safari in briefs
Safari in details
DAY 1; ARUSHA - TARANGIRE
Pick up from Arusha Hotel in the morning and drive to the Tarangire National Park for lunch for the camp/Lodge.
Afternoon game drive through the park, much of the park is grassland, along with swamps and flood plains, which feed the Tarangire River. Large baobab trees, especially in the northern part of the park, stand dotted throughout the landscape that dominates the landscape. Many of the trees are hundreds of years old. In other places there are forests of acacia, open shrub and groves of palm trees. Famous for its large population of elephants.
Dinner and overnight at Burunge tented camp.
120 km south of Arusha is the Tarangire National Park. The Tarangire National Park, with 2600 km2, has the highest population density of elephants in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation and its landscape dotted with baobabs and acacias give this park a very special atmosphere. The park extends into two controlled hunting areas and wildlife can move freely throughout the territory. Before the rains, herds of gazelles, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and migrate to the plainsoftheTarangireNationalPark.
Tarangire offers incomparable safaris, and during the dry season elephants abound. The families of the pachyderms play around the trunks of the ancient baobab and acacia trees tearing the bark off these thorny spiny trees for their afternoon meal. The views of the Masai steppe and the mountains to the south make Tarangire a memorable
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed looking for groundwater, while migratory wildebeest, zebras, buffalo, impalas, gazelles, eland antelopes clump around the scarce water sources. It is the highest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem and the only place in Tanzania, where Oryx and Gerenuk are regularly observed.
Tarangire rivals the Serengeti by the size of the herds that run it during the dry season (June - November). In those months a large number of animals congregate around the only permanent source of water in the park, the Tarangire River. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see really large herds of elephants, buffalos, leopards and the famous climbing lions.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE – LAKE MANYARA
Breakfast, More game drives at the Park until lunch time. Have lunch depart for Lake Manyara in the afternoon. Sunset Game viewing drive in Lake Manyara National Park in search of the famous tree-climbing Lions, Hippos, Flamingo, Elephants and Giraffes among other wild animals.
Thereafter, return for dinner and overnight at Manyara wildlife Lodge
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The park consists of 330 km2 (130 sq mi) of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 200 km2 (77 sq mi) of land during the wet season but is nearly non-existent during the dry season. Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this Lake Manyara National Park is a good spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species of bird on any day. African, Masai lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, African bush elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, Thomson's gazelle, hippo, Masai giraffe, impala, Grant's zebras and more inhabit the park and many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance.
day 3 : LAKE MANYARA– ngorongoro
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for more game drive at the park. Have Lunch then drive to Karatu. Balance afternoon free.
Dinner and overnight at the Umali LODGE
Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers an area of 8, 280 sq Km. An area of outstanding natural beauty, indeed one of the most breathtaking in the whole of Africa, the Ngorongoro area embraces rolling fertile green hills covered with flowers during the rainy season, while in the sheltered valleys and plains, Clusters of villages that are the home of the red-robed Maasai herdsmen, fierce in the protection of their prized cattle and traditions, abound. Forests, rivers, lakes and swamps, the silent silhouettes of mountain andvolcanic craters, including some of the oldest in Africa.
These extinct volcanoes, whose past activity contributed to the landscape and lush vegetation of Ngorongoro as well as that of the nearby Serengeti plains, include Lemagrut, Sadiman, Oldeani, Olmoti, Sirua, Lolmalasin and Empakaai, always a favourite with hikers, and last but not least, the Ngorongoro Crater- a World Heritage Site. Heading out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and out towards the Serengeti, we find the Olduvai Gorge, an important archaeological site.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO
Breakfast at the Camp and depart for a full day crater tour with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at the LODGE
The Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world measuring over 600m deep and some 8-19Km in diameter, is believed to be about 8 million years old. The steep descent into the crater is almost as exciting as the scene that awaits you within the crater; a fantastic showcase of nature’s best.
The diverse landscape within the crater, in which the savannah blends in to swamps, rivers, marshes, forests and cliffs, provides sanctuary for the black-maned lions, cheetahs, buffalos, elephants, and leopards that live side by side with thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, both black-backed and golden jackals. The Crater is also home to some of Tanzania’s last remaining rhinos. Flamingos and hippos inhabit the alkaline lakes and fresh water pools; old elephants can be seen patiently wading through the papyrus ponds, while way up, on the slopes of the crater, unique and beautiful Afro-Alpine vegetation blankets the ground in a rich green cover, occasionally hidden by the mist and fog that occurs at the rim, which stands at over 2300m. Overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino lodge
DAY 5: NGORONGORO– ARUSHA
A leisurely breakfast at the Camp - Brief Am breakfast and Arusha, Arrive in Arusha around midday and dropped off at JRO for your departure flight