5Days 4Nights Lodge / Camping Safari Itinerary

Combination of Lake Manyara/Tarangire/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

 
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Day 1: Moshi/Arusha – Lake Manyara or Tarangire 

Early morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park or Tarangire, taking approximately 4 hours. 

Lake Manyara National Park supports a wide variety of wildlife due to its diverse habitats. If you’re lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits. The Park is also home to sizable populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, and buffalo. East of the park is the Great Rift Valley escarpment which looms on the horizon, it forms an impressive backdrop to the lake. You will have a picnic lunch in the park, and plenty of chance to get a close up of those mischievous monkeys. We will then have an afternoon game drive, the best time to view most of the animals.

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Tarangire National Park with a range of diverse habitats from grasslands and woods, to low hills, scrub and swampland in the south is well-known as the home of elephants and the mystical baobab trees, the elephants’ favourite food.  Other wildlife such as waterbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo can be seen along with predators including lions and hyenas. You will also be able to see some of East Africas most amazing bird life. We will enjoy an afternoon game drive after a picnic lunch.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodges

Day 2: Tarangire – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast at the campsite we will transit through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti plains where the opportunity for game viewing is endless. The Serengeti is one of Tanzania’s oldest and largest national parks, covering an area of 14,763-square-kilometres and is home to the earth’s largest concentration of plains game - mainly wildebeest and zebra, which are in abundance, especially during the annual migration. The plains game population also includes buffalo, giraffe and warthog, as well as a wide range of antelopes including, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, dikdik, bushbuck, eland and impala. Apart from Ngorongoro, the Serengeti is one of the best places to see predators such as hyenas, lion prides, cheetahs and leopards, the hardest to spot. We will have a picnic lunch in the park before an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodges
Day 3: Serengeti – Full day game drive

We will begin a full days game viewing in the north of Serengeti at sunrise, whilst enjoying breakfast on the way. This is the best time to get a great viewing of the animals, as they wake and head out into the day. Apart from the wildlife mentioned above, you may be lucky to see other scavengers, including jackals and vultures. There’s also some 500 bird species to be spotted, including storks and ostriches and many more. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed before full afternoon and early evening game drive.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodges
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

Tea and coffee will be served in the early morning before a sunrise game-drive. We will go back to the campsite for brunch before we leave the park- where plenty of wildlife can still be spotted when we head back through Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards the craters rim. You will have plenty of opportunity for further game viewing en-route.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodges
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Moshi/Arusha

We will descend into the 600-meter deep Crater after breakfast. The Crater has a 19-kilometre diameter, making it one of the world’s largest unbroken and unflooded calderas. The park covers approximately 300-square-kilometres, where the landscape ranges from lush rain forest on the rim, to bush savannas’ and acacia woodland. Ngorongoro is home to the highly endangered black rhino and the largest herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. Predators also live in the Crater; here there is plenty of opportunity to spot a hunt. Most of the predators found in the Crater include lions, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals and serval cats. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before leaving the Crater – where plenty of wildlife can still be spotted. We will begin our drive back to Moshi/Arusha in the late afternoon.