Day 1: Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet and greet you ready to drive you to your first evening. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate.
Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel; Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on nine acres of lush landscape, surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas, rich with a diverse array of wildlife, etched against the fertile slopes of this beautiful mountain. Your first night will be spent in a standard room with bed & breakfast included.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: Game Drive to Tarangire National Park
We will drive you today to one of the most important national parks of northern Tanzania, Tarangire National Park. After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha and you will be driven to Tarangire National Park. Elephant families are often spotted as close as two meters away from the 4X4 vehicle in which you are seated. The area surrounds the Valley of Tarangire River, and is home to some of the nation’s largest and most magnificent baobab trees, believed by the Maasai to be the first tree in creation. Tarangire National Park covers 2,600 square kilometers and is on the traditional migration route of several species of the wildlife. At dry times, the concentration of animals in Tarangire rivals that of the much better known Serengeti. Herds of migratory wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and buffalo gather along the marshy shores of Lake Natron. These pools are shared by flocks of birds: green wood hoopoes, fisher lovebirds, tallish herons, white bellied go-away birds and giant kingfishers. Resident lions, giraffes, elephants, and black rhinos are common at any season.
After a full day game drive safari with picnic lunch you will be driven out of the park and head to Maramboi Tented Camp arriving in time for a sundowner and later dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp: Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of humankind and an explanation of the Rift Valley and Africa's big picture. It is a complete semi-desert experience. An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives the visitor an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. The camp offers stunning views of the Manyara National Park, Rift Valley, Ngorongoro highlands and on clear days even Oldonyo Lengai, a sacred mountain for the Maasai.
Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner
Day 3: Game Drive to Ngorongoro Crater
Today, you will visit the Ngorongoro crater, the main feature of which is a large, unbroken, unfolded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea.
Game drives through the Ngorongoro Crater begin early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop – up roofs. Accompanied by an expert driver guide, a magnificent experience is sure to be had! The descent into the crater is one of scenic beauty, as you make your way through lush forests, home to numerous elephants and buffalo. As you reach the inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, marvelling at the incredible landscape around you, your guide will take you through the grassy crater floor, the unbelievable fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi and the surrounding marshes. Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share this extraordinary paradise. You will have the privilege to observe the interaction between the different species.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Situated on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the volcanic highlands of Tanzania, Sopa Lodge is perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebras, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the eastern rim allows a spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.
Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner
Day 4: Game Drive to Serengeti via Oldupai Gorge
After breakfast, leave Ngorongoro heading for the seemingly endless plains of Serengeti with a picnic lunch. You will stop to visit the Oldupai Gorge, a canyon carved by water through the southern part of the Serengeti Plain. We will visit the historic site know as "The Cradle of Mankind" where the world famous archeologist, Dr Leakey, discovered the remains of early humans.
After the tour of the Oldupai Gorge you will enjoy your picnic lunch and then drive to Serengeti central for an afternoon game drive. The park covers 14,763 km² (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. You will arrive at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp: A mobile tented camp located in central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Oldupai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. It has 15 tents with en suite facilities.
Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park
As well as the migration of ungulates, the Serengeti National Park is well known for its stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five” - lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros & buffalo – as well as cheetahs, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, elands, waterbucks, hyenas, baboons, impalas, African wild dogs and giraffes. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds, and many species of vultures. In the evening, you will drive back to the camp just in time to enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset over the Serengeti plains. After a well-deserved shower you will sit at the camp's mess tent for freshly prepared food for dinner.
Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp.
Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Transfer from Serengeti to Laiboni Village
After breakfast you will leave the Serengeti plains driving past the Ngorongoro highlands doing a game drive en route. You will stop for a picnic lunch along the way. You will drive to our semi-luxury camp located between Manyara & Tarangire arriving in time for an evening cultural activity with the Maasai. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the most well known of African ethnic groups, due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa.
Overnight at Laiboni Tented Camp: Laiboni Camp is located near the Maasai village of Laiboni, west of the city of Arusha. It is in the heart of some of the best animal migration corridors, east of Lake Manyara. East African Voyage has been in a partnership with the native community for many years, supporting such projects as expanding their school. The setup can be with two single beds, or one double bed.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: Maasai cultural activities & Trekking
The day will start very early with a visit to the neighbouring Maasai village. The morning will be spent sharing in the native village of Maasai families, discovering their culture. You will get to see the maasai as they go about their daily activities which includes milking, and cattle handling. After that, you will return to camp for breakfast and then start to walk across peaceful animal corridors in the Great Rift Valley. This will give us the opportunity to see Africa from a slow pace perspective. While walking, our guide will educate you on aboriginal plants and birds. The walking safari circles back to camp, where you will enjoy a freshly prepared hot meal for lunch and then be driven back to Arusha, stopping for souvenir shopping before being driven to the airport for your international departure flight.
Included: Breakfast & Lunch
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