The Arusha Safari
Experience life changing wildlife in it’s natural habitat and enjoy the evenings in comfortable safari lodges with Peponi Expeditions and Safari. See three of Tanzania’s best game parks: Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Manyara. This makes your visit to East Africa a truly complete experience. The best in Tanzania!
With its extensive wildlife, this region offers one of the most fantastic experiences in the world, the Small Five and the famous Big Five. With it’s varied terrain and size, the safari is only one part of the Serengeti – the landscape is very stunning.
Let us guide and support you through the dramatic highlands of Tanzania to the impressive Lake Manyara National Park. The park is a grand gem, stretching for 50 000 metres along the base of the gold rusty 600 metre high Rift Valley cliff. Ernest Hemingway praised the landscape as ”the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Our guests will be introduced to giraffes, large buffalo, wildebeest and herds of zebra that all flock on the plains of grass where the belt of acacia wood bordering to the favoured haunt of Manyara’s magnificent tusked elephants, fabulous tree climbing lions and large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. The ecologically diverse wildlife of the plains is a miraculous vista from our camp site at the Great Rift Valley’s rim.
Before moving on to the hilly countryside, we go south of the park to visit Maji Motos – algae streaked sulphur hot water springs heated up from deep within the earth. Next stop is one of the most important prehistoric and archeological sites in the world, the Olduvai Gorge. This spot was key to understanding parts of the early evolution of humanity.
Our trip continuous to the colossal Serengeti National Park, it means ”endless pain” in Maasai. The massive expanse of Lake Victoria and the eastern arm of Rift Valley surrounds this protected park creating a landscape truly astonishing to experience.
Moving forward to Ngorongoro Crater – The 8th Natural Wonder of the World and Africa’s Eden, our trip goes through the geological rarity called the Shifting Sands which is a sacred Maasain route. The crater is home for thousands of animals, creating the world’s largest wildlife zoo. A breathtaking natural wonder.
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Day 1: Visit Lake Manyara
Departing from Arusha at the morning, we travel three hours on a high quality road passing by Mto Wa Mbu’s(Mosquito Town) diverse market town. We then arrive at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, its Boma styled circular rondavels perfectly located on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu ridge, offering magnificent views of Lake Manyara and the Great Valley. Lake Manyara’s name derives from the Masaai word ”Emanyara” which is a species of Euphorbia plant found in the area. After breakfast we travel down into the valley to explore the dramatic National Park of Lake Manyara.
Day 2: Explore the Serengeti National Park
After breakfast our path continues to the The Cradle of Mankind, an incredible archeological site of Olduvai Gorge. We take part of a brief history of the site with a guide from the Olduvai center and then we hike for one hour along the gorge’s floor with a local ranger. Next stop is the fascinating sensation of the Shifting Sands, a sacred geological rarity according to the Maasai.
Named the Barchan Dune, this spectacular phenomenon is constantly moving across the dry plains of the savannah. Arriving at the Serengeti in the afternoon as the animal kingdom comes alive, we search for rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo and lion – The Big Five, while experiencing the thrilling vastness of the plains of Serengeti, arriving at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge as the sun decorates the landscape and animal kingdom.
Day 3: Full day exploring Serengeti national park
We have dinner and spend the night at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge after having spent the whole day on the Serengeti moving from different locations in search of occasionally elusive game and visiting hippos and alligators at a waterhole.
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
You camera will be overheated when we continue our experience by going across the Serengeti in the morning where we will take in a lot of breathtaking animal sightings. We then move forward to the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge where we calm down and take in the amazing views from our rooms.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
We descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor early in the morning where you will be stunned by the number and diversity of birdlife and animals. Standing or sitting in our safari vehicles, the viewing moments are infinite – just deciding which way to look is challenging, the alternatives are endless. The buzz of spotting a member of the Big Five – maybe a black rhino or a lioness perched high atop a nearby outcrop, we rush with our safari vehicle to spot them before the moment passes. Perhaps we might see a lioness and her cubs just beside us, the excitement of the situation is indescribable. We go back to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge later in the day to reflect and take in our fresh experiences from the day’s journey. These memories will stay with you for your whole life.
Day 6: Return to Arusha
We continue our trip after breakfast stopping by at Mto Wa Mbu village, home to inhabitants from 120 different tribes. Finishing our trip a few hours later at the central marketplace, after experiencing the northern culture of Tanzania by taking in the many sounds and sights, and visiting artisan shops. A local traditional lunch can be enjoyed before continuing – passing through Masai Steppe, built out of ancient lucid rocks and home to many African villages, widespread wheat plants and coffee plantations.
- Services of an English speaking driver/guide
- 4×4 safari vehicle, guaranteed window seat
- Entrances and game drives in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National, Mto wa Mbu Village tour, Olduvai Gorge visit, Traditional lunch in local community.
- 1 night at Manyara Serena Lodge on a full board basis
- 2 nights at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge on a full board basis
- 2 nights at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on a full board basis
- Current park fees & government taxes
- Three bottles of mineral water per person per day during game drive
- Driver/guide or local escort gratuities
- Telephone bill, laundry & any other items of a personal nature
- All optional and additional activities