A high-value road safari featuring both luxury tented camps and traditional safari lodges, this memorable Tanzanian safari offers a sensational two-night stay in the world-famous Serengeti National Park, and a visit to the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater and two nights in the undiscovered wilderness of Tarangire National Park.
Wildlife Highlights: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe and rhino.
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge and Maramboi Tented Camp.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Arrive at Arusha’s Kilimanjaro International Airport and meet your customer service representative. Transfer to Arusha town situated at the foot of Mount Meru. Check in to the Mount Meru Hotel (BB), a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops of the picturesque Mount Meru, sister peak to Africa’s highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: On safari in the Serengeti
After breakfast transfer to Arusha Airport for a morning scheduled flight to Seronera Airstrip of the Serengeti National Park and to Serengeti Serena Lodge, which is ideally located for safari game drives as well as optional activities such as balloon safaris, guided walks etc. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
About the Serengeti
Covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Day 3: On safari in the Serengeti
With a full day’s game-driving in the park, your options are wide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp, where guided nature walks can also be taken. Game drives can be taken morning and afternoon. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 4: The Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast depart with game drive en-route, drive through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, stopping en route for a visit to the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Palaeolithic site and reputed ‘Cradle of Mankind’. Enjoy picnic lunch at the site and thereafter proceed leisurely to Ngorongoro to check in and spend rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, which offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges, lying on the southern rim of the crater, directly above the yellow fever trees of the Lerai Forest.
Distance/drive time: 195 km / 3½ hours
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire
In the morning after breakfast descend for half day game drive in the crater.
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.
After Crater Tour drive to Tarangire to arrive in the late afternoon for check in, dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp
Distance/drive time: 150 km / 2½ hours
Day 6: On safari in Tarangire National Park
Spend a full day on safari in Tarangire National Park with morning and afternoon game drives.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp
Day 7: Tarangire to Arusha
After breakfast at the camp, drive to Arusha and take lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Depart for your flight home.
Distance/drive time: 260km / 4 hours