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CST 801: 8 DAYS LAKE MANYARA | SERENGETI | NGORONGORO | TARANGIRE - HIGHLIGHTS OF TANZANIA SAFARI TRIP
DAY 1: ARUSHA
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, met and assisted. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight rest at Mountain Village Serena or Moivaro Coffee Lodge or Arusha Hotel.
DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, leave for Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive with picnic lunch. Lake Manyara is a birdwatcher's paradise. Marvel at the variety of species, spoonbill, teal, pelican, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch on the slope of the Great Rift escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of the baobab; and in the acacia woodland, lions lie draped along the branches of the umbrella trees Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Lake Manyara Hotel, B,L,D
DAY 3:LAKE MANYARA | SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast leave Lake Manyara National Park and proceed to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai George with picnic lunch, arriving in the afternoon. Take a game drive to this park with immense herds of herbivore, wildebeests, gazelles and Zebras followed by predators on their annual migration to permanent water holes, offering a timeless spectacle unequalled in the world. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
DAY 4: FULL DAY SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Morning games drive after breakfast. Enjoy the endless plains of Serengeti with game viewing, A magnificent experience awaits as you travel to the most famous wildlife park in Africa the legendary Serengeti. Here you might have the chance to see the migration, where thousands of zebra and wildebeest make trip from the Masai Mara every year. Packed lunch is served and proceed for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
-Hot air balloon ride: US$ 500 per person
-Visit to a Maasai village for a cultural tour: US$ 70 per group
DAY 5: SERENGETI | NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (CRATER)
After breakfast, game drive enroute towards Ngorongoro Crater with packed lunch. On arrival, descend down to the crater one of the largest intact volcanic Caldera in the world, the crater floor offers game viewing to homely permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, and is one of the only places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) in the course of a morning or evening game drive. Dinner and Overnight at the crater rim Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
DAY 6: FULL DAY NGORONGORO CRATER
Descend once again down to the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural world. An extinct volcano that collapsed around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. The views from the top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking which are forested but four wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters around 20,000 animals. Large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra that depends on the open grasslands in the crater. Attracting predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena. The elephant found are the lone males. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino that have taken refuge here. A soda lake attracts water birds, including flamingoes and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill. Wildly beautiful as it is, it is not surprising that Ngorongoro Crater has been called a Garden of Eden. The game drives are done with packed lunch.. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
DAY 7: NGORONGORO | TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, game drive enroute for Tarangire National Park. In the afternoon you'll be taken on a game drive through the park. Many of the animals congregate around the only source of permanent water in the park, the Tarangire River. This is the best place in Tanzania to see really big herds of elephants of up to 300 at a time on safari. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge/Tarangire Safari Lodge, B,L,D.
DAY 8: TARANGIRE | ARUSHA | OUT
After breakfast, drive back to Arusha for lunch. Transfer back to the airport to connect with your flight back home or extend to Zanzibar for a beach holiday, B,L.
Safari Price: US$ 2650 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 495
Tour price includes:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation
-Ground transport on safari in a comfortable safari land cruiser equipped for game viewing
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari
-1 night bed and breakfast accommodation in Arusha
-Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodation in double/twin/triple room
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-Game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Start and end at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha
-Complementary bottled drinking water on safari
-Return airport transfers
Safari price excludes:
-Visas to Kenya/Tanzania
-Optional extras and items of a personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
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Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area:
The Ngorongoro Crater is often called 'Africa's Eden' and the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, a visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater's ridge, tall Masaai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes its eponymous famous crater, Olduvai Gorge, and huge expanses of highland plains, scrub bush, and forests that cover approximately 8300 square kilometres. A protected area, only indigenous tribes such as the Masaai are allowed to live within its borders. Lake Ndutu and Masek, both alkaline soda lakes are home to rich game populations, as well as a series of peaks and volcanoes and make the Conservation Area a unique and beautiful landscape. Of course, the crater itself, actually a type of collapsed volcano called a caldera, is the main attraction. Accommodation is located on its ridges and after a beautiful descent down the crater rim, passing lush rain forest and thick vegetation, the flora opens to grassy plains throughout the crater floor. The game viewing is truly incredible, and the topography and views of the surrounding Crater Highlands out of this world.
