Tanzania Safari and Itinerary

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DAY 1 – We depart from your lodge and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park. Although small in size, this park is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. Lake Manyara covers two-thirds of the park. The backdrop to the park is the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The park surrounds the soda lake, followed by marshy grasslands and finally a lush forest. We will stop for a picnic lunch in this area, which consists of open grassy areas, hot springs, dense woodlands, and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise that has more than 350 species of bird. The park is also famed for its unique and elusive tree-climbing lions. After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Farm House Lodge http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ngorongoro-farm-house/

DAY 2 – Today we visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Had it not become the world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera, then what is now known as the Ngorongoro Crater could have been a towering volcanic mountain as high as Kilimanjaro.

The Crater is a large, unbroken, un-flooded volcanic caldera, formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. The Ngorongoro Crater sinks to a depth of 610 metres, with its floor covering 260 square kilometres; estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500m to 5,800m.

Animal populations in the Crater include almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa (with an estimated 25,000 animals within the Crater), including the “big five” of Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, and Buffalo.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), measuring 8,300 square kilometres, is the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony. The NCA became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1971 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Afterward, we head to Moshi . With prior arrangement, we can drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or book an additional lodging.

3 Day Safari Lake Manyara N.P, Tarangire NP and Ngorongoro Crater

DAY 1- Hotel pick-up from Moshi. Drive approx. 3-4 hours to Lake Manyara for an afternoon of sensational wildlife viewing (packed lunch included).

Leopards, Lions, Elephants, Baboons, Blue Monkeys, Dik-dik, Gazelles, Hippos, Giraffes, Impalas, Bushbucks, Buffalos, Wildebeests, Zebras and more, inhabit Lake Manyara National Park.

The park is also home to more than 400 bird species and is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they populate the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands, however they are not so present during the dry season. The park is also famed for its unique and elusive tree-climbing lions. After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Farm House Lodge http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ngorongoro-farm-house/

DAY 2 – Today we visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro crater  At more than 2,000 feet deep and 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. 30,000 animals make their home in this crater, making it an ideal place for sightings of the ‘big 5’ – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. We enjoy a picnic lunch in this truly world-class attraction, also known as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’. After lunch, we proceed to Tarangire National Park.  Tarangire is known for its vast herds of elephants. It is estimated that there are over 2,500 elephants in the park.  We enjoy an outdoors lunch overlooking the bluff and viewing Tarangire’s plains. After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Tarangire safari Lodge, http://www.tarangiresafarilodge.com/

DAY 3 – After breakfast, we continue our game drive through Tarangire on our way to Moshi With prior arrangement, we can drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or book additional lodging.

4 DAYS TANZANIA – THE SERENGETI NP, TARANGIRE NP & NGORONGORO CRATER

Day 1: Moshi to Tarangire National Park

Hotel pick-up from Moshi, Drive approx. 3-4 hours to Tarangire National Park for a full day of game viewing (packed lunch included).

Covering an area of 2,850 square kilometres, Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest in Tanzania. During the dry season, thousands of thirsty animals wander hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water.

Herds of up to 300 Elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory Wildebeest, Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Gazelle, Hartebeest and Eland Antelope crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately Fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked Gerenuk are regularly observed.

The park is famous for its huge number of Elephants, Tree-climbing Lions and Baobab Trees. Other common animals include Waterbucks, Giraffes and Olive Baboons.

After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Farm House Lodge http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ngorongoro-farm-house/

DAY 2 –Today we visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. At more than 2,000 feet deep and 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. 30,000 animals make their home in this crater, making it an ideal place for sightings of the ‘big 5’ – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. We enjoy a picnic lunch in this truly world-class attraction, also known as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’. After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Katikati Tented Camps http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/kati-kati-tented-camp/

DAY 3:

Full day in Serengeti you’ll form memories of a lifetime with a breathtaking wildlife experience in arguably Africa’s greatest animal kingdom, the Serengeti National Park (two days game viewing with all meals included).

Imagine this…….

More than a million Wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life; a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000km pilgrimage begins again.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 Zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s Gazelle join the Wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa, with great herds of Buffalo, smaller groups of Elephant and Giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of Eland, Topi, Impala and Grant’s Gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned Lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary Leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of Cheetahs prowl the south-eastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African Jackal species occur here alongside the Spotted Hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous Aardwolf to the beautiful Serval Cat.

The liberating sense of space that characterises the Serengeti plains is breathtaking; stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. After the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet dotted with wildflowers.

After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Katikati Tented Camps http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/kati-kati-tented-camp/

DAY 4 – After breakfast, we begin our long drive to Moshi through the Serengeti.  With prior arrangement, we can drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) after the safari or book additional lodging.

5DAYS SAFARI IN LAKE MANYARA NP, SERENGETI NP, NGORONGORO CRATER, TARANGIRE NP

DAY 1 – We depart from your lodge and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park. Although small in size, this park is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. Lake Manyara covers two-thirds of the park. At the backdrop is the wall of the Great Rift Valley, before which lies the ground water forest, areas of open grassland near the lake foreshore, and the Soda Lake. We enjoy a picnic lunch in this area, which consists of open grassy areas, hot springs, dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise that has more than 350 species of bird. The park is also famed for its unique and elusive tree-climbing lions. After the game drive, we dine and stay overnight at Farm House Lodge http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/ngorongoro-farm-house/

DAY 2 – We proceed to the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world – Serengeti National Park. The word ‘Serengeti’ means ‘endless plains’, which describes the park’s 5,600 square mile boundary. Yet for its sprawling area, the Serengeti does not disappoint when it comes to rich game-viewing. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. Dinner and Overnight at Katikati tented  Camps, http://twctanzania.com/en/accommodation/kati-kati-tented-camp/

DAY 3 – We embark on an encore game drive in the expansive Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti boasts one of the most varied collection of wildlife on the planet. Annually, from May to December, millions of animals embark on a migration which brings them from central Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara and back again in an incredible spectacle. Even during the ‘down-time’, vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle roam here, along with groups of elephant, giraffe, and buffalo, as the lions, leopard, cheetah, hyenas and jackals stalk their meals. We depart from the Serengeti for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

DAY 4 – We visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. At more than 2,000 feet deep and 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. 30,000 animals make their home in this crater, making it an ideal place for sightings of the ‘big 5’ – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. This truly world-class attraction is also known as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’. We depart Ngorongoro Crater we dine and stay overnight at Tarangire safari Lodge, http://www.tarangiresafarilodge.com/

DAY 5 – We visit Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is known for its vast herds of elephants. It is estimated that there are over 2,500 elephants in the park.  We enjoy an outdoors lunch overlooking the bluff and viewing Tarangire’s plains. With prior arrangement, we can drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) after the safari or arrange for additional lodging.