Tanzania offers one of the best environments in the world for an enriching wildlife experience. The country’s game viewing opportunities are considered by many to be the best in Africa. Its game parks are populated with many of the world’s most exotic creatures, including all of the Big Five. Its lakes are huge and bountiful with fish. Yet, to a greater degree than is true of many of its neighbors, this sprawling county, the largest in East Africa, remains untouched by the vacationing hordes.
|You’ll visit Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro & Serengeti NP|
|This tour starts and ends in Arusha|
|You’ll go to Tanzania|
|Activities: game drives, evening/night game drives, walking safaris (with an armed guide) & beach time|
|Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle|
|Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle, normal 4×4 vehicle, hiking/walking & air transfer|
|A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included|
Airport Transfer by Blue Ocean Safaris from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) arrival time 5.00 am to Serena Lake Manyara Safari Lodge.
Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace and tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness.
Arrive late morning at Lake Manyara National Park. Spend the afternoon viewing the wildlife in this incredibly diverse ecosystem. At times large groups of flamingoes, storks and waterfowl can be found along the lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park. Head up to your lodge in the late afternoon to relax, settle in, & enjoy a sundowner cocktail. The Lake Manyara Serena Lodge offers panoramic views of the Rift Valley.
Dinner at Lake Manyara Serena & overnight.
Tanzania is a great ornithological destination. The national checklist of 1,100 bird species is the third highest in Africa, representing more than 10% of the global avifauna, and a well-planned two-week itinerary is likely to result in a trip list of 300-plus species.
Known for its elephants and tree-climbing lions, Lake Manyara is also excellent for flamingos and other fascinating birds in and around the soda lake. A Lake Manyara safari is a unique and fascinating experience, as the park offers vast ecological variety in a small area; featuring a ground-water forest, acacia tortillas woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto. The dry winter season is the perfect time to visit if what you are after is big game viewing, while the wet summer season brings the variety of birds, as well as water-based activities, which add something special to the safari.
Full day wildlife viewing: Ngorongoro Crater floor. OR opt for an afternoon sunset to hike to Olmoti Crater.
On a seldom-used road (therefore, quite bumpy) we drive to Nainokanoka, a Maasai farming village. From here we start our easy hike to Olmoti Crater.
The hike to the rim of the crater takes about thirty minutes as you ascend through bush and grassy clumps covered with wildflowers until you reach the open grassy summit. It’s just another 30 minutes to hike down into the shallow, lush crater to a lovely waterfall. Here we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, and then continue with a visit to a nearby Maasai boma, with time to spend among the Maasai people. This is an excellent opportunity to admire their intricate beadwork, still crafted in the traditional manner.
In the late afternoon we’ll drive back to your lodge on the crater rim.
Leaving the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we stop at the famed Olduvai Gorge, where some of the earliest remains of our species were unearthed by the dedicated Leakey family. Here in these desolate gullies the jawbone of Zinjanthropus Man was discovered. The Gorge Museum explains the Leakeys methods and their remarkable finds. We then begin the journey into the great Serengeti traveling deep into the wilds of Africa. The sight of giraffe, lion, ostrich, zebra and warthog will dazzle you. See herds of animals swiftly running across vast open spaces, and predators hunting prey. The multitude and diversity of species here is unrivaled. We spend three nights in the impressive Serengeti Serena Lodge in the Central Serengeti.
The Serengeti National Park is one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. It is a land of vast grassland plains, acacia-studded savannas, wooded hills and mountains. The Serengeti is home to a breathtaking array of wildlife.
Full day wildlife viewing at Serengeti National Park.
At any point in time, the park’s vast grassland plains and savannas will be strewn with pockets of grazing zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and topi. The acacia forests will abound with birdlife and monkeys. Elephants and buffaloes will be wallowing in the swamps, and the rivers will be brimming with hippos and crocodiles, watched over by the storks that stand on the sandy riverbanks.
The extraordinary concentration of animals in the park reaches its peak during the annual wildebeest migration, when the promise of rain and new grass in the north, in the Masai Mara, leads as many as 1.5 million wildebeest and their zebra fellow travelers to pick up roots and set off on a 600-mile (1000-kilometer) migratory circuit. Millions of animals coalesce into a single massive herd in the months of December through February, and surge northward in a pulsing column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon.
An exclusive hot air balloon includes a pre-dawn collection for these luxury safaris from your luxury African game lodge to the hot air balloon launch site near Maasai Kopjes. This is the only time you will be allowed to move about the Serengeti during the hours of darkness and you may just glimpse some nocturnal animals, unusual sights and the possibility to take some very unique animals pictures and photos.
Depending of booked schedule, at 0500 hrs you will be collected from the lodge.
At dawn the balloon takes off, rising as the sun rises and floats in whichever direction the winds of the morning takes it. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon; sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife bellow.
The hot air balloon ride is for about one hour aerial game viewing.
Morning wildlife viewing en route to airstrip for the flight (33lbs baggage limit) to Arusha. Arrive early afternoon. After lunch there will be time to relax, shop or swim.
Evening transfer to the airport.
End of Tour.
|1||Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge||All Meals Included|
|2||Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge||All Meals Included|
|3||Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge||All Meals Included|
|4-6||Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge||Breakfast & Lunch Included|
|7||End of Tour||Breakfast & Lunch Included|
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