Big Five Safari – 6 Days
The Big Five safari is carefully designed for you to see the big five animals: lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. This safari includes two of the most famous tourist destinations in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. These two destinations together are included in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World because of their unique eco-system, scenic views and diversity of wildlife. The natural features of climate, vegetation, flora and fauna have barely changed over the past million years. Safari highlights include: Two and half days of Serengeti game viewing, a walking safari along the rim of the magnificent natural masterpiece: The Ngorongoro Crater. This will culminate in descending a half-mile into the crater that is 100 square miles in size and has 30,000 wildlife species within it that you can see at a relatively close but safe distance.
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.
Lodging: African Tulip Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 2: Arusha City – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2 hr (74 mile/120km) leisure drive south-westward to Tarangire NP. In this region in Tanzania, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of its national parks in 1970, Tanzania turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that you see today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras have thankfully replaced elephant guns.
The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching.
Lodging: Maramboi Tented Lodge(3 meals)
Day 3: Tarangire NP – Serengeti NP
After breakfast, we proceed to the endless Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. The name “Serengeti”
comes from the Maasai word “siringitu”, means “endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon as far as your eye can see. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well-preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
After a full day of game viewing searching for the big cats and other wildlife species, we will proceed to camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 meals)
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Before breakfast, we depart for an early morning game drive and return later to the camp for hot breakfast. After enjoying the leisurely morning, we depart with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. Only the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations created by the weathering of granite outcrops, interrupt the Serengeti Plain landscape. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found and you will have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth that takes place in the Serengeti is the “Great Migration,” for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous. The Great Migrations includes more than 2.5 million wildebeest driven by ancient rhythms and natural instincts following water sources in a clockwise rotation traveling 1,800 miles per year. The Serengeti is also the best destination for viewing big cats and other wildlife species.
After a full day game drive in the Serengeti, we arrive at the camp for evening leisure and a hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 meals)
Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Crater Rim Walking Safari
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. The Ngorongoro Crater opens up a half mile below you from its rim. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain.
We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for dinner.
Lodging: Ngorongoro Farm House(3 meals)
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago. It is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.
After lunch, we proceed to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your next destination or back home.
What the Price Includes:
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (covering Emergency Ground Flying Doctors).
- 7-nights accommodation in hotels and other lodgings, as specified in the itinerary
- Meals as specified for each day of the itinerary
- Transportation by private FWD vehicle, equipped with roof hatches, VHF radio, and GSM contact with our base in Arusha
- The services of a professional safari guide
- Park and Crater entry fees
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- Olduvai Gorge Visit
- Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walking Safari
- One (1) bottle of pure drinking water per day throughout the safari
What the Price Does not Include:
- International airfare and other travel costs such as visas and vaccination fees, and additional travel insurance.
- Optional Serengeti balloon safari (USD $539 per person), and any other optional activities such as cultural experiences with tribal-based communities in the Serengeti-Rift Valley region.
- Any increase in government taxes prior to the start of your trip
- All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, laundry, etc.)
- Gratitude for the safari guides (at your discretion)