Day 1 Tarangire National park
Assuming arrival in the morning, pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and stop over at Arusha for collecting of packed lunch box and proceed to Tarangire National Park game tour am Depart to Karatu Eileens Tree Inn for Dinner and overnight.
Tarangire National Park
About Tarangire National Park Size: 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles).
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
Day after day of cloudless skies The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem ‐ a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry‐country antelope such as the stately fringe‐eared oryx and peculiar long‐necked gerenuk are regularly observed. During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they Exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking‐thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like
turkeys. 10 More ardent bird‐lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow‐collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous‐tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north‐central Tanzania. Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of redand‐ yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork‐like duetting. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
Day 2 Eileen`s Tree Inn Karatu to Serengeti National Park
After Breakfast depart to Serengeti National Park with packed lunch passing through Ngorongoro Conservation Area. PM game tour in Serengeti National Park dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena lodge
Serengeti National Park
About Serengeti National Park
Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).
Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.
A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three‐week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile‐infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game‐viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden‐maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the south‐eastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500‐plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills. As enduring as the game‐viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterises the Serengeti 5 Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust. Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focussed unswervingly on its next meal.
Day 3 Serengeti National Park
After breakfast proceed am game with packed lunch box for a full day game drive and late in the afternoon return back Serengeti Serena for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Serengeti to Ngorongoro
After breakfast with packed lunch game drive en‐route to Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge for dinner and overnight in Ngorongoro Serena hotel.
Day 5 Ngorongoro crater
After morning breakfasts depart with picnic lunch for a whole day crater tour, you will be lead 2000ft down the crater by a 4wheel drive vehicle. Tour around the crater prior to ascend back and drive to Eileen`s Trees Inn Karatu for dinner and overnight
Encompassing three spectacular volcanic craters, the Olduvai Gorge, huge expanses of savannah, forest and bush land, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the flagship of Tanzania’s tourism industry. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), measuring 8,300 square kilometres, is also the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co‐exist in harmony. The NCA became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1971 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. Originally part of the Serengeti National Park when the latter was established by the British in 1951, in 1959 the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) was formed, separating NCA from Serengeti. Land within the area is multi‐use, providing protection status for wildlife while also permitting human habitation. Its uniqueness lays in the fact that the NCA is where man, livestock and wild animals live in peace: Maasai cattle can sometimes be seen grazing alongside zebras on Ngorongoro’s grassland. Apart from conserving world heritage, Ngorongoro plays a major role in national development. “We pay 30 per cent corporate tax, 3 per cent tourism tax, and remit 10 per cent of our earnings to the treasury”, explains Bernard Murunya, the NCAA’s Chief Conservator. “We also give over US$125,000 to the local District Council as well as supporting the area’s Pastoralist Council, in addition to funding various community projects such as schools, hospitals, veterinary services and road construction,” he adds.
Day 6 Eileen`s Trees Inn Karatu to Lake M anyara National Park
After morning breakfast proceed to Lake Manyara National Park with packed lunch am and pm game drive late in the afternoon return back to Eileen`s Trees Inn Karatu for dinner and overnight.
Lake Manyara National Park
Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty‐gold 600‐metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game‐viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle‐like groundwater forest where hundred‐strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik‐dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first‐time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights 3 include thousands of pink‐hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. About Lake Manyara National Park Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high. Location: In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
Day 7 Eileen`s Trees Inn Karatu to Arusha
After morning breakfast with packed lunch box drive to Arusha town tour and depending with the flight timing drop off Kilimanjaro International Airport for a flight back home end of safari..
‐ Arusha Day room cost $70 per person (Bed and Breakfast) not included in the price below
Se rena Hote l, Rhino Lodge & Eile en`s Tree Inn
PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON
BEST TIM E TO VISIT TAN ZAN IA
- 1 January to 28 February, 1 July to 31 October, 22 December to 31 December 2018
- 1 June to 30 June 2018
- 1 March to 31 March, 1 November to 21 December,
- 1 April to 31 May,
NOTE INCLUDED ON ABOVE PRICE
- CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT $ 00 Per Person Per Day
- EASTER SUPPLEMENT $ 00 Per Person Per Day
- Transport to and from wildlife parks in a 4WD safari vehicle
- Professional Driver guide who is also a knowledgeable guide and English speaking
- Meals, lunch, supper and breakfast with mineral water
- All entry fees to parks, crater fees and wildlife reserves
- Selected accommodation is within or near the park/reserve
- Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport
PRICE NOT INCLUDED
- International flights
- All items of personal nature
- Airport departure tax
- Visa and passport fees
- Alcoholic and non‐alcoholic beverages
1 Day 1 lunch box
2 0.5ltrs Kilimanjaro water bottle for the cause of the safari