5 days Tanzania Wildlife Safari- Tarangire/Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater/Karatu
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
Pick-up from your Arusha Hotel and leave with picnic lunches to Tarangire National Park. We will have an afternoon game viewing in the park upon arrival. Tarangire National Park is home to a large population of elephants. The Tarangire River is a magnet for the wildlife leaving here, such as the lions, cheetahs, buffalos, impalas, the greater and lesser kudu, Thompson’s gazelles, giraffes, elands. On occasions, the endangered fringe-eared Oryx and the shy starlings can be seen. These animals also gather at the swampy areas found in this park. Tarangire National Park is also home to over 500 species of birds. Lunch will be taken at a picnic spot and in the afternoon you will get to see more of this amazing and beautiful park. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the Lake Burunge Tented Camp, located outside of the park for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Tarangire Area – Serengeti National Park
After our breakfast, we head to Serengeti via the Ol Duvai Gorge Museum, where the early man appeared, a million years ago (You can make an optional visit at the museum at an extra cost of 40$ per person). You will have lunch en-route. Upon arrival, we will head to the Serengeti National Park, which is widely known for the greatest wildlife spectacle, the great migration of wildebeest. The Plains are also home to resident population of elephants, cheetahs, lions, giraffes and birds. Dinner and overnight shall be at the temporary fixed tents in Seronera Campsite. Late in the afternoon you will arrive at the Kati Kati Tented Camp. The camp is in a secluded area, in the heart of the bush and the stars at night are breathtaking.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
Today shall be a full day of exploring the Serengeti Wild Plains. Following breakfast, you will spend the whole day on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park and have lunch at a picnic spot en-route. Depending upon the time of year, you might even have the chance to witness the great migration with hundred thousands of wildebeests, zebras and Thompson gazelles. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Masai Mara through the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rainy season in April, May and June, the herds slowly travel back through the western and north-western part of the Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can of course change, resulting in the animals migrating during different times and routes. Your guide will try his outmost to find the animals and will make sure that you can see the animals from the best spot in the national park. Naturally, the migration also attracts predators and with luck you might see a kill in action. You will spend another night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp. Attention: Please note, that should you travel between the beginning of January and mid-March, you will stay at the Kati Kati Ndutu Tented Camp. This camp is also situated in the Serengeti National Park but closer to the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the Ndutu Area. Staying at a camp in the Ndutu Area during this time increases your chances of seeing the famous migration as the herds can either be on the Serengeti or Ngorongoro side.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu
After breakfast at daybreak, you will start early on your outward journey from the Serengeti back to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, leaving behind the beautiful Seronera Valley. As predators are livelier in the cooler hours of the day, you might even see them in action. Lunch will be taken en-route at a designated picnic spot. On reaching the crater’s edge, the 19 km diameter caldera opens up before you in all its stunning glory and you will descend into the crater on an adventurous trail. This World Heritage Site is seasonally home to over 25,000 animals in including a wide variety of birds, hyenas and the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Exiting the crater on a different ascent road, you will drive to Karatu, where you will spend the night at the Ngorongoro Farm House, a former working farm. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.
Day 5: Karatu – Arusha
After a relaxing breakfast, you will return to Arusha, arriving around noon. Those who wish to combine this safari with a trip to Zanzibar can take a flight from the local Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport. Lunch will be taken en-route. Breakfast; Lunch.
Accommodation according to the itinerary
Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
Professional, English-speaking guide
Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary