Lions of the Serengeti Safari

10 Days

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Duration: 10 Days
Destinations: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
Price: $3,200 per person
Accommodation Type: Mid-Range Lodges & Tented Camps

Day 1: Arrival – Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to  Kibo palace hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.

Day 2: Arusha National Park/Canoe ride

After breakfast, you drive to Arusha National Park for a morning game drive with a picnic lunch. This is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania, but it has a rich variety of wildlife and landscapes. From the swampy Ngurdoto Crater and alkaline lakes to dense jungle and the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. After your picnic lunch enjoys a peaceful and scenic canoeing safari on Momella Lake. On this 2 hours canoe safari you can view buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos, birds and beautiful views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro (on a clear day). In the late afternoon return to  Kibo Palace hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Lake Natron/Flamingos/Waterfall

Drive today across the only active volcano in East Africa, Oldonyo Lengai, towards Lake Natron. On the way, you can enjoy amazing landscapes and traditional Maasai. Lake Natron is the most important breeding site for flamingos in the world and the only breeding site for flamingos in East Africa.  The crust created by the alkali salt sometimes gives the lake a stunning red or pink hue, or even orange in the more shallow parts, by the microorganisms that live there. Today you also visit the big Engarasero waterfall. In the late afternoon, you continue to Lake Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park/Night game drive

Today starts, after breakfast, with a game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, a large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos, and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon, you will continue to Rift Valley Photographic Lodge for dinner.  After dinner, you will depart for night game drive in Lake Manyara national park to look for animals that are hardly seen in daylight like porcupine, aardvark, genets, bush babies, and others. This is also a unique opportunity for you to experience Wild Africa at night as you listen to the different animal sounds. Overnight will be at Burudika Manyara Lodge

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Today you go on a morning an afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending on which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators like lions, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Late in the afternoon, you return to Osinon Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. If you want to see the kings of the jungle, the Serengeti is the place to be. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five, the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds, and vultures, just to name a few. Enjoy this supreme game viewing and return to Osinon tented camp in the late afternoon. After shower meet your safari guide at the fireplace for a cold Kilimanjaro beer or glass of wine as he gives you a short history of Tanzania from pre-colonial time. Dinner and overnight will be at Osinon camp.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs, and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colors and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty, the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon, you will continue to Marera lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Lake Eyasi/Bushmen

This day will be full of culture, with interesting encounters with a local tribe. After breakfast, you drive to Lake Eyasi. This is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the Hadzabe Bushmen. This tribe hunts on wild animals with bow and arrows, eating roots, honey, and wild fruits. Visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand. You go with the Bushman on a game walk an participate in their real-life activities such as hunting. For a lot of people, these are some of the most valuable and memorable experiences of their safari. All meals and overnight will be at Marera lodge.

Day 9: Tarangire National Park

Rise up early for a game drive in Tarangire National Park with picnic breakfast. This lovely park is the kingdom of elephants, birds and baobabs. With four of the Big Five residing within the park, this park is a great spot. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python. In the afternoon you will continue to Sangaiwe lodge for the shower. In the evening you do a bird watching around the camp with your safari guide. Dinner and overnight will be at Sangaiwe lodge.

Day 10: Departure

On this last day of your safari, you drive back to Arusha for lunch and then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight.

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