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7 Days - Magical Encounter of the Big five safari

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One of the best safari to indulge in, traversing Tanzania’s best protected areas for Big five viewing, from big herds of Elephants in Tarangire, tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara, big cats and spectacular wildbeest migration in Serengeti, to the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro. If you're a wildlife and nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don't want to miss!

Accommodation:  Comfort Lodge /Mobile Tented Camp.

Type of Safari: Wildlife safari, Serengeti Migration, Nature, History.

Itinerary at glance.

Day Location Accomodation Meal Plan Activity
1. Arusha Ilboru Safari Lodge BB  TRSF, LEI
2. Tarangire National Park    Maramboi Tented Lodge BBLD   AP
3. L.Manyara National Park Country Lodge Karatu BBLD   AP
4. Serengeti National Park Katikati Tented Camp BBLD   P
5. Serengeti National Park Katikati Tented Camp BBLD   AP
6. Serengeti/Ngorongoro Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge BBLD A, LEI
7. Ngorongoro Conservation Area No Accomodation   BBL    A, TRSF

 

BB -Bed & Breakfast, BBLD - Bed and breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, TRSF- Transfer, CRT- Crater Tour, LEI – Leisure A – Morning game drive, P -Afternoon game drive

Day 1 - Arrival in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Airport)
Karibu Tanzania - Welcome to Tanzania. On arrival at the airport you will be met by one of our staff members. After greet and meet services he will escort you to your accommodation in Arusha (approximately 60 Km) ready for the safari tomorrow. The lodge is perched on the slopes of Mount Meru with magnificent view of the mountain
Overnight:           Ilboru Safari Lodge.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 2 – Discover the Tarangire.
After breakfast set off on safari with your private car and driver to Tarangire National Park (approx. 120 km). Named for the river that nourishes the wildlife of a vast ecosystem, Tarangire is home to elephant, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, eland, water buck, lion, giraffe, onyx and an unsurpassed diversity of birds. From June to November, masses of wildlife congregate around the river, but the park is a stronghold for big game year-round. Take your first game drive before retiring to your beautifully designed lodge, hidden among ancient baobab trees and giant rock kopjes within the park.
Overnight:           Maramboi Tented Camp.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3 – on to Lake Manyara.
After breakfast you depart for Lake Manyara National Park (approx 90 Km) with en-route views. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, A beautiful park, Lake Manyara contains a diverse range of habitats and topographical features ranging from the rift wall, ground water forest, acacia woodlands and open grasslands to the shores of Lake Manyara and the lake itself. Have afternoon game viewing in the park searching for the diverse flora and fauna of the park. There are some 350 different bird species in the park. The park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals such as the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions that are unique to the Lake. The park is generally recognized for its incredible beauty.
Overnight:           Country Lodge.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4 – Drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro.
The legendary Serengeti Plain is your destination today (210 km), a vast rolling plain whose sparse vegetation allows for some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. The annual migration of wildebeest and zebra is one of the park’s great attractions, but throughout the year the Serengeti is excellent for seeing predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, along with elephant, giraffe, hyena, hippo, rhino, and many varieties of antelopes and birds. Depending with animal movement we can arrange packed lunch or go back to the lodge for hot lunch. The evening is free to rest..
Overnight:           Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5 – Full Day in the endless plains of Serengeti.
If you rise early you can take a morning game drive through the park to see the nocturnal predators returning from their nightly hunt and very active animals waking up in the early morning light. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes, birds and other species.

We enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. The park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve.
Depending with wildlife movement, we can have hot lunch at the camp or enjoy picnic lunch packets.
Overnight:           Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6 – Drive to Ngorongoro via Archaeological site (Olduvai gorges).

After breakfast we depart for Ngorongoro (Approx 145 Km). We stop at the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn about human evolution. We will enjoy an on site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide. We arrive at our crater rim lodge to a warm welcome, check in and then lunch. This afternoon just relax and enjoy the breathtaking and spectacular views of the Ngorongoro scenery, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Dinner

and overnight at your game lodge.
Note: a warm jacket or cardigan is highly recommended.  
Overnight:           Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
              
Day 7 – A Day in  the “Africa Garden of Eden” , Ngorongoro crater – Departure or other plans.
After breakfast we descend some 610 meters into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game viewing drive with picnic lunch at a private scenic site (hippos pool). Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, golden and black backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Unmatched for its natural variety and breath taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor.

In the afternoon we depart for Arusha in time for your evening flight back home or other plans.
We are glad to book an extra night for you.
Overnight:           No accommodation.
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch.

Inclusions:

  • Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide.
  • Transport whilst on safari in a 4×4 safari Land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing.
  • Meet and greet services upon arrival in Arusha.
  • All transfers upon arrival and departure as in the itinerary.
  • Full Board Accomodation whilst on safari.
  • Bed and breakfast accomodation in Ilboru hotel.
  • All park entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • All games drives for detailed in the itinerary.
  • Drivers salary and allowances plus park fees for driver and  vehicle.
  • Government taxes.
  • 1 litre of water whilst on safari.

Exclusions:

  • Flights.
  • Airport arrival or Departure taxes.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Arusha hotel.
  • Accommodation after the safari.
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide, hotel/camp and restaurant staff, room service.
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Change in itinerary.
  • Activities not mentioned in the package.

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