Vacation Itinerary: Dream Come True
Destinations: Arusha Town, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara
National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
Private Dates: Departs daily – Inquire for availability.
DAY ONE: EN ROUTE
Depart Home – En route to Arusha Town
DAY TWO: ARUSHA TOWN
Welcome to Arusha, you will be met upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport by our safari representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to your city hotel irrespective of the airline and time of arrival for overnight.
Mt. Meru Hotel (BB)
DAY THREE: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Early morning breakfast will be served followed by a short safari briefing by our safari representatives. Thereafter depart by road to Tarangire National Park named after the famous Tarangire River which flows through and its approximately 2850 sq km (1096sq. miles). The park natural vegetation mainly consists of acacia woodland and giant African baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals. Tarangire National Park is famous for its large elephant herds in Africa especially during the dry months of July to October where animals are attracted by waters from the river and the swamp. Other animals found in the same park including buffalos, wildebeest, kudus, giraffe, some cats and it’s also a fine birding destination. Tarangire National Park is home to fringe-eared oryx, greater kudu, and the tiny Ashy Starling, these three endangered animals and birds cannot be found anywhere else in Tanzania.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar (B.L.D)
DAY FOUR: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Depart for morning game viewing in Tarangire National Park after breakfast which will be served at the lodge, Later you will return for lunch and thereafter depart by road to Lake Manyara National Park which was once quoted by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Lake Manyara is located in between the Ngorongoro Conservancy and Tarangire National Park so it’s an easy park to detour. The park is 330 sq km (127 sq miles), and the dramatic western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley forms its western border. The park is famous for the tree climbing lions and its huge populations of flamingos but its diverse eco-systems is habitant to a huge variety of animal which includes elephants, giraffe, impalas, baboons, waterbucks etc and more than 400 different bird’s species which have been recorded including the colorful flamingos, spoonbills, stilts, egrets, pelicans, cormorants and yellow-billed storks etc especially during the rainy season.
Lake Manyara Serena Hotel or similar (B.L.D)
DAY FIVE & SIX: NGORONGORO CRATER
You will depart after breakfast for another game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park returning back to the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch you will proceed by road to Ngorongoro Conservational Area which is one of Africa’s most important wildlife areas. The terrain embraces several distinct habitants from open grassland to mountain forest and from scrub bush land to highland heath. The area contains sites of international paleontological and archaeological importance. Arrive at the lodge late in the evening ready to refreshen and dinner. The next day after breakfast you will descent down to the crater bottom which is a unique refuge for both animals and sometimes man offering different topography ranging from the basins, swamps, springs, the rivers, plains, forest and the salt lakes. The crater supports a vast number of animals such as male elephants, café buffalos, hyenas, lions, jackals, zebras, wildebeest and several birds’ species because of the fresh water it holds. For game viewing, you are entitled to only one entry of up to six hours, later your will ascent back to the lodge for an evening at leisure.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or Similar (B.L.D)
DAY SEVEN & EIGHT: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast and check out, you will drive towards Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word ‘siringet’ referring to an ‘endless plain’. En-route, you can visit Olduvai Gorge situated on an ancient lake covered by layers of volcanic ash, many fossil discoveries, including a skull of human ancestor. For the next two days, you will be exploring the world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site i.e. Serengeti National Park with unique combination of diverse habitats which enables the park to support more than 30 species of large herbivores which includes giraffes, buffalos, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, hyenas, zebras, wildebeest, impala etc and nearly 500 different species of birds. You can opt for the morning and afternoon or half day game viewing in the park where game viewing will be done along the flowing rivers that support a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles including the famous 18” Nile crocodile along Seronera River or the big prides of the Serengeti lions. The voyage of more than one million wildebeest, zebras and other hoofed animals starts from here as they travel towards the famous Masai Mara Games Reserve – Kenya where they are known to offer a dramatic show as the cross the Mara River full of crocodiles, its where “survival is for the fittest” from July to October every year.
Serengeti Serena Lodge or Similar (B.L.D)
DAY NINE: DEPART
Breakfast will be served at the lodge followed by check out; you will be transferred to the Serengeti Airstrip for the morning scheduled flight to Arusha Town. Farewell meal will be served at a city restaurant. Later you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your outbound international flight back home (B.L.D)
DAY TEN: ARRIVE BACK HOME
Mostly probably this is the day you will arrive back home.