Pick up from your lodge/hotel in Arusha area (we can help arrange this lodging for the previous night if desired). If you are interested and it is open, we can arrange a visit to a local primary school which is great fun and an opportunity to "give back" by donating school supplies. Your first day safari park may vary depending on the season and your preferences – either Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park. If you choose Tarangire, which is especially great July through October and known for large herds of elephant, you can overnight at Tarangire River Camp, Whistling Thorn Camp, or Osopuko Lodge (or upgrade toTarangire Sopa Lodge). If you choose Lake Manyara, you'll overnight at Country Lodge, Bougainvillea Lodge, or Octagon Lodge in Karatu village unless you upgrade to other options. Enjoy your first game drive in safari vehicles whose tops can be opened for better viewing. Picnic lunch boxes in the park.
All meals included starting with lunch today.
Depart Tarangire River Camp in the morning and drive about 3 hours to Ngorongoro Crater, or depart Karatu village and drive about 45 minutes to Ngorongoro Crater. Spend the day exploring the Crater - a large, intact volcanic caldera with many resident animals. There are open plains, lakes, and small forests in this self-contained ecosystem. Many animals can be seen here year-round, including the elusive Rhino. Overnight at Rhino Lodge near the Crater Rim (other options at higher cost include Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Sopa Ngorongoro Lodge, and Ang'ata Ngorongoro tented safari camp).
Transfer to Serengeti, game drive en route. The entire drive from the Ngorongoro Crater rim, descending the Ngorongoro Highlands on the vast Serengeti Plains, is a game watching opportunity. You'll see bright spots of color where people of the Maasai tribe herd their cattle and goats in the Ngorongoro Highlands - often right alongside wildlife herds. Then, as you enter the Serengeti National Park borders, villages end and wildlife roams even more in abundance. Overnight at Kisura or Kenzan tented safari camp, Seronera or Lobo Wildlife Lodges, Ndutu Lodge, or upgrade to Sopa Serengeti Lodge(extra cost).
Return to Arusha. Your schedule today will depend on plans after safari. You may enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti as you start your 6-7hour drive back to Arusha and arrive in late afternoon/early evening. Or, you may wish to add on a flight back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airports avoid the long drive; flights usually leave Serengeti in late morning and cost $200-$300 USD per person one way. Either option, your last safari package meal included is your lunch today (brought from the lodge as a lunch box) as we return you to the Arusha area.
Safari prices are in US Dollars, per person, based on twin or double occupancy. Our prices include driver/guide, vehicle, park fees and taxes (these are subject to government increase after booking), all meals starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day.
If you are traveling solo, we charge a single supplement of $500 US Dollars. This is waived if you don't mind sharing a room/tent with someone of the same gender from the group, and if you choose a group date that has other travelers, or if other travelers join your group after you.
What's Not Included
Our prices exclude flights, tips/gratuities, bottled water/beverages at lodges, travel visas, entrance fee to Maasai village or Olduvai Gorge museum if a visit is requested, and any lodging or airport transfers in Arusha area needed before or after safari.