6 Days - Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro Safari

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Life isn't defined by the breaths we take, but by the breaths that take us away. This 6 Day Africa safari will take you to three award winning parks that will leave you  breathless. First on the list is Lake Manyara, a park that offers a perfect introduction to Tanzania's wild side. Here you will have game drives, canoe rides, cultural tours among mountain bike tours. Every possible wild life experience that you can envision is captured in Serengeti during the migration phases. Roughly 200,000 zebras migrate in an orderly fashion from the northern hills to the southern savanna for the short rains every October and November. Next, they turn towards west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. The great wildebeest migration is also worth a special mention.

As you drive through Ngorongoro, you will see buffaloes calving, leopards camouflaging in tall grass, elephants grazing everywhere. The lions look well fed thanks to the diversity of prey to feast on. As the sun get hot, they look lazy and spend more time napping to avoid overheating their bodies.

 Day

Highlights

Overnight

Day 1

Arusha- Drive to Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara

Day 2

Drive from Manyara to Serengeti

Serengeti National Park

Day 3

Full Day at Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

Day 4

Drive from Serengeti to Ngorongoro conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 5

Full Day at Ngoronoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 6

Departure- Arusha

Day 1: 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 wildlife 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, canoe riding, night game drives, cultural tours, mountain bike tours and abseiling on a historical escarpment.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge/hotel. 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

You can start your stay by having  refreshments by the poolside where WIFI is swift. Alternatively, you can enjoy the evening thunderstorm with a sumptuous dinner at the main lobby. Brace yourself for a superb traditional dance show after your meal. The lead singer is legendary.

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

As you lay in bed to relax or read a book, you will hear sweet songs of over 130 bird species that thrive in its ever green gardens and local flora. At dinner, you will get a complimentary bottle of water for drinking or brushing.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Drive from Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park whose inhabitants include hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, flamingos and other varieties of bird life. Lunch at the lodge.  Then, drive to  Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-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 2:-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.

Option 3:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Ubuntu Camp

The rooms are spacious, quiet, very comfortable and have showers with good pressure. They are in the middle of nowhere and thus have lots of wild animals in the surrounding; giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, elephants and hyenas. All of these can be viewed from safe distance and rarely invade the camp.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Full Serengeti National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives 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.  Meals and overnight at the lodge in Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Mid/Standard 4Star Hotel: Dunia Camp

Option 2:-Budget 3Star Hotel: Ikoma Tented Camp

Option 3:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Ubuntu Camp

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4:Drive from Seregeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 Depart for a morning game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Lunch at the lodge. After lunch drive to Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey's renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the mans earliest known ancestral remains. Continue driving to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for dinner and overnight. . Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Ngorongoro oldeani 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

The five star hotel sits on the rim of Ngorongoro crater--in a beautiful setting with an amazing backdrop of Crater renowned for being the cradle of mankind. It is seamlessly blended with the park, you can’t help but feel as one with the nature and a 3.5 million year old cradle of mankind.

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

The main building here has a fireplace on the ground floor where you can watch local shows before dinner at the restaurant upstairs. Like the desserts and main courses, the soups for starters are flavorful and fresh.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Full day at Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 metres) to the floor of the crater for a day crater tour with picnic lunches. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savanna where the lions hunt for food. . Dinner and overnight at either of the following hotels

Option 1:-Luxury 5Star Hotel: Ngorongoro oldeani mountain lodge

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

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

Meals: Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6:   Departure

After breakfast, drive back to Arusha. 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