13 days in Tanzania safari: Possibly the most unique nation on the African continent is Tanzania. This is demonstrated by its dynamic and stunning landscapes, its diverse, lush, and abundant flora and wildlife, or the wealth of its diverse cultural heritage. It is the place where the magnificent Kilimanjaro and the enchanted Serengeti National Park were created. You are invited to fully immerse yourself in true and wild Africa by visiting and exploring Tanzania by our 13-days safari itinerary.
In this 13-day Tanzania safari tour, you will enjoy visiting different major Tanzania attractions, such as the Arusha national park, which is located a few kilometers from Kilimanjaro international airport and Arusha city. Also, you will visit the Tarangire national park, best known for its ancient, gigantic baobab trees and largest herds of elephants, and then you will explore the Lake Mayara national park, best known for its tree-climbing lions. This 13 days Tanzania safari tour will also take you to the two most stunning protected areas in Africa: the Ngorongoro conservation area home to the largest crater in the world and home to the most African big five animals, and lastly but not least you will explore the African best number one safari park, the Serengeti best known for its great wildebeest migration.
Apart from wildlife safaris in the different national parks mentioned above, this 13-day Tanzania safari tour will also take you on cultural tours where you will enjoy an Arusha city tour to explore the different cultures of local Tanzanians, and lastly, you will visit Lake Eyasi, home to two iconic local tribes in Africa, the Hadzabe and Datoga people.
A DETAILED ITINERARY
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Depending on your flight’s arrival time and location, we will pick you up at either the Kilimanjaro International Airport or the Arusha Airport. As you arrive at the airport, one of our tour guides will be there to assist you with your bags and drive you to the city of Arusha, where your experience will start. One of the most significant towns in the nation, Arusha is the ideal starting point for our trip because it is surrounded by gorgeous natural parks. It is situated at the base of Mount Meru, which is the second-highest point in the nation and has an elevation of 4,566 meters. Arusha is a multicultural city where many different religions and cultures coexist.
You will be driven to the hotel by us. We encourage you to explore the city on foot, visit its markets, interact with the locals, or sample some of the mouthwatering local brews if you aren’t too exhausted. The closeness and warmth of this city in the Great Rift Valley will surprise you.
DAY 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
We will travel to Arusha National Park after breakfast. It was founded in 1960 and has a wide range of plants and animals. It is the home of the extinct volcano Ngurdoto Crater and Mount Meru. We will take advantage of the stunning scenery in the middle of the morning to stop along the way and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while taking in the breathtaking sights. We will be pleased to make arrangements for you to take a guided canoe safari on Lake Momella in Tanzania’s Arusha National Park. In one of the park’s designated picnic spots, we’ll eat our picnic lunch. You will have the chance to see giraffes, Cape buffaloes, zebras, wild boars, blue monkeys, flamingos, elephants, lions, and many more African creatures on our safari. Due to the abundance of bird life in the woodland, more than 600 different species of birds dwell there. The only park where you can simultaneously see Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro is this one.
DAY 3: DRIVE TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After your breakfast, you will check out from your accommodation and get ready for a three hours’ drive to the Tarangire National park. The park spans along the Tarangire River’s course and is primarily made up of low hills in the Great Rift Valley’s plain. Acacia woodlands and enormous baobab trees make up its native environment, with vast swampy areas in the south. We will pause in the middle of the morning to stretch and, if you’d like, have a cup of tea or coffee to give us the energy we need to continue our safari. During Tanzania’s dry season, both the river and the marshes in Tarangire National Park serve as a draw for wild animals. One of Africa’s largest elephant herds is said to reside in Tarangire National Park. We will pause after experiencing so many hours of emotions to eat and refuel with a picnic lunch in one of the numerous accessible spots in the park. Next, we’ll continue our expedition up to evening when we will be driving to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
We’ll head back to Tarangire National Park after breakfast so we can go on a full-day safari there. The only place where you can see the centuries-old Baobab trees is in this national park, which is the third largest in northern Tanzania. We shall pause in the middle of our safari in the morning to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee under the cover of these enormous trees. The park has a population of 6,000 elephants and is renowned as an elephant refuge. We’ll have a picnic-style meal in one of the locations designated for it before continuing our safari. The terrain and plants in Tarangire National Park are quite diverse, with a blend that is unique to the northern circuits.
DAY 5: MANYARA LAKE/KARATU
After breakfast, we’ll go to Lake Manyara National Park, which was first formed in 1960 and then designated a biosphere reserve in 1981. Lake Manyara is a small, saline lake with a 231 km2 area, a length of 50 km, and a width of 16 km. It is situated at a 600 m altitude. It offers a wide variety of scenery, and buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, and many different kinds of birds live on its banks. We will stop briefly in the middle of the morning to sip tea or coffee. When the Great Rift Valley originated, the lake was created more than two million years ago when the waters covered the lowlands. The lake is heavily salted and phosphate-rich. The alkaline lake waters encompass about 231 km2 of Lake Manyara National Park’s 329 km2. We will provide you with a picnic lunch at one of the park sites designated for it. Despite being frequented by baboons, the lake and its surrounds are also home to flamingos, long-crested eagles, and grey-headed kingfishers, as well as herbivores like hippos, impalas, wildebeest, elephants, buffaloes, and wild boars. Although they are elusive, lions and leopards are also found in the park.
