Highlights: Experience the best of migration action with 4 days in the southern and central Serengeti plains. This package is designed to trace the migration paths during the calving period and the scenes during this period are amazing. Combine with visit to Ngorongoro crater and Lake Manyara for wildlife viewing. If you're a nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don't want to miss!
Accommodation: Comfort lodge / Mobile tented camps.
Type of Safari: Wildlife safari, Nature.
itinerary at glance.
|1.||Arusha||The African Tulip||BBD||TRSF, LEI|
|2.||L.Manyara National Park||Country Lodge Karatu||BBLD||P|
|3.||Central Serengeti||Serengeti Sopa Lodge||BBLD||P|
|4.||Central Serengeti||Serengeti Sopa Lodge||BBLD||AP|
|5.||SSouth Serengeti (Ndutu)||Kenzan mobile tented camp||BBLD||AP|
|6.||South Serengeti (Ndutu)||Kenzan mobile tented camp||BBLD||AP|
|7.||Ngorongoro Conservation area||Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge||BBLD||CRT|
|8.||Ngorongoro / Arusha||No Accomodation||BBL||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 by day.
Day 1 - Arrival in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha city.
Karibu Tanzania - Welcome to Tanzania. On arrival at the Kilimanjaro 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 African Tulip - Dinner included
Day 2: Start the Safari - Lake Manyara
In the morning you drive to Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. The park is recognized for its incredible beauty with lush vegetation and tropical forests containing giant fig and mahogany trees. Many elephants, giraffes, buffalo, zebras and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as monkeys and a large population of hippos. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara tree climbing lions. The bird-life is also abundant, with flamingos, pelicans, horn bills and plenty of forest species.
In the late afternoon you climb the Karatu highlands where you spend the night.
Country lodge Karatu - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 3: Drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro
Early in the morning you drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro Conservation Area (approx 210 Km). Picnic lunch packets will be served on the way. We arrive in Serengeti in time for an exciting game viewing drive in one of the best game parks in Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park and one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. It stretches as far as Lake Victoria to the West. Its name comes from the Masai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'
You enjoy game viewing as you drive to your lodge.
Serengeti Sopa lodge - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
Day 4: Tracing the Big five in central Serengeti
You rise early to 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. If you are lucky enough you can see the 'big five'. Other animals you can expect to see are wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hyenas, 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.
Serengeti Sopa lodge - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 5-6: Follow the migration paths in the Southern Serengeti corridor
Today you will leave after breakfast and with lunch packet you will drive as you follow the migrations paths to the Southern Serengeti corridor. Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania. This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. This phase lasts from approximately January to March, when the calving season begins – a time when there is plenty of rain-ripened grass available for the 260,000 zebra that precede 1.7 million wildebeest and the following hundreds of thousands of other plains game, including around 470,000 gazelles
Dangers is everywhere and packs of lion, cheetahs and other carnivores are everywhere waiting for the right moment to strike; the scenes are amazing.
You will enjoy picnic lunch packet or hot lunch in your camp depending with the wildlife movement.
Later in the evening you will drive to your camp for overnight rest.
Kenzan mobile tented camps - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 7: Game drive in Ngorongoro crater
After breakfast depart southwards towards Ngorongoro. Upon arrival 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 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 a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor.
Ngorongoro Rhino lodge - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included
Day 8: The drive from Ngorongoro - Arusha/Airport
Today we leave the lodge in the morning and drive to Arusha. Depending with your next plans we can stop on the way for views and for shopping. Later we drive to Arusha in time for your flight to the next plans (We are glad to book an extra night in Arusha) or an extension to Zanzibar.
Breakfast, Lunch included
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