6 Day Safari

Lake Manyara ~ Serengeti ~ Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1: Town to Lake Manyara

After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you and drive to Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch along the way.  The parks namesake is a shallow, alkaline lake which expands and contracts with the seasons within a long, silvery bowl of salt deposits. Adjacent to it are wide, grassy floodplains and, further away, bands of mixed acacia woodlands.  Continuing on the escarpment, are patches of enchanting evergreen forests, which are sustained by perennial groundwater springs issuing from the base of the escarpment.

Lake Manyara’s game includes good numbers of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest along with plenty of giraffe. Look more carefully for zebra, warthog, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, waterbuck in marshy areas near some of the springs, and klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment.  The broken forests and escarpment make it good landscape for leopard, while Manyara’s healthy lion population are famous for their tree-climbing acrobatics.  There are huge troops of baboons – which often number several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa’s largest.

As with the big game, the birdlife here is exceptionally varied. In the middle of the lake you’ll often see flocks of pelicans and the pink-shading of distant flamingos, while the margins and floodplains feed innumerable herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and other waders. With so much water around, the woodlands are equally productive, but it’s the evergreen forests where you’ll spot some more entertaining species such as the noisy silvery-cheeked hornbills, crowned eagles and crested guineafowl.  Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 2: Manyara to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park with a picnic lunch along the way.  Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in Tanzania’s largest and most popular wildlife sanctuary.  The Serengeti is vast and beautiful; it’s one of Africa’s most captivating safari areas. The sheer amount of game here is amazing: estimates suggest up to about two million wildebeest, plus perhaps half a million zebra, hundreds of thousands of Thompson’s gazelle, and tens of thousands of impala, Grant’s gazelle, topi, hartebeest, eland and other antelope – all hunted by the predators for which these plains are famous.

Some of this game resides permanently in ‘home’ areas, which are great for safaris all year round. But many of the wildebeest and zebra take part in the migration – an amazing spectacle that’s one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. If you plan carefully, it’s still possible to witness this in wild and remote areas.

 

Day 3: Serengeti

Enjoy a full day game in the world renowned Serengeti with a picnic lunch.  The Serengeti National Park itself covers about 9,320 m~15,000 km of mostly flat or gently rolling grasslands, interspersed with the occasional rock outcrops, or kopjes. But this is just the centre of a whole ecosystem which covers more than double that area, and includes Grumeti Reserve, Ikorongo Game Reserve, Loliondo Controlled Area, Maswa Game Reserve, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and also Kenya’s relatively small Masai Mara Game Reserve. This combined area is often referred to as the Greater Serengeti area, or the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Dinner and overnight in lodge

 

Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Highlands

After breakfast, we drive to Ngorongoro Highlands with a picnic lunch optional visits to the Olduvai Gorge and/or Masai Village (cost additional about US $50 per car to enter Masai Village. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Carter

After breakfast we drive to Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the Carter with a picnic lunch.  You’ll enjoy a full day Crater game drive. Included among the 7 Natural Wonders, this extinct volcano collapsed eons ago turning it into a beautiful natural enclosure. The showpiece of the conservation area is undoubtedly the Ngorongoro Crater itself. It measures about 12 Miles~19km in diameter, with walls of  1,900‘~610m in height. However you measure it, it’s no wonder that this Crater is numbered among the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

The mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses –enjoyed by large herds of zebra and wildebeest which graze here. These extensive open plains are also home to herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle and topi. You’ll also find East Africa’s best population of black rhino here which can be seen in open grasslands. Breeding herds of elephant pass through the Ngorongoro Crater itself only rarely, but you will see a scattering of old bulls, including some of the biggest tuskers remaining in Africa today.

No Ngorongoro safari would be complete without the predators, which are often highly visible on the crater floor. The Crater’s lion population varies significantly over time, the one constant being their complete adaptation for safari vehicles as evident with their hunting within yards of a vehicle, and when exhausted even seek their shade beside it. Spotted hyena are even more common here, often competing with the lion, and there’s are a small but growing number of cheetah.  Leopards are around, especially in the vicinity of the Lerai Forest – a small forest of fever trees notable for their yellow bark.  Side-striped and the lovely golden jackal are often seen skulking around, while bat-eared foxes area rarer sight.  Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Lodge.

Day 6: Ngorongoro to Town

After an enjoyable breakfast, we take in our final views of the Crater while we leisurely make our dive back to town where your safari will be complete.

