Tanzania – Exploring African Wildlife and Lake Masek


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Tanzania – Exploring African Wildlife and Lake Masek

Discover the wonders of Tanzania as you traverse through Arusha’s vibrant cityscape, framed by the majestic Mount Meru. Delve into the iconic Serengeti National Park, where sweeping savannas set the stage for the mesmerizing Great Migration. Journey to Tarangire’s distinctive landscapes, home to diverse elephants, and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater’s enclosed ecosystem, teeming with a myriad of wildlife. Luxurious lodgings ensure both relaxation and immersion in nature’s beauty along this remarkable expedition.

Touching down at Kilimanjaro Airport, you’ve arrived in Tanzania for your dream vacation. With the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and the wildlife-rich Serengeti on the horizon, exciting safari experiences and the exploration of lesser-known national parks await. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Arusha and beyond!


Arusha, a vibrant city nestled at the foothills of Mount Meru in Tanzania, welcomes you with its lively atmosphere and natural beauty. Known as the gateway to many of Tanzania’s iconic national parks, Arusha holds a special place in the hearts of travellers seeking both adventure and relaxation. The bustling markets, where colourful fabrics and local crafts abound, provide a glimpse into the region’s rich culture. With its temperate climate and stunning vistas, Arusha offers a perfect starting point for explorations, whether you’re embarking on a safari to witness wildlife in their natural habitats, ascending Mount Kilimanjaro, or simply immersing yourself in the warm hospitality and diverse flavours of Tanzanian cuisine.


The impressive crater of Mount Meru graces the horizon as you arrive at Arusha Coffee Lodge, your home for the next two nights. With its 30 luxurious Plantation Houses, including 12 Plantation Suites extending into lush coffee fields, the lodge’s design pays homage to early 20th-century landowner accommodations. Sink into the comfort of your surroundings, where the gentle lighting and inviting furnishings create a sense of ease. Unwind by the tranquil swimming pool, setting the tone for your rejuvenating stay.

Embrace adventure with a full-day Kilimanjaro day hike. Depart from the lodge in the early morning, driving to the park gate to commence your ascent. Over approximately 2 hours, you’ll trek through the mountain’s splendour, reaching a breathtaking viewpoint. Pause for a picnic lunch amidst this stunning panorama before descending to the park entrance, tracing your steps back to Arusha Coffee Lodge. The memories of Kilimanjaro’s majesty will linger as you savour your final night in this captivating haven.

Venturing from Arusha, your destination beckons – the captivating Tarangire National Park. The drive, spanning approximately two hours, gradually unveils the allure of this enchanting realm. Upon arrival at Maramboi Luxury Camp, a delightful lunch awaits, setting the stage for your inaugural game drive through Tarangire National Park.


Tarangire National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is a hidden gem among East Africa’s safari destinations. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbours, Tarangire offers a unique and rewarding wildlife experience. The park is characterized by its stunning landscapes, including vast grassy plains, seasonal swamps, and the meandering Tarangire River, which serves as a magnet for an abundance of wildlife during the dry season. Tarangire is celebrated for its large elephant herds, with hundreds of these majestic creatures congregating along the riverbanks. Visitors can also spot a variety of other animals, including lions, leopards, giraffes, and an impressive array of bird species. Game drives in Tarangire are a tranquil and intimate affair, with fewer crowds, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a more secluded safari experience in the heart of Tanzania’s wilderness.

As you arrive at Maramboi Luxury Camp, a world of Tarangire and Manyara ecosystems unfolds before you. Your accommodation boasts breathtaking views of endless expanses, creating a tranquil backdrop for your adventure. Nestled amidst this natural beauty, Maramboi Camp offers an opportunity to indulge in the diverse wonders of the region. Spend your evening settling into the comfort of your handmade tent, adorned with large, inviting beds that promise relaxation after a day of exhilarating safari activities. Each bed comes with a mosquito net for your comfort. Step into your en-suite bathroom, complete with a refreshing shower, before retiring to your private veranda to savour the splendid view.

With the promise of a new day, embark on an exploration of Manyara National Park, the Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Highlands, and the revered Oldonyo Lengai – the sacred mountain of the Maasai. This adventure unveils a tapestry of landscapes that are as diverse as they are stunning. Whether traversing the vibrant grasslands of the savannah or immersing yourself in the realm of the iconic baobab trees, you’ll be captivated by the unique atmosphere that envelops this region.

Dive into a day of discovery as you venture deep into Tarangire National Park for an exhilarating wildlife-watching experience. The savannah, adorned with lush green grass, and the forested pockets adorned with the renowned baobab trees, paint a picturesque backdrop that’s distinctly Tarangire. The Tarangire River’s allure draws an array of animals, from majestic buffaloes to regal lions, graceful giraffes, and elusive leopards. Witness the vibrant tapestry of Tanzania’s wildlife unfolding before your eyes, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Transitioning from Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park, the drive spanning about 1.5 hours sets the stage for an invigorating game drive along the lake’s enchanting shores. Amidst this natural haven, a delicious picnic amid the wilderness awaits, providing sustenance and serenity.


Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment in northern Tanzania, is a compact yet remarkably diverse safari destination. The park’s most distinctive feature is the shimmering alkaline Lake Manyara, which attracts flocks of flamingos and a variety of waterfowl. Beyond the lake, the park boasts lush groundwater forests and open savannah, creating a dynamic ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions, a behavior not commonly seen elsewhere. Visitors can also encounter elephants, zebras, giraffes, and numerous bird species. Guided game drives provide opportunities to explore this picturesque landscape, and the park’s manageable size makes it an excellent choice for a day safari or a starting point for a longer Tanzanian wildlife adventure. Lake Manyara’s unique blend of habitats and wildlife make it a captivating stop on any safari itinerary in the region.


Arrive at the enchanting haven of The Manor at Ngorongoro Suite, nestled within the Ngorongoro Conservation Park and surrounded by sprawling coffee plantations extending over 6 km². The setting promises seclusion and an opportunity to indulge in individualized African hospitality. The stage is set for your serene escape, where privacy reigns supreme. Unwind in the embrace of your suite, each adorned with a comfortable king-size bed and a refreshing rain shower. Modern amenities such as a safe, hair-dryer, desk, and coffee/tea-making facilities enhance your stay. As the day draws to a close, step onto your terrace to immerse yourself in the untamed vistas of Africa’s nature.

An exciting day dawns as you embark on an expedition to the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater! The morning unveils a mesmerizing view of the crater’s interior before your descent. This former volcano, larger than Kilimanjaro, transforms into a colossal amphitheatre – a veritable Garden of Eden for diverse wildlife. This is where the “Big Five” call home, providing you with ample opportunities to encounter these iconic animals. At the heart of the crater lies a lake known as the pink lake, home to numerous flamingos that lend it their rosy hue. Amidst this extraordinary setting, you’ll embark on a wildlife-rich journey, punctuated by a picnic lunch that serves as a delightful interlude.

Your journey will transition from the Ngorongoro Crater to the renowned Serengeti National Park. Upon arrival, an exhilarating safari across the park’s vast landscapes awaits, offering a glimpse into the captivating wilderness. Your three-night haven, Serengeti Nimali Camp, promises an immersing experience to intimately connect with the diverse wildlife and remarkable surroundings of the Serengeti.


Serengeti National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is an iconic and vast wilderness expanse that stands as one of Africa’s most celebrated safari destinations. The park’s sprawling savannas, acacia woodlands, and riverine ecosystems provide a stunning backdrop for an unparalleled wildlife spectacle. Serengeti is perhaps best known for the annual Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores embark on a dramatic journey across the plains in search of greener pastures, closely pursued by Africa’s predators. This awe-inspiring event draws visitors from around the world to witness the raw drama of nature. Beyond the migration, the Serengeti offers year-round wildlife viewing, with the chance to encounter the Big Five, cheetahs, giraffes, and countless bird species. Game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and guided walks provide diverse ways to explore this pristine wilderness.

Arrive at Serengeti Nimali Camp, a luxurious tented haven elegantly nestled within the heart of the Serengeti near Makoma Hill. This tranquil retreat sits on a private concession, bordered by the Tarangire National Park on one side and the Wildlife Management Area on the other, promising a seamless blend of exclusivity and wild charm. Your tastefully decorated tented suite, one of six, offers a serene escape with essential amenities and the comfort of rain showers, double sink vanities, charging stations, solid wooden doors, and Persian rugs. The spacious private veranda graces you with breathtaking views of the sweeping Serengeti plains.

