Day 1 - Arusha to Lake Manyara
The first day of your safari will kick off by 8am with a pick up from your hotel in Arusha. With high spirits and excitement at peak, the 130km drive to Lake Manyara National Park should take around 2.5hrs from Arusha.
As you enter the park, lush forests of Acacia and Mahogany trees begin to set the mood for what is waiting ahead. You will enter the park at around 11:00AM, with the game drive commencing soon after and goes on till 5PM in the evening, with a small break for a scrumptious picnic lunch. During the game drive watch out for buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, baboons and the blue monkeys.
Another spectacle of the Lake Manyara National park is the tree climbing lions, however spotting them is a game of luck. In the right season, you can see the shoreline turning pink with millions of flamingos flocking there. Keep your cameras at hand, for this is a simply beautiful scene.
Post the game drive, you will head back to your chosen camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you. Retire and rest well for the night, as the next day calls for more wilderness.
Your day will begin with a healthy breakfast and then head out towards the most famous national park in the world – the Serengeti. Along the way, you shall pass through the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA) which consists of 2 regions, the highlands and plains.
The terrain gradually transforms from thick mist-shrouded rainforests at the highlands to very dry and dusty plains. Majority of that day’s drive will be in the plains.
Apart from the set schedule, you can also do the optional Masai village tour or visit the Olduvai gorge at an additional cost. The Olduvai Gorge is the famous archeological site where Leakey discovered crucial remains related to the understanding of human evolution.
The overall drive time to Serengeti is about 4hrs depending on what extra optional tours are chosen.
On reaching Serengeti at late noon, you will have your picnic lunch and then experience an en-route game drive just as we cross Naabi hill at the entrance gate of Serengeti National Park.
Post the short game drive, you will have a good night’s rest at your chosen accommodation with a delicious dinner to feast on. The next day holds more action!
Today, after a quick breakfast you will go on an early morning game drive in the Serengeti.
The Serengeti, means endless plains in the local African language and watching the grassland stretch out as far as the eye can see and eventually merging with the sky at the horizon is an absolutely breathtaking view. It puts our notion about distance to shame.
It is the home of the great migration of about 2 million wildebeest every year. The Serengeti also houses the glorious “Big 5” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). Along with the “Big 5”, a very pleasant sighting would be one of Africa’s most beautiful animal – The Impala.
The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa. After completing a half day game drive along with a picnic lunch, we will branch out and head towards the Ngorongoro crater rim.
The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good rest in your choice of accommodation.Get a good rest, for the following day you will descend into the massive crater.
On this day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will make an early descend at around 6:30am into the crater floor.
The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 sq kms with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5 hour game drive in the crater floor, will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended.
The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater.
This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location at Arusha by 6PM in the evening.
With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.
Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
African Elephants, Serengeti
Lions on the road, Ngorongoro