8 DAYS MIDRANGE SAFARI (Arusha, Tarangire , Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Mto Wa Mbu, Materuni Village & Waterfalls hike)

PARKS AND VILLAGES OF 8 DAYS MIDRANGE SAFARI

  • Arusha National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Materuni Village
  • Waterfalls hike

OVERVIEW (WILDLIFE & CULTURE)

This 8-day comfort tour takes you to Arusha National Park, Tarangire, Ngorongoro crater which is a UNESCO world heritage site and the best place to witness the endangered black rhino, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Park which has the greatest concentration of wildlife and great migration. At the end of your safari tour, you will visit the Mto Wa Mbu village and finish with Materuni waterfalls and village tour on the last d on the last day at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

DETAILED ITINERARY OF 8 DAYS MIDRANGE SAFARI

Day 1: Arrival at Arusha

Upon arrival at the airport (Kilimanjaro or Arusha) you will be met by Safari Africa United’s representative and drive you to your accommodation in Arusha for overnight stay waiting for your adventures to start on the following day.
Destination: Arusha
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge
Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Arusha National Park

After breakfast in your accommodation in Arusha drive to Arusha National Park, the drive will be in 45 minutes. After arrival in the park you will have a morning walking tour for 2 hours , you will be accompanied by the armed ranger. Evening you will be save package lunch and after lunch you will continue with game drive before you drive back to your hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

What to expert in a day, Arusha National Park is one of the smallest national park in our circuit, but with enrich of wildlife such as African elephant, Zebras, Giraffe, Buffalo, Baboons, Antelopes and is the home of rear Black and White Colobus. The park is the host of the Mount Meru the second highest mount in Tanzania and the third in Africa and surrounded by the Momela lakes in the home of the pink flamingos in Tanzania, and amazing landscapes of Ngurdoto crater.

Dinner and overnight at Arusha on Full Board.

Destination: Arusha National Park
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board (B, L & D)

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Early morning after breakfast at your accommodation in Arusha, you will be picked up by your private driver guide and take you straight to Tarangire National Park which takes approximately 2 hours.

Tarangire National Park is one of the largest parks of Tanzania that covers an area of 2,600 square kilometres. Tarangire National Park is most popular for its large elephant herds and giant baobab trees. It also has a mini-wildlife migration that takes place during the dry season which consists of about 250,000 animals enter the park. More than 300-strong herds of elephant, visitors will find big groups of buffalo and healthy populations of lions and leopards. During the dry season, Tarangire has the highest concentration of mammals in the country. There are wild dogs and rare antelopes such as gerenuk, plus more than 550 species of birds to spot throughout the year.

You will have picnic lunch boxes where you will have them inside the park in the afternoon. After lunch and further game viewing, you will drive straight to your accommodation in Karatu for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Destination: Tarangire National Park
Accommodation: Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board (B, L & D)

Day 4: Karatu to central Serengeti National Park (approximately 167 km (104 mi) & 3.25hrs drive)

Early morning after breakfast at around 8:00 am, you will drive straight to Serengeti National Park passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Continue your journey around the crater and descend the other side, enjoying your free “African massage” on the bumpy road, passing through Maasai villages on your way to the Serengeti National Park. At the Naabi Hill entrance gate, you can walk to a viewpoint with spectacular views across the endless plains of the Serengeti. Hot lunch will be served either at the gate or en-route towards the heart of Serengeti with an incredible set up by your guide inside the bush.

The Serengeti National Park is home to the largest concentration of wildlife than anywhere else on the planet. You will have an unlimited drive until in the evening where you will drive straight to your tented camp or lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodation: Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Camp
Meal plan: Full Board (B, L & D)

Day 5: Full day game drive inside Serengeti National Park

Early morning after breakfast at around 8:00 am or according to your preference, you will continue exploring the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park for a full day game drive. The park offers a multitude of wildlife including the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Hot lunch will be served inside the park at around 12:30 pm with some soft drinks and unlimited drinking water.

You will have an unlimited drive until in the evening where you will drive straight to your tented camp or lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodation: Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Camp
Meal plan: Full Board (B, L & D)

Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Early After breakfast in your accommodation you will depart for Ngorongoro Crater with on route game drive, after arrive in crater you will start game drive down the crater floor, saved package lunch, later evening drive to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

What to expect, Ngorongoro crater is the world largest intact volcanic caldera, with largest wildlife population of about 30000 animals living all year around in 21km in diameter. As soon as you get in the floor you will find your self-surrounded by the hundreds bad experience from the vehicle and take them as part the wildlife. Down in the crater is home for the big five, it’s the breeding center for the endangered black rhinoceros in Tanzania.

Dinner and overnight at Pamoja farm lodge Karatu on Full Board.

