Ngorongoro & Serengeti Southern Lakes - Tanzania
This is our most popular Tanzanian Safari and a big favourite for those people coming off Kilimanjaro who would like some rest and relaxation before returning home. Our itinerary lets you experience the best that Tanzania has to offer whilst going on wildlife game drives with our professional and experienced guides Wanda and Patrick. The safari has three accommodation options so there is something to suit everyones desires. The main price shown is for our camping option at the Twiga Resort. If you would like to upgrade to a room at the Twiga resort or experience a Tanzanian Lodge at Lake Manyara then this is possible during the online booking process. Price details for accommodation options are on the cost page.
The safari was also excellent with good accommodation and superb food, I don't think we could have done it in a more relaxed way. Patrick our guide was so laid back but was extremely knowledgeable about the wild life and area.
Parks and Animals
World renowned as a place of absolute wonder, Ngorongoro Crater is a deep volcanic crater, dramatically beautiful and permanent home to nearly 25 000 animals with ideal game viewing opportunities all year round, Covering 300 square kilometres in the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro supports a large resident population of wildlife including huge grazing herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, eland and gazelle. Near the swamps and forest there are hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and vervet monkeys. Predatory animals include leopard, cheetah and large prides of lion. The rare black rhino can be seen, as can a wide range of birdlife.
Inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, you can explore the grassy crater floor, the forests, the lakes and the marshes. Lake Magadi is alakaline, caused by deposits of volcanic and are favourite hunting grounds for golden jackal, lion and hyena. Lerai Forest is named after the tall yellow barked acacia trees, where you will find many elephant, while the Gorigor Swamp is home to hippo and many water birds. But it is on the grassland where the sheer proliferation of animals is overwhelming, a safari spectacle that is truly worthy of the description of the 8th wonder of the world.
Lake Manyara National Park
A wilderness of diverse habitats and rich in game, Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller wilderness enclaves. It is this diversity of terrain, as well as plant and animal species that make Lake Manyara a truly remarkable and special place. Richly populated with game within a wealth of bio diverse habitats and renowned for its tree climbing lions, Lake Manyara offers a truly remarkable and intimate wildlife experience. Vast herds of elephant and buffalo, thousands of flamingos, cheetah, Masai giraffe, impala olive baboons, Sykes monkeys, hippo, Egyptian mongoose and many more incredible sightings are set to be discovered on an early morning and late afternoon / early evening game drive through the Lake Manyara National Park.
Tarangire National Park
Close to Mto wa Mbu and possessing a unique combination of landscape and vegetation, dominated by the large number of baobab trees and an almost unparalleled number of bird species, as well as a diverse number of wildlife including the highest number of elephant in all the parks of northern Tanzania. A photographers paradise, you can find all the major grazing animals such as kudu, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and impala. Leopard, lion and cheetah are therefore also not far away, and during the dry season Tarangire offers a superb game viewing experience against an azure blue sky and the backdrop of dun hills and green forest.
Activities and Highlights
This safari is the perfect antidote to the rigours of the climb of Kilimanjaro, and allows you to extend your holiday to a full two weeks. Alternatively if you would like to enjoy a short safari taking in some of Tanzania's amazing wildlife as part of a longer trip to perhaps Zanzibar or as a honeymoon treat then this is the safari for you. On the final day our driver can drop you to the airport for an evening flight or you can go back to Moshi for a further night in the Keys Annexe Hotel (not included in the package cost).
Dates and Itinerary
We run our own company in Tanzania and have a complete set up including equipment, vehicles, offices, stores and staff in place all year round so we can facilitate any safari or trip which you may require. Do contact us if you have a specfic requirement or if you would like to plan a bespoke itinerary for perhaps a group or a special occasion such as a honeymoon or birthday.
Our itinerary lets you experience the best that Tanzania can offer on wildlife game drives with our professional and experienced guides Wanda and Patrick. It also allows you to relax should your feet still be hurting a bit after climbing Kilimanjaro! We visit three of the most famous National Parks in the southern Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire – and we offer either camping, rooms or luxury lodge for accommodation. The price of the safari is all inclusive and you can either camp in our walk in safari tents at the Twiga Resort or stay in comfortable en-suite rooms or you can stay in the Luxury Lake Manyara Lodge.
