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Tanzania Midrange Tour

  • Destination: Tanzania
  • Duration: 9 days

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania Day 2: Lake Manyara N.P Day 3: Tarangire National Park Day 4: The search for the Migration Day 5: Game Driving in Serengeti Day 6: Last day in serengeti Day 7: Safari Ngorongoro Crater Day 8: To Arusha and Suye Hill walk Day 9: Departure Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania. […]

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Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

Day 2: Lake Manyara N.P

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Day 4: The search for the Migration

Day 5: Game Driving in Serengeti

Day 6: Last day in serengeti

Day 7: Safari Ngorongoro Crater

Day 8: To Arusha and Suye Hill walk

Day 9: Departure

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania.

Your guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to Ilboru Safari Lodge; a pleasant place 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

Tours departing between January and May or in November/ December, will visit Lake Manyara N.P. on Day 2.

Day 2A: Lake Manyara N.P.

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 2 hours to Mto wa Mbu
Accommodation Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
Meal Plan Breakfast, local lunch and dinner

Tours departing between June and October will visit Tarangire N.P. on Day 2.

Day 2B: 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 3: The Serengeti

After breakfast, you depart for the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti N.P.

The Serengeti hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti 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!

You visit 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 head to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good sleep. For the first night in the Serengeti you stay at Nasikia Central Camp. The camp provides the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team.

Journey Time 2 hours to the park entrance
Accommodation Nasikia Central Camp, semi-permanent tent
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 4: The Search for the Migration

After breakfast you go deeper into the Serengeti in search of the migration. The Great Wildebeest migration is one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world there is a movement of animals as immense as this.

The principle players are the wildebeest, followed by Thomson’s gazelle, zebra and eland. The lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and lesser predators await the annual coming of the migration with eager anticipation.

The annual 800-km journey is a cyclical pilgrimage which has no real beginning or end. The precise timing of the migrations changes annually and is an unpredictable and spontaneous natural event depending mainly on the rainfall pattern of each year. Because of the global climate changes, the annual pattern changes but a general trend can be observed.

Below is an overview of the various semi-luxury accommodations used in the Serengeti during the different periods of the year:

Period Day 4 & Day 5 Accommodation
January to March Ndutu Safari Lodge
April and May Osupuko
June and July Mbalageti, lodge room*
August to October Lobo Wildlife Lodge
November Osupuko
December Ndutu Safari Lodge

* In June/July you stay in a lodge room in Mbalageti. You can upgrade to a tented chalet at extra cost. Please ask us about the surcharge.

 

Journey-time: Dependent on the migration period
Accommodation: Dependent on the migration-period
Meal plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner

 

Day 5: Game driving in Serengeti National Park

Another day completely dedicated to the great migration. With your packed lunch in hand you drive out to find the migrators. There is plenty of time to take in this impressive spectacle. The safari will be completed by also looking for hungry predators such as like lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs that move along with the herd hoping to fill their stomachs.

Accommodation Dependent on migration (see Day 4 above)
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 6: Last Day in the Serengeti

After an early breakfast, you visit the migration one more time to enjoy a game drive on your way out of the beautiful Serengeti.

Tonight you stay in a lodge just outside the national park, with comfortable rooms situated around a verdant courtyard. Here you will get a good meal and night’s sleep because tomorrow you’ll be exploring another amazing natural wonder.

Accommodation Country Inn Lodge
Meal plan Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Safari Ngorongoro Crater

In the morning, 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 back to Country Inn Lodge where you have some time to relax and enjoy the swimming pool.

Accommodation Country Inn Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 8: To Arusha and Suye Hill Walk

After a relaxed breakfast, you head to Karama Lodge in Arusha. Just above the 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 9: 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 continue your holiday in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya or on the island of Zanzibar with Escape Adventure Tours.

Journey time 1 hours
Meal plan Breakfast