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Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater

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Spend 10 days discovering the best of Tanzania, taking in the major attractions in Arusha, the Chem Chem Concession, Karatu, and the Singita Serengeti Grumeti, as well as some of the best wildlife viewing in all of East Africa. Start your exploration in Arusha's Legendary Lodge where you have the option to prepare for your safari tour or choose an optional excursion before heading on to Chem Chem Concession. Next, you will discover the vast wildlife of Tarangire National Park before moving on to Lake Manyara National Park and the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, in Karatu. Last but no the least, spend three days in Singita Serengeti Grumeti and witness Africa's famous Big Five and The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth. Finish your tour in Arusha. 
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Highlights
  • Experience an overview of Tanzania's game drive and rural living in Arusha
  • Discover authentic wildlife and safari explorations in Chem Chem Concession, Karatu, and Singita Serengeti Grumeti
  • Explore Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Grumeti Reserve, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Spot Africa's famous Big Five and witness The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania | Arusha

Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport today. After clearing customs and immigration procedures, you will be met by a representative and assisted to your first accommodation, the Legendary Lodge, just outside the town of Arusha. Arusha is a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and is located at the base of the volcanic Mount Meru near Manyara, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro National Parks.

Spend a restful evening exploring the lush tropical gardens of this haven or choose from optional activities like a coffee tour, shopping at the nearby Cultural Heritage Centre, or an excursion to Arusha, Tarangire, and Manyara National Parks. End the day with a scrumptious dinner and get a good night's sleep for tomorrow's adventure to Little Chem Chem.

Day 2-4: Chem Chem Concession | Tarangire National Park

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with scenic views of Mount Meru, then check out and head towards Little Chem Chem, your next destination. Little Chem Chem is located between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, and it protects over 20,000 hectares of Tanzanian wildlife. It is home to herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, impalas, and over 400 different bird species. The camp has a few luxury vintage tents overlooking the peaceful Lake Burunge.

Upon arrival, go on a game drive on open-air safari vehicles and immerse yourself in the wilderness as you watch animals roam through the unfenced territory of the camp. You may see elephants walking towards the lake to drink water and cheetahs hunting on the plains. Relax and enjoy a vintage safari experience as you settle in for the night.

On the next day, continue immersing yourself in the authentic East African Safari across the camp's territory and facilities.

On your third and final day at Chem Chem, start the morning early and get ready to visit Tarangire National Park. Recognized as the 6th largest park in Tanzania and covering an area of 2,600 square kilometers, Tarangire is renowned for its diverse bird life and as a haven for large elephant herds and other wildlife, especially during the dry season when the Tarangire River is the only source of water. This is also the only place in Tanzania where you can spot dry-country antelopes like oryx and gerenuk during the season. Don't miss the opportunity to see the ancient baobab trees, also known as the Tree of Life, scattered around the park, a rare sight to end your authentic African safari experience. Be prepared to leave this sanctuary before embarking on your next adventure tomorrow.

Day 5-6: Karatu | Lake Manyara National Park | Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You depart with a packed lunch today for a morning game drive to Lake Manyara National Park after checking out of Little Chem Chem. The Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a wide range of habitats supporting a variety of wildlife. You explore the park which is home to more than 400 different bird species and has the highest population of baboons in the world. You may see giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impalas, waterbuck, warthogs, the Cape clawless otter, and Egyptian mongooses among other species. The park also boasts a stunning landscape with acacia woodlands, forests, baobab-dotted cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps, and the lake itself.

You will leave the park today and drive 2.5 hours through the Rift escarpment to your lodge with a view of the Ngorongoro Forest. You'll stop at a local school along the way. As the sun sets, you arrive at Gibb's farm and have time to relax with a hot or cold coffee while taking in the beautiful scenery. The historic organic farm and family coffee plantation covers over 80 hectares of the Ngorongoro Crater's forested outer slopes and serves as a sanctuary for your senses. You settle into your room and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal made with fresh, organic ingredients to end the day. It's a much-needed break from your busy first half of the adventure.

Today, you'll wake up early and enjoy a breakfast drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You'll take a tour of the world's largest intact volcanic crater, starting from the bottom and working your way up, before heading back to Karatu. Be prepared for your early checkout tomorrow morning.

Day 7-9: Singita Serengeti Grumeti

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
You will meet your driver at the front desk after breakfast and check out. You will have a short drive to the Manyara Airstrip, bid farewell to your driver guide, and board a scheduled bus to the Grumeti Reserve in Serengeti. A safari vehicle and driver guide will be waiting for you upon arrival in Serengeti and will accompany you to Singita Faru Faru Lodge. You will go on a short game drive beside the Grumeti River and plains before being escorted to the reception for a brief safari briefing and to your room to freshen up.

Positioned in front of a waterhole alongside the Grumeti River, Singita Faru Faru Lodge merges rustic appeal with clean-lined modernity in a contemporary wilderness setting. It offers a continuous connection to its stunning surroundings, rich with thriving wildlife.

After having lunch, you will go on your first game drive in the Game Reserve. Singita Grumeti features the famous Great Migration, the annual trek of about 2 million animals through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem that crosses the reserve. This is also known as the Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth and is the backbone of the wilderness. After the game drive, you will return to Singita Faru Faru Lodge to relax and take advantage of its facilities with breathtaking views. You will have dinner under the starlit skies for an unforgettable evening. Over the next two days, you will explore Singita Serengeti Grumeti and look for Africa's famous Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and African buffalo.

Tonight, you will have dinner and evening drinks served by the campfire. It is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your experience over the past few days. Get ready for your departure tomorrow morning.

Day 10: Departure from Singita Serengeti Grumeti | Arusha Coffee Lodge | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast and check out, you are assisted to a short drive to the Airstrip where you board your scheduled flight to Arusha. Upon arrival at Arusha Airstrip, you are accompanied by a driver to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch. You then visit Shanga shangaa workshops where you receive a guided tour. Shanga Shangaa's mission is to provide full-time employment and training to assist local Tanzanians with disabilities by producing distinctive glass and beadwork. You can try it out for yourself and even buy some of their goods at the on-site shop.

Depending on your boarding time, you are assisted by a driver to a short drive to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Accommodations

Gibb's Farm

Stroll through the garden at Gibb's Farm
Enjoy a picturesque meal at Gibb's Farm
Dining area at Gibb's Farm

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Experience unrefined luxury at Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Luxury tents offer unparalleled views and comfort
Find solitude at Singita Faru Faru

Little Chem Chem

Experience solitude and luxury at Little Chem Chem
Experience solitude and luxury at Little Chem Chem
Experience solitude and luxury at Little Chem Chem

Legendary Lodge

Legendary Lodge - Public Area
Legendary Lodge - Public Area
Legendary Lodge - View

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Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners, 2 Box Lunches
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Lake Manyara National Park Entrance Fee
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • Government fees and taxes
  • All game drives viewing in a custom-built 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English-speaking driver guide
  • Scheduled flight/s as per the itinerary, luggage allowance 15kgs per person.
  • Pre-stocked soft drinks in the mini bar at Legendary Lodge Arusha
  • 1 liter of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • A safari briefing at the start
  • Flying doctor’s medical evacuation cover
  • Half-board accommodation at Arusha
  • Laundry, House wines, local beers, local spirits, and soft drinks, included at Little Chem Chem Lodge & Faru Faru Lodge
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Entry Visa Fees
  • Tourist Visa
  • International Airfare
  • Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD 681 per person)
  • All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks at Gibb's Farm & Legendary Lodge Arusha
  • Laundry services at Gibb's Farm & Legendary Lodge Arusha

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