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Discover Tanzania's rich culture and wildlife on this 9-day safari tour from Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park. You'll get a chance to visit indigenous tribes like the Maasai, Hadzabe, and Datoga. Explore Ngorongoro Crater, best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife. And lastly, visit the Northern Serengeti, a remote African wildlife wonderland. A truly unforgettable safari wilderness experience.
Marvel at the wildlife and landscape of the Ngorongoro CraterA leopard relaxes high in a treeZebra herd on the SerengetiMeet the Maasai people of TanzaniaA huge herd of wildebeest crosses a riverLions sleeping high in a tree
Highlights
  • Visit the shores of Lake Eyasi, a seasonal soda lake.
  • Explore Tarangire National Park granite ridges, river valleys, and wildlife
  • Visit the town of Karatu in the green hills of Tanzania’s northern highland
  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater known for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife
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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: Arrival to Honeyguide Tarangire Camp

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and clear customs and Immigration. Afterward, meet your driver guide and transfer you to Tarangire National Park—check-in upon arrival.

Tarangire National Park, situated within Tanzania’s breathtaking Manyara Region, showcases awe-inspiring landscapes of granite ridges, river valleys, and mixed vegetation, serving as a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife. During the annual dry season, the Tarangire River attracts thirsty animals, including large herds of elephants, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland, followed closely by predators. Lions are frequently sighted, adding to the park's allure. Tarangire is also renowned for its sightings of dry-country antelope like oryx and gerenuk. This vast area is known for its spectacular baobab trees, its stunning views of the Maasai Steppe and majestic mountains to the south.

Day 2: Explore Tarangire National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early wake-up call, head out with a picnic lunch and spend the whole day in Tarangire National Park. You can leave at your convenience and return to camp for a drink and a shower before dinner.

Day 3: Arrival to Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Check out of your camp today and head towards the shores of Lake Eyasi, a seasonal soda lake. Along the way, stop by a local school for a visit. Enjoy your time with the enthusiastic pupils and teachers before driving to Kisima Ngenda Tented Camp.

Nestled between the Kidero Mountains to the south and the Eyasi Escarpment to the north, Lake Eyasi lies in a remote, arid landscape just south of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park. This seasonal lake boasts dry salt beds and hosts a diverse array of birdlife, including flamingos and pelicans. Surrounding the lake are woodlands, forests, and ancient baobabs. Visitors can learn about local cultures and visit the pastoralist Datoga people and the nomadic hunter-gatherer Hadzabe group. Popular activities include bird watching, hiking, walking safaris, and enjoying the breathtaking views. Be sure not to miss nearby attractions like Oldeani Mountain, the swampy valley of Yaeda, and the stunning Serengeti.

Day 4: Arrival to The Plantation Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Check out today with a packed lunch and get a chance to visit two remote groups of people who inhabit the area - the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes.

Make your way towards the Plantation Lodge, located just a stone's throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Upon arrival, check-in and receive a brief safari orientation. Then, retire to your room to unwind and freshen up before dinner.

Travelers bound for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater pass through Karatu, nestled in the green hills of Tanzania’s northern highlands. Dominated by the towering Ol Deani Volcano, this vibrant town serves as a popular overnight stop for visitors exploring the region’s game parks. Karatu boasts diverse activities, from the bustling marketplace and sampling local beer at a brewery to visiting traditional homesteads and embarking on guided walks through the Ngorongoro Forest to discover waterfalls and caves. Whether seeking cultural tours, hiking, and biking adventures, an authentic rural Tanzania experience, or a simple break between safari drives, this underrated town offers ample opportunities for exploration.

Day 5: Explore Karatu

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, embark on a crater tour with a picnic lunch provided. If you are lucky, many of the animals on your must-see list may be spotted. Upon return to Plantation Lodge, dinner is prepared while you enjoy a well-deserved hot shower. Afterward, dine in the picturesque dining area.

Situated in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is renowned for its natural splendor and rich wildlife diversity, earning it status as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-designated crater is recognized as the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can anticipate encountering the iconic Big Five and numerous other wildlife species, such as vast herds of zebra and wildebeest. Renowned as one of Tanzania’s top tourist attractions, including birdwatching, trekking, wildlife observation, mountain biking, and visits to local Maasai villages. Be sure not to overlook the opportunity to embark on an excursion to the remarkable Olduvai Gorge.

Day 6: Arrival to Serian's Serengeti North

Check out after breakfast and meet with your driver at the reception area. It is a short drive to the Manyara Airstrip, where you bid farewell to your driver guide and board your scheduled service to the Serengeti. Upon arrival, your camp's safari vehicle and driver guide is waiting for you. Go on a short game drive to Serian Camp. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to the reception area for a short safari briefing before being shown to your room.

After lunch, go on your first game drive in the Serengeti.

Nestled between the Central Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve to the north, the Northern Serengeti is an untouched haven for African wildlife. This vast region is renowned as the hub of great migration. Along the Mara River, visitors can witness the annual spectacle of half a million migrating wildebeest. Among the diverse wildlife, sightings often include buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe, lion, and leopard. Activities in the area include birdwatching, hot air ballooning, safaris, and guided bush walks.

Day 7-8: Explore Serian's Serengeti North, Northern Serengeti

  • Campsite
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend the next two days full of game viewing and exploring this Reserve. Early morning game drives are the best for observing animals in their most active state or simply unwinding at the camp. In the afternoon game drive, opportunities to spot Africa's famous Big Five abound, thanks to the park's abundant predators and prey.

Day 9: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Check out after breakfast, you'll be driven a short distance to the Airstrip to board your scheduled flight to Arusha. Upon arrival at the Arusha Airstrip, you are met by an Adventure Life driver and vehicle, who take you to the nearby Shanga workshops at the lunch location. Depending on your international flight times, you meet your Adventure Life driver at the Reception of Arusha Coffee Lodge and are driven to the Kilimanjaro Airport. Adventure Life's services are now complete.

Accommodations

The Plantation Lodge

Rest while on safari at the Plantation Lodge
Rest while on safari at the Plantation Lodge
Rest while on safari at the Plantation Lodge

Honeyguide Tarangire Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

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Dining Area
Lounge

Serian's Serengeti North

Dining
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Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • Scheduled flight/s as per the itinerary, luggage allowance 15kgs per person.
  • 1 liter of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All game viewing in a custom built 4 x 4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • House Wines/Beers & Sodas at 'Tarangire Honeyguide Camp & Serian Camp only
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD 681 per person)
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Entry Visas to the country
  • All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks at Plantation Lodge & Kisima Ngeda

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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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