Arrive at Dar es Salaam International airport where you will be met and assisted with your onward flight. Fly from Dar es Salaam to the remote Selous Game Reserve. Upon arrival you are met by a camp representative and transferred to your Camp to settle in. This afternoon explore the Selous either on foot on a walking Safari, by boat on both the Rufiji and Lake Tagala or in open four-wheel drive vehicles. All excursions are escorted by an experienced armed guide. Sand Rivers Selous also offers fly-camping. Overnight at Selous Sand Rivers or similar. Meal plan: Lunch & dinner only.
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game activities in the bush where your game sightings will rarely be interrupted by other vehicles. Enjoy the solitude whilst observing Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, hippos and Crocodiles. Game drives are conducted by 4WD vehicles or from your river boat or for the more adventurous you may like to stretch your legs with a walking safari. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world and has some of the finest virgin bush left in Africa, where the last of the really big-tusked elephants and large-maned lions roam. It supports around one million head of game, is bigger than Switzerland and is a World Heritage site. From March to May floods sweep the valley, forcing the game on to the ‘islands’ of higher ground, where elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, puku, buck, eland, sable and others concentrate. Overnight at Selous Sand Rivers or similar. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Enjoy another day at your leisure to be as active as you like. You may like to explore the Selous overland by 4WD vehicle or on a bush walk or take to the river on a boat trip. Alternatively you may like to relax at your camp with a book on your private verandah or cool off in the camp’s pool. The Selous is Africa’s largest Wildlife sanctuary and one of its least known treasures. Covering 21,000 square miles of completely undeveloped land, the Selous is one of the last great tracts of true wilderness left in Africa. Yet very few travellers have seen this remote corner of the continent. The Selous is where the last of the really big-tusked elephants and large-maned lions roam. It supports around one million head of game including Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, puku, buck, eland and sable antelope. Overnight at Selous Sand Rivers or similar. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Arise early this morning as you prepare for a long day as you travel to Ngorongoro. Transfer to the airstrip for your flight from the Selous to Arusha. Upon arrival at Arusha airport you will be met by your private driver/guide who will escort you for the duration of your safari in Tanzania. Transfer from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge located on the Rim with spectacular views across the Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner.
Enjoy an early breakfast before venturing out on your game drive. From your lodge on the crater rim descend to the crater floor by four-wheel drive safari vehicle for a morning unlike any other you will experience in Africa. Spot some of the rarer species in Africa like the black rhino with the spectacular backdrop of the crater’s forest covered walls. Enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the hippos & birds before visiting a maasai village this afternoon. The floor of the crater is only 100 sq miles but is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators and some of the finest black-maned Lion in Africa. Rhino can be seen with calves at heel. Eland and waterbuck appear not to notice the human visitors, enabling photographers to shoot at ease. On the lake in the middle of the Crater you may see thousands of flamingos fluttering and shimmering like a pink heat haze. Zebra and wildebeest account for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog can also be seen. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Following breakfast this morning transfer to Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, made famous by Dr Leaky’s discovery of fossil fragments dating back some 3.5 million years. With a picnic lunch continue to your located in the southern reaches of Serengeti National Park. Overnight at Kusini Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
This morning awake to a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee served on the decking of your tent before enjoying breakfast at the main tent. Enjoy a full day exploring the Serengeti by Four-wheel drive vehicle with thrilling morning and afternoon game drives. Whether this is your first time on Safari or a return trip the Serengeti will not disappoint. The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous National Park in the world. The Serengeti perhaps defines the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabits it. Established in 1951, and covering an area of almost 15,000 sq km –an area comparable to the state of Connecticut or Northern Ireland, the Serengeti hosts a fantastically diverse eco-system. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration, 1.5 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the ‘feast’ close at hand. Overnight at Kusini Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & lunch.
Today enjoy another full day discovering the spirit of the Serengeti by Four-wheel drive vehicle with exciting morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti National Park lies between the Ngorongoro Highlands, Lake Victoria and Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya stretches one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges – the Serengeti. The name comes from the Maasai siringet, “endless plains”. The Serengeti contains about three million large animals, most taking part in seasonal migrations, unparalleled in nature. Be sure to have your camera constantly at hand as life in the Serengeti is always action packed. Overnight at Kusini Camp. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Today leave the Serengeti behind as you transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge where a room is available for use until your onward flight later this evening. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch only.