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Experience safari in luxury with Siafu Tanzania Safaris. Stay in a four-star lodge, enjoy the magnificent view of Ngorongoro Crater, and embark in exciting game drives in Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park with a 4WD safari vehicle. You will see a lot of breathtaking views of Tanzania's wildlife, a whole new different view from what you see everyday.
During this safari, you will be staying at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge, and The Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Upon arrival in the afternoon, you will make your way to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater. You can also depart in the morning as long as your international flight arrives in the morning or spent a night in Arusha. Once checked in, be sure to enjoy the magnificent view. The evening is yours to relax. You will have a dinner and stay overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Prepare for a wonderful game drive right into the Crater itself in the morning. This wonderful reserve is home to large amounts of wildlife, so be sure to have your cameras ready. You will have a picnic lunch at the site and return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Afterwards, you will stay overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
After breakfast and check out, prepare for another game drive en route to your evening lodge and enjoy an en-route stop at Olduvai Gorge. Learn about the Leakey’s and how they astounded scientists. Make sure to get a wonderful night of rest for tomorrow’s big day. You will stay overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
You will wake up early for a full day game drive through the Serengeti Park. Enjoy the open air as you eat your meals in the plains. The Serengeti is famous for its part in the Great Migration, which happens between June to October. Afterwards, you will have dinner and stay overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Enjoy another en route game drive to Lake Manyara National Park in the morning. After checking into your lodge, take pleasure in the afternoon game viewing in the park. The evening is yours to enjoy. You will have a dinner and stay overnight at The Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
You will have an early morning game drive and then return back to the lodge in time for breakfast. After breakfast, you will depart for short game drives en-route out of the park and drive back to Arusha. You will arrive in time for lunch at Impala Hotel, before being dropped back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
The safaris will take place in Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.
Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meters high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest, where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes; some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lake shore in the far south of the park.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.
The famous nature zoo, Ngorongoro Crater, located 2,286 meters above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 meters from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre covers 260 square kilometers or 100 square miles. This is the home to over 25,000 large mammals. About half of the animals are zebras and wildebeests.
There are also gazelles, buffaloes, elands, hartebeests, warthogs, and the rare rhinoceros. Occasionally, Maasai can also be seen bringing their cattle down the crater walls to the lake below. Such vast numbers of animals attract many predators, including lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards. More than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti can also be spotted here. Countless flamingoes from a pink blanket over the soda lakes.
The Crater has been declared a World Heritage site. The Ngorongoro Crater lies within Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8,000 square kilometers. It is bounded Lake Eyasi in the southwest and the Gol Mountains in the north. Roughly in the center is the Olbalal Swamp and the arid. Olduvai Gorge is dotted with extinct craters and high plains and to the north is Oldonyo le Ngai, a gray, forbidding perfect cone that is a still-active volcano.
A million wildebeest, each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40 kilometers (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a seventh worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala, and Grant’s gazelle.
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the out-sized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across the sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. There are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.
Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.
Three daily meals are included in the price. You will have the opportunity to have an open-air lunch in Serengeti Park's plains and a picnic lunch in Ngorongoro Crater. On the final day, you will have lunch at Impala Hotel before transferring to the airport.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport are included. Siafu Tanzania Safaris will pick you up from the airport.