6 Days Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro en Tarangire.
Day 1: Depart Arusha at around 8:30 am and drive to Lake Manyara National park for your first day game drive. Lake Manyara National Park is another of Tanzania’s small parks – not more than 320 km . The beautiful nature, the varied flora and the exciting fauna make Lake Manyara an obvious place to spend a day or so on the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro.Lake Manyara is situated in the bottom of the great Rift Valley, which stretches all the way from Jordan to Mozambique, and it has an intriguing ecology and a greatly varied birdlife, perfect for birdwatching. 380 species have been registered, and in periods thousands of flamingoes settle down and make a pink ribbon along lake.
The vegetation is also very unique, with groundwater-forest with high figue-and mahoganytrees, akacieforest, marskarea and grassland, as well as hot springs in the south. The park is especially famous for its lions, which have a habit of climbing the trees. There are good chances of spotting elephants hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, gazelles and a lot of baboons.Lake Manyara is about 120 km (1.5-2 hours) from Arusha on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Picnic lunch in the park, late in the afternoon you will drive to Holiday Fig Campsite/ Lodge/ Luxury camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: After breakfast we head to Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is the largest and most famous park in Tanzania, known worldwide for its endless plains, wildebeest-migration, herds of lions and other predators like hyenas, cheetahs and leopards, as well as hippos, giraffes, antelopes and gazelles. Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti on the Seronera campsite/Serengeti Wildlife lodge.
Day 3: Today we spend a whole day in the Serengeti the most famous of Tanzania’s National Park. With altogether 3 million mammals, (approximately 1,6 million wildbeests, 450000 Thomson – gazelles, 25000 zebras, 109000 Impala, 7700 topies, 67000 buffaloes, 31000 Grants- gazelles, 12000 giraffes, 6000 warthogs. The Many grassfields make Serengeti a paradise for paradise for predators. There are most hyenas, but the National Park is especially known for its lions, and you should be very out of lucj not capture quite a few lions on camera while you are in the park, Serengeti National park is set between 900 and 1850 m height.The first thing you spot after the drive – in at Naabi hill is a vast, flat area of short grass, not a tree insight for miles. As you approach Seronera in the centre of the park, the grass is longer and there are plenty of acacia-trees to be seen on the Savannah. The distance from Arusha is 320 km,and the drive takes around 6 hours. You can also fly directly to the small air- stripe at Seronera. Lunch in the park and return to the campsite/ lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Early morning game drive in Serengeti. After lunch in the afternoon we go to (optional stop at Oldupai George) to the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight with a beautiful view of the bottom of the crater. We spend the night at Simba Campsite/ Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Please note that the camp at the edge of the crater is very basic. The sanitary facilities are very basic. Also, it is quite cold here so it is recommended to bring warm clothing.
Day 5: A full day in the Ngorongoro Crater … There is a very high chance of spotting the big 5 in one day: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. The lunch will be at the picnic area at the bottom of the crater. In the late afternoon we drive to Karatu Junction / Tarangire Safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: After breakfast we do a gamedrive in Tarangire. The park is especially known for its elephants, which are more numerous than in the other northern parks. Apart from this, there are good chances of spotting buffaloes, giraffes, waterbucks, cowpigeons, oryx, lions, leopards and hyenas.
The park has a varied landscape consisting of open grassland with acaciatrees and baobabtrees, bushsteppe, forests and swamps. In the whole area there are tsetse-flies, which makes the area unable for cattleholding. This explains why Tarangire today has a status as a National Park.
Tarangire is not far away from the tarred main-road between Arusha and Dodoma. The distance from Arusha to the gate of Tarangire is 115 km, or about 1 hour driving. We leave Tarangire in the afternoon for Arusha.
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