Destination: Ngorongoro crater
Accommodation: Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board (B, L & D)

Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After breakfast in your accommodation drive to lake Manyara national park the drive is 30 minutes, arrive at the park for morning game drive and later afternoon you will drive to Mto Wa Mbu village for cultural tourism in the village followed with local lunch and later evening drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight.

What to expect, Lake Manyara national park is one of beautiful evergreen national park, its salt water lake with gran biodiversity, very known for the tree climbing lion and appointed Baboons. as African elephants, buffalo, Zebras, Giraffe and many antelope around the park, walking in the village you will visit the Banana plantation, rice plantation, local banana bear industry, coming across the street life, and later the lunch will be saved by the one of the local family around the village.

Dinner and overnight at Arusha on Full Board.

Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board (B, L & D)

Day 8: Arusha to Materuni Village & Waterfalls hike

After breakfast in the accommodation, drive to Materuni village, the drive is 2hrs, after arrive you will meet and greet to one of the local guide in the village who will accompany you for the activities around the village, and later evening after lunch you will be transferred to the airport for your flight according to your flight details.

What to expect, Materuni water fall is in the Materuni village in Moshi, the falls is from Mount Kilimanjaro, and its the highest water from the mount, the water fall has a height of 100mts and form a natural swimming poll, on your walk to the water fall you will pass via the coffee plantation, and on your way you will meet local farmers to whom you can share difference ideas. Later after the water fall you will drive to one of the family where you will be saved local lunch and learning about coffee making process, where you will follow all the process till you make your own cup of coffee.

After these activities, you will drive straight to the airport for your flight.

Destination: Materuni Village & Waterfalls hike
Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch

INCLUSIONS

  • Professional Safari guide
  • Meals and all nights’ accommodation on safari as indicated on the program
  • All applicable park entry & Crater service fees
  • Private transportation in a 4 x 4 Toyota Land cruiser with pop up roofs
  • Picnic lunch or hot Lunch in Arusha depending on the onward program
  • Government levies & taxes
  • Applicable Concession Fees
  • Unlimited drinking water inside the safari vehicle
  • Tea & coffee inside the safari vehicle
  • Some soft drinks & beers inside the safari vehicle
  • Materuni Waterfalls & Village activities + coffee tour
  • Airport Transfers

