DAY 01: Arrival in Arusha
Arrival in Arusha can take place any time of the day, depending on your international flight. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will give you a short briefing on your safari as you drive to your hotel “The African Tulip Hotel“ for your overnight stay. Dinner on own arrangement. Overnight at The African Tulip Hotel. (BB)
Day 02: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
Breakfast at your hotel between 07.00 to 08.00 hrs. Pls. prepare for check-out during this time too.
After breakfast depart for Tarangire National Park, known to boast the largest herds of Elephants on the entire continent amongst other wildlife and the numerous Baobab Trees everywhere in the park. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your lodge, arriving in time for lunch. The park derives its name from the Tarangire River which during the dry season is the only source of water for the vast area. During the months of July, August and September it becomes a “sand river” with almost no surface water. Although most animals are incapable of reaching the water by themselves that still flows under the sand, Elephants are expert well diggers and it is one of these water holes that Tarangire’s wildlife depends on. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here included the red-billed quellea, kori bustard and ostrich. Dinner and overnight at the intimate and small Tarangire Balloon Camp. (FB)
DAY 03: Full day in Tarangire National Park
Full day game drives at your convenience – you may carry packed lunches so as to enjoy a full day game drive IF you so wish. Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelopes such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Meals and overnight at Tarangire Balloon Camp. (FB)
DAY 04: Tarangire National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Early morning game drive and breakfast thereafter. Freshen up and check-out from your lodge room /s. Thereafter depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area to arrive at your lodge, overlooking the crater in time for lunch. Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken crater on earth and without a doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. This protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley and also known as the eighth wonder of the world. The Crater actually is a gigantic fracture of the earth's crust. The magnificent landscape consists of volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archaeological sites. At 1600 meters altitude the bottom of the Crater (265 km square), dotted with watering holes, offers shelter to almost 30,000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The Crater elephants are strangely mainly bulls. There is a small number of black rhino. The bird life is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda and fresh water on the Crater floor. You will also explore the wildlife: lions, elephants, zebra, hippo, buffalos, and rhino are just a few to be mentioned.
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure whilst enjoying the various lodge facilities and breathtaking views of the environs. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (FB)
DAY 05: Full day Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast depart for a full day crater tour with picnic lunch and enjoy game drives at the crater floor. All meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (FB)
DAY 06: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park. En-route pass the heritage site of Olduvai (Excavation site of early mankind) and thereafter proceed to Serengeti with a picnic lunch break. Afternoon game drive at your convenience.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world, unrivalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With great concentrations of wildebeest, Thomson gazelle, and Zebra, The Serengeti forms the greatest view of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular - the annual Serengeti migration. The Serengeti boasts a combination of diverse habitats enabling it to support species of large herbivores as well as birds. Its landscape varies from open grass plains, savannah with scattered acacia trees in the centre, wooded grassland as well as black clay plains. Small rivers and swamps are scattered throughout.
Evening at leisure as you relax and unwind. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp. (FB)
DAY 07 & 08: Full days in Serengeti National Park
Spend the next 02 days in Northern Serengeti with unlimited game drives in the park. You may choose to enjoy extended morning game drives with picnic breakfast or even a full day game drive with a packed lunch. Vehicle & guide are at your exclusive disposal to explore this vast park. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp. (FB)
DAY 09: Serengeti National Park - Selous Game Reserve
Breakfast at your camp. Thereafter drop off at the Seronera Airstrip for your flight to Selous Game Reserve departing at 1035 Hrs to arrive at 1515 Hrs with Coastal Aviation. (flight goes via Zanzibar or Dar Es Salaam). Since this is a long flight we shall provide a packed lunch for you. Upon arrival in The Selous you will be met by the camps vehicle and driver /guide at the Selous Stieglers airstrip to enjoy your first afternoon game drive in this large Wildlife Reserve. All big game are found here and never to be missed. The park varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops, cut by the Rufiji River - the lifeblood of the park, whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels. Volcanic hot springs even burst forth in places. The Rufiji offers a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season when animals congregate.
Dinner and overnight at Serena Selous Luxury Camp. (FB)
DAY 10 & 11: Full days in Selous Game Reserve
Breakfast and lunch at the camp and spend the rest of the morning at leisure as you relax in this beautiful surrounding. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are advisable in this region due to the hot weather during the day. After lunch enjoy a boat safari on the Rufiji river and later a game drive and return to your camp for an evening at leisure. The Serena Selous Luxury Camp is also the most up-market camp amongs all other properties that you will be traveling to and a wonderful way to wind up your safari!! All meals and overnight at Serena Selous Luxury Camp. (FB)
DAY 12: Departure
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the seouls airstrip for your scheduled flight with Coastal Aviation to Dar Es Salaam, departing at 1525 Hrs and arriving at 1640 Hrs. On arrival connect to your international flight back home. A warm Tanzanian good-bye as you will be taking with you unforgettable memories !
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Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.