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9 Day Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Kilimanjaro Machame Route 9 Days

Machame Route to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Trip Code: (K-MACH-9). Group Size Min 1. Start and finish in Arusha or KIAirport, Tanzania. Arduous level 5/5.

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / ARUSHA 

Plan your travel to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be warmly met by one of our friendly and experienced driver guides holding a name board who will escort you to your Arusha hotel for your first night. You will be happy to find that despite being only 3 degrees south of the equator Arusha is comparatively cool and with lower humidity due to its elevation of 4,600ft (1400m) above sea level. Arusha is on the eastern leg of the Great Rift Valley and is the safari capital of East Africa and also an agricultural and administrative centre. The city surrounded by lush, green vegetation has rising above it Mount Meru at 14,967ft or 4,562m. It is Mount Kilimanjaro’s (19,308ft / 5,885m) beautiful sister mountain. All the most popular northern Tanzania safaris begin in Arusha. ​

Your first night is to be spent at Karama Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Tontu Safaris driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your lodge in Arusha to relax after your flight.

DAY 2 - ARUSHA - MACHAME GATE - MACHAME CAMP 

After an early breakfast at 7am, we will leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Machame Gate for around 10am, passing en-route the house of the village chief. We arrive ready for registration and the start of our trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the vital trekking team of porters who will accompany you up the mountain. The Machame-Mweka Route usually referred to as the Machame Route approaches from the mountain's south-western side. Your first day of walking, starting at an altitude of 1800 metres, will end after an ascent of 1200 further metres at a height of over 3000 metres covering a distance of 11 km and will take around 4.5 to 5 hours of actual walking time. The beginning of today's walk is characterised by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as Impatiens Kilimanjari and Impatiens Pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery.

Impatiens kilimanjari


The cloud forest trees can reach over 25 metres in height. A picnic lunch is enjoyed at around 1pm, water bottles can be refilled and then our walk continues. The giant heathers appear as you reach heathland and the forest begins to thin out. You get your first glimpse of Kibo peak. Machame Camp is reached at around 5pm. You will be surprised by the richness of the birdlife here. Dinner is served at 7:30pm.

DAY 3 - MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAVE 

You will soon become used to the early 7am breakfast and today we aim to leave the camp at 8:30am. We have a further 800 metres to ascend, finishing the day at 3800 metres, and although the overall distance of 5km is short, we will spend around 4.5 to 5 hours actually walking it. Our path today is dusty, narrow and steep. The vegetation is initially made up of forests of heather but we will soon encounter the first of the giant groundsels.

kilimanjaro giant groundsels


The climb before our midday picnic lunch is steep, but there are then great views to the south and to Kibo, all to savour as you eat.

Mount Kilimanjaro Kibo Peak


With today's early start and the short distance, we should be at the camp by 2pm, by which time we will have met the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. Once at the camp, you will have plenty of time to admire the sights such as the so-called Shira Cathedral, Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before your dinner at 6pm.

DAY 4 - SHIRA CAVE - BARRANCO CAMP 

Today's trek is longer than yesterday's, though our overall gain in height is modest. Starting at 3800 metres, by the time we reach camp this afternoon we will only be 140 metres higher, though in between our start and finish we climb up to the base of the famous Lava Tower at 4627 metres, before descending again to our camp.The benefits for the purposes of acclimatization today are enormous, as you climb high and then descend again for the overnight stop. The overall distance of around 10km means that we will actually be walking for around 6.5 to 7 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, our day will begin with breakfast at 7am and departure at 08.30,when we begin our trek across the stony landscape of Shira Plateau. The vegetation is sparse at first, with just a few hardy lichens to admire. You climb towards the Lava Tower and your picnic lunch is taken at 1pm. After passing the highpoint of the day by the Lava Tower, we descend down to the Barranco Camp. Once at camp, which we expect to reach by 4pm, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 7pm.

DAY 5 - BARRANCO CAMP - KARANGA CAMP 

Today we breakfast slightly later 7:30am and our walk is short, being only 4km but still taking between 3.5 and 4 hours of walking time. Our departure time today will be 08.30 and we will enjoy a hot lunch at 1pm at Karanga and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before dinner at 6pm. Our altitude gain today is only 160 metres. At the beginning, we encounter the hardest part of today's stage as we have to scramble up the near vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the 'Breakfast Wall' as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today's walk becomes a bit easier as we first descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp.

DAY 6 - BARRANCO CAMP - BARAFU CAMP 

Another short day -in terms of distance - begins with our breakfast at the camp at 7:30am and another 8:30am departure. Today we will ascend about 500 metres in a distance of around 5km and walking time once again is between 3.5 and 4 hours. We will be aiming to arrive the Barafu Camp by 1pm, when we will be rewarded with a hot lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 5:30pm, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today's stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today's goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.

DAY 7 - BARAFU CAMP - UHURU (SUMMIT) - MWEKA CAMP 

Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal - the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our 'Summit Day' is of course very different. Rising at 11pm, we take our tea and biscuits (11:30pm) before a midnight departure. The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4600 metres to Stella Point at 5745 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 150 metres of ascent and 45 minutes' walk to the summit.Our goal is to reach the summit by around 7am then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, we return to Barafu, where we rest for a couple of hours and take a hot lunch. At 1:30pm we set off and continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we expect to arrive at 5pm, have our dinner at 7pm and spend the night. (In total, we cover around 17km with about 13 hours of walking.)

DAY 8 - MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE - ARUSHA 

Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 7am and at 8am you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the 'Tipping Celebration.' Departure is at 9am and you descend down to Mweka Gate at an altitude of 1640 metres, where you will be served a hot lunch at midday and be presented with your hard earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to return you back to Karama Lodge in Arusha, where you can choose to relax - or celebrate!

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

After a good night's rest at your lodge, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10am. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 6pm, and then make the booking on your behalf.) If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

Trip Inclusions:

Accommodation

Two nights in Arusha, six nights on the Mountain

First night: Planet Lodge

Second night: Machame Camp

Third night: Shira 2 CampFour night: Barranco Camp

Five night: Karanga Camp

Six night: Barafu Camp

Seven night: Mweka Camp

Eight night: Planet Lodge

End of Tontu service.

