Serengeti and Culture

Code: ERQSR2
6 DAYS - 5 NIGHTS
  • serengeti-lamai-camp
  • serengeti-wildlife
  • ngorongoro
  • serengeti-national-park

Highlights: Tanzania (Arusha, Ngorongoro, Serengeti)

Tour some of Tanzania’s greatest parks on this private guided safari with your own guide and 4×4 game vehicle. We will meet you upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel. On your first day enjoy a guided tour to the fabled Ngorongoro Crater, a biosphere of incredible nature and fauna. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the crater has been likened to “Noah’s Ark” for its concentration of all different kinds of wildlife. Then spend a few days to explore the vast game rich Serengeti with a stop at Olduvlai archaeological site. Here you will have the chance to spot lions, leopards, cheetahs and more! The famed wildebeest migration moves through the Serengeti from from October to July/August as it rotates through the park. Finish by flying back to Arusha for a refreshing lunch and souvenir shopping before returning home from this unforgettable safari. Includes internal flight.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Emergency Insurance Cover Accommodations
Entrance fees Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Medical treatment
Guide gratuity

 

 

Day 1: Arusha

Airport transfer between from Kilimanjaro/Arusha  International airport with private vehicle and English speaking driver to your Hotel.

In the unfortunate event of serious illness or injury, all travelers are covered by this “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received.

 

Day 2: Arusha - Ngorongoro

Your guide will drive you from Arusha to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. The drive takes approximately 3 hours.

You'll drive approximately 20 minutes from your camp or lodge to the main gates of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There are only three roads that connect the crater rim with the crater floor, one for driving down, one for driving up and another that goes both ways. The crater is roughly 20 km/12 mi wide and 600 m/2,000 ft deep, once you've reached the top of the caldera it takes about 45 minutes to descend to the crater floor. The floor is home to a rich and highly concentrated wildlife. Some 20,000 mammals live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards, servals and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some good luck. You'll spend most of the day in the crater.

Accommodation: Private Camping

 

Day 3: Ngorongoro - Serengeti

Your guide will pick you up from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and drive you to the famous plains of the Serengeti. On this drive you have the option of stopping at Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti welcome center and lookout point, or stop for lunch at a picnic spot. After entering Serengeti park you will have the chance to enjoy game viewing as you drive through the park to your next accommodation. This drive takes 5 to 6 hours depending on the number of stops you make and how much game viewing you enjoy along the way. Expect longer trip times during the rainy seasons.

The Olduvai Gorge  is commonly referred to as "The Cradle of Mankind." It is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley, which stretches along eastern Africa. Olduvai is in the eastern Serengeti Plains in northern Tanzania and is about 30 miles (48 km) long. The gorge is named after the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant Sansevieria ehrenbergii, commonly called Oldupai.

Today head out with your guide to explore the wide expanse of the Serengeti. The park is well known for its healthy stock of resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters: lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros, and African buffalo. Though there are only a few black rhino in the park, you may still spot them. The Serengeti has the largest population of lion and giraffe in all of Africa and the largest concentration of topi and Coke's hartebeest (kongoni). Enjoy the challenge of spotting other game such as cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane and marabou stork.

Accommodation: Private Camping

 

Day 4: Serengeti

Head out into the park early in the morning as animals are more active in the early morning and afternoon. Tanzania's oldest and most renowned national park, the Serengeti offers the most expansive game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

Spend today searching out Impala, one of Africa's most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be part of the gazelle tribe, Impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own sub-family status. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts randomly leaping to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 10 meters (33 ft) and 3 meters (9 ft) high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs prey on impala. Impala can reach running speeds of approximately 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h) to escape its predators. See if you can track these incredible animals!

Accommodation: Private Camping

 

Day 5: Serengeti

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves. Head out into this magnificent park to track animals and take in the breathtaking beauty of this unchanging landscape.

Spend the day taking in the spectacle of the famous wildebeest migration. This annual migration through the Serengeti and Masai Mara is one of the safari highlights of Africa. The wildebeest migration moves in a basic clockwise direction throughout the year in Serengeti eco-system and move north into Masai Mara, Kenya from June/July through to Sep/October. Sightings cannot be guaranteed as the herds move according to availability of food source and migration movements can be erratic. The herds are accompanied by zebra and Thomson's gazelle and are stealthily hunted by local predators such as leopard, lion and hyena.

Accommodation: Private Camping

 

Day 6: Serengeti - Arusha

If time allows, your expert guide will squeeze in one more game drive before dropping you off at the airstrip or back to Arusha Town. It will be your last chance to see the park's diverse range of animals.

Airport transfer between your Arusha hotel and Kilimanjaro/Arusha International airport with private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Accommodation: No Accommodation 

 

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