7 Days Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti and Lake Natron
Day 0: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met at the airport and be transferred at Hibiscus Hotel in Moshi for overnight.
Day 1: Arusha National Park
Your adventure begins at our base at Arusha, a chilled-out busy little town with a colorful market and choice of coffee houses and bars. You’ll head off to the Arusha National Park, a jewel of Tanzania where waterbucks and gazelle roam throughout the year, and where you’re sure to see giraffe, zebra and warthog. You’ll drive along the golden, baked shores of Lake Momella, whose waters glow teal, aquamarine and azure against the bold African sky. The elusive leopards and elephants tend to be shy at Arusha, but there is a good chance of getting lucky. You’ll also feel the pulse of Africa through the soles of your feet as we take a stroll; you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable and skilled ranger, who will help you find out more about the natural beauty all around you. You’ll explore lush, green forest alive with the antics of colobus monkeys and chance upon the bright, bubbling waters of a waterfall among the greenery. You’ll stop overnight the park, where you can rest your legs and enjoy a delicious dinner served under the stars.
Day 2: L.Manyara National Park
After breakfast you meet with your guide to Lake Manyara. we will experience the beauty of Lake Manyara National Park. Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is a picturesque tapestry of habitats: the golden savannah, lush forest, arid, baked scrubland and tumbling rivers. You’ll wake up to an early breakfast to start the day early enough to spot the wildlife of the park and to breathe in the beauty of the place. You’ll picnic in the heart of the park and then explore the shores of Soda Lake, with its pink shimmer of flamingo, one of over four hundred species of dazzling birds including the forest hornbill, pelican and cormorant. Lake Manyara is home to the legendary tree-climbing lion as well as powerful water buffalo, African elephant, giraffe, impala and hippo. In the late afternoon, you’ll overnight in Mto wa mbu.
Day 3:Lake Natron
After a yummy breakfast you’ll set off for Lake Natron, a salt and soda lake cradled in part of the great East African Rift Valley. The lake is a patchwork of pink, russet and white because of the microorganisms that thrive on its salinity and the salt-crust rafts that pepper the lake. You’ll arrive at the campsite in time for a delicious lunch and then you’ll take an afternoon stroll to the lake, where you could be delighted by a pink cloud of flamingoes; the lake is the only regular breeding ground in East Africa of around 2.5 million lesser flamingoes, who depend utterly on the lake and are therefore categoried as near threatened, despite their numbers. You’ll wander past salt marshes and freshwater wetlands and on to a sparkling waterfall. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron
Day4: Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast you‘ll leave the harsh and compelling landscape of Lake Natron to travel to the lush bounty of the Serengeti National Park. You’ll journey via Loliondo and Wasso, towns, where the Maasai, Chagga, Sonjo and Warusha peoples live and work together in harmony, and through to the Klein’s Gate, the northeast entrance to the Serengeti. On your drive don’t forget to look out for a wide variety of animals including antelope, wildebeest and zebra. Dinner and overnight in Serengeti.
Day5: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
You’ll spend this morning revisiting the diverse landscapes of the Serengeti - riverine forest, swamps, kopjes and grasslands before your next part of the adventure. After a tasty lunch you’ll journeyoff to the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose fertile volcanic plains and stunning highlands hold some of the richest density of animals in the whole of Africa. You’ll spend the night in Ngorongoro, which is at the rim of the crater and while you watch the golden pink sunset melt over the savannah within the caldera, our friendly cook will be preparing a d electable dinner for you. Dinner and overnight in Ngorongoro rim.
Day6: NgoroNgoro crater
You’ll be up with the African dawn because early morning is the best time to experience the Crater waking up. It’s a totally different feel and a filling breakfast, mug of hot coffee and crisp air will enliven you to enjoy it to the full. There’s plenty of time for photography and what a day for it! You’re likely to spot the Big Five - lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and water buffalo – in a landscape lush with greens, olives and gold topped with the intense blue of the Tanzanian sky. You’ll stop for a cheeky picnic lunch near a pond ful of hippos: older ones patiently sunning or muddying themselves while the youngsters play and splash. The Ngorongoro Crater has a unique geology and this is why so many species live here and, apart from the Big Five, you’ll spot zebra, wildebeest and hyena and – for you bird lovers - the salmon pink mist of graceful flamingos at Soda Lake and vultures and hawks eagerly circling the sky in search of a discarded carcass. Storks, ibis, and cranes are also common to the Crater. You’ll begin your drive to the tranquility at Mto wa mbu after lunch and you’ll have worked up the appetite for a hot, fresh and tasty dinner under a sky packed full of stars.
Day7: Tarangire National Park
After a good nights’ sleep you enjoy a healthy, tasty breakfast and then set off for the Tarangire National Park, which is a haven for birdwatchers. Tarangire boasts over 550 species of bird and its marshes have the highest number of breeding species in one place in the whote world. If you’re a bird lover, you won’t want to leave. You’ll easily spot the flocks of dazzling yellow-collared lovebirds, the native rufous-tailed weaver and the northern pied babbler; the red-and-yellow-barbet (you’ll know him as soon as you see him!), the superior ostrich, as well as hundreds of migratory birds. Amongst the birds you can sit back and watch the parade of animals for which Tarangire is famous: these include the stately elephant, powerful lion, giraffe, graceful impala, cheetah, mongoose, buffalo and baboons. After game drive we drive to Arusha
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- 4 Season mountain tents
- Professional Tour guides, cooks and porters
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Park fees
- camping fees
- Pre Trek accommodation