Further detailed notes will be given to you upon booking which will ensure your well-organised safari runs as smoothly as possible.

For any additional services in Arusha following your tour please contact us.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Kilimanjaro Machame Route 8 Days

Machame Route to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Trip Code: (K-MACH-8). Group Size Min 1. Start and finish in Arusha or KIAirport, Tanzania. Arduous level 5/5.

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / ARUSHA 

Plan your travel to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be warmly met by one of our friendly and experienced driver guides holding a name board who will escort you to your Arusha hotel for your first night. You will be happy to find that despite being only 3 degrees south of the equator Arusha is comparatively cool and with lower humidity due to its elevation of 4,600ft (1400m) above sea level. Arusha is on the eastern leg of the Great Rift Valley and is the safari capital of East Africa and also an agricultural and administrative centre. The city surrounded by lush, green vegetation has rising above it Mount Meru at 14,967ft or 4,562m. It is Mount Kilimanjaro’s (19,308ft / 5,885m) beautiful sister mountain. All the most popular northern Tanzania safaris begin in Arusha. ​

Your first night is to be spent at Karama Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Tontu Safaris driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your lodge in Arusha to relax after your flight.

DAY 2 - ARUSHA - MACHAME GATE - MACHAME CAMP 

After an early breakfast at 7am, we will leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Machame Gate for around 10am, passing en-route the house of the village chief. We arrive ready for registration and the start of our trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the vital trekking team of porters who will accompany you up the mountain. The Machame-Mweka Route usually referred to as the Machame Route approaches from the mountain's south-western side. Your first day of walking, starting at an altitude of 1800 metres, will end after an ascent of 1200 further metres at a height of over 3000 metres covering a distance of 11 km and will take around 4.5 to 5 hours of actual walking time. The beginning of today's walk is characterised by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as Impatiens Kilimanjari and Impatiens Pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery.

Impatiens kilimanjari


The cloud forest trees can reach over 25 metres in height. A picnic lunch is enjoyed at around 1pm, water bottles can be refilled and then our walk continues. The giant heathers appear as you reach heathland and the forest begins to thin out. You get your first glimpse of Kibo peak. Machame Camp is reached at around 5pm. You will be surprised by the richness of the birdlife here. Dinner is served at 7:30pm.

DAY 3 - MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAVE 

You will soon become used to the early 7am breakfast and today we aim to leave the camp at 8:30am. We have a further 800 metres to ascend, finishing the day at 3800 metres, and although the overall distance of 5km is short, we will spend around 4.5 to 5 hours actually walking it. Our path today is dusty, narrow and steep. The vegetation is initially made up of forests of heather but we will soon encounter the first of the giant groundsels.

kilimanjaro giant groundsels


The climb before our midday picnic lunch is steep, but there are then great views to the south and to Kibo, all to savour as you eat.

Mount Kilimanjaro Kibo Peak


With today's early start and the short distance, we should be at the camp by 2pm, by which time we will have met the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. Once at the camp, you will have plenty of time to admire the sights such as the so-called Shira Cathedral, Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before your dinner at 6pm.

DAY 4 - SHIRA CAVE - BARRANCO CAMP 

Today, we ascend a further 1000 metres, cover around 9km and aim to arrive at the hut at Kibo for our overnight stop by around 3pm. Once again, we start early, with a 7am breakfast and an 8:30 am departure. Where the path divides today, we choose to take the southern (left-hand) route. On this path we take the opportunity to fill up our water reserves at the Maua River, the last useable water supply at a height of around 4,000 metres. At first today's stage is rather steep, and there is less vegetation, but we are rewarded with our first sight today of some of the famous 'cones' of Kilimanjaro. Picnic lunch is once again scheduled for 1pm. After the Maua River, we climb towards the Mawenzi Ridge and across the barren, dry terrain known as The Saddle and head for the huts, which are at the bottom of the Kibo summit. Dinner tonight is at 5:30pm and you are advised to get to bed early, in preparation for the midnight departure for the summit. Kibo Huts are made of stone and quite basic.

DAY 5 - BARRANCO CAMP - BARAFU CAMP 

Today we breakfast again at 7am, in anticipation a long day. We have a total of 9 km to cover and we will ascend some 660 metres, with a total of 6.5 to 7 hours walking time. Our departure time today will be 08.00; a hot lunch is scheduled at Karanga for midday and we hope to arrive at Barafu by 4pm for dinner at 6pm. At the beginning,we have a tough scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also known as the 'BreakfastWall' as the climb is straight after your breakfast!). At the top, you enjoy views of the Heim Glacier. We then descend to the gully below, and into the cold, beautiful Karanga Valley before continuing and climbing up a steep series of zig-zags until we reach Karanga for lunch. After leaving Karanga, today's stage continues steadily upwards, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your firstsight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today's goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.

DAY 6 - BARAFU CAMP - UHURU (SUMMIT) - MWEKA CAMP 

Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal - the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our 'Summit Day' is of course very different. Rising at 11pm, we take our tea and biscuits (11:30pm) before a midnight departure. The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4600 metres to Stella Point at 5745 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 150 metres of ascent and 45 minutes' walk to the summit.Our goal is to reach the summit by around 7am then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, we return to Barafu, where we rest for a couple of hours and take a hot lunch. At 1:30pm we set off and continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we expect to arrive at 5pm, have our dinner at 7pm and spend the night. (In total, we cover around 17km with about 13 hours of walking.)

DAY 7 - MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE - ARUSHA 

Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 7am and at 8am you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the 'Tipping Celebration.' Departure is at 9am and you descend down to Mweka Gate at an altitude of 1640 metres, where you will be served a hot lunch at midday and be presented with your hard earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to return you back to Karama Lodge in Arusha, where you can choose to relax - or celebrate!

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

After a good night's rest at your lodge, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10am. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 6pm, and then make the booking on your behalf.) If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

Trip Inclusions:

Accommodation

Two nights in Arusha, Five nights on the Mountain

First night: Karama Lodge

Second night: Machame Camp

Third night: Shira 2 Camp

Four night: Barranco Camp

Five night: Barafu Camp

Six night: Mweka Camp

Seven night: Karama Lodge

End of Tontu service.

