NCA 9 – Game Drive & Walking Safari – 9 Days Safari

Northern Circuit Adventure Tanzania

Overview – On this 9-day safari, you will get to explore four different wildlife areas in northern Tanzania. Apart from the Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater, you will also do the walking safari including a visit to Lake Natron this tour is for those who prefer more adventure!

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park:
You will meet our professional driving tour guide at your hotel, who will deliver a short safari info briefing. At 9:00 we drive to Tarangire National Park for game viewing. 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. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Tented Camp/Hotel/Campsite.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National. Park:
After your breakfast, and then we drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive National 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 is famous for a Tree-climbing lion, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Late afternoon we drive to Ngorongoro Crater Rim’s stays for dinner and overnight at the Tented Camp/Lodge/Campsite.

Crater Ngorongoro

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Tour :
Our day starts very early in the morning equipped with a picnic lunch we descend 2000 ft. down to the Crater floor by our 4×4 wheel drive vehicle for game viewing. Let’s explore this Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro is a huge and deep volcanic Crater. There’s rich pasture, swamps, forest, and permanent water on the Crater floor that’s why wildlife here is so diverse and numerous. There are up to 25.000 larger animals living here. It’d the best opportunity to see the Black Rhino and many other rare species like the black-manned lion. We will have a fantastic day and you will see wildlife at its best. Late afternoon we drive back to the Lodge/Tented Camp/Hotel/Campsite stays for dinner and overnight.

Empakai

Day 5: Olmoti and Empakai Crater:
After breakfast, we depart to Olmoti Crater for a half-day walk. Often we meet Maasai on the way to the waterfalls at the Crater. In the afternoon we proceed to our base Camp at Empakai Crater (Special Campsite). Experiencing the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot. Surrounding the Lake you will reach springs, where you frequently see lots of wildlife. In Lake, there are many flamingos. Overnight at the special Campsite at Empakai.

Day 6: Empakai Crater to Lake Natron:
Today we start walking from Empakai to Lake Natron. We descend the outer hills of the Great Rift Valley; we walk through the open plains of the Embulbul depression, passing through Naiyobi village. We have also a great opportunity to meet the local Maasai. Ol Doinyo Lengai and Mount Meru are seen along the way. Donkeys carry our luggage. Afterward, we proceed to the Acacia Campsite stays for dinner and overnight at the special Campsite.

Day 7: Walking to Oldonyo Lengai:
Today we walk to Oldonyo Lengai, the single active volcano Mountain in Tanzania this means (the holy mountain of the Maasai). The trail will lead us down into the Rift Valley escarpment, and most of the parts are quite steep. After 5-6 hours of walking, we reach the foot of the inspiring Mountain. Here you can decide if you want to Camp at the Chini Ya Mlima Campsite, or you want to proceed to the Ngarasero Campsite, which is much more comfortable (showers!) and less hot. We can also pick you up by our car at the Mountain, and drive back to the Ngarasero Tented Campsite.

waterfalls

Day 8: Lake Natron to Arusha:
Today you’ll experience the culture and traditions of the local Maasai at Lake Natron. Your local guide will show you the Maasai Boma and explain the way on how Maasai live also you may decide to go to the waterfalls; after a short visit to the Maasai Boma and waterfalls we will drive back to Arusha via Engaruka Excampments and we will drop at your Lodge/Hotel at your own cost. End of tour.

Day 9: Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport:
At your request, we can arrange the transfers to the Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport and catch your flight back home or to the next destination.

Budget Accommodation
Safari using affordable Hotel, Lodges or Camps, comparable a 1-2 star Hotel. Accommodation is usually located outside the National Park.

Mid-range Accommodation
Safari using medium to large – scale Lodges, tented camps or Cottage Camps, comparable to a 3-star Hotel

Luxury – Accommodation
Safari using deluxe tented camps or Lodge usually located inside the National Park and comparable to a 4-star hotel. Accommodation is usually located inside the Park.

Luxury+ – Accommodation
Safari using extremely luxurious tented camps or Lodge, usually located in a private wildlife – Viewing area and comparable to a 5-star Hotel. Expect great food, excellent service, top-quality guiding, and gorgeous tents or rooms. Most luxury + properties charge around USD$ 850 to 1850 per person per night!

Price Includes:
All Park entry fees
Concession fees
Ranger/guide/porters
Donkeys
Masai
All Park Camping fees
Pick up from the Airport
Ngorongoro Crater Service fees
Hotels/Lodge/Tented Camps/Campsites according to safari program
Chef
Meals as per the above itinerary
English speaking driver/guide
Transport 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof
Bottled drinking water 1.5 litter per person per day during safari
1-night free Hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha with bed & breakfast
Tents/Sleeping mats/Sleeping bags/Pillow/Chairs & Table/Mosquito net.

Price not includes:
International flights & Domestic flight
Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, and insurance
Tips for staff such as driver cum guides/chef/porter
Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)

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