It’s an exciting week-long safari adventure in Tanzania, with a focus on the Tarangire Park, Serengeti National Park and the Ndutu Area- South Serengeti. Here’s a breakdown of your itinerary:
Ndutu Area: After Tarangire, you head to the Ndutu area, which is characterized by wetlands and marshlands. It’s a popular destination for migrating herds and offers a different landscape for observing wildlife.
Central Serengeti: Your journey continues north to the Central Serengeti, which is often considered the heart of the Serengeti and a hub for wildlife-watching. This area provides opportunities to witness the Great Migration and a wide variety of other animals.
This safari adventure allows you to witness the incredible natural beauty and wildlife of Tanzania, including the iconic Serengeti National Park and the Ndutu area. It’s a well-rounded itinerary that provides diverse wildlife experiences in different settings. Enjoy your wildlife extravaganza!
Day 1: Arrival to Tanzania
Welcome to Tanzania
This part of the itinerary outlines the pickup service from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport and the transfer to the Tulia Hotel and Spa (https://www.tuliahotelandspa.com/ ) or a similar hotel for an overnight stay.
Here’s a breakdown of the provided information:
Airport Pickup: The Kiliholidays driver-guide will be waiting for you at Kilimanjaro International Airport, regardless of your arrival time, and will welcome you with a warm smile. This service ensures a hassle-free transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Transfer to Arusha: You will be transported in a comfortable vehicle from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, which is often referred to as Tanzania’s “safari capital.” During this one-hour journey, you’ll get a glimpse of the city’s bustling and commercial atmosphere.
Pre-Safari Briefing: Depending on your arrival time, you may have your pre-safari briefing either on the same day as your arrival or early the next morning. This briefing is likely to provide important information and details about your upcoming safari.
Hotel Accommodation: You’ll be staying overnight at the Tulia Hotel and Spa (https://www.tuliahotelandspa.com/ ) or a similar accommodation. The provided link is for the Tulia Hotel and Spa, which you can visit for more information about the hotel. The accommodation includes a bed and breakfast package, indicating that breakfast is included during your stay.
Day 2. Arusha to Tarangire National Park
our morning safari adventure begins with a drive to Tarangire National Park, a vast wilderness that covers an area of approximately 2,600 km², roughly the size of Luxembourg. This diverse landscape is characterized by sprawling savannah, seasonal swamps, and iconic giant baobab trees. Tarangire is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including:
Gerenuk (long-necked and uniquely adapted gazelle)
Over 550 species of birds
However, the park is most renowned for its large population of elephants. Tarangire is one of the best places in East Africa to observe these magnificent creatures, with herds sometimes consisting of up to 300 individuals. You’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants during your extensive game drive.
After your exciting wildlife expedition, you’ll make your way to Marera Valley Lodge, located just outside the park. This comfortable lodge provides a relaxing and scenic environment where you can unwind after a day of adventure.
Your meals for the day will include lunch and dinner, which will be served at the lodge. You can find more information about Marera Valley Lodge at https://www.bougainvilleagroup.com/marera-valley-lodge .
Enjoy your stay and the incredible wildlife experience in Tarangire National Park!
Day 3: Tarangire Park to Ndutu area.
An exciting safari journey to the Ndutu region, which is known for its rich wildlife population and unique landscape. Here’s a summary of your day’s activities:
Destination: Ndutu region, which straddles the border between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park.
Travel Time: The journey from Tarangire to Ndutu is approximately 3 ½ hours, covering a distance of 167 kilometers.
Lunch: Upon arrival in Ndutu, you will enjoy a delicious lunch.
Afternoon Activity: After lunch, you will embark on an exciting afternoon game drive in Ndutu.
The Ndutu region is known for its nitrogen-rich grasses, making it a prime location for wildlife, both resident and migratory. During your game drive, you will witness the abundance of animals that are attracted to this area.
Safari (Game Drive) in Ndutu:
Ndutu is a hotspot for wildlife, particularly during the rainy months. It’s a key location for the Great Migration, with large herds of wildebeest and zebras making their way here.