Further detailed notes will be given to you upon booking which will ensure your well-organised safari runs as smoothly as possible.

For any additional services in Arusha following your tour please contact us.

Ruaha Elephants

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Southern Wilderness Adventurer 8 Days

4 Parks – Ruaha, Mikumi, Selous. Trip Code: (ST-RMS8). Group Size Min 1. Start and finish in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Choose your comfort level and budget: Bronze, Silver or Gold

Trip Itinerary: 

DAY 1 - Dar es Salaam – Ruaha 

Pick up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam and drive with packed lunch to Ruaha, one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. The drive to Ruaha is a long stretch, about 9 hours, but is truly fascinating and gives you a real feel of the African country-side.  Overnight at lodge/tented camp in Ruaha on Full Board Basis.

DAY 2 & 3 - RUAHA 

Enjoy two full day safari drives within Ruaha National Park with packed lunches. The remoteness of Ruaha gives you the perfect impression of a real safari in wild Africa. Return to lodge/tented camps in the evenings and overnight in Ruaha on Full Board Basis.

DAY 4 - RUAHA - MIKUMI

After breakfast drive to Mikumi with packed lunch. Early afternoon arrival at Mikumi National Park. After lunch and freshening up, set off for a glimpse of Mikumi with a late afternoon safari drive in Mikumi National Park. Overnight at lodge/tented camp in Mikumi on Full Board Basis.

DAY 5 - Mikumi - SELOUS

Wake up early and delve into an early morning safari drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to lodge for breakfast and depart with packed lunch for the Selous Game Reserve. The journey will take you approximately 7 hrs through the most amazing and truly wild and untouched areas of Tanzania. Arrive at Selous Game Reserve and overnight at lodge/tented camp on Full Board Basis.

DAY 6 - ​Selous

After breakfast, depart for a full day of safari drives within this vast reserve. Return to lodge and overnight at lodge/tented camp on Full Board Basis.

DAY 7 - ​Selous

Wake up for a very early breakfast and indulge yourself into a very adventurous activity – walking safari! You will join a professional guide and an armed ranger for a walking safari into the wilderness and experience the wilderness on foot. This is a very enlightening trip where you will learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the reserve and its inhabitants. Return to lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, experience a boat safari on the mighty Rufiji River. You will glide through groups of hippos, crocodiles, villages and see amazing bird life along the way. Return to lodge/tented camp and overnight on Full Board Basis.

DAY 9 - Selous – DAR-ES-SALAAM

After breakfast drive back to Dar es salaam with packed lunch. Early afternoon arrival in Dar es salaam and drop off at hotel or Airport for onward journey.

End of Tontu service.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO DAY TRIP

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip

1 Parks – Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip. Trip Code: (MT-KILI-01)

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - MOUNT KILIMANJARO DAY TRIP 

You certainly can’t climb Kilimanjaro in a day, but our day tour to this iconic, snow-capped mountain will give you an excellent taster of why Africa’s highest peak is so popular. We collect you at 7am at your hotel for the three hour journey to Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Gate. We register with the National Park Authorities and begin our climb at 11am from the south-east of the area. During the course of the day, we will follow the popular Marangu Route and walk as far as the first hut – the Mandara – where our picnic lunch will be taken. As other trekkers continue upwards, bound for the summit, we will make a slow descent for 2.5 hours  again and return to Arusha by 8pm after an amazing day. 

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  • Day trip according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Pack lunch
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the day trip

ITEMS EXCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

End of Tontu service.

Lake Manyara National Park day trip Tontu Safaris

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park Day Trip

1 Parks – Lake Manyara National Park. Trip Code: (LA-MANY-01)

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK 

In the early morning, we will collect you from your hotel in Arusha and drive you to Lake Manyara National Park. The park encompasses the northwest bank and part of the alkaline Lake Manyara which itself rests in the Great Rift Valley. The park is perhaps best known for its flamingos, pelicans and cormorants but it is also the home for a few hundred other species of birds; it is therefore a paradise for ornithologists. Next to a great variety of birds, the “Big Game” can also be seen. With a bit of luck you might see elephants in the wooded regions and with even more fortune the tree-climbing lions. Indeed, it was thought for a long time that the Lake Manyara National Park is the only place where lions can be found with this atypical behaviour of climbing trees. Baboons and vervet monkeys are also found amongst the forested areas and in the more open spaces, giraffes nibble at the fresh leaves while the various types of antelopes common to the region browse for tasty shoots. After a picnic lunch, there will be more time for further game and wildlife watching before it is time to return to Arusha.

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  • Day trip according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the day trip

ITEMS EXCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance


End of Tontu service.

Arusha National Park Day Trip Tontu Safaris

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Arusha National Park Day Trip

1 Parks – Arusha National Park Ruaha. Trip Code: (ARU-01)

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK 

In the morning, we will collect you from your hotel in Arusha and take you to the Arusha National Park. The park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this region to film the movie “Hatari” in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. Your day trip will include a visit to the Ngurdo Crater. Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and baboons can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species. At the Momella Gate, an armed ranger will be waiting for you to accompany you on your walking safari that will give you the chance to experience the wildlife up-close. Only a few other national parks in Tanzania give you such an opportunity and it is something that should not be missed. Lunch will be taken at a picnic place and in the afternoon, you will continue your tour in the safari vehicle through the Arusha National Park. After plenty of time allocated for you to observe the wildlife, we will take you back to Arusha.

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  • Day trip according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the day trip

ITEMS EXCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

End of Tontu service.

ZANZIBAR BEACHES

Tontu Safaris Tanzania Southern Wilderness and Zanzibar Adventurer 13 Days

4 Parks – Ruaha, Mikumi, Selous, Zanzibar. Trip Code: (ST-RMSZ13). Group Size Min 1. Start and finish in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Choose your comfort level and budget: Bronze, Silver or Gold

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - Dar es Salaam – Ruaha 

Pick up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam and drive with packed lunch to Ruaha, one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. The drive to Ruaha is a long stretch, about 9 hours, but is truly fascinating and gives you a real feel of the African countryside. (A convenient flight can be arranged at an extra price). Overnight at lodge/tented camp in Ruaha on Full Board Basis.

