7 Days Best of Tanzania Safaris Day 1: Arrival D- Welcome to East Africa! Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport near Moshi where you will be met by Africa Joy Tours staff and transported to the beautiful Lake Duluti Serena Hotel situated on the lower slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha, Tanzania. The afternoon can either […]
7:00 AM - Tourists depart Airport Hotel, Ikeja for Check-in and Flight Boarding at Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
11: Flight departs Muritala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, for Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi.
4:00 PM - Flight arrives Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi for onward road trip to the beautiful Lake Duluti Serena Hotel situated on the lower slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha, Tanzania. The evening can either be spent around the swimming pool, bird watching, or relaxing in the beautiful and peaceful gardens while catching up on some much- needed rest before safari starts the following day. HB (half board today) Note: The Mountain Village Lodge will be our “base camp” – we will be here at the beginning, day 5, and at the end, so feel at home and leave luggage here as necessary. Deluxe hotel: http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaarusha/default-en.html
7:30 AM Bus departs hotel for 2 hours drive to Arusha and Tarangire National Park.
After an early breakfast we will drive down to Tarangire national park .The day starts with an early breakfast and then a morning wildlife drive in Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch inside the Park. Baobab trees, herds of elephant, lions and occasional leopards inhabit the riverine forest.
2:30 PM Bus departs for the Lodge for relaxation and dinner at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Note: Tarangire is another one of those Parks that tourists hurry past on their way to Serengeti. This is a big mistake that we won’t make!
Deluxe hotel: http://www.sopalodges.com/tarangire-sopa-lodge/overview
7:30 AM: Bus departs Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park (45 minutes drive) for 6 hours game view.
After breakfast we head to Lake Manyara National Park, home to lions that occasionally climb trees! Although small in size, this Park is one of the most diverse in the country. Lake Manyara covers two thirds of the Park. The backdrop is the wall of the Great Rift Valley, before which lies the groundwater forest, areas of open grassland near the lake foreshore, and the Soda Lake. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in this area, which consists of open grassy areas, hot springs, dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise that has more than 350 species of bird. It is also the site of Ian Douglas-Hamilton’s landmark elephant study.
7:30 AM Bus departs Manyara to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for full day game view in Ngorongoro Crater.
After an early breakfast we will leave the camp and drive directly to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a half day in the crater! We will venture down the steep grade to the crater floor, a fantastic safari experience in this extraordinary ecosystem, viewing high concentrations of zebra, gazelle, impala, wildebeest, hyenas, lion, occasional cheetah and rhino, and many other animals that are all bound by the crater walls. A picnic lunch will be served inside the crater (watch out for Black Kites that will swoop down after your sandwich). After lunch we will continue with afternoon game view then late afternoon drive back to the camp
Day 5: 7:30 AM
After breakfast we head towards the far northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen.
We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing.