7 Days Wildlife Safari, Northern Circuit in Tanzania /
Day 1: Kilimanjaro airport-Lake Manyara National Park.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met personally by our Airpot Rep and assisted to board your safari vehicle. Drive to Lake Manyara national Park via Arusha town. Have a short afternoon game drive in the park. Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa. The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area. The main habitats include the shallow soda lake itself which occupies 70% of the National Park, the ground water forest, open grassland, acacia woodland and the rift wall.
The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the park include buffalo, elephants, leopards, baboons, impala, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippos. Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, hammerkops and the migratory flamingoes, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. FB
Day 2: Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Breakfast at the lodge then have short game drive. Proceed to Serengeti national park arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. Lying in a high plateau between the Ngorongoro highlands and the Kenya/ Tanzania border, and extending almost to Lake Victoria in the west. Aptly named “endless plains” by the Maasai people, you immediately experience this vastness as you enter the southeastern plains of the park from Ngorongoro.
There is a variety of scenery, which include the plains, lakes, hills and the rock outcrops called kopjes. The Seronera valley in central Serengeti endowed with permanent surface water attract a large concentration of wildlife throughout the year. Common animals that can be seen here are lions, buffaloes, impalas, hippos, waterbucks, elephants, cheetahs and the leopard. From December, when the long rains start, to May, eastern Serengeti plains provide the best opportunities for game viewing as hundreds of thousands of the migratory animals are concentrated in this part attracted by the short palatable grass.
Dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. FB
Day 3: Serengeti National Park.
Spend the whole day at leisure with 2 extended game viewing drives in the park.
All meals and overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. FB
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Breakfast at the lodge then have an enroute game viewing drive out of the Park to Ngorongoro conservation area. Stop over at the Olduvai Gorge popularly referred to as “The Cradle of Humankind”. Proceed to Ngorongoro for lunch at the lodge.
Afternoon at leisure viewing the floor of the crater from your lodge.
Dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. FB
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation area.
Breakfast at the lodge then descend with picnic lunch boxes for a full day crater tour where the dram begins!
Ngorongoro is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, , the Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of the Ngorongoro Crater itself, the Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu, the Empakai crater and the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment in multi-purpose land use where people (the Maasai), their livestock and wildlife coexist and share the same protected habitat.
Wild animals are protected as in the National Parks. The Ngorongoro Crater, which is the central attraction in the area, is the largest Caldera in the world that has its walls intact. The Ngorongoro Crater floor, a sheer drop of 610 metres below the crater rim, has an area of 265 sq. km, with a diameter of 19 km. The sight of the Ngorongoro Crater is simply stunning.
“There is nothing with which to compare. It is one of the wonders of the world….” once wrote Professor Bernard Grzimek. The crater floor is covered with plains animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands, rhino, and a large predator population of lions, hyena and jackal which can all be viewed at close quarters. Cheetah and leopard can also be seen here.
Return for dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Ngorongoro- Tarangire National Park.
Breakfast at the Lodge and proceed to Tarangire National Park for lunch at the Lodge. Afternoon enjoy a game drive. The principal features of the park are the flood plains and the grassland, mainly comprising of various types of acacia trees, and a few scattered baobabs, tamarind and the sausage trees. The Tarangire River, after which the park is named, provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area. When the Maasai Steppes dry up with the end of the long rains in June, migratory animals return to the Tarangire River, making Tarangire National Park second only to Ngorongoro in the concentration of wildlife. This period stretches between June and November and it is the best season for game viewing in Tarangire.
The most common animals found in the park include zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, waterbucks, giraffe, elephants, gazelles, impala, gerenuk, lesser kudu and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx. You may be lucky to spot the tree-climbing python for which the park is famous, or the kudu and the roan antelope which are rare species in Northern Tanzania. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Park.
Dinner and overnight stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge. FB
Day 7: Tarangire-Arusha/Kilimanjaro.
Breakfast at the lodge then drive to Arusha for lunch. Proceed to Kilimanjaro Airport for your outbound flight back home.
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