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Experience a memorable African safari in scenic Tanzania. This safari holiday will take you to Tarangire, Ngorongoro crater, and Serengeti. It is specially designed for you to have the best experience of wildlife safari in Tanzania. You will enjoy the safari in the comfort of a 4 × 4 Toyota Land Cruisers with roof hatches for unobstructed game viewing.
Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the crater, 600 meters below.
Known as the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes, and forests of "‘the land that time forgot," dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos, and lions.
Hugging the contours of the jagged crater rim, this luxury safari lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called "cradle of mankind," the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire which is kept constantly alight.
Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony where you'll enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below. The location, the service, and the luxury accommodation make Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge the ultimate destination for a unique safari experience in Tanzania. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, mosquito nets, telephone, power outlet for hairdryer, and shaver sockets.
Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer. Centrally located, adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape.
A series of traditional domed "rondavels" are widely spaced throughout the grounds which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge, is a vanishing horizon pool which looks out over the endless plains after which the Serengeti is named.
Situated close to the world-famous two-million-year-old paleolithic site of Ol Duvai, considered the birthplace of mankind, the lodge has been styled to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage and traditional art, which is best illustrated by the lavish Makonde carvings which decorate both the rooms and the stunning domed dining room.
As for wildlife, the Serengeti National Park offers not only all the members of the big five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) but also the annual migration of over one million wildebeests and their attendant cast of predators. Room amenities include room service, ceiling fans, telephone and free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hair dryers, and safety deposit.
After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and see the lodge almost immediately below you. Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab, and grasses of the Tarangire National Park, home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter. Room amenities include mosquito nets, hair dryers, turndown service, special diets, and children's menu.
In the morning, you will be driven to Tarangire national park which is about a 149.5 kilometers drive from Arusha town. The park is home to over 500 bird species and various animals which live in the acacia and mixed woodland vegetation, baobab trees and old palm, black cotton grass Baobab trees, and high grasses. On arrival, you will take a guided walk. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at Sopa Lodge.
Today you will be heading to the Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley also referred to as the Cradle of Mankind where the remains of an ancient hominid dating two million years ago in time was discovered. From there, you shall proceed to the Serengeti National Park to enjoy some of the world’s finest wildlife views.
Serengeti is a natural world, meaning endless plains which best describes the 5,600 square miles terrain of the park. Being one among the oldest ecosystems in the world, the Serengeti will meet your wildlife expectations. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at Serena Lodge.
Today you will enjoy your game drive in the Serengeti Park. The most prominent fact about this park is the annual wildebeests' migration that occurs between December and March, April and June, and July and November. The animal movement is involving millions and millions of wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras, together with big numbers hyenas, leopard, jackals, lions, and cheetahs which pursue the large herds to prey on them. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at Serena Lodge.
You will be driven from the Serengeti and head to the world’s largest unbroken volcanic crater, the Ngorongoro. Standing at over 2,000 feet deep with a diameter of 12 miles, the crater holds one of Africa’s largest wildlife populations with an estimate of 30,000 animals. The crater is the perfect place to see the big five: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffaloes. The Ngorongoro crater is also referred to by many as the eighth wonder of the world. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at Ngorongoro Serena lodge.
After breakfast, you will leave the Ngorongoro conservation area and return to your hotel back in Arusha. With a prior arrangement, Tai Adventures & Safaris can organize your private transportation to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
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 footprints of human's remote ancient ancestors, who lived about three and a half million years ago, are found in the area.
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.
Massage services are available at the Serena lodge for an extra fee.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.