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8 Days Serengeti Wildebeest Mara River Crossing

8 Days Serengeti Wildebeest Mara River Crossing safari tour will take you to the tour will take you to the Tarangire National park which runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. Ngorongoro Crater featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world, teeming with animals. Your tour will also take you to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake with over 300 migratory birds flamingo & long-crested eagle. The size of both the selected Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater make them a perfect choice for our shorter safaris, or photographic safaris.

Private

TOUR TYPE

Lodge

ACCOMMODATION

Easy

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Details Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Hotel in Arusha.

Non game-viewing.

Travel time: 45 Minutes.
Distance: 60 km

After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our tour guide, will be holding a poster with your name and transfer to Arusha (45-60 minutes). The guide will transfer you to Arusha city one of the fascinating touristic towns in Tanzania. Depending on the time of arrival one can explore the town by the help of a local guide.

The Arusha Town is known as the safari capital of the world but it is often overlooked in favor of its more glamorous, better known neighbors – Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. But Arusha has a wealth of experiences to offer from safaris in Arusha National Park, to breathtaking hiking on Mount Meru

Dinner and overnight: Mid-range safaris or luxury safaris accommodation.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park.

Non game-viewing

Travel time: 2½ hours

Distance: 120 km.

Meet our professional tours guide/driver in Arusha town, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which, we travel Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. After a picnic lunch we do an afternoon game,

Dinner and overnight: Mid-range safaris or Luxury safaris accommodation.

 

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti Nationl Park.

En route Game-viewing

Travel time: 12 hours

Distance: 132 kms.

After breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Authority, we descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. The Ngorongoro crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. After lunch we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying land of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see.

Dinner and overnight: Mid-range safaris or Luxury safaris accommodation.

 

Day4: Northern Serengeti

En route Game viewing

Travel time: 6 hours

Distance: 169 kms.

Breakfast then drive to northern Serengeti National Park, were you will see non-migrating game like elephant, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah can be seen here all year around. Arrive in northern Serengeti in the later afternoon you will have the tour until sunset when you will drive to the lodge for overnight.

Dinner and overnight: Mid-range safaris or Luxury safaris accommodation.

 

Day 5: Northern Serengeti – Serengeti Plains.

En route Game viewing

Travel time: 6 hours

Distance: 169 kms.

After breakfast, we head to find good sightings for wildebeest migration and the wildebeest crossing the Mara River. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacles, you will spend the full day at the river waiting for migration crossing. The great migration will be along the Mara river and this will be your opportunity to see them crossing the famous Mara river full of crocodiles ambushing them. After lunch you will be transferred to the central Serengeti plains, game viewing en-route south from the Mara River valley takes you through hills country, the Lobo area woodlands and then back to central portion of the Serengeti.

Dinner and overnight: Mid-range safaris or Luxury safaris accommodation.

 

Day 6: Serengeti Plains – Ngorongoro Highlands.

En route game-viewing

Travel time: 8 hours

Distance: 132 kms.

Breakfast then depart for game drive over the Serengeti plains via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion. After lunch leave the Serengeti and drive over the Ngorongoro highlands.

Dinner and overnight: Mid-range safaris or Luxury safaris accommodation.

 

Day 7: Local Experiences with Hadzape Bushmen at Lake Eyasi.

Non game-viewing

Travel time: 1 hours

Distance: 68 kms.

Tanzania’s remarkable residents don’t just come on four legs. Indigenous hunter-gatherer tribe still exists in East Africa (just) and you’ll enjoy two days of memorable cultural immersion.

The nimble Hadzape Bushmen sidestep through the trees, picking up on every clue as they stalk a small antelope. You can also see the clues; an upturned stone, a line of animal droppings, a slight indent in the grass. But the bushman spots them without breaking stride, eyes always scanning ahead, the path of the prey continually visualized. On day eight you’ll head out on a morning hunt, a haunting experience that reveals the phenomenal skills of these ancient people. And yes, they do still use a homemade bow and arrow.

This is a place of tranquility, harmony, and getting involved with local tribes. The Hadzape

Hunter-gatherers use an ancient click dialect, while the Datonga villages remain unchanged for Millennia.

Dinner and overnight:  Mid-range or Luxury safaris accommodation.

 

Day 8: Hotel/Lodge – Lake Manyara National park.

Non game-viewing   

Travel time: ½ hours
Distance: 37 km.

After breakfast we depart for Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch we head into the Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake; we will then transfer to Arusha.

Dinner and overnight:  Mid-range or Luxury safaris accommodation.

  • All transfers according to program
  • Safari costing Includes 18% VAT (Government Tax ) Value Added Tax
  • English speaking safari guide
  • All executions mentioned in this proposal
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks.
  • Concession fee
  • Bed Night Levy
  • Crater Service Fee
  • Scout fees
  • Overnight all Hotels / Campsites according to program
  • FB during safari
  • Safari starts with lunch boxes and ends with lunch boxes on the last day of safari.
  • When Special Offer is given out (Dinner and Breakfast is included)
  • Check out time from any lodge is at 10.00 Am
  • 1.5 liters mineral water per person per day on safari; tea; coffee
  • Driver/guide and vehicle for Safaris without km limit
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks (if not mentioned above)
  • Tips
  • Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
  • Excursions and trips not included in this program (e.g. Serengeti Balloon Safari),

