Itinerary: Classic Camping -Basic-
Spend an action packed week on game drives exploring the most famous national parks in Africa. Lake Manyara is famous for its large flocks of flamingos and the tree climbing lions that live nearby. The Serengeti offers you great game viewing and depending on the time of year, you may also witness part of the great wildebeest migration.
At night, we’ll be camping under the stars. Enjoy delicious meals and sun-downers beside the fire. This is Africa at its best.
Day 1: Arrival Day
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport your driver awaits you and brings you to Arusha (55 mins drive). Christine is awaiting you in the hotel for your briefing.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, we depart for Tarangire National Park. Arrive in time for lunch at Tarangire wildlife lodge. After lunch, relax for a short while and later go for an afternoon game drive. Tarangire is a park of giant baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia parkland.
It is famous for its dense concentrations of wildlife, which are most spectacular in the dry season between June and September. It is during this period that thousands of animals- wildebeest, zebra, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, and Oryx migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River in search of water. The predators - lion, leopard and others- follow closely. Birds are also abundant here and over 350 species have been recorded. In the evening you will have dinner and overnight at the campsite in Mto wa Mbu.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The rim of the Ngorongoro Crater from where you get awesome views of the collapsed volcano.
After a short rest break, proceed for a tour of the crater. The drive commences with the 600 m descent to the crater floor. Covering 260 sq km, the crater is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife and birdlife. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many species of plain animals- wildebeest, zebra reedbuck, Thompson gazelle and many more. In the late afternoon you will ascend the crater for dinner and overnight at the Simba campsite.
Day 4: Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we drive to the Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai George is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of Homo habilis ("Handy man") regarded as mankind's first step on the path of human evolution. You will arrive in the Serengeti National Park by lunch time and have your hot lunch at a lodge and a short rest.
Later in the day afternoon enjoy another game drive in the park. The Serengeti is probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Within its 14,763 sqkms area it hosts 3 million large mammals. More than 35 species of plain animals- zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, and others are found here - including the big five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
The park is famous for the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around June when over one million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Ngorongoro Highlands in search for fresh grass and water. Other exciting wild animals include wild dog, jackal and hyena. In the evening you will have dinner and overnight at the Seronera Campsite.
Days 5 & 6: Serengeti National Park - full days
Early in the morning depart for an early morning game drive. Return for breakfast, collect picnic lunch and proceed for a full day of game viewing in Serengeti. Later in the afternoon you will be back to the lodge for hot shower, dinner and overnight at the Seronera Campsite.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park and Lake Manyara National Park
Early in the morning we depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. After breakfast we drive to the Ngorongoro Highlands. You will have lunch at Gibbs Farm, formerly a working coffee farm and now an organic farm. We then proceed for an afternoon visit of the waterfalls en-route to Lake Manyara and arrive in time for hot shower, dinner and overnight at Twiga Campsite.
Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park - Depart
After breakfast, depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. The park covers 330 sq. km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lakeshore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree - climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the Rift Valley. It is also an ornithologists' paradise and is host to over 350 species of birds.
In the afternoon you will be back to the lodge for hot lunch and short rest. You will have an afternoon game drive and later in the afternoon drive back to Arusha ready for your transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
- National Park entry fees
- Airport transfers to and from your hotel
- Salary for your guide
- Meals (full board while on safari)
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Mineral Water (3 liters per person per day)
- Tips for your guide / driver
- Sleeping bags and personal items
- Flights if not included
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses (visas, yellow fever certificate, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
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