Treasures of Tanzania
This grand Tanzania safari tour takes you to some of the country’s most renowned and iconic game reserves for an ideal African vacation.It is a great opportunity to observe Africa’s Big Five — elephant, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, and buffalo. One of the most thrilling ways to see Tanzania from a different perspective is from the basket of a hot-air balloon floating over the savannah. In addition, see stunning landscapes,life changing cultural interactions with local people,and one of mankind’s most important archaeological sites.
Travel by your custom made private safari vehicle within Serengeti, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara National Parks, plus Ngorongoro Crater. Stay in luxury safari lodges and tented camps, pulsing with the sounds of the symphonic African bush by night.
Day 1: Serena Arusha Mountain Village, Arusha.
Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport on day one of your all inclusive travel package in Tanzania, you will be met by a representative of Smart African Travel and transferred to the Mountain Village Lodge in Arusha for overnight.
Dinner and overnight in one of 42 luxurious guest rooms.
Mountain Village Lodge offers a haven of peace and tranquility just outside the bustling city of Arusha in Tanzania. Set in a delightful garden of fragrant flowers and lush bushes, the lodge offers the most spectacular views over Lake Duluti. Activities offered at the lodge include morning bird walks around the Lake,mountain biking,nature trails, walking and jogging around the coffee plantations, canoeing,alkaline lakes,forests and the nearby Arusha National Park, and cultural visits in the nearby villages.
Days 2:Tarangire National Park
Dreams become reality this morning as you depart your hotel for your first experience of safari tour in Tanzania, Smart African Travel style.
Your first Tanzania safari destination is prehistoric-looking Tarangire National Park, where you experience the African wilderness as the early explorers did – without crowds! One of the best parks on the northern circuit to see elephants, Tarangire’s wildlife population includes herds of zebra, jackal, giraffe, gazelle, and buffalo. Arrive at your safari lodge in time for lunch, after a short rest in your room.At around 3 PM in the afternoon game drive into a landscape dotted with baobab trees and umbrella-thorn acacias.
This lodge with marble floors, fountains, waterfalls and magnificent views through double storey windows are the stunning features of the main areas. The swimming pool is intriguing with its island. It’s large rooms have two queen size beds with en suite shower & toilet, a balcony and a lounge with minibar.
Day 3: Tarangire game drives
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park. It’s one of the best parks for elephant watching, and is home to hundreds of bird and game species.
Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire National Park
Days 4 : Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
your depart your lodge after breakfast to look for gazelles, waterbucks, impalas, and leopards on a morning game drive.Thereafter travel to Lake Manyara National Park, famed for flamingos and birds of prey.Enjoy free time at your lodge, set on the Rift Valley escarpment overlooking the park and valley 1,000 feet below. Keep a sharp eye out for tree-climbing lions lazing among the limbs of acacia trees on an afternoon game drive.
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is located at the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and overlooks the Great Rift Valley. Accommodation is in 67 spacious rooms with en-suite bathroom with shower facilities and a private verandah. The main area includes a dining room with indoor and outdoor seating, a bar, lounge, curio shop and a small meeting room. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, the perfect way to cool down on a hot day in Africa.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara National Park,
Days 5:Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you have the option of either taking a morning nature walk through tranquil lodge grounds or travelling to the village of Mto wa Mbu for an in-depth view of tribal life in the African bush; take a look inside a typical home and school, and see villagers at work in their daily life. Then journey on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to Ngorongoro Crater and one of Africa’s largest concentrations of permanent wildlife.
Your lodge on the dormant volcano’s rim provides private terraces overlooking the lost world of the caldera below.
Accommodation: In a room with a private terrace and en suite bathroom on a full board basis, including one full day game drive in a 4X4 safari vehicle. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge hosts guests in 75 guest rooms, all boasting en suite showers and a private terrace.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Day 6: Wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you head to the heart of Ngorongoro Crater, one of the largest calderas in the world offering an exceptional wildlife viewing experience, the cater fllor contains a variety of ecosystems and an astounding concentration of birds and animals. Encounter massive herds of zebra, wildebeest, and gazelles. This area affords an opportunity to spot the Big Five, which includes African elephant, leopard, the black maned lion, buffalo, and the rare black rhinoceros. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater floor.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater.
