Travel Period: December – March
12 days 11 nights safari
Index: L=Lunch, D=Dinner, BB=Bed/Breakfast, HB-FB=Half-Full board
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Meet and greet at the Airport with your driver guide then transfer to Mt. Meru Game Lodge for dinner and overnight. HB
Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park
After your safari briefing with your driver/guide set off for a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Stop at Mto Wa Mbu and enjoy an assortment of tropical fruits, papayas, mangos, bananas and more. Continue a little further to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its spectacular bird life that dwells close to the water’s edge. Its magnificent woodland is home to forest elephant and timid antelopes, and it is not uncommon to see lion or leopard amongst the shaded branches up high.
Dinner and overnight: Kirirumu Luxury Tented Camp FB
Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
Drive to Ngorongoro Crater and after a refreshing lunch decent 2000 feet onto the crater floor, where you will experience the great variety and density of wildlife that lives in the second largest Caldera on earth.
Experience a solitary game-drive in the late afternoon, as most people have left the crater-floor. Silent beauty beneath soft rays highlights increased animal activity as the sun fades. Wrap up warm as the sunsets, for nights at the Crater Rim are always chilly.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro, Serena Safari Lodge FB
Days 4 – 5
Passing Ngorongoro crater rim descend through the really impressive landscape to Oldupai Gorge, known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind,’ where man’s first footsteps were discovered. Continue on to our camp at the Gol Mountains.
Truly magnificent landscape, the isolated area includes the Gol Mountains – a series of whale-backed ridges on the edge of sensational short grass plains. Out of the mountains come the Sanjan and Ol Karien river gorges – spectacular views and amongst other things, Rupels Griffon Vulture colonies nest here. Masai guides will escort you on a walk through the Gorge that is sure to remain etched on your mind. The mountains are largely overlooked late March to May due to rain, but the volcanic soil turns a lush green and the wildebeest flood in. Engatakiti Valley at the foot of the Gol Mountains is scattered with wildebeest as far as the eye can see. The rain – itself a rarity is a significant blessing in an otherwise scorched landscape and it transforms the Gol Mountain into something akin to the Garden of Eden.
Along a dusty, solitary track facing north and lost in the wilderness, is an area where a giant fig tree stands – over 1000 years old. Here a Masai will tell you the folklore and traditions that evolve around the ancient tree – providing a glimpse into his tribal culture. We found the tree 24 years ago and have accumulated many hours talking with our particular Masai friend, who guards and christened it the ‘Cathedral Tree.’
Important: The track to the Fig tree is extremely dusty and impassable if raining, making the excursion a real adventure. You may well find the Great Migration here.
Dinner and Overnight: Special Campsite Nasera Rock. FB
Nasera Rock – Ndutu Woodland
Leave camp to spend the day exploring the Ndutu Woodlands and the surrounding area, famous for its predators and prey. In the meantime, the crew will move camp from Nasera Rock to Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and Overnight: Nduutu Safari Lodge, Ndutu Game Area. FB
Days 7– 11
Ndutu Woodland – Serengeti National Park
Breakfast is followed by an energizing, walking safari through the Ndutu Woodlands. Stretch those legs, feel the African soil below your feet and discover. Return to the lodge for lunch before proceeding to Serengeti National Park entering from Naabi Hill Gate.
You have plenty of time to explore the Serengeti, one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world, boasting an incredible selection of wildlife. Your game drives will follow the wildlife’s seasonal movement, which between December to March offers spectacular viewing of approximately 2.5 million animals, heading south towards rain and fresh grass. From July to October the great herds head for the Maasai Mara to the North.
Our safaris have no limit on mileage and time on game drives.
Dinner and Overnight: Special Campsite in the Serengeti (Private Campsite) FB
On request we book balloon safaris in the Serengeti, which take-off early morning, offering a spectacular sunset from an eagle’s viewpoint, an exhilarating flight and unforgettable adventure. After your flight (of approx one hour) enjoy a champagne breakfast on the Serengeti plains before returning to your camp at about 09.30hrs.
Serengeti National Park – Arusha
After an early morning game drive; transfer to Seronera Airstrip for your internal flight back to Arusha. The flight offers you an eagle’s view of some of the most exhilarating scenery in the world. On arrival in Arusha you will be met and transferred for your international flight home or designated hotel.