DAY 1 ARRIVE kIA- ARUSHA
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international Airport, a Planet Wild Safaris representative will pick you up with a private 4×4 safari vehicle and transfer to Arusha town (approximately 50km or 31miles) a 45 to 50 minutes drive on a tarmac road for overnight Lake Duluti Serena Hotel or similar. (Bed and Breakfast Basis)
DAY 2 – ARUSHA TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After your breakfast which will be ready at 7AM, you will meet with a Planet Wild Safaris representative who will give you a short safari briefing and your driver guide with a 4×4 safari vehicle will drive you on a paved road to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive (No tarmac roads in all the Parks). Lunch boxes will be served at one of the picnic sites inside the park and continue with the game drives until evening before 6PM, you will drive to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar for dinner and overnight.
Lake Manyara is set below the Rift Valley Escarpment. It’s comprised of the lake, the ground water forest, swamps, acacia bushes and the hot springs to the south. The name “Manyara” comes from the Maasai word emanyara, which is a euphorbia species of plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead.
The 329 km2 Lake Manyara is a magnet for birdlife and a kaleidoscope of different species can be found around it’s shores including a huge flock of flamingos. The lake is alkaline or soda-lake, its ground water forest with Mahogany and sausage trees are alive with Blue monkey and vervet. Elephant, bushbuck, waterbuck, baboon, leopard, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra and lion complete the picture of wildlife to be found. The Lake is also famous for fighting male hippos who engage in fierce battles for territory.
DAY 3 – LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI
After breakfast, you will drive through Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park with a game drive en route (Option Olduvai Gorge Visit). Before Ngorongoro gate you will drive through a small town that has necessary facilities like banks, small scale shops and mini supermarkets, fuel stations etc. you will arrive at Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar in time for lunch (but preferably take picnic lunch to get enough use of your time for game drives on your way). You will proceed with game drive and later to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar.
Serengeti National Park supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa on a scale unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The name of the area is derived from the Maasai “Siringeti” meaning endless plains. Equal in size to Northern Ireland, the park contains an estimated 3.5 million large animals, most of which take part in seasonal migration that is one of nature’s wonders.The Serengeti stretches over 5.700 square miles of plains, riverine bush, and acacia woodland, with savannah grassland as the dominant environment. In the Serengeti, you will explore the Kopjes – home to lion, leopard, and cheetah – as well as follow the trail of the migrating plains game. From mid-January to mid-February the wildebeest migration is usually at its height in the Serengeti, with the wildebeest giving birth to their foals during this time. The plains are crowded with the herds, and early morning finds many new calves tottering by their mother’s sides. Perhaps you will witness this spectacle of birth on the plains, as well as the dramas of predator and prey as they unfold in this beautiful setting. As a result of the biodiversity and ecological significance of the area, the park has been listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites.
DAY 4 – FULL DAY IN THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today you will have a full day game drive inside the Serengeti National Park (Liaise with your drive if hot lunch or lunch boxes). Apart from prides of lions, herds of buffalos, impalas, gazelles, schools of hippos and wildebeests migration, you can be lucky to see the solitary leopards as well. later in the evening, you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar.
DAY 5 – THE SERENGETI-NGORONGORO
In the morning, you will drive to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar with game drive en route arriving in time for lunch. You will be at leisure in the Afternoon to relax after long bumpy roads (option Maasai Village Visit). Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar.
DAY 6– THE NGORONGORO CRATER
Today you will descend to an amazing Ngorongoro Crater after your breakfast at the lodge. You will have a full day crater tour that is blessed with an abundant number of animals. Again picnic lunch will be served at one of the picnic sites inside the crater. Late evening you will ascend to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area/World Heritage Site (2,045,200 acres/828,000 hectacres) protects wildlife habitat as well as the rights of local Maasai who graze their livestock on about 75 percent of the area.Ngorongoro Crater, 12 miles (19 kilometers) wide, is the world’s largest intact caldera. Before the cataclysmic collapse of its cone 2 million years ago, this volcanic mountain may have been taller than Kilimanjaro. Its rim, which averages 7,600 feet (2,316 meters) elevation, is cloaked in moist montane forest and grassland, hosting elephants, golden-winged and eastern double-collared sunbirds, stonechats and Jackson’s widowbirds. From lodges and campsites on the rim, visitors are driven down to the crater floor for a day-long survey. At 5,600 feet (1,700 meters) elevation, the crater floor is primarily grassland, with patches of spring-fed marshes, freshwater ponds, a salt lake, and small forests. Harboring 20,000 large animals, it is a virtual Noah’s Ark (without giraffes). Great effort has gone into saving the black rhino here, and several dozen are resident. Buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, and hartebeest graze the grassland, while elephants roam the wooded areas, and hippos gather in marshes and ponds. Lions, spotted hyenas, and golden and black-backed jackals are easy to find, and servals and cheetahs are sighted rarely. Resident ostriches, crowned cranes, and kori bustards are joined seasonally by migrant flocks of white and Abdim’ s storks. The conservation area also includes two other voluminous craters, six peaks that top 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) and the southeastern corner of the vast Serengeti Plains. Olduvai Gorge, just north of the road to the Serengeti, has yielded hominid fossils key to the study of human evolution. Here sit a museum and shaded picnic sites. Red-and-yellow barbets join less colorful birds here for crumbs, while cheetahs sometimes roam nearby.
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