7 days Explorer Safari:
6 pax (3 double or twin room type accommodation)
The 7 days safari is one of the most sought-after itineraries, as it includes all four famous national parks in the Northern Circuit. With a focus in Central Serengeti (or other parts of Serengeti, as your safari will be customized according to the appropriate season), a total of 3 nights, you are able to explore Tanzania in all aspects – the view of the mesmerizing landscape, witness the wildlife from dusk until dawn, and to relish in the experience of being in the African bush!
Parks Covered: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Central Serengeti, Ngorongoro
Seasons: All Season
This package includes:
Costs not included are:
Starting at 2,195 USD per person
Basic Camping (at public campsites):
Starting from 1,305 USD per person
Day 00 AIRPORT to ARUSHA CITY
Welcome to Tanzania!
Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your designated Safari Infinity Safari Driver Guide from JRO Airport to Arusha (approx. 45 min to 1 hour drive). This is also an opportunity for you to get to know your guide, as you will probably have many questions for him regarding the safari, and Tanzania in general!
Your Driver Guide will drop you off at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel for rest, with drinks refreshment on the house!
If you are arriving in the daytime, we also include a Complimentary City Tour in Arusha, to take you to the Maasai Market, where there are many shops with local art, decor, fabrics and jewelries, and time-permitting, take you to the Shanga Shop near Arusha, a wonderful community project that support local Tanzanian with disabilities to empower themselves with manufacturing skills! If you are interestsed in seeing local coffee plantation, we can also arrange that as a complimentary activity in the afternoon.
Later in the afternoon, or early evening, you will meet with Safari Infinity Representative and Driver Guide at your hotel for safari briefing and to address any questions that you may have before your safari!
Finally, after a long flight, and some sightseeing in the city, you will enjoy a fullcourse dinner with delicious desserts on the house! (The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel has one of the best restaurants in town!)
Rest & Overnight at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel (Breakfast next morning is included) http://www.bayleaftz.com
Day 01 ARUSHA to TARANGIRE
Paradise For Elephant Lovers
By 6-7am, wake up for an early morning, full breakfast at the Bay Leaf. There are many options to choose from, ranging from French Toast to customizable omelette, chocolate croissant, with Belgian Hot Chocolate, or any other drinks you prefer!
After breakfast, between 7am to 8am, Safari Infinity Driver Guide with be picking you up from The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel to start your first safari day!
The drive from Arusha to Tarangire is approximately 2.5 hours, and you will have the option to stop by a local supermarket, "Shoprite" to purchase anything you think you would need along the way. We provide bottled water that is kept cool in the fridge for you, but if you wish to add any other drinks of your preference, you can do so before you start your journey!
You will arrive at Tarangire National Park at approximately 10am to 11am, and you can start your late morning game drive inside the park. Be prepared to be awed by large herds of elephants, against the backdrop of an enthralling landscape consisting of majestic baobab trees, which are beautifully bare in the dry season, and lush green in the wet season.
After about 1-2 hours of morning game drive, you can stop at the park's designated picnic site for lunchbox, prepared by the Bay Leaf. Enjoy your lunch with the magnificent views of Tarangire and the tight-knit elephant families from a distance.
Shortly after lunch, you will resume your game drive inside the park. Your driver guide will gladly explain the history of the park, as well as any information you’d like to find out about the resident animals!
As you will be staying inside the park, you are able to continue your game drive until sunset.
By 5-6pm, start driving back to Tarangire Safari Lodge to rest and look through the amazing photos you’ve captured on your first safari day!
Rest, enjoy dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge
*Optional Night Game Drive at Tarangire Safari lodge (at additional costs), from 8pm to 11pm in an open vehicle with guide and escort!
Day 02 TARANGIRE to LAKE MANYARA to KARATU
Manyara Forest Enchantment (Tarangire to Lake Manyara)
By 6-7am, wake up for an early morning breakfast. Your Safari Infinity Driver Guide will join you shortly after to escort you back to the vehicle, to start Day 3!
By 8-9am, start driving to Lake Manyara to start a fresh morning in the Manyara Forest! Lake Manyara, with its tropical forest-like environment offers a very distinctive landscape than the rest of the national parks in the Northern Circuit. It also boasts of an abundant variety of birds, as well as large groups of baboons and elephants in the area.
By 12-1pm, you will stop at the designated picnic spot for lunch, before continuing with an afternoon game drive.
By 4pm, you will start leaving for Karatu (approximately 1.5 hours drive away), a convenient stop between Lake Manyara and Serengeti, which will allow a smoother transition to the road to Serengeti National Park. Upon arriving at Ngorongoro Farmhouse, you can visit the coffee farms on the estate, or simply rest and look through the amazing photos you’ve captured on your first safari day!
Rest, enjoy dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farmhouse http://www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/ngorongorofarmhouse/
Day 03 KARATU to CENTRAL SERENGETI
Fall in love with the "Endless Plains" (Karatu to Central Serengeti)
By 6-7am, wake up for an early morning breakfast. Your Safari Infinity Driver Guide will join you shortly after to escort you back to the vehicle, to start Day 2!
In the morning, you have the option to stop by the local markets in Mto wa Mbu for a cultural visit, or walk to the Elephant Cave, where for centuries, the elepants in the region are known to have dug into the hills for necessary minerals and vitamins for their daily diet. Alternatively, you can also visit the Oldupai Gorge, an internationally famous archaeological and paleoanthropological site where Louis and Mary Leaky first discovered the early hominid remains. During this walk, you will be escorted by a local guide, along with your driver guide.
