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Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
Best Time: July – October

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet and greet

Arrive 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 African View Lodge (or equivalent)

Day 2: Arusha-Tarangire National Park

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After breakfast, we pack up and drive south through Arusha to the prehistoric-looking Tarangire National Park in time lunch. You will have the afternoon to spend wildlife viewing, against a landscape dotted with baobab trees and umbrella-thorn acacias, visiting the Silalei Swamp and Tarangire River, famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. In the dry season large numbers of animals congregate along the life-giving river that provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area. Cameras at the ready as you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. In addition to the animal species, the park is famous for its century-old baobab trees and over 300 species of birds.

Dinner & overnight at Sangaiwe Tented Camp (or equivalent)

Day 3: Exploring Ngorongoro Crater – Central Serengeti

rhino baby, rhino, safari, mother and babyAfter early breakfast we head off with a packed lunch to Ngorongoro and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against this impressive backdrop. This drive provides one of the best opportunities in Africa to view black rhino. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthrall visitors. Another big draw is the dense population of predators, which includes: lions, hyenas, jackals, and the small cats like the rare caracal. Picnic lunch will be served at the crater floor, followed by another game viewing visiting the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp, Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater, the lerai forest as well as other parts of the crater. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a wildlife viewing drive en route to the Central Serengeti.

Dinner & overnight at Mawe 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.

Dinner & overnight at Mawe Tented Camp (or equivalent)

Day 5 & 6: Exploring North Serengeti

After breakfast, you will enjoy game drive en route to Northern Serengeti where you will have a chance to visit Kogatende area (the northern part of Serengeti) where the Mara River is situated. The Northern Serengeti is home to a huge number of resident animals including: lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, eland, black rhinos and wild dogs. This is also a wonderful time of year to witness one of three significant events that happens during the Great Migrations – the annual river crossings. Your days will be combination of looking for good river crossings and other wildlife interactions along the Mara River, Wogakuria kopjes as well as the Lamai triangle. The Northern Serengeti and the entire Mara river area are truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Meals & overnight at GNU Migration Camp

Day 7: Bush flight and departure

Photographic SafariEarly breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Kogatende Airstrip with wildlife viewing en-route. Bush flight from Kogatende to Arusha. You will stop at a cultural heritage site for lunch and optional shopping, and then drive to African View Lodge for a day room and early dinner before being transfered to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.

From $3173 per person