Wildlife Parks of Tanzania

National Geographic Journeys, Arusha to Dar es Salaam

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Here's an African adventure that starts among Tanzania's most famous wildlife reserves before taking you to remote under-explored national parks of the southern circuit. Embark on wildlife drives in Lake Manyara National Park (keeping your eyes open for the elusive tree-climbing lions), meet one of the researchers at the Serengeti Wildlife Centre, and scan your surroundings in the protected Selous Game Reserve for the zeals of zebras that call these grasslands home. Experience some of the best wildlife viewing in the world amid the landscapes of Tanzania.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Clean Cookstove Project Talk, Mto wa Mbu Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture, Serengeti National Park Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Wildlife Conservation Discussions, Ruaha National Park Your G for Good Moment: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch, Mto wa Mbu Your G for Good Moment: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
  • Arrival transfer
  • Wildlife safari drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Serengeti National Park
  • Entrance to Olduvai Gorge Museum
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Ruaha NP and Selous Game Reserve
  • Boat and walking safari in Selous
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Search for tree-climbing lions in lake manyara national park
  • Learn about the maasai people through the g adventures-supported clean cookstove project
  • Embark on wildlife safari drives in a 4x4 equipped with a pop-up roof
  • Stay overnight in a comfortable tented camp in the serengeti
  • Spot predators in the incredibly remote ruaha national park

Itinerary

Day 1 Arusha Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a CEO and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50 hour(s), 10km)
Day 2 Arusha/Lake Manyara National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search of the park's bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, and baboons. The afternoon is spent viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush, cool forest that’s dominated by large ficus trees covered in bromeliads and ferns. Included Activities: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch Lake Manyara National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
Day 3 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Clean Cookstove Project Visit Clean Cookstove Project Talk Olduvai Gorge Museum Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 220km)
Day 4 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Embark on morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives in our compact, safari 4x4, that features a pop-up roof for optimal wildlife observation. Visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, where wildlife researchers and scientists are working on projects within the National Park and surrounding protected areas. Enjoy a lecture by one of the visiting researchers. Topics will vary based on the studies being done at the time. Opt to take a sunrise balloon safari. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari, your flight will be early in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive, but you will have a much better view from above. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
Day 5 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue viewing wildlife on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Relax this evening enjoying the African sunset on the deck with a cool drink. Additional Notes: Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)
Day 6 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L) Depart early into Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a wildlife safari drive and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 200km)
Day 7 Arusha (1B) Enjoy free time to explore Arusha. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Day 8 Arusha/Ruaha NP (1B, 1L, 1D) Catch a flight to Ruaha National Park — Tanzania's largest national park with an abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes. Transfer to our safari lodge, located beside the river for optimal viewing of wildlife. After, enjoy a wildlife safari drive in this incredibly remote park. Wildlife viewing is always exciting with a large concentration of elephant and buffalo herds, as well as abundant predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas. Relax this evening by the bonfire. Additional Notes: Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. Included Activities: Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park Wildlife Conservation Discussions Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Ruaha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) At just over 20,000km2 (20,226km2) Ruaha is the largest National Park in East Africa, but add in the adjacent wildlife management areas, Villages and Private Reserves, the wildlife area grows to up to 50,000km2. Included Activities: Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park
Day 10 Ruaha/Selous (1B, 1L, 1D) In Selous Game Reserve the order of activities can change and all activities are subject to weather and local conditions. Additional Notes: Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. Included Activities: Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park Rufiji River Safari Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Selous Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Rise early and head out for a full day wildlife safari drive in this incredible reserve with our expert local guide. The park is known for its numerous lion prides and holds over 50% of the remaining endangered African wild dog populations as well as over 400 species of bird. There also is an abundance of zebras, impalas, giraffes, sable, kudu, baboon, wildebeests, colobus, and vervet monkeys. After a busy day, relax this evening enjoying sunset by the river and dinner in the boma. Included Activities: Wildlife Safari Drive in Selous Game Reserve
Day 12 Selous/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L) Today we fly to Dar. The tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon. Additional Notes: Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. Included Activities: Walking Safari in Selous Game Reserve Departure Day Transport: Plane (3.25 hour(s))
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