TFA Building, Fire Rd, Arusha

5 Days Tanzania Big Five Safari

Tour Overview

Explore two beautiful national parks in northern Tanzania during this 5 Days Tanzania Big Five Safari, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire National Park. Ngorongoro Crater is home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa and one of the world’s best destinations to spot Africa’s Big Five. For elephant lovers, the Tarangire National Park is hard to beat. Explore the African wilderness under majestic Baobab trees and meet the largest congregation of wild elephants on the planet.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro – Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, where you will be greeted by your Translen private guide. Upon arrival at your first luxury lodge in Arusha, take the rest of the day to relax, restore and enjoy your first taste of Africa. Your private safari guide is an expert on all things Tanzania from the culture to the national parks to Tanzania’s wonderful wildlife. Don’t be afraid to ask your Translen guide questions! 

On this exclusive private safari, you are in charge of your vacation. Decide with your guide when to leave for your morning and afternoon game drives, and share which animal or sights you are most enthusiastic to experience. After a leisurely day enjoying the comfort of your boutique safari lodge, get a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow morning your 5 day Tanzania safari will begin.

Accommodation: Masai land Lodge.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

Get up early on day 2 of your Tanzania safari, and travel from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Sit back and enjoy the journey: the road winds over the Great Rift Valley, through the crater forest and ending at your final destination: the striking Ngorongoro Crater.

This collapsed volcano is one of Tanzania’s most visited destinations, and it’s certainly not hard to see why. One of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, the crater is home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa and is brimming with elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos and even the rare black rhino. Roam the unique landscape from the safety and comfort of your private safari vehicle, and experience nature at its very finest.

In addition to game drives, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers a whole host of bucket-list Tanzania activities – from visiting a traditional Maasai village. to seeing the Laetoli Footprint, the oldest known footprints of early humans at approximately 3.6 million years old.

Accommodation: Manyara Secrete Tented Lodge.

Day 3 – 4 : Tarangire National Park

After an action-packed day at the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast as the sun rises and depart to your next Tanzania destination: the Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. One of the lesser-visited national parks of atmosphere, expect to see few other travellers on your journey and plenty of private moments to admire majestic herds of elephants roaming amidst the iconic Baobab trees.

Home to the highest concentration of wild elephants in the world, the Tarangire offers up unbeatable elephant sightings. Sometimes herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen around the Tarangire River, drinking from the shallows or enjoying a cooling mud bath. Apart from elephants, Tarangire is a paradise for bird lovers. In the area around these swamps you can also see lions, leopards, cheetahs and even tree-climbing pythons.

Accommodation: Manyara Secrete Tented Lodge.

DaY 5: Walking Mto wa mtu cultural tour – Arusha Town

You’ll likely start in the village banana plantation, where they grow more than 30 different varieties of bananas. As well as finding out how this staple fruit is grown, you’ll hear about the different uses of the plant as a whole, from food to materials for building and art.

Next you might visit a youth art project, and learn about the different painting styles and techniques. The artists are happy for you to ask questions and take photos, and while there are opportunities to purchase their artwork, which makes wonderful souvenirs, we were impressed that there was no hard sell or pressure to buy.

We then visited a wood workshop, where you can watch skilled members of the Makonde tribe carefully carving intricate figurines, masks and household objects. They’ll show you the different types of wood and finishings, and explain some of the historical and cultural meanings behind the carvings. You can even have a go at doing some carving yourself! Again, there are opportunities to purchase carvings should you wish, but with no hard sell or aggressive haggling, which we found very refreshing.

Moving on, you’ll come to a local ‘bar’ to try mbege, the traditional banana and millet beer that is brewed and drunk mainly by the Chagga tribe. The process of making this brew is quite labour intensive, and the beer is usually served in one large cup, which is passed around the group, and refilled as needed.

Your tour will finish in the bustling local market, where you can wander around stalls selling fruit and vegetables stalls, spices and meat. Your guide will stop and explain points of interest, and give you the opportunity to try and smell a variety of foods. A real treat for the senses!

Afternoon, we return back to the lodge for hot luch then we drive to Arusha Town for overnight or to catch your flight.

Inclusions:

  •  AMREF Flying Doctor Insurance (This service is only available before its dark and can only transfer you to the nearest airstrip to hospital during Emergency)
  • Unlimited bottled drinking water during game viewing
  • Unlimited game mileage
  • Park entry fees and Crater fees (24hrs single entry)
  • Professional English-Speaking Driver guide
    – A Friendly, Experienced and Passionate Driver Guide expert at a wide variety of skills: Flora and Fauna, Tanzania’s cultural and natural history
  • 4X4 Custom built – Toyota Land cruiser
    – Pop-up Roof, Opening Sliding windows, Seat Belts, Heavy duty wheels, and Extra Fuel tanks
    – Refrigerator for cooling drinks, one pair of binoculars per couple, Eco friendly Trash Bag,
    – Wi-Fi on board during safari, Charging Outlets type Plug G for charging Cameras and smart phones
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Arusha
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodation before and after safari in Arusha

Exclusions:

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and after safari
  • Tips (Tipping guidance US$20 per person per day
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees,etc)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Beverage in the accommodation you will be staying
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