Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Lake Manyara
This 6 day Tanzania safari operates on a set departure basis, departing every Wednesday. This means anyone can join this safari, and as long as there is a minimum of 2 passengers the safari will run.
The itinerary takes in the most famous of Tanzania’s safari destinations including the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti National Park and the lake Manyara National Park. Ideal for visitors to Africa that have limited time and are looking for an affordable Tanzania safari that offers quality accommodation and safari vehicles.
Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro
On arrival in Arusha you will be met by your guide. After an introductory lunch, we start our Tanzania safari by driving to the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (or similar) where you check in for the night.
The Ngorongoro Crater is recognized as a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and forms part of an international biosphere reserve. The crater measures approximately 300 sq km and measures about 19 km across. The floor of the crater is 600 meters below the rim, (which is over 2200 m.a.s.l), and is home to an abundance of wildlife including black rhino, lion, cheetah, buffalo, elephants and a plethora of antelope species.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Safari (Tanzania)
Today we will descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day explorative game drive tour. We take a picnic lunch and this will be served in the crater. Late in the afternoon we ascend back to the rim and our lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Ngorongoro – Serengeti (Tanzania)
After breakfast we head to the Olduvai Gorge – a renowned archeological site famous for some of man’s earliest remains. From here we continue our Tanzania Safari to the world famous Serengeti National Park, arriving at our lodge, the Serengeti Serena or similar, in time for lunch. This afternoon we take our first game drive safari into this wildlife heaven. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
The Serengeti National park has also been declared a World Heritage Site, and covers over 14700 sq kms of prime African wilderness. It actually forms one ecosystem with Kenya’s neighbouring Masai Mara Game Reserve, and plays and integral part in the annual wildebeest migration that moves in a circular fashion between itself and the Masai Mara (in Kenya). The terrain is most famously characterized by the endless grassy plains dotted, at times, by millions of head of game – the classical ‘Out of Africa” feel. However certain parts also are covered in the Acacia savanna, dense wooded hills or rocky outcrops known as koppies, as well as pans and lakes. The abundance of African wildlife is of course what makes it such a sought after safari destination, and includes healthy populations of lion, buffalo, impala, hippo, waterbuck, elephant, cheetah, leopard and a host of other game species – not mention the more than 400 species of birds.
Day 4: Serengeti Safari (Tanzania)
Today we use the full day for a game drive safari in the Serengeti – a highlight of a Tanzania safari to many. To maximize our time in this African wonderland we again take picnic lunches with us that we will stop and enjoy at lunch time. Dinner and overnight at a lodge in Serengeti.
Day 5: Serengeti – Lake Manyara (Tanzania)
After breakfast we drive to the Lake Manyara which is essentially a soda lake that forms part of the Great Rift Valley. We check in at the Lake Manyara Serena or similar in time for lunch, and after lunch head out for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Famous for its tree climbing lions, 77 % of this national park is taken up by the soda lake. The lake is a huge attraction to migratory birds and as such is an ornithologists dream. The variety of habitats including swamp, savanna and dense jungle give rise to an equally wide variety of African wildlife, including buffalo, elephant, leopard, baboon, impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippo. The national park is just 125 km from Arusha and is therefore our last stop in this Tanzania safari.
Day 6: Lake Manyara – Arusha
After breakfast we drive back to Arusha in time for lunch at a restaurant, which marks the end of our Tanzania safari