When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your guide will greet you and drive you to Arusha, we will welcome you and then drive to Banana Eco Hostel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
You will be picked up at 0600am and drive to Tarangire National Park for full day game drive.
Tarangire National Park is one of my favourite parks in the Northern Circuit. It is ideally located some 118 km from Arusha and it is a haven for countless numbers of animals. The park itself is massive, at 2,850 square kilometers it is the sixth largest park in the country. Tarangire is probably one of the best places in the world to see large numbers of elephants, living and co-existing in their natural habitats. As other animals, they know that they can always find water in Tarangire regardless of how dry the season. Even if the Tarangire River is completely dry, the elephants still manage to dig through the sand to find water!
If it’s birds you are after, then Tarangire will not disappoint. With almost 550 species it is an ornithologist’s paradise. It is said that the swamps support the largest number of breeding birds anywhere in the world!
In terms of vegetation the park is truly a baobab garden. These giant ancient trees are not only a food, but also a water source, of which animals like elephants make full use.
Being so big you really need to spend time in the park, exploring the different areas. One of my favourite places in Tarangire is the Silale Swamps. Located in the southern part of the park this remote swamp is an absolutely fascinating place to visit.
The swamp covers an area of some 70 square kilometers and it acts like a sponge. During the rainy season water is stored here and in the dry season the swamp slowly releases water into the Tarangire River. The swamp is green for the majority of the year and it makes for an incredibly beautiful backdrop to the dry land surrounding it. To truly appreciate this place, you have to go there in the dry season.
The Silale Swamps attract hundreds of elephants who come to feed on the lush grass, but it is not just the elephants that come here. A mix of animals in all shapes and sizes can be spotted at Silale Swamps – including cats! It is a great place to see the famous tree climbing lions of Tarangire as well as leopards. If you ever hear people say they spotted African wild dogs, then it’s usually in this area. To add to the collection, the Silale Swamps are also known as a great place to see huge African Rock Pythons.
Evening drive to Marera Valley Lodge for dinner and overnight
After an early breakfast, leave the lodge at 0630am and drive via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and head towards the Serengeti National Park. Leaving the highlands behind, you descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. You will have a chance to visit one of numerous Maasai Villages found in the area to have a little experience of their culture. Dancing will be performed for you and you are free to join in! You will then head to the central Serengeti area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. You will Have game drive in the area. Evening drive to Serengeti Serena Lodge, arriving in time for hot shower and enjoy campfire before dinner and overnight.
You will rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive spend a full day exploring the vast Serengeti plains. At sunrise, you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch, you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion.
Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippos can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks. You will proceed with game drive and in the late evening drive to Serengeti Serena Lodge for dinner and overnight
After a relaxing breakfast, you head off to the western Serengeti’s Kirawira and Grumeti Rivers for a full day of wildlife viewing. Explore the nearby rivers and landscape. The biggest crocodiles on earth are said to live in this area. You travel back to the centre of the Serengeti that evening while on a wildlife drive. Upon arrival, enjoy hot showers, a campfire, snacks, beverages, dinner, and sleep at Tanzania Bush Camps Serengeti.
Check out of the resort after a leisurely breakfast. Your guide will pick you up at 6 am and transfer you to the Ngorongoro crater. You enter the crater for a full day of game viewing after checking in by descending 600 metres. The Ngorongoro crater provides year-round water and food for a wide range of species, including herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, and enormous African elephants. The abundance of predators in this scenic location, which includes lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the ever-elusive leopard, which can occasionally require a trained eye to locate, is another major lure.
One of the prominent characteristics of the crater is Lake Magadi, a sizable but shallow alkaline lake in the southwest corner. Hippos, flamingos, and other water fowl are frequently spotted here. You depart the crater after lunch and travel to Escarpment Luxury Lodge where you spend the night and have dinner.
After an early breakfast, check out from the lodge and your guide will pick you up at 6.00am and drive to the Ngorongoro crater. After check in you descend down 600 meters into the crater for a full day game drive. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque place is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. You will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here. After lunch you leave the crater and drive to Arusha Airport / Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to Dar Es Salaam (Flight NOT Included)
Transfer to the airport so that you may board a plane from Kilimanjaro International Airport and afterwards return home.