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8 Days
Big Five

In Tanzania

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Itinerary

Overview

This safari will let you experience the adventures of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire without breaking the bank whilst offering you all the comfort you need to make your dream journey to Africa memorable! From the Greatest Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti, coveted sightings of Africa’s majestic big cats, and a glimpse of a rare black rhino in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, to the sheer numbers of elephants and dwarf baobab trees in Tarangire, this amazing small group safari experience will be one of the highlights of your trip to Africa!

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Customers are picked up at Kilimanjaro airport, meet and assist at airport transfer. You will be driven to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, you depart to Tarangire National Park. Customers return to the accommodation for lunch. Relax and get ready for the afternoon game drive. Tarangire is a park of giant baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia parkland. It is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular in the dry season between June and September. It is during this period that thousands of animals- wildebeest, zebra, eland, harte beest, buffalo, and onyx migrate from the dry masai steppe to the Tarangire river in search of water. The predators -lion, leopard and others- as are the custom in the savanna follow closely by. Birds are also abundant here and over 550 species have been recorded. After the game drive, you are driven to your accommodation

after breakfast depart for Ngorongoro conservation area where you will have lunch at your lodge. The lodge sits on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater from where you get awesome  views of the collapsed volcano.

After a short rest break, proceed for an afternoon tour of  the crater. The drive commences with the 600 m descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater.  Covering 260 sq. Km, the crater is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. The crater  supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many species of plain animals- wildebeest, zebra, reed  buck, Thompson  gazelle and many more.

After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai gorge. Olduvai gorge is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of homo habilis ( ’handy man’ ) regarded as mankind?s first step on the path of human evolution. You arrive in time for  lunch at your lodge.

Later in the day afternoon game drive in the park.  The serengeti is probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Within its 15,000 sq km area it hosts 3 million large mammals. More than 35  species of plain animals- zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, and others are found here. And so for the big five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

The park is the staging zone for one the most spectacular events in the natural world- the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around june when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the masai mara in kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The serengeti also has over 500 species of birds. Dinner and overnight

Depart for an early morning game drive. Return for breakfast, collect lunch boxes and proceed at 1000 hrs for a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti. You will have a picnic lunch in the course of the day. Return to the lodge at 1700 hrs.Dinner and overnight

Depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. After breakfast, drive at 1000 hrs to the Ngorongoro highlands. You will have lunch at Gibbs farm, formerly  a working coffee farm. Then proceed for an afternoon visit of the waterfalls en-route to lake Manyara to arrive in time for dinner at your lodge.

You will spend the night at kirurumu tented lodge. The lodge is perched on the edge of the mto wa mbu escarpment and has great views of the great rift valley and lake manyara itself. Dinner and overnight

After breakfast, depart at 0830 hrs for a morning game drive in lake manyara national park. The park  covers 330 sq. Km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lake shore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the  big five -lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing  lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the rift valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of  birds.

Return to the lodge for lunch. 1400 hrs- drive  back to Arusha. Later in the evening drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.

Cost is

Inclusive of the following

  • Accommodation one night before the safari at bed and breakfast
  • All the parks fees
  • Guiding fees
  • Accommodation in camps or lodge during safari
  • Meals, full board at the lodges on safari/at the camps
  • Conservation fees
  • Transfer to and from the national parks
  • Full game drives in the mentioned parks
  • Local government taxes
  • Camping fees and camping facilities
  • Meals in full board at the lodge and at Camp
  • Professional safari Chef for campers