7 Days Tanzania Group Safari
This seven-day safari combines spectacular big game watching with iconic beauty and cultural insights, and it visits Tanzania’s northern game reserves, which are considered “must-see” destinations. You travel through a region inhabited by traditional Maasai herders and their towns, touring game reserves and marveling at vistas that include large herds of wildebeest and big cats, gigantic volcanic craters, and lakes lit with the glow of the setting sun.
After departing from Arusha in the afternoon of the first day, you settle in for the remainder of the journey to see the scenery of northern Tanzania as it goes by. The journey starts out with the breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife of Lake Manyara and then moves on to game-watching in the Serengeti from a resort that is located directly on the route of the annual wildebeest migration. After that, you will get the opportunity to witness the “Big 5” at Africa’s most accessible location, the Ngorongoro Crater, before moving on to Tarangire National Park to look for tree-climbing lions and Tanzania’s largest elephant herds.
This itinerary is perfect for individuals wishing to experience their first safari or for those who are interested in seeing a new region of Africa. It is an overland trip that is escorted by a professional driver/guide. The lodging is provided in the form of warm and welcoming lodges that have a casual atmosphere and are equipped with amenities such as swimming pools, massage therapists, Wi-Fi, and outdoor lounges with views of waterholes.
Day 1: A Lakeside Getaway | 1 Night TANZANIA’S LAKE MANYARA
After picking you up in Arusha, your guide will take you through gently undulating agricultural countryside until the road climbs steeply into the colder air of a Rift Valley escarpment and your overnight accommodation: Lake Manyara Lodge. You have a game drive booked for the following day, so all you have to do now is unwind. The resort, which includes a rim-flow pool and a deck overlooking Lake Manyara, boasts panoramic views and regularly rewards its visitors with magnificent sunsets: the ideal way to begin your safari.
Day 2-3: Manyara to Serengeti Plains | 2 Overnight
It’s an early start this morning since your first destination is Lake Manyara National Park, which has a lot to offer. The park, which is centered on a hippo-filled lake, is home to lions, elephants, buffalo, and giraffes, and is sometimes covered in pink rafts of flamingos. You return to the resort for lunch before continuing on to the Serengeti National Park and your two-night stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
The following day finds you on the savannah, taking in the Serengeti’s drama on morning and afternoon drives. It is a major game country, with superb game-watching all year. Moreover, if you go at the appropriate time of year, you’ll be in time for the annual wildebeest migration, when roughly two million animals gather in the region, surrounded on all sides by predators and making for raw and spectacular game-watching.
Day 4-5: Ngorongoro Crater Exploration | 2 Overnight
TANZANIA’S NGORONGORO CRATER
Following breakfast, you travel over the Serengeti plains to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping for a picnic lunch and regular wildlife sightings. Your goal is the world’s biggest intact volcanic crater, the Ngorongoro Crater, which also happens to be home to Africa’s densest concentration of big animals. You have time to take in the scenery first: your lodging is Ngorongoro Serena Resort, one of the few hotels perched on the rim of the Crater, and the views are spectacular. The next day, your guide conducts a full-day safari into the crater in search of Ngorongoro’s Big 5 (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo), as well as hippo, spotted hyena, and a variety of plains wildlife.
Day 6: Tarangire Safari | 1 Night
After leaving the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, continue south to Tarangire National Park and Tarangire Sopa Lodge, which is nestled amid granite rocks and Tarangire’s characteristic baobab trees. You arrive in time for lunch and then go exploring. Tarangire is a refuge for Tanzania’s largest elephant herds, as well as lions that have evolved the adorable habit of climbing trees if only to escape the heat. You may also observe creatures not often associated with northern savannahs, such as the long-necked gerenuk, and Tarangire is a birdwatcher’s heaven, with over 550 bird species recorded. Back at camp, there is a swimming pool as well as free Wi-Fi in public areas.
The adventure comes to a conclusion on Day 7.
Following breakfast at the lodge, your guide takes a relaxed drive into the park in search of one or two more wildlife sightings. You will leave Tarangire and travel through a panorama of thatched huts and plantations before arriving in Arusha at about lunchtime. The trip concludes when you connect with your onward travel plans.