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Ngorongoro wildlife. Wildebeest and zebras near a waterhole in the Ngorongoro crater © Marcello Damiani
Ngorongoro wildlife. © Lucio Andreetto
Ngorongoro to Serengeti. Masai giraffe feeding on whistling thorn. © Mike La Barbera
Ngorongoro wildlife. These extensive open plains are also home to herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle and tsessebe (often called topi). © Mike La Barbera
Ngorongoro wildlife. Speke's weavers © Mike La Barbera
Ngorongoro wildlife. Common zebras (Burchell’s zebra) are grazing near a pond in the Ngorongoro. You are guaranteed to see large concentrations of game on any Ngorongoro safari. The mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses – much to the liking of large herds of zebra and wildebeest, which graze here. © Mike La Barbera
Tarangire. Impala Antelopes at Tarangire © Mike Needham
Tarangire. A gigantic baobab backlighted by the sunset in Tarangire © Mike Needham
Land Cruiser ramp for wheelchair
Renate visiting Masai Village
Giraffe Feeding Centre near Nairobi
Kay and David visiting a Masai village
Your safari starts from Arusha. You will be picked up from your hotel or Kilimanjaro Airport and drive to Lake Manyara. Lunch will be served at the camp ( or enjoy a picnic at the park ) followed by an afternoon game-drive at Lake Manyara National Park. You will then return for Dinner & Overnight at one of the camps/lodges at Lake Manyara
Day 2 - Lake Manyara to Serengeti
After breakfast departure from Lake Manyara you will drive to Serengeti National Park. A packed lunch will be carried and game-drive enroute to the camp - afternoon game-drive - Dinner & Overnight at the Camp. Where exactly at the Serengeti depends on your travel season/month. In Jan/Feb, the best area would be the Southern part called Ndutu, during the Migration in June/July the best area would be the Western Corridor or Northern part. Central Serengeti is always a great place as starting point for your game-drives in different directions. Stay in a basic camp to get the real safari experience or choose a bit more comfort in one of the luxury tented camps or lodges.
Day 3 & 4 - Serengeti
Spend two full days in the Serengeti with game-drives. This gives a good chance to cover a large area and see a lot of wildlife. The Serengeti is named after Siringet, a Masai word for endless plains - The park is one of the world’s best know wildlife sanctuaries and symbolises the classic Africa safari. With more than 2 million wildebeest and a large number of Thomson gazelle and zebra , it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The area is so vast even at the height of the wildebeest migration, when over one million animals are moving, the Serengeti never seems crowded. The park lies between the shores of Lake Victoria to the West, Lake Eyasi in the South and the Great Rift Valley to the East. Return to the camp for a hot lunch or spend the day on game-drive with a packed lunch in the park . Dinner & Overnight Serengeti
Day 5 - Serengeti to Ngorongoro
After breakfast continue with safari to the Olduvai Gorge with packed lunch. The site is also known as “The Cradle of Mankind” it is a steep sided ravine within the Great Rift Valley which stretches through East Africa. The Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in the further understanding of early human evolution. Brief Visit to the museum and the visitor’s centre before proceeding towards the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner & Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is built high on the crater rim with amazing views over and into the crate- a truly breath taking natural wonder!
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater visit
After an early breakfast, descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a game-drive with a packed lunch. The crater is the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera, 600 meters deep, about 20km across and 300sq kms.The steep sides of the crater provide a natural enclosure for a very wide variety of wildlife and therefore great for game-viewing. Afternoon proceed to Karatu and check in at the lodge in the middle of a coffee plantation for Dinner & Overnight. A small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano was built to offer clients an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days.
Day 7 - Ngorongoro to Tarangire National Park
After breakfast proceed to Tarangire National Park. The park is located between the Masai Steppe in the South East and the Lakes of the Great Rift valley to the North and West. The Tarangire River flows in the Northern part of the park, and ends up at Lake Burungi in the North-West. Tarangire has stunning views, a high variety of wildlife and is less crowded compared to some other parks and reserves. Arrival in time for lunch - afternoon game-drive - Dinner & Overnight Tarangire National Park
Day 8 - Tarangire National Park
Spend the day at Tarangire with game-drives, return to the camp/lodge for a hot lunch or enjoy a picnic in the park. Tarangire is usually very dry however its vegetation is much greener than in other areas, especially with lots of elephant grass and vast areas with mixed acacia woodlands. The best time to visit is between June and October, when there are big numbers of elephants as well as wildebeest and zebras. Impalas also exist in large numbers together with eland, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk and Oryx amongst just a few to mention. Leonard, lions and cheetahs are often seen in the southern open areas. Dinner & Overnight Tarangire National Park.
Day 9 - Tarangire - Arusha
Enjoy your last early morning game-drive at Tarangire! Drive back to Arusha, option to fly to Zanzibar for a few relaxing days on the beach or drop off at JRO Kilimanjaro Airport.