Day 1: After breakfast in Arusha, drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy a game drive through the park with a picnic lunch. Continue to Ngorongoro Farm House for overnight.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment. The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting bio-diversity of fauna and flora can be observed here as well as a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion. Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephants and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.
Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oleandi Volcano, only 5 kilometres from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. It was built to offer guests an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days. In the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials, it is full of details of good taste. The 50 spacious cottages each have large twin or king-size beds with mosquito nets, telephone, en-suite bathroom with built-in shower, and a private veranda overlooking the farm lawns.
Day 2: Today enjoy a day in the Ngorongoro Crater, often seeing four of the big five with ease. Return to Ngorongoro Farm House for overnight.
The 8,300 square kilometre Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after it'[s central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa's densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and, from the viewing points at the rim, the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grassland below. The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above as well as lion, hyena, jackal, male elephant (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.
Day 3: From the Ngorongoro highlands, drive down to the Serengeti plains via Olduvai Gorge and possibly a Maasai Village visit (optional extra at an additional cost and to be paid direct to your driver). With a picnic lunch en route, enjoy game drives along the way. Overnight at Serengeti Wilderness Camp.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a "seasonal" camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple, but with every comfort being taken care of. Comprising just ten spacious tents, we provide comfortable beds and quality linen, with en-suite eco-friendly toilet and bush shower off an intimate dressing room area. Lighting is solar powered with bedside lamps provided.
Day 4: Spend a full day exploring the Serengeti. Overnight at Serengeti Wilderness Camp.
Africa's most famous game reserve covers an area of almost 15,000 square kilometres and is world-renowned for it's dense predator population. The park is part of the much larger Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area. The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here, along with smaller concentrations of Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk's dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhino are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park. The most popular animals to be found here, in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit, are the cats. Lion, cheetah and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators such as spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.
If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this MAY be possible, but is largely dependent on the position of your pre-booked accommodation or camp and the season you are travelling. Please note that the balloon safaris can only be guaranteed if they are pre-booked and there is an additional charge for this.
Day 5: A second full day exploring the Serengeti. Overnight at Serengeti Wilderness Camp.
Day 6: Depart Serengeti and drive back to Arusha. Alternatively, you may wish to take a scenic flight over the Rift edge from Seronera to Arusha. This flight is an additional cost.
Park and Camp Fees for 5 night / 6 day Ngorongoro and Serengeti Combination Package.
Accomodation at Kia Lodge in a Standard Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis for 1 nights.
KIA Lodge has 40 spacious African-style thatched brick cottages, privately set in beautiful lush tropical and savannah gardens. Each room is en-suite with air-conditioner, safety deposit box, mosquito net, and telephone, and decorated with Tanzanian arts and crafts, such as Tinga Tinga paintings and Makunde carvings, giving it a distinctly African feel.
Transfer from KIA Lodge to Kilimanjaro Airport, one way
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.