9 Days / 8 Nights Lake Victoria and Safari Northern Tanzania


 
9 Days / 8 Nights . Tanzania . Multi-Environment Adventure

Besides eploring Lake Manyara National Park, located in the midst of the East
African Great Rift Valley, the vast savannas of the world-famous
Serengeti, natural wonder Ngorongoro Crater, and the "Cradle of mankind" Olduvai Gorge, this safari will bring you to Lake Victoria.

Lake Victoria is the world's second largest fresh water lake and Africa's largest lake. The lake is on the Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania border with 95% of it lying In Tanzania. Lake Victoria National Park is a beautiful peaceful bushland fringed by the lake's water and reeve. More than 190 species of birds have been recorded in the park including the rare White Bellied Sea Eagle and the endangered Little Tern. The park also supports a large population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies.

Itinerary

Day 1
Start from the Springlands Hotel, drive to, and tour Lake Manyara National Park located in the midst of the East African Great Rift Valley. This park harbors huge species diversity – plants, animals, and plenty of bird life. Also the national park is reputable for its tree-climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Manyara Hotel or Twiga Campsite.
Day 2
Drive through the Ngorongoro highlands to Serengeti National Park , with a picnic lunch enroute. Serengeti National Park is a vast plain with extensive grasslands. Dinner and overnight at Ikoma Gorge Campsite.
Day 3
A full day game drive in Serengeti National Park, where you can look for the big five. There are plenty of birds add to this classic African wildlife scene. Dinner and overnight at Ikoma Gorge Campsite.

Drive to Mwanza City with a picnic lunch enroute, and tour the city on an excursion to the economic activities and lifestile. Visit the Sukuma Museum, fish market, and many other city sights. Dinner and overnight at the Ikoma Gorge Campsite.
Day 5
Drive to and tour Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake and Africa’s largest lake. The lake is on the Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania border with 95% of it lying In Tanzania, leaving only 5% to be shared by Kenya and Uganda. Lake Victoria National Park is a beautiful peaceful bushland fringed by the lake’s water and reeve. More than 190 species of birds have been recorded in the park including the rare White Bellied Sea Eagle and the endangered Little Tern. The park also supports a large population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies. Brush-tailed Possums and Ring-tailed Possums are also common. Less common mammals include Sugar Gliders, Pygmy Possums, and the endangered New Holland Mouse. The rare large-footed Myotis is one of eleven bat species found in the park. Dinner and overnight at the Ikoma Gorge Campsite.

Day 6
Full day tour and activities around the lake. Visit commercial centers, fish markets, local activities, and study the lifestyle of the people. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 7
Drive back to Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at the Seronera Campsite.
Day 8
Morning tour in Serengeti National Park, then drive to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge. Dinner and overnight at the Simba Campsite.
Day 9
Morning tour in Ngorongoro Crater. Drive back to Moshi and the Springlands Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Important Travel Information

Is This Trip For You?

Zara Tours has been working successfully with visitors in the region since 1986 as a tour operator.

We were established in 1987 as an official Agent of ZaraTours organising Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing and National wild parks safaris and have guided Safely, Reliably and Professionally many visitors anywhere from the plain of Serengeti to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Our years of experience and knowledge as qualified climbing guides and safari tours operation in Tanzania, Assures you an experience you can remember a life time. Safety, efficiency and reliability have earned us the reputation for being one of the best-valued and most reliable operators in the region.

With 88 registered Kilimanjaro Guides and a fleet of 4x4 Land rovers, 4x4 mini buses and 4x4 Land cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs) we are ready to take you on your safari adventure and on top of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Our English-speaking guides will share the knowledge and stories of the incredible Tanzania Game reserves or joining you on your climb on the many routes to the top of magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Money

The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha. Yahoo Currency Converter


Destination Location

Lake Manyara National Park covers 330 sq km (127 sq mi), 70% of which is lake. Along its western boundaries is the Rift Valley’s western wall. The park is famous for its birdlife – almost 400 different species – and for its elephant population and tree-climbing lions, who have a large variety of tree species to choose from. The short game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

Olduvai Gorge is locally called “Oldupai,” a name given by the Maasai for the Sisal growing in the Gorge. Olduvai is known the world over for the fantastic archeological discoveries made by Doctors Louis and Mary Leakey, including the skull of a humanoid believed to be 1.75 million years old. The cradle of mankind lies on the short grass plains of the Serengeti. Not only have fossils of humanoid origin been found but also fossils from prehistoric animals that lived around them. An American and Tanzanian archaeological team made the latest and probably greatest findings in 1986. They discovered human fossils including 302 bones and teeth belonging to a female some 1.8 million years old. Excavations still continue in the gorge during the dry season, and you can enter the gorge with a special guide. There is also a small museum showing some of the finds and a resting place suitable for a picnic lunch.

