Eight Day Complete Tanzania Safari

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For those wanting the quintessential Tanzanian safari experience, our eight day Complete Tanzania Safari offers the most comprehensive overview of the country’s parks and cultures.

You’ll visit all four of Tanzania’s prominent Northern Circuit parks for unparalleled game drive experiences. The Wildebeest Migration on the Serengeti, the Big Five in Ngorongoro, large elephant herds in Tarangire, and tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara.

You’ll also enjoy cultural experiences such as hunting with the Hadzabe bushmen and overnighting at a Maasai lodge to experience their fascinating culture firsthand.

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  • Game safari to national park as specified
  • Price quoted per person sharing in US dollars
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • All game viewing activities specified
Excluded from the price
  • Any sightseeing
  • excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
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  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew – recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary Note
  • All prices are subject to change if Tanzanian National Park Entry fees change! US Dollar notes from the years before the year 2006 are not accepted in Tanzania.

Details of Eight Day Complete Tanzania Safari

DAY ONE – ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the approximately two hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Along the way you’ll pass bustling Masai villages and the vast, open plains that have become synonymous with images of Africa.

Once you’ve entered Tarangire, you’ll begin your game drive across a rich vista of endless golden savannah that surrounds the Tarangire River. The river itself runs throughout the year and is a vital source of water for the animals of the region during the dry season. Lined with acacia and Baobab trees, the river is regularly visited by the park’s large elephant population as well as other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes.

A picnic lunch with a view of the river is a great way to take it all in, but you’ll have to keep on your toes as the local monkey population does its best to separate you from your lunch!

Driving through the park you’ll also have the opportunity to see lions, leopards, cape buffalo, and a huge variety of antelopes. If you’re particularly lucky, you might even see endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx.

After your day’s drive is done, you’ll retire to your accommodation for the evening.

DAY TWO – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We’ll take an early breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

We’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.

It’s a nearly four hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:

  • Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
  • Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.

Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.

After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.

Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

DAY THREE – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

You’ll start your day with an unforgettable sunrise game drive across the Serengeti. See the sun set fire to the savannah as predators such as leopards and lions hunt for their morning meal.

Alternatively, you may wish to take to the skies with a sunrise hot air balloon safari and champagne breakfast. Ask your safari expert about how this can be added to your itinerary.

After your breakfast, you’ll take a packed lunch and proceed for a day long game drive through the park. Your driver will pick a route designed to ensure you have the best possible chance of spotting the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration.

You’ll then overnight within the park.

DAY FOUR – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.

Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators.

You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.

Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

DAY FIVE – NGORONGORO CRATER – LAKE EYASI

After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you’ll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It’s a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa’s most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.

After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter we will make our way to Lake Eyasi to overnight.

DAY SIX – LAKE EYASI – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

You’ll be up before breakfast today, as you’ll be joining the Hadzabe bushmen for the opportunity to hunt for your own food!

One of the last true bushman tribes in Africa, the Hadzabe live very much as they always have despite the rapid development of Tanzania. With only 2,000 members, the Hadzabe tribe are a fascinating people who offer us a window into how life in Tanzania was in the past.

The local hunters will prepare a demonstration of hunting techniques just for us. Far from being a mere performance, this display reveals a great deal about their everyday lives when they must hunt for animals to feed their families. You will see firsthand how the Hadzabe use distinctive motions and even the body parts of certain animals to lure their prey close enough that they can be brought down with hand-crafted poisons.

After a late breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity for a drive around Lake Eyasi proper. While this shallow soda lake is not home to the same variety of wildlife you’ll find in a national park, you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of bird and mammal life. On occasion, flamingos and hippos even call the lake home.

You’ll also have time to meet with the Datoga people. Mostly farmers and cattle breeders, these fascinating people offer another insight into tribal life in Tanzania.

Once your day’s activities have been complete, you’ll make your way to Karatu Town or Lake Manyara to overnight.

DAY SEVEN – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you’ll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer’s playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.

Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.

Optional activities within the park include canoe safaris (seasonal), a treetop walk, and night game drives. Speak with your safari expert about adding one of these activities to your safari.

DAY EIGHT – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK – AFRICA AMINI MAASAI LODGE

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll continue on to the Africa Amini Maasai Lodge on the outskirts of Arusha. Operated by the local Maasai people, this luxury lodge blends western comforts with Maasai traditional architecture.

You’ll spend your afternoon participating in Maasai lead activities such as guided nature walks to learn about traditional medicines, spear throwing, handicraft lessons, and more.

The lodge is located close to both the Arusha Airport and Arusha proper, making it a great place to spend your final night.

Itinerary in Brief

 

  • DAY 1 – ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Game drive. (L,D)
  • DAY 2 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – SERENGETI  NATIONAL PARK Game drive. Optional cultural activities (B,L,D)
  • DAY 3 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Full day game drive. Optional hot air balloon safari. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 4 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO Game drive. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 5 – NGORONGORO CRATER – LAKE EYASI Full day game drive. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 6 -LAKE EYASI – LAKE MANYARA Hadzabe hunting experience. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 7 – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 8 – LAKE MANYARA – AFRICA AMINI MAASAI LODGE Maasai cultural experiences. (B,L,D)

Attractions

  • Chase the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration on the Serengeti.
  • Look for endangered black rhinoceros in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Spot tree-climbing lions and wallowing hippos in Lake Manyara National Park.
  • See Tanzania’s largest elephant herds in Tarangire National Park.
  • Full day game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
  • Hadzabe hunting experience at Lake Eyasi.
  • Maasai cultural activities at the luxurious Africa Amini Maasai Lodge.
  • Optional Oldupai Gorge museum visit.
  • Optional Maasai boma visit.
  • Optional hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti.
  • Optional treetop walk, night game drive, or canoe safari in Lake Manyara.

Other Safari option

 

  • Four Day Tanzania Express Safari
  • Two Day Safari to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro
  • Three Day Northern Circuit Special 
  • Five Day Serengeti 2018 Wildebeest Migration Safari
  • Two Day Safari to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro

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