DAY 2 & 3 - RUAHA 

Enjoy two full day safari drives within Ruaha National Park with packed lunches. The remoteness of Ruaha gives you the perfect impression of a real safari in wild Africa. Return to lodge/tented camps in the evenings and overnight Overnight at lodge/tented camp in Ruaha on Full Board Basis.

DAY 4 - RUAHA - Mufindi Highlands

After breakfast, depart and drive to Mufindi Highlands, Choice of activities at the lodge or relax enjoying the cool climate and stunning scenery. Overnight at lodge in Mufindi Highlands on Full Board Basis. 

DAY 5 - Mufindi Highlands – Mikumi

After breakfast drive to Mikumi with packed lunch. Early afternoon arrival at Mikumi National Park. After lunch and freshening up, set off for a glimpse of Mikumi with a late afternoon safari drive in Mikumi National Park. Overnight at Overnight at lodge/tented camp in Mikumi on Full Board Basis. 

DAY 6 - ​Mikumi – Selous

Wake up early and delve into an early morning safari drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to lodge for breakfast and depart with packed lunch for the Selous Game Reserve. The journey will take you approximately 7 hrs through the most amazing and truly wild and untouched areas of Tanzania. Arrive at Selous Game Reserve and overnight at lodge/tented camp on Full Board Basis.

DAY 7 - ​Selous

Wake up for a very early breakfast and indulge yourself into a very adventurous activity – walking safari! You will join a professional guide and an armed ranger for a walking safari into the wilderness and experience the wilderness on foot. This is a very enlightening trip where you will learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the reserve and its inhabitants. Return to lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, experience a boat safari on the mighty Rufiji River. You will glide through groups of hippos, crocodiles, villages and see amazing bird life along the way. Return to lodge and overnight at lodge/tented camp on Full Board Basis.

DAY 8 - SELOUS

After breakfast, depart for a full day of safari drives within this vast reserve. Return to lodge and overnight at lodge/tented camp on Full Board Basis.

DAY 9 - Selous – Zanzibar Stone Town

After breakfast you will be transferred to Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you will be met by our Tontu representative and transferred to hotel in Stone Town. Afternoon at leisure; walk around the hotel area and get to know the locality. Overnight at hotel in Stone Town on Half Board Basis.

DAY 10 - ZANZIBAR BEACH

After breakfast, our Tontu representative will transfer you to the beach resort. Afternoon at leisure at beach hotel. Dinner and overnight at beach hotel on Half Board Basis.

DAY 11 & 12 - ZANZIBAR BEACH

Full day on the beach enjoying the sun and sea. Dinner and overnight at beach hotel on Half Board Basis.

DAY 13 - Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, Tontu's representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam to a hotel of your choice or for your onward flight to your home country.

End of Tontu service.

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Tontu Safaris Tanzania Northern Deep Adventurer 7 Days (Private) – Gold

4 Parks – Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater. Trip Code: (SP-TMSN7G). Group Size Min 1. Start and finish in Arusha, Tanzania. Arduous level is 2/5.

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ARUSHA

Plan your travel to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be warmly met by one of our friendly and experienced driver guides holding a name board who will escort you to your Arusha hotel for your first night. You will be happy to find that despite being only 3 degrees south of the equator Arusha is comparatively cool and with lower humidity due to its elevation of 4,600ft (1400m) above sea level. Arusha is on the eastern leg of the Great Rift Valley and is the safari capital of East Africa and also an agricultural and administrative centre. The city surrounded by lush, green vegetation has rising above it Mount Meru at 14,967ft or 4,562m. It is Mount Kilimanjaro’s (19,308ft / 5,885m) beautiful sister mountain. All the most popular northern Tanzania safaris begin in Arusha. These are the best safaris in Africa for the sheer spectacle and abundance of wildlife. NgoroNgoro Crater and the Serengeti are within reach and Arusha even has it’s own National Park with plenty of wildlife and activities such as trekking, canoeing, mountain climbing and even horse riding in the wild near buffalo and giraffe, all available on a custom-made safari plan or as addition to the end of this safari. Arusha is the perfect centre from which you can enjoy your adventure of a lifetime, or take time to relax afterwards. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!

DAY 2 - ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we set out west on the safari trail but then branch south off the beaten-track for a special treat as we enter the stunning Tarangire National Park where we stop for lunch. Your afternoon game-drive begins in a land typified by great Baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. It is virtually untouched in places. It is famous for its huge concentrations of wildlife in the peak months July to October when the stars must be the 3000 plus elephant which congregate near the Tarangire River and the marshy shores of Lake Burungi. There are zebra, giraffe, buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, lion, leopard and cheetah. Rare gerenuk, fringe-eared orynx and dwarf mongoose live here but are an elusive treat when spotted. It is surprisingly large with the quietest game viewing in the region especially in the southern part a place where you’ll hardly see other tourists. It is well known as one of the finest birding locations, where you can see yellow necked spurfowl, shrike, white-faced weaver whistling duck, woodland kingfishers, the distinctively crested hoopoe and the loud white-bellied ‘go-away bird’. Tsetse fly can be bothersome from December to March so the Serengeti would be more ideal at that time. At the end of the game-drive we return for a lovely evening meal at your safari lodge.

DAY 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MANYARA

After breakfast at your lodge we set off early for a short trip to neighbouring Lake Manyara National Park, named by the Maasai tribe and relating to the type of thorn bush found there and used to protect their bomas from any dangerous animal intrusions at night. First there is the opportunity to experience authentic Tanzanian culture with a visit to the fascinating Mto wa Mbu village which is just outside Lake Manyara National Park. It is a green oasis at the foot of the Great Rift Valley and a cultural melting pot of around 120 different tribes that live there. You will see how they live their traditional way of life. Some of the local tours help pay for their community projects such as farming-irrigation systems and their production of energy-efficient cooking stoves. You will get a chance to taste their foods and experience cultural interaction where discussion often includes politics, history, culture, wildlife and Tanzanian legends. Your driver-guide has expert knowledge of these ancient tribal cultures and will take excellent care of you whilst you experience this rich diversity. You can visit the farms, huts and see local art for sale in its artisan shops.

