The Perfect First Safari
This seven day guided tour is a perfect first safari. You’ll explore some of the most glorious of African lands, including the magnificence of the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater as well as the lesser-known and more select of the Tanzanian parks like Arusha and Lake Manyara National Park. From day one you’ll be encompassed by nature in all her beauty – a landscape like no other, big, bold skies and a dizzying array of wildlife and flora.
You’ll get up close with lions, gaze on the pink haze of flamingo shimmering on a soda lake, learn to pick out submerging hippos and spot so many species of birds that you’ll lose count. With comfortable camps, delicious food and accompanied by an experienced, friendly guide, this seven day Tanzanian safari is perfect for you if you’d like to experience the best that nature has to offer.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet our company representative (Manager), and transfer to the hotel under the rate. The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: restful rooms, hot water, and Internet access. In the evening, there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.
You’ll kick off your adventure early in the morning heading off to the beguiling – and often overlooked – Arusha National Park. Arusha is a jewel of Tanzania, with a diversity of plant and animal life that will take your breath away. You’ll explore the shores of tranquil Lake Momella which reflects the colors of the sky in her still waters, and you’ll experience the vibrancy of the bronzed bush where the Ngurduto Crater buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthogs, zebra and gazelle busy themselves.
These are resident throughout the year so you’re bound to see a different animal everywhere you turn. The elusive leopards and elephants tend to be shy at Arusha but there is a good chance of spotting them, too. You’ll also have the opportunity to set out on foot for fascinating stroll – it’s a totally different sensation feeling Africa’s vibrant pulse through the soles of your shoes. At a slower pace, you can really begin to understand Africa.
You’ll get up close and personal to the flora and fauna but you’ll stay safe, accompanied by an armed ranger who will guide you through lush forest to the clear springs of a sparkling waterfall. Arusha National Park’s rangers are extremely knowledgeable, and as you walk you’ll learn so much about the biodiversity of the park – and suddenly you’ll spot a tribe of black and white colobus monkeys, famous in the park for their acrobatics. You’ll spend overnight in a camp close to the park, where you’ll relax and enjoy a delicious dinner under a sky ablaze with stars before a restful sleep.
You’ll start your day at the center of the majestic Serengeti. After a nourishing breakfast, you’ll continue your journey into the plains on a full-day game drive that will give you the opportunity to spot hundreds of the diverse animals that find their home within the Serengeti’s endless plains. If you’re especially excited to see animals extremely close up, you won’t forget today. You’ll likely see all the animals that make this park famous only a few feet away from you. Lions, leopard, cheetah and water buffalo up close – there are no words to describe the feeling of closeness to animals so beautiful and so wild.
You’ll also have the chance to gaze on some of the park’s lesser known but equally fascinating animals including the majestic eland, the clever hyena, graceful gazelle, stolid crocodiles, and of course giraffe, zebra, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos and antelope. If you visit at the right time of the year you’ll witness one of the modern natural wonders of the world – the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. You’ll spend the night at the campsite in Seronera, well known for animal sightings.
You’ll be up with before dawn on an early morning game drive, the air crisp and keen and the sky brightening from indigo to golden pink and finally to hyacinth blue as we explore. The park is waking up and is alive with the calls of the animals. This is a time for tracking – predators have left their tracks overnight, and we’ll follow. As dawn breaks, the birds’ melodies begin to harmonize, the early morning air starts to warm and you’ll hear different calls as other animals start their day.
You’ll add to yesterday’s collection of sightings: perhaps today you’ll see more hippos; perhaps a troop of monkeys or family of mongoose will grab your attention. After such an early start you’ll be looking forward to a delicious lunch, which will be served at the park. In the afternoon, you’ll start your Ngorongoro adventure by heading off to the Simba Campsite located at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater itself. You’ll spend the evening enjoying a tasty dinner and relaxing under the stars.
Your day starts with a healthy, filling breakfast and then you’ll head off to the Lake Manyara National Park, which extends for miles along the emerald base of the gold-flecked Rift Valley escarpment. The park is a patchwork of forest, arid scrubland and soda lake and a paradise for bird lovers. The forest is alive with the birdsong and flittering with the antics of monkeys in the forest canopy; giraffe roam the savannah and lions loll in trees, resting in the shade, while hippo families submerge themselves in the waters of the soda lake.
You’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch served in the park before our drive back to Moshi, where your safari adventure ends. We can arrange for a transfer to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport on request.