By 11am, you will leave from Karatu to Central Serengeti (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours) with packed lunchbox on the way (or, alternatively, you can choose to have early hot lunch at Ngorongoro Farmhouse until noon - 1pm).
This is the day you start your journey in the famous “endless plains”, and the largest National Park in the Northern Circuit, with an impressive variety of the exquisite Big Cats that roam about in the area, notably lions, cheetahs and leopards. This is also where the migration takes place all year round, and a chance to be amidst more than 1 million wildebeest and uncountable herds of zebras!
And as you will be staying inside the park, you will be cruising through the Serengeti plains until sunset, as you watch the sky slowly transform into a magnificent and dazzling kind of orange. This will be the first time you witness the sublime Serengeti sunset, and you’ll feel right at home, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
You will be arriving at Kati Kati Tented Camp in time for a drink refreshment and towels to clean the Serengeti dust you’ve collected from the day. Enjoy dinner at the dining tent, and drinks around the campfire afterwards.
Rest, overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp (http:// www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/serengetimediumcamp/), as you fall sleep to the sound of lions roaring from a distance and the calming hoof beats of zebra
Or, upgrade to Ang’ata Serengeti Camp (for an additional costs) http://www.angatacamps.com/serengeti.php?lang=
Day 04 & 05 CENTRAL SERENGETI
Journeying through the Serengeti plains from sunrise to sunset (Central Serengeti)s surrounding your tent.
On your second full day in the Serengeti, we recommend leaving the camp by 05:30am, with packed breakfast box, or you can also return to camp for hot breakfast by 9-10am. This is when the animals are at their best, hungry and ready to hunt for their first kill of the day. You wouldn’t want to miss the early morning Serengeti action!
After a full morning game drive, return to camp for hot lunch, or, you can also choose to have packed lunchboxes at the picnic site.
By 1-2pm, you have the option to stay back at Camp to relax, rest, or to continue with your game drive until sunset. As the sun is quite strong in the early afternoon, it would also be a good time to take a short break before your afternoon game drive until sunset.
After game drive in the late afternoon or early evening, return to camp for rest, or stop by the lounge tent and library to refresh your safari notes for the day.
Enjoy dinner and relax by the campfire afterwards.
Rest and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp (http:// www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/serengetimediumcamp/)
*Or, upgrade to Ang’ata Serengeti Camp (for an additional costs) http:// www.angatacamps.com/serengeti.php?lang=
Day 06 CENTRAL SERENGETI to NGORONGORO
Leaving the Serengeti and unto the Crater’s Rim!
On your last morning in the Serengeti, you have the option to leave for early morning game drive again, or to have a more relaxed pace in the morning, and have hot breakfast at camp.
• After a full morning game drive, return to camp for hot lunch, or, you can also choose to have packed lunchboxes at the picnic site.
• By 12pm-1pm, start driving to Ngorongoro (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours), where the next major highlight is awaiting!
• Upon arriving at the Ngorongoro gate, you have the option to do a Guided Walking Safari at the Crater’s Rim. This activity will allow you to walk in the Ngorongoro highlands, to see buffalos, zebras, bushbucks, elephants and occasionally, cats, from a distance. This walk will be guided by a Park Ranger, and is about an hour to two hours long.
• By the late afternoon, you will be driving to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, where you will be greeted with a drink refreshment and towel. The lodge is situated on the Crater’s Rim, with spectacular views into the Crater. The elevation at the lodge is quite high, about 2,100 to 2,600 meters, so the temperature will be quite low. We would recommend bringing a thicker layer, or jacket for this night, when you are walking to the dining area, though the room will be equipped with hot water bottles to keep you warm at night!
• Enjoy dinner on the Crater’s Rim, and rest, overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
• Dinner & Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge http://www.sopalodges.com/ngorongoro/home.html
Day 07 NGORONGORO to ARUSHA
The Garden of Eden of Africa: The Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro to Arusha)
Like the other national parks, Ngorongoro Crater is at its best in the early morning hours, as the animals will be most active and energized, and it is also recommended to leave early in order to avoid the day crowds in the Crater!
By 5:00am, you can wake up for early morning breakfast, or leave with breakfast box at approximately 05:30am. Your Safari Infinity Driver Guide will pick you up, and head for the gate at 06:00 sharp to be one of the first vehicles on the ground (time and traffic permitting)!
Upon entering the Crater, you will be in awe of the world’s largest unbroken caldera. The Crater is a home to a variety of animals that share the vast space of the caldera, about 30,000 in numbers. You will be delightfully surprised to see zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, alongside the predator animals such as hyenas, lions, and occasional cheetahs and leopards, as if dwelling peacefully in the shared paradise.
By 12-1pm, you will stop at the designated picnic spot for lunch, before continuing with an afternoon game drive.
By 2pm, start driving back to Arusha (approximately 3-4 hours), with game drive en-route!
Upon arriving at Arusha, we can arrange a Day Room for you to rest and refresh before boarding your international flight (at additional cost), or drive straight to the JRO airport to connect to your flight home.
This is the end of our safari services, but definitely not the end to your safari dreams! Until next time… Karibu tena, Welcome again to Tanzania, the land of infinite beauties.