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good itinerary safari?

looking for a good schedule for a 6 day safari
13 years ago, March 8th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #106031  
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I'm looking for a good schedule for a safari in the norhern circuit. We (2 people) would like to go 6 days on safari... and maybe split it in 2 times 3 days (we were thinking that 6 days in one go would be too much?).

The plan is to do (taking into account that you pay park entrance for 24hrs):
1. Arusha - Afternoon safari in Tarangire
2. Morning game drive in Tarangire - Afternoon drive in Lake Manyara
3. Morning game drive in Lake Manyara - back to Arusha
Mount Meru climb
4. Arusha - Afternoon drive in Ngorongoro
5. Morning game drive Ngorongoro - Afternoon drive in Serengeti
6. Morning game drive Serengeti - back to Arusha
Any feedback about this schedule is most welcome: is this realistic? Maybe better to have 1 trip of 6 days? Too many parks in 6 days (in that case I would drop Lake Manyara...)?

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13 years ago, March 9th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #106130  
N Posts: 3
bdk 25,

You are visiting very nice parks but the time allocation and your itinerary may not allow you to see much. You dont need to operate from Arusha. Please see the itinerary below, I hope it will help you.

Day 1: Arusha
Arrival in Arusha, transfer to your hotel room for a night stay

Day 2: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater
Morning breakfast then depart for Ngorongoro crater arriving in time for lunch. After lunch proceed for a game drive. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 3: Ngorongoro - Serengeti
After breakfast, depart for central Serengeti with game drive en-route stopping for lunch at one of the lodges. After lunch, proceed Have lunch to northern part of the Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at your lodge or camp.

Day 4: Serengeti
You still have a full day in Serengeti with morning and evening game drives. Dinner and overnight at your lodge or camp.

Day 5: Serengeti - Tarangire
After breakfast, depart for Tarangire stopping for lunch enroute. After lunch, proceed to Tarangire for a night stay. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 6: Tarangire – Home
Morning game drive at the park, coming back for lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for an onward travel/back home.

I hope this helps.


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13 years ago, March 11th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #106246  
any configuration of the above sound good
we did a five day trip with Bobbys Tours who operate out of arusha and found it to be just about right
there is a lot of driving involved but well worth it in the end

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13 years ago, March 21st 2010 No: 4 Msg: #106944  
The first person who replied to you has suggested a good itinerary however I would do Tarangire, Serengeti and then Ngorongoro last. Ngorongoro is best to visit in the early morning so you travel from Serengeti to Ngorongoro on day 5, overnight on the rim of the crater and then decend into the crater early on your last morning. Contact a safari operator and they will be able to give you all of this advice. Below are a couple of local based companies I would recommend.

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13 years ago, May 14th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #110859  
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10 years ago, October 26th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #162487  
Tanzania has the most attractive places and therefor i advise you arrange with Tanzania Safari companies.

The most famed Tanzania tourist attraction is the great Serengeti plain, where you can witness the annual wildebeest migration in June.

Nearby is the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world at 19,340 ft.

Also in Tanzania's northern safari circuit are Lake Manyara National Park, Africa's Eden in the Great Rift Valley, Tarangire National Park and the amazing Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera..

The unspoiled, untouched southern safari circuit with the Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha, Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Parks, offers a secluded yet intimate safari experience.

The untamed south is a wonderful alternative to nature enthusiasts seeking bird watching, walking and boating safari and fly camping adventures.

Another Tanzania attraction is the western safari circuit, where you can track chimpanzees in the deep Gombe Stream and rainforests of the Mahale Mountains.

Katavi National Park has the greatest density of large mammal withe herds of elephants, hippos, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and lions.

After an African safari on the mainland, you can negotiate the narrow streets of historical Stone Town then walk the white sands of tropical beaches or dive the azure waters in the legendary ‘Spice Islands’ of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Islands.

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10 years ago, February 8th 2013 No: 7 Msg: #166097  
In response to: Msg #106031
I did a 5 day Safari following my Kilimanjaro climb in November. The company I booked through offers 1 to 6 day safari tours. They have all of the itineraries in detail on their site. I will post a link to their six day safari below.
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10 years ago, May 18th 2013 No: 8 Msg: #170794  
Best time to for travel in the Northern Circuit would be Feb-April in my opinion. Lot of travel is to take place however while doing this you are experiencing wildlife around you... The actual wildebeest migration concentrates in between Serengeti and Ngorongoro area however you cannot be 100% sure. In this case it best to perhaps have your own private guide where your time is flexible and you can decided how you want your day spent out bush. I would also suggest nothing less than 6 nights due to the distance of lodges in the northern circuit. You also do not want to be rushed so it better to rather do a pit stop en-route from your Arusha overnight stay to a night in Manyara and then make your way to Serengeti for 3 nights. Then en-route back like I mentioned above the wildebeest concentrate in the regions of Serengeti and Ngorongoro so you spend 2 nights in Ngorongoro crater area. The back to Arusha... Having your own private guide allows for exclusive use, flexibility and having your safari just as you want it to be. Eg. You can spend the full day out with a packed picnic basket or perhaps you would just like to do morning and afternoon game drives... Your guide will assist you in everything! Reply to this

6 years ago, June 2nd 2017 No: 9 Msg: #201193  
Depends on the season you go in. Below is a brief itinerary that is usually suitable year round.

day 1: Lake Manyara or Tanrangire
day 2: Serengeti
day 3: Serengeti
day 4: Serengeti
day 5: Lake Manyara or Tanrangire
day 6: Ngorongoro and then drive back to Moshi/Arusha

Check below for full itinerary:
www.alienadv.com/activityDetails/4610/Tanzania-Safari-Budget-Camping-6-Days/ Reply to this

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