Day 1: Moshi – Tarangire National Park
After being picked up in the morning, we will have a short briefing before heading out to Tarangire National Park. With its savannah, baobab trees and seasonal swamps, the park is home to huge elephant herds. Animals gather at the Tarangire River and you can expect to see a wide selection of mammals ranging from giraffes, bushbucks and hartebeests to zebras and warthogs. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. Leopards are seen now and then but cheetahs are rarely spotted. From the open roof of the safari vehicle you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. In the late afternoon we will leave the park and head to a nearby campsite, where you will enjoy an overnight stay. Breakfast is not included on Day 1.
Day 2: Tarangire – Lake Natron
After an enjoyable breakfast, we leave Tarangire and head to the multicultural village of Mto wa Mbu. From here we travel on a spectacular (and very bumpy) gravel road along the Rift Valley Escarpment with Ol Doinyo Lengai “the holy mountain” of the Masai in the distance. Today’s destination is the typical Masai village of Ngare Sero in the hot and dusty Rift Valley. In the distance you might see a pink glow from flamingos breeding and feeding on the algae of the alkaline Lake Natron (seasonal and depending on water level). In the afternoon we will join a Masai guide on a walk to a nearby waterfall before returning to our campsite for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Lake Natron – Serengeti National Park
We get an early start to the day and travel along adventurous dirt tracks with breath-taking views as our vehicle climbs out of the Rift Valley to reach the grassy plains of the Serengeti by mid-day. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Masai and you will see the grassland savannah stretching to the horizon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is home to the largest animal migration on the planet – hundreds of thousands of animals trek to find fresh grass and water. After an exciting day, we overnight at a campsite lodge in the northern or central part of the park.
Days 4 & 5: Serengeti National Park
The entire two days are dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. We join early morning or afternoon drives in the Seronera area, depending on where we stopped the previous night and our morning starting point. Between December and May, huge herds of wildebeests and zebras will be seen, with calves and foals being born between January and March. The Seronera area is also the best place to spot the shy and nocturnal leopard. We spend the night at a campsite/lodge in the Seronera area.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The morning is set aside for another game drive in the Serengeti where we might spot some creatures you haven’t seen yet. Animals tend to be more active in the morning before the temperatures soar around mid-day. After lunch, we leave the plains of the Serengeti and travel to the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Manyara National Park - Moshi
Rise and shine! It is up at daybreak to take on the steep path leading down into the 600 m deep crater. The slopes are forested but the landscape quickly changes to savannah with the occasional acacia tree here and there. The wildlife in the crater is just breath-taking and with luck you might see the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard - all in one day. We should also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an entire morning of game viewing and a picnic lunch in the crater, we will travel to Mto wa Mbu and descend into the floor of the Great Rift Valley where we will visit Lake Manyara National Park. The name ‘Manyara’ is a Maa word (Masai Language) for the acacia tortillis tree species which the nomadic Masai people use to make hedges to protect their homesteads and livestock. The park features many of these trees and tree-climbing lions which are often spotted taking afternoon siesta on the branches. You can also expect many other common sightings including impalas, giraffes, buffaloes and dik diks. The lush forest fed by underground water streams, is a perfect habitat for the blue monkeys, baboons, bush bucks and huge elephants sheltering in the sheds from the afternoon sun and devouring green branches, twigs and herbs. At Lake Manyara itself, you will get the chance to observe hippos and aquatic birds including colorful flamingoes, pelicans, Egyptian geese, cormorants, and many more. We continue on our game drives until mid-day at which time we return to Moshi where you will be dropped at your hotel or we can also drop you off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
All park and crater fees
Transportation in comfortable and reliable 4-wheel drive vehicles with the pop-up roofs for maximum viewing opportunities
Three meals per day (unless specified otherwise)
Mineral water daily (1.5 liter per person)
Trained professional English-speaking guides
All International flights
Transportation to and from airport (available on request)
Medical insurance (available on request - $70 USD per person)
Tips and gratuities