Includes also: NP Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro
7 days, 6 nights
Day 1: Lake Manyara
Depart from Arusha and drive to Lake Manyara National Park, a unique and picturesque park with a stunning lake, inspiring views and very varied wildlife and bird life viewing. Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake that is part of the Rift Valley wall. The lake is at the base of this dramatic western escarpment giving it a beautiful and serene setting. In addition to this peaceful setting, Lake Manyara’s main attractions are its rich bird life, tree climbing lions and its hippos which you can see at a closer range than any other places. Stay overnight at Kirurumu Tented Lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Serengeti
We start our day with a morning game drive through Lake Manyara and from there we drive to Serengeti for a stay overnight at Serengeti Lobo Lodge. The Serengeti is famed for its annual animal migration when some 6 million hooves pound the open plains.
Day 3: Northern Serengeti National Park
Have a full day game drive through the Serengeti, where we look for large herds of wildebeests pounding the plains, while hungry predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs try to prey upon the youngest and weakest members of the herds. Here breathtaking landscapes, endless horizons and abundant wildlife await you. The Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Northern part of the park is the ideal location for marveling at the annual wildebeest migration (check migration month). Stay overnight at Serengeti Lobo Lodge.
Day 4: Northern Serengeti- Center Serengeti
Today we start with another game drive through the Northern Serengeti and head to the Center of the Serengeti. The Mara River, which flows through the Northern Serengeti on its way to Lake Victoria, continues to be a focal point with large herds on each side crossing both North to South and South to North. Stay overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 5: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Ngorongoro Crater
Today we leave the Serengeti and drive to Ngorongoro Crater passing some very scenic landscapes. En route to the Ngorongoro crater we stop by Olduvai Gorge, a world-renowned archeological site that has been called the “Cradle of Mankind”. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you enjoy a full day of game viewing at the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Called the eighth wonder of the world, the crater won’t fail to take your breath away as you stand on the rim looking down a 10-mile wide crater floor with abundant wildlife. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world covering approximately 260 km with walls rising 600 meters from the crater floor. Before the Ngorongoro Volcano exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, it was one of the world’s tallest mountains. Now, it is home to more than 30,000 large mammals – mainly gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog – and has the highest predator density in the world. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge.
Day 7: Drive back to Arusha
After breakfast we leave for Arusha via Mto Wa Mbu Maasai Market for some shopping. Stay overnight at Kibo Palace in Arusha or fly to Zanzibar if excursion extension has been selected.
Fly back (option)
Please note that this Safari can also be booked with an option to fly back to Arusha on your last day. You might want to consider this option if you need to fly out of Arusha. If you select a “fly back” option for this Safari, you will stay at different lodges that are of comparable standards but you will follow the same circuit as described above, with the difference being that your safari ends in the Serengeti from where your flight will depart.