After enjoying lunch there, we enter the 402 square mile - small but extremely scenic Lake Manyara National Park itself. It is an exhilarating introduction for what’s to come on your Adventure Tour. Blue monkeys inhabit the groundwater forest near the entrance gate, but Manyara is typified by its tree-climbing lions which have developed this habit to avoid getting constantly damp feet during the rainier seasons in this low lying land. There is stunning plains wildlife to view; elephant, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and giraffe, plus over 400 bird species. There are acacia woodlands and the shallow alkaline Lake Manyara itself, which is inhabited by huge flocks of pink flamingo as well as pelicans, storks and cormorants. Following your afternoon game drive it’s off to your lodge for a delicious evening meal and relaxation.

DAY 4 - LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI

After breakfast, we leave Lake Manyara National Park with a packed lunch provided and head north-west for the Serengeti, so named by the Maasai and meaning ‘endless plains’ although it’s topography is quite diverse with woodlands, hills and open plains with horizons wider than the sea. Along the way you will be struck by the sheer scale and beauty of this landscape whilst your driver-guide’s keen eyes keep you posted on the animals and birds and their habits. But this is a mere prelude because within this, the UNESCO number one World Heritage Site, reside what must be the world's greatest gatherings of wildlife. After stopping for a scenic picnic lunch, you'll begin your afternoon game-drive and some amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities. From the southern grasslands and savannah to woodlands, the kopjes and even mountain scenery, you’ll see zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo and crocodile now that the adventure has truly begun. At the end of the afternoon, exhausted but exhilarated, you’ll head off for your new lodge to enjoy an evening meal and plenty of excited discussion about the many fantastic experiences you’ve shared.

Note: Balloon Safari: If you wish to book a Serengeti Balloon Safari optional extra for Day 5, please click here for more information and additional prices.

DAY 5 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Waking at dawn in the Serengeti is something really special with the sounds, smells and sights of Africa all around you. Ahead is a full day of adventure in the world's most famous big game National Safari Park. After your breakfast at your lodge we head off for a morning game-drive in the Serengeti where the changing light reveals new wonders of both stunning scenery and captivating wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide. After a scenic picnic lunch, we set off again, on your afternoon’s game-drive searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti's wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds hold centre-stage and nature's intense dramas can unfold at any time quickening the heart. Naturally the animals don't keep to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time or location on these drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the comfort of your lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Note: For those who have booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari for today, you will be collected at 05:00hrs for a 06:00hrs lift-off. After a 90 minute aerial adventure with bush breakfast and champagne, your driver will collect you for your full-day’s Serengeti game drive.

DAY 6 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO

Awakening once again to the awesome sounds of the heart of the Serengeti, after breakfast we start early for your last morning game-drive in the Serengeti at 8am. It must be impossible to spend too much time in the Serengeti as there's always something new and captivating to experience. Despite the amazing wildlife that inhabit it there are 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras on migration passing 3,000 lions and many other predators such as leopards, cheetah, hungry hyena clans and monster crocs. Meeting with the migration is dependant upon season and luck as the rains drive the migration on a huge rotation which covers 1,200 miles dictating it’s movement and varying location from year to year. They congregate in the central plains in March. In April the rains are at their height making a safari difficult, as the ground becomes a quagmire. If you want to be sure to seek out this great wonder of the world in this huge location please see our tailor-made Great Migration Safaris, which will take you there with special planning. Apart from the migration itself you’ll find ample and abundant wildlife that doesn’t migrate, including the big 5: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and the elusive leopard. You’ll also see cheetah, hyena and a wealth of other wildlife. Your morning game-drive will teach you many things about the habitats and character of the animals there with the attentive guidance of your driver-guide.

After a pleasant picnic lunch, it's time to leave the Serengeti and begin the drive eastwards to your next unique experience and another Great Wonder of the World, the truly spectacular NgoroNgoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The trip up the outside of the crater is through rich and lush jungle and you’ll feel that at any moment you are about to discover a hidden new world and paradise on the other side of that great sloped caldera. After your journey, it’s time to relax and enjoy a hot tasty dinner at your truly awesome safari lodge location on the crater ridge, where you can enjoy amazing views for miles down into the crater itself in anticipation of the delights tomorrow will hold.

DAY 7 - NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR THEN TO AIRPORT

On this your ‘departure day’, it seems we have possibly left the best until last because after an early breakfast you’ll descend the steeply sloped track in your vehicle down into the crater through what appears to be ‘primordial mists’ which slowly reveal the greatest concentration of varied and big-game wildlife in the world. Feeling like the first person to ever be there you’ll see the indigenous lions who spend their lives there never needing to leave the crater since the volcanic springs make this place an oasis of life all year round for the abundant herbivores such as zebra, wildebeest and antelope upon which they feed. You’ll see only the largest of bull elephant here as they are the only ones brave and strong enough attempt the steep slopes down into the crater where they love the lush grasses. There are as many as 25,000 large animals here including leopard, hyena, jackal, waterbuck and even the rare black rhino. Unfortunately, no-one is allowed to live in the crater although the Maasai are allowed to graze their cattle there, an amazing coexistence. You’ll stop at the hippo pools to enjoy your picnic lunch whilst delighting in these massive frolicking beasts that can still delicately supervise and protect their youngsters splashing around beside them. Your way along and out of the crater still offers much to see and then you begin the journey back to your Kilimajaro International Airport via Arusha for your return flight home.

End of Tontu service.

Further detailed notes will be given to you upon booking which will ensure your well-organised safari runs as smoothly as possible.

For any additional services in Arusha following your tour please contact us.

