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5 Days 4 Nights Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater.










Day 1: Arrival


Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet and drive you to your first evening in Tanzania. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community.  Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate.


Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel: Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on nine acres of lush landscape in the heart of the city. The hotel represents the height of luxury in Arusha, and has several restaurants and bars as well as a pool that overlooks the gardens.


Day 2: Game drive to Tarangire National Park


We will drive you today to one of the most important national parks of northern Tanzania, Tarangire National Park. Elephant families are often spotted as close as two meters away from the vehicles.  The area surrounds the valley of Tarangire River, and is home to some of the nation’s largest and most magnificent baobab trees, believed by the Maasai to be the first tree in creation. Tarangire National Park covers 2,600 square kilometers and is on the traditional migration route of several species of wildlife. At dry times, the concentration of animals in Tarangire rivals that of the much better known Serengeti. Herds of migratory wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffaloes gather along the marshy shores of Lake Natron. These pools are shared by flocks of birds: green wood hoopoes, fisher lovebirds, tallish herons, white bellied go-away birds and giant kingfishers. Resident lions, giraffes, elephants, and black rhinos are common at any season.


Overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp: Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities andune-belle-surprise endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm-lined desert between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of humankind and an explanation of the Rift Valley and Africa’s big picture. It is a complete semi-desert experience. An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives the visitor an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. The camp offers stunning views of Lake Manyara National Park, the Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Highlands and, on clear days even Oldonyo Lengai, a sacred mountain for the Maasai.


Day 3: Game drive to Lake Manyara National Park


After breakfast you will depart from the camp and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full-day game drive safari. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.  Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.


Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House: Ngorongoro Farm House is a perfect stopover for any safari in northern Tanzania. It is the perfect base to enjoy a variety of activities, like a walking safari to the adjacent forest leading to the Oldeani Volcano or an excursion to the nearby Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley, still inhabited by a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe, who still follow a style of life similar to the humans who inhabited the Earth before the discovery of agriculture.


Day 4: Game drive to Ngorongoro Crater


Today, you will visit Ngorongoro Crater, the main feature of which is a large, unbroken, unfolded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea.


Game drives through Ngorongoro Crater begin early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop-up roofs.  The descent into the crater is one of scenic beauty, as you make your way through lush forests, home to numerous elephants and buffaloes. 
As you reach the inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, marveling at the incredible landscape around you, your guide will take you through the grassy crater floor, the unbelievable fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi and the surrounding marshes. Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share this extraordinary paradise.


Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge: Situated on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the volcanic highlands of Tanzania, Sopa Lodge is perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano. It has magnificent views over the crater floor and its position on the eastern rim allows for spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.


Day 5: Departure


After breakfast, your driver will take you back to Arusha through the Ngorongoro highlands. You will stop for lunch at a restaurant on the outskirts of Arusha and he will later transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

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