Days 7: Olduvai Gorge & Maasai Village
Depart for the world reknowned Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge, where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of the earliest known man, an estimated 1.8 million years old. Visit a local Masai village, then continue with journer.On arrival at the park, wildlife viewing while driving the rough dirt roads across the plains and grasslands of the Serengeti. Arrive at your safari lodge in the Western Serengeti, which was inspired by Masai tribal dwellings.
You spend 2 nights at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge in a twin bedded chalet with en-suite facilities on a full board basis. Your stay includes park fees, one half and a full day game drive and return airstrip transfers.
Your lodge, Serengeti Serena is set on a hill and boasts amazing views of the sweeping grasslands, vistas and open plains of the Serengeti National Park. The Park is undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, and home to the greatest spectacle of nature, the annual Wildebeest Migration. This lodge offers 66 guest rooms, all with en suite showers and a private balcony.
This lodge was inspired by a traditional African village.The bedrooms are designed from local materials in order to blend into the environment with ease. This lodge offers morning and afternoon game drives, a swimming pool with stunning views of the plains and, at an extra charge, exciting and memorable balloon safaris.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 8: Hot Air Balloon Safari Over the Serengeti Plains
Today you wake up a little early as you have to be transferred to the Serengeti Ballon safari launch site.Lift off on an exciting hot air balloon flight as dawn breaks over the vast Serengeti grasslands; from aloft, observe wildlife in the first light of day, an African safari thrill – and enjoy another thrill upon your return where a champagne breakfast in the bush waits for you. After the balloon ride continue with your exciting game viewing activities on the Serengeti plains that may yield sightings of wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceros, hippos, buffalos, jackals, and gazelles. Serengeti National Park is one of the best places on the continent to see prides of lions!
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 9:A luxury tented camp in the west of Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, it time to travel to Serengeti’s remote western corridor, known for huge masses of game migrating animals across the terrain. Arrive at your luxurious tented camp for another unique African safari experience.
In lovely tented rooms on a game package basis.
Kirawira Serena Camp is an exclusive safari venue and is the epitome of luxury and style.This tented lodge offers world class accommodation and excellent facilities and services, without compromising on its unique and authentic African spirit.
Activities at this lodge include morning and afternoon game viewing activities, Crocodile viewing safaris, Champagne cocktails on the raised verandah of your tent, sundowners around the campfire, a cultural visits to the neighbouring local communities to learn more about their way of life is always memorable.
Overnight: Kirawira Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
Your professional safari guide shares fascinating insights about the African bush on your dawn game drive. Toast your final afternoon wildlife-viewing experience with traditional sundowner cocktails as the setting sun streaks the Tanzanian sky.
Overnight: Kirawira Tented Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 11: Fly From Serengeti National Park to Arusha
After breakfast, your wildlife safari in Tanzania comes to an end as you are transferred to the airstrip where you will board Arusha bound scheduled flight.On arrival at Arusha airport, you will be met by your Smart African Travel representative and together, you drive to Mountain Village Lodge where a day room to freshen-up is reserved for you.The lodge is set in a tree-shaded coffee plantation overlooking Lake Duluti. Recount the week’s many adventures at dinner before transferring to the airport.In the evening you will be collected by your driver/guide and transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will board your home bound flight!
Day Room: Serena Mountain Village, Arusha, Tanzania
- Peace of mind with Smart African Travel on-site offices in Arusha providing support in 24/7
- Smart African Travel trained, English speaking driver guide
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Meals as per itinerary ( three meals per day – Breakfast, lunch ,dinner )
- All current government taxes relevant to the itinerary
- Scheduled transfers as per itinerary
- Scheduled game activities as per itinerary
- All entry fees for national parks, conservation fees, reserve fees relevant to this itinerary
- Flying Doctors Emergerncy Evacuation Services
- Specially adapted 4X4 game drive vehicle with pop up roof and window seats for all passenger
- International Airfares and cost of obtaining your Tanzania Visa
- All items of personal use i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, personal travel insurance
- Telephone calls,intenet usage charges and beverages at the lodges
- Crafts shop purchases
- Meals not specified above
- Gratuities to hotel/lodge staff and your driver/guide
- Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified