01. SAT. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. There you can buy your visa (50 US per person or 100 US per person for American citizens) and through customs. Our driver is already waiting for you and brings you to Arusha. Then proceed to Tarangire National Park. Watch giraffes, elephants and impala along the Tarangire River in its natural environment. Lunch box on the way; dinner & ON lodge or tented camp in the park.
02. Full day game drive and enjoy Tarangire national park. The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog. Home to more than 550 bird species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts. The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Wildlife research is focused on African bush elephant and Masai giraffe. Since 2005, the protected area is considered a Lion Conservation Unit. Meals & ON lodge or tented camp in the park.
03. Passing by the crater highlands and the Ngorongoro crater you will arrive at the orld famous Serengeti. The Maasai people had been grazing their livestock in the open plains of eastern Mara Region, which they named “endless plains”. Right at the Ngorongoro crater and the Naabi Hill Gate you can get more details about the area. The game drive through the wilderness will lead you to the lodge. Lunch box on the way; dinner & ON lodge or tented camp in the park
04. Explore the landscape and the wildlife of the Serengeti on today’s drives through the area. Optional you can book ahead and have a fantastic balloon safari over Serengeti. Serengeti National Park is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes. Meals & ON lodge or tented camp in the park
05. Morning have a game drive. Then leave the Serengeti and return to the Ngorongoro Crater brink. Enjoy the view over the unique Caldera.Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildebeests and zebras traverse its plains during their annual migration. Livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals. On the way make a stop to visit hominin fossils found in the Olduvai Gorge date back millions of years. Lunch box on the way; dinner & ON lodge or tented camp
06. Today you are going to have a memorable tour through the Ngorongoro Crater. You descend with a 600m into the crater. Arriving at the cater floor the game drives through the wilderness are starting. Be impressed by the gnus, zebras and elephants. At the end of the drive you are going to climb the steep wall of the crater with the safari car and visit a Masai village for an amazing experience with these people and their culture. Meals & ON lodge or tented camp
07. Drive to lake Manyara. Lake Manyara National Park is known for flocks of thousands flamingos that feed along the edge of the lake in the wet season. Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) can also be present in large numbers. The groundwater forest to the north of the lake, and largely within the National Park, is a well-known breeding site for thousands of pink-backed pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) and yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis) along with smaller numbers of Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and grey heron (Ardea cinerea). Over 40 species of birds of prey are documented, including palm-nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) and Ayre’s hawk eagle (Hieraaetus ayresii). In all, more than 390 species of birds have been documented in the national park, although in the dry season, flamingos and other water birds are usually found only in small numbers.
Populations of large migratory mammals that are concentrated primarily in Tarangire National Park, but also move through Lake Manyara National Park include wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and Grant’s gazelle. Large herds of wildebeest and other plains game from the Mto wa Mbu Game Controlled Area enter the park from the north for short periods. Wildebeest exclusively graze the alkaline grasslands around the lake, and numbers are highest during the dry season, dropping to small resident populations in the wet season. Herbivores of Lake Manyara National Park include plains zebra, bushbuck, waterbuck, Grant’s gazelle, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, baboon, warthog, and African bush elephant.
Predators of Lake Manyara National Park include lion, leopard, African wild cat, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, serval, honey badger, African civet, genet (Genetta) species and several mongoose species. Cheetah and African golden cat are sighted occasionally. Lunch box on the way; dinner & ON lodge or tented camp
08. SAT. Drive back to Arusha and directly to the airport for your international flight. End of services.
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