Day 1: Arusha to Lake Manyara
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met by your Guide. After lunch in Arusha Town, drive to the Kirurumu Tented Lodge. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara to the Serengeti
Take a game-drive around Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. With picnic lunch, drive to the Serengeti National Park and enjoy an afternoon's game drive before checking into the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 3: On safari in the Serengeti
Enjoy a full day's game driving around the vast and sensational Serengeti, which covers 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains and is Tanzania's most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends. The million-plus wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores, principally lion and hyena. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog. All meals at the lodge.
Twice a year, propelled by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather in the Serengeti to undertake an 800 km trek to new grazing lands. The precise timing of the migration varies but generally the herbivores congregate and move out at the end of May, sometimes over a period of weeks, sometimes over a period of as little as three or four days.They then head west on the first leg of a roughly triangular 800-km circuit that takes approximately 3-4 months and ends in the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. When the grazing here is exhausted the tide of herbivores turns and reverses its progress returning to the short grass plains of Tanzania.
Day 4: Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater
Leave the Serengeti and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge the ‘cradle of mankind', and site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history.