Six Days Tarangire / Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti Lodge Safari
Travel to Africa and embark on the six days tarangire / ngorongoro crater / serengeti lodge safari. This tour package begins and ends in Arusha town. We organize pickups anywhere within the city centre or the suburbs. This tour departs every day with a minimum of two pax and a maximum of six pax in the land rover or land cruiser. We also organize private safaris on request.
Arusha – Tarangire
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour. You will be driven to Tarangire National Park arriving by mid morning.
You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and shortly afterwards head out for a short game drive and later retreat back to the lodge for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them.
Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. Tarangire is famous for its tree climbing pythons. Game to view in this park includes zebras, heartbeests, elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, gazelles, oryx and abundant birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Oliver’s Camp.
Tarangire – Ngorongoro Crater
Pre Breakfast game drive which offers you an opurtunity to view game you might have missed, return to the lodge for your full breakfast and shortly depart afterwards. Drive to Ngorongoro crater; lunch en route arriving in the afternoon. After checking inn and relaxing a bit head out for a guided walking tour on the crater rim this offers amazing view of the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.
Have breakfast early and descend 2000 meters with a four wheel drive vehicle to the floor of the crater. Ngorongoro crater is commonly referred to as the “Garden of Eden” and the park is inhabited by about 30,000 animals, of which half are zebra and wildebeest.
The park has recorded over 14000 wildebeest. Tanzania’s few remaining black rhino are regularly sighted in the crater, as are large herds of buffalos. On the crater floor and in the Ngoitokitok swamps, reside plenty of hippos who remain partially submerged during the day and graze on grass at night.
Bird life is also abundant. Spend the day exploring this natural habitat taking a break to have a picnic lunch. Later ascend back to the lodge for dinner and over night.
Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti
Depart after breakfast and head to Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge, a fossil site excavated by the leakey family where they discovered human fossil dating back 2 million years. Proceed on to the world famous Serengeti National Park arriving the lodge in time for lunch.
Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Serengeti is one of the largest wildlife sanctuary in the world and it is also the site of the most breathtaking events in the animal kingdom.
The migration of over a million of wildebeest to the Masai Mara game reserve. After checking inn into the lodge head out for the evening game drive. Dinner and over night at Ikoma Safari Camp.
Serengeti means “endless plain” in the Masai language and much of the landscape epitomizes what we have come to expect from an East African safari; vast open savannahs dotted with acacia trees, rocky outcrops, riverine bushes, scrubs, rivers and swamps.
These features give Serengeti a fascinating variety of sceneries. The day is spent exploring this amazing park with morning and evening game drive. The parks wildlife population is over 4 million and over 400 bird species both migratory and terrestrial. Meals and overnight at Ikoma Safari Camp.
Serengeti – Arusha
Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sun rise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives.
Return to the lodge around mid morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards depart and drive to Arusha; lunch en route arriving late afternoon. Drop off at a hotel in Arusha or the airport to board a flight to your next destination.
- Transport in a custom 4×4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Tarangire National Park accommodation is composed of luxury tented camp which have different amenities and are rated differently. Amenities include a bar, gift shops, wifi, conference facilities, spas, satellite tv and different sport activities.
For Tarangire Lodge safari this are some of the lodges and luxury tented camps to chose from, they include Maweninga Tented Lodge, Swala Camp and Oliver’s Camp.
All accommodation at Ngorongoro crater is ideally perched at the rim of the crater, while others are at a short driving distance to the crater. There isn’t any form of accommodation within the crater.
Amenities offered by the lodge include a bar, gift shops, wifi, conference facilities, spas, satellite tv and different sport activities. The lodges include Ngorongoro sopa lodge, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Gibbs Farm, Ngorongoro Farm House and Tloma Lodge.
Serengeti accommodation comprises of lodges and luxury tented camps all rated according to the amenities they offer. Amenities in the lodges and tented camps include bush dinners, swimming pool, massage, hair styling, beauty treatments, gift shop, wifi, housekeeping services, babysitting on request, full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities.
