6Days 5Nights Lodge / Camping Safari Itinerary

Combination of Mto Wa Mbu Cycling & Walking Tour/Tarangire/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

 
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Day 1: Moshi/Arusha – Mto wa Mbu

Early morning drive from Moshi/Arusha to the small but largely populated village of Mto wa Mbu, Kiswahili for River of Mosquitoes. The village is populated by almost 50 different tribes and has some of the most colorful and liveliest markets in Tanzania. In the 1960’s an ambitious irrigation project was started in order to turn what was predominantly swamp land into farm land and was a huge success. Today you will have a chance to experience this up-close, you will have a cycling tour through the banana plantations to Lake Manyara (without entering the National Park) where you can view some of the game and if water permits, you may have the chance to walk up close to the beautiful flamingoes. From there you will cycle back into town where your bicycles will be left and you will walk from here through the local irrigation systems and farm lands. You will be able to see the rice plantations, the enormous baobabs and have a traditional Swahili lunch provided by a local women’s group. This is a full day packed with culture, sights and amazing landscapes.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodge

Day 2: Mto wa Mbu – Tarangire

After breakfast we will drive to Tarangire, taking approximately 2.5 hours. Once at the gate we will begin our mid-morning game drive through the parks different habitats. The Tarangire River cuts through the park and connects to Lake Burunge in the west; it is the key to life in the dry season giving you ample chance of seeing giraffe, zebra, elephants as well as elands and buffalo. You may also see predators such as lions and hyenas. And for those bird lovers you will have plenty of opportunity to spot the stunning birds of East Africa. We will stop for a picnic lunch, before continuing our afternoon game drive.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodge

Day 3: Tarangire – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast at the campsite we will transit through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area,driving towards the Serengeti plains, here the opportunity for game viewing is endless.

One of Tanzania’s oldest and largest national parks, the Serengeti covers an area of 14,763-square-kilometres. The park has the earth’s largest concentration of plains game - mainly wildebeest and zebra which are in abundance, especially during the annual migration. Other plains game also include 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 in action. Predators include large clans of hyenas, lion prides, cheetahs and the hardest to spot, leopards. We will have a picnic lunch in the park before an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodge

Day 4: Serengeti – Full day game drive

After an early breakfast, we will begin a full days game viewing in the north of Serengeti. This is the best time to get a great viewing of the animals, as they wake and head out into the day. You may be lucky to see other scavengers, including jackals and vultures and some 500 bird species can be spotted, including storks, ostriches and many more. We will enjoy a picnic lunch and a full afternoon and early evening game drive.

Accommodation options: Camping / Tented Camp / Lodge

Day 5: 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 / Lodge  

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Moshi/Arusha

We will have breakfast before descending into the 600-meter deep Crater. The Crater has a 19-kilometre diameter, making it one of the world’s largest unbroken and unflooded caldera. The park covers approximately 300-square-kilometres, the landscape is incredibly diverse ranging from lush rain forest on the rim, to bush savannas’ and acacia woodland. 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. Ngorongoro is home to the highly endangered black rhino and the largest herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo.  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.