Experience an exciting combination of Tanzanian Safari
This trip will taking in the wonders of Ngorongoro Crater and the famed Serengeti National Park, Tarangire and the tree lions of Lake Manyara, and ending on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Enjoy luxury camping deep in the wild, staying in large tents with private verandahs and full en-suite facilities. Between mobile camps you will relax at a small lodge on an old coffee plantation, and in a fabulous lodge on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater. Transportation is by modified 4WD safari vehicles meet and be escorted by experienced safari guides of Tanzania.
DAY 1 – ARRIVE TANZANIA
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by our representative, and transferred to Mt. Village Lodge. The Mountain Village Lodge is situated on a coffee plantation with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Your accommodation will be in one of the charming stone cottages sit amidst beautiful gardens overlooking Lake Duluti.
Dinner and Overnight at Mt Village Lodge, Arusha (D only)
DAYS 2 & 3 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will depart by road to your private tented camp, situated at the boundary of Tarangire National Park. Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The park supports a great diversity of wildlife, especially during in the dry season of July to November, when the Tarangire River provides the only permanent water supply in the area. During this season wildlife, including up to 6.000 elephants concentrate along the river.
For a cultural experience, walking in the area and visits to some neighboring tribes is offered. Maasai live in the area as well as the Datoga, another tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrated into this area many decades ago, looking for good grazing land. The Dataoga have resisted neighboring tribes’ cultural infiltrations. The women still wear fat treated goatskin gowns and carve their faces and bodies to beautify themselves. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from the several hilltop peaks in the area.
Dinner and Overnight at Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire or similar (FB)
DAY 4 – TARANGIRE – LAKE MANYARA- GIBB’S FARM
After breakfast you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful park with its lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai word for “euphorbia tirucalli”, a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippos. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis” tree. The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species.
After a game drive and a picnic lunch in the park you’ll depart for the Ngorongoro highlands and your overnight accommodation at Gibb’s Farm. This delightful farm is situated on the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater and is renowned for their friendly service and excellent cuisine. In the evening a hike is possible to the coffee plantation or to the water fall.
Dinner and Overnight at Gibb’s Farm, Lake Manyara or similar (FB)
DAY 5 – NGORONGORO CRATER.
This morning your drive takes you the short distance to the “eighth wonder of the world”, the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera on earth. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2000ft high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the black named lion and the endangered black rhino. The crater contains a river, several swamps, and a soda lake – complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. With a picnic lunch you will descend the crater walls and spend the afternoon and early evening wildlife viewing on the crater floor. , returning to your lodge in time for a sundowner on the verandah. Your lodging for the next two nights will be at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Perched on the edge of the crater, this beautiful lodge affords panoramic views of the crater floor.
Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro or similar (FB)