7 Nights / 8 Days
Day 01 : Arrive at Arusha
Meet & greet at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge Plantation.
Overnight in Arusha.
Day 02 : Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, there will be safari briefing and then depart for Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch, driving via Makuyuni and Mto wa Mbu village. On arrival, proceed for a game drive. Apart from it’s abundant bird life, Lake Manyara National Park is also famous for it’s tree-climbing lions.
Optional tour : Lake Manyara Treetop Walk in the afternoon.
Overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Day 03 : Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, depart for the Serengeti National Park with a picnic lunch. Famed for it’s annual migration, some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras 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: great herds of buffalo, elephants and giraffes, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. 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 southeastern plains.
There is more to Serengeti than large mammals. There are over 500 species of birds, and your guide will also introduce you to the ‘Small Five’. En route to Serengeti, you will drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ndutu Plains. Afternoon game drive en route to the Lodge
Overnight Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 04 : Serengeti National Park
Enjoy a full-day safari with a picnic lunch in the Serengeti exploring the local ecosystem. OR Early morning game drive at 0600 hrs/ late afternoon (please inform your driver/guide the previous evening if you wish to do so.)
Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 05 : Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, a short morning game drive with a picnic lunch. Or optional early morning game drive at 0600 hrs and then return for breakfast. Please discuss with your driver/ guide the previous evening if this is required. Depart for Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is 2000 ft deep, and considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world with an abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor.
Overnight in Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 06 : Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, descend into the crater for a full day game viewing with a picnic lunch. Here you will see a spectacular concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five. Drive across the dense forest and near the soda lake and enjoy viewing a variety of bird life. Ascend to the lodge from the 2000 ft deep crater. En route to your lodge, visit a local Maasai Boma (village) for a cultural experience.
Overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 07 : Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, depart for Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch. You will pass the Ngorongoro Conservation area, the village of Karatu and further down, the Great Rift Valley seeing Lake Manyara to your right. The name Tarangire is derived from the Tarangire River which provides permanent water for wildlife. In addition to a wide variety of mammals, over 300 species of bird life have been recorded in this park. On arrival, proceed for a game drive.
Overnight at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 08 : Tarangire National Park - Arusha
After breakfast, a short game drive and then depart for Arusha with an optional stop over at the Cultural Heritage center for some souvenir shopping and to view the art gallery. On a clear day you will see Mt. Meru standing tall over the city of Arusha. Arrive at the Arusha Coffee Lodge where you will enjoy a meal in the lush green gardens. After lunch you may have some time to visit Shanga, an uplifting local community social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique handmade gifts.
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for onward journey.
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