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On this retreat, you will have an adventurous journey for 6 days. Your journey will be accompanied by a professional driver and guide in a modified 4x4 safari car that will guarantee window seats for everyone so you will have the best view along the journey. You will spend your nights on a comfortable accommodation to restore your energy after a long journey during the day. Book now and explore the beauty of Africa with Sir Michaels Safaris!
Manyara Serena Lodge is located at the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and overlooks the Great Rift Valley and the Manyara soda lake. Each of the 67 spacious rooms has an en suite bathroom with shower facilities and a private veranda with spectacular views of Lake Manyara. Inspired by the abundant birdlife, the design of Manyara Serena Lodge is complimented by soft, geometric patterns and striking murals depicting bird migration patterns.
The lodge's main area includes a dining room with indoor and outdoor seating, a bar, lounge, curio shop and a small meeting room. An outdoor swimming pool is available for you to relax in after a day on safari. Climb into a Land Cruisers and descend into the Lake Manyara reserve at three scheduled times daily. Then take a guided bird walk and enjoy nature's solitude. Each evening after dinner, you may choose to have coffee or drinks around the campfire where there is local entertainment to amuse you.
Spread out along the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the lodge offers breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. A day's safari through this unique conservation area provides you with spectacular and memorable game viewing experiences. The lodge is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, in the volcanic highlands of northern Tanzania.
Opened in 1992, the lodge can accommodate 190 guests in 92 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, central heating, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private solarium which offers stunning views either down into the crater floor below or of the setting sun over the western horizon.
The lodge has direct-dial satellite telephone facilities as well as satellite television and wildlife-video-film options. A number of the lodge's electrical generating systems provide 240 volts and 50 cycles 24 hours a day. A swimming pool is situated on the very edge of the crater itself and the water is bracing, even invigorating to say the least, at any time of year. However, for those who would prefer the warmth of a shower or bath in their suite, the pool is a perfect area to unwind and relax while enjoying the views of the crater floor below or the sunsets.
Looking out over the seemingly endless Serengeti plains, this hillside lodge is a tranquil oasis set in over 14,000 square kilometers (5,000 square miles) of National Park. The Serengeti plains are host to a dramatic annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and numerous other species of animals indigenous to the area
Opened in 1992, the lodge can accommodate 170 guests in 79 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private verandah which offers stunning views over the plains.
The lodge has direct-dial satellite telephone facilities as well as satellite television and wildlife-video-film options. A number of lodge electrical generating systems provide 240volts, 50 cycles 24 hours a day. Our water supply comes from nearby springs but guests are advised not to drink from the taps. Instead, complimentary bottled mineral water is provided in the mini bars while further stocks are available for sale in the main bar. We welcome kids of all ages and can provide both special meals at convenient times and babysitters on request. Our guest shop stocks a wide selection of curios, gift items, clothing, film, sweets, postcards, personal requisites and toiletries, while the other offers gemstones, jewelry, and other more unusual items. The double size pool offers a refreshing interlude between game drives as well as wonderful views over the rolling plains of the Serengeti. Also, we can supply diesel and can carry out most minor repairs.
The lodge, built as a 'low profile' structure, nestles into a wooded hillside valley overlooking Tarangire Hill. Situated 120 kilometers from Arusha, Tarangire National Park is easily accessible and boasts magnificent herds of elephant and other species of wildlife. The baobab studded landscape also plays host to a vast variety of resident and migratory bird life.
Opened in 1995, the lodge can accommodate 160 guests in 75 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private verandah which offers stunning views over the baobab studded landscape.
The lodge has direct-dial satellite telephone facilities as well as satellite television and wildlife-video-film options. A number of the lodge's electrical generating systems provide 240 volts and 50 cycles 24 hours a day. The unique swimming pool which is located at the edge of a rocky gorge has its own bar and snack kitchen and offers a refreshing interlude between game drives.
You will be warmly met upon arrival at the airport with Sir Michaels Safaris' traditional, unique, and special welcome (champagne, hot / cold towels, and presentation of authentic safari hat and souvenirs). This morning you will depart on a pleasant drive to Tarangire National Park to retain a real air of undiscovered Africa, particularly in the south of the park. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred choice of accommodation and some leisure time. Later in the afternoon, head out for game viewing drive in search of elephants. The park is most renounced for it highest population of elephants than anywhere in Tanzania, its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Thereafter, return for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, you will depart to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. You will proceed towards the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro, Crater stopping occasionally to admire the breath-taking vista unfolding before you. Arrive for check in, thereafter you will have lunch. This afternoon, you just relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometers in diameter, and covers an area of 311 kilometers square. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls! The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda to the fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at your preferred choice of accommodation.
After breakfast, you will descend some 600 meters into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of a game-viewing drive with picnic and lunch at a private scenic site. Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, giraffes, golden and black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena. Unmatched for its natural variety and breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of the mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return for dinner and overnight at your preferred choice of accommodation.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then depart for the Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge where hominid footprints believed to be 3.6 million years old were found. You will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide and then you will arrive at your lodge for lunch. After that, you will enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park, and one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. It stretches as far as Lake Victoria to the West. Its name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'. The park's vegetation ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south to the acacia savannah in the center and wooded grasslands concentrated around the tributaries of the Grumeti and the Mara rivers in the park. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching the edge of Lake Victoria. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful.
