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Enjoy an unforgettable safari in picturesque Tanzania. The Serengeti National Park is the most photographed and filmed game reserve in Africa. This safari trip will take you to the famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Tarangire National Park. With an incredibly dense population of wildlife and never-ending rolling plains, the Serengeti offers an authentic and idyllic wilderness safari.
Bougainvillea Safari lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Facilities of the lodge include reception, lounge, fully stocked bar, gift shop, dining rooms, outdoor dining area, free Wi-Fi in common area, large swimming pool, baby pool, massage room, and expansive tropical gardens.
Facing magnificent sunsets to the west and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Facilities of the lodge include adjoining rooms, hairdryers, telephone at reception babysitting, laundry, traditional dances, bird watching, outdoor dining, turn down service, board games, special diets, weddings, children’s menu, sun downers, wheelchair, accessible rooms, conferences, swimming pool, Wi-Fi in public areas, and a gift shop.
The Serengeti Savannah camps are a private chain, with intimate camps scattered around various locations in the Serengeti National Park. The camps are pitched on magnificent views overlooking Lake Ndutu. The Ndutu camp, a stone throw away from Lake Manyara, is famous for the great annual wildebeest migration safaris and nearness to the Kogatende airstrip.
Tarangire Safari lodge has catered to wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking rest and relaxation among one of Tanzania’s most popular national parks. Perched at the edge of a natural bluff, Tarangire Safari lodge is renowned for its panoramic views of the savannah and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep.
Fly-in to Serengeti National Park via a local flight, and you will be picked up from the Seronera airstrip and driven to Serengeti Savannah camp central with en route game viewing. After an early lunch, you will continue the game viewing in the Serengeti. Undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, the Serengeti is home to the highest density of animals as well as being unrivaled for its natural beauty, diversity, and scientific value. During your daily game drives, you will witness the annual ancient drama of life, death, and rebirth in this primeval wilderness.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano. Stop at Olduvai Gorge, a world famous archaeological site, for a visit to the local museum. Thereafter, enjoy your lunch box and visit the local Masai tribe before driving to your luxury lodge perched on the crater rim.
After an early breakfast, spend a full day in the crater taking photos or simply enjoying the animals and landscapes. At lunchtime, relax with a picnic and then leave heading to the Bougainvillea lodge. Arrive in time for a cool drink and hot shower before a delicious dinner and restful night.
Today, you will be driven in comfort to Tarangire National Park for excellent game viewing. After a relaxing lunch, you will head off for game viewing in Tarangire, a small park which offers some excellent sights famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game, and predators. Generally, in the dry seasons, Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and bird-life congregate on the Tarangire River which is a permanent source of water. You will spend the night at Tarangire Safari lodge beautifully set inside the park, with stunning views and a unique atmosphere.
You will have an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park and drive back to the lodge for a late breakfast. Then, you will drive back to Arusha for lunch and transfer to the airport.
Human existence in the Ngorongoro conservation area goes back beyond the dawn of history as evidenced by the numerous remains of hominids, mankind's earliest recognizable ancestors. The world's two famous pre-historic archaeological sites Gorge and Laetoli are in the area. The Laetoli site hides the footprints of human's remote ancient ancestors, who lived about three and a half million years ago.
The Zinjanthropus man lived about 1.8 million years ago. Homo Habilis to Homo Sapiens were found in Olduvai Gorge. The story of the ancient ancestors of the modern human told by the fossils of Olduvai and Laetoli confirms that the humans and hominids have been living in the area for millions of years. In historic times, humankind in Ngorongoro includes the Hadzabe and pastoral Maasai numbering 52,000 individuals, with their strong insistence on their tradition and customs which attracts many visitors in the area.
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's largest national park, is located about 335 kilometers northwest of Arusha town. Most tourists visiting the world famous national park are fascinated by the annual migration. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's gazelles are driven by ancient instinct to migrate to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
The wildebeest usually moves through the northern woodlands between June and December every year to feed on the long grass found during this season. During February and March, they migrate to the southern plains, where the grass is rich in minerals, to rear their young. When the rain stops, in May and June, the herds are once again forced to migrate to the northwest.
Migratory birds including the stork, pallid harrier, and peregrine falcon also use the southern plains during the season. The Serengeti is also renowned for its wealth of leopards and lions. The vast riches of the park help the black rhino fight extinction and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah. The Kirawira River with its population of giant Nile crocodiles has made this area very famous worldwide.
The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, there is always water.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope, such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk, are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 square kilometers or 12,500 square miles range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Daily meals are included in this safari holiday.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From here, you will take a domestic flight to Serengeti National Park. In Serengeti, you will be picked up from the Seronera airstrip and driven to your first accommodation. The internal flight on arrival and on departure and the land transfers are included in the price.