The ideal solution for travellers short on time but who want the entire northern Tanzania safari experience, this 7-day tour begins with the giants of Tarangire National Park – elephants and baobab trees – before moving on to the panoramic views from a lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. The already impressive game viewing then moves up a division into the heavyweights: the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater between them can promise a wealth of wildlife ranging from vast herds of migrating wildebeest in season to big cats, wild dogs, rhinos and elephants.
It is an overland tour: you sit back in the rugged comfort of a 4X4 vehicle specially designed for safari, complete with large windows and a pop-up roof for easy photography. A professional guide takes care of the driving between destinations and conducts game drives, opening up the secrets of the landscape and offering insights into both the wildlife and various cultures of the area.
You stay at selected lodges and tented camps that offer great value for money without sacrificing comfort. All accommodations are en suite and have electric light and battery recharging facilities - some also have swimming pools, Wi-Fi and even a massage therapist if you really feel like spoiling yourself.
A morning departure from your Arusha hotel begins the safari. You travel south for around two hours to Tarangire National Park where you can sit back to an afternoon of game viewing in a diverse and rewarding landscape. Tarangire is most famous for its mid-year dry-season game viewing when tens of thousands of animals gather at the life-giving Tarangire River, including some of the largest elephant herds in Tanzania. You will also be on the lookout for big cats, buffalo and giraffe as well as hippo and spotted hyena before leaving the park in the late afternoon and checking in at Lake Burunge Tented Camp. Set overlooking the eponymous lake just 10 minutes from the park, this friendly camp makes the perfect place to watch the sunset and toast the end of the day with a cold drink.