5 Days - Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Tarangire

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This 5 day safari in Africa's paradise on earth is custom made for clients who want guaranteed sightings of lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. The cherry on the cake is a visit to Serengeti where you will be blown away by the sound, sight and smell of the great wildebeest migration from Serengeti to Masai Mara. On the third day, you will visit Ngorongoro, a 3.5Million year old cradle of mankind.

Whether you opt for a game drive or bush walk in Tarangire, you are guaranteed of meeting over 100 elephants by the time of your departure. It is found in an endearing geographical setting, with a river running through it.

 Day

Highlights

Overnight

Day 1

Arusha- Drive to Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Day 2

Drive to Serengeti National park.

Serengeti National Park

Day 3

Drive to Ngorongoro conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 4

Drive to Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Day 5

Departure

Arusha

Day 1: Arusha- Drive to Lake Manyara National Park

The tour starts with lunch in Arusha town at 1230hrs. 1400hrs, drive to Lake Manyara.

Manyara is the closest you will come to a garden of Eden if ever there was one. You will get that special feeling of being in a widlife documentary as you are driven around amongst so many birds, each with a fascinating character. The park covers 325 km2 (125 sq mi) along the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.  Among the activities you can do here include morning game drives, canopy walk, canoeing, night game drives, cultural tours, mountain bike tours and abseiling on a historical escarpment.

 Enjoy an evening game drive in the Lake National Park whose inhabitants include hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, flamingos and other varieties of bird life. .  Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja lodge

An absolute gem in the heart of Ngorongoro. The main building has all the luxuries you can expect of a 5 star resort; a main lounge with a old world charm, a pleasant dining room, grand hallway, rejuvenating spa, classy conference room, inside and outside shower, children's play room and outside fire place

Option 2:-Mid/Standard 4Star Hotel: Lake Manyara Serena lodge

True to the philisophy of hotels belonging to the family of Serena Hotels, the cottages here are charming, clean and are big as is the bathroom. All the 74 rooms have a safe where you can keep your personal belongings temporarily. Each room has two small windows to keep it cool during the daytime and night if necessary. Even at the peak of rainy seasons, you won't feel the coldness of the park as there are heaters to warm up your room.

Option 3:-Budget 3Star Hotel: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Here, you are assured of a warm welcome and a very attentive service. The bush breakfast is great, fresh and chosen from a wide selection on the menu.The chef has over 20 years experience and can prepare anything you can ask for in a getaway like this.He is flexible and accommodative to requests. All the sanitary works and is clean. The shower is warm and by solar cells in the interest of not exhausting natural trees for firewood. 

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Serengeti National park.

After an early breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park. Lunch at the lodge. Spend the afternoon game viewing in the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade.  Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Ubuntu Camp

Your experience of this lodge will be a positive one. The rooms have a fresh feel like they have just been established. The are stocked with enough water and there is a  phone in the room to contact the front desk.

Option 2:-Mid/Standard 4Star Hotel: Dunia Camp

Nestled in the middle of the wildebeest migration corridor, Dunia Camp is the only lodge at the heart of Serengeti that is run by a team of only women. They don't compromise when it comes to balancing attention to every detail with a graceful simplicity that is in harmony with the serene location.

Option 3:-Budget 3Star Hotel: Ikoma Tented Camp

Despite being located in beautiful surroundings, this lodge doesn't take anything for granted. It's attentive service and cottages will blow your mind. It is tented camp located on the main wildebeest migration route between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara Reserve. It is quite old but still beautiful and looks out over the landscape.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3:Drive to Ngorongoro conservation Area

 Depart for an early morning Game drive around your lodge, return to the lodge for breakfast. Mid morning, depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area with lunch at the lodge. This afternoon, you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 metres) to the floor of the crater for a half day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and Elephants, the lake in the area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Ngorongoro o’ldeani mountain lodge

Meet a world-class 5 star colonial lodge located atop a historical hill with spectacular views onto  Lake Manyara, Oldeani Mountain, Lake Eyasi and The Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is absolutely stunning and you can spend hours just watching the wildlife in its extensive gardens. It is accessible through a road made of earth, but windy or hilly.

Option 2:-Mid/Standard 4Star Hotel: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

True to the philosophy of hotels belonging to the family of Serena Hotels, it's cottages are charming, clean and are big as is the bathroom. All the rooms have a safe where you can keep your personal belongings temporarily. Each room has two small windows to keep it cool during the daytime and night if necessary. Even at the peak of rainy seasons, you won't feel the coldness of the park as there are heaters to warm up your room.

Option 3:-Budget 3Star Hotel: Ngorongoro Lodge and Campsite

The lodge is well laid out and surrounded by a jungle. Its rooms are exquisitely decorated. They are not that spacious but certainly clean and cozy. The same applies to the bathroom. The lodge has arenas for watching the birds at close range. While there, the manager will give you an gripping enlightenment about the park and its animals. You can ask him as many questions as time allows.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Tarangire National Park.

After breakfast, depart for Tarangire National park arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon of game viewing. Lesser kudu, eland, lion and gerenuk can be found in this beautiful park, noted for its multitude of baobab trees and its tree- climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Oliver’s Camp

The communal dining and campfires at this camp adds to the overall phenomenal atmosphere. The guide at the sight will get you to perfect spots for the viewing wildlife. On finding them, he won't rush you, allowing you to enjoy moments that will leave you with tears of joy.

Option 2:-Mid/Standard 4Star Hotel: Tarangire Sopa lodge

The warm welcome by the staff here will make you feel like a queen returning back home. The genuine smiles on their faces leaves you with a certain feeling that you were right to chose coming here.

Option 3:-Budget 3Star Hotel: Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge

The lodge staff here plan surprises for guests every day. So unforgettable. If it's your honeymoon or anniversary, they will make special across all expectations, leave you with laughter and smiles. They will treat you as family, not just guests.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5:  Departure

Enjoy an early morning game drive in the Tarangire National Park. Breakfast at the lodge, followed by the drive back to Arusha with game viewing en route.

Lunch in Arusha town

Services included in the cost:

  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Ground transportation in a 8 seater 4x4 safari vehicle with English speaking Driver guide:-
  • Game drives and park entry fees
  • Tourism Development Levy (currently US $ 1.50 per person per night)
  • VAT on Ground Transport & Crater Service Fee, Park Entry Fees

Services excluded in the cost:

  • Visas
  • Inoculations and personal insurance
  • Domestic & International flights and departure taxes (Quoted separately where applicable)
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Drinks, tips, laundry, bottled drinking water and other personal expenses
  • Medical, Travel and Baggage Insurance
  • Holiday Surcharge