Combination that offer the best of Tanzanian wildlife. In this package you will visit endless plain of Serengeti and lion king scenery, world’s biggest unbroken caldera of Ngorongoro, meet Maasai people along the way, enjoy beautiful sunsets in savannah and visit home of elephants – Tarangire, best choice.
Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha early in the morning and drive for 120 km to Tarangire National Park (2,850 sq. km) for game drives. The park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The swamps are tinged green all year round and are home to 550 bird species, the most found in one habitat anywhere in the world. After lunch, continue with afternoon game viewing in the park which is home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, python, zebra, oryx, impala, and more. On drier ground, you will find the kori bustard (the heaviest flying bird), the stocking-thighed ostrich (the world’s largest bird), and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebirds, the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge/Country Lodge/Marera Valley/Baghayo Garden Suites/Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Day 2: After breakfast, you check out and drive through the cooler highland region towards Serengeti National Park. This world-renowned park with its diverse landscape, ranging from grass plains, dry savannah to marshy woodlands, is the stomping ground of many carnivorous predators and their prey. The park is home to the largest animal migration in the world and depending on the season, you will be able to witness this spectacular event unfold. Herds of wildebeest and zebra journey during the short rainy season in November and December from the hills in the north to the southern plains. They return to the north during the longer rainy season from April to June. The location of the migrating herds is dependent on the yearly rainfall, but your guide will know the best vantage points for wildlife viewing.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kontiki Lodges/Acacia Central Camp Tented Lodge
Day 3: After breakfast, early sunrise game drive. In this Serengeti region, you can often watch wildebeest and zebras next to lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. Later in the day, you will pass by Olduvai Gorge, where the English duo Louis and Mary Leaky, pioneered excavation work in the 1960s. Some of the earliest archaeological deposits of human evolution were found here, and a small museum documents these discoveries. After this visit, you will eat lunch and enjoy game viewing en route to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. On the way to Ngorongoro we will stop to visit most famous tribe of this region and be hosted in their boma. Maasai people will welcome us with their traditional dancing and explain us about their everyday life.
Dinner and overnight at Kontiki Serengeti Lodges/Acacia Tented Camp as above
Day 4: After breakfast drive down to Ngorongoro Crater early in the morning. Here, you will descend onto the crater floor (19.2 km in diameter, 610 m deep, 304 sq. km) for game drives. All of the “Big Five” (rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, and elephant), along with many more mammals, live in this wonderful caldera. Birds found here include flamingos on the soda lake, geese, storks, vultures, and more. We will take a break for lunch at the Hippo pool picnic site. Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa's Eden” or the “8th Natural Wonder of the World.” It is a massive extinct volcano, with its towering tree-lined walls dropping thousands of feet to a "Noah's Ark" of animals on the verdant floor below. This breathtaking oasis provides a haven for both predator and prey to live among grasslands, fresh springs, and a large soda lake. After lunch, enjoy some additional game viewing while ascending the crater. Later, you will return to Arusha around 7pm. End of journey.
- Pick up from hotel and back
- Accommodation at tented camps or lodges
- All meals during the safari
- All National park fees
- Crater transit and entrance fee
- 4x4 safari vehicle
- Maasai village visit
- Professional driver/guide
- Bottled water
- VAT 18%
- International flights and visa for Tanzania (50$)
- Accommodation before and after safari (can be arranged at additional cost)
- Guide Tip
- Individual expenses
Duration: 3 nights/4 days