We will expose you to superlative scenery high wildlife, bird life concentrations and human life in connection to the wild life in the Ngorongoro conservation area. The safari increases your chances of viewing at close range the big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant) in the course of the single game drive.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel at The African Tulip Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, we depart for Tarangire national park and arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, we will have a game drive where you can see giant baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia parkland. This park is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular in the dry season between June and September. It is during this period that thousands of animals- wildebeest, zebra, eland, harte beest, buffalo, and onyx migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the Tarangire river in search of water while the predators such as lion, and leopards follow close by.
Accommodation: Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
We depart for Ngorongoro conservation area, which sits at the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. An afternoon tour of the crater follows. The game drive begins with a 600m descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater. Covering 260 sq. km, the crater is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife and you can easily spot lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and other species of plain animals.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa lodge
Day 4-6: Serengeti National Park
We proceed to Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai gorge. This is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of homo habilis, which is regarded as mankind’s first path of human evolution. An afternoon game drive at Serengeti follows, home to more than 35 species of plain animals such as zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, among many others.
The park is the staging zone for one the most spectacular events in the world- the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around June where over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of greener pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The Serengeti also has over 500 species of birds.
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park
We depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti and proceed to Ngorongoro highlands after. We will have our lunch at Gibbs Farm, formerly a working coffee farm. In the afternoon, we will visit the waterfalls en-route to Lake Manyara and arrive in time for dinner at Kirurumu Tented Lodge. The lodge is perched at the edge of Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and has great views of the great rift valley and Lake Manyara itself.
Accommodation: Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park – Back to Arusha
A morning game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. The park covers 330 sq. km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lake shore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the big five -lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the rift valley. We head back to the lodge for lunch and return to Arusha afterwards.