Day 1: Arusha. On arrival into the Kilimanjaro airport connect to Willy's Cottages or Oasis Lodge for overnight.
Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park. With your naturalist guide, leave for Tarangire National Park, Tanzania's third largest National Park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park that dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. Animals converge along the Tarangire River, which provides the only everlasting water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, cheetah, leopard, and about six thousand elephant. A bush walk and a cultural visit with the semi-nomadic tribes are also included. Overnight two nights at the Tarangire River Camp.
Day 4: Karatu. Leave for Karatu, on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Cross the floor of the Great Rift Valley near Lake Manyara. Shopping and bargaining for bolts of crafts, cloth, and local produce immerse you in a daily ritual of African life in Mto Wa Mbu or Karatu. Group options include or a nature walk or game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. With luck we might spot the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an Acacia tree. Elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and other animals are present in Manyara National Park. The bird life is also very impressive with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species. Enjoy the picnic near the park and overnight at the Ngorongoro Farm House. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Lake Eyasi. At 05.00 am, drive across the rift valley up the escarpment to Lake Eyasi to join a pre-dawn walk with Bushmen hunters or spend time participating in the morning routine of the settlement. Your local guide will interpret for you and discuss hunting techniques still used by the tribes. This dry and rugged landscape is inhabited by Bushmen who live in nomadic groups hunting with bow and arrow and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits. Be prepared for an extraordinary cross-cultural experience as you join these nomadic Bushmen in their daily life. Return drive and overnight in a private mobile camp at the Ngorongoro Crater Verge.
Days 6-7: Ngorongoro Crater Safari. View game on the vast grasslands of the 100-meter crater floor. Spectacular animal life can be found throughout the year due to the everlasting availability of grass and water. Ngorongoro is one of the most mesmerizing game haunts in Africa and has been pointed at a World Heritage Site. Local wildlife includes black maned lion, the highly endangered black rhino, jackal, zebra, elephant, wildebeest, hippo, and hyena, the most important predator within the crater. The bird life is also prolific with flocks of flamingoes on the Soda Lake as well as other species of water and plains birds.
Weather permitting, morning walk near the Empakai Crater on Day 7. This impressive caldera is especially suited to hiking along the animal trails, escorted by a ranger. The scenery of Empakai is gorgeous, with islands of forest and a waterfall at the source of the Munge River. Monkeys and buffalo are frequently seen in the area. Take an afternoon visit to the Masai village where herdsmen are often grazing their cattle around the crater rim. Please carry warm clothing as you are camping at 7000 feet. Two Overnight at a private mobile camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Days 8-11: Serengeti National Park Safari. Drive early morning to Serengeti plains, stopping en route at the Olduvai Gorge where Mary Leakey discovered remains of Australopithecus Homo habilis and Homo erectus. Serengeti is conceivably the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. These vast, seemingly ceaseless plains are inhabited during the migration by enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra. The herds attract the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. Serengeti also has got the massive granite Kopjes (islands of rock), standing in a sea of grass.
The Kopjes harbor a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik. The fabulous park is explored using vehicles mostly. Walks will be offered in the Ikoma region outside the park from June - November and in the Southern sector of the park from December - May. Spend four nights at the private mobile campsite in a savage area near the migratory herds.
Day 12: Serengeti-Arusha. Board a marvelous light aircraft flight over the plains of the Serengeti to Arusha (overland options available upon request). Overnight in the Oasis Lodge. You can either choose to add to your package an extension trip to Tanzania's mother of spices (Zanzibar) or wait for your scheduled flight back home. Never the less, this extension safari to Zanzibar is on condition that you pay extra fees for the extension tour. End to this Tanzania Safari.
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