This Afternoon your safari adventure will begin. When you arrive a driver/guide will be waiting. You will drive through the bustling town of Arusha, continuing on through the Maasai Steppe past a number of picturesque African villages. Your journey will take you North West from the town of Makuyuni, towards the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.
Enter Lake Manyara-The park is often just seen as a stopping off point on the popular ‘northern circuit’ of Tanzania, yet this small and interesting park definitely warrants a visit in its own right. Return to your lodge in the evening at the end of a fantastic first safari day.
Following breakfast at Manyara, you will enjoy a drive through some of the most stunning scenery in Tanzania. The journey will take you up into the forests of Ngorongoro Crater and on to the rim of the Crater itself, where the views will take your breath away. Olduvai Gorge is the perfect place to stop and break your journey, stretch your legs and enjoy the surroundings.
Continue on into the Serengeti for lunch at your lodge before spending the afternoon exploring the park.
Year round water and the acacia woodland in this area create an ideal environment for the wide variety of wildlife.
Today you will have the chance to enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. In the heart of the national park, just to the north of the short-grass plain is the Seronera area. Seronera’s resident game is phenomenal, with high densities of relaxed leopards, cheetah and lion. These cats live off the resident herbivores, as well as the migrating game.
Spend the whole morning enjoying Serengeti National Park followed by lunch at the lodge after which you will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater area. You will pass back through Olduvai Gorge and up onto the Crater Rim. Remember this journey will all be through protected areas so keep your eyes open and there should be plenty to see en route.
The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only lodge on the eastern rim of the crater. It has a commanding view into the crater below and enjoys spectacular sunsets. It is also the only lodge in the area to use the eastern entry point into the crater itself, so within 20 minutes of leaving the lodge you can be game-viewing on the crater floor.
This morning you will experience what is often described as the highlight of a northern safari! After breakfast you will set off for the Ngorongoro Crater, descending 2,000 feet onto the crater floor.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience! You will return to your lodge in the afternoon where you will be able to relax and enjoy the changing view with the setting of the African sun.
Depart Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Tarangire National Park, dominated by the Tarangire River, is a grossly under-rated park and one of the best-kept secrets in Africa. Whatever the reason, it means that Tarangire is a perfect wildlife destination for the enthusiast, particularly welcoming when added on after the busy ‘northern circuit’ of Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
The river attracts enormous herds of elephants and the landscape is a rich and varied mix of Baobab Trees, Acacia bush, plains swamps and rocky outcrops or kopjes. The wildlife here is superb and the area actually experiences its own migration – although smaller in scale than the one further north. Elephants are virtually guaranteed here, and lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, jackal and occasionally wild dog hunt the vast herds of Cape buffalo as well as Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe and warthog. The area is excellent for birds of prey and provides superb habitats for hundreds of other species. The park is within half a day’s drive of Arusha and Lake Manyara so it is an easy add-on to any northern circuit safari.
What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of English, German, Italian and French speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.
What is not included?
International flights, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension, TIPS and items of a personal nature.
Arrival in Arusha, Tanzania into Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are met by naturalist guide who will help you gather your belongings. Then, you will be transferred to a beautiful lodge for your first overnight in Africa.
After breakfast, you will be heading to Arusha National Park for a game drive. This is the smallest park but has incredibly scenery and wildlife. Game drive through lush forest where rare black and white colobus monkeys can be spotted on the trees. Also buffalo, giraffes, hippos, waterbucks and so many species of birds. Lunch will be at the picnic site and back to the lodge later this afternoon for relaxing time.
You will depart Arusha this morning after breakfast. We will drive across the Maasai village on our way to Tarangire National Park, which is the fourth largest and one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife. This park is famous for its majestic Baobab Trees and Acacia Tortilla Trees. On the game drive, you will be able to spot big groups of Elephants, Impalas, Warthog, Lion, Leopard, Gerenuk, Zebra, Giraffe, Waterbuck and over 300 species of birds can be found here. Also you might be lucky enough to spot the African pythons snake hanging on the acacia trees.
Depart Tarangire this morning after breakfast, wildlife viewing as you go. The park is known for its tree-climbing lion. Then stop at Lake Manyara where the water attracts thousands of flamingos, pelican, and over 400 species of migratory birds including Eagles, King Fishers can be spotted here. The forest areas are home to lion, impala, leopard, giraffe, elephant and much more. Lunch will be at picnic site and dinner at the lodge.
An early departure from Manyara lodge will bring you to the great Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge. You will make a brief stop at a fascinating archeological museum where the remains of the earliest human being were discovered in this area 3 million years ago. Then explore the great Serengeti for the next three days.
Serengeti National Park is one of the largest and most famous parks in the world because of the annually migration of wildebeest. It covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and reverie forest. Lunch will be at the picnic site and dinner will be at the lodge.
This is a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti Plain. You will be able to spot the BIG FIVE animals such as Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopards, and the African Buffalo. Also over 300 species of birds including Vultures can be seen in this park. The Serengeti National Park is also the home of Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest, Zebra and so many others animals. A lunch box can be taken with you for a full day of game viewing or you can return to camp for lunch mid-day. Return to your lodge for dinner.
This is a third day of exploring and game viewing in the Serengeti after breakfast. Visit some of the more remote and less visited areas on your drive toward Ndutu Lake. You will see many animals including the migration of wildebeest, Zebras, Leopard, Gazelles, Impalas, Lions, Hyena, African Jackals, African Buffalo, and more.
We will depart from the lodge in the morning after breakfast heading to Ngorongoro Crater, which is one of the greatest destinations in the world; with lake, forest, savannah, and astounding population of about 30,000 animals within 102 square miles. Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Today you will cross the short grass plains to Ngorongoro Crater, game viewing as we are heading to the lodge. Lunch will be at picnic site. If time allows we can cross the Crater floor on the way to the lodge. We can also stop and watch the fascinating maasai tribe dancing and singing. You will have the opportunity to meet the chief and his family
This morning after breakfast, you will descend into the 2,000 feet to the base of the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of a game viewing. In this unique environment, you will search for a wide variety of wildlife such as Cheetahs, hippo, hyena, gazelle, including the big “Big Five” elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and African buffalo. You will also spot many species of birds including Kori Bustards, Marabou stork, an Ostrich, crowned cranes and much more. Lunch will be served at the lodge or campsite. Optional: visit the Crater again in the evening hours. Return to the lodge in time for hot showers, dinner and watch sun set at the campsite or lodge.
Depart after breakfast and drive back to Arusha on time for a bit of shopping and a farewell lunch. Rest and relax before an early dinner and evening transfer to the international airport for your departing flight.
What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension, TIPS and items of a personal nature.