Rift Safari
Travelling along the Rift Valley: Tanzania northern parks safaris itineraries
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Safari 812: accommodation in mid-specification lodges and tented camps

Across the Rift Valley

Masai along the Rift Valley
Ol Doinyo Lengai
Blooming desert rose
Ngaresero waterfalls

Day 1 and 2
Visited park: West Kilimanjaro
Dinner and overnight: Ndarakwai ranch
In these two days you will explore a territory dominated by the majestic Kilimanjaro Mountain. If you love trekking you cross the rainforest and reach the Shira plateau and the moor at 3400 m. Alternatively you might opt for a nature walk at the foot of the volcano or interact with the Masai people ... Sunrise and sunset are the best time of the day to see the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3
Visited Park: Arusha National Park
Focus on: canoe safari
Dinner and overnight: River Trees
After breakfast you will continue your trip through the wilderness finally reaching Arusha National Park which landscape is dominated by the Mount Meru [4566 m.] the second highest peak of Tanzania. You will explore the park by car but also by and canoe which allows you to closely approach the lake shores without frightening animals who drink and to sight the multitude of waterfowls ... If water is not your element then you might opt for a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger.

Day 4
Visited Park: Lake Manyara National Park
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
A lush evergreen forest and large flocks of white pelicans, gray pelicans, flamingos, storks, cormorants beyond elephants, buffalos, giraffe and hippos ... if lucky tree-climbing lions.

Day 5
Visited park: Serengeti central
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
In central Serengeti the progression of the dry season forces gazelles and antelopes to gather along the permanent water sources and rivers of Seronera which is now beginning to host what will soon become the highest concentration of lions, leopards and cheetahs of all Africa ...

Day 6
Visited park: Serengeti western corridor
Dinner and overnight: Mbalageti
Your game drive today will focus along the course of the Grumeti River and up to Kirawira where, if lucky, you might witness some crossings. The branches of the trees along the riverside are also home to white colobus monkeys and leopards while the river itself hosts huge Nile crocodiles and hippos. At last you will reach your lodge located in the Dutwa plains about one hour game driving away from Kirawira.

Day 7
Visited park: Serengeti western corridor and central
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
Not all individuals that make up the migration wade the river, some of them are usually able to avoid the crossing and to linger to graze in the Ndabaka and Dutwa plains surrounding the lodge. Since the majority of cars will concentrate nearby the river banks, game driving in these plains could be a very rewarding experience. They both support a good deal of resident wildlife including lions and cheetahs, herds of buffalos, elephants, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and the highest population of topi antelopes of all Africa ... Yesterday evening you should have discussed with your guide the plan for today and he will have certainly advised you at best.

Day 8
Visited park: Serengeti central and north-east.
Dinner and overnight: Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Another morning devoted to game driving in central Serengeti exploring at sunrise the river courses of Serenora, one of the most strategic area of the continent for leopard sightings, and moving after breakfast toward Lobo, in north-eastern Serengeti. Resident game in Lobo includes leopards, hyenas, klipspringers, giraffes, herds of buffaloes and some of the largest lions pride of Serengeti. Herds of elephants could also be encountered and sometimes, in June, you might also find here the head of the wildebeest migration heading to Serengeti Mara. Scenically Lobo is a very interesting area characterized by rolling hills, valleys and huge kopjes.

Day 9
Visited areas: Loliondo and Natron [hiking to the waterfalls]
Dinner and overnight: Natron Tented Camp
Today you will reach Natron passing throught the wild Loliondo territory. This five or six hours long transfer will deliver you an unforgettable picture of everyday life of the Masai and Sonjo people inhabiting the area ... Along the way you will encounter some villages, children with their cattle, masai warriors and masai women adorned of their typical beadworks. It is not rare to encounter as well young boys in a black drape and white-painted face meaning they have been circumcised and initiated to become warriors. From the Rift valley escarpment the track winds down through multicolored layers of solidified lava ranging from off-white to greenish-white, ocher and anthracite gray ... After checking-in at the camp, set on the lake shores, you will start hiking upstream the Ngaresero river reaching in about one hour and half the refreshing waterfalls and the natural pools where you can enjoy a cool bath ...