EXCLUSIONS

  • International & domestic airfare & flights
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa entry fees
  • Drinks and Bottled water in the lodges and during all the mentioned meals
  • All excursions in Zanzibar
  • The first day launch in Arusha the day of Arrival
  • Any other item which is not mentioned in the “Inclusions” clause above.
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    Laia Camps
    Laia Camps
    07/08/2023
    La comunicación fluida con Cornelius y Mónica nos dio la confianza de contratar Safaris Africa United para un tour a través de varios parques naturales en la zona norte de Tanzania (Tour Faru). Un tour que con el coche privado y la atención especial de nuestro guía, Tesha, permitió que toda la familia disfrutara de esta experiencia. Mencionar que mi madre, llegó a Tanzania en silla de ruedas y muletas a causa de un accidente antes del viaje, y tanto Cornelius como Tesha, hicieron todo lo posible para que disfrutase al 100% del viaje. Tanzania es un país maravilloso, su gente, flora, fauna... te deja sin palabras. Una experiencia inolvidable para toda la familia.
    Elena Delgado Oliva
    Elena Delgado Oliva
    04/08/2023
    Acabamos de aterrizar en España de nuestra primera experiencia en un safari. No queremos esperar más a poder dejar nuestra opinión por aquí, ya que queremos compartir lo vivido. La elección con la agencia ha sido un 10, tanto la gestión con Monica, Cornelius y nuestro guía y chofer Tesha, así como con las personas que hemos coincidido en los diferentes alojamientos. Cabe destacar la amabilidad tan grande y la entrega de todos ellos, nos hicieron sentirnos protagonistas de esta experiencia. Nuestro guía Tesha, y gran conductor, hizo que esta experiencia nunca se nos olvide. Nos volvemos sintiendo mucha gratitud, y con tranquilidad de saber que no podríamos a ver elegido algo mejor.
    lisa sundin
    lisa sundin
    02/08/2023
    How do you sum up what makes a trip of a lifetime? With the dream team consisting of Elias Mungure and Laurian Basso from Safaris Africa United, thats how! My husband and I were so excited to be traveling together with the rest of my family of 9 to Tanzania for a highly anticipated three week trip. My parents had been lucky to have traveled to the area before and were most fortunate to have Elias as a guide back then. They became friends and kept in touch over the years. Together with Cornelius Lyamuya at Safaris Africa United they planned a most spectacular trip for our family. For our first safari day we went to Tarangire National Park. After spending the night in Karatu, we then continued through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area up to the western part of central Serengeti. For the next three nights we stayed at Pamoja Luxury Camp from where we did game drives all day. After Serengeti, we spent another night in Karatu to visit the Ngorongoro Crater for a day. On the way back to Arusha, we stayed one night at Ngare Lodge in Mto wa Mbu to do a village tour and also visit a Masaai village outside Mto wa Mbu. I feel like a trip like this could go in many different directions, and perhaps the most important thing that you can’t always control is how knowledgeable and attentive your guides are, and on this trip we very much had the dream team. Both Elias and Laurian are extremely knowledgeable, not only about every single possible animal (that their trained eyes can seemingly spot miles away) but also about all the flora and landscape, the culture and history of the region and how everything is connected. They’re both excellent drivers, speak perfect English and are so well adept, multifaceted and knowledgeable that we joked they would also even pilot our plane home. Apart from all their deep knowledge they are also extremely kind, courteous, friendly, funny and super attentive. To be able to be that to 9 people, in a family consisting of three generations and have every single person walk away being deeply satisfied about their experience surely is no small feat. This was not just a vacation, it was truly a life changing experience and it was that because of the endless efforts that our trusted guides put in. Elias and Laurian we cannot thank you enough for giving us this most precious gift. We saw it all, the Big Five (Black Rhino included), a close up hunt from three beautiful lionesses just before the sun was setting which was pure magic, overall no less that 50 lions, cheetah, leopard, serval, so many elephants (we even had elephants walk straight by our tent one night in our camp), giraffes, zebras, water buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, mongoose, ostriches, monkeys, baboons, flamingos, cranes, eagles, a wildebeest migration, impala, hyenas, warthog, secretary bird…..the list goes on and on. We also saw vast endless landscapes with so many beautiful trees, views that took your breath away, both in scale and beauty. We had excellent local Tanzanian food, danced and laughed together with the Masaai. Overall, we had so many amazing moments on this trip that it’s hard to summarize. I will forever cherish our safari and never forget what a privilege it was to get to experience it all. Not only seeing and learning about the many different animals, but also experiencing the wonderful spirit and kindness of the Tanzanian people. Its humbling to be reminded that we are all very much connected to each other and to our planet despite our many cultural differences. It was wonderful to see that “circle of life” in it's true form up close and personal, and experience that connection between the people, the land, the animals and the flora and fauna. Honestly, all I can really say is 'don’t hesitate, just go'! And, really look no further than Safaris Africa United. They are the absolute best at what they do and I really can’t recommend them highly enough. Asante Sana, Elias & Laurian, you truly are the dream team, and we can’t wait to see you again! All our very best, Lisa Sundin & Simon Dunsdon
    oscar Creus
    oscar Creus
    29/07/2023
    Viaje espectacular ! Guía muy amable y agradable, gracias Anold por todo , nos h encantado a todos , sobretodo mi pequeño que los has cautivado , hace 1 mes que volvimos y aun se acuerda de ti y de Africa . Cornelius también muchas gracias por la organización y estar pendiente de todo . Todo perfecto!
    Niklas Sjödin
    Niklas Sjödin
    22/07/2023
