Day 1: Arusha to Lake Manyara
Pick up from your lodge/hotel, you will drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara national park. This small beautiful gem of the park with its lush vegetation and tropical forest of giant fig trees and mahogany trees take its name from the Masai word for ‘euphorbia tirucalli’ a wild bush which known as Boma. This small gem of national p[ark host herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebra and variety of antelopes that inhabitant the park not forgetting a variety of monkeys species and occupy the lake itself. On a luck day you may see also spot the legendary tree climbing lions of lake Manyara national park which are well known for their tree climbing habitat, lazily resting on the branches of an ‘acacia tortillas’’ trees. The bird life is also abundant with flamingos, pelicans, horn bills and plenty of forest species. In the late afternoon your driver will take you to your accommodation.
Dinner and overnight as per standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 2: Lake Manyara to Serengeti national park.
After breakfast you proceed via the Ngorongoro conservation area traversing the malanj depression towards Serengeti one of the most famous wildlife conservation areas in the world. First you will make a brief stop at the naabi hill gate where you can go for short walk at the naabi hill kopje [huge granite boulders] where you can stretch your legs and your guide sorts out the paper wove …
After lunch at the picnic site at the gate you continue of game drive all afternoon at the vast Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight as per standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 3: Serengeti national park
Non game-viewing travel time: 5 hours
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. We do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible Lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. The Visitor Centre close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, is well worth a visit after the morning's game drive. This nicely designed centre offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The centre also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. We will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees.
In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons - including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink! Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 4: Serengeti Plains - Ngorongoro crater
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
After breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of 'Nutcracker Man' and 'Handy Man', both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.
We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and rest. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 5: Ngorongoro crater - Arusha
Non game-viewing travel time: 5 hours
Distance: 273 km
After early breakfast, we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day's safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it's dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.
In afternoon get lunch at your lodge after which we will transfer back to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha then we will end our African safari adventure. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari services.
Departure from Tanzania
We will transfer you back to Kilimanjaro international airport in good time for your return flight. Your experience has taken you on an extraordinary journey of African wildlife discovery.
*The safari cost includes
- - Private safari guide.
- - Private 4*4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing.
- - Entrance park fees and 18% VAT to our entrance fees.
- - 3 delicious meals a day.
- - Government fees and taxes.
- - Camping equipment including tents, kitchen utensils, tables, chair, mattresses.
- - National park fees.
- - Park commission.
- - Staff salary.
- - All basic camping facilities such as tents, chairs, tables and sleeping mats.
- - Transfer in both directions between airport and Moshi.
*The safari cost excludes:
- - Tips and gratuity to your safari driver/guide: tipping is per group [not person] driver guide: $ 20/day.
- - Airport transfer
- - Optional visit to Oldupai gorge and Maasai village
- - Lunch, dinners, drinks at your hotel.
- - Personal expenses [e.g. laundry, telephone, beverage e.t.c]
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