6 Days 5 Nights Lake Manyara National Park

Day 1: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast you will be picked up early from your hotel to start your camping safari. After leaving Arusha, you will enjoy a panoramic morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park, an amazingly diverse park that is known for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and primates, including the vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. The park boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa and is home to the largest baboon troop ever documented. The park is also home to an amazing variety of birds, making it a bird-watchers paradise.

Overnight at Twiga Campsite: Twiga Campsite and Lodge is located in the colorful market town of Mto wa Mbu, close to the entrance gate to Lake Manyara National Park. Twiga’s spacious, neatly-cropped and tree-shaded campsite has its own toilet and shower blocks as well as a special area for food preparation.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park

We will depart early in the morning and drive through the small town of Karatu towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Enjoy the beautiful views as we drive around the Ngorongoro Crater rim on the way to the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is unequaled for its beauty and has come to symbolize the classic African safari. With more than 2 million wildebeests, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and 250,000 zebras, it has the largest concentration of plains game animals in Africa.

Overnight at Seronera Campsite: This is the chain of small campsites found  at Seronera River Valley. Seronera Campsite is one of the most famed campsites in Tanzania for animal encounters. Animals will pass through the campsite at night on their nocturnal wanderings. The camp has well-maintained toilets and hot water showers.

Day 3: Game drive in Serengeti National Park

You will rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. At sunrise you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of the morning and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch you will continue on a game drive.  Around dusk, be on the lookout for lions. Cheetahs can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey.  Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks.

Day 4: Game drive in Serengeti National Park; visit to Olduvai Gorge

Rise early for a game drive in the Serengeti, returning to camp mid-morning for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy a game drive en-route to Ngorongoro Conservation Area with a picnic lunch. You will have the option to visit Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of humankind’s ancient ancestors. The museum at Olduvai provides an excellent photographic history of research carried out in the gorge.

After the tour of Olduvai Gorge, you will then drive towards Ngorongoro Crater. We will strike the camp at Simba Public Campsite on the Ngorongoro Crater rim.

Overnight at Simba Public Campsite: Simba Campsite lies on the very rim of Ngorongoro Crater and has an excellent view across the caldera. A fantastic sunrise over the crater rim opposite makes a fine breakfast scene. Often there are elephants wandering around the camp! Facilities at Simba Campsite are basic but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere of this camp in the clouds. Guests are reminded not to keep any food in their tents whilst staying at Simba Campsite – unwelcome visitors such a bush pigs and hyenas may be attracted!

Day 5: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater

At sunrise, we descend 1970 feet (600 meters) into Ngorongoro Crater for an early morning game drive. The crater is home to some of the last remaining black rhinos in Africa. Large herds of elephants can sometimes be seen wandering around the forest rim searching for food. Another big draw to this picturesque national park is the dense population of predators, which includes lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and leopards. Ascend the crater in the early afternoon and enjoy a game drive en-route to Kigongoni Campsite on the edge of Tarangire National Park.

Overnight at Kigongoni Public Campsite: A basic campsite close to Tarangire National Park, this camp’s facilities include toilets, showers, a small bar, and covered cooking and dining areas.

Day 6: Game drive in Tarangire National Park; departure

Today we will do a full day game-drive in Tarangire National Park. This park is dominated by the Tarangire River and is known for its giant baobab tress that stretch and wind their branches into the blue sky. The most spectacular feature of Tarangire is its large elephant population. In fact, it has the largest population of any park in northern Tanzania. These gentle giants abound in excess of 3,000 individuals. Tarangire is currently experiencing an elephant baby boom and you will notice a lot of juniors and babies as members of  the herd.  Also expect to see zebras, elands, mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik diks, impalas, warthogs, and reedbucks. Primates you may encounter are olive baboons, vervet monkeys and bushbabies. Many carnivores are abundant throughout the park, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.

We will depart Tarangire in the late afternoon and return to Arusha where your safari concludes. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination, like couple of days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

Day 8: Maasai cultural activities & walking safari; departure

The day will start very early with a visit to the neighboring Maasai village. The morning will be spent sharing in the daily life of Maasai families, discovering their culture.  You will get to see the Maasai as they go about their daily activities which include milking and cattle handling. After that, you will return to camp for breakfast and then start to walk across peaceful animal corridors in the Great Rift Valley. While walking, our guide will educate you on aboriginal plants and birds.  The walking safari circles back to camp, where you will enjoy a freshly prepared hot meal for lunch and then be driven back to Arusha, stopping for souvenir shopping before being driven to the airport for your international departure flight.

Elephant at Serengeti



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