Youwill spend two nights in the magnificent Serengeti National Park enjoying game drives and have the possiblity of taking a Serengeti balloon flight over the vast plains. Witness the wildlife-packed Ngorongoro Crater before spending your final night at Tarangire with its giant baobabs and elephant herds.
During this Specialist Tanzania Serengeti Tented Camp Safari holiday your accommodation is based on comfortable tented camps including Migunga Forest Camp, Serengeti Medium Camp, Crater Forest Camp and Maramboi Tented Camp. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife on this action-packed safari and travel time between the major game viewing areas is relatively short, with plenty of awe-inspiring scenery, colourful Maasai people and wildlife seen en route.
Day 1: Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara. A two hour drive (approx. 115 km) will take you to Lake Manyara and a lovely tented camp set amongst acacia trees just a few minute’s drive from the entrance of the National Park. The dominant feature of the park is the ancient soda Lake Manyara itself – home to large numbers of resident hippo. Looming over the park is the magnificent cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment, providing a scenic backdrop to game viewing safaris in the park. The park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions.
Accommodation: Migunga Forest Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 2: Game drive in Lake Manyara then drive to the Serengeti National Park. Feeding in the undergrowth or dozing in the dry riverbeds is Tanzania’s densest populations of buffalo and elephant. The park’s dazzling variety of birds includes thousands of red-billed quelea, pelicans, cormorants and the pink streaks of flocks of flamingos. In the afternoon you will drive to one of the world’s greatest wildlife reserves, the Serengeti National Park(220 km, approx. 5-6 hours drive). Reaching the park entails a scenic game viewing spectacle as you traverse the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to enter the Serengeti before driving through the vast game-filled plains. Today you may encounter the colourful Maasai people. Accommodation: Serengeti Medium Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Days 3: Game viewing in the Serengeti. The Serengeti lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east. With over two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra all making their annual migration, this world famous park has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
Today enjoy both early morning and late afternoon game drives, the best time for both photography and for observing wildlife activity. You'll return to your lodge late morning for lunch and time to rest and relax, before heading out into the bush again later in the afternoon. Numerous tracks criss-cross the Serengeti through unforgettable contrasts of wild African scenery. Lush grasslands are interspersed with gently rolling hills, woodland and acacia trees, watered by many rivers.
With such a good variety of habitats for wildlife, you should see a whole host of different species. A large lion population, a good number of cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas and silver-or black-backed jackal make up the frequently seen carnivore population. Many buffalo live in the Serengeti, along with herds of impala, topi and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle.
Baboons are commonly seen in large troops; hippos wallow in the slow-moving waters of the rivers or in still-water pools, whilst the largest and heaviest of all living land mammals, the elephant, has many family groups residing in the Serengeti. Giraffe are usually spotted browsing succulent leaves of mainly deciduous tree species. Accommodation: Serengeti Medium Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Drive to Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge. On your last morning in the Serengeti you have the opportunity to experience probably the most beautiful balloon flight in the world, a Serengeti balloon safari. Best pre-booked well in advance with Specialist Tanzania, along with your safari. This morning you’ll cross the Serengeti for a final time as you make your way to another of earth’s greatest natural sights – the Ngorongoro Crater – in time for an afternoon game drive on the crater floor (160 km, approx. 4-5 hours drive).
On route you will visit Olduvai Gorge, a river canyon cut 100m deep through the volcanic soil of the Serengeti Plains. Buried in the layers are remains of animals and hominids that lived and died around a shallow lake amid grassy plains and woodlands. These remains date from two million years ago. Accommodation: Crater Forest Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Game Viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. Your first view of the Ngorongoro Crater may well take your breath away. Ngorongoro is a huge caldera (collapsed volcano), 250 sq. km in size and 600m deep. The crater alone contains over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino.
These prehistoric figures make a striking impression set against a backdrop of the ancient crater walls. No fences border the crater so animals are free to enter or leave as they please. Most choose to stay for the plentiful water and grazing available throughout the year. There’s plenty of time for criss-crossing the crater floor in search of wildlife before returning to camp. Accommodation: Crater Forest Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Drive to Tarangire; late afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park. Morning drive to Tarangire National Park (135 km, approx. 2-3 hours drive). After lunch enjoy a game drive in the park, the Tarangire River threads its way through the length of the reserve and is the lifeblood of the scenic Tarangire National Park. During summer months the river dwindles into a tiny stream choked with wildlife in search of water. In the dry season Tarangire enjoys the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.
Tarangire’s huge herds of elephant, often three hundred strong, rival the park’s gigantic, squat baobab trees as its most celebrated feature. Wildebeest, giraffe, hartebeest, kudu, reedbuck, roan, topi, waterbuck, zebra, buffalo and smaller gazelle mingle with rare species such as eland and oryx, to offer one last glimpse of Tanzania’s incredible wildlife. Accommodation: Maramboi Tented Camp. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Morning game drive in Tarangire then drive to Arusha. Safari ends. There’s time for one last game drive in Tarangire National Park before your return by road to the safari town of Arusha (120 km, approx. 2-3 hours drive), where your Specialist Tanzania safari ends. Includes: (B, L).
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