10 Days-Big Cats Tour
Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
Are you looking for an active safari? Mix a visit to the best wildlife parks in northern Tanzania with some active adventure. This itinerary combines classic game drives with the thrill of exploring Tanzania on foot, by bike or from the air. Add some spice to your safari, with a variety of great activities that get you out of the safari vehicle. From a hike on the base of Kilimanjaro to a balloon flight over the endless plains of the Serengeti This safari is ideal for those looking for a more active safari adventure.
Day 1: Arrival – West Kilimanjaro
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Simba firm lodge of West Kill, a lodge on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari journey proper in the morning.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro
Today you set off towards Mount Kilimanjaro for an awesome hike. Drive to the Moram Barrier, where your hike to the spectacular Shira Plateau starts. It will take about 1.5 hours to reach the Shira Plateau, which is located on the slopes of the Kilimanjaro. This plateau stretches out over 13 kilometres and shows the remains of a volcanic crater. This hike on the base of Kilimanjaro will give you an excellent view of the highest mountain in Africa. Later that day you hike back to the Moram Barrier and return to the House of West Kili for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Snake Park
This morning you drive early to Snake Park in Monduli, where you can see and learn about snakes and other reptiles that live in Africa. There is also an informative Maasai museum where Maasai Warriors can tell you all about their culture and lifestyle. From here your camel ride to a nearby Maasai village starts. The Maasai people welcome you with a special dance and one of the elder Maasai will sit with you to explain their traditional way of life. There is also an option to visit a Maasai school and traditional Maasai doctor who cures diseases by using traditional medicines. In the afternoon you head off to a local market to get a first-hand experience in how Tanzanian people actually live and do business. At the end of the afternoon you drive to Lake Duluti Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park with packed lunch for a game drive. This lovely park boasts the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx and Gerenuk. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators that prey upon them. Later in the afternoon you drive for dinner to the Safari Lodge. Enjoy a night game drive after dinner. Discover nocturnal animals like porcupines, pangolin, aardvark and others. Overnight will be at Kikoti Tented Camp.
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you drive to the farming town Mto wa Mbu for a bike ride to Lake Manyara. Cycle to the lake shore where there are stunning vistas of the lake, the Rift Valley and small herds of wildlife. After 2 to 3 hours you hop in the safari vehicle to continue for a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon you drive to Escarpment Luxury Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you drive to the famous Serengeti National Park. Upon arrival in the Serengeti, you first have a picnic lunch and then continue with a beautiful game drive. There is a big change you can see the Great Migration of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River in this area of the Serengeti between June and August. The herds must outsmart the huge Nile crocodiles and fast flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side. An amazing spectacle. Dinner and overnight are at the beautiful Mbalageti Lodge.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Another full day of game viewing in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives, moving with the herds across the savannah exploring the Great Migration. Great experiences to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Enhance you safari experience by flying in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti plains at sunrise. Spot wildlife below when you float over the beautiful African savannah. A magical experience with wonderful panoramic views, if you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is also one of the best places to do so. Return back to Mbalageti Lodge for dinner and overnight. The views from the lodge over the Serengeti are fantastic.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Today you depart for a game drive in the central part of the Serengeti. This part is famous for the abundance of lions and leopards that can usually be seen quite easily. Game viewing in this central area is spectacular all year round. Enjoy the views of endless plains and stunning wildlife like cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, ostrich, aardvark, pangolin and many more. Dinner and overnight will be at Kubukubu lodge.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for your last game drive. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon you drive to Acacia Farm Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Departure
On your last safari day you go a 2-hours walking tour in farming town Mto wa Mbu. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colourful mix of languages and customs. Your walking guide will take you to rice and banana plantations, a local beer factory, a school and a carving factory. Discover the traditional way of life of the villagers. You will later drive to Arusha for lunch, then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure.