ARRIVAL ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK (L, D)
Depart for Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch and game drive till late afternoon.
Lake Manyara is tucked beneath the Rift Valley wall. A thin green band of forest flanked by the 600 metres sheer high red and brown cliffs of the escarpment and the shores of the soda lake which gives name to the park. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, Manyara features nearly 400 different species of bird, red-billed quelea, pelicans, cormorants and thousands of flamingos.
Drive to Migunga Forest Camp or Kudu Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Depart for Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch and game drive till late afternoon.
Tarangire is famous for its huge herds of elephant and baobab trees. Throughout the dry season, thirsty antelope and elephant trek hundreds of kilometres to drink at the Tarangire River. Drive to Migunga Forest Camp or Kudu Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Lake Manyara
LAKE MANYARA – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)
From Lake Manyara you drive towards the Serengeti, one of the most famous wildlife conservation areas in the world. First, reach the Naabi Hill Kopjes where you can go for a short walk. After lunch, continue on game drives all afternoon at the vast Serengeti National Park, named after the ancient Masai word 'Siringet', which means endless plains.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)
Early morning game drive to see also nocturnal animals returning from hunting and lions awaking in the dawn followed by a full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the Great Migration and the movements of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species.
SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CRATER (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you travel towards Ngorongoro, home of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations and one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in its natural habitat. Spend the afternoon as you wish, as there are several options for you (at additional cost): Visit a Masai Village, Game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater Floor, Guided Nature Walk along the Crater Rim or settle in at your beautiful country home style lodge and enjoy a restful afternoon.
NGORONGORO – ARUSHA (B)
Depending on your onward journey schedule you can do some activities in the morning such as walking in the forest of Ngorongoro following the Endoro Trail to the waterfall and elephant caves, visiting the lively farmers market of Karatu or do some souvenir shopping in Mto wa Mbu. Then, your private safari guide takes you back to Arusha with arrival in the afternoon.