This truly magical place is home to Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakeys discovered the hominoid remains of a 1.8 million year old skeleton of Australopithecus boisei, one of the distinct links of the human evolutionary chain. In a small canyon just north of the crater, the Leakeys and their team of international archaeologists unearthed the ruins of at least three distinct hominoid species, and also came upon a complete series of hominoid footprints estimated to be over 3.7 million years old. Evacuated fossils show that the area is one of the oldest sites of hominoid habitation in the world.
The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Besides vehicle safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and surrounding attractions, hiking treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are becoming increasingly popular options. Either way you choose to visit, the Crater Highlands are an unforgettable part of the Tanzanian experience.
Serengeti National Park:
Serengeti is easily Tanzania's most famous national park, and its also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected area that borders Masai Mara Game Park in Kenya. Its far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa. Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering. Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trump to each other across the plains, and giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife is in awe-inspiring numbers.
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara attract visitors from around the world, who flock to the open plains to witness the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet. More than a million animals make the seasonal journey to fresh pasture to the north, then the south, after the biannual rains. The sound of their thundering hooves, raising massive clouds of thick red dust, has become one of the legends of the Serengeti plains. The entire ecosystem thrives from the annual migration, from the lions and birds of prey that gorge themselves on the weak and the faltering to the gamut of hungry crocodiles that lie in patient wait at each river crossing for their annual feed.
But itâ€™s not just the wildebeest who use the Serengeti as a migratory pathway. The adjacent reserves of Maswa and Ikorongo, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya all allow the animals and birds of the area a free range of movement to follow their seasonal migrations. Indeed, in the wake of the wildebeest migration, many of the less attention-grabbing features of the Serengeti are often overlooked. The park has varied zones in which each ecosystem is subtly different . Seronera in the centre of the park is the most popular and most easily visited area. The Grumeti River in the Western Corridor is the location for the dramatic river crossing during the wildebeest migration. Maswa Game Reserve to the south offers a remote part of the park rewarding in its game-viewing and privacy, and Lobo near the Kenyan border offers a change to see plentiful game during the dry season.
Aside from traditional vehicle bound safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become a safari rite-of-passage for travel enthusiasts. The flights depart at dawn over the plains and take passengers close over the awakening herds of wildebeest and zebra, gazelle and giraffe. The extra altitude allows guests to witness the striking stretches of plains punctuated only by kopjes. Up in the sky, you have Africa all to yourself.
Tarangire National Park:
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.
Before the rains, droves of gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Parkâ€™s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience.
Lake Manyara National Park
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobob strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.
The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands, colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.
Lake Manyara is famous for tree-climbing lions, another reason to pay this park a visit. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world -- a fact that makes for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
Tanzania balloon Safaris in Serengeti:
At this time, only the Serengeti National Park has a company that operates hot-air balloon safaris. Especially during the months of the Great Migration, this is often the highlight of visitor trips to Tanzania. The journey takes a little over an hour and sets off before dawn, flying low over the plains as the sun comes up and turns the grasslands from blue to gold. After landing, guests have a champagne breakfast complete with crystal glasses and white linen tablecloths in the middle of the African bush, as zebra and antelope graze nearby. Although expensive, the experience is well worth the treat.
Olduvai Gorge, February 2006The conservation area also protects Olduvai Gorge, situated in the plains area. It is considered the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of modern humans, Homo habilis as well as the early humans, Paranthropus boisei.
The Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches along eastern Africa. Olduvai is in the eastern Serengeti Plains in northern Tanzania and is about thirty miles long. It lies in the rain shadow of the Ngorongoro highlands and is the driest part of the region. The gorge is named after the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant, Sansevieria ehrenbergii, commonly called Oldupaai.
It is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and research there has been instrumental in furthering understanding of early human evolution. Excavation work there was pioneered by Mary and Louis Leakey in the 1950s and is continued today by their family. Some believe that millions of years ago, the site was that of a large lake, the shores of which were covered with successive deposits of volcanic ash. Around 500,000 years ago seismic activity diverted a nearby stream which began to cut down into the sediments, revealing seven main layers in the walls of the gorge.
Serengeti National Park
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Serengeti Safari, Serengeti Camping Safaris, Serengeti luxury lodge accommodation and safari tented camps information guide. The word Serengeti, meaning "endless plains" in Maasai, is a vast expanse of breathtaking East Africa savannah, home to numerous species of wild animals.
Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya are essentially one large park and ecosystem, amagical"animal kingdom" if you like, sharing the spectacular natural wonder of the world - the annual wildebeest migration. Serengeti is Tanzania's premier wildlife reserve and the accommodation ranges from Budget luxury lodges and tented camps, budget camping and Serengeti safari
The Serengeti justifiably famous for its huge concentrations of wildlife, especially the big cats, as well as being the stomping ground of the Great Migration, a massive accumulation of 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 gazelles stretching their legs over 1,200 miles in an annual race to find enough water and green grass for their survival.
The Serengeti National Park is broadly divided into three distinct areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern Lobo area that extends northwards through the Lamai Wedge to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
Heart of the Serengeti - Seronera Valley
The greatest proportion of tourist on Serengeti Safari visit the Serengeti through its Southern entrance, the Naabi Hill Gate, which opens onto the Seronera Valley; a vibrant wildlife area at the heart of the Serengeti. This is the region in which the migration commonly stop to calve in march each year, however the Seronera region is characterized by mainly wide open grassy plains and rock kopjes, patched together within a network of rivers that ensure year-round water supplies and keep this region incredibly rich in wildlife throughout the year. All other areas of the Serengeti are more seasonal and much of the time wildlife viewing is dependent on the path of the migration.
The Western Corridor
This follows the path of the Grumeti River up towards Lake Victoria. This region provides superb wildlife viewing action when the migration crosses the crocodile infested waters of the Grumeti; at this point camps such as the Grumeti River or Kirawira come into their own. It is also possible to arrange mobile camping in this region in order to optimize sightseeing your location.
The Northern Reaches – Lobo to Wogakuria
The Northern reaches of the Serengeti remain fantastically quiet and unvisited, due to their relative inaccessibility. Previously inaccessible swathes of National Park at Wogakuria, close to the Masai Mara border, have been opened up by flying safari options staying at superb permanent tented camps such as Sayari. This region has been described as ultimate paradise for keen safari buffs.
The principal feature of the Serengeti is its stunning wildlife and the annual spectacle of the migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest in pursuit of water and food in response to the changing seasons. Its name derives from the Masai word siringet, which means an " extended area', an apt description of seemingly endless rolling plains that give the Serengeti a timeless, romantic beauty. This is a plain-dwellers' stronghold of 14 763 square kilometres, reaching up to the Masai Mara in Kenya. The park teems with wildlife - it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains with at least 35 different species of plain-dwelling animals. The bird life is also fantastic.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area stretches from the Karatu Highlands to the Serengeti and covers an area of around 8300 sq km. Formed by the same immense geological upheavals as the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro crater was once a mountain as high as Kilimanjaro. About 3 million years ago, it blew up, covering the Serengeti in ash. The crater floor sank leaving the rim to form a natural enclosure 2,285 metres high.
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As your vehicle slowly ascends through mountain forests you will feel it getting colder and colder. Eventually you reach the rim, and dropping sharply off in front of you is Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater safari offers the best self-contained safaris location in Africa. The world's largest unbroken caldera; it is often referred to as the 'Garden of Eden'. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor shelters a large population of animals. In fact, the crater floor is one of the most densely crowded game areas in the world and is home to about 30,000 animals. Ngorongoro crater is definitely the best safari location for tourists looking for luxury family and honeymoon safaris. With one of the largest unique unbroken caldera, as well as home to huge wildlife animals. Ngorongoro Crater can be reached by use of safari vehicles accompanied by our tour Guide through Northern Tanzania by road. Reaching Ngorongoro may be an additional reward for your safari to reach other parks like Serengeti and Manyara. A flying air safari option can also be arranged for those who do not want to take much time driving to Ngorongoro. Reaching Ngorongoro main gate from Arusha might take you 4 hours on now tarmaced quality roads. This becomes one of the most interesting places to drive and pass through a very pretty scenery 15000ft at Mount Meru, with other dormant volcanic hills like Burka Monduli and Lossimingor at just over 8000ft across the Rift Valley floor and Lake Manyara National Park close end. Finally, to a 2000ft escarpment where you can have a stop over stunning views of Manyara.
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