The name 'Serengeti' comes from the Maasai language and appropriately means an 'endless plain'. The National Park, with an area of 14,763 square kilometres, is as big as Northern Ireland, but its ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maswa Game Reserve and the Maasai Mara Game reserve (in Kenya);
It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east. As such, it offers the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth. The Serengeti's climate is usually warm and dry. The main rainy season is from March to May, with short rains falling from October to November.
Called the eighth wonder of the world and extend across some 8,300 sq km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa . Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife. It borders the Serengeti National Park to the north and west. A few hours drive to the east takes you to the town of Arusha which nestles at the foot of Mount Meru, within view of Mount Kilimanjaro
Lake Manyara National Park
This is one of the most diverse of Tanzania 's national parks, a tiny (325km²) combination of Rift Valley Lake , dense woodlands and steep mountainside. Manyara was established specifically to protect the elephant herds that have made the area world-renowned. But heavy poaching in the 1970's and 1980's decimated the herds, although they are now recovering and returning to their former strengths. Manyara is a birding paradise (more than 380 species), especially for waterfowl and migrants, and the forests are one of the best places around to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake, and also known for their habit of climbing trees, although this behavior seems to have been dropped in recent years. Best game viewing months are December to February and May to July, tapering off in August and September
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is one of the finest parks in Tanzania . Located in the Rift Valley, not far from the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, Tarangire covers almost 2,600 square kilometers and contains nine different vegetation zones, each supporting distinct types of wildlife. The gently rolling hills are punctuated with majestic Baobab trees, ( Adansonia digitata ) alternating with open acacia woodland, rivers, and stands of palm treesIn the dry season (Aug-Oct), when many of the migratory wildlife species return to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River, the park boasts nearly as high a concentration of animal life as Ngorongoro Crater.
Large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeests, eland and Oryx congregate here until the wet season allows them to migrate to fertile new grazing land. The river and its surrounding watering holes also attract numerous species of birds to the area. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including green wood hoopoes, green and yellow parrots, Fischer's and yellow-collared lovebirds, as well as doves, mouse birds, cuckoos, swifts, and swallows
~~Day1: Drive to Arusha N. Park (Momella), game viewing and bird watching with picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at the Lodge or Hotel in Arusha.
Day 2: Depart Arusha for Tarangire N. Park. Game viewing and bird watching. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 3: After morning breakfast drive to Serengeti with picnic lunch.
Visit Olduvai Gorge (The archaeological site). Proceed to the Serengeti N. Park with game viewing en route. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 4: Will be spent in Serengeti N. Park allowing plenty of time to explore the ‘Siringet’. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Lodge
Day 5: After morning breakfast drive Ngorongoro Conservation Area with picnic lunch, game drive en-route. Transfer to the Lodge patched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Arrival for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: After morning break fast descend to the Crater, full day Ngorongoro Crater tour with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 7: After morning breakfast drive to Tarangire N. Park, game drive and bird watching. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Drop off at the Airport for your flight to another destination
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.