You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the forests outside Arusha. Depending on your arrival time, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, go for a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available. (An airport transfer is included if arriving on Day 1 only. For arrival on any other day, we can arrange a transfer at additional cost, otherwise please make your own way to the lodge.)
Overnight: Moivaro Coffee Plantation or similar
Our day starts with the first stop in town of Arusha for some last minute purchases, before we head off on an exciting safari experience. Today we will drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park for our first game drive. This area has the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with approximately 2000 sighted along the river at certain times of the year. In the dry season, (July November) most of the wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem migrates to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. The lush green shores of the river are a big attraction to many varieties of wildlife, so they offer fantastic game viewing. Dry baobab and acacia trees are scattered widely throughout Tarangire National Park and these provide an ideal home to over 500 species of birds. Most people who have visited East Africa give fabulous accounts of their safaris in this national park, which is famous for both its flora and fauna. We will overnight at the Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar.
After breakfast this morning we will drive from Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game drive. The spectacular national park is located at the north-western corner of Lake Manyara, which lies at the foot of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. The Park is situated between the dramatic Rift Valley escarpment and the lake and there is an abundance of animals within only 125 square miles (two thirds of which is Lake), as they attracted by the permanent water in the lake and small rivers. The surrounding forest is jungle-like with giant trees and snaking lianas. Often called Tanzania's water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara National Park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions. Tonight we stay at the Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar.
After breakfast we drive up the Rift Valley escarpment towards the Ngorongoro Crater, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a special day of game viewing. The drive up the crater wall leads us to the magnificent wildlife sanctuary, where we spend several hours. At nearly 2300m, the mornings are brisk and low cloud sometimes covers the area. Please bring some warm clothing as it can be cold here. The Crater is one of the last refugees for the endangered black rhino in northern Tanzania; the rhino population here is carefully protected and they are quite commonly seen. With over 30,000 animals across all species, the Ngorongoro Crater can be regarded as a "Garden of Eden". The 100 sq km caldera also has the highest density of lions anywhere in Africa. After, we head for the Serengeti National Park, game driving along the way. Tonight is spent at the Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar.
An early start sees us heading out for a game drive in the magnificent Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National Park is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage area for its wildlife and natural beauty. We will go ahead with game drives throughout the afternoon in the endless plains spotting many animals. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for an overnight. Famed for its annual migration, it offers amazing game viewing: herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, zebra, impala and other antelopes, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah and much other wildlife. We hope to experience one of the blazing Serengeti sunsets, with silhouetted acacia trees and the call of the wild close at hand. We overnight again at the Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar.
Today we retrace our steps with a morning game drive through the Serengeti before we continue our game drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. En-route we visit Olduvai Gorge museum. The world famous Olduvai Gorge is where our earliest ancestors were discovered by Professor Richard Leakey. Overnight at the Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar.
Today we explore the colourful town of Mto-wa-Mbu for some last minute pictures and curio shopping. Afterwards we head to Arusha where the tour concludes.