Day 1: Arusha/Lake Manyara
Pick up from your hotel in the morning and you drive to Lake Manyara National park (21/2 hrs) to arrive in time for a late afternoon game drive to explore the park, Regardless of the direction you approach Manyara from, the view is always fantastic. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.
Day 2: Manyara/Serengeti
You spend the morning game viewing in the park before you proceed to Serengeti National park
(4 hrs), viewing game as you drive to the Seronera area.Dinner and overnight at Seronera campsite.
Day 3: Serengeti
You spend the day exploring the park in search of the big 5 among other game. Meals & overnight at the campsite.
Serengeti is Africa’s most famous and Tanzania’s largest park covering 14,736 sq km and is adjoining with the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, topi, Grants gazelle, Kongoni, Eland, Kirk’s dikdik, klipspringer, roan, Oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), the Serengeti is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes. Elephants are relatively scarce and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to the Moru Koppies area.
Serengeti also offers rewarding bird viewing with ostrich and kori bustard being common, a variety of larks, finches, and raptors can be seen but the most distinctive small bird is the lilac breasted roller.
Day 4: Serengeti/Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you depart for the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for an afternoon crater tour with packed lunches.
The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ a visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is home of Ngorongoro Crater. It was formed some 2.5 million years ago from a volcanic mountain sinking due to inactivity, and was initially thought to be higher than Tanzania’s famousKilimanjaro. The crater has evolved into a unique and integral part of Tanzania’s eco-system. The crater is actually a caldera, measures 22.5 km’s across and the rim walls stand 600m high. Views from within and from the rim are breathtaking (as can be seen from the picture). The crater houses 30,000 animals and a large variety of birds, which rarely move from the area due to the availability of water through wet and dry seasons.
Thereafter, ascend and drive to a Simba campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Ngorongoro/Tarangire
After breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park and spend the day exploring the park, which is also known as ‘the elephant park in Tanzania’. The landscape of the park is made up of seasonal marshes and a seemingly endless tree savannah with its mighty baobab trees. The dry season runs from July until October and this is perhaps the best time to visit the park. The reason for this is that the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water during this time and therefore the wildlife tends to concentrate in this area. You can therefore observe the herds of buffalos and wildebeests as they come down to the river for drinking. Other animals of the park that also assemble in this area are lions, leopards, zebras, antelopes and gazelles. Meals and overnight at a campsite.