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This Serengeti Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara Tanzania Safari will start in Arusha by flying to Serengeti National Park and drive back to Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport by Road. It is an amazing safari that will give an opportunity to visit Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park.
It is also a good safari for clients who start their holiday in Zanzibar and want to visit Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park before departing Tanzania on their last day whereby drop off point will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
NB: This trip is also possible to be combined with some days to Zanzibar Island upon client request.
At 0600hrs (TBC) Our driver-guide will come to pick you up from your hotel/lodge and drive you to Arusha or Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Serengeti National Park. Upon arrive at Serengeti at 11h00. Your safari driver-guide will meet you at Seronera Airstrip to assist you to board your safari vehicle and proceed to Serengeti National park for a game drive.
In the Maasai language, "serenget" means "endless plain". The park stretches for over 15,000 square kilometers. Serengeti National Park is quite simply the most magnificent wildlife sanctuary in the world— unparalleled in natural beauty and wilderness. From vast, open plains casting idyllic, golden sunsets, to steamy riverbanks and towers of granite boulders, the Serengeti throbs with life in the endless rhythm of the animals.
We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive exploring the wildlife of Serengeti.
With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies, and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days, we will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa.” A large pride of lions laze in the long grasses; plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.
At sunset, we will proceed to our tented camp in the heart of Seronera Valley. Arrival for dinner and overnight stay.
famous national park.
We will have a full-day game drive in various zones of the park. The Serengeti eco-system is home to the "big five" (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros). The other main species include giraffe, zebra, antelope, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and in the season the spectacular migration of the wildebeest.
Everywhere there are animals, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and a great variety of birds—with a total of 505 species being documented so far. But look closely and you will thrill by the huge jungle cats—lion, leopard, and cheetah—just watching the world go by. And go by it does. Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers, and in-stream. The adventure of a lifetime!
We will have a break for a picnic lunch in the bush. In the evening, we return to our tented camp for dinner and overnight.
At sunrise, we start our game drive marveling at the stunning scenery, ever-changing light, and always entertaining wildlife, searching for big Cats while hunting, they actively hunt during the early morning.
We proceed with an en-route game drive from Central Serengeti towards Ngorongoro, we drive down to the crater floor for wildlife game. The crater and surrounding highlands are one of Africa's most beautiful regions, with volcanic craters forming stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa.
The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano, which was probably once the size of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today the completely enclosed circular crater is some twelve miles across, with steep walls of over 2,000 feet. We are at an altitude of approximately 7,500 feet above sea level, the highest point on our trip.
After our time on the lower plains, the cooler air here is refreshing (please have a fleece/jacket with you as it can get cold during early morning and evening hours).
With its abundant water, excellent grazing, and natural protection from the densely vegetated crater walls, the crater provides shelter to over 25000 animals, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros.
We descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor to explore this natural zoological park and observe an extraordinary variety of wildlife: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, reedbuck, and buffalo.
The lovely crested crane (similar to a peacock) can be found in great profusion here and maybe you'll spot a bat-eared fox. The balance of predator and prey in this extraordinary ecosystem is so precise that animals seldom leave.
Lunch will be taken at a picnic site inside the crater. In the afternoon we ascend the crater and drive to your accommodation for dinner and overnight
Early in the morning, leave Ngorongoro for a short game drive in Lake Manyara National park with packed lunch. Late afternoon leave the park for Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport for your international flight back home.
Upon request, we can book a hotel in Arusha for an overnight stay and then depart with an international flight on the next day.
Transfers will be provided.