After a short domestic flight from Zanzibar, you arrrive in Arusha and drive towards Tarangire National Park for your first Game Drive on the mainland. The national park is dominated by the Tarangire river, that offers water even in dry season. The combination of fresh water and different habitats (savannah, baobab trees, acacia woodlands, swamps) creates an incredibly rich and varied environment that attracts an abundance of wildlife all year-round. The park is famous for its giant Baobab Trees, that dwarf even the many mighty elephants in this area.
Because of the lower number of visitors, Tarangire makes an excellent destination for those seeking a more intimate Safari experience.
On your second day Ngorongoro Conservation area awaits you, where you can enjoy a game drive in Ngorongoro crater. This volcanic caldera is almost a ‘natural zoo’, because of the steep walls and the high elevation, there is enough rain and therefore food for the majority of the animals to stay in the crater even during dry season.
The region has been home to various indigenous tribes, including the Maasai people, who continue to live and graze their cattle within the area, a noteable difference to the traditional national parks where human activity is limited to tourism. Their coexistence with wildlife and preservation of their traditional way of life adds a cultural dimension to the conservation area, making it an enriching experience for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of the region’s heritage.
After an early breakfast you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, renowned for its tree-climbing lions, a rare behavior seen in only a few places in Africa. These impressive predators are known to relax high in the branches of acacia trees. The park is home to an incredible 400+ bird species, making it a true haven for bird watching. Aside from the famous flamingos, visitors can spot various other waterbirds, birds of prey and colorful forest-dwelling species like the silvery-cheeked hornbill.
After this exciting adventure you drive back to Arusha airport for you return flight (about 1,5h) to Zanzibar. Here you will be picked up by our driver and taken back to your beach resort where you can enjoy the rest of your holiday.