Awaken to a captivating adventure as you partake in a mesmerizing Balloon Safari over the Serengeti. In the early morning darkness, you’ll be transported from the camp to the launch site, where the anticipation of nocturnal animals still in motion heightens the excitement. Welcomed by your pilot, watch in awe as the giant balloon takes shape before your eyes. With the sunrise, you’ll ascend into the skies, granting you an unparalleled vantage point over the vast Serengeti landscape. Drift with the wind, witnessing animals in their natural habitats from a unique perspective. After an hour of awe-inspiring flight, you’ll gracefully touch down for a luxurious Champagne breakfast amidst the bush, creating memories that will linger long after the day has passed.

Eagerly anticipate another enchanting morning as you embark on a second Balloon Safari over the Serengeti. The dark pre-dawn moments set the stage for your journey to the launch site, where the thrill of nocturnal activity dances in the air. Greeted by your pilot, you’ll witness the majestic balloon come to life before ascending into the sky with the sunrise. Glide above the expansive landscapes, embracing the freedom of the wind as it unveils the Serengeti’s inhabitants in their carefree moments. After an hour of flight, you’ll descend for yet another opulent Champagne breakfast amidst the bush, a fitting conclusion to an unforgettable adventure.

Following a satisfying lunch, embark on a journey that takes you from the heart of Serengeti National Park to the northern expanses of Tanzania. As the sun arcs across the sky, your path leads to the serene shores of Lake Masek in the deep south of the Serengeti. En route, you’ll journey through the southern reaches, immersing yourself in remote areas untouched by civilization. As the day wanes, you’ll find yourself at your next destination, the Lake Masek Tented Lodge.


The northern region of Tanzania is a captivating and diverse landscape that beckons travellers with its natural wonders, wildlife-rich ecosystems, and cultural richness. Anchored by iconic destinations such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Mount Kilimanjaro, this part of the country is a haven for safari enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The Serengeti, with its sweeping savannas and annual Great Migration, is a wildlife spectacle like no other. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, encompassing the Ngorongoro Crater, offers a unique and self-contained ecosystem where an incredible diversity of wildlife thrives, including the Big Five. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, towers over the northern landscape.

Upon your arrival, a captivating journey begins as you step into the heart of South Serengeti and find yourself embraced by the hospitality of Lake Masek Tented Lodge. This haven promises authentic safari experiences, where a dedicated team of attentive staff ensures your comfort while you absorb the sights, sounds, and aromas of the African wilderness. Settle into your en suite safari tent, one of 20, featuring double or twin beds to immerse yourself in the safari ambiance. Your private veranda invites you to gaze at starlit skies, while the bathroom with a tub pampers you with relaxation.

On the second day, as the sun dips below the horizon, indulge in regional cuisine and delightful delicacies served in the expansive dining tent. This culinary journey will be a prelude to serene evenings ahead. Retreat to the lounge tent, adorned with comfortable seating, offering a tranquil space for reflection and relaxation. As the night unfolds, gather around the fire pit, savouring refreshing beverages as the African ambiance envelops you. The crackling fire and the symphony of the night create a captivating backdrop for your tranquil evening.

On the third day, the Serengeti National Park beckons, offering an immersive adventure through its diverse landscapes. Traverse the varied terrain and bear witness to nature’s intricate tapestry. Encounter zebras, antelopes, and giraffes coexisting harmoniously with their predators, including lions and hyenas. Watch in awe as hippos and crocodiles engage in their aquatic ballet, and marvel at the graceful presence of elephants at the water’s edge. Throughout this day, the Serengeti’s captivating wildlife and natural beauty will leave an indelible impression.

Saying goodbye as your Tanzania adventure concludes. The memories created will stay close. Flying from Kilimanjaro Airport to your next destination.

Services Overview

  • All escorted transfers and activities listed in the itinerary
  • A private, English-speaking driver-guide
  • Two nights in the Plantation Room at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • Breakfast at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • Three nights in a tent at Maramboi Luxury Camp
  • Full board, drinks and safari activities at Maramboi Luxury Camp
  • Two nights in a suite at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • Full board, drinks and safari activities at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • Ngorongoro Crater Tour
  • Three nights in a tent at Serengeti Nimali Camp
  • Full board and safari activities at Serengeti Nimali Camp
  • Balloon safari over the Serengeti – bookable
  • Three nights in a tent at Mara Under Canvas Luxury Full board, drinks and safari activities at Mara Under Canvas Luxury
  • All expenses of a personal nature such as phone calls, tips, laundry costs, etc.
  • Wellness treatments
  • Meals Not Listed
  • Visa Fees
  • Bookable Balloon safari

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