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Tontu Safaris Tanzania Northern Deep Adventurer 7 Days (Private) – Silver

4 Parks – Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater. Trip Code: (SP-TMSN7S). Group Size Min 1. Start and finish in Arusha, Tanzania. Arduous level is 2/5.

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ARUSHA

Plan your travel to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be warmly met by one of our friendly and experienced driver guides holding a name board who will escort you to your Arusha hotel for your first night. You will be happy to find that despite being only 3 degrees south of the equator Arusha is comparatively cool and with lower humidity due to its elevation of 4,600ft (1400m) above sea level. Arusha is on the eastern leg of the Great Rift Valley and is the safari capital of East Africa and also an agricultural and administrative centre. The city surrounded by lush, green vegetation has rising above it Mount Meru at 14,967ft or 4,562m. It is Mount Kilimanjaro’s (19,308ft / 5,885m) beautiful sister mountain. All the most popular northern Tanzania safaris begin in Arusha. These are the best safaris in Africa for the sheer spectacle and abundance of wildlife. NgoroNgoro Crater and the Serengeti are within reach and Arusha even has it’s own National Park with plenty of wildlife and activities such as trekking, canoeing, mountain climbing and even horse riding in the wild near buffalo and giraffe, all available on a custom-made safari plan or as addition to the end of this safari. Arusha is the perfect centre from which you can enjoy your adventure of a lifetime, or take time to relax afterwards. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!

DAY 2 - ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we set out west on the safari trail but then branch south off the beaten-track for a special treat as we enter the stunning Tarangire National Park where we stop for lunch. Your afternoon game-drive begins in a land typified by great Baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. It is virtually untouched in places. It is famous for its huge concentrations of wildlife in the peak months July to October when the stars must be the 3000 plus elephant which congregate near the Tarangire River and the marshy shores of Lake Burungi. There are zebra, giraffe, buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, lion, leopard and cheetah. Rare gerenuk, fringe-eared orynx and dwarf mongoose live here but are an elusive treat when spotted. It is surprisingly large with the quietest game viewing in the region especially in the southern part a place where you’ll hardly see other tourists. It is well known as one of the finest birding locations, where you can see yellow necked spurfowl, shrike, white-faced weaver whistling duck, woodland kingfishers, the distinctively crested hoopoe and the loud white-bellied ‘go-away bird’. Tsetse fly can be bothersome from December to March so the Serengeti would be more ideal at that time. At the end of the game-drive we return for a lovely evening meal at your safari lodge.

DAY 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MANYARA

After breakfast at your lodge we set off early for a short trip to neighbouring Lake Manyara National Park, named by the Maasai tribe and relating to the type of thorn bush found there and used to protect their bomas from any dangerous animal intrusions at night. First there is the opportunity to experience authentic Tanzanian culture with a visit to the fascinating Mto wa Mbu village which is just outside Lake Manyara National Park. It is a green oasis at the foot of the Great Rift Valley and a cultural melting pot of around 120 different tribes that live there. You will see how they live their traditional way of life. Some of the local tours help pay for their community projects such as farming-irrigation systems and their production of energy-efficient cooking stoves. You will get a chance to taste their foods and experience cultural interaction where discussion often includes politics, history, culture, wildlife and Tanzanian legends. Your driver-guide has expert knowledge of these ancient tribal cultures and will take excellent care of you whilst you experience this rich diversity. You can visit the farms, huts and see local art for sale in its artisan shops.

After enjoying lunch there, we enter the 402 square mile - small but extremely scenic Lake Manyara National Park itself. It is an exhilarating introduction for what’s to come on your Adventure Tour. Blue monkeys inhabit the groundwater forest near the entrance gate, but Manyara is typified by its tree-climbing lions which have developed this habit to avoid getting constantly damp feet during the rainier seasons in this low lying land. There is stunning plains wildlife to view; elephant, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and giraffe, plus over 400 bird species. There are acacia woodlands and the shallow alkaline Lake Manyara itself, which is inhabited by huge flocks of pink flamingo as well as pelicans, storks and cormorants. Following your afternoon game drive it’s off to your lodge for a delicious evening meal and relaxation.

DAY 4 - LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI

After breakfast, we leave Lake Manyara National Park with a packed lunch provided and head north-west for the Serengeti, so named by the Maasai and meaning ‘endless plains’ although it’s topography is quite diverse with woodlands, hills and open plains with horizons wider than the sea. Along the way you will be struck by the sheer scale and beauty of this landscape whilst your driver-guide’s keen eyes keep you posted on the animals and birds and their habits. But this is a mere prelude because within this, the UNESCO number one World Heritage Site, reside what must be the world's greatest gatherings of wildlife. After stopping for a scenic picnic lunch, you'll begin your afternoon game-drive and some amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities. From the southern grasslands and savannah to woodlands, the kopjes and even mountain scenery, you’ll see zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo and crocodile now that the adventure has truly begun. At the end of the afternoon, exhausted but exhilarated, you’ll head off for your new lodge to enjoy an evening meal and plenty of excited discussion about the many fantastic experiences you’ve shared.

Note: Balloon Safari: If you wish to book a Serengeti Balloon Safari optional extra for Day 5, please click here for more information and additional prices.

DAY 5 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Waking at dawn in the Serengeti is something really special with the sounds, smells and sights of Africa all around you. Ahead is a full day of adventure in the world's most famous big game National Safari Park. After your breakfast at your lodge we head off for a morning game-drive in the Serengeti where the changing light reveals new wonders of both stunning scenery and captivating wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide. After a scenic picnic lunch, we set off again, on your afternoon’s game-drive searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti's wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds hold centre-stage and nature's intense dramas can unfold at any time quickening the heart. Naturally the animals don't keep to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time or location on these drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the comfort of your lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Note: For those who have booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari for today, you will be collected at 05:00hrs for a 06:00hrs lift-off. After a 90 minute aerial adventure with bush breakfast and champagne, your driver will collect you for your full-day’s Serengeti game drive.