The largest national park in Tanzania and one of the most spectacular parks in the world, the Serengeti covers 14,763 square kilometers (5,700 sq mi) including large plains, short grass plains, kopjes, and lakes. The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai language meaning “endless plain.” Every year, more than a million wildebeest travel in long caravans across the plains of the mighty Serengeti, all in search of better feeding grounds, followed by a large variety of other animals. Not far behind follow hungry lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. Other predators such as leopards, serval cats, and jackals watch the wandering game with interest, while elephants, rhinos, and buffalo continue their grazing.

One of nature’s true wonders and a photographer’s paradise, Ngorongoro is the largest intact crater in the world, covering 265 square kilometers (102 sq mi). The 2,000-foot deep crater is home to an abundance of wild game including elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, serval cats, jackals, bushbacks, elands, waterbucks, wildebeest, many antelope, and a large variety of birds. This is a sight that you will always remember!

Tarangire National Park covers 6,734 sq km (2,600 sfq mi) and includes two large plains and a seasonal swamp in the south. This is a beautiful park filled with Baobabs and Acacias with a large variety of game such as zebras, elephants, giraffes, and waterbuck. All the animals enjoy the water coming from the Tarangire River. The animals are best viewed during the dry season, including elephant herds, elands, orynx, lesser kudo, rhino, leopards, lions, and cheetah. The birdlife is varied and plentiful. You can also see the very rare Roam Antelope in this park.


Travel Companions

The maximum group size for this trip is 16. If you are interested in organizing a group with Zara we offer great incentives! Please inquire if you are interested.


Guide(s)

With 88 registered Kilimanjaro Guides and a fleet of 4x4 Land rovers, 4x4 mini buses and 4x4 Land cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs) we are ready to take you on your safari adventure.  Our English-speaking guides will share the knowledge and stories of the incredible Tanzania Game reserves 

Safari Tips for guide and cook:

$15/day for driver/guide and $10/day for cook (basic camping) for the whole safari group.

 

Expectations

Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.


Transportation

With the exception of airfare, all Zara trips include all transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. This does not include transfers to and from the aiport to the hotel or the equipment for all activities listed.


Recommended Gear List

Safari Packing List Notes

  • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
  • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.

Footwear

  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferrably waterproof. They will get dirty.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Comfortable, breathable socks

Clothing

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Lightweight, breathable pants
  • Short-sleeved shirts, cool and breathable
  • Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings
  • Rain racket and pants or rain poncho

Baggage

  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large duffel bag or backpack

Sleeping, for camping safaris

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Tents are supplied by Zara at no charge
  • Foam sleeping pads are provided by Zara at no charge

Other

  • Water bottles, and water purification tablets or purifier
    • Bottled water is also available for purchase on safari
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana (for dust, etc.)
  • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travellers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film/disks, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil, and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides and other travellers
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Sewing kit
  • Salt, pepper, spices for bland food
  • Business cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool

Toiletries

  • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while walking)
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Glasses, contacts, solution
  • Comb, mirror

Documents

  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book
  • Vaccination records
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, travellers cheques numbers.
    Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

First Aid

  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin
  • Throat losenges
  • Bandaids
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Gifts for Guides, Locals

  • Shoes
  • Any warm clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Nerf football, frisbees
  • Candy
  • Pens

Packing for your flight to Africa

  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books/magazines
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Walkman and music
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Critical items (in case baggage is delayed)

Meeting/Departures Location

ZaraTours
P.O. Box 1990
Moshi
Tanzania, United Republic of
See Location on a Google Map

Cancellation Information

Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result in a retention of funds by ZaraTours  Inc. as follows: Upon receipt of written cancellation by any member of the tour indicated on this reservation 30 days or longer prior to departure, 20% of the reservation of the canceling party will be retained by ZaraTours and the balance of the package price refunded. If a cancellation is received at least 14 days and up to 29 days prior to departure, 50% of the package price will be retained by ZaraTours Inc. If a cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to departure, 100% of the total package price will be retained by ZaraTours Inc. and all outstanding payment will become payable immediately. Should the canceling party be able to find a replacement for themselves no less than 14 days prior to departure and the replacement completes this booking form individually, no retention of funds will take place. However, should no replacement be found by 14 days prior to departure, a 100% cancellation penalty will apply to the canceling party. ZaraTours  Inc. and its agents reserve the right to terminate, at their discretion and with immediate effect, the participation of any person on the tour.
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Adventure Snapshot

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Safari
Destination: Tanzania
Theme: Multi-Environment Adventure

Provider

Operator: ZaraTours Inc.

Next Departures

4/23/2014 at 8:00 AM

Pickup Location

If you would like us to pick you up, the following locations are available:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Nairobi Airport Jomo Kenyatta International

Adventure Matrix

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Rates

Per Person for 2 people $3,181.00
Per Person for 3 people $2,830.00
Per Person for 4 people $2,659.00
5 People or more $2,595.00

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