Day 1: Arusha - Tarangire. Depart from Arusha by your private jeep at 08:30 am for game viewing at Tarangire National Park with packed lunch. Tarangire National Park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, eland and Oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas.
The park covers approximately 2600 square kilometers and, in the dry season, is second only to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in concentrations of wildlife. Tarangire lies to the south of the large, open grass plains of southern Maasailand, and derives its name from the Tarangire River, which provides permanent water for wildlife in the area. Full board accommodation included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Day 2: Tarangire - Lake Manyara. After early breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing with packed lunch boxes. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. Lake Manyara National Park has a wonderful mosaic of different habitats, which attracts a whole host of animals including a high density of elephants. Look out for monkeys, antelopes, zebras and hippos too. There are also lions and some have developed the unusual behaviour of climbing trees for their afternoon snooze. However, they have not mastered the art of dragging their kill high into the branches, as the leopard is so adept at doing.
Birdlife is fascinating at Lake Manyara and numbers are at their peak during the rainy season when seed-eaters, insect-eaters and waterbirds thrive. Nomadic quelea (finch-like birds), gather in breeding flocks of many thousands and fly across Lake Manyara National Park in vast twittering clouds. Pelicans, storks, geese, herons and cormorants share their water world with migrant flamingoes, which come and feed on the algae rich water and turn the crystalline edges of the soda lake a vibrant pink.
Day 3: Lake Manyara - Ngorongoro Crater. From morning game tour in the Ngorongoro Crater for full day tour with packed lunch. Thereafter transfer back to Arusha. Strangely enough the Crater is sometimes visited by the Maasai with their cattle who are capable of co-existing and sharing the rich grazing with the wild animals. Young Maasai warriors - (Moran) – escort their herds and protect them from lions and leopards, which in the olden days; they had to kill in order to prove their manhood.
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