DAY 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.
Overnight at African Tulip Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
DAY 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2 hr (74 mile/120km) leisure drive southwestwards to Tarangire NP. In this region in Tanzania, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of its national parks in 1970, Tanzania turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that you see today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras have thankfully replaced elephant guns.
The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching.
Dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Lodge (3 meals)
DAY 3: Mto Wa Mbu Biking Excursion – Manyara National Park
Early departure to Lake Manyara National Park, where we begin our biking excursion to Mto Wa Mbu village. After lunch, we will proceed to Manyara National Park for a game viewing drive. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow that flamingos’ feed upon. Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles. Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks also live in this park.
As an alternate to biking, you can choose one of the following activities:
Forest Hike (2.5 to 3hrs)
Nature Walk (1hr to 1.5hrs)
Village Walk (2.5 to 3hrs)
Lake Manyara Canoeing (2.5 to 3hrs, weather permitting)
Later in the evening we drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight.
Dinner and Overnight at the Karatu Country Lodge (3 meals)
DAY 4: Olduvai Gorge – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you depart to the Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. En route to the Serengeti, you will visit Olduvai Gorge where the famous archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered evidence of the oldest prehistoric human civilization and a human skull dating back 1.8 million years ago. There is also a small museum that documents their work. Afterwards, we proceed further into to the Serengeti.
The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, meaning “endless plains”, and you will see why once you see its “ocean” of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
After game viewing, we return to our lodging for dinner and overnight.
Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 meals)
DAY 5: Serengeti National Park
Before breakfast, we depart for game viewing drive. After returning to the lodge for a hot breakfast, we depart with a picnic lunch for another game viewing drive.The Serengeti plains are only interrupted by the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found, and where you will most likely have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth that takes place in the Serengeti is the “Great Migration,” for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous. The Great Migrations includes more than 2.5 million wildebeest driven by ancient rhythms and natural instincts following water sources in a clockwise rotation traveling 1,800 miles per year. The Serengeti is also the best destination for viewing big cats and other wildlife species.
We return to our lodging for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 meals)
DAY 6: Serengeti NP – Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walking Safari
Before breakfast, we depart for early morning game drive.We return for breakfast, then depart with a picnic lunch for our final game viewing drive in Serengeti National Park. After lunch, we proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater.
As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, you will view its 100 square mile expanse a half-mile below and be transfixed by this jaw-dropping natural wonder. We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while walking along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, we proceed to Karatu for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House (3 meals)
DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast, we return to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a day of game viewing.The crater has a unique ecosystem that is inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and acacia forest you can encounter almost every animal species of the East African savanna, including the “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs.
Later in the day, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your next destination or back home.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.