DAY 6 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO KARATU ADJ NGORONGORO

Awakening once again to the awesome sounds of the heart of the Serengeti, after breakfast we start early for your last morning game-drive in the Serengeti at 8am. It must be impossible to spend too much time in the Serengeti as there's always something new and captivating to experience. Despite the amazing wildlife that inhabit it there are 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras on migration passing 3,000 lions and many other predators such as leopards, cheetah, hungry hyena clans and monster crocs. Meeting with the migration is dependant upon season and luck as the rains drive the migration on a huge rotation which covers 1,200 miles dictating it’s movement and varying location from year to year. They congregate in the central plains in March. In April the rains are at their height making a safari difficult, as the ground becomes a quagmire. If you want to be sure to seek out this great wonder of the world in this huge location please see our tailor-made Great Migration Safaris, which will take you there with special planning. Apart from the migration itself you’ll find ample and abundant wildlife that doesn’t migrate, including the big 5: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and the elusive leopard. You’ll also see cheetah, hyena and a wealth of other wildlife. Your morning game-drive will teach you many things about the habitats and character of the animals there with the attentive guidance of your driver-guide.

After a pleasant picnic lunch, it's time to leave the Serengeti and begin the drive eastwards to your next unique experience and another Great Wonder of the World, the truly spectacular NgoroNgoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. After your journey, it’s time to relax and enjoy a hot tasty dinner at your lodge in Karatu in anticipation of the delights tomorrow will hold in the crater.

DAY 7 - NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR THEN TO AIRPORT

On this your ‘departure day’, it seems we have possibly left the best until last. The trip up the outside of the crater is through rich and lush jungle and you’ll feel that at any moment you are about to discover a hidden new world and paradise on the other side of that great sloped caldera. Then you’ll descend the steeply sloped track in your vehicle down into the crater through what appears to be ‘primordial mists’ which slowly reveal the greatest concentration of varied and big-game wildlife in the world. Feeling like the first person to ever be there you’ll see the indigenous lions who spend their lives there never needing to leave the crater since the volcanic springs make this place an oasis of life all year round for the abundant herbivores such as zebra, wildebeest and antelope upon which they feed. You’ll see only the largest of bull elephant here as they are the only ones brave and strong enough attempt the steep slopes down into the crater where they love the lush grasses. There are as many as 25,000 large animals here including leopard, hyena, jackal, waterbuck and even the rare black rhino. Unfortunately, no-one is allowed to live in the crater although the Maasai are allowed to graze their cattle there, an amazing coexistence. You’ll stop at the hippo pools to enjoy your picnic lunch whilst delighting in these massive frolicking beasts that can still delicately supervise and protect their youngsters splashing around beside them. Your way along and out of the crater still offers much to see and then you begin the journey back to your Kilimajaro International Airport via Arusha for your return flight home.

End of Tontu service.

Further detailed notes will be given to you upon booking which will ensure your well-organised safari runs as smoothly as possible.

For any additional services in Arusha following your tour please contact us.

Please Fill In The Form Below For The Price Of (SP-TMSN7S)...


Tontu Safaris Tanzania Northern Deep Adventurer 7 Days (Private) – Bronze

4 Parks – Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater. Trip Code: (SP-TMSN7B). Group Size Minimum 1. Start and finish in Arusha, Tanzania. Arduous level is 3/5.

Trip Itinerary:

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ARUSHA

Plan your travel to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be warmly met by one of our friendly and experienced driver guides holding a name board who will escort you to your Arusha hotel for your first night. You will be happy to find that despite being only 3 degrees south of the equator Arusha is comparatively cool and with lower humidity due to its elevation of 4,600ft (1400m) above sea level. Arusha is on the eastern leg of the Great Rift Valley and is the safari capital of East Africa and also an agricultural and administrative centre. The city surrounded by lush, green vegetation has rising above it Mount Meru at 14,967ft or 4,562m. It is Mount Kilimanjaro’s (19,308ft / 5,885m) beautiful sister mountain. All the most popular northern Tanzania safaris begin in Arusha. These are the best safaris in Africa for the sheer spectacle and abundance of wildlife. NgoroNgoro Crater and the Serengeti are within reach and Arusha even has it’s own National Park with plenty of wildlife and activities such as trekking, canoeing, mountain climbing and even horse riding in the wild near buffalo and giraffe, all available on a custom-made safari plan or as addition to the end of this safari. Arusha is the perfect centre from which you can enjoy your adventure of a lifetime, or take time to relax afterwards. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!

DAY 2 - ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we set out west on the safari trail but then branch south off the beaten-track for a special treat as we enter the stunning Tarangire National Park where we stop for lunch. Your afternoon game-drive begins in a land typified by great Baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. It is virtually untouched in places. It is famous for its huge concentrations of wildlife in the peak months July to October when the stars must be the 3000 plus elephant which congregate near the Tarangire River and the marshy shores of Lake Burungi. There are zebra, giraffe, buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, lion, leopard and cheetah. Rare gerenuk, fringe-eared orynx and dwarf mongoose live here but are an elusive treat when spotted. It is surprisingly large with the quietest game viewing in the region especially in the southern part a place where you’ll hardly see other tourists. It is well known as one of the finest birding locations, where you can see yellow necked spurfowl, shrike, white-faced weaver whistling duck, woodland kingfishers, the distinctively crested hoopoe and the loud white-bellied ‘go-away bird’. Tsetse fly can be bothersome from December to March so the Serengeti would be more ideal at that time. At the end of the game-drive we return for a lovely evening meal cooked by our chef and a wonderful and exciting first night of safe camping.

DAY 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MANYARA

After breakfast at your campsite we set off early for a short trip to neighbouring Lake Manyara National Park, named by the Maasai tribe and relating to the type of thorn bush found there and used to protect their bomas from any dangerous animal intrusions at night. First there is the opportunity to experience authentic Tanzanian culture with a visit to the fascinating Mto wa Mbu village which is just outside Lake Manyara National Park. It is a green oasis at the foot of the Great Rift Valley and a cultural melting pot of around 120 different tribes that live there. You will see how they live their traditional way of life. Some of the local tours help pay for their community projects such as farming-irrigation systems and their production of energy-efficient cooking stoves. You will get a chance to taste their foods and experience cultural interaction where discussion often includes politics, history, culture, wildlife and Tanzanian legends. Your driver-guide has expert knowledge of these ancient tribal cultures and will take excellent care of you whilst you experience this rich diversity. You can visit the farms, huts and see local art for sale in its artisan shops.

