3 Day Big Five Africa Safari

3 Days

Safari in National Parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro

Embark on a thrilling 3-day safari adventure through Northern Tanzania, where you’ll journey through three top attractions: Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Each park offers unique wildlife encounters, from the vibrant birdlife of Lake Manyara to the majestic elephants of Tarangire and the endangered rhinos of Ngorongoro. Throughout the journey, guests will enjoy comfortable accommodations in lodges near the parks and a top-rated hotel in Arusha town, complete with WiFi, delicious meals, and access to a swimming pool. Led by a professional driver-guide with extensive experience in the African bush, this safari promises unforgettable wildlife sightings and unparalleled natural beauty.

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Overview

Explore the Best of Northern Tanzania: 3-Day Safari Adventure

Day 1: Tarangire National Park On day two, set out for Tarangire National Park, renowned for its majestic baobab trees and abundant elephant population. Traverse the park’s vast savannah plains and dense woodlands as you encounter mighty elephants roaming freely in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the Big Five – elephants, buffaloes, leopards, rhinos, and lions – as you explore the park’s diverse ecosystems. After an exhilarating day of wildlife encounters, unwind and relax at your lodge nestled amidst the scenic beauty of Tarangire.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park Embark on an unforgettable journey as you delve into the wonders of Northern Tanzania’s renowned national parks. Your adventure begins with a visit to Lake Manyara National Park, where you’ll be greeted by breathtaking landscapes and incredible wildlife sightings. Keep your camera ready as you marvel at the diverse birdlife, including flocks of pink flamingos that adorn the shores of the lake. Explore the park’s lush forests and open grassy plains in search of iconic African species such as elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and lions. After a thrilling day of safari adventures, retire to your comfortable lodge near Lake Manyara for a restful evening.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Conclude your safari adventure with a visit to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater and its unique ecosystem. Descend into the crater floor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll have the chance to spot the endangered black rhino among other remarkable wildlife species. Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the crater rim as you soak in the beauty of this natural wonder. After an unforgettable safari experience, bid farewell to the African wilderness and return to Arusha town, where you’ll spend your final night in comfort and luxury at a top-rated hotel.

Highlights:

  • Unique Wildlife Encounters: From the incredible birdlife of Lake Manyara to the mighty elephants of Tarangire and the endangered rhinos of Ngorongoro, each park offers unique wildlife encounters that will leave you in awe.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Relax and unwind in comfortable lodges near the national parks, and enjoy the amenities of a top-rated hotel in Arusha town, including WiFi, delicious meals, and access to a swimming pool.
  • Expert Guided Tours: Explore the parks with a professional driver-guide who possesses extensive knowledge of the African bush, providing you with deeper insights into the animals and scenery around you.

Areas to Visit

  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro National Park

Itinerary

DAY 1 :
Arrival

The group arrives at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). Participants are met by a representative of Serengeti Heroes Safaris and transferred to a hotel in Arusha.

Note: The hotel cost only includes breakfast. Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.


Accommodation: LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After your morning breakfast, around 7:30 AM, your safari guide will promptly arrive at the hotel, notifying the reception of his presence. Once you rendezvous with your driver, the journey to Tarangire National Park commences, and by 10:00 AM, your first safari experience unfolds!

Tarangire is renowned for its diverse Tanzanian wildlife, including lions, buffalos, giraffes, and zebras. However, it is particularly famed for the impressive number of elephants, often found near the Tarangire River, their primary water source. Please bear in mind that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the untamed nature of the environment, but your guide will make every effort to fulfill your expectations. Our team utilizes a dedicated radio channel to collaborate with other guides, enhancing the chances of spotting rare species.

Lunch will be provided during the safari, and the adventure continues into the evening before transferring you back to the hotel.

Important notes:

As this marks your inaugural safari day, kindly adhere to the national park’s visitor rules and our company recommendations.

Throughout the safari, exiting the vehicle is strictly prohibited, except in designated areas. Violations may result in substantial fines for the company and potential license revocation. Off-road driving is prohibited to prevent irreversible damage to the delicate natural ecosystem. While smoking is permitted during the safari, exercise extreme caution in extinguishing and disposing of cigarette butts to avoid savanna fires. We kindly request that you refrain from putting your feet on the safari car’s seats or sitting on the back, as such behavior can quickly render the vehicles unusable. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Accommodation: KARATU SIMBA LODGE

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your day with an early rise, followed by breakfast, and embark on a journey to Lake Manyara. The park’s expansive terrain is crisscrossed with groundwater streams, fostering an ideal setting for lush vegetation, a myriad of birds (including the iconic pink flamingos), and diverse African forest animals.