DAY 6: KARATU/EYASI LAKE
After breakfast, we will go from Karatu to Lake Ease, where the Hadzabe, a clan of “hunter-gatherers,” live. The Bushmen of this tribe share many traits and practices with the Bushmen of South Africa. The little members of this native tribe are perhaps the last to truly live in harmony with the environment and are quite knowledgeable about the local flora and animals. Appreciate this one-of-a-kind opportunity to hunt with this tribe and learn how to utilize the natural resources like they do.
DAY 7: KARATU/NGORONGORO/ OVERNIGHT AT SERENGETI
On the 7th day of your 13 Days in Tanzania Safari, We begin our day after breakfast with a visit to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will see distinctive scenery. We will be able to observe the crater’s breathtaking landscape from its vantage point. On our tour, we will see a number of Masai villages as well as wildlife, and we’ll stop along the way so you can take pictures in front of these breathtaking views and, if you’d like, have tea or coffee. In order to enter the Serengeti National Park, we will keep driving south and continue our safari along the way. There is a lot to see, as 700,000 zebras and more than 1.5 million wildebeest are traveling here as part of the renowned yearly migration. When you get to the lodge or camp, you’re in for an emotional evening of dining in the middle of the savannah and sleeping next to the sounds of nature.
DAY 8/9/10: FULL DAY SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
This is the time! You’ll find the magnificent Serengeti there. The Serengeti National Park is one of the largest in Africa and the largest in Tanzania, covering 14.763 km2. We will go off early in the morning for a full-day safari in the park, which is home to the “Big 5” and the Masai culture. As you are aware, we will pause in the morning for a cup of tea or coffee before moving on to look for the wildebeest migration and its predators (lions, leopards, and cheetahs), among other creatures (antelopes, gazelles, zebras, hippos, and hyenas). The Serengeti National Park is home to a wide variety of animal species, including the black rhino, giraffe (Tanzania’s national animal), elephant herds, and African buffalo herds. We’ll have a picnic in the middle of the savannah before continuing on with our journey. Tanzania’s oldest national park, the Serengeti, is also its most popular tourist destination. Make sure your camera is constantly ready because this area was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981 and has incredible wildlife. Don’t pass up the chance to take in the magnificent African night sky or to listen to some lovely Masai folklore by the fire. Don’t forget that we can assist you with hiring a balloon safari service if you so desire. Undoubtedly, this is a unique way to view the Serengeti. Days 9 and 10 will follow the same schedule.
DAY 11: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK/NGORONGORO
We will depart the spectacular Serengeti National Park with our picnic lunch in hand and go to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As we make our way back over the never-ending plain, we’ll continue to enjoy en-route game viewing along the way. As is customary, we will pause in the middle of the morning to refuel with some fruit or beverages before continuing on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro District’s border is where the conservation area is defined. 8,288 km2 are protected as part of the region. There are nine volcanoes in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but only the Oldoinyo Lengai is now active. The spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, one of Tanzania’s most fascinating and well-known sights, is also there.
DAY 12: NGORONGORO CRATER
On the 12th day of your 13 Days in Tanzania Safari, With our 4×4 vehicle, we will go down to the bottom of the crater after breakfast to explore this Garden of Eden. Rich meadows, wetlands, woods, and permanent water can be found on the crater floor of the enormous, deep volcanic crater known as Ngorongoro. Because of this, the wildlife in this area is so varied and abundant. As is our habit, we will pause in the middle of the morning for a coffee or some butter biscuits so that we can continue our safari with renewed vigor. Up to 25.000 huge animals could be found living here. The best chance to observe the black rhino and many other endangered species would present itself. We’re going to have a great day and get to see the wildlife up close. One of the best settings in the world for up-close shots of wild animals without disturbing or changing their daily routines is the Ngorongoro Crater. Unquestionably a unique location, it is a paradise of fauna and flowers. We will return to the crater walls in the afternoon to reach our lodge or camp. Consider yourself lucky if you get to see the sun set over the crater. You won’t be able to forget this image for the rest of your life.
DAY 13: NGORONGORO/ARUSHA/AIRPORT
While today is our last day, we will travel to Arusha after breakfast. If your schedule permits, we suggest using this day to shop for trinkets in the city. The artistry in Tanzania is just amazing.
- All Park fees
- Concession fees
- Transit fee
- Crater fee
- Private 4×4 safari land cruiser
- Private English-speaking driver guide
- Meals and accommodation during the safari
- Drinking water during the safari
- Government taxes
- Pick up and drop off
- Items of personal nature (laundry, beverages, etc.)
- Any hotel accommodation before / after the safari
- Entry visas
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
NOTE: “This tour is available year-round and is private. If you require any additional special activities, such as horseback riding, canoeing or boating, a canopy walk, a walking safari, a hot air balloon safari, cycling, or a cultural tour, please let us know so that we may arrange them for you during this time and in the manner of your choice. Moreover, please let us know the type of accommodations you require on this tour, such as budget, mid-range, or luxury, so that we can provide you with a quote”