5 Days Tanzania Safari Essence
Embark on a captivating 5-day Tanzanian safari that promises an unforgettable adventure. Begin in Arusha, the Safari Capital, where you’ll dive into the local culture at the Masai Market and savor the essence of Tanzanian cuisine. Traverse the rugged terrain of Tarangire, known as the Paradise of Elephants, where valleys and rifts teem with wildlife, ensuring every moment is filled with excitement.
Engage with the noble Masai nomads, gaining insights into their unique way of life. The highlight awaits in Serengeti National Park, where a two-day stay unveils the mesmerizing wildebeest migration and a myriad of wild animals roaming free. Conclude your safari with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater/Conservation Area, where breathtaking scenery sets the stage for encounters with “The Big 5” and a diverse array of other species. This 5-day journey promises a perfect blend of cultural immersion and wildlife spectacle in Tanzania’s stunning landscapes.
DAY 1: Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and meet with our 5-day Tanzania safari; they will transfer you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha. The rest of this day is at leisure. On the way to the hotel, you might get a glimpse of the beautiful Mount Meru, and if the weather permits, you will see Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. After dinner, you will rest and prepare for the next day’s safari.
DAY 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up to start the drive to Tarangire National Park. The park derives its name from the mighty Tarangire River that crosses through its beautiful landscape. This amazing park, known as “the Paradise of Elephants,” is very unique. On your voyage, you will get to see a few Masai villages along the way, as well as some wildlife.
An often-overlooked gem, Tarangire’s characteristic skyline, framed by the stubby branches of fat baobab trees, is the backdrop for superb game viewing, particularly in the winter months of the peak season. Its marshes, which dry out into verdant grassy fields during the dry season, draw great herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope, and other plains game.
Lions and other predators are frequently spotted. The park boasts over 500 species of birds, including some species endemic to Tanzania. Away from the busier north, the southern end of the park is home to camps that specialize in walking safaris, allowing their guests to immerse their senses in the experience of exploring the African bush on foot.
DAY 3 and 4: The Serengeti National Park
The 15 000 square kilometers Serengeti is the oldest national park in Tanzania and is the habitat for an abundance of wildlife, such as Elephants, Impalas, Buffalo, Crocodiles, Hippos, and more… but is more well-known for its great migrating herds of Zebras and Wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year.
In November and December, the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they begin their return to the north and continue migrating northwards during July and August.
Apart from the migrating herds, you will most likely see an amazing array of animals, including predators such as leopards, cheetahs, and lions. 90% of all African wildlife documentaries are filmed in the Serengeti, as it is the most densely animal-populated park in the world.
The great Serengeti Wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s Wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of Zebra and smaller numbers of Grant’s Gazelles, Thomson’s Gazelles, Eland, and Impalas. The migrating animals move in an annual pattern, which is fairly predictable, as they are constantly seeking fresh grazing lands and better-quality water.
The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent on the rainfall patterns each year. The Mara River crossing normally starts in late June to early July, which moves towards August and proceeds towards the Ndutu area in February. In Tanzania, you can find The Great Migration all year round, as opposed to Kenya, where parts of the migration are only there for two months of the year.
DAY 5: The Ngorongoro Crater (Conservation Area)
After breakfast, you will depart with packed lunches to The Ngorongoro Crater (Conservation Area). Did you know that about three million years ago, Ngorongoro Crater was once a massive supervolcano that stood higher and mightier than its neighbor, Mount Kilimanjaro?
The mountain’s slopes were so vast that they had their own water flow and weather patterns. One day, it erupted violently, enraged. Its ferocious eruption caused an implosion, creating a vast caldera that’s 2,000 feet deep.
After a million years, the caldera began to produce life. Water filled its cavity, but not to the point of creating a lake or some sort. It caused vegetation to develop and prosper over the years, and as time passed, wildlife discovered its glory. Abundant water and grasses attracted countless species, and due to its enclosed terrain and sheer sustenance, many animals would never leave.
Once you pass through the entry gates, you will descend into the crater and spend the rest of the day on an amazing game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcanic caldera. It is almost 20 km wide, approximately 600 m deep, and is known for its large variety of wildlife.
In addition to viewing the Big Five (Rhinos, Leopards, Lions, Buffalo, and Elephants) various springs attract animals such as Wildebeests, Gazelles, Reedbucks, and countless bird species. You will stop to have lunch at a beautiful designated picnic area around noon. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most important protected areas in Africa, with a diverse eco-system that boasts to be the home of 2-3 million wild animals. Ngorongoro is beautifully located, with lakes, grasslands, swamps and forests on the escarpment, which give an impressive panoramic view of animals and scenery.
On completing the game drive, we will drive back to Arusha, where we will bid you farewell as you depart home or to your next destination, concluding your 5-day Tanzania safari with us.
- Tanzania landing airport pick up.
- Guide driver.
- Mineral water (2 bottles per person per day).
- All transfers and safari vehicles.
- All hotel accommodation.
- All hotel meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, Based on the itinerary).
- All National Park fees.
- All government taxes.
- Tanzania Landing Visa USD $50.
- Alcohol and beverages for personal consumption not included in meal plan.
- International Flight Ticket.
- Yellow fever vaccination (Not mandatory for Tanzania unless guest spend more than 12 hours in a Yellow Fever country prior to arrival).
- Local activities not indicated.
- Guide Gratuity (tips).