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Reviews

Eva-Maria W
Eva-Maria W
2022-05-26
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Great Safari with Joel We had Joel as our guide, and he really made sure we had a great experience during our safari. We visited the Ngorogoro crater & Serengeti and were lucky to even catch a lion with her cubs. Unique experience with a great guide that always made us feel safe and answered happily a lot of questions about all the animals, Tanzania and the massai. Highly recommended! Asante sana!
מוטי י
מוטי י
2022-04-10
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Charles is the most good guide For the start, only charles.. And now we can continue. He is so professional, so nice, he know everything on the country, trees, animals... I dont think there is question that he dont have a good answer. He makes our honeymoon the base holiday! He is loyal and make feeling a lot of confidence in country in afrika. It feels like im in germany with the conference! If you ask me? Only charles!
Kristoffer B
Kristoffer B
2022-03-07
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Highly recommended! I had the pleasure of spending a week on Kilimanjaro with the most friendly, supportive and welcoming team imaginable. From arrival to departure, we felt very well taken care of by both the trekking team led by guide Shambani and Charles’ team in Arusha. I highly recommend Maasai African Guides to anyone interested in taking up the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro or looking to explore the Arusha area.
Thomas A
Thomas A
2021-10-09
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3 days safari going to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater It was a fantastic experience in these exceptional natural environments, Charles was a very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly guide, he answered all my many questions and we saw a lot of wildlife
Ron1q2w3e4r5t
Ron1q2w3e4r5t
2021-10-01
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Charles is the best guide to explorer the safari parks in Tanzania We just return from 8 days adventure in Tanzania, and Charles was our guide. He was incredible, reliable, professional, with fluque English and we enjoyed with him a lot. He did a lot to make us satisfied. In the parks he was amazing find us many amazing animals that we couldn't see without he shows us. As a Massay he leave and breath and respect the wild animals and the nature in Tanzania. Most recommended to visit only with a guide like him that knows every rode every trail, and each creature...
katarina v
katarina v
2021-09-18
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Tarangire Serengeti Ngoro Ngoro safari I had Charles as a guide during a 4 day safari to Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngoro Ngoro and it was the most beautiful experience.Charles has an incredible knowledge about the animals, the nature, the country... He knows the animals so well that we saw all of them, even the Chita who's so difficult to spot sometimes. He not only knows them but he loves them and is very respectful of the surroundings and nature in general.I highly recommend Charles for his kindness, his amazing knowledge, his humour and his patience with the group. Really a wonderful experience!
Arik M
Arik M
2021-09-15
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Charles - amazing guide and person Charles was our driver and guide at our 30th anniversary 10 days trip to Tanzania. He is experienced, reliable, knowledgeable, a pleasant-mannered person, great to have conversations with. A rare combination of a field man and a certified tour guide. Took care of us from the moment we arrived until returning to the airport at the end of the trip. Patiently answered all our questions (and we had a lot...). Charles was highly motivated to find animals and bring us to them up close, to arrive at the right moment to the great Gnu crossing the Mara River and in general to respond to every request we had. Highly recommended????
Ivan Matyukhin
Ivan Matyukhin
2021-03-11
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Суперинтересный гид, опытный рейнджер и интересный человек Это было очень круто! Чарльз восхитительный гид. Не буду описывать стандартные вещи (шикарный автомобиль с открывающимся верхом, стерильная чистота в машине, безлимитная вода). Расскажу лучше о Чарльзе.Это очень интеллигентный человек, гид, руководитель Сафари-компании. Чарльз работает гидом не первое десятилетие. Работал и в Танзании, и в Кении. Как говорит Чарльз - в сафари индустрии очень высокая конкуренция, а значит ты должен стараться изо всех сил, чтобы получить клиента, чтобы клиент был доволен. Чарльз старается изо всех сил. Мы бывали на сафари и раньше и нас есть с чем сравнить. Едем мы по национальному парку - где-то вдалеке Чарльз видит точку - перепроверяет в бинокль и... носорог. Мы первыми из всего парка подъезжаем к нему, уже после нас раздается весть по рации - что носорог там-то. Потом Чарльз смог отыскать еще одного носорога вообще стоя на горе в 5-10 километрах от объекта. Чарльз очень хорошо знает повадки животных и все время о них охотно рассказывает, обращает наше внимание на то, что мы бы точно никогда не заметили.Так как у Чарльза очень хороший английский, он много рассказывает про места, по которым мы проезжаем, про то, как тут живут люди, про масаев и другие племена (ну и про животных, бесспорно). Если вы хотите куда-то заехать, Чарльз с радостью поможет. Например, мы увидели за пределами национального парка стадо зебр. Не проблема - крутанули и подъехали к ним. Мы были самыми счастливыми туристами - у нас был классный гид, в то время как гиды в других машинах скучно крутили баранку....)))А еще кроме национальных парков, в программе Чарльза было подножие Килиманджаро. Мы видели огромный водопад, кофе ферму и сами обжарили и смололи кофе. Мололи с помощью специальной ступы, а жарили на... костре. И все это сопровождалось потрясающими песнями местных жителей (они пели вживую, очень весело и энергично).Шлем Чарльзу большой привет. Всем крайне рекомендуем воспользоваться его услугами.
noamram
noamram
2020-03-29
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צ'ארלס פשוט נפלא! עשינו ספארי עם צ׳ארלס והיה מדהים. צ׳ארלס הוא משבט המסאי, איש ישר מאוד ובעל ידע רב, שמח מטבעו, יודע אנגלית היטב, ומתאמץ מאוד כדי להראות לנו את הדברים המעניינים באמת. ראינו מדריכים אחרים, אבל צ׳ארלס עולה על כולם. מומלץ בחום רב!!
Horst7
Horst7
2020-03-15
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Perfekte Safari Charles ist der perfekte Safari Guide, der tägliche Ablauf wurde immer spontan an unsere Wünsche angepasst. Dank Charles Erfahrung wurden die täglichen Game drives zu Tierreichen Erlebnissen.Wir hätten uns keinen besseren Guide vorstellen können.

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