin!

Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to approximately 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed. You can also spot many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present.

This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. It is also the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted.

Your driver/guide will have a lunch-box for you so you can picnic at a beautiful spot in the park after which your safari continues. At the end of the safari you head for the Tarangire Safari Lodge built on top of a high ridge with a breath-taking panorama over the park.
Journey Time 2 hours to the park entrance
Accommodation Tarangire Safari Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
Day 4: Village Walk in Mto wa Mbu
Today, after an early breakfast, you will be travelling to the first national park of this trip: Lake Manyara National Park.

On arrival you will stretch your legs during a 2 to 3-hour village walk in cozy ‘Mto wa Mbu’. Here you will meet the local community, taste homemade banana beer, learn about the Makonde woodcarvings and listen to your guide who will tell you everything about the way of living in this village.
After the village walk, you will have a local lunch. Together with the highly respected Miss Bibi you prepare a delicious Swahili meal.

In the afternoon you enter Lake Manyara National Park. This is a small but very beautiful park offering breathtaking views, excellent game viewing and an incredible array of birdlife. You have a chance to spot zebra, baboon, warthog, giraffe, impala, elephant, hippo, wildebeest and the rare tree climbing lion.

Your accommodation for tonight is Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp. Take a refreshing dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy the fantastic sunset with a cold drink on the veranda!
Journey Time 1 hour from Tarangire Gate to Mto wa Mbu
Accommodation Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, local lunch and dinner

Day 5: To Lake Natron N.P.
Today you will be travelling to Lake Natron National Park, a drive of about 4 to 5 hours on a dusty, bumpy road. During the drive you can see many Maasai villages, termite mounds, gazelle, giraffe, zebra, baboons, bee boxes, and birds such as vulture, ostrich, starling, Kory bustard and kite.
Wild and remote Lake Natron lies at the lowest point of the Rift valley in the northeast of Tanzania between the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Serengeti plains. It is situated at the base of Tanzania’s only active volcano: Oldonyo L’Engai (the ‘Mountain of God’).
Around Lake Natron it is the landscape rather than the animals that is the attraction; the climate is dry, desolate and dramatically beautiful. This national park is visited by few tourists and will certainly intrigue you as well as captivate your imagination with its wild, natural splendor.
Your accommodation for tonight is Lake Natron Tented Camp. Unique in its setting, Lake Natron Camp is set back in a grove of trees slightly removed from the dusty terrain of the lake. A framed safari tent offers comfortable beds, a shower and a verandah with views of the incredible landscape. A fully stocked bar and restaurant ensure you have a cold drink and a good meal at the end of the day.
Journey Time: 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Lake Natron Tented Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6: Lake Walk / Masai village / Waterfall hike
In the very early morning, before it’s getting too hot, you depart – accompanied by a Maasai guide – for a 3 to 4 hour walk to Lake Natron. The walk goes through Ngare Sero village where you can see how the local Maasai community lives. The Lake Natron area belongs to the Maasai and it is very impressive to see them living and working with their cattle in such extreme temperatures and barren soils.
During the walk you have magnificent views of the active Oldonyo L’Engai volcano and Lake Natron.
As to game viewing you may expect to see species such as gerenuk, lesser kudu and oryx. Lake Natron is the most important breeding ground for up to two million of lesser flamingos.
The breeding season stretches from September to March with a peak from October to December during which time they cover the lake. After viewing the lake and birdlife, you walk back to the camp.
After lunch and a few hours of rest, you will have a walk to the pretty Ngare Sero Waterfalls accompanies by a Maasai guide. This adventurous walk can only be recommended to reasonably fit and agile travelers.
The walk to the first waterfall is quite difficult as there is no clear footpath through the gorge and you need to wade across the river several times. Also expect to do some walking along ledges and clambering over rocks.
After viewing the first waterfall the walk continues for another 20 minutes until you reach the second waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to jump into the natural chilly swimming pool and freshen up!
Back at the lodge you can enjoy a beautiful starry sky and a delicious dinner.
Accommodation: Lake Natron Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7: To Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you depart for the most famous safari park in the world: the Serengeti. You’ll drive along a bumpy and dusty road where many Masai villages can be seen. After 5 to 6 hours you reach the gate of the park and then game drive for about 3 hours towards your accommodation.
The name means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. These endless plains have to be experienced to be fully appreciated! The Serengeti hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem.
You will be visiting the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley might be termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose.
After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti you have your overnight stay in Ikoma Bush Camp. Comfort is the key to a relaxing and enjoyable safari – even in a bush camp! Each safari-tent has an en-suite bathroom, modern furnishings and a private verandah.
During the evening you can share your Serengeti experiences around the campfire!

Journey Time: 5 to 6 hours to the park entrance
Accommodation: Ikoma Bush Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Day 8: Game driving in Serengeti National Park
Early in the morning you leave the camp for a full-day safari! Most of the national park is open and grassy. Ultimately, the success of any safari lies in the number and quality of encounters with big cats. There are thousands of lions in the Serengeti and you have a fair chance to see cheetahs, although they are difficult to spot. And when it comes to leopards, the Serengeti rarely disappoints!

We will find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your safari back to Ikoma Bush Camp where you have an excellent dinner and some time to relax.

Optional activity (US$ 70 p.p.):
After sunset you can go for a 2-hour night safari! The staff of Ikoma Bush Camp will take you in an open jeep looking for hyenas, bush babies, chameleons, genet cats and other night creatures.
Accommodation Ikoma Bush Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
Day 9: Game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater
Today you enjoy a long game drive on your way out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater.

In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater!
As an UNESCO World Heritage Site the crater offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year.
Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For the latter two you need a bit of luck as they tend to shy away.
Approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor!

After this great experience, you drive to Country Lodge Karatu to enjoy dinner and an en-suite fireplace.
Accommodation Country Inn Lodge

Meal plan Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
Day 10: To Arusha and Suye Hill walk
After a relaxed breakfast, you head to Karama Lodge in Arusha.

Just above Karama Lodge you will find Suye Hill Forest Reserve, a protected area of indigenous forest. Karama Lodge assists the Arusha Municipal Council in the protection of this area by sponsoring anti-poaching rangers, ensuring that this natural beauty is around for years to come.
In the afternoon, you take a short walk to the top of Suye Hill (about 30-40 minutes) through the forest reserve and further down to Kimandolu village. Many species of birds can be seen and occasionally small animals like dik-diks (small antelope), squirrels, guinea fowls and monkeys.

You stay in the eco-friendly Karama Lodge & Spa, just outside Arusha town from which you can enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro on clear days.
Journey time: 2 hours
Accommodation Karama Lodge & Spa

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 11: Departure
Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Escape adventure Tours!

Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to take a dive in the pool, have a massage or take a yoga class. All activities today are at your own expense.

Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are not ready to go home, you can extend your trip to Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda or on the island of Zanzibar with Escape Adventure Tours.
Journey time 2 hours
Meal plan Breakfast

Persons                                        Rates  Per   Person.

2                                                       USD    3615.

3                                                      USD    3295.

4                                                    USD    2935.
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