11 Day Tanzania Photographic Safaris

Recommended from July to November

In July, the wildebeest migration moves north, passing through the Lobo area (area just north of the central Serengeti National Park) and the Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park along the Mara River) en-route to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration can arrive to the Wagakuria area anytime from July on wards and wildebeest can be seen in the area, crossing the Mara River. In September the wildebeest herds are spread out over the northern Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Several large herds of wildebeest remain behind in the area and sometimes weather changes can bring the herds back into the area from the Mara. In October, the herds move south towards the central Serengeti National Park via the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park.

11 Day Tanzania Photographic Safaris

Day 1: arrive in Arusha.
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).To Arusha at Arusha coffee lodge where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Arusha coffee lodge which is beautifully located on the coffee farms and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the hotel for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check.
We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Dinner and overnight at Arusha coffee lodge: Half board

Day2: Arusha National Park and Tarangire National Park

After an early breakfast we will drive to Arusha National Park for a wildlife drive and picnic lunch. Chance to see the beautiful Black and White Colobus Monkey, hornbills and other birds of the montane forest,  Arusha is a breathtaking park (often bypassed by tourists in a hurry to get to Serengeti) that includes the alkaline Momella Lakes, the Ngurdoto Crater,  spectacular waterfalls, and 14,000 foot Mt. Meru in the background.  In the afternoon we will proceed to Tarangire National Park and check in before dinner to this Maasai-run eco-lodge, situated just outside Tarangire National Park.  Elephants sometimes roam through camp and rub their behinds on the side of your hut!  Overnight

Day3: Full day in Tarangire National Park.
The day starts with an early breakfast and then a morning wildlife drive in Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch inside the Park.  Baobab trees, herds of elephant, lions and occasional leopards inhabit the riverine forest. After lunch we will continue our wildlife drive and eventually return to the lodge for dinner.  Overnight. At Lake burunge tented camp -F/B Note: Tarangire is another one of those Parks that tourists hurry past on their way to Serengeti.  This is a big mistake that we won’t make!

 Day 4 – Tarangire – Ngorongoro

We will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park 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 south western 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.

Day 5 – Ngorongoro – Serengeti (Lobo area)

Non game-viewing travel time: 5 hours
Distance: 250 km

After breakfast we will head towards the Serengeti National Park, 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. We head to the Lobo area which is located just north of the Seronera area (central Serengeti National Park). The wildebeest migration, normally pass through the Lobo area every year around July / August en-route to the Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and again in late October / November en-route to the southern Serengeti National Park.

We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.

Dinner and overnight in the Lobo area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 6 – Serengeti (Lobo area)

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The area around Lobo and the Grumeti River has good resident game throughout the year. Non-migrating game like elephant, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah can be seen here all year round. The game viewing is very good and you can follow game for long periods without seeing other vehicles – truly one of the forgotten corners of the Serengeti Plains. Magnificent riverine trees can be found along the river lines and bird life such as kingfishers and fish eagles can be found here.

Dinner and overnight in the Lobo area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 7 – Serengeti (Lobo area) – Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area)

Non game-viewing travel time: 3 hours
Distance: 150 km

After breakfast we head towards the far northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen.

We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. 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 obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing.

Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 8 –9: Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area)

After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Wagakuria area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, however from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – to actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 10 – Northern Serengeti (Wagakuria area) – Dar Es Salaam by flight

After breakfast at the lodge, we depart to the Kogatende airstrip and enjoy a game drive en-route to the airstrip. The group should tip the guide around $20 to $ 30 a day

Around mid-morning, join a scheduled flight from Kogatende airstrip to Dar es Salaam airport. Upon arrival to Dar es Salaam airport, meet our driver and transfer to Serena hotel for resting and overnight

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast you will be taken to dare s salaam airport for your international flight back home

Ends our safari services

See below the price as per table

International Prices – 2019
11 Day safari prices
2019 US$ Rates: Group size – Rate per person
1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax + SSR*
Luxury lodges – Option 1
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Serena lodge, Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp and Mara Under Canvas
01 Jul – 31 Oct 2019
Including Tanzania VAT
9263 6420 5750 5415 5210 5080 826
Semi luxury lodges – Option 2
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Sopa lodge, Lobo Wildlife lodge and Mara Under Canvas
01 Jul – 31 Oct 2019
Including Tanzania VAT
8660 5900 5220 4890 4680 4550 730
Tented camps & lodges – Option 3
Lodges used: Ngorongoro Farmhouse, Lobo Wildlife lodge and Mara Under Canvas
01 Jul – 31 Oct 2019
Including Tanzania VAT
8610 5810 5110 4775 4568 4430 740
Stay at budget Tents 4960 3445 3100 2985 2784 2565
*SSR = Single Supplement Rate for a non-sharing person in a room Supplements: All Lodges & Tented Camps: US$ 35 p/p/p/n applicable on 25 to 28 March 2019 & US$ 40 p/p/p/n applicable on 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan.
Children Rates: (Children 3 to 11 years old) sharing room with 2 adults pay 60% of adult rate / Children sharing own room with other children pay 80% of adult rate / Children sharing room with 1 adult pay 100% of adult rate. No discount on holiday and other supplements.

The safari and tour prices below include

  • 11day Migration safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per sample itinerary
  • Lodge accommodation for the duration of the 10day safari
  • Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
  • Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • Professional safari and tour guide / driver
  • All Ngorongoro/Serengeti national park fees
  • All meals on the safari
  • All game viewing activities specified
  • Transfer from safari lodge to Kogatende airstrip – 15kg luggage allowance per person including hand luggage.
  • One way flight from Kogatende airstrip to Dar es Salaam  airport including airport taxes
  • Transfer from Dar es salaam  airport to serena Hotel
  • Price quoted per person sharing
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
  • Ngorongoro Conservation area vehicle permit increase

The safari and tour prices below exclude

  • Drinks and mineral water
  • Laundry
  • Items of personal nature
  • International and local airfares (not mentioned as included)
  • Airport taxes (not mentioned as included)
  • Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Possible concession fees
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