AJS Tz 04 Tanzania Wildlife Safari
6Nights/7Days - Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Taragire - Arusha National Park
Day 01 : NAIROBI- LAKE MANYARA
On arrival, you will be met by our customer service at the Airport (early morning flight) and later transferred to Namanga boarder town, where you will go under migration formalities and exchange of the vehicle and proceed to Arusha or ( assisted to board a Shuttle for Arusha). On arrival at Arusha you will be met and transferred to IMPALA HOTEL for your lunch. Soon after lunch you will depart to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is beautiful small park known for it's lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and variety of entelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippo's. The park is also home to many species of birds and one of the few places you will be able to see the comical ground hornbill.
With game drive en-route you will check-in at LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE OR SIMILAR. Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara's gleaming alkaline waters, the lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique birdlife, the lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai Bomas (encampments) whilst the vibrantly colored frescoes lining walls are designed to depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.The ambiance of the lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquility, towering volcanic splendor and adventure-packed sporting activity. Dinner and overnight at LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE OR SIMILAR(BLD).
Day 02 : LAKE MANYARA - SERENGETI
Soon after breakfast, proceed with your safari to Serengeti National Park via the famous "Olduvia Gorge" where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the early man. After visiting the small museum and attending a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge, continue with your safari to the vast serengeti plain with game drive en-route which covers an area of over 14,763 sq kms. The park is inhabited by more than 3 million mammals, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, gazelles, antelope, giraffe, hyena, and all of the little animals e.g rock hyrax, bat eared foxes etc. You will have two extensive game drives today in this fabulous park and you gona need many films.
You will check in at SERENGETI SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR looking over the seemingly endless Serengeti Plains, the Serengeti Sopa Lodge is a tranquil oasis set in over 14,000 square kilometers. The Serengeti Sopa Lodge was opened in 1992; the lodge can accommodate 170 guests in 79 suites, each room having wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private verandah which offers stunning views over the plains of Serengeti. Dinner and overnight SERENGETI SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR (BLD)
Day 03 : SERENGETI
Full day is spent at the vast Serengeti plains with two extensive game drives today in this fabulous park and you gona need many films. All meals and overnight at SERENGETI SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR(BLD).
NOTE: An optional balloon ride can be done this morning at an extra cost.
Day 04 : SERENGETI - NGORONGORO
This morning we will have a half-day game drive at the famous serengeti plains and lunch before proceeding with your safari to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano, with walls 2,000ft high and a 102sq mile floor, containing a complete eco-system with rolling plains, forest, swamps and river and a lake-complete with flamingoes. You will descend into this eighth wonder of the world for some game viewing in this spectacular conservation area.
You will check-in at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR late afternoon. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge opened in 1992, is an all-suite lodge having 96 suites most enjoying magnificent views into the Crater. Each suite is fully carpeted and heated by oil fired central heating radiators in the winter months. The spacious bedrooms contain two queen sized beds with deep sprung mattresses to ensure a comfortable nights rest. The fully tiled bathrooms are equipped to a high standard with bath, shower, WC, bidet, wash hand basin, hair dryer and shaver socket. Each suite has a solarium with comfortable rocking chairs, the perfect place to relax. A small private lounge with writing desk provides extra privacy to each suite and mini bars are available on request. Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR (LD).
Day 05 : NGORONGORO - TARANGIRE
After breakfast we descend into the crater floor for game viewing and later in the after ascend to crater rim and we will depart for the scenic Tarangire National Park, Tanzania third largest park. Here you will find a geologic landscape as diverse as the wildlife, with nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. See the distinctive bulbous baobab trees and the dramatic vistas of the Tarangire River. The river attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephant, loin, cheetah and buffalo to a variety of colorful birds.
You will check-in at TARANGIRE SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR opened in 1995, the lodge can accommodate 160 guests in 75 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, and a private verandah which offers stunning views over the baobab studded landscape. Enjoy an after game drive diner and overnight at TARANGIRE SOPA LODGE OR SIMILAR (BLD).
Day 06 : TARANGIRE - ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we will proceed with game drive at Tarangire National Park and after lunch we will depart to Arusha National Park for the afternoon game drive. Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safarigoers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours. Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 miles) distant
You will check-in at HATARI LODGE OR SIMILAR situated on the northern boundary of Arusha National Park, the unique Hatari Lodge ('hatari' meaning 'danger' in Swahili) is named after the 1960s' blockbuster Hatari!, which starred John Wayne and was filmed in the surrounding area. The lodge has been very thoughtfully put together, every corner filled with a unique piece of art or handmade piece of furniture. Dinner and overnight at HATARI LODGE OR SIMILAR (BLD).
Day 07 : ARUSHA - NAIROBI
Enjoy early morning games drive and later you will depart for Arusha, arriving in time for lunch at Arusha. Soon after lunch you will be transferred to Namanga, exchange of vehicles and proceed to Nairobi or (assisted to board the afternoon Shuttle to Nairobi) arriving at 6:30pm. (You can be dropped at the Airport or your hotel) (B. L).