Mawenzi Adventures

 

SAFARI: LAKE MANYARA OR TARANGIRE, SERENGETI, NGORONGORO CRATER AND LAKE NATRON (8 days)

Mix a more classic safari with the off the beaten path feeling of Lake Natron. You’ll have a really good chance of seeing the Big Five but also millions of flamingo’s and a glimpse of Maasai life. 

 

SAFARI ITINERARY

Please pick your desired comfort level below to see the matching itinerary. 

We use exactly the same cars and guides for each type of safaris. You’ll visit exactly the same places and there is no difference in comfort or quality during your game drives. The choice you make below only impacts your accommodation.

This is a general itinerary that can be followed during most of the year. However in certain months we’d suggest visiting different parts of the Serengeti in order to see more of the great migration. We include these suggestions in our personalized offers once you’ve informed us of your travel dates. They might have an impact on the prices mentioned below.

For anyone who wants a good level of comfort and hygiene. You’ll sleep in spacious permanent tents or rooms, in real beds with proper bed linen. Bathrooms are private. Meals are prepared in the restaurant of your accommodation and served at comfortable tables. 

Day 1: Moshi – Lake Natron

Your guide will pick you up early in the morning in order to drive to the unknown lands of Lake Natron. You have a long road ahead of you, part of which will take you through the most breathtaking landscapes. Depending on the weather and the condition of the access roads, we’ll pick the best option. For each of them, you’ll first drive 3 to 4 hours on a tarmac road and will then continue over dirt roads while you approach the sacred mountain of the Maasai, Ol Doinyo Lengai, which determines the landscapes around Lake Natron. After your arrival, if you’re not scared of getting wet, you can do a pretty adventurous hike to the Engaresero waterfall. You’ll spend the night close to the lake and dinner will be served here.

AccommodationMaasai Giraffe Eco Lodge at Lake Natron. This is in fact a glamping option but we don’t work with a standard lodge at Lake Natron. We can also suggest a mid-range option if you prefer.

Meals: lunch and dinner included. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, dinner is freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Day 2: Full day on the east side of Lake Natron

After breakfast, you’ll leave your accommodation on foot (or by car if you prefer), together with your safari guide and local Maasai guide, for a walk to one of the least visited areas around the lake. In this area, you can usually see a lot of zebras, some wildebeest and maybe even giraffes. You can get close to the shore of the lake to see the flamingos up close. Your safari car will follow you the entire time and after visiting the shore of the lake, you’ll get in the car to drive to a nearby natural pool. In this entire area, there’s no roads so this is a real adventure! Once you get to the pool, you can relax, ‘swim’ (the pool is shallow and the water is pretty warm), watch the Maasai walk by with their cattle or make a short walk to the shore of the lake. This is a 20 to 30-minute walk. After all this adventure, you’ll drive back to your accommodation, where dinner will be served.

AccommodationMaasai Giraffe Eco Lodge at Lake Natron. This is in fact a glamping option but we don’t work with a standard lodge at Lake Natron. We can also suggest a mid-range option if you prefer.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, breakfast and dinner are freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Day 3: Lake Natron – Serengeti with sunrise visit to the lake

Today you’ll get up early to see the sunrise at the lake, not far from your accommodation. After this, you’ll start the drive towards the Serengeti. The road is nothing less than breathtaking while you cross the nort-eastern part of the Serengeti. Depending on the condition of the road and the amount of animals that you’ll be able to see whilst driving, you’ll arrive in the central part of the Serengeti sometime during the afternoon. If there’s enough time left, you can still do a game drive in the park, after which you’ll head to your accommodation inside the park. Dinner will be served here.

AccommodationTortilis Serengeti in the Serengeti (standard tent). 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, breakfast and dinner are freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Day 4 & 5: Serengeti National Park

You’ll start the day with breakfast at your accommodation, after which it’s time to spend the entire day game driving. You’ll witness an extraordinary nature, as well as an abundance of animals like lions, gnus, Thomson gazelles and zebras. We’ll let you decide on the exact planning for the day together with your guide, as your safari is fully private. You’ll spend another night in the Serengeti, in the same accommodation as the night before.