After enjoying lunch there, we enter the 402 square mile - small but extremely scenic Lake Manyara National Park itself. It is an exhilarating introduction for what’s to come on your Adventure Tour. Blue monkeys inhabit the groundwater forest near the entrance gate, but Manyara is typified by its tree-climbing lions which have developed this habit to avoid getting constantly damp feet during the rainier seasons in this low lying land. There is stunning plains wildlife to view; elephant, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and giraffe, plus over 400 bird species. There are acacia woodlands and the shallow alkaline Lake Manyara itself, which is inhabited by huge flocks of pink flamingo as well as pelicans, storks and cormorants. Following your afternoon game drive it’s off to your campsite for a delicious evening meal and relaxation.

DAY 4 - LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI

After breakfast, we leave Lake Manyara National Park with a packed lunch provided and head north-west for the Serengeti, so named by the Maasai and meaning ‘endless plains’ although it’s topography is quite diverse with woodlands, hills and open plains with horizons wider than the sea. Along the way you will be struck by the sheer scale and beauty of this landscape whilst your driver-guide’s keen eyes keep you posted on the animals and birds and their habits. But this is a mere prelude because within this, the UNESCO number one World Heritage Site, reside what must be the world's greatest gatherings of wildlife. After stopping for a scenic picnic lunch, you'll begin your afternoon game-drive and some amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities. From the southern grasslands and savannah to woodlands, the kopjes and even mountain scenery, you’ll see zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo and crocodile now that the adventure has truly begun. At the end of the afternoon, exhausted but exhilarated, you’ll head off for your new campsite to enjoy an evening meal and plenty of excited discussion about the many fantastic experiences you’ve shared.

Note: Balloon Safari: If you wish to book a Serengeti Balloon Safari optional extra for Day 5, please click here for more information and additional prices.

DAY 5 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Waking at dawn in the Serengeti is something really special with the sounds, smells and sights of Africa all around you. Ahead is a full day of adventure in the world's most famous big game National Safari Park. After your breakfast in camp, we head off for a morning game-drive in the Serengeti where the changing light reveals new wonders of both stunning scenery and captivating wildlife, all explained to you by your expert driver-guide. After a scenic picnic lunch, we set off again, on your afternoon’s game-drive searching for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park. Serengeti's wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses. The myriad animals and birds hold centre-stage and nature's intense dramas can unfold at any time quickening the heart. Naturally the animals don't keep to any schedule, so we may find lion or leopard, elephant and zebra, cheetah and antelope at any time or location on these drives. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the comfort of your campsite for dinner and relaxation.

Note: For those who have booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari for today, you will be collected at 05:00hrs for a 06:00hrs lift-off. After a 90 minute aerial adventure with bush breakfast and champagne, your driver will collect you for your full-day’s Serengeti game drive.

DAY 6 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO

Awakening once again to the awesome sounds of the heart of the Serengeti, after breakfast we start early for your last morning game-drive in the Serengeti at 8am. It must be impossible to spend too much time in the Serengeti as there's always something new and captivating to experience. Despite the amazing wildlife that inhabit it there are 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras on migration passing 3,000 lions and many other predators such as leopards, cheetah, hungry hyena clans and monster crocs. Meeting with the migration is dependant upon season and luck as the rains drive the migration on a huge rotation which covers 1,200 miles dictating it’s movement and varying location from year to year. They congregate in the central plains in March. In April the rains are at their height making a safari difficult, as the ground becomes a quagmire. If you want to be sure to seek out this great wonder of the world in this huge location please see our tailor-made Great Migration Safaris, which will take you there with special planning. Apart from the migration itself you’ll find ample and abundant wildlife that doesn’t migrate, including the big 5: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and the elusive leopard. You’ll also see cheetah, hyena and a wealth of other wildlife. Your morning game-drive will teach you many things about the habitats and character of the animals there with the attentive guidance of your driver-guide.

After a pleasant picnic lunch, it's time to leave the Serengeti and begin the drive eastwards to your next unique experience and another Great Wonder of the World, the truly spectacular NgoroNgoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The trip up the outside of the crater is through rich and lush jungle and you’ll feel that at any moment you are about to discover a hidden new world and paradise on the other side of that great sloped caldera. After your journey, it’s time to relax and enjoy a hot tasty dinner at your truly awesome campsite location on the crater ridge, where you can enjoy amazing views for miles down into the crater itself in anticipation of the delights tomorrow will hold.

DAY 7 - NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR THEN TO AIRPORT

On this your ‘departure day’, it seems we have possibly left the best until last because after an early breakfast you’ll descend the steeply sloped track in your vehicle down into the crater through what appears to be ‘primordial mists’ which slowly reveal the greatest concentration of varied and big-game wildlife in the world. Feeling like the first person to ever be there you’ll see the indigenous lions who spend their lives there never needing to leave the crater since the volcanic springs make this place an oasis of life all year round for the abundant herbivores such as zebra, wildebeest and antelope upon which they feed. You’ll see only the largest of bull elephant here as they are the only ones brave and strong enough attempt the steep slopes down into the crater where they love the lush grasses. There are as many as 25,000 large animals here including leopard, hyena, jackal, waterbuck and even the rare black rhino. Unfortunately, no-one is allowed to live in the crater although the Maasai are allowed to graze their cattle there, an amazing coexistence. You’ll stop at the hippo pools to enjoy your picnic lunch whilst delighting in these massive frolicking beasts that can still delicately supervise and protect their youngsters splashing around beside them. Your way along and out of the crater still offers much to see and then you begin the journey back to your Kilimajaro International Airport via Arusha for your return flight home.

End of Tontu service.

Further detailed notes will be given to you upon booking which will ensure your well-organised safari is ‘a walk in the park’.

For any additional services in Arusha following your tour please contact us.

Please Fill In The Form Below For The Price Of (SP-TMSN7B)...


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