As midday approaches, take a break to explore the Maji Moto hot springs, where your driver will present personalized lunchboxes. Following this refreshing stop, the safari resumes, concluding the day with a transfer to your hotel by evening.

Accommodation: KARATU SIMBA LODGE

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make the most of your day by leaving the hotel bright and early to catch a glimpse of the diverse morning-active wildlife. Breakfast will be thoughtfully packed into lunchboxes for this purpose. At 6:30 AM, your journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area begins, and within an hour, you’ll find yourself within the crater’s captivating expanse.

Renowned for hosting the highest concentration of various animal species per square kilometer, Ngorongoro offers sightings of buffalo, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, hippos, and elusive feline species like caracals and servals. The fortunate may even spot a rhinoceros, a species facing rapid decline.

Upon reaching the lakeside around lunchtime, enjoy a meal from your lunchboxes before the safari continues, concluding in a few hours with a transfer to Serengeti National Park.

During your travels, pay a visit to a memorial honoring West German researchers, Bernhard and Michael Grzimek, credited with preserving Northern Tanzania National Parks in their current natural state. Their remarkable story unfolds in the book “Serengeti Shall Not Die,” available on Amazon.com for USD 10–25.

As evening descends, you’ll be transferred to a hotel in the heart of the Serengeti valley.


Important notes:

As this marks your inaugural safari day, kindly adhere to the national park’s visitor rules and our company recommendations.

Throughout the safari, exiting the vehicle is strictly prohibited, except in designated areas. Violations may result in substantial fines for the company and potential license revocation. Off-road driving is prohibited to prevent irreversible damage to the delicate natural ecosystem. While smoking is permitted during the safari, exercise extreme caution in extinguishing and disposing of cigarette butts to avoid savanna fires. We kindly request that you refrain from putting your feet on the safari car’s seats or sitting on the back, as such behavior can quickly render the vehicles unusable. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


Accommodation:  SOUND OF SILENCE
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 :
DEPARTURE

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, you have the option to extend your hotel stay till 6:00 PM for an extra fee.

Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO);
  • Transfer to a hotel in Arusha and back to the airport;
  • Accommodation before and after safari (double rooms, breakfast included);
  • All park fees;
  • All accommodation under your program;
  • Three meals per day on safari;
  • Land Cruiser 4x4 with pop-up roof;
  • Experienced English-speaking safari guide;
  • 24/7 phone support;
  • Air Ambulance Service by AMREF Flying Doctors;
  • Bottled water and soft drinks throughout the tour;
  • Thermos with hot tea/coffee;
  • Medical kit;
  • Binocular (1 per SUV);
  • Wet wipes.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Air tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after safari);
  • Insurance;
  • Tips to your safari guide ($30-50 per day per car).

Frequently asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Tanzania?

Selecting the optimal time for a safari in Tanzania hinges on your preferences. The dry season, encompassing June to October and January to March, proves excellent for wildlife observation as animals congregate around water sources. While you’ll relish sunny days, be prepared for larger crowds, particularly during the Great Migration and the birthing seasons of zebras and wildebeests.

Conversely, the rainy season, spanning April to May and November to December, presents a lush landscape with fewer visitors and potential lodge discounts. Transition periods like late March, early June, late October, and November offer a harmonious blend of favorable weather and a quieter experience, striking a balance between good conditions and reduced tourist numbers.

What to wear on a safari in Tanzania?

Opt for safari attire with shirts and pants in neutral tones such as khaki or gray to seamlessly blend in and minimize the visibility of dust. Steer clear of white, blue, and camouflage clothing, as blue may attract tsetse flies, and camouflage is typically restricted for civilians. While dresses are suitable for lodges, practicality calls for pants during drives. Prioritize sun protection with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Opt for closed shoes on drives, reserving sandals for lodge settings. Ensure you pack a warm jacket, particularly for chilly mornings and evenings, especially in higher-altitude regions.

Can I leave the car on a safari?

Leaving the car on a Tanzania safari is allowed in designated areas only. Leaving a car right in the middle of the national park isn’t allowed because of safety considerations.

Can I use a drone on safari?

Individuals without regular visitor status are prohibited from operating drones within Tanzania’s national parks. However, those engaging in filming projects can seek special permissions, a procedure that usually spans 3-4 months and involves additional expenses. Attempting to bring a drone into Tanzania without the requisite permissions may result in customs officials confiscating the device upon arrival.

Is there internet coverage on Tanzania safari?

Our safari vehicles are equipped with Wi-Fi; however, it’s important to acknowledge that coverage may be limited in the more remote sections of national parks. Wi-Fi is also available in hotels and lodges throughout Tanzania, although the connection in these locations may occasionally experience interruptions.

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3 Day Big Five Africa Safari