SAFARI IN SERENGETI AND NGORONGORO EXTENDED - 7 Days

Cheetah searching for food

If wanderlust has struck you yet again, it’s time to pack your bags and head straight to Tanzania – the microcosm of Africa. From biodiversity and enigmatic landscapes to captivating culture and great hospitality, the land offers you endless opportunities to explore, learn, and imbibe. However, the Tanzania experience is incomplete if you skip Serengeti and Ngorongoro – the UNESCO biosphere reserve that keeps a steady stream of offshore travelers all year around.

Serengeti National Park:
The Serengeti National Park (SNP) is a part of the Serengeti ecosystem, which occupies a major chunk of East Africa. The national park, sprawling across 14,750, 00 square metres of the reserved area, is situated in the north-west of Tanzania where it runs into the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The entire area is covered with forests, woodlands, grasslands and riverines, each defined by unique geography, flora and fauna. Whether you are a naturalist, ornithology enthusiast or an adventure seeker, there’s plenty to feed your wanderlust within the SNP.

  • Plains: The Serengeti plains symbolise the magnificence of SNP with vast stretches of treeless land. Just help yourself to Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari packages and witness a spectrum of wildlife in the natural habitat. Chances are you may come across wildebeest, hartebeest, waterbuck, gazelle, impala, buffalo, zebra and other hoofed animals. The plains are also a vantage point for predators and pythons.
  • Riverines: As the Grumeti River flows majestically dissecting the plains, just hold your breath to have a glimpse of Nile crocodiles, hippopotamus, martial eagles and other species across both banks. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you cannot miss it.
  • Woodlands: Enter the woodlands and you’ll see a resplendent panorama of SNP unfolding in all its glory. If you plan your Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari packages in July and August, you can expect to witness giraffes, elephants and Dik-Dik.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
Spread across 830,000 square meters, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is your entryway to the natural splendour Tanzania has to offer. The NCA, designated as a Multiple Land Use Area in 1959 and UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, is defined by vast stretches of plains, gorges, forests, woodlands and three volcanic craters. Get onboard the Ngorongoro crater safari tours to be mesmerised by the sheer intricacy and grandeur of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world that has never been broken, altered or flooded.

NCA is probably the only place in the world where man, cattle and wildlife coexist harmoniously. With Ngorongoro crater safari tours, you get hands-on experience of the unique, unaltered life of the Maasai people who still lead a semi-nomadic life. Also expect to have a rendezvous with gazelles, wildebeest, zebra and predators in their natural habitat.

The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Tour Package:
The 7-days Serengeti and Ngorongoro Tour Package is designed to give you the maximum exposure to the sights, sounds and smells of the coveted biosphere reserve. The first day of the tour gets underway from Moshi, heading towards the Manyara National Park where you’ll be treated with game drive and picnic lunch. Next, the tour proceeds to Lake Natron for an overnight stay, giving you a glimpse of escarpment, waterfalls, gorge and flamingos. The subsequent destination on the fourth day is Wasso village, home to the Maasai tribe. On the fifth and sixth day, we move to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area respectively while last day is dedicated to Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1
Arrive in Arusha,

Arrive anytime at (JRO).

A private transfer from (JRO), to Arusha Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Arusha Safari Lodge, which is beautifully located on Kilimanjaro view point, and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.

We will gather in the hotel for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check.

We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2
Game drive in Tarangire National Park.

Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water.

We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set outsite the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere.

Dinner and overnight at Highview Hotel: Full board.

Day 3
Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.

We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life.

After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos.

Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky).

The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wild Tented Camp: Full board.

Day 4
Game drive in Serengeti National Park.

We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge.

It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s.

Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years.

After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle.

There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard.

We return to our special tented camp for the night at Serengeti.

Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Wild Tented Camp: Full board.

Day 5
Another full day game drive in Serengeti National Park.

We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti.

This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and it you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich.

We return to our special tented camp for the night at Serengeti.

Dinner and overnight at Ikoma Wild Tented Camp: Full board.

Day 6
Serengeti to Karatu

After a full day game drive in Serengeti national park drive back to Karatu.

Dinner and overnight at Highview Hotel: Full board.

Day 7
Half day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.

Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. After lunch we make a short journey from the park to Arusha.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks

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