The presence of the herbivores also attracts predators, so you can expect dramatic wildlife encounters.
The landscape is characterized by the backdrop of nine dormant volcanoes and one active volcano. The ash from these volcanoes has shaped the soil in this region.
Ndutu is partially located in the Serengeti and partially in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You can encounter resident populations of lion, cheetah, and hyena.
Additionally, Ndutu is home to lesser-spotted wildlife like aardvarks, porcupines, and civet cats, so keep a lookout for these fascinating creatures.
You will spend the night at either Ndutu Lodge (https://www.ndutu.com/ ) or Nutu Acacia Camp (https://acaciacollections.com/acacia-migration-camp/ ) or a similar accommodation option.
Website links for accommodation details are provided for reference.
Your meals for the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This itinerary promises an incredible safari experience with opportunities to observe the Great Migration and the diverse wildlife in the Ndutu region’s unique landscape. Enjoy your adventure!
Day 4 & Day 5: Full day at Ndutu area.
The day’s highlight is a full day game drive in Ndutu, a region known for its diverse wildlife and fascinating ecosystem. Here are some key points about what you can expect during this experience:
Diverse Wildlife: Ndutu is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and it’s often considered an extension of the southern Serengeti. This region is home to a wide variety of wildlife, making it an excellent destination for safari enthusiasts.
Off-Roading: Thanks to its location within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, there is the possibility of going “off-road” during the game drive, provided ground conditions permit. This allows for a more immersive and flexible wildlife viewing experience.
Salty Lakes: Ndutu is characterized by a collection of small, salty lakes. These lakes play a crucial role in supporting wildlife year-round. Lake Masek is relatively deep and remains relatively stable throughout the year, while Lake Ndutu is shallower and varies seasonally based on rainfall, springs, and rivers.
Migrating Herds: Depending on the time of the year, Ndutu is one of the best places to witness the great migration. This spectacle involves vast herds of wildebeest and other herbivores traveling in search of short, nutritious grass. Many animals choose this area to give birth, as the rich vegetation increases their chances of survival.
Predator-Prey Dynamics: While the abundance of vegetation provides a better chance of survival for herbivores, predators are also abundant in the region. This creates a dynamic balance where predators constantly seek opportunities to hunt, and prey animals must remain vigilant for their survival.
Overall, a full day game drive in Ndutu offers a unique opportunity to witness the beauty of the African savannah, observe wildlife in their natural habitat, and gain insights into the delicate ecosystem of this region. Overnight at Ndutu lodge (https://www.ndutu.com/ ) or Ndutu Acacia Camp (https://acaciacollections.com/ ) or Similar. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 6: Ndutu area to Central Serengeti Park.
The journey from Ndutu to the Central Serengeti is an exciting adventure, filled with the promise of encountering incredible wildlife and experiencing the vastness of the Serengeti plains. Here’s a breakdown of the journey and what you can expect:
Morning Game Drive in Ndutu: Start your day with a morning game drive in Ndutu. This area is known for its rich wildlife, especially during the Great Migration when large herds of wildebeests and other animals move through the region. It’s an opportunity to see various species of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros).
Drive to Central Serengeti: After breakfast and your morning game drive, you will set off for the Central Serengeti. This drive covers approximately 80 kilometers and should take around 2 hours. During the journey, you’ll get a sense of the immense Serengeti plains, which are known for their breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife.
Lunch in Central Serengeti: Upon arrival in the Central Serengeti, you’ll have lunch. It’s an ideal time to rest and refuel before your afternoon activities.
Afternoon Game Drive: After lunch, you’ll embark on an afternoon game drive in the Central Serengeti. This region is often referred to as the wildlife “hub” due to the high concentration of animals year-round. The distinctive rocky outcrops, or kopjes, are a unique feature of this area. These rocky outcrops are not only scenic but also serve as vantage points for big cats like lions and leopards, which use them as lookout posts or spots for sunbathing.