The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. It is the sanctuary of an estimated four million different animals and birds. Wildlife that roams the vast park includes lions (the adult males of Serengeti have characteristic black manes), cheetahs, hunting dogs, savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, topis, warthogs, hunting dogs and spotted hyena among others. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your preferred choice of accommodation.
Enjoy a full day in the Serengeti with game viewing drives. Hundreds of predators roam the vast savannah plains. We have a high density of cheetahs in the south. Serengeti is also home to hundreds of bird species; among them the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird, the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills. All meals and overnight at your proffered choice of accommodation.
After breakfast, you will depart on a pleasant drive to Lake Manyara National Park which apart from its abundant bird life, is known for its tree-climbing lions. Arrive in time for lunch and some leisure time, before later in the afternoon head out for an afternoon game viewing drive in this small but attractive park squeezed between the stunning Manyara soda lake and the steep rim of the rift valley. Look out for the baboons, giraffes. Thereafter return for dinner and overnight.
Wake up early with coffee or tea and head off on your last trail of the African savannah - hopefully, you’ll see some big games. You will return to the camp or lodge for breakfast. All good experiences must come to an end and sadly you must say Kwaheri to your wonderful camp manager and his teams as you depart for Arusha. Drop off at your hotel or Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight.
On the third day, you will have the chance to visit Olduvai Gorge.
You will visit the following places:
Lying south of the Serengeti, Tarangire is the least visited of the northern circuit national parks. Covering 2,600 square kilometers, the park is characterized by thick grasses and giant baobab trees which imbue it with a particularly wild feel. Tarangire is most spectacular during the dry season months of July to October, when enormous herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, as well as rhino, greater kudu, leopard, lion, rhino, Oryx, impala, and giraffe are all attracted from miles around to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River.
Together with Lake Manyara, Tarangire offers the best bird watching on the northern circuit. There are about 470 resident species with migrant species bringing this count to over 500 in the September-to-April period. Typical species are the distinctive red and yellow barbet, yellow-collared lovebirds, and a variety of babblers and larks. Interesting raptors include the pale chanting goshawk, African fish eagle, and the shikra. The Tarangire river system also supports a good number of water birds.
If you have only a day or two in Tarangire during your safari then the northern part of the park offers the best game viewing. For those with more time, the southern areas of the park are well worth exploring. Here a variety of swamp, lake, and savannah habitats support large herds of buffalo, as well as cheetah, gerenuk, and reedbuck.
Popularly known as the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro crater is a spectacular micro-ecosystem that boasts almost all of East Africa's famous wildlife species. The Ngorongoro crater is 16 kilometres in diameter and with walls 610 meters high, it is the largest intact crater in the world. More remarkable still, its confines are home to over 25,000 large mammals.
Hemmed in by the forested walls, the crater floor has a combination of soda lakes, acacia forests, lush marshes, and dry savannah. These diverse habitats support the full cast of East Africa's brilliant animal and bird life; lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo, leopard, ostriches, flamingos, eagles, and vultures to name but a few. The teeming bird population includes more than 100 species not found in the Serengeti. The Ngorongoro is a conservation area that is owned by the Masai – and in this part of Tanzania the Masai, in their striking traditional dress, are as much a part of the scene as the huge population of wild animals.
A vast expanse of flat savannah grasses stretching from horizon to horizon, broken only by an occasional gnarled acacia and rocky kopje, the Serengeti has some of the highest wildlife concentrations in the whole of Africa. Year round it is one of the best safari holiday destinations to see the "big five"; elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo, whilst the central Seronera area of the Serengeti has one of the continent's densest populations of the elusive leopard.
The short grass on the Serengeti plains makes it easier to see many of the smaller animals that are always present in the African bush but seldom observed. Fascinating creatures such as aardwolf, porcupines, badgers, jackals, mongooses, meerkats and pangolins can all be sighted.
Adding to the resident wildlife is the annual migration of the wildebeest. Their journey starts in December in the southern Serengeti and finally leaves the northern Serengeti in early August, heading into Kenya. Vast numbers of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, eland and gazelle species also get caught up in the wildebeest throng. Keeping them company is a traveling band of predators and scavengers taking full advantage of the extra food on offer.
Stretched along the base of the rift valley escarpment, Lake Manyara national park covers an area of 390 kilometers square. The lake is a ground water reservoir, which is partially fed by small rivers and hot springs. The park is well known for its tree-climbing lions, which spend hours in the branches of giant acacia trees up to ten meters above the ground. It also has a big elephant population and a wide range of other large mammals.
The stunning views of the flamingo-filled lake and the Rift Valley escarpment rising up behind it make Lake Manyara a particularly rewarding safari destination for artists and photographers. Bird-watchers will also find this park especially worthwhile with nearly 400 species present. Among them are bee-eaters, kingfishers, storks, hornbills, over 50 raptor species as well as huge flocks of pelicans and flamingos whose pink colors light up the waters of the lake.
On this retreat, you will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 6 days.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Please arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be picked by Sir Michaels Safaris. This service is already included in the price. Please send them an inquiry for more information.
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