5 Day Sopa Lodge Safari
The 5-Day Tanzania Lodge Safari, exclusively staying in the Sopa Lodge chain of hotels includes a direct drive to the Manyara National Park, a picnic lunch, and a wildlife drive through the park’s interior where you may see large herds of elephants. Along with seeing wildlife, it will take you to the Tarangire National Park and the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater’s heart while you take in the stunning sunrise.
Sopa Lodges are constructed in Tanzania with a profound respect for the immense Lost World of the African environment. The sun sets in front of their renowned floor-to-ceiling windows (African sunsets being rivaled only by African sunrises for sheer spectacle). Comfortable and excellent lodges, Sopa Lodges pay jubilant homage to one of nature’s finest works of art.
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Transfers as indicated on itinerary
- Private safari vehicle throughout the safari driven by an experienced English speaking Private tour guide
- Park entrance fees
- Government taxes and levies
- All drinks at Tarangire Treetops.
- Laundry atTarangire Treetops
- Mineral water and soft drinks during game drives
- All walking fees
- International air fare
- Drinks at the Lodges
- Cost of Entry Visa and passport
- International and local airport departure taxes
- All expenses of a personal nature such as, telephone calls, tips & gratuities, etc
- All optional activities which have not been shown above
- Travel and medical insurance
- Any extras not mentioned above.
After breakfast in Arusha, you will be driven to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania. There will be many opportunities for game viewing as we drive through the park. After a stop for lunch at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, you will have time to unpack and maybe rest before the afternoon game drive. Tarangire contains a range of ecosystems from grassland and woodlands in the north, to scrub and wetlands further south. The Tarangire river cuts through the park and empties into Lake Burunge in the west. Tarangire boasts one of the largest and most conspicuous elephant populations in East Africa. There are large family groups with many calves being born each year as the population continues to recover from the devastating effects of poaching in the eighties. You will see herds of elephants and experience close contact with the matriarchs, the babies, teenagers, and bulls. Your close contact will help you in understanding these incredible animals. Spend several hours surrounded by the herds and you cannot help but feel their wisdom. Tarangire is also known for its abundant baobab trees, most of which are over 400 years, old and the beautiful landscape.
Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
After breakfast, we will drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and have a picnic lunch. While Manyara is one of the smallest parks, it is one of the most interesting. Much of the northern part of the park is fed by underground water from the Ngorongoro Highlands and as a result is covered in dense forest vegetation, giving the appearance of a tropical jungle. This forest is ideal habitat for elephant, bushbuck, blue monkey, and huge troops of olive baboon. Some parts are dry bush land attracting zebra, impala and giraffe, while the lakeshore provides another habitat, perfect for flamingos and other shore birds. Our game drive will take us slowly south through the park and later in the afternoon proceed to the Lodge.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
We will leave this morning on our way to Ngorongoro Crater for full day game drive (1½ hrs drive from the Tloma Lodge). Our drive takes us up to the rim of the Crater; we will descend more than 2,000 feet on steep tracks cut into the crater wall to reach the open plains of the Crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the best place in Tanzania to view black rhino as well as large prides of lion that include magnificent black-manned males. It is also home to huge herds of wildebeest and zebra and many other plains game, such as Thomson's gazelle. An alkaline lake in the floor of the Crater provides a habitat for colorful flamingo and a variety of other water birds. Massive bull elephants feed in the swamps, some adorned with enormous tusks. Later in the afternoon proceed to Sopa Lodge for Dinner and overnight.
Overnight Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
After breakfast we drive back to Arusha arrive in time for for lunch at the African Tulip and day use room before transferred to Kilimanjaro to board your flight back home