5 Days / 4 Nights Safari Northern Tanzania Camping


 
5 Days 4 Nights . Tanzania . Culture and Sightseeing
Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater are the most popular National Parks of Northern Tanzania. In this 5 days safari you will get to know them all.

Itinerary

Day 1

The drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park takes about 4 hours. After having a Picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos,hippos, and others. Overnight at the Twiga campsite.


Day 2

The drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge takes 3 to 4 hours.

Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Then, in the late evening drive to and overnight at the Seronera campsite.


Day 3

After breakfast, venture into the Serengeti's wilderness corners for a full-day of game viewing in the park. With a picnic lunch beside you, take your leisure while exploring this world heritage site, where earth's largest  concentration of plain game still roams free! In the late evening, go to the Seronera campsite for rest, dinner, and overnight.


Day 4

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. Dinner and overnight at the Simba campsite.


Day 5

The drive from the High view Hotel to Tarangire National Park takes two hours. This park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and Oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In the late afternoon, drive back to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi.


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!


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.

 

Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items just for this purpose.

 

Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.

 

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

Springlands Hotel
Pembo Road
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: 5 Days 4 Nights
Skill Level: Beginner
Category: Safari
Destination: Tanzania
Theme: Culture and Sightseeing

Provider

Operator: ZaraTours Inc.

Next Departures

4/25/2014 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

1 Person $2,860.00
Per Person for 2 people $1,920.00
Per Person for 3 people $1,810.00
Per Person for 4 or more people $1,640.00

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