5 Days Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro / Serengeti Lodge Safari

Code: 5DLMN
5 DAYS
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Serengeti National Park, in northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes.

About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. A breathtaking natural wonder.

The main features include the Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti Plains that support about 2.0 millions migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara-ecosystem (TAWIRI, 2003) and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve (NHFR) known as ‘Entim Olturot’ in Maa language. Other important features found in the NCA are the archaeological and palaeontological site located at Oldupai Gorge and the early human foot-prints that were discovered at Alaitole in Ngarusi area.

Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the Natron-Manyara-Balangida branch of the East African Rift in Manyara Region in Tanzania. Said by Ernest Hemingway to be the “loveliest in Africa,” it is also the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife.

The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word emanyara, which is a euphorbia species of plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead (Euphorbia tirucalli). The name is a Masai description not for the lake, but in general for a lake shore region.

Lake Manyara provides opportunities for ornithologists keen on viewing and observing over 300 migratory birds, including flamingo, long-crested eagle and grey-headed kingfisher.

Day 1: Arusha/Lake Manyara
After breakfast and picnic lunch from the hotel Proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for full-day game drive. Tucked below the majesty of the RiftValley wall, the park is a thin green band of forest flanked one side by the sheer 600metres high red and brown cliffs of the escarpment and on the other by the white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake Acacia woodland shelters the park’s famous tree climbing lion, lying among the branches in the heat of the day. Late afternoon drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 2: Lake Manyara/ Serengeti
After breakfast and picnic lunch from the lodge Leave Safari Junction for Serengeti with an optional stop at Olduvai Gorge. Proceed to Serengeti for an afternoon game drive, which is renowned for its wealth of leopard and lion. Its Tanzania’s first and most famous park, and one of the most world’s last great wildlife refuges. The term Serengeti means endless plains. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Serengeti Full day
After breakfast with picnic lunch proceed for Morning and afternoon game viewing in Serengeti. Every year more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 Zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle gather to undertake their long trek to new grazing lands, followed by predators lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyenas. During their trek more than 8,000 calves are produced a day, and thousands are killed by predators. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight .

Day 4: Serengeti/Ngorongoro
After breakfast with picnic lunch proceed Morning game drive, then leave Serengeti for Ngorongoro with an optional stop at Olduvai Gorge, a river canyon cut a 100 metres deep through the volcanic soil of the Serengeti plains. Buried in the layers are hominids and remains of animals that lived and died more than 2 million years ago. The guides will give you on site information of the gorge. Proceed to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha
After Breakfast, depart for the Ngorongoro crater with your picnic lunch for a full day of tracking game in the crater rim. You will break for your picnic lunch at the Ngoitoktok springs picnic site. All the big five may be seen. This huge caldera or collapsed volcano is 250 square kilometres and 600metres deep. Its spectacular settings and abundance of wildlife makes it one of the natural great wonders of the world – is referred to as the eighth wonder of the world or the EDEN of Africa. Late afternoon drive back to Arusha to end your trip.

Included

  • Transport by Jeep 4 x 4
  • All park fees except for the Rangers
  • Accommodations in the lodge.
  • Driver who is also the guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Money for the rangers for guide.
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money like beers, sodas, cigarettes.
  • Visit to Maasai villages

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