Tanzania Big Game and Bird watching Safari – 10 days
Arrival Arusha/Kilimanjaro pick and Transfer to Novotel Mount Meru Hotel
Breakfast at about 8:00am, transfer to Arusha National Park with your Picnic boxes for Lunch. You have a full day exploring the Ngurodoto Crater, the famous Momella Crater Lakes as well as clear views of Mount Meru ( 4500M above sea level ), all Big Game including Herds of Buffaloes, Masai Giraffes, Black and white colobus monkeys… will be viewed in their natural habitat with the exception of Rhinos and Lions. Bird life in the park is as well unbeatable.
Return to your Hotel for Dinner and Over night.
An early Breakfast will be taken, and a picnic Lunch will be carried, getting ready for a long drive to the Serengeti plains. En route you will drive through the Masai country side passed the Rift valley escarpment where you will stop for panoramic views of the spectacular Lake Manyara escarpment, continue through the Agricultural township of Karatu into the Ngorongoro Highlands then to Olduvai gorge where you will un-pack your Lunches while listening to Lectures from a resident Archeologist at the Olduvai gorge – re discovering the fossils of the early man, you will also have chance to visit the Paleontology Museum where the Australopithecus Bosei skeleton was discovered dating million years ago. Continue into the Serengeti Plains with very brief game viewing as it will be approaching sun set. Check in Sopa Lodge.
Early rise to catch up with the game as hundreds of Mammals rise out of their dens to begin a typical jungle day,-the Serengeti is famous for her annual Million herds of Wildebeests migrating within the Serengeti–Masai Mara eco–system; Grazers, Browsers and Carnivores will be seen sharing this great plains in harmony, game viewing and return to the Lodge for your breakfast. After Break fast, you will join in for the official Full day game viewing, returning to the Lodge for a hot Lunch. After Lunch, you may have the option of either staying in for a nap and go for a late afternoon game viewing once again or relax till next day. Count down your day’s spot list, which may include a handful of Lion Prides, Thomson and Grant Gazelles, Dikdik and other Cats such as the Caracal, Cheetah and Leopard. Enjoy your Dinner and overnight at Sopa Lodge.
Morning at Leisure, Breakfast at own pace, depart with picnic Lunches, to have the last of the Serengeti Plains – taking the last pictures of the Serengeti with chances of catching up with the Klipspringers and other Antelope species such as Topi, Eland ,Water bucks. Drive out of the Serengeti into Ngorongoro Conservation Area for Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Enroute to Ngorongoro are Maasai local home stead (locally known as the Maasai Boma , the Maasai will welcome you to visit their home for a “fee”) Rest of the evening relaxing at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge balcony with taking views of the crater floor.
After the 7:30Am Breakfast, you will descend the crater walls onto the crater floor which has a radius of about 265sqKm. The Crater is uniquely dotted with watering holes and shelters about 30,000 Mammals including the White bearded Gnus, Cheetah and Tanzania’s only Black Rhinos.” This is the eighth wonder of the world and the world’s only remaining memories of the ” garden of Eden” better described as Noah’s Arc.. After the excitement at the Crater floor, you will ascend the Crater walls to your Lodge.
Depart the Ngorongoro conservation area after breakfast, drive into the jungles of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara is famous for her tree climbing Lions, large schools of Hippos at the Hippo pool and the Maji moto hot springs. You will then take your picnic Lunch at one of the many Picnic sites set aside by the park Authorities and then continue exploring the Lake Manyara jungles, where a good list of wildlife will be added to your previous record. Dinner and overnight at the Migunga Tented Lodge.
We will have an optional Pre breakfast bird walk around E Unoto Retreat, after breakfast you will have the option to go out game viewing full day back in the Manyara Jungles or just relax at your Balcony where birding opportunities are superb. You can then later join in a walk exploring the local surroundings where again you will have further chances of birding for waders and a mix of dry country species as well as meeting up with the local people. Dinner at your Lodge.
Leisurely Breakfast, Drive to Tarangire National Park, rest of the day Game viewing and Bird watching in Tarangire Park. Dinner and overnight at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Depending on your flight arrangements, we may have another couple of hours in the park before driving to Arusha / Kilimanjaro Airport for our outbound Flight.