Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park.
In the morning we will collect you from your hotel and drive you to Tarangire National Park. . Bush savanna, seasonal marshes and formidable baobab trees make up the landscape of this nature reserve. The Tarangire Park is probably one of the best places in East Africa to watch and to get up close to elephants. This is not only because of an estimated 4000 animals but also the elephants are not bothered by the vehicles at a relatively near distance. As well as the elephants, the park is the habitat for Maasai giraffes, various gazelle, antelopes, buffalo, lions, leopards, baboons and more than a hundred different types of birds. There is definitely plenty of wildlife to watch, late in the afternoon you will arrive at Maramboi Tented Camp outside the park for overnight. Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast the tour takes you to the lush crater uplands. Here the fertile soils allow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee to be grown. A short while later you will see the plains of the Serengeti. A lunch break will be taken at Oldupai Gorge. This area today is very dry, it is well known for the work of the famous archaeological couple Leakey. In the sixties the couple discovered the oldest prehistoric human remains and a small museum documents their work. A visit is optional. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word Siringeti and means “endless plains”. You can see why as the grassland savanna in the south stretches to the horizon and is only interrupted by the so called Kopjes (inselbergs). These are bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. The plains are the perfect hunting grounds for leopards and other big cats. Here you will have a chance to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The open roofed vehicles allow uninterrupted views and as the day passes you will reach the goal for the day – the Seronera Valley in the central Serengeti area. Here you will enjoy an evening meal and stay overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park.
The whole of the day is dedicated to wildlife watching in the Serengeti. The areas that you will visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are to be found. Usually the wildebeest and the zebras during the short rainy season in October and November are to be found moving from the hills in the north, to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season of April, May and June they return north. With fluctuations of annual rainfall the exact location of the animals varies from year to year. Your guide however will know the location of the herds and also where to get the best views. You will be spent another night at Kati Kati Tented Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
After breakfast you will start a new game drive in the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley you will find wildebeest and zebras and often lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. After lunch at a picnic site, you will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater the caldera opens up before you and is a sight to behold. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on the craters edge from where you can enjoy this fantastic view as the sun goes down. Meal plan. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara National Park.
Breakfast is at day break before you drive into the crater. Inside the world’s biggest caldera you cannot fail to be captivated by the rich and diverse wildlife. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African Savanna with the exception of topi, Masai giraffe and impala. It is also possible in a few hours to see the big five – lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards. After extensive wildlife watching and a picnic in the crater you will travel to Kirurumu Manyara Lodge for your evening meal and overnight stay at the lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha.
Today you will visit the last national park on the ‘Northern Circuit’. The Lake Manyara National Park is known for its ‘tree climbing lions’ which uncharacteristic for lions climb trees. A large area of the park covers the alkaline Manyara Lake which seasonally is visited by large colonies of flamingo and other water birds. On the lake shore you can see elephants, hippopotamus, guenon, buffalo, banded mongoose, various antelopes and gazelles. After plenty of wildlife watching you will be driven back to Arusha. Meal plan: Breakfast,and Lunch.
Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room.
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