North & Central Serengeti
Includes also: NP Arusha, NP Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai, Olduvai
6 Nights 7 Days
Day 1: Arusha National Park
After breakfast we drive to Arusha National park for some game viewing and some relaxed game walking. This beautiful park is located only 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Arusha. It covers an area of 137 km (58 sq mi) and is known as “Serengeti ndogo” meaning “little Serengeti”. The peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru surround the park and can be seen on a clear day. The black and white colobus monkey is the park’s mascot and can been seen swan-diving from branch to branch. The park also contains blue monkeys, olive baboons, elephants, hippo, leopard, hyena, zebra and antelope. The park is famous for its 400 species of migrant and resident birds. Stay overnight at Kibo Palace in Arusha.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast we drive to Lake Manyara National Park and enjoy a game drive in this picturesque park that is the perfect place to end your safari. Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake that is part of the Rift Valley wall. The lake is at the base of this dramatic western escarpment giving it a beautiful and serene setting. In addition to this peaceful setting, Lake Manyara’s main attractions are its rich bird life, tree climbing lions and its hippos which you can see at a closer range than any other places. Stay overnight at Lake Manyara Kirurumu Lodge.
Day 3: Lake Manyara – Lake Natron – Ol Donyo Lengai
Today we drive from Lake Manyara to Lake Natron, passing some varied landscape, from dry rocks to lush plains, along the way. Lake Natron is one of the most original landscapes in East Africa. It is a wide soda lake that is home to the Maasai, which live here still in traditional ways and are hardly influenced by the modern culture. It is also the home for millions of birds, and therefore great for bird watching. Late afternoon we will take a walk to the lake for a close look at the hundreds of flamingos with the amazing massive Ol Donyo Lengai volcano in the backdrop. Tonight we recommend you go for an early night as you will wake up at midnight to start your climb of Ol Donyo Lengai. Stay overnight at Lake Natron Mwaivaro Lodge.
Day 4: Ol Donyo Lengai Trek (2,896 meter above sea level)
The trek up Ol Donyio Lengai, an active volcano, the highlight of your Tanzanian safari! Ol Donyio Lengai is located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley and has erupted fifteen times in the past century. This challenging hike to the top of the “Mountain of God” offers an opportunity to view molten lava. From there you have great views of the surrounding landscapes, including the plains of the Serengeti. It is very steep and we will walk slowly with our Masaai guide. It takes about 5 hours to reach the summit, just in time for sunrise and 4 hours to come down. Stay overnight at Mwaivaro Lodge.
Day 5: Drive to Serengeti
We leave Ol Donyio Lengai for a drive to the Serengeti where breathtaking landscapes, endless plains and abundant wildlife await you. The Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The Center of the Serengeti is the ideal location for marvelling at the annual migration of large herds of animals at this time of the year. Often spotted in the Serengeti are elephants, hippos, lions, zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, leopards and more. Stay overnight at Serengeti Lobo Lodge
Day 6: Center Serengeti
Today is a full day of game drive. We continue to explore the vast plains of the Serengeti and we look for prides of lions and 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. Stay overnight at Lobo Lodge
Day 7: Serengeti – Olduvai – Arusha
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”. We drive back to Arusha for an overnight stay at Kibo Palace or for a transfer at the airport onto your next destination.
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