Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
Best Time: February – May
Day 1: Arrival day
Leave home for your trip to Tanzania. Arrive in the early evening on KLM into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will Meet by Africa Nature Photography & Safaris team and transfer to a Hotel in Arusha City for overnight.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National park
After Breakfast, we will load the luggage to your safari car and Drive south through Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing drives. You will encounter troupes of baboons and with luck you might spot the tree climbing lions. Visit Lake Manyara home of flamingos and other bird species. You will have lunch with a local family. Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Similar.
Day 3: Lake Manyara, Cultural, Ngorongoro
Early breakfast thereafter depart on a morning game viewing drive in Lake Manyara National park followed by a guided cultural tour of mtowambu village which will include a visit to the banana and rice irrigation farms. You will have lunch with a local family. Afternoon drive to Ngorongoro.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Similar
Day 4: Exploring Ngorongoro
An early start and you will Collect breakfast and lunch boxes, at around 05:45 and descend into the crater for an in-depth exploration of this distinctive eco-system. Enjoy abundant wildlife viewing set against the impressive backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater, the heart of the 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. 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 card to this picturesque Caldera, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, and if Lucky enough you will have chance to see the small cats like the Rare Caracal, Seval cat as well as the African wild cat which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Picnic breakfast will be served at one of the picnic site 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.
Meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House or Similar.
Day 5, 6 and 7: Olduvai Gorge – South Serengeti and Ndutu Forest.
After breakfast drive out of Ngorongoro and on to Oldupai Gorge Museum thereafter continue drive to Ndutu area with game viewing drive en-route. late in the afternoon drive to Lake Masek Tented Camp. You will spend your next three nights exploring the southern Serengeti plains and the Ndutu forest,. In addition to the large migratory herds, predators will be abundant and easily seen. Cheetah densities will be at the highest in the southern and eastern plains. Lions should be easily visible, both resident prides and the nomads. This area linking the Central and southern plains of Serengeti is a fragile habitat consisting of ethereal kopjes and short grass plains. Driving through the Gol kopjes is always a breathtaking experience with a vision of vast open plains and amazing wildlife.
Meals and overnight at Tanzania Bush Camp or Similar.
Day 8, 9 and 10: Central Serengeti.
Breakfast at the lodge. Pack and leave the lodge for drive to Central Serengeti with game viewing drive en-route. You will spend your next two exploring the vast Serengeti and its endless plains. You have an options of breaking the days into two by doing Early morning and late afternoon game viewing, drive through the central Serengeti in the golden light of dawn looking for special wildlife interactions and photographic opportunities, whereby, You will depart the Lodge at first light with a picnic breakfast for a big day in search of the biggest herds of the great migrations. Alternatively, as usually you may choose to enjoy a more leisurely breakfast at the camp instead of a picnic breakfast and depart with picnic lunches for a full day of game drives exploring different areas of 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 and overnight at Mawe Luxury Tented Camp.
Day 11: Bush Flight to Arusha.
Early breakfast at the camp and then leave the camp for Seronera Airstrip with game drives enroute. Bush Flight from kogatende to Arusha. Stop at cultural heritage for lunch and an optional shopping, and then drive to African view lodge for a Day room. An early dinner at River Tree Country Inn before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back Home.