DAY 1 – ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the approximately two-hour drive to Tarangire National Park. As you make your way to the Tarangire you will pass through the vibrant Maasai villages and the sweeping savannahs that have become the calling card of Tanzania. Once you reach Tarangire you will embark on a game drive on the semi-arid yet diverse landscape of the park is marked by acacia woodlands, giant baobab trees, and golden savannah.
The park is fed by the perennial Tarangire river which is a watering hole for large herds of elephants as other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes. The action heats up in the dry season when the animals gather around the Tarangire River and other swamps to quench their thirst which sets the stage for a fiery showdown between predator and prey, which unravels in its natural and wildest best. You will take a break for a picnic lunch absorbing the views of the Tarangire river but be wary of the primates eager to steal your lunch. The park is renowned for its dense wildlife which includes predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas, and the rare and endangered wild dogs and the elusive Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx besides swarms of yellow-breasted lovebirds to cape buffaloes, giraffes, and impalas.
After your day’s drive is done, you’ll retire to your accommodation for the evening.
DAY 2 – TARANGIRE – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
We begin early as our safari menu for the day is full of exploration and adventure. So after breakfast, we start our safari drive to the iconic Serengeti soaking in the scenic images of the mist-shrouded luscious rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area along the way, with a chance of some lucky spotting cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the lush undergrowth.
It’s almost a four-hour drive to the gates of Serengeti National Park with the option of breaking the journey with one or both of the following activities:
Oldupai Gorge Museum: Know more about the evolution of humans by taking a visit to the Oldupai Gorge Museum. Renowned as the Cradle of Mankind, the stark but stunning prehistoric site of the gorge country is famed for ancient human and elephant fossils, tools excavations.
Maasai boma visit: Take a trip to the famous Maasai bomas, and visit an authentic Maasai village to witness the traditional lives far from the trappings of modernity. Participate in their traditional Maasai dance and do a little souvenir shopping at the local market for an interactive experience.
Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.
After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 3- SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today is about full day game drives on the sea rolling plains of the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti with its breathtaking savannahs, acacia forests, stunning kopjes and an assortment of faunal and avifauna richness is synonymous with the African safari experience. The big five sighting is just a few hours of drive away. The morning game drive will take a break for a picnic lunch and soon we will embark on an evening game drive before heading back to the camp
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
DAY 4 Serengeti NP- NGORONGORO CRATER – ARUSHA
After breakfast, you will head to the UNESCO heritage site of Ngorongoro Crater, which has also earned recognition as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The crater is the world’s largest intact caldera with a floor span of 260sq.km. and the first glimpses of the fascinating natural vistas will convince you why it enjoys the lofty reputation of being the premier tourist attraction in Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater is part of the 8300 sq. km. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is a biosphere reserve in a state of constant geological flux. Encompassing lush highlands, savannahs, woodlands, lakes, volcanic calderas, and forests, the conservation area is rich in wildlife and is the sanctuary of over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five. It is also the place for viewing the endangered black rhinoceros grazing on the plains and hippos cooling their hind in water.
You can soak in the breathtaking views from the safe environs of your comfortable safari vehicles with pop – up roofs and give your camera a workout by capturing photographs of some of the prized wildlife of Africa. Nearly 30,000 animals call the crater home with predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, sharing space with a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, Cape buffalo, and more.
After an exciting and adventure-filled exploration of the natural amphitheatre-Ngorongoro Crater, we enjoy a picnic and by the park’s famous hippo pool before heading back to Arusha