Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
Best Time: May – June

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet and greet

bed, door, table, chair, curtainsArrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we will be waiting to meet you once you have cleared customs and transfer to your accomodation, where you will enjoy a wonderful dinner and a superb night’s rest and relaxation. This is your chance to really soak up the atmosphere and recharge the batteries for what lies ahead…

Dinner & overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge (or equivalent)

Day 2: Arusha-Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, you will meet your guide for a short briefing then drive south of Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park. You have the option to visit the culturally-diverse village of Mto wa Mbu set on the banks of the river of the same name, for first-hand look at tribal life in the African bush. We then check into Lake Manyara National Park where a picnic lunch is served at the Msasa picnic site, offering fabulous view of the lake. This is followed by afternoon wildlife viewing in the park, with its diverse flora and fauna, including some 350 bird species. The park also provides sanctuary to a variety of animals like the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions. Late afternoon we head off to the Ngorongoro highlands.

Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or equivalent)

Day 3: Exploring Ngorongoro Crater 

rhino baby, rhino, safari, mother and baby

After an early breakfast, we take our picnic lunch aboard the vehicles and descend into the crater to explore this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of this conservation area. These drives provide one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino, which tend to spend their time on the crater floor. Another big draw is the dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and the small cats like the rare caracal, as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. After a picnic lunch, you will leave the crater and drive to the central east plain of Serengeti via the Gol Kopjes. This area linking the southern plain of Serengeti and central Serengeti is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains. Driving through the Gol Kopjes is  breathtaking, with vast open plains and amazing wildlife. This is gazelle country and where there are gazelles, there are always cheetahs. We continue wildlife viewing through the kopjes until the late afternoon when we drive to Sametu Tented Camp, where you will spend the next two nights.

Meals & overnight at Sametu Tented Camp (or equivalent)

Day 4: Exploring Central Serengeti

hippos, tusks, animals, lakeAfter breakfast  a full day’s wildlifeviewing drive awaits on our way to Central Serengeti. Exploring the vast Serengeti and its endless plains. You can choose to break the day into two, by doing an early morning and late afternoon drive through the central Serengeti. The golden light of dawn invites anazing photographic opportunities, departing at first light with a picnic breakfast, in search of migration heards across the Central Serengeti. Areas that will be visited are the Retima Hippo pool, Maasai and sametu kopjes and plains as well as Moru and Simba kopjes.  The Central Serengeti and Seronera river valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodlands merge and various species of wildlife from both habitats can coexist.

Meals & overnight at Sametu Tented Camp (or equivalent)

Day 5 & 6: Exploring the Western Serengeti and Grumeti River

zebra, river,wildebeest,water

After as leisurely breakfast at the camp , enjoy a scenic drive to the western corridor of the Serengeti and the famous Grumeti River. At this time of year the region is bursting with wildlife thanks to the great migration, and many visiting predators from other drier part of the Serengeti stealthily make their way into to the area to ensure their own survival. There is a very good chance you will see the great migration of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River. The herds must outsmart the crocodiles and fast flowing water before facing predators waiting on the other side and it is simply an amazing spectacle.

Dinner & overnight at Lahia Tented Lodge (or equivalent)

Day 7: Bush flight and departure

African Safari Lion 4x4 vehicle

Early breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Grumeti Airstrip with wildlife drive en-route. Bush flight from Grumeti to Arusha. Stop at cultural heritage site for lunch and  optional shopping, and then drive to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge for a day room. You will have an early dinner at the lodge before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.