Kilimanjaro & Safari Adventure

Elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro

A 9 day safari to Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Oldupai Gorge, Tarangire

This safari offers the best highlights of the northern Tanzania circuit.

Your safari exploration begins with a Mount Kilimanjaro National Park day hike. Starting from Marangu gate to Mandara huts, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro. The day hike is designed for those who don’t wish to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to the top, yet want to experience the trekking to the Africa’s tallest mountain.

Then keep enjoying the woodland savanna of Tarangire where the wildlife density is exceptionally high, especially during the dry season. Witness the large herds of elephant in the Tarangire River and Silale Swamp.

Driving to Lake Manyara is very spectacular. Enjoy the Rift Valley scenery and the soda lake with flamingoes.

Be stunned by the landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the natural wonders of the world. Enjoy a short tour to the archaeological site of the Oldupai Gorge Museum. Extend your tour into the Serengeti̕’s endless plains, one of the largest and best known nature reserve in the world.

Tour Highlights

  • Lake Manyara National Park game drives
  • Mount Kilimanjaro day hike
  • Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world
  • Oldupai Gorge archaeological site
  • Serengeti National Park game drives
  • Tarangire National Park game drives

Day 1: Arrival - Kilimanjaro International Airport

Karibu sana. Welcome to Tanzania!

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our representative/guide will welcome you then transfer you to Arusha.

Overnight at African Tulip Hotel. Meal plan: Bed and breakfast.


Day 2: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Hike

After early breakfast, depart with a picnic lunch to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park for a day hike.

The hike will take 6-7 hours depending on the pace. Enjoy the highland forest plateau with its landscape and the stunning views. The hike through the rain forest will be breathtaking as you come close to nature while making your body enjoy a nice walk without feeling too exhausted at the end. After hiking, you will drive back to Arusha.

Accommodation at African Tulip Hotel. Meal plan: Bed and breakfast.


Day 3-4: Tarangire

Depart in the morning to Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch.

Enjoy the savanna woodland, dotted with spectacular baobab trees. Here you will see magnificent big herds of African elephants, more than in any park in northern Tanzania.

Tarangire covers an area of 2,600 km² and is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent water source of Tarangire River. The river provides water all the year round, making this park a critical refuge during the dry season for migratory ungulates, resulting in huge densities of wildlife.

Big cats such as lion, leopard and cheetah can be found in this park as well as big herd of buffalo, impala, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon, monkey and more.

Accommodation at Maramboi Tented Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 5: Lake Manyara

The day starts with early morning guided nature walk to Lake Manyara (optional) then have a leisurely breakfast before you start driving to Lake Manyara National Park.

Enjoy driving through farming villages and the stunning view of the Great Rift Valley escarpment before entering the park.

Lake Manyara is beautiful park with its evergreen vegetation and tropical forest of giant fig, mahogany trees and acacia forest.

The park also offers diverse bird life with over 400 bird species including flamingo, pelican, storks and hornbills as well as herds of elephant, hippo, baboon, monkey, zebra, wildebeest and waterbuck. The park is also famous for its tree climbing lions and leopard.

Late afternoon, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in preparation for your crater descent the following morning.

Accommodation at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

In the early morning depart to the crater for a game drive and be one of the first vehicle descending into one of the natural wonders of the world.

The crater covers an area of 304 km² and its diameter is 19.5 km, while its depth is 630 m. The Ngorongoro Crater floor is dominated by open grassland and it has a patch of woodland known as yellow barked acacia forest.

This forest provides shelter for animals such as elephants, buffalo, eland, rhino and more than 500 bird species. The crater is home to an endangered species black rhino and a population of about 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates and highest density of lions and spotted hyenas. In the late afternoon, drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 7-8: Central Serengeti via Oldupai Gorge

Awake to the enchanting calls of the early morning birds. Another great day is going to start with a spectacular drive in the rain forest on the crater rim before heading to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge Museum.

The gorge is a rich archaeological site where an evidence of the first signs of early human life was found. After the museum tour then proceed with game drive en route to Serengeti National Park.

Central Serengeti has a network of river valleys supplying a stable source of water. The Seronera Valley is home to the world’s largest and most diverse wildlife population of predators and herbivores. Excellent encounters happen year round regardless the season or the location of the great migration. Observe the large predators, lions, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, different variety of ungulates and more than 500 bird species.

Accommodation at Mbugani Central Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 9: Serengeti - Arusha

Enjoy your last morning in the Serengeti National Park.

Have a leisurely breakfast or head out for a short early morning game drive before driving to the Seronera Airstrip to catch your scheduled flight back to Arusha. You will be met by our representative at Arusha Airport then you will have a day room (Optional) and enjoy a farewell lunch in Arusha before your departure to Kilimanjaro International airport.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.


Trip Duration

9 days

Tour Type

  • Game drive safari
  • Historical experience
  • Nature hike

Accommodation Type

  • Mid-range
  • Luxury

Best Time

All year round

Tour Starts/Ends

Tour Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Included

  • Park entry fees to all parks and reserves included in the itinerary
  • All accommodations and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All game drives in our 4×4 comfortable safari vehicles with the assistance of professional guides
  • All domestic flights in an exclusive Grand Caravan 8-16 seaters
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 24/7 concierge service
  • All taxes/VAT
  • Meet & greet on your arrival on day 1
  • Drinking water and other soft drinks including coffee and tea

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • All tips and porterage etc.
  • Laundry, souvenirs and other personal expenses
  • Any other services not mentioned above and other optional/additional activities

Kilimanjaro & Safari Adventure

A 9 day safari adventure
Game drive safari, Historical experience, Nature hike

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