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Tanzania Migration Safari Itinerary
Tanzania Migration Safari Itinerary
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Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
On arrival in Tanzania, you will be met by your Wild Exploration guide and transferred to your Hotel. The drive from the airport to the lodge is about 50 minutes. The Dik Dik Lodge, set among tropical gardens on a former coffee plantation with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru as a backdrop. This will be your home for one night.
Dik Dik Lodge
Day 2 & 3: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast in Arusha, you will be driven to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania. There will be many opportunities for game viewing as we drive through the park. Tarangire contains a range of ecosystems from grassland and woodlands in the north, to scrub and wetlands further south. The Tarangire river cuts through the park and empties into Lake Burunge in the west. Tarangire boasts one of the largest and most conspicuous elephant populations in East Africa. There are large family groups with many calves being born each year as the population continues to recover from the devastating effects of poaching in the eighties. You will see herds of elephants and experience close contact with the matriarchs, the babies, teenagers, and bulls. Your close contact will help you in understanding these incredible animals. Spend several hours surrounded by the herds and you cannot help but feel their wisdom. Tarangire is also known for its abundant baobab trees, most of which are over 400 years old, and its beautiful landscape.
Your second day in the park (Day 3) will be for more explorations of Tarangire.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire River Lodge.
Day 4: Tarangire – Manyara – Ngorongoro
After breakfast, we will drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and have a picnic lunch. While Manyara is one of the smallest parks, it is one of the most interesting. Much of the northern part of the park is fed by underground water from the Ngorongoro Highlands and as a result is covered in dense forest vegetation, giving the appearance of a tropical jungle. This forest is ideal habitat for elephant, bushbuck, blue monkey, and huge troops of olive baboons. Some parts are dry bush land attracting zebra, impala and giraffe, while the lakeshore provides another habitat, perfect for flamingos and other shore birds. Our game drive will take us slowly south through the park and later in the afternoon proceed to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. From a fantastic viewpoint on the crater rim, the whole caldera 2000 feet below will impress you. We will have dinner and stay the night at the lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Day 5 – Ngorongoro Crater
Today we will leave very early in the morning (after a very early breakfast) and drive to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. There we will have a full day game drive, as we will be carrying our picnic lunch with us prepared from the lodge. The Crater is a wonderful place – you descend more than 2,000 feet on steep tracks cut into the crater wall to reach the open plains of the Crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the best place in Tanzania to view black rhino as well as large prides of lion that include magnificent black-manned males. It is also home to huge herds of wildebeest and zebra and many other plains game. An alkaline lake in the floor of the Crater provides a habitat for colorful flamingo and a variety of other water birds. Massive bull elephants feed in the swamps, some adorned with enormous tusks. We will have our picnic lunch at the hippo pool area and later in the afternoon drive back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Ngorongoro Crater
Today we will leave with a picnic breakfast basket for another tour in the Crater. This is a day of quality pictures and exploration of the magnificent multiple land use ecosystem. We will then come out for a late lunch and a rest at the lodge and get ourselves ready for the Serengeti the next day.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7 -- Ngorongoro – Oldupai Gorge – Serengeti
Today we head for the Serengeti, en-route visiting Oldupai Gorge, a river canyon cutting 300 ft. into the volcanic Serengeti plains, once home to our earliest ancestors. Their remains can still be found nestling in the exposed soils. The Oldupai Gorge aka “THE CRADLE OF MAN KIND” was made famous by Louis and Mary Leakey.
We descend through the Gorge to the Serengeti Plains. Part of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, Serengeti National Park is home to the most famous wildlife spectacle on earth, the annual migration of a million wildebeest.
We will stop for our picnic lunch at Naabi Gate Hill. When done with lunch and formalities at the gate, the expedition continues towards Central Serengeti, known for its leopards, lions. At the end of the journey across the plains, we arrive at the Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp – your home for the next 2 days. The camp is located in an area of the bush where you can experience living in the wild of Africa. This is not camping in tents and sleeping bags and eating canned food. This is a luxurious tented camp. The spacious verandah in front of your tent is furnished with comfortable safari chairs and tables – the perfect retreat for a relaxing moment watching a weaver bird building its nest in a nearby Acacia tree, a herd of impala grazing quietly only meters away from you, or simply relaxing and listening to the sounds of the African bush. Your bathroom is complete with a dressing table and is fully plumbed with washbasin, lavatory and showers – a new and often surprising interpretation of ‘camping’. Hot water is available throughout the day and evening. We will arrive at our camp in time for a sundown cocktail and rest.
Dinner and overnight at Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
Day 8 -- Central Serengeti
Today we will leave after breakfast for another search of the big cats and the many animals’ species of the Serengeti.
After topping for a picnic basket lunch we resume for more game viewing before we return to the camp for a sundown drink, followed by a delicious dinner.
Days 9-- 12 Central Serengeti –Northern Serengeti
After breakfast we will venture 2 hours north for a search of the running herds of the Wildebeests around the Mara River area. We will arrive at our camp for a hot lunch and a small siesta before we go down to the river to witness the wild life around 4pm. The next four days will be spent exploring the Northern Serengeti and its many animals and beautiful scenery.
Serengeti Mara Camp is located in the northern part of the Serengeti on the Mara River. It is a traditional 12 bed mobile-tented safari camp. You can be assured the location will be as close to the migration as possible. This particular tented camp has comfortable beds, private veranda, overlooking the Serengeti. After game drives, guests can choose the privacy of their veranda or the comfortable atmosphere of a common area or the views of the sundowner spots. The fantastic game, exclusive camp location, fabulous food and the very friendly personal service make this camp an unforgettable safari experience.
Dinner and Overnight Serengeti Mara Camp
Day 13 – Kogatende --- Arusha
After breakfast we will drive to the nearby Kogatende Airstrip for a short charter flight back to Arusha.
Arrive at the Arusha Airport and transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch and a day room. You may choose to do some shopping at the Cultural Heritage or visit the Central Food Market in Arusha. Early dinner is provided at the lodge, after which you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for a flight back home.
Your African Adventure Safari is complete.
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