safari in brief
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 the 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, then depart for Lake Manyara National Park for lunch at the Camp
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.
dy 3 : LAKE MANYARA - serengeti
After an early breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park, with picnic, enjoy a game viewing drive in the Serengeti National Park, perhaps the most globally renown wildlife area in the world!
Later drive to the Camp for dinner and overnight at Into Wild Africa tented camp
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
14673sqKm of endless plains, the Serengeti National Park lies in north western Tanzania, straddling the border with Kenya. The Park encompasses half of the 30,000 sq. Km Serengeti- Mara Ecosystem, a range of land defined by the limits of the Wildebeest movements throughout the year. Tanzania’s oldest park, with its even more ancient landscape forged by the past volcanic activity of the several volcanoes in the nearby Ngorongoro Highlands; the rich grasses of the plains play host to the most spectacular numbers of wildlife in the world. Almost every African animal species is represented in the Serengeti, birthplace of the millions of plains game that continually circle the ecosystem. Huge granite boulders, known as kopjes, are characteristic of the park, and provide sanctuary for birds, colourful Agama lizards and sombre snakes, adorable rock hyraxes, as well as the big cats that seek shelter from the elements. Although famed for its plains, the Serengeti encompasses woodland, thorn bush, swamps and Lakes Lagaja and Magadi, supporting over 30 species of large herbivores and over 500 species of birds, including Eurasian migrants, with its diversity. The Gol and Moru Kopjes, the central Seronera area which is an oasis of springs, pools and surprisingly, palm trees, and the equally mysterious “Whistling Thorn” country- the Western Corridor which leads to the Grumeti River, home of Africa’s largest crocodiles, are some of the natural obstacles which the wildebeest and zebra encounter and must cross, during their annual migration up north towards the Maasai Mara.
DAY 4 : SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Full day game viewing within the Serengeti National Park – with the fine, clear sky and sunny weather, you will be amazed and awed by the vast and huge numbers of wildlife abound .
The park is home to among others the Cheetah, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, Hartebeest, Topi, Eland, Crocs, Thomson and Grant Gazelle and many species of birdlife.
There is optional early morning and late afternoon game drives, with lunch at the Lodge, OR a full day game viewing drive with picnic lunches.
All meals and overnight at Into wild Africa tented camp
The Serengeti National Park was established nearly a hundred years ago as a colonial game reserve, made a National Park in 1951, and later endorsed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. One of the last remaining areas of untouched wilderness. The climate of the Serengeti is defined by periods of rain and drought. The geography of the area ranges from apparently limitless grass plains in the south, fertilized by volcanic ash rich in life-giving phosphates, to wooded highlands in the east, crossed by rivers and studded with island outcrops or kopjes of eroded granite, home to hundreds of vulnerable inhabitants such as the rare black rhinoceros.
Across these vast plains range a fantastic cast of wild fauna including impressive numbers of hooved herbivores, predators and avi-fauna. Amongst them, the principal actors are blue wildebeest or gnu (a.k.a. white-bearded wildebeest), determining the nature of the ecosystem by their spectacular annual Great Migration, “The Greatest Show Of The Natural World”, during which they trek in circumambulation, in their millions, 3200 kilometers from northern Tanzania to south-western Kenya and back again, as the plains dry out seasonally, forcing them to seek fresh pastures. In turn, their odyssey affects other creatures. Lions, jackals, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs prey on the migrating and resident herds. Vultures subsist on the predators’ leavings. The herds leave tons of dung which enriches the grasslands, providing food and nurseries for many varieties of dung beetles. Serengeti National Park is a wonderland in which to experience the interwoven miracles of life and death on a wondrous East African safari adventure.
DAY 5: SERENGETI – ngorongoro/KARATU
After breakfast departure to the of ??Ngorongoro conservation area with picnic lunches.
Afternoon down the winding road to the base of the crater, to make safari in the crater.
Lunch will be served at the floor of the crater.
Dinner and overnight at Umali LODGE
Part of the Serengeti- Mara Ecosystem, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers an area of 8, 280 sq Km. An area of outstanding natural beauty, indeed one of the most breath-taking 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 and volcanic 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 Empakai, 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 6: NGORONGORO– ARUSHA