Join us for the safari of a lifetime as we journey to the best location in Tanzania to witness the great Wildebeest Migration crossing the Mara River in North Serengeti. This is a country that offers diverse landscapes from the towering snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and the shimmering Lake Manyara tinged pink with its halo of flamingos, to the mystical Nogorongoro Crater. This is Africa’s Garden of Eden, born millions of years ago from a series of explosive volcanos and home today to the “big 5” and abundance of other wildlife. Visit the dry dusty hills of Oldupai Gorge, the birthplace of mankind and then visit a Masaai Village for a glimpse of what life is like today for these traditional custodians of the Serengeti. From here we travel north to the remotest regions of the endless plains to find the migration on the banks of the Mara River for the fabled crossing, the most dramatic chapter of the most extraordinary wildlife event on the planet!
- Arusha National Park
- Lake Manyara -Manyara National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- North Serengeti National Park
- Witness the largest, Large Mammal Migration on the planet
- Visit the largest Unflooded, Intact Volcanic Caldera on Earth
- Olduvai Gorge – A UNESCO World Heritage Sight
- Drive through the heart of the Great East African Rift Valley
- Flight over Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
- The services of a Specialist Wilderness Guide
- All safari transport by 4×4 safari vehicles with roof hatches or
- Air transfers as specified
- Twin/double accommodation on board basis mentioned
- Meals as specified
- Bottled Water on safari activities and at meals
- All game-viewing activities and park/conservation fees at for Arusha, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks and the Ngorongoro Crater
- Only at Olakira Camp- drinks (soft drinks, house wine, local beers & non-imported spirits) and bush laundry
10 DAY / 9 NIGHTS
POST TOUR OPTION TO ZANZIBAR OR THE SEYCHELLES
Day 1, 2 ~ ARUSHA
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night. Arusha is known as the safari capital of Tanzania. (International flights not included.)
After an early Breakfast we depart for day Safari with a picnic into Arusha National Park. This National Park is situated at the foothills of Mount Meru and is known for the worlds largest population of Giraffe. Meander through the golden savannas into Acacia forests and up into the rainforest areas in search of Colobus Monkeys.
Day 3, 4, 5 ~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK ~ NGORONGORO CRATER
Our drive today takes us through rural Masaai farming areas where we will spot Masaai Herdsmen with their cattle herds …. Arriving at Lake Manyara National Park in time for a game drive and picnic lunch. The towering Mto wa Mbu escarpment provides a remarkable backdrop to Lake Manyara, with its shimmering haze of flamingos. The area is rich in wildlife and the lake is home to over 400 bird species including flamingos, long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfishers. The Park features a ground water forest, acacia tortilis woodland.
After lunch we depart on our adventures into the Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it is known to be the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600m deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
During your stay here, we will do a full day game drive with a picnic lunch on the Crater Floor, a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in Tanzania to see the big 5.
On our day of departure, we will a visit a Masaai Boma, an experience that offers us a glimpse into their distinctive culture. Preservation of their proud traditions have set the Masaai apart from other indigenous groups in Tanzania. We then meander on through the open savannas game viewing to the famous Olduvai Gorge, discovered by Dr Louis Leaky. It is a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the most important Paleoanthropological sites in the world. This dry wilderness has proven to be invaluable to the further understanding of early human evolution. We have a picnic lunch before travelling on to the remote Serengeti National Park.
Overnight Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6,7,8,9 ~ NORTHERN SERENGETI
After a leisurely Breakfast we transfer to Manyara Airstrip for our charter plane to Northern Serengeti. As the great migration make their way across the expansive Serengeti plains – in the dryer months the big herds move north watching this spectacle is an experience one will never forget. Full Board Accommodation and meals.
Day 11 ~ ARUSHA
Transfer to the Airstrip to catch our charter plane back to Arusha around midday and on to Kilimanjaro airport where your plane will depart.