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Short but sweet, your whirlwind tour starts in Moshi, takes in diverse Tarangire and as its ‘grande finale’ also visits the beautiful Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its incomparable crater. In both locations, the wildlife is equally awe-inspiring, but each of these environments in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is unique – and truly breath-taking.
A staff member of Jerry Tanzania Tours will pick you up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From here you will be driven to your hotel in Arusha and briefed on your upcoming safari. Enjoy a restful night before beginning your adventure tomorrow!
Accommodation: Gran Meliá Arusha
In the morning after breakfast (around 7:00 a.m.) your driver-guide will arrive at the hotel and inform the receptionist that he is waiting for you. After meeting up with your driver you will travel to Tarangire National Park, and by 9:00 a.m. you will already be on your first safari! Tarangire is huge. As you stand at the park gate and look south, it stretches as far as the eye can see. Known as the ‘Elephant Playground,’ this spectacular park contains the largest population of these mighty mammals. But Tarangire is also home to buffalo, lion, gnu, zebra and gazelle and the park can rival Serengeti for sheer animal densities. What might you see today? Perhaps a solitary male lion stretched out beneath a tree, perhaps a trio of male cheetah enjoying some lazy bonding time in the sun. Maybe some graceful Grant’s gazelle or zebra bounding away from the road or a couple of giraffes munching happily from the choicest acacia branches. For Tarangire specialties, look out for kudu and oryx.
Here as in other parks, it pays not to ignore the small animals. It is so easy to be mesmerized by the power and majesty of an elephant or the elegance of the giraffe. Ask your guide to find you an agama lizard, especially a male one who changes color in front of you according to the temperature! Or a hyrax, known as pimbi, an insignificant-looking creature of around 30 cm in length…who astonishingly is related to an elephant!
Not many trees will pass you by without something of avian interest catching your eye. A memorable flash of color might be a lilac-breasted roller or superb starling. Ostrich is plentiful and it is hard not to chuckle at the sighting of the well-named, studious-looking secretary bird as it awkwardly pads across the grasslands.
The Park is also famous for its noble baobab trees, rolling savannah, and acacia woodland. It can be dusty – wear a scarf over your mouth - but this is a minor inconvenience for sighting wildlife in such abundance. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch, you will leave the park to make your way to the cooler regions of the Ngorongoro highlands. You will spend the night at the Kitela Lodge.
Accommodation: Kitela Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast is enjoyed at your Arusha hotel. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the hotel for you to take out on safari. Your dinner will be a first-class cooked meal at the Kitela Lodge.
After breakfast at daybreak, you will set off towards Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and the heart of the Conservation Area of the same name. On arrival at the park, you will sign in and then begin the winding descent into the crater itself. At one side there’s the Lerai Forest, a classic mountain forest landscape with almost tropical characteristics. This is good elephant country, so keep your eyes peeled. By the side of the nearby swampland is what is sometimes called the ‘elephant graveyard’ as the mighty male tuskers at the end of their lives come to chew on the soft, swampland grasses once their teeth have failed them.
The crater has a population of around 120 lions, with well-defined territories; 15,000 gnu, 9,000 zebra, 400 hyenas, and around 50 black rhino. Many gnu and other herd animals are resident, benefiting from the many sources of year-round waters and are boosted by some migrators in season. Buffalo, Serval, Jackal, Thomson’s gazelle, and eland are also present in numbers. Hippos can be found in pools and swampland and highland birdlife is colorful and plentiful around the waters. Flamingos can often be seen in Lake Magadi, which occupies part of the crater floor. After your morning visit in this stunning crater and then lunch, you will have a 3-hour journey, covering the 193 km back to Arusha.
Meal Plan: Breakfast is served at your accommodation at Karatu. Lunch will be prepared by the Karatu accommodation, and enjoyed after your morning game drive, before you drive back to Arusha. As today is the end of the safari, please note that dinner tonight is not included in the tour.
TO/FROM Kilimanjaro International Airport
One arrival Transfer
One departure Transfer
4X4 Custom built – Toyota Land Cruiser
Pop-up roof, Opening sliding windows, Seat belts, Heavy duty wheels, and Extra fuel tank. Refrigerator for cooling drinks, One pair of binoculars per couple, Eco friendly trash bag. Charging outlets Type G Plug for charging cameras and smart phones.
Professional, English-Speaking Driver guide. A Friendly, Experienced and Passionate Driver Guide expert at a wide variety of skills: Flora and Fauna, Tanzania’s cultural and natural history.
A Special Safari Hamper
Soft drinks, Coffee/tea and Water during game drives
A bottle of Wine
1 night in Arusha, 1 night on Safari
1st night – Gran Meliá Arusha
Half Board (Dinner, Breakfast)
2nd night – Kitela Lodge
Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, Picnic lunch box)
Park fee for Tarangire National Park
Park fee for Ngorongoro Crater
Tipping is of course discretionary, but is an expected part of the way in which business is done in Tanzania. It counts as an expression of gratitude to those who – hopefully – have made your experience an unforgettable one and enables you to directly reward those people. Our visitors come from all around the world, with different cultural attitudes to tipping, but a tip is of great significance here in Tanzania and will be hugely appreciated by the recipient. We know that the act of giving of a tip can be a bit awkward and we would suggest that the best way to remove this ‘awkwardness’ is for each couple to put their tip anonymously into an envelope and for the envelopes to be presented by the couple to the staff member. As a guideline, you should consider tipping at the following levels:
Driver guide: $30 per day, per couple.
For hotels/lodges/tented camps, please do not tip individual staff members, but instead use the ‘Tip Box’, which you should find at the reception of your accommodation. For guidance, you should consider tipping between $5-7 per day, per guest, at each accommodation.
The trip excludes changes done by you during safari or before safari which deviates from the original program.
This tour ends at Arusha at 16:30 hours, you can only depart the following day if you have booked a domestic flight that departs from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 07:10 hours and onwards or an international flight that departs at 06:40 hours and onwards. Therefore, you will need to book an extra night’s accommodation (not included in the tour price) and take a flight the following day. Please contact us for details.
The trip cost excludes travel insurance which is essential.
If you require to launder your clothes while on your safari, then you will need to pay an amount that the accommodation charges as per their rate sheet.
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