Wildlife Viewing: The Central Serengeti offers fantastic opportunities to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and numerous bird species. The landscape is dotted with acacia trees and savannah, creating a picturesque setting for your game drive.
Evening Relaxation and Dinner: After a thrilling afternoon of wildlife viewing, you will be taken to your chosen accommodation. Here, you can relax, freshen up, and unwind while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. In the evening, you’ll have a delicious dinner, likely under the starlit African sky.
This journey is a remarkable experience in one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. The Serengeti offers not only breathtaking landscapes but also unforgettable encounters with some of the planet’s most iconic wildlife species. Enjoy your safari adventure in the Central Serengeti!. Overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari lodge (https://www.serenahotels.com/serengeti ) or Similar. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 7: Full days Serengeti National Park.
A chance to encounter a wide variety of wildlife. The Serengeti is famous for its stunning landscapes and diverse animal populations. Since today’s highlight is unknown, you have the opportunity to be surprised by the wildlife you encounter.
The Central Serengeti offers a rich and ever-changing environment, with the Seronera River providing a crucial water source for all sorts of wildlife. The iconic rocky outcrops, or kopjes, are unique features of the Serengeti’s landscape, and they are home to various species, including lions, other big cats, snakes, and hyraxes. These formations are incredibly ancient, dating back to around 600 million years ago.
The wildlife you’ll see can vary depending on the season, and in December, you might witness the migration of herds of wildebeest, which is a breathtaking spectacle. During the rainy season, the landscape can turn black with hundreds of thousands of these animals, making for a truly incredible sight. Enjoy your safari and keep your eyes peeled for those “big cats” like cheetahs, leopards, and lions that may be on the prowl!
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari lodge (https://www.serenahotels.com/serengeti ). Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 8: Departure / Fare well
A trip from the Serengeti to Zanzibar and have mentioned a flight departing at 11 am after a morning game drive, a wonderful adventure! Here’s some information that might be helpful:
Flight to Zanzibar: After your game drive, you would typically head to the nearest airport. In this case, the closest major airport to the Serengeti is the Seronera Airstrip. From there, you catch a domestic flight to Zanzibar.
Scheduling: Kiliholidays will schedule your game drive in such a way that you have enough time to get to the airport, check-in, and go through security procedures. Since your flight is at 11 am, aim to arrive at the airport well in advance, usually around 1-2 hours before the flight, to ensure a smooth transition.
Airlines: There are several airlines that operate flights between Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti and Zanzibar. Depending on the time of year and your travel plans, you might want to check with local airlines for flight availability but Kiliholidays has already the tickets in advance for you.
Travel Essentials: Don’t forget to carry your travel documents, including your passport, visa (if required), and any other necessary identification. Also, pack any personal items and luggage accordingly.
Accommodation: Ensure you’ve arranged accommodation in Zanzibar in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles. Zanzibar is known for its beautiful beaches, historic Stone Town, and rich culture.
Transfers: Consider how you will get from the Zanzibar airport to your accommodation. Many hotels and resorts offer shuttle services, or you can arrange for a taxi or other transportation options.
Itinerary: Your schedule seems quite packed, so make sure you’ve planned your activities and accommodations in advance to maximize your time in both the Serengeti and Zanzibar.
Safari price included:
- Camping safari according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Professional, English-speaking safari cook
- Overnight stays in safari tents
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water and soft drinks throughout the tour;
- All mentioned activities
- All National Park fees
- Sleeping bag
- Thermos with hot tea/coffee;
- Medical kit;
- Binocular (1 per SUV);
- Wet wipes.
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
Safari price excluded:
- Accommodation before and after the safari
- Pick-up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
- Optional activities
- Visa fees
- Tips to your safari guide and cook
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
Best time: December, January, February, March.
Based on the number of participants. Price in UD$ per person. VAT included.
NO HIDDEN COST
PRICE PER PERSON
CHILDREN (5 TO 15YRS)