Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania!
Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and drive you to Arumeru River Lodge.
Set on an old coffee plantation, this elegant lodge features beautiful cottages built in a mix of African and European styles.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to the second national park of this trip.
Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to approximately 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed. You can also spot many different animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present.
This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. It is also the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted.
Your driver/guide will have a lunch-box for you so you can picnic at a beautiful spot in the park after which your safari continues.
At the end of the safari you head for the Tarangire River Camp perched on high for perfect views of the nearby river branch. Relax in the breezy lounge of the main lodge for a sundowner.
Day 3: The Serengeti
After breakfast, you depart for the most famous safari park in the world.
The Serengeti hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. These endless plains have to be experienced to be fully appreciated!
You visit the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley might be termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose.
After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you will settle into a luxury tented camp. Mbuzi Mawe is uniquely and cleverly located at the very epicenter of the Serengeti. It’s well-appointed permanent safari tents have all the comforts of home without spoiling the natural feeling of these unique surroundings.
Day 4: The Search for the Migration
After breakfast you go deeper into the Serengeti in search of the migration. The Great Wildebeest migration is one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world there is a movement of animals as immense as this.
The principle players are the wildebeest, followed by Thomson’s gazelle, zebra and eland. Huge herds of these animals roam the Serengeti plains in search of water. The lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and lesser predators await the annual coming of the migration with eager anticipation.
The annual 800-km journey is a cyclical pilgrimage which has no real beginning or end. The precise timing of the migrations changes annually and is an unpredictable and spontaneous natural event depending mainly on the rainfall pattern of each year. Because of the global climate changes, the annual pattern changes but a general trend can be observed.
Day 5: Migration!
Another day completely dedicated to the great migration!
With your packed lunch in hand you drive out to find the migrators. There is plenty of time to take in this impressive spectacle!
The safari will be completed by also looking for hungry predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs that move along with the herd hoping to fill their stomachs.
Day 6: Last day in the Serengeti
After an early breakfast, you visit the migration one more time on your way out of the beautiful Serengeti. You continue to travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which lies immediately adjacent to Serengeti National Park. While driving to the exit of the park, there is still plenty of chances to spot wildlife, so keep your eyes open.
You will then continue to Karatu on the doorstep of the Ngorogoro crater which you will explore the next day. You will sleep in the luxury Acacia farm lodge overlooking the Ngorogoro forest. This trendy lodge has a nice large swimming pool and spa centre to relax in the late afternoon.
Day 7: Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
In the morning, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater!
As an UNESCO World Heritage Site the crater offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year.
Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For the latter two you need a bit of luck as they tend to shy away.
Approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor!
You have your packed lunch in the crater and then head back to your lodge. In the afternoon you can relax and look back on a beautiful day.
Day 8: To Arusha
You will have your packed lunch in the crater and then travel back to Arusha where you stay in a very pleasant and comfortable lodge just outside Arusha town near Lake Duluti. In the late afternoon you can go for a stroll around Lake Duluti or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
Day 9: Departure
Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to take a dive in the pool.
Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport.