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This unique African lion safaris will take you on an adventure of a lifetime into the heart of the Tanzanian northern safari circuit. Nowhere else in Africa do you find the sheer numbers of animals, predators, and carnivores like the African lion, or the ease with which these animals can be viewed as in Tanzania. Tanzania Wildlife Safaris have also attempted to identify and incorporate areas well known for their frequent lion sightings to make this a truly unique African lion safari adventure.
Migunga is located close to the northwest of the lake and only five minutes from the entrance of Lake Manyara National Park. It is an ideal place for starting and ending a safari to northern Tanzania. It is on the doorstep of some of the finest wildlife reserves and scenery in Africa. Migunga forest camp is set on 35 acres of acacia forest in a secluded part of Migungani village. The lake is two kilometers away. Bushbuck and other antelope are sometimes seen on the property.
The camp consists of 19 permanent tents on raised platforms, with attached bathroom, and private veranda. The tents are located around a central glade, offering shade and privacy, only a short walk from the restaurant and bar. The bathroom has flush toilet, shower, wash hand basin, towels, soap, and bottled water. You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.
Kati Kati is a mobile tented camp, located in central Serengeti, strategically positioned to cover the vast Serengeti plain. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. Kati Kati is located only two hours' drive from Olduvai Gorge and the Grumeti River. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.
The 15 tents are comfortable and spacious, naturally and tastefully furnished with en-suite bathrooms. All tents have a large king size bed or twin bed. Each tent has a shower, hand basin, and flush toilet. Lighting is supplied by solar lights. You will be staying here from the second to the fourth night of the safari.
This lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but it borders the Serengeti National Park as well. Placed in attractive acacia woodland, it is surrounded by the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. The lodge overlooks Lake Ndutu, which is a favorite water spot for numerous herds of game and is a center point during the migration of wildebeest to the central Serengeti.
The grasslands around the lodge are kept short so you have great views of migrating herds and at night you can sit around a campfire and enjoy the sounds of animals, which are very nearby.
There are 34 stone cottages, all built in a line facing Lake Ndutu. The rooms are quaint but they are very comfortable and well maintained. Each room has en-suite facilities and a front veranda where you can sit and enjoy the view. The decor is simple with extremely comfortable pine beds and tables. You will be staying here on the fifth night of the safari.
Ngorongoro farmhouse is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani volcano, and only five kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. Ngorongoro farmhouse is located on a 500 acre coffee farm, the perfect stopover on a northern circuit safari of Tanzania. You will be staying here from the sixth to the seventh night of the safari.
The tour starts with lunch in Arusha town at 12:30. After lunch at around 14:00, you will be met by Tanzania Wildlife Safaris' professional tours guide and driver who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which, you will travel west to the Great Rift Valley and the Lake Manyara National Park. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Lake Manyara area.
After breakfast, you will drive through the agricultural and fresh produce market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunter's paradise, harboring thousands of souvenir salesmen ready to pounce at your slightest invitation.
Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow soda lake covering two-thirds of the park, located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
You will enjoy lunch before heading towards the Serengeti National Park via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, you will descend into the heart of wild Africa with endless plains, which roll into the distance as far as the eye can see.
You will spend three days in this incredible untamed wilderness of the Serengeti National Park, where literally millions of animals roam. You will enjoy a late afternoon game drive en route to the lodge. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Seronera area.
You will have an after-breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore river circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich, and cheetah sightings. The visitor center close to the Serengeti Seronera lodge and public campsites is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive.
This nicely designed center offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The center also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. You will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the center in the shade of the giant acacia trees.
In the afternoon, you will follow the Kopjes circuit which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lions and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains.
This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons including lions which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Seronera area.
This day will offer you an ideal opportunity to do an optional but unforgettable hot air balloon flight, followed by a delightful champagne breakfast (available at a supplementary cost, but can be booked in advance). After breakfast, you will head to the south-eastern side of the park, visiting the Barafu Kopjes and the Ngare Nanyuki River area, for the morning and afternoon game drives.
Apart from the lion prides you find in the area, the Barafu Kopjes is the place to visit for possible cheetah sightings. The Ngare Nanyuki River area is also well known for being packed with game. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Seronera area.
Today is your last day in the Serengeti National Park. You will once again visit some kopjes on your way out of the park and will do a morning game drive in the Simba Kopjes area. The kopjes are named after the lions, which frequently use these kopjes to just lie and bath in the sun. You may also see baboons, giraffes, and some interesting birds in this area.
From here, you will head to Lake Ndutu, which is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes, however still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife. You will do an afternoon game drive in the lake area, which offers quite a change from the vast open plains of the Serengeti. The area is usually heavy populated with elephants and birds, as well as resident plains game.
The Ndutu lodge is a charming small safari lodge, which is used as a base by many wildlife film crews. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Ndutu area.
You will depart after breakfast from Lake Ndutu for a morning game drive in the Naabi Hill area before heading towards the Ngorongoro Crater via the famed Olduvai Gorge, also known as the cradle of mankind. The gorge lies on the site of an ancient lake, covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world’s earliest records of mankind and which was unearthed by the dedicated Leakey family.
The museum displays some of these fascinating discoveries and remarkable finds. From here, you will head for the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most densely crowded game areas in the world which is home to an estimated 30,000 animals. You will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and spend the afternoon at leisure. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
After an early breakfast, you will descend 600 meters into the stunning crater to view wildlife for a full-day’s tour. You will witness an unforgettable spectacle of African wildlife, a world teeming with animals. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the park supports a vast variety of animals which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, giant elephants, and a small population of black rhino.
Another big draw to this picturesque park is it dense population of predators which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. You will return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. You will have dinner and an overnight accommodation at the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
After breakfast, you will depart for Arusha and end your safari adventure with a farewell lunch at the Naura Springs hotel. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends Tanzania Wildlife Safaris' safari services.
This safari will take place in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Ndutu, and Ngrogoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your meals are included in the price.