This tour also will take you to this unique and special place on our planet with two wonderful nights in Ngorongoro, allowing you enough time to visit with and experience traditional Maasai people. Four nights in Serengeti will give you an experience of this blessed land and one night each in Manyara and Tarangire National Parks enable you to see small and large mammals, plus many beautiful and colorful birds. Accommodations can be at standard or luxury lodges, luxury tented camps or a special mobile camp.
Day 1: Arusha. Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) transfer to Arusha to spend the night.
Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park. After breakfast and a safari briefing, you will drive to Tarangire National Park for a hot lunch at the lodge or camp. An optional visit to a school along the way is available if desired on this day or the next day on the way to Ngorongoro. After lunch, enjoy a game drive where you will see some of the three thousand local elephants and hear the sounds from over four hundred fifty different species of birds. Depart at sundown from the park and return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Tarangire - Ngorongoro Crater. Breakfast will be at the lodge, followed by check-out, then load up into the safari vehicle for a game drive en route towards to Ngorongoro for a hot lunch. After lunch and some time to relax, depart for a walk up to the viewpoint of Lake Eyasi. Walk through a Masai village with their herds of cattle. Later your guide will drive you back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 4: Ngorongoro. After an early breakfast, descend in to the Crater floor for a full day viewing wildlife. This is the only place where you can spot black Rhino. Lunch will be served close to Ngoitoktok, a hippo pool. After lunch seek out a big pride of lions and hundreds of wildebeests and zebra. Later, ascend to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Ngorongoro - Kirawira. After breakfast, drive to cradle of mankind, the Olduvai Gorge archeological site to see where the two anthropologist/archeologists Mary and Louis Leakey first discovered the fossil remains of perhaps the earliest humanoid. Enjoy an informative lecture by an expert at this site.
Later, drive to a Maasai "boma" (en gang or kraal) to see and experience their culture and visit where they live. It is believed that God has three children and each one has given a gift. The Masai where third-born and received a stick as a gift from their father, God. They use their gift to herd cattle. Continue to the Serengeti plains and have picnic lunch at the entrance gate of Serengeti. Following lunch, enjoy a game drive en route to Kirawira Tented camp for dinner and to stay the night.
Day 6: Lake Victoria. Wake up early for a cup of coffee and a morning game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast at 9:30. Relax for the rest of the morning until lunchtime. After lunch, drive to lake Victoria at Nyatuali to visit the lake and learn about the ways of the tribe living around the lake and other activities in, on and around Lake Victoria. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Kirawira - Serengeti. Drive back to the center of the Serengeti, Serena lodge, for a hot lunch. An afternoon game drive will be lead by a local guide who will take you to currently active game sites so that you can experience hippo and leopards up close. Return to the lodge after sundown for dinner and an overnight.
Day 8: Central Serengeti. This may be the most exciting day of the entire trip for those who choose to take a hot-air balloon ride. Early morning pick-up by the balloon-safari vehicle and drive to the launch point at the Seronera area. Float over the African plans and after a gentle landing, toast with a champagne breakfast. Your guide will pick you up for some more terrestrial game viewing on the way back to the lodge for a hot lunch. After lunch and a little relaxation, you will have an evening, sunset, game drive back to the lodge for dinner and to spend another night.
Day 9: Serengeti - Lake Manyara. Breakfast, check-out and loading up for the drive to Lake Manyara. Arrive at Manyara Serena lodge for lunch. After lunch, during a game drive through Manyara National Park, you will see where the underground spring water enters the lake, making year-round habitat for hippo and aquatic birds. Return in the evening to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.
Day 10: Lake Manyara - Arusha. After breakfast, drive down into the Rift Valley at Mto wa Mbu village for the village walk. Experience local agriculture with different types of crops and fruits growing in the area. Visit a local market and a banana farm where you will taste the freshest, sweetest, bananas and other fresh fruits. This rich land is excellent for cultivation of many different types of fruits. Return to your lodge for early hot lunch after the walk. Check-out and drive to Arusha, stopping to shop on the way to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight back home.
Prices vary with choice of accommodations.
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