|1||n/a||2.5hrs||Depart Moshi / Arusha and drive to Mto wa Mbu and relax by the pool at the Twiga Resort or Lake Manyara Lodge depending on your accommodation choice. This is a leisurely day after the climb of Kilimanjaro. In the evening you can relax at your resort or spend some time exploring the town..|
|2||n/a||Full Days Game Drive||After an early breakfast we will drive to Tarangire Park for a full days game drive. We will enjoy an al fresco lunch in the park and return to your accommodation for an evening meal.|
|3||n/a||Full Days Game Drive||Today is a wonderful drive initially across the Ngorongoro Highlands before we drop down into the famous Ngorongoro Crater, where we will have lunch. This is a full days game drive and again return to your accommodation for our evening meal.|
|4||n/a||Half Days Game Drive||We will pack in the morning and then drive to Lake Manyara where we will enjoy a half days game drive. In the afternoon we will drive back towards Moshi / Arusha and can drop you off at airport for an evening flight or you can extend your safari or return to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha.|
Ngorongoro & Serengeti Southern Lakes cost: £495.00
- All travel from Moshi / Arusha return
- All staff and guides
- All accommodation - camping (different choices and prices apply see below)
- All Park fees
- Safari vehicle and fuel
- Group equipment, tents, cooking etc
- International Travel
- Airport transfers(Kilimanjaro airport transfer £10pp/each way
- Accommodation outside of the safari itinerary
- Additional hard / soft drinks
- Costs of a personal nature
- Staff tips
Cost of Add-Ons and Some Optional Extras
Upgrade to Lodge Accommodation: £250.00
This Safari follows the exact same itinerary as our normal Ngoronogoro Serengeti Southern Lakes Safari but with accommodation in a luxury Lodge, the Lake Manyara Hotel - http://hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/properties/en/manyara_index.php Perched on the edge of the escarpment overlooking Lake Manyara the views from the lodge are outstanding. At this height the air is much fresher than in the valley below making this an ideal place to relax. The Ngorongoro may be reached in just under two hours driving making this a suitable place to stay on a short safari. Facilities include fine gardens, bar, restaurant and a swimming pool. The additional cost for staying at the Lodge is £200 per person. If you would like to upgrade please tick the box on page 3 of the online booking form.
Upgrade to Room Accommodation at the Twiga Resort: £100.00
This Safari follows the exact same itinerary as our normal Ngoronogoro Serengeti Southern Lakes Safari and accommodation is in the same resort - Twiga, but is in one of their comfortable rooms. Twiga Campsite Lodge - www.twigacampsitelodge.com - 8 bungalows and 16 standard rooms with private balconies, ranging from double to family-size, and equipped with fans, mosquito nets, fridge and satellite television. Just near the town, Twiga has gardens and a swimming pool with a restaurant and bar. “Twiga Campsite and Lodge is justifiably the most popular of the locally-run lodges in Mto wa Mbu…” (Bradt Safari Guide, 2006). The additional cost for staying in a room at the Twiga resort is £100 per person. If you would like to upgrade please tick the box on page 3 of the online booking form.
Many people climb Kilimanjaro before going on the safari.
We advise you to take out your insurance as soon as possible to cover potential events that might cause you to cancel your trip.
You should bring with you a copy of your policy and ensure your someone else on the safari knows where you keep it. It is also worth bringing a photocopy of your passport and to keep it separate to your own documents just in case you lose your passport.
Adventure Alternative is a member of AiTO (Association of Independant Tour Operators), which ensures complete protection for your money
Whilst in Tanzania you will be looked after by our very own company - Adventure Alternative Tanzania which is headed up by our director Castro. Castro will look after you as if you where his own family. All of the staff in AAT are very experienced, professional, trained and proven experts in their field. They will ensure you are looked after very well and that you have a wonderful time.
Adventure Alternative does not outsource or subcontract our clients to anyone. This way we can ensure that our clients get the best experience possible. It also allows us to ensure that our local staff are well trained, professional and that they earn a proper wage so that they can in turn look after their own families.
Type of Terrain
Any safari takes you into the wild! This means that once entering the reserves / parks you are usually driving on dirt / sand tracks and not tarmac. If conditions are wet this can lead to adventurous driving but be assured that our drivers are well versed in safe and professional driving skills. If the weather is very dry then the terrain can be dusty so it's worth bringing a shawl or light scarf to cover your mouth and nose. The vehicles are well maintained and professional safari vehicles. It is important to remember that you are in the animals environments and you are not top of the food chain! Our staff will look after you very well and their knowledge will make your experience safe and enjoyable but do please take all their advice.
Adventure Alternative Support
Adventure Alternative Tanzania is a fully registered and licensed tour company based in Moshi. Our staff are professionally trained, experienced and speak excellent English. Castro Capelo is our operations manager in Moshi and Director of Adventure Alternative Tanzania. He organises all the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. You will have his telephone number, or the staff at the hotel desk can call him for you. He is organiser, translator, problem-solver, advisor and the main link between you and the UK office. He talks to the guides every day on the mountain / on safari and can make any arrangements you may need.
You also have continued support from the main office in Northern Ireland. Should a problem arise of significant proportion then you only need to call us.
For your safari you need normal, general travel clothes but you should consider the elements and ensure you have clothing which will suitably protect you from the sun (suncream, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, loose fitting and a neutral colour), rain (light jacket) and dust (bandana or scarf). If you are visiting some of the local villages then ladies should ensure that shoulders are covered and shorts are not too short, perhaps bring a sarong. Ngorongoro Crater can be cooler than the surrounding areas so a light jumper or thin fleece may be needed. A small set of travel binoculars are also handy.
- We offer small scale, authentic safaris, which can also be tailormade.
- All our guides and safari staff are professionally trained and have years of proven experience.
- We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
- All the staff in our UK office have spent time in Tanzania so you can chat to people who understand what it’s like to go for the first time, before you go.
- We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Tanzania and Kenya in a real way. Adventure Alternative underwrites the charity Moving Mountains.
- Financial security guaranteed as we are AITO bonded.
- We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
- Our staff only work for Adventure Alternative.