After your breakfast you will depart from Moshi at around 7:30 am and drive towards Arusha town. This town is the tourism hub in northern tanzania. Along the way you will observe the Kilimanjaro region environ with its lush green forests and scenic views of the mountain. You will witnesss some banana and coffee plantations as you approach arusha and also on your way out of Arusha town. As you start leaving Arusha town the landscape and vegetation starts to change into a more savanna and arid landscape. Trees start to get scarce and the the land more open. After 1 hour drive you will reach the Makuyuni junction and continue along the Arusha - Dodoma highway for another 20 minutes and you will branch off into a dirt road (5kms) and arive at the Tarangire gate. After you entry process has been done (takes around 15-20 mins plus wash room allowance) you will drive into the park. The first area of the park that you will enter is the Lamiyon Triangle which is compromised of broken grassland and broken woodlands. During the dry season your visit will be more concentrated around the Tarangire river which runs across the park from lake burungi in the north western side, past the silale swamp and continue out of the park in southern side. The river is a mganet for wildlife during the dry season when massive concentrations of elephants, buffalo, wildebeest and zebra congregate along its banks. The green season in Tarangire can also be increadibly rewarding as there are fewer crowds, many resident animals can still be seen (including large numbers of elephants) and the lush landscape is washed in vivid emerald foliage making a spectacular backdrop for photography.. Elephant viewing is excellent in Tarangire since the park has a strong population of around 3000. Its likely you will see around 100-400 elephants in a single day. Carnivores include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Lions are abundant in Tarangire and are regualrly encountered. It is possible to see large prides during the drier months ( June to November) when they are more stationary by the Tarangire River and swamps. Tarangire also affords surprisingly good leopard viewing with many safaris recording at least one leopard sighting on an average two day visit to the park. At around 5pm you will drive to Twiga campsite for your overnight stay which is locate at Mto wa Mbu by turning right at the Makuyuni junction.
After your breakfast you will drive to Ngorongoro crater floor (45 minutes drive). The Ngorongoro Crater's rish soils and abundant, year-round water privde an ideal habitat for a variety of animals. The Crater is not a self-contained eosystem and some animals do migrate in and out but only in small numbers. Most of the animals in the Crater are resident and remain year-round. There are approximately 20,00 large mammals at any given time within the Crater walls. Herbivores that you will likely encounter include elephant, black rhino, hippo, buffalo, eland, zebra, wilderbeest, hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog, grant's gazelle and Thompson's gazelle. Giraffe, impala and topi are strangely absent from the Crater floor, though they are common in the nearby Serengeti. Although giraffes may find the descent in the Crater difficult, it is more likey that they are absent because there is not enough acacia to browse. It is not clear why topi or impala are missing. Primates include baboons and vervet monkeys. carnivores that you lilkey encounter include lion, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Leopards, servals, bat eared foxes
Herbivores that you will likely encounter include elephant, black rhino, hippo, buffalo, eland, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, waterbuck, warthog, Grant’s gazelle and Thomson’s gazelle. Giraffe, impala and topi are strangely absent from the Crater floor, though they are common in the nearby Serengeti. Although giraffes may find the descent into the Crater difficult, it is more likely that they are absent because there is not enough acacia to browse. It is not clear why topi or impala are missing. Primates include baboons and vervet monkeys.
You will have a picnic lunch at the Hippo pool and late in the evening you will go for your over night stay at Simba campsite on the crater rim.
Serengeti National Park quite simply offers the finest game viewing anywhere in Africa. Unrivaled concentrations of wildlife, stunningly beautiful landscapes and vast pristine areas make Serengeti National Park our pick for the best national park in the whole of Africa. With so much hype and praise surrounding the Serengeti, you might expect to be disappointed upon finally visiting this infamous park. However, it really is this good and you will undoubtedly fall in love with this last great wilderness (we certainly did). Even in the dry season (July – October) when the great herds have retreated into the woodlands from the plains, game viewing in Serengeti National Park still rivals that of any park in Africa.
This will be another full day game drive and explore deeper in the Serengeti following where the migration will be at that particular month. You will also get to explore the Grumeti area and Ikorongo reserve where you will likely get to see the leopards. Overnight will be at Seronera campsite.
OPTION: You can do a balloon safari if you like
This day will be a half day game drive in Serengeti then drive to Lake Natron (1 hour drive). When you arrive you can visit the lake and see Flamingos. You will also do a walking safaris around the lake vicinity and exploring the area. You can also visit a maasai boma and have a cultural safari. Over night at Kamakia campsite.
OPTION: You can trek Mount Oldonyo Lengai if you like
After your breakfast you can do a walking safari while you visit a village of maasai, you will also visit the Ngaresero waterfalls before your 3pm departure to Moshi / Arusha