This safari is supported by a professional English-speaking, local naturalist guides, and spacious, 4WD safari vehicles. A light aircraft flight from Serengeti-Arusha is included to minimize your driving time. Optional balloon safaris in the Serengeti and extensions to the spice island of Zanzibar are available. This itinerary starts and ends at Kilimanjaro Airport, JRO. Please see here for international flights for this tour.
Day 1: Arrival. You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to the Mount Meru Game Lodge with an attached game sanctuary. Alternative accommodation is at Rivertrees Country Inn situated at the banks of picturesque Usa River on an old German coffee estate Our safari manager will come to meet you and to provide you with a safari briefing. Dinner.
Day 2: Tarangire. After breakfast you start your safari with a drive along the Great Rift Valley to Tarangire, Tanzania's third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. After game driving you go on a Ranger or Masai Guided Walk at the parks boundaries. Overnight at Kikoti Tented Camp or Maramboi Tented Camp at Tarangire. All meals included
Day 3: Lake Manyara. After breakfast we depart for to Lake Manyara. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, hippo and others. Overnight at Bouganvillea Safari Lodge in Karatu nearby. All meals included.
Day 4: Karatu. Spend one day in and around Karatu a small town located on a high plateau of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Your day will be spent with a visit to the busy market of Karatu Town, a walk to coffeeplantations or Ganeto Hill and an invitation to a descendent of the ancient Irawq Tribe who will provide you with some interesting insights about his tribe. If you are interested in also a visit to a local school or orphanage can be arranged to Overnight at Bouganvillea Safari Lodge. All meals included.
Days 5-6: Lake Eyasi. From Karatu you proceed to Lake Eyasi home to the hunter-gathers ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen bearing similar characteristics to those of Bushmen at Southern Africa. The small people of this indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of Fauna and Flora knowledge to share with us. Around Lake Eyasi you will also visit the remotely living Datoga Tribe famous for their colourful leather clothing. The days are filled with visits and cultural encounters around Lake Eyasi until you enjoy a beautiful sunset at the banks of Lake Eyasi. 2 x Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp at Laka Eyasi. All meals included.
Day 7: Ngorongoro. Early start today. After breakfast you proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater is often described as one of the wonders of the world.It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. High walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. All meals included.
Day 8: c Highlands. Excursion to Ngorongoro Conservation Area to an area called Crater Highlands. At Olmoti Crater you can walk down to the relatively shallow crater. The grassy caldera is home to eland, bushbuck and sometimes buffaloes. Water flows across the crater to the south side where it ours out to a small but spectacular waterfall known as Munge Stream. The six kilometer wide Empakai Crater is dominated by a deep soda lake which occupies nearly half the floor. Waterbirds and wildlife is often seen around the lake. The whole area is inhabited by some 40000 Maasai herdsmen and lots of them can be seen during the day 2. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. All meals included.
Day 9: Lake Ndutu. From the Crater Rim you proceed to the Southern Part Ngorongoro Conservation Area’s Southern Part. En route you visit a Maasai Village. The inhabitants will proudly take you around, showing you their dances, jewellery and dwellings and take you also to the village nursery if you like. After that you visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum with an excellent exhibition about artefacts from Olduvai Gorge where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many significant discoveries, contributing to the theory that human life originated in Africa. A local museum guide will provide some explanations.
With a local guide will then take you into the Gorge for a Walking Tour. It is a strenuous descent on a gravel track down the gorge and the gorge itself is a fairly extensive and interesting cutting into the rocks. Don’t expect to see lots of the findings which are all on display in the museums but it is a great hike in a breath taking landscape. Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge or Olaado Tented Camp. All meals included.
Day 10: Serengeti National Park. From Lake Ndutu you are off for your last two days on safari to the “Great Serengeti”, likely the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The vast Serengeti plains cover an area of over 14,763 square kilometers and during the months of the migration (Oct ‘till July), is the habitat of huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle with estimates of up to 1.5 million. The Serengeti "Kopjes", massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from leopards to the tiny dik dik. Spend your days on game drives around Serengeti. Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp. All meals included
Day 11: Serengeti National Park. Today you start your day with an early morning game drive to see nocturnal animals returning from hunting in the soft early morning light. Enjoy an informal bush breakfast outside the camp, followed by a visit at the interesting Visitors Center at Serengeti. Return to your camp for a hot lunch. After some rest you go out for an afternoon game drive or if you prefer to a bush walk around the camp. Second overnight at Mapito Tented Camp. All meals include.
Day 12: Serengeti. Departure. After your camp breakfast we take you with some last game viewing en route to Seronera Airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro for departure (Departure around 11:40- Arrival at 13:15). A dayroom at KIA Lodge nearby can be arranged for you if you wish. Breakfast and lunchbox included.
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