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7 Days lake Manyara / Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari

Safari in brief

  • Day1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
  • Day 2 Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park
  • Day 3: Serengeti National Park
  • Day 4 : Serengeti National Park
  • Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Day 6: Ngorongoro
  • Day 7 Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Arusha Town

 

safari in details

 

DAY1: ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Approx. 150 km, 02 Hrs drive

                   

After breakfast (at 08:00 hrs) you will be met by your Guide for safari briefing, after which depart on safari: The drive will be due North, through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni turn North West and continue the journey through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara. Arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon 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 Burunge tented camp.

 

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 2 LAKE MANYARA – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Approx. 300 km, 05 hrs drive

 

After an early breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park, a drive that takes you through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area into the Serengeti National Park with game viewing en-route to your Lodge for lunch.

Late afternoon, enjoy a game viewing drive in the Serengeti National Park, perhaps the most globally renown wildlife area in the world! 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 3: 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 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 CONSERVATION AREA

Approx. 180 km, 04 hrs drive

 

Breakfast at the Lodge. Morning game viewing drive in Serengeti National Park as you exit to the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation area with picnic lunch boxes, arriving at your Lodge, on the Crater rim, in the late afternoon. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beautiful views of the Crater floor and perhaps engage in optional activities including a visit to a local Maasai Village (at extra cost). Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro rhino LODGE.

 

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

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

 

Rise at dawn for an early breakfast at the Lodge.

Thereafter depart for an amazing day at the Crater floor – descending over 2,000 feet to the crater floor, for a crater tour in this acclaimed world wonder!!

Your lunch will be a picnic box, taken at a picnic site in the Crater at Ngoitokitok swamp, which is a Hippo pool. 

 

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.

 

Later in the afternoon ascend onto the Crater rim, and onwards to your Lodge for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro rhino LODGE.

DAY 7 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA – ARUSHA TOWN

Approx. 180 km, 04 hrs drive

 

A leisurely breakfast at the Lodge.

An easy drive back to Arusha, with picnic lunches en route.

Arrive in Arusha around midday and dropped off at your select City Hotel, for direct and own arrangements thereafter.

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