    Memorable safari experience As a group of nine people from three different generations, we embarked on an extraordinary African safari adventure arranged by Safari Africa United and guided by the exceptional duo, Elias and Laurian. This incredible journey brought us closer together, forging unforgettable memories and bonding experiences that transcended age barriers. The seamless blend of excellent driving, attentiveness, flexibility, humor, and knowledge provided by our guides made the safari enjoyable for every member of our diverse group. Witnessing the Big Five and a plethora of other animals in their natural habitat was a truly awe-inspiring experience that united us in wonder and appreciation for the wonders of nature. As we savored the lovely food and felt the warm hospitality, we found ourselves immersed in an authentic African safari, creating lasting connections and a shared appreciation for the beauty of the wilderness. This trip proved to be a testament to the power of travel, bringing together three generations under one incredible adventure that will be cherished for a lifetime. We highly recommend Safari Africa United and our fantastic drivers/guides Elias and Laurian to anyone looking for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Africa. Asante sana Niklas, Anna, Magnus, Martin and Clara
    ISABEL SANTA MARIA
    ISABEL SANTA MARIA
    20/07/2023
    Hemos disfrutado de una semana de Safari extraordinaria. Quiero agradecer a Cornelius por su trato, siempre pendiente de nosotros, cada día. Tesha, nuestro conductor nos llevó en el Safari por caminos poco habituales, por lo que pudimos disfrutar de los animales sin aglomeraciones de coches. Sin duda recomiendo mucho si estás pensando en hacer un safari que contactes con Cornelius con safaris África United.
    Hans Sundin
    Hans Sundin
    17/07/2023
    In the middle of June 2023, my family and I, a total of nine people (ages 20 to 81), went on a safari arranged by Safari Africa United. The safari had been planned since the beginning of 2020 and was supposed to take place in 2021, the year when I myself turned 80 and my oldest daughter 50. Then the pandemic happened, which is why we couldn’t go until 2023. The planning of the trip took place with Elias Mungure, a safari guide with whom I’ve had the privilege of participating in two previous safaris. Elias is exceptionally knowledgeable about animals and nature, a skilled driver as well as a person with a well-developed sense of humor who can always be trusted. He has a burning interest in that part of Tanzania he wants to show us off. The planning process began with me sending over a rough proposal to Elias containing which parks we wanted to visit and suggestions for places to spend the night. After some bouncing back and forth, a more precise proposal emerged. The next stage involved Elias contacting a good friend, Cornelius Lyamuya, who is the head of Safari Africa United. Cornelius contacted me and after repeated contacts, with many questions from me which were immediately answered, I received a cost proposal which I accepted. The safari was carried out with two cars, one with Elias as guide, and the other with equally knowledgeable Laurian Basso as our guide. We first spent a few nights in Arusha to rest up after the long journey (my youngest daughter and her husband live in California). The first safari day we visited Tarangire National Park. After spending the night in Karatu, we continued on the second day through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area up to the western part of the central Serengeti where the migration was at that time. Further, we spent three nights in Pamoja Luxury Camp from where we did game drives all day. After the Serengeti, we spent another night in Karatu to visit the Ngorongoro Crater the next day. On the way back, we stayed one night at Ngare Lodge in Mto wa Mbu to do a village tour the next day and also a visit to a Masaai village outside Mto wa Mbu before returning to Arusha. I have to give Safari Africa United the very highest marks for the arrangement, there is not a single thing to criticize. Apart from all the nature experiences we had (which of course cannot be directed but are influenced by skilled guides) everything has worked perfectly (yes, among other things we saw the Big Five). Even the visit to the Masaai village had a high degree of authenticity unlike what we had previously seen from a distance. I would also like to emphasize the kindness and warmth we encountered, as Laurian put it: We meet you as customers but part as friends. All in all, I would highly recommend Safari Africa United as a safari organizer. They facilitated for us a unique and wonderful experience that I know our family will never forget. Warmest thanks, Elias, Laurian and Cornelius. Hans Sundin, Uppsala Sweden
    MAURIZIO FERRARA
    MAURIZIO FERRARA
    05/07/2023
    Safari raccomandato al 100%! Lo scambio di informazioni con Monica e Cornelio è statao molto facile, hanno capito perfettamente ciò che stavamo cercando e ci hanno organizzato un programma che si adattava a pennello alle nostre esigenze e ad un prezzo abbastanza ragionevole. Durante il safari abbiamo avuto una guida spettacolare, Mike è riuscito a farci vedere i big 5 e tutti gli animali che desideravamo osservare. È un maestro conducendo la jeep per i sentieri del parco nazionale. Cornelio ci ha prestato molta attenzione…l’ imprenditore più umano che abbia incontrato durante il mio soggiorno di un mese in Tanzania! Non si è lasciato sfuggire nessun dettaglio ed è una persona davvero di cuore. Asante Sana Cornelio!
    Cristina Carbonell
    Cristina Carbonell
    04/07/2023
    Recomiendo el Safari con ellos al 100%, no os arrepentiréis. La comunicación con Mónica y Cornelius fue muy fácil, entendieron lo que queríamos a la perfección y nos organizaron un planning que se adaptaba a nosotros y a muy buen precio. En el safari tuvimos un guía espectacular, Mike consiguió que viéramos los 5 grandes y TODOS los animales que queríamos ver. Era un maestro del jeep por los caminos de tierra del parque. Cornelius es muy atento y el empresario más humano que he conocido en Tanzania. No se le escapa detalle y tiene un gran corazón. Asante Sana Cornelius!💜
    Maribel ramos lopez
    Maribel ramos lopez
    02/07/2023
    Acabamos de llegar de nuestro viaje, antes de nada dar las gracias a Mónica, Cornelius y a nuestro querido guía Anold,. Nos enseñó a los 5 grandes y nos explicó todo con mucho detalle y cariño .Estamos encantados de nuestra vivencia en este hermoso país. Ha sido un gran acierto depositar nuestra confianza en vosotros ,habéis sobrepasado nuestras expectativas , hicimos 6 días de safari y 5 días de resort en Zanzíbar , a cuál mejor los hoteles escogidos también de 10. No descarto repetir experiencia y sin duda alguna será con vosotros . Asante Sana.

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