Extended South & Central Serengeti
Includes also: NP Tarangire, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro
7 Nights 8 Days
Day 1: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast we drive to Tarangire National Park for some very rewarding game drives. Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Before the rains, droves of gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Stay overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
We start our day with an early morning game drive around Tarangire National Park. Breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience. We can relax by the pool in the afternoon and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the Tarangire River where animals come to drink. You have the option to end the afternoon with a sunset game drive, the warm glow of the evening light will delight photographers. Stay overnight at Tarangire safari Lodge.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park – South Serengeti
Morning game viewing en route to South Serengeti, famed for its annual animal migration when some 6 million hooves pound the open plains. Breathtaking landscapes, vast plains, endless horizons and abundant wildlife await you. The Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We overnight at Ndutu Lodge, set in beautiful acacias and views of Lake Ndutu for a couple nights.
Day 4: South Serengeti
Today is a full day of exploring the amazing array of wildlife around Southern Serengeti which is the ideal location for marvelling at the annual migration of large herds of animals at this time of the year. The Serengeti’s endless plains provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing. It truly is ultimate safari country. Often spotted in the Serengeti are elephants, hippos, lions, zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, leopards and more. Stay overnight at Ndutu lodge.
Day 5: South Serengeti
After a morning game drive around Ndutu area we set out to the center area of the Serengeti for some more exploration. Stay overnight Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 6: Center Serengeti
Today we concentrate on the center region of the Serengeti, where we look for large herds of wildebeests pounding the plains, while hungry predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs try to prey upon the youngest and weakest members of the herds. We can also hope to get a rare glimpse at the endangered black rhino. Stay overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Ngorongoro Crater
Today we leave the Serengeti and drive to Ngorongoro Crater passing some very scenic landscapes. En route to the Ngorongoro crater we stop by Olduvai Gorge, a world-renowned archeological site that has been called the “Cradle of Mankind”. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
Today you enjoy a half day of game viewing at the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Called the eighth wonder of the world, the crater won’t fail to take your breath away as you stand on the rim looking down a 10-mile wide crater floor with abundant wildlife. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world covering approximately 260 km with walls rising 600 meters from the crater floor. Before the Ngorongoro Volcano exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, it was one of the world’s tallest mountains. Now, it is home to more than 30,000 large mammals – mainly gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog – and has the highest predator density in the world. After lunch drive back to Arusha. Stay overnight at Kibo Palace or transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
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