This exciting trip affords you the time to experience, firsthand, Eastern Africa’s extensive array of exoticbird species, as well as the wide variety of wildlife at several of Tanzania’s most famous national parks. Whether you are experiencing flamingos on the soda lake or frolicking baboons at Lake Manyara; viewing the 3-1/2 foot tall Secretary Bird strutting along or thousands of migrating wildebeest on the vast Serengeti plains; watching the Sacred Ibis or being fortunate enough to see the exceedingly rare Black Rhino in Ngorongoro Crater; or enjoying the sight of a giraffe eating leaves from branches high up on a Baobab tree or photographing the iridescent blue of the Woodland Kingfisher in flight in Tarangire, you will be overwhelmed by the riches in store for you.

Day 1 – Arrive/Arusha
Upon arrival at Mt Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred to the Kibo Palace Hotel in nearby Arusha for overnight. If arriving on a morning flight, visit Arusha National park for a photo safari, first.
DAY 2 – Lake Manyara National Park, game drive
After breakfast, head to Lake Manyara to explore the many interesting areas, including the soda lake with its flamingos. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including leopards, African buffalo, and elephants. It is famous for its elusive tree-climbing lions and its hot springs. Other wildlife includes Maasai giraffes, zebras, warthogs, hippos, slender mongooses, blue monkeys, honey badgers, porcupines, hyenas, wildebeest, Coke’s hartebeest and impala. The park features the highest density of baboons anywhere in Africa. Bird life is prolific, and as you approach the lake shore, a variety of gulls may be spotted, as well as the Vulturerine Guineafowl, Blue-napped Mouse Bird and the Mountain Wagtail. Overnight at a lodge.
Days 3, 4 & 5- Serengeti National Park – Seronera, game drive
‘Serengeti’ means ‘endless plains’ and today we drive west via its eastern border all the way to the central Serengeti! You will be amazed by the vast expanse of the Serengeti, and we drive past a few kopjes that will bring back memories of The Lion King! After a couple of hours we reach the main road from Ngorongoro to the Serengeti and then it is another hour to the Seronera area. Two of the endemic Tanzanian bird species in the Serengeti that you may spot are the Fischer’s Love Bird and the Grey-breasted Spurfowl. Other species found in the Serengeti include the Usambiro Barbet, Yellow-throated Sand Grouse and the Silver Bird . . . . the list is endless. Meals and overnight at a lodge or private wilderness luxury mobile camp. The large-sized tents contain a barrel shower and attached bathroom, with wooden off-ground beds and solar power lights. Option of accommodation in a lodge or in the camp.
Day 6 & 7 – Ndutu Area, game drive
From Seronera, we drive to the Ndutu area, where we experience the great number of bird species found in the savanna and semi-arid zone. Meals and overnight at a lodge.
Day 8 – Ngorongoro Crater, game drive
We drive directly to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and descend into the crater floor for a full-day tour, enjoying a picnic lunch by the Ngoitokot water-pool. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano which created a gigantic natural amphitheater teeming with all of the East African big game, as well as an incredible number of bird species, such as the Kori bustard, Secretary-bird, Bee-eater, shrike, heron, Capped Wheatear, Stonechat, Robin chat, Yellow-throated Long-claw and Anteater Chat, African Pied Wagtail, Hamerkop, Crowned Crane, Helmeted guinea fowl, Superb starling, black kite, Egyptian goose, Sacred Ibis, and Yellow-billed Stork, to name but a few. That evening, enjoy dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 9, 10 & 11 – Tarangire National Park, game drive
Depart Ngorongoro after breakfast and drive to Tarangire where we enjoy lunch in the park and have a game drive. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland often crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and one of few places in East Africa to see the endangered African Wild Dogs! Our game drive today will take us to the Tarangire River where we hope to find wild dogs and other predators, or see herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams. On the second early morning, take a pair of binoculars for an easy walk while escorted by Maasai warrior staff from the Lodge. Early morning is the best time to see birds playing and singing with their distinctive voices. You will have an opportunity to spot the endemic bird species including the Ashy Starling, Yellow-collared Love Bird and the Rufous-tailed Weaver. Other specialities include Yellow-breasted Apalis, Slender-Tailed Night Jar, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-faced Sand Grouse, Coqui Francoline, Magpie Shrike and the Red and Yellow Barbet. There also will be another morning option for a walk if people are interested. Meals and overnight at a luxury tented lodge.
Day 12 – Drive to Arusha/Depart
After breakfast drive back from Tarangire. Have lunch at the hotel and relax in your dayroom. Enjoy a dinner prepared for you, and then transfer to the airport for a flight home or extend your African experience with one of our available options.

Optional extensions include: photo safari to Serengeti National Park; mountain trekking; walking safari; chimpanzee tracking; Zanzibar adventure

Please note

We do not post our pricing on our website so we can customize your trip to fit your exact needs. We pride ourselves on our very affordable and competitive pricing, and the flexibility in scheduling and arranging every detail of your trip. The best way to communicate with us is by email. Please send your contact information, general trip plans and questions to info@elevatetrekkingandsafaris.com to start planning your next adventure. See below for what is included and what is excluded in the price of this trip.

Price quote includes

• All ground transportation with a driver/guide – 4WD safari vehicles; guarantee of window-seating
• Accommodations, as detailed, in comfortable and roomy lodges/hotels and luxury tented lodges
• All national park entrance fees
• All food – breakfasts, (packed) lunches, and dinners
• Flying doctor evacuation service

Price quote excludes

• International flights
• Travel and personal accident insurance
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Tips/gratuities
• Expenditure on alcoholic drinks or soda at lodge/hotels or luxury tented lodges, as well as souvenirs and personal items
• Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
• Any additional services requested