Day 1 - Arusha -Ngorongoro
Your guide will pick you up from Arusha and drive you to the massive Ngorongoro crater. This drive will take approximately 3.5 hours. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Just inside the Ngorongoro conservation area, a majestic waterfall beckons travelers to enjoy a light hike through the forest highlands. Along the way, experience the ‘elephant caves’: cave-like structures created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin-rich soil. This soil also attracts other large animals like Buffalo, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, and Baboons. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price).
The Crater forest camp has been revamped and relocated to the foot of the Ngorongoro Highland Forest just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here you are surrounded by nature's haven, a mystical forest and tranquil environment, with a sense of calmness beyond words. The camp is located along the fire line of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority; 5.5km from the town of Karatu, and a short 14km drive from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate. Preserving the harmony and intimacy of the reserve, this camp combines nature's splendor with warm hospitality and skilled friendly staff. Each tent is perched luxuriously on the hillside with spectacular views of the Ngorongoro Forest below.
"The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a "Noah's Ark" of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.
Day 2 - NgoroNgoro-Serengeti
Today you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the crater for a half day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Having had your picnic lunch, your guide will pick you up from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and drive you to the famous plains of Northern Serengeti. On this trip, you will make a short stop at the Olduvlai gorge, for some brief game viewing before entering the Serengeti. This drive takes 5 to 6 hours, but expect longer trip times during the rainy season. The Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is commonly referred to as "The Cradle of Mankind." It is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches along eastern Africa. Olduvai is in the eastern Serengeti Plains in northern Tanzania and is about 30 miles (48 km) long. The gorge is named after the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant Sansevieria ehrenbergii, commonly called Oldupai. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price).
Today head out with your guide to explore the wide expanse of the Serengeti. The park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters: lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros, and African buffalo. Though there are now few black rhino in the park, you may still spot them. The Serengeti has the largest population of lion and giraffe in all of Africa and the largest concentration of topi and Coke's hartebeest (kongoni). Enjoy the challenge of spotting other game such as cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane and marabou stork. proceed to the Lobo on the Northern part of Serengeti.
Enjoy dinner (included in tour price).
Day 3 - Serengeti
Head out into the park early in the morning for your private game safari. Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti offers the most expansive game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Explore this amazing park with the help of your expert guide. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Spend today searching out Impala, one of Africa's most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be part of the gazelle tribe, Impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own sub-family status. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts randomly leaping to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 10 meters (33 ft) and 3 meters (9 ft) high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs prey on impala. Impala can reach running speeds of approximately 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h) , to escape its predators. See if you can track these incredible animals! Enjoy dinner (included in tour price).Overnight at the Lobo Wildlife Lodge.
Day 4 - Serengeti-Ndutu
Early morning game drive and morning game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Lunch at the lodge. After lunch, drive to Ndutu area on the border between Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Game view en route. Dinner and overnight at a lodge or camp in Ndutu
Day 5 - Ndutu-Lake Manyara
Morning game drive around Ndutu Area. Lunch at Ndutu camp or the lodge. After lunch drive to Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue driving to Lake Manyara for dinner and overnight
Day 6 - L.Manyara - Arusha
If time allows, your expert guide will squeeze in one more game drive before dropping you off at the airstrip. It will be your last chance to see the park's diverse range of animals. Drive to Arusha ,stop for lunch at the Arusha Hotel in this tourism capitol of Tanzania. Shop the local souvenir market. Includes opportunity to visit local handicrafts market to stock up on souvenirs. Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.Depart from Kilimanjaro international airport - end of itinerary.
All ground transport in a comfortable safari vehicle fitted with pop up roof for easy photography and game viewing whilst on safari - Guaranteed window seating - Guaranteed departure - Airport transfers as per the itinerary - Meals as listed on itinerary
Laundry - Tips - Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages including mineral water - International airfare - Visas - Optional activities/extras - Vacation insurance