AccommodationTortilis Serengeti in the Serengeti (standard tent). 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, breakfast and dinner are freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park – transfer to Ngorongoro

We start the day early as we want to give you the chance to experience the Serengeti at sunrise. After a light breakfast with coffee, tea and biscuits, we’ll take you on a game drive until around 11 am. Brunch will be served, after which we’ll start heading towards Ngorongoro conservation area, with the chance to stop and see more wildlife along the way. We’ll provide dinner at your accommodation again, and recommend another early night to be fresh for day 7.

AccommodationNgorongoro Wildlife Lodge inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area (standard room).

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, breakfast and dinner are freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu or Mto wa Mbu

After an early breakfast you’ll head towards the entrance of the crater. You’ll enter the crater over the steep path that leads down. Get ready to take in the amount of different animals you’re about to see – only giraffes and a few other species are absent, but other than that the wildlife density in this area is nothing less but impressive. You’re almost guaranteed to see large numbers of gnus (wildebeest), zebras, buffaloes and gazelles and chances are you’ll be able to spot rhinos and leopards. You’ll drive to your accommodation in Karatu or Mto wa Mbu sometime during the afternoon. Dinner will be served here.

AccommodationKudu Lodge in Karatu (standard room).

Meals: lunch and dinner included. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, dinner is freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Day 8: Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Park – Moshi

Today you’ll be visiting either Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park. We’ll pick the park depending on things like the time of the year in order to give you the best experience or you can of course inform us about your preference, as your safari is fully private. You’ll spend the entire morning game driving and will have lunch in the park. Lake Manyara and Tarangire are both famous for their huge amounts of elephants, and in Lake Manyara you might even catch a glimpse of a tree-sitting lion! After lunch it’s time to drive back to Moshi. 

Accommodation: not included

Meals: breakfast and lunch. Lunch will be served in a lunchbox, breakfast is freshly prepared at the accommodation.

Pick-up and/or drop-off at JRO airport or in Arusha is possible at no extra cost.

 

OUR OFFER – PRICES AND SERVICES

Please find prices for this package below. These prices are valid for adults, in high season and are based on the cheapest combination of single, double and triple tents/rooms for your group size. Holiday supplements might apply as well as discounts for low season. Discounted prices apply for children under 16, please let us know if you’re traveling with children in your booking request and we’ll send you the correct rates.

Prices according to group size:

  • 1 person: 5610 USD / pers.
  • 2 people: 3900 USD / pers.
  • 3 people: 3380 USD / pers.
  • 4 people: 3220 USD / pers.
  • 5 people: 3050 USD / pers.
  • 6 people: 2900 USD / pers.
 

Didn’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Don’t worry, there’s lots of other options! Please contact us for different accommodation options in any price range, different room types and group sizes or groups including children, as well as if you wish to add extra options to your safari.  

The following services are included in our package:

  • Entrance fees to the parks (Tarangire or Manyara, Serengeti 72h, Ngorongoro and Lake Natron)
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle from your hotel in Moshi to the parks and back (other pick-up points possible, please contact us for the right price)
  • Game drives in the parks
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned above. Specific accommodation options are always subject to availability. If the suggested option is not available, we’ll suggest another option for your approval. A higher or lower price might apply in this case.
  • Meals as described above
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee

This package however doesn’t include:

  • Tips for the crew. We recommend a tip of 25 USD per day for your guide, to be divided between each member of your group. 
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Flights or other transport to Moshi. We can however arrange airport pickup for you. Let us know your itinerary and we’ll make it happen!
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Accommodation in Moshi before and after your safari. If you wish, we can however assist you in finding a place that corresponds to your needs and budget.
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • … and all other services that are not mentioned as included.
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Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five
Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five
Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five