5 Day Safari – Mwanza
A 5-day safari experiencing the national parks and reserves of northern Tanzania
For those short of time we visit two of Tanzania’s best game parks, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. See phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat, while enjoying your evenings in comfortable safari lodges. This is Tanzania at its best!
With the Big Five, the Small Five and the extensive amounts of wildlife, this region offers arguably the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. That said, with its vast size and varied terrain, game viewing is only one aspect of the Serengeti – the scenery is simply breathtaking. Our small groups and 4×4 safari vehicles not only allow for a more authentic travel experience, but ensure great views so that you’ll be able to capture the perfect shot of the some of the most amazing animals on the planet with Trekili Eco Expeditions.
Visit the Eleyo Masai village and witness how the Masai live before continuing our journey to the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater where you’ll explore the many habitats of the thousands of animals that make it their home. Finally as we retrace our steps, visit Olduvai Gorge for a unique cultural experience before traversing the vast Serengeti dotted with wildlife and Acacia trees to complete a truly memorable journey of a lifetime.
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Day 1: Explore the Serengeti National Park
From Mwanza we travel for 1.5hrs, and enter the Serengeti National Park from the less visited western gate, and enjoy the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through the acacia-spotted savannah. En route to the central Seronera plains, you will begin to experience the sheer vastness of this territory, and you will marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while journeying through this acacia-spotted savannah. Game sightings abound. We arrive at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge in time to enjoy a respite from the dirt roads and heat of the day and enjoy a hearty lunch. Later on in the afternoon, as the animal kingdom comes alive, continue your search for the “Big 5″ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino – while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains returning to our lodge as the sun sets on this magnificent animal kingdom.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
After an early rise spend the morning exploring the vast Serengeti and we move from location to location in search of sometimes elusive game and visit a waterhole known for its Hippos and alligators. Later in the afternoon, we continue our journey across the Serengeti where photo opportunities abound, stopping for a short while to visit Eleyo Masai village (a traditional Masai village) before continuing to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge where we relax and take in the stunning vistas from our rooms.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater
Cited as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ’8th Natural Wonder of the World’, Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater and the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. Around 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder referred to as the world’s biggest wildlife zoo, due to its high density of resident game.
Early in the morning we descend to the crater floor where you will be amazed by the sheer number and diversity of animals and birdlife. Standing in our pop up safari vehicles the viewing opportunities are endless, just deciding which way to look and what to look at, the choices are unlimited. The sheer excitement as we spot any of the big 5 or we get the call over the radio that a lion is perched high atop a nearby rocky outcrop or a black rhino has been sighted and rush with our vehicle to catch a glimpse before the moment passes. The excitement mounts again as arrive to yet another sighting, perhaps a lioness and her cubs right next to our vehicle. The sheer excitement of the chase is indescribable.
Tonight as we relax we reflect on what has been a truly remarkable journey like no other experience and marvel in the wonders of the amazing wildlife Tanzania has to offer. These memories are like no other and will stay with you forever. Dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Return to Mwanza or onto Arusha
After a leisurely breakfast we continue our journey through the Serengeti National Park stopping en route to visit the archeological site of Olduvai Gorge known as “The Cradle of Life” where we will receive a brief history of the gorge with a professional guide from the Olduvai center and then take a walk (around 1 hr) along the floor of the gorge with a local ranger. We then stop at the remarkable phenomenon called the Shifting Sands, a geological rarity which is sacred to the Masai. Known as a Barchan Dune, this fascinating phenomenon is constantly on the move across the dry savannah plains. We retrace our path through the Serengeti taking time out to capture those last shots of the amazing animal kingdom we have been privileged to experience.
Included in tour
Services of an English speaking driver/guide
4×4 safari vehicle, Guaranteed window seat
Entrances and game drives in Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge and Eleyo Masai village.
2 nights Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge on a full board basis
2 nights Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on a full board basis
Current park fees & government taxes
Three bottles of mineral water per person per day during game drive
Excluded in tour
Driver/guide or local escort gratuities
Telephone bill, laundry & any other items of a personal nature
All optional and additional activities