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NASTZ 009: 4 Days Ngorongoro / Serengeti / Manyara Tanzania Safari

Highlights: Arusha, Tanzania / Serengeti, Tanzania / Ngorongoro, Tanzania / Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Duration: 4 Days

Trip starts: Arusha, Tanzania

Trip ends: Arusha, Tanzania

Attractions

Drive through some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes Africa has to offer in your own private 4x4 vehicle. Your personal guide will take you through Tanzania’s greatest parks where you can search for big cats, elephants, and giraffe. At night, take in the setting sun behind breathtaking vistas and relax in comfort in well-appointed accommodations. Explore the diversity of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot the rare black rhino amongst the large packs of hyenas and jackals. Cross over into the plains of the Serengeti, which boasts the largest population of lions and giraffe in all of Africa, and thrill at the sight of the annual wildebeest migration, one of the greatest highlights of any African safari. Discover Lake Manyara, famous for its jungle-like scenery, blue monkeys and abundant birdlife. You may even catch a glimpse of the famous tree climbing lions! Drive back to Arusha, stop for a refreshing lunch, and finish with some souvenir shopping before returning home from this unforgettable safari. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts.

DayDescriptionAccommodation
Day 01:

Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater Tour [approximately 3 hours drive]
Drive to Ngorongoro - Lunch afternoon game drive and Crater tour Major attraction – Crater Rim, sleeping lions, birdlife, Zebras, Cheaters, Oryx, leopards, famous tree climbing lions, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest among others. Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 02:

Ngorongoro – Serengeti National park [approximately 2 hours drive]
Crater Tour - Drive to Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge – Lunch afternoon game drive. Major attraction – birdlife, Zebras, Elephant, leopards, lions, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest among others. Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 03:

Serengeti – Lake Manyara [approximately 2 hours drive]
Drive to Manyara - Lunch afternoon game drive. Major attraction – Major attraction – birdlife, Zebras, Cheaters, Oryx, leopards, famous tree climbing lions, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest among others. Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 04:

Lake Manyara – Arusha [approximately 2.5 hours drive]
Morning game drive, drive back to Arusha. Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB

Day 1: Ngorongoro Crater

The tour starts with lunch in Arusha town at 1230hrs. 1400hrs, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Ngorongoro.

NGORONGORO CRATER: "The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a "Noah's Ark" of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope 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. It is quite unique as its physical protection from man natural beauty ranks it among the most pristine wildernesses on earth. It is regarded as a natural wonder of the world and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is the largest intact crater in the world, being 610 meters deep, 16 kilometers across and covering an area of 540 square kilometers. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains – all a haven for wildlife, including the greatest predator population in Africa. The volcanic crater is jampacked with wildlife, including all the big game. Its pride and joy, however, is that it remains the last great wild refuge for black rhino.

Day 2: Crater Tour - Serengeti

Today you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the crater for a half day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK: Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, the name 'Serengeti' comes from the Maasai language and appropriately means an 'endless plains'. The National Park is as big as Northern Ireland, but its ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maswa Game Reserve and the Maasai Mara Game reserve (in Kenya). It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east. As such, it offers the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth. A unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculpted by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the center, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout. Rising in the southeast are the great volcanic massifs and craters of the Ngorongoro Highlands. The Serengeti plains are host to a dramatic annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and numerous other species of animals indigenous to the area.

Day 3: Serengeti – Manyara

Enjoy a morning game viewing in the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade. Return to your lodge for lunch, before departing to Lake Manyara. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

LAKE MANYARA: The cleavage, known as the Great Rift Valley, can be identified from space as the most distinctive feature of the continent. The seam of this cleavage has developed a series of fascinating and beautiful lakes. Manyara is a fantastic big game park. The variety of habitats parallels its exceptional scenery. Every imaginable East African animal is found here in abundance. There are great herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and several varieties of gazelle. Mahogany, sausage tree and croton are alive with blue monkeys and vervet monkeys. Some of the most amazingly large pods of hippos congregate at the rivers emerging into the lake, and the birdlife is plentiful. Lake Manyara is also known for its “tree climbing” lions.

Day 4: Arusha

After an early breakfast, you will depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park whose inhabitants include hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, flamingos and other varieties of birdlife. Mid morning, drive back to Arusha. Lunch at a restaurant in Arusha town. End of our services.

ARUSHA: Arusha is a city of northern Tanzania surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. International flights arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and regional flights use Arusha airport.

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Safari Options

We may customize any of our itineraries to suit you. You are at liberty to reduce or add a number of nights, change a hotel (upgrade/downgrade), add local flights, change a given routing, proceed to Kenya etc. Please contact our expert consultants for your preferred trip plan.

Beach Extensions: Note that you may connect a flight to one of the Indian Ocean Islands of Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi or Zanzibar to unwind by the pristine beach. Please contact our expert consultant for your preferred trip plan.

 

Includes / Excludes

Includes:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transport in a safari minivan with pop up roof
  • Game drives
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • 01 litre mineral water per person per day while on safari

Excludes:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks
  • International and local flights
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Entry visas and fees
  • Balloon safaris
  • Masai village visits
  • Nature walk
  • Items of a personal nature and any other not mentioned above
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