The lodge to choose from for your Tanzania lodge safari holiday travel include Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti Seronera Lodge, Migration Tented Lodge, Kleins Lodge, Lemala Mara River Camp, Buffalo Springs Tented Lodge, Serengeti Bush Tops Camp, Mbalageti Tented Lodge, Kirawira Tented Lodge, Serengeti Soroi Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Lodge, Moru Kopjes Private Luxury Camp, Bilila Lodge, Lemala Seronera Camp Grumeti River Tented Lodge Serena Kirawira Camp, Ikoma Safari Camp, Kusini Tented Lodge, Ndutu Lodge, Ndutu Private Luxury Camp, Olduvai Tented Lodge, Lemala Ndutu Camp and Lake Masek Tented Lodge
Parks & Reserves Facts
Tarangire National Park lies 118 km southwest of Arusha town and covers an area of 2,850 square kilometers. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The landscape is composed of scattered baobab trees alternating with open acacia woodlands, open bush, plains, swamps, rivers and palm trees.
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and its tree climbing pythons. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River. The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.
Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road from Arusha in under four hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometers (43 mile) drive from Tarangire. One can visit the park all year round but the month of June to September are the driest months and wildlife population decreases. Besides game viewing other activities include Guided walking safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
The Ngorongoro conservation area was established in the year 1959 and later become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The crater is one of the biggest caldera in the world and has been described as one of the most spectacular game hunts in Africa. The crater has a diameter of 14.5km and a depth of 2000ft – 2500ft. The crater covers an area of 264 km2.
The crater highlands on the side facing the easterly trade winds receives 800-1200 mm of rain a year and is covered largely in montane forest, while the less-steep west wall receives only 400-600 mm; this side is grassland and bush land dotted with Euphorbia trees. The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea. The major source of water for the park is Ngoitokitok Spring, Munge Stream and Lerai Stream.
The best vantage point is the flat-topped Engitati Hill in the north-eastern corner of the park. Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south-western corner, is the main feature of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. The Lerai Forest a fever tree forest located in the south is a good place in the park to see animals such as elephants, waterbuck and flitting sunbirds. Swamps, thorn scrub and grassland fill the rest of the park and provide the bulk of wildlife viewing.
The park is one of the most densely crowded wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals. There are no giraffe, topi or impala in the park – they probably find it to difficult to negotiate the crater rim cliffs and there is also insufficient grazing for large herds of antelope, inside the park. However the park teems with wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, aggressive pack hunting hyenas and resident lion prides. Supported by a year round supply of water and fodder, the park supports a vast variety of animals, which include impressive herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, giant elephants and a small population of black rhino. Another big draw to this picturesque park is it dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
The Ngorongoro Crater is only open from 06h00 to 16h00 and only 6 hour safari permits are issued which allows for only a single 6 hour morning game drive or 6 hour afternoon game drive to the park. There are two picnic and toilet spots – the one in the Lerai Forest and at the other at the Ngoitokitok Springs located in the south-eastern section of the park.
The Serengeti National Park is widely regarded as the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to its density of predators and prey. The park covers 14,763 km2 (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of the country, bordered to the north by the national Tanzania and Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Masai Mara National Reserve.
The park is usually described in three regions Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. Serengeti plains are characterized by the endless, almost treeless grasslands. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other ungulates also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. Kopjes are granite florations which are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons. The Western corridor the “black cotton” soil covers the swampy savannah of this region. Grumeti river is home to enormous Nile crocodiles, colobus monkey, and the martial eagle. The migration passes through from May to July. The Northern Serengeti landscape is dominated by open woodlands and hills, ranging from Seronera in the South, to the Mara river in the limit with Kenya. Apart from the migratory wildebeest and zebra (which occur from July to August, and in November), the bushy savannah is the best place to find elephant, giraffe and dik dik.
Human habitation is forbidden in the National Park with the exception of staff for TANAPA, researchers, Frankfurt Zoological Society staff, and staff of the various lodges and hotels. The main settlement is Seronera which houses the majority of research staff and the park’s main headquarters, including its primary airstrip.
As well as the migration of ungulates, the park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the “Big Five”. The park also supports many further species, including cheetah, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.