Location: Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Natron, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

  • Tanzania Cross Country Safari (10 days)

    The Tanzania Cross Country Safari is a fantastic journey through the impressing National Parks of the Northern circuit
    up to the remote area of Lake Natron!

    Day 1:
    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
    Welcome to your Tanzania Crss Country Safari at Kilimanjaro International Airport „KIA“ . We will pick you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. There you will have dinner and overnight. Before we will talk about your Tanzania Cross Country Safari, starting the next day. (HB)
    ARUSHA
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge

    Day 2:
    Arusha – Tarangire National Park
    After breakfast at the Lodge you will start your safari towards Tarangire National Park with lunch boxes. The park gets its name from the river that threads its way through the length of the reserve. It is famous for its dense wildlife population which is most spectacular between June and October, the dry season. During this time thousands of animals, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, eland, hartebeests, kudus, Wildebeests and the rarely seen Oryx, migrate from the dry Maasai Steppe to the Tarangire River looking for water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. In the evening you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
    TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
    Accommodation: Burunge Tented Camp

    Day 3:
    Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu
    Today you will have an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park to see the nocturnal hunters coming home. You will return to the Camp for breakfast. In the later morning you will proceed to Lake Manyara National Park. The park stretches from 50 km along the base of the rusty – gold 600 m high Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem as written by Ernest Hemingway “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. As visitors enter the gate they pass into the high forest, home to troops of baboons and both blue and vervet monkeys. Further along the forest opens up into woodland, grassland, swamps and beyond the soda lake itself. Covering 200km2 it is sanctuary to over 400 species of birds including flamingo, pelican, storks, ibis, cormorant and Egyptian geese. The park is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffaloes and elephants. Also giraffes, hippos, reedbuck, warthog, wildebeest, zebras and a great variety of smaller animals can be seen.
    LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
    Accommodation: Endoro Lodge

    Day 4:
    Karatu – Lake Natron
    After breakfast you depart for Lake Natron. Lake Natron is located at the northern boarder to Kenya and it is the biggest breeding site for flamingos. You pass the Mount Oldonyo Lengai which is the “mountain of God” to the Maasai. Oldonyo Lengai is an almost perfect volcanic cone. It is the youngest volcano in the Crater highlands and it is still active. Dinner and overnight.
    LAKE NATRON
    Accommodation: Lake Natron Camp

    Day 5:
    Lake Natron
    After breakfast you start a walking safari to the Great Rift Valley escarpment with its impressive water falls. Don`t forget your bathing costume! For hot lunch you return to the camp. In the evening you visit the breeding site of the flamingos in the Lake. Optionally you can climb Mount Oldonyo Lengai (you have to wake up very early in the morning!). Dinner and overnight at the camp.
    Accommodation: Lake Natron Camp

    Day 6:
    Lake Natron – Serengeti National Park
    After breakfast you proceed your Safari to Serengeti. You will pass the 17 corners up to the Great Rift Valley escarpment. At the top you have the most beautiful view of the Ngorongoro highlands, Mount Oldonyo Lengai and the Lake Natron. Picnic lunch will be served there. You proceed with your journey to Serengeti with game drives en route.
    The Serengeti offers endless savannahs, the so-called short – and long grass savannas, the stunning island of mountains, called Kopjes, acacia forests and small soda lakes and some rivers. One of the pervasive experience in Tanzania’s largest National Park is the struggle to the death between predator and prey. Golden-maned lion prides make thanks to the abundance of grazers, rich booty. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while many cheetahs roam the southeastern plains. At no other place in Africa, all three African jackal species occur together as here. And then there is also the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval. You will arrive at the camp in time for dinner and overnight.
    SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
    Accommodation: Kati Kati Camp, Tortilis Camp or Acacia Camp

    Day 7:
    Serengeti National Park 
    Today you will have a full day game drive in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is rich in its diversity of landscape. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. You will have your lunch outside while game drives. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous Aardwolf to the beautiful Serval cat. Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30.000km2 region. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. There is more to see in the Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite kopies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills. In the later afternoon you will return to the Camp for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Kati Kati Camp, Tortilis Camp or Acacia Camp

    Day 8:
    Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Karatu
    After breakfast you will leave Serengeti National Park and pass the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On you way you will visit a massai bomaThe massai reside near many game parks and their dress is very distinctive. Consequently, they are probably the most well-known African ethnic group in the world. Massai culture is intricate and fascinating. Roles are determined by age, wealth and position in the community. Men are warriors and herders, and cattle play a central role in their lives. The more cattle, the wealthier the warrior and his wealth then enables him to take multiple wives. Herds are large and warriors constantly wander on the mountain and surrounding plains seeking pasture for their animals – often camping out. In the later afternoon you will arrive at your Lodge in Karatu.
    Accommodation: Endoro Lodge

    Tag 9:
    Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu
    After an early breakfast you will leave the Serengeti and start for Ngorongoro Crater tour. Enjoy the view from the crater rim and you will understand when we talk about the masterpiece of mothers` nature. You descend to the crater floor for a spectacular game viewing. The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. The caldera is about 600m deep and covers 250km2. It hosts about 30.000 large animals including some of the Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols the number of black rhinos is about 25 now. Most of the animals stay in the crater year around, because water supplies never dry out. You will find hippos, hyena, jackal, cheetah, lions, ostrich, elephants, warthog, eland and hartebeests there, as well as huge herds of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles. Even leopards find their home in the trees and forests, surrounding the crater, but are rarely seen. The landscape around the Crater the “Ngorongoro Conservation Area” is made famous by large herds of giraffes and the migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras, eland and endless numbers of gazelles from Serengeti to NCA and back each year. Lunch will be served at the hippos’ lake. Later in the afternoon you will return to your Lodge for Dinner and overnight.
    NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
    Accommodation: Endoro Lodge

    Tag 10:
    Karatu – Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport
    After breakfast at the Lodge, you return back to Arusha. You will have a stop in Mto-wa-Mbu. Mto-wa-Mbu is situated adjacent to Lake Manyara National Park and is the only point in Africa where 4 languages meet; the Nilotes, Cushites, Bantu and Hamites; a unique cultural feature in the world. A location in Tanzania where  anthropology is at its most diverse. You will experience the different tribes in Mto-wa-Mbu, whether by bicycle or walking. At lunch time you will enjoy a different tribes traditional cuisine, fresh cooked and prepared on the shamba (= plantation) of the Mamuya family. This is a highlight! In the later afternoon you proceed to Arusha and further to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will check in for your flight back home!

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    Prices
    2019

    from 3.115.- US$ p/p
    from 2.570.- US$ 4 pax  p/p
    from 2.325.- 6 pax p/p
    450.- US$ single supplement

    Included:
    – 4/4 Safari Jeep with qualified English speaking driver guide
    – Full board and accommodation
    – All National Park fees and concession fees
    – Unlimited drinking water for each guest during the safari day
    – Activities at Lake Natron
    – Visit of a Massai boma
    – Activities in Mto-wa-Mbu
    – All Transfers as per itinerary
    – Amref Flying Doctors’ Service while Safari – medical expenses are not included! 
    Not included:
    – International flights
    – All kind of tips, and gratuities
    – Additional like optional activities
    – Personal expenses like, laundry, communication expenses, visa etc.
    – Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and beverages at the lodges and camps
    – Health and travel insurance – which we highly recommend!

    Note: We are specialized in organizing private safaris. Only you and your travel partner/s are in the safari Jeep, on the transfers and on the safari. This tour can start at any time.