6-Day Safari – Arusha
See phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat, while enjoying your evenings in comfortable safari lodges with Trekili Eco Expeditions. This is Tanzania at its best! No visit to East Africa is truly complete until you have experienced three of Tanzania’s best game parks: Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
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.
Let us guide you on this epic safari through Tanzania’s scenic highlands to Lake Manyara National Park. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Here guests will be introduced to large buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes and zebra herds congregating on the grassy plains while the narrow belt of acacia wood bordering the plains are the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions, impressively tusked elephants and large water birds such as storks, cormorants and pelicans. Your camp will be set on the rim of the Great Rift Valley offering spectacular views of the plains below with its ecologically diverse game.
At the Southern end of the park we will visit algae-streaked sulphur hot water springs known as (MajiMoto) bubbling from deep within the earth,before setting off into the hilly countryside, stopping by Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important archeological and prehistoric sites in the world, instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution.
We continue our journey to the vast Serengeti National Park which derives its name from the Masai for “endless plain”. This jewel of Tanzania’s protected areas lies on a vast plateau between the eastern arm of the Rift Valley and the huge expanse of Lake Victoria and its best known for its phenomenal migrations.
Finally travel through the Shifting Sands which is a geological rarity, sacred to the Masai en route to the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater, cited as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ’8th Natural Wonder of the World, where you’ll explore the many habitats of the thousands of animals that make it their home. Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder referred to as the world’s biggest wildlife zoo.
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 ‘Big 5’ and some of the most amazing animals on the planet.
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Day 1: Visit Lake Manyara
After our morning departure from Arusha we travel 3 hrs West on a newly surfaced road passing by the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu which means Mosquito River, before arriving at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge with its ‘Boma’ style rondavels superbly positioned on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, offering breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. Sit back, relax and take in the views.
The name Manyara is derived from the Masai word “Emanyara”, which is a Euphorbia species of plant that is found around a family homestead in the area. After an early breakfast we drive down into the valley and explore the Lake Manyara National Park. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
Here guests will be introduced to large buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes and zebra herds congregating on the grassy plains while the narrow belt of acacia wood bordering the plains are the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Taking in the expansive views eastward, across the central soda lake we will be amazed by the sight of thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as storks, cormorants and pelicans. At the Southern end of the park we will visit algae-streaked sulphur hot water springs known as (MajiMoto) bubbling from deep within the earth.
Day 2: Explore the Serengeti National Park
After breakfast we continue our journey to the world famous Serengeti National Park stopping en route we visit the archeological site of Olduvai Gorge known as “The Cradle of Mankind” 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 interesting phenomenon is constantly on the move across the dry savannah plains. Reaching the Serengeti later in the afternoon, as the animal kingdom comes alive, we continue our search for the “Big 5″ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino – while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains arriving at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge as the sun sets on this magnificent animal kingdom.
The Serengeti, which derives its name from the Masai for “endless plain”, is the jewel of Tanzania’s protected areas and lies on a vast plateau between the eastern arm of the Rift Valley and the huge expanse of Lake Victoria. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park and a World Heritage site, the Serengeti is best known for the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle. Spectacular game-viewing—of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, topi, impala, Grant’s gazelle, lion and leopard is a highlight. Be inspired by the “amazing acadia trees” dotted throughout the Serengeti, where visitors are treated with some of the most mesmerizing sunsets in the world. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of one of the elusive ‘Big 5′.
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
Morning game drive at Serengeti national park, after lunch, we continue our journey across the Serengeti where game sightings will have your camera shutters working overtime while en route to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge where we relax and take in the stunning vistas from our rooms.
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.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning we descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor where you will be amazed by the sheer number and diversity of animals and birdlife. Seated or 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.
Late in the day we retire to our lodge at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge to relax and 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 will stay with you forever.
Day 6: Return to Arusha
After breakfast we continue our journey bound for Arusha stopping at Mto wa Mbu village, home to 19000 inhabitants from 120 different tribes. This is your opportunity for a glimpse and taste of northern Tanzanian culture, taking in the many sights and sounds, visiting artisan shops and finishing our walk several hours later at the central marketplace. Enjoy a local traditional lunch before continuing our return leg to Arusha, passing through the Masai Steppe, composed of ancient crystalline rocks, home to many African villages, coffee plantations and vast wheat plains.
Included in tour
Services of an English speaking driver/guide
4×4 safari vehicle, Guaranteed window seat
Entrances and game drives in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National, Mto wa Mbu Village tour, Olduvai Gorge visit, Traditional lunch in local community.
1 night Manyara Serena Lodge on a full board basis
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