Day 10
Visited park: Natron [walk to the lake shores] and Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Walking towards the rising sun you will explore the southern shores of the lake in order to sigh the lesser flamingos flocks. Although you will not be able to get very close to them as they will inevitably move further as soon as the distance between you and them will be judged too short you can enjoy the beautiful lake scenery with the first pinkish daylight and the impressive view back over the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai. After breakfast you will leave for Tarangire National Park driving along a trail of glittering mica ... crossing rivers of solidified lava ... dry river-beds of seasonal streams that flow downstream from the Ngorongoro highlands ... and finally getting on site.

Day 11
Visited park: Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
The progression of the dry season forces all animals that had left the park in the previous months to come back. The first ones to return are elands and oryxes followed by a elephants, zebras, wildebeest and finally predators. In June the park will hardly reach the levels of concentration of the peak of the dry season [August - October] however sightings begin to get interesting and eased by a rather bare vegetation. Yesterday evening you should have discussed with your guide the plan for today and you might have opted for a full morning game drive returning to the lodge for lunch or for a game drive at sunrise returning for breakfast ... Huge and ancient baobab backdrop to the wild landscape characterized by rolling hills.

Day 12
Breakfast and enjoy your last game drive in Tarangire along the way to Arusha. Time permitting we can arrange the visit to a coffee plantation and hot lunch on site [that has to be requested at the time of booking].

2014 Price per pers. based on
2 travellers
Price per pers. based on
4 travellers
Price per pers. based on
6 travellers
June $ 5054 $ 4070 $ 3770

Price includes:

Private driver guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use
Accommodation in double
Full Board basis [excluded beverages]
Water [1,5 Lt. per person per day], tea and coffee during game drives
Park fees and conservancy fees
Natron, Longido and Engaruka village fees
Canoe Safari at Arusha N. P.
Walking with camp guide in West Kilimanjaro
Masai settlment visit in West Kilimanjaro
Walking to Ngaresero waterfall with masai guide
Walking to lake Natron southern shores with Masai guide
AMREF urgent evacuation cover

Price excludes:
Shira Plateau hiking supplement: usd 183 per person based on two travellers; usd 137 per person based on four travellers and usd 121 per person based on six travellers.
Reduction for walking safari instead than canoeing in Arusha NP: usd 55 per person
Medical expenses insurance
Beverages except where otherwise stated
Entry Visa

Extras on request:
Activities combinable with your safari;

Private guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use.

Accommodation in mid and upper-mid specification facilities except at Lake Natron where you will overnight in a pretty spartan camp however able to cater for all essential needs.

In West Kilimanjaro: naturalistic walking safari and visit to a Masai settlement. Alternatively Shira Plateau daily trekking at 3400 m.

At Arusha National Park: canoe safari in the Small Momela Lake, multitude of giraffes, white colobus monkeys, great variety of resident and migratory waterfowl. Alternatively walking safari with armed ranger.

At Lake Manyara: dense groundwater forest, baboons and blue monkeys, buffaloes, elephants and other herbivores, large flocks. If lucky tree-climbing lions.

In western Serengeti: migratory herds of wildebeest and zebras. The lucky ones of you will assist to the crossings of the River home to huge Nile crocodiles and hippos. Great variey of birds, leopards and black and white colobus monkeys; beautilful landscapes, antelopes, gazelles and predators in the surrounding plains...

In central Serengeti: plenty of gazelles; high concentration of cats and in particular leopards, lions and cheetahs ... hyenas, jackals, vultures and marabou ... herbivores and other resident species including the little Bat-eared Fox.

In western-central Serengeti: huge scenic kopjes, herds of buffaloes, lions and smallers cats such as serval and caracal, if lucky ... rhinos !

In north-eastern Serengeti: scenic landscapes, large lions pride, cheetahs and leopards, herds of buffalo, gazelles and antelopes and occasionally herds of elephants.

In Natron and Loliondo: snapshots of the daily life of the Masai and Sonjo people, lunar landscapes, great variety of birds and flocks of flamingos, walking and hiking to the waterfalls, bathing in the natural pools, imposing views of the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai.

In Tarangire: huge baobab, families of elephants, fringed eared oryx, elands, kudu, gazelles, zebras and giraffes. If lucky also, lions, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs.

In the Ngorongoro crater: zebras, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions and cheetahs ... Leopards if lucky along ith serval cats.