Day 1 – Arusha – Lake Manyara
Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours
Distance: 130 km
Pick up from Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport, Meet with our representative and your guide. Our representative will take few minutes to give you safari briefing and handover you to your safari guide and transfer to Lake Manyara national park.
You arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch do we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested
Day 2 – Lake Manyara – Serengeti Plains
Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours
Distance: 205 km
After Early morning breakfast, you will begin your safari heading to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. You drive to the central park area, known as the Central Serengeti, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River with full of hippos and also it provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Starting your first day in Serengeti with the full day game drive en route to your lodge.
You will arrive in time for Dinner and enjoy the rest of your evening at the lodge with the great view of the plain of Serengeti.
Overnight in Central Serengeti, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 3 – Serengeti Plains
Morning breakfast, heading over to the great plain of Serengeti for your morning game drive in Serengeti driving 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!
Return back to your hotel for Dinner and overnight in Serengeti, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
A Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement).
Day 4 – Serengeti Plains – Ngorongoro crater
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 145 km
After breakfast at the lodge do we depart from Serengeti heading to Ngorongoro Conservation area with game drive en route via Olduvai Gorge.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.
You will arrive for lunch at the lodge and after lunch , You 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.
Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 5 – Ngorongoro crater – Arusha
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 190 km
Enjoy breakfast, after which we will transfer back to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha will we have lunch and Day room in your hotel later you will be picked and transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back to home bound.
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