This 4 day lodge & tented camp safari allows you to experience the highlights of the Northern Safari Circuit. You will experience breathtaking wildlife in the midst of diverse landscapes; monkeys in the forest, lions in trees, elephants amongst acacias and a huge variety of animals inside a collapsed volcano. You will also visit Serengeti National Park, which is home to 3 million animals. These spectacular grass plains offer the best opportunity of viewing Cheetah, Leopard and Lion.
Day 1 Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you will be collected from your accomodation in Arusha by your personal Safari Guide. The drive to Lake Manyara National Park is on a good tarmac road, across the gently rolling Masai plains with scattered acacia trees. En route, you will pass many Masai in their colourful dress walking on the roadside, riding bicycles, herding their cattle and driving donkey carts.
The park’s namesake is a shallow, salt lake. It covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons and is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species. On your exploration of the park you will see monkeys, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. After an extensive game drive, having experienced the various sights and sounds of the wilderness, you will leave the park and head to your nearby lodge, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Eileens Trees Inn
Day 2 Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we set off for the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration. The views are spectacular as you drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on, spread out before you, is the vast Serengeti. Serengeti mean ‘endless plains’ in Kiswahili and this 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate through the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboons and African hares also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds.
After your extensive game drive, you will arrive at your tented camp and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp
Day 3 Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will head out for an en route game drive through the Serengeti. You might be able to spot the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – before embarking on your journey to Ngorongoro Crater. The animals roam freely through the unfenced reserves offering you an uninterrupted game viewing experience. Arriving at the edge of the crater you will have your first glimpse of what awaits you the following day – glistening streams, open grassland and an infinite number of animals. You will spend the night at a lodge near to the Crater Rim.
Accommodation: Rhino Lodge
Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha
Very early in the morning, descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most incredible places on Earth. After lunch inside the crater, drive up the steep road out of the crater and return to Arusha.
You will arrive back in Arusha at approximately 5.00 p.m., where your safari will end.
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