7 Day Safari

Tarangire National Park ~ Lake Manyara ~ Serengeti ~ Ngorongoro Carter

Day 1: Town to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide which is your driver will meet you and begin your safari to the Tarangire National Park for a game drive with picnic Lunch. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 12,500 sq miles (20,000 sq km) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; 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 lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

Abandoned termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.  Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches.

In the early evening make your way back to town where your safari will be complete

 

Day 2: Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast in Tarangire, we drive to Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch along the way.  Lake Manyara’s namesake is a shallow, alkaline lake which expands and contracts with the seasons within a long, silvery bowl of salt deposits. Adjacent to it are wide, grassy floodplains and, further away, bands of mixed acacia woodlands.  Continuing on the escarpment, are patches of enchanting evergreen forests, which are sustained by perennial groundwater springs issuing from the base of the escarpment.

Lake Manyara’s game includes good numbers of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest along with plenty of giraffe. Look more carefully for zebra, warthog, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, waterbuck in marshy areas near some of the springs, and klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment.  The broken forests and escarpment make it good landscape for leopard, while Manyara’s healthy lion population are famous for their tree-climbing acrobatics.  There are huge troops of baboons – which often number several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa’s largest.

As with the big game, the birdlife here is exceptionally varied. In the middle of the lake you’ll often see flocks of pelicans and the pink-shading of distant flamingos, while the margins and floodplains feed innumerable herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and other waders. With so much water around, the woodlands are equally productive, but it’s the evergreen forests where you’ll spot some more entertaining species such as the noisy silvery-cheeked hornbills, crowned eagles and crested guineafowl.  Dinner and overnight at lodge.

 

Day 3:  Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, we travel to the Serengeti, observing the panoramic views on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater while encountering Zebra and Wildebeest migrations and many other wildlife along the way.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in Tanzania’s largest and most popular wildlife sanctuary.  The Serengeti is vast and beautiful; it’s one of Africa’s most captivating safari areas. The sheer amount of game here is amazing: estimates suggest up to about two million wildebeest, plus perhaps half a million zebra, hundreds of thousands of Thompson’s gazelle, and tens of thousands of impala, Grant’s gazelle, topi, hartebeest, eland and other antelope – all hunted by the predators for which these plains are famous.

Some of this game resides permanently in ‘home’ areas, which are great for safaris all year round. But many of the wildebeest and zebra take part in the migration – an amazing spectacle that’s one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. If you plan carefully, it’s still possible to witness this in wild and remote areas.

 

Day 5: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Highlands

After breakfast, we drive to Ngorongoro Highlands with a picnic lunch optional visits to the Olduvai Gorge and/or Masai Village (cost additional about US $50 per car to enter Masai Village. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast we drive to Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the Carter with a picnic lunch.  You’ll enjoy a full day Crater game drive. Included among the 7 Natural Wonders, this extinct volcano collapsed eons ago turning it into a beautiful natural enclosure. The showpiece of the conservation area is undoubtedly the Ngorongoro Crater itself. It measures about 12 Miles~19km in diameter, with walls of  1,900‘~610m in height. However you measure it, it’s no wonder that this Crater is numbered among the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

The mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses –enjoyed by large herds of zebra and wildebeest which graze here. These extensive open plains are also home to herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle and topi. You’ll also find East Africa’s best population of black rhino here which can be seen in open grasslands. Breeding herds of elephant pass through the Ngorongoro Crater itself only rarely, but you will see a scattering of old bulls, including some of the biggest tuskers remaining in Africa today.

No Ngorongoro safari would be complete without the predators, which are often highly visible on the crater floor. The Crater’s lion population varies significantly over time, the one constant being their complete adaptation for safari vehicles as evident with their hunting within yards of a vehicle, and when exhausted even seek their shade beside it. Spotted hyena are even more common here, often competing with the lion, and there’s are a small but growing number of cheetah.  Leopards are around, especially in the vicinity of the Lerai Forest – a small forest of fever trees notable for their yellow bark.  Side-striped and the lovely golden jackal are often seen skulking around, while bat-eared foxes area rarer sight.  Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Lodge.

 

Day 7: Ngorongoro back to town

After an enjoyable breakfast, we take in our final views of the Crater while we leisurely make our dive back to town where your safari will be complete.