Day 1: Arrival
You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by your driver/guide and our representative. We will take you to the Mount Meru Game Lodge with an attached game sanctuary. Alternative accommodation is at Rivertrees Country Inn situated at the banks of picturesque Usa River on an old German coffee estate. Our representative will come to meet you and provide you with a safari briefing. Dinner included.
Day 2: Tarangire
After breakfast you will start your safari with a drive along the Great Rift Valley to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, and up to 6,000 elephants. After game driving you will go with a ranger or Masai on a guided walk at the parks boundaries. Overnight at Kikoti Tented Camp or Maramboi Tented Camp at Tarangire. All meals included.
Day 3: Lake Manyara
After breakfast we depart for Lake Manyara. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, and hippo among others. Overnight at Bouganvillea Safari Lodge in Karatu nearby. All meals included.
Day 4: Karatu
Spend one day in and around Karatu, a small town located on a high plateau of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Your day will be spent with a visit to the busy market of Karatu town, a walk to coffee plantations, or Ganeto Hill, and an invitation to meet with a descendant of the ancient Irawq group who will provide you with some interesting insights about his culture. If you are interested invisiting a a local school or orphanage, this can also be arranged. Overnight at Bouganvillea Safari Lodge. All meals included.
Day 5 & 6: Lake Eyasi
From Karatu you proceed to Lake Eyasi, home to the hunter-gatherer ethnic group called the Hadzabe Bushmen. The individuals in this ethnic group possess a plethora of knowledge of the flora and fauna in the area and can provide interesting insights into their own ways of life. Around Lake Eyasi you will also visit the remotely living Datoga group famous for their colorful leather clothing. The days are filled with visits and cultural encounters around Lake Eyasi until you enjoy a beautiful sunset overlooking the water. Two night overnight at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp. All meals included.
Day 7: Ngorongoro
Ngorongoro Crater is often described as one of the wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural habitat. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 feet high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the “Big 5” can even be spotted all in one game drive! Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. All meals included.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Highlands
Take an excursion to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and arrive in an area called Crater Highlands. Once arriving at Olmoti Crater, you can walk down to the relatively shallow part and see the grassy caldera which is home to eland, bushbuck, and sometimes buffaloes. Water flows across the crater to the south side where it forms a small but spectacular waterfall known as Munge Stream. Visit another crater, named Empakai, which is six kilometers wide and dominated by a deep soda lake which occupies nearly half the floor. Waterbirds and wildlife are often seen around the lake. The whole area is inhabited by some 40,000 Maasai herdsmen and lots of them can be seen during the day. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. All meals included.
Day 9: Lake Ndutu
From the crater rim you will proceed to the southern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. En-route you will visit a Maasai village, where the inhabitants will proudly take you around, showing you their dances, jewelry, dwellings, and even take you to the village nursery if you would like. Afterwards, you will visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum with an excellent exhibition about ancient artifacts from the gorge where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many significant discoveries, contributing to the theory that human life originated in Africa. You will then go on a walking tour of the gorge with a local guide. It is a strenuous descent on a gravel track and the gorge itself is a fairly extensive and interesting, cutting deep into the surrounding rocks. Don’t expect to see the findings which are all on display in the museums but it is still a great hike in a breathtaking landscape. Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge or Olaado Tented Camp. All meals included
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
From Lake Ndutu you are off for your last two days on safari to the “Great Serengeti,” the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The vast Serengeti plains cover an area of over 14,763 square kilometers and during the months of the migration (October-July), there are up to 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and thompson’s gazelle in the park. The Serengeti “kopjes,” massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from leopards to the tiny dik dik. Spend your day on an exciting safari game drive around Serengeti. Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp. All meals included.
Day 11: Serengeti National Park
Start your day with an early morning game drive to see nocturnal animals returning from hunting in the soft early morning light. Enjoy an informal bush breakfast outside the camp, followed by a visit to the interesting Serengeti visitors center, then return back to your camp for a hot lunch. After some rest go out for an afternoon game drive or if you prefer then you can do a walking safari around the camp. Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp. All meals included.
Day 12 Serengeti-Departure
After your breakfast at camp, enjoy your last game drive en-route to the Seronera Airstrip where you will take a flight to Kilimanjaro for your departure. A dayroom at KIA Lodge nearby can be arranged for you if you wish. Breakfast and box lunch included.