5 DAYS SAFARI

Type: Private (Budget)

Destinations

  • Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Time: December 2018

CHRISTMAS SAFARI: – Safari to the Northern Parks

Included in the price:

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
  • All parks entrance fees
  • Professional English/ Spanish/ Germany/ French speaking driver-guide during the safari.
  • Enough bottled safe drinking water in safari vehicles
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Arusha.

Excluded from the price:

  • International flights
  • Balloon and/or additional excursions while you are in Tanzania
  • Out-of-full board service at the hotel including body massage, hotel excursions, bar & laundry services
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • TIPS to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Lake Manyara National Park.
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport and drive to Manyara National Park with picnic lunch (this will depend on arrive time). Lunch and afternoon game drive in this superb scenic park set around Lake Manyara, most famous for the tree climbing lions. Lake Manyara is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Marvel at the variety of species, spoonbill, teal, pelican, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch on the slope of the Great Rift escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of the baobab. Dinner & overnight Eileen’s Tree Inn Lodge

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.

In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes.

Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and any visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.

Day 2: Manyara – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch, visit Maasai village and afternoon game drive in Serengeti park with immense herds of herbivore, wildebeests, gazelles and Zebras followed by predators on their annual migration to permanent water holes, offering a timeless spectacle unequalled in the world. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world and it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.

Established in 1952, it is home to the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. The Park can be divided into 3 sections:

* The southern/central part (Seronera Valley) with its classic savannah dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife.

* The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush.

* The north meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous – over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. During the months of July-September the herds will cross the Mara River again and again in search of fresh grass. They will have to face the mighty crocodiles in the river, who are waiting quietly in the water for their opportunity.

Serengeti is also known as the “endless plains” in the Masai language. This will be your area of exploration for the following two days. You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park
Morning games drive after breakfast. Enjoy the endless plains of Serengeti with game viewing, A magnificent experience awaits as you travel to the most famous wildlife park in Africa the legendary Serengeti. Here you might have the chance to see the migration, where thousands of zebra and wildebeest make trip from the Masai Mara every year. Packed lunch is served and proceed for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Heritage Luxury Tented Camp.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous – over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. During the months of July-September the herds will cross the Mara River again and again in search of fresh grass. They will have to face the mighty crocodiles in the river, who are waiting quietly in the water for their opportunity.

Serengeti is also known as the “endless plains” in the Masai language. This will be your area of exploration for the following two days. You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.

Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, game drive en-route towards Ngorongoro Conservation area with packed lunch, one of the largest intact volcanic Crater in the world, the crater floor offers game viewing to homely permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, and is one of the only places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the big five (lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Dinner and Overnight Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken ancient volcanic caldera in the world. In 1979 this nearly three-million-year-old area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former volcano crater is also considered to be “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, as it is a haven for thousands of wild games, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes. The crater is among the 8 Natural Wonders of the World.

 

 Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Early in the morning drive to Ngorongoro crater rim and descend Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural world. An extinct volcano that collapsed around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. The views from the top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking which are forested but four-wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters. Large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra that depends on the open grasslands in the crater. Attracting predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena. The elephant found are the lone males. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhinos that have taken refuge here. A soda lake attracts water birds, including flamingoes and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill. Wildly beautiful as it is, it is not surprising that Ngorongoro Crater has been called a Garden of Eden. The game drives are done with packed lunch, after early morning game drive ascend to the rim and drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport.