DAY 1 - Arusha and drive to Lake Manyara NP
Depart from Arusha at 9 am. We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh product market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters’ paradise. We will enter Lake Manyara National Park.
Expect to see unspoiled paradise with ground water forest, laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, the largest baboon troops in Africa and some of the antelopes. It is full of outstanding birding places with more than 400 species on display and butterflies. This park is famous for the tree-climbing lions, luckily seen resting on acacia trees. From your vehicle, you will have a marvelous view of the Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds. It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed.
Dinner & overnight Hotel/Lodge according to the type of accommodation options requested.
BUDGET : Crater Rim View Inn or similar/ camping
MEDIUM: Country Lodge or similar / Bouganvilia or similar
LUXURY: Exploreans or similar / Serena Lake Manyara or similar
DAY 2 LAKE MANYARA - SERENGETI NP
After breakfast, we will start our drive past the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park.
The warm and inviting colors of the very core of African wildlife are a symbol of the Serengeti National Park. The most intriguing, yet amazing natural legend of the timeless African landscape rolls before your eyes when the wildebeest embark on the most important journey of their lives: the amazing migration, which is often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world.”
The height of their expedition is a blast for all the spectators, since there is practically no need for a game drive. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals herd when the migration reaches its pinnacle; from tall and graceful giraffes, which feed on the tops of trees and pay no attention to the visitors, to bulky, yet sweet hippos, which trim the grasses in the serene nights, jumping antelopes and gazelles and the most respected group of animals: predators.
You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, which laugh their way through the plains, powerful crocodiles in the Grumeti river, which pray discreetly for the sick and weak animals at the crossing and last but not least, the king himself; the lazy lion, slowly marching through the savannah and letting the “mistress” hunt for fresh meals.
We will then head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area. This area provides a variety of habitats for wild animals, the most important of them being the Seronera river, which is the main attraction for herds of game and families of predators, because it is a rich source of water to quench their thirst. For this reason, the great majority of animal species in the Serengeti National Park can be found here and thus it would be a sin not to stop and watch the animals in their natural habitat.
We will drive south of the Seronera river, along the Sogore river circuit to look for Thompson’s gazelles, topis, ostriches and possibly also predators, such as lions or cheetahs.
We recommend a visit to the Visitors Center, located near the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and the public campsites. It is a great spot to see some wildlife or buy information leaflets or maps of the area. You can buy a snack or drinks at the center too and take a walk around a kopje in the vicinity or cool in the picnic area, where we will eat our picnic lunches and the giant acacia trees will protect you from the hot sunrays.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
BUDGET : camping
MEDIUM: Osupuko Tented Lodge or similar/ Wildlife Lodges or similar
LUXURY: Seronera Lodge or similar/ Mbuzi Mawe tented camp or similar / Angata Migration camp
DAY 3 - SERENGETI NP- via the famous Oldupai Gorge NGORONGORO CA
After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive and then head towards Ngorongoro CA via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind”.
The gorge lies on the same spot as once lay an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world's earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim.
Our visit will also include the famous Maasai bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people, get to know their culture and their habits and see the most respected group of the Maasai tribe – the warriors. The Maasai warriors have many privileges because of their position and are thus the only Maasai individuals that are allowed to wear long hair.
While game viewing, we will proceed with picnic lunches to Rim of the Crater.
Dinner and overnight according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options. This night you sleep over in Ngorongoro Conversation area:
BUDGET : Rhino Lodge or similar// camping
MEDIUM: Wildlife Lodge or similar/
LUXURY: Angata camp or similar/ / Serena Ngorngoro or similar/
DAY 4 - NGORONGORO CRATER- ARUSHA
After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a half-day game drive, which is the 8th natural wonder of the world and the unique, world famous caldera with the most abundant wildlife. We will descend into the Ngorongoro crater floor.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five.
The caldera is exhibiting more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds.
We will see pools full of hippos, the endangered East Africa’s last black rhinos including birds such as secretary bird, white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big draw card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter, we will drive back to Arusha.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN ADD Arusha Hotel on day before and after safari, as well as transfers to pick you up from Kilimanjaro, Arusha Aiport for additional cost. Most popular picks in Arusha by our clients are:
BUDGET : Arusha Travel Lodge / Mc ellys Hotel
MEDIUM: Planet Lodge / Impala Hotel
LUXURY: Mt. Meru Hotel / Arusha Safari Lodge
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.