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Safari in Serengeti & Ngorongoro

Highlights on this trip:

Serengeti National Park, Masai village, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Tanzania incl. full board
  • Serengeti National Park – Search for ”The Big 5”
  • Visit to a Masai village
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Paradise to around 30,000 animals
  • Lake Manyara National Park – home to tree climbing lions and large herds of elephants
  • Window seat in a four-wheel drive vehicle and a free bottle of water during safari tours
  • Park fees
  • Flights from Kilimanjaro to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants

Single room supplement: £220

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This package includes all the highlights of a safari trip in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara National Park. This gives you the chance to experience all the iconic animals of Africa on an intense, compact safari tour. At the same time, the trip features both hotel accommodation and a stay in a mobile tent camp, where you can enjoy first-hand interaction with the nature of Africa. And don’t worry – you won’t be sleeping on the bare ground; the tents are fully furnished with proper beds and separate bathroom and toilet facilities. This is sure to be the absolute highlight of your trip.

 

 

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flight to Tanzania

This is the day of departure from the chosen airport to Tanzania with one or more transfers en route.

Day 2: Highview Hotel, Karatu

Your flight will land at Kilimanjaro Airport, which is located close to – and named after – the highest mountain in Africa. The almost perfectly conical Mount Kilimanjaro rises to an impressive height of 5,895 metres and enjoys an incredibly beautiful location on the high altitude plains at the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

This mountainous area contains three extinct volcanoes: Uhuru Peak, Mawenzi and Shira. Kilimanjaro is the only mountain in Africa that is permanently capped with snow.

You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport by your driver/guide, who will take you to Highview Hotel. This is a combined drive/sightseeing tour of around 200 km that leads you through the villages of Chini, Kisongo, Makuyuni and Mto Wa Mbu to the hilly landscape at Karatu, where Highview Hotel is located. Along the majority of the route, the landscapes outside the villages comprise unspoiled savannah, whose colours change with the season. The countryside tends to be a deep green during the rainy season, while in the drier months it takes on a range of golden, beige and khaki hues.

On arrival at Highview Hotel, you will be greeted by the staff – who are from the Masai tribe – dressed in traditional costumes. The hotel is positioned on a hilltop, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view out over the colourful valleys that feature a host of small fields and coffee plantations. The farmers in the region use many different methods to attempt to keep elephants and other animals from destroying their crops. For example, they sometimes plant hedges of chilli bushes.

Having checked in at the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish.

Overnight stay: Highview Hotel

Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, it is time to check out of the hotel and get ready for an exciting drive through the hilly highland plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards Serengeti National Park.

The ride takes you deep into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will have the chance to meet red-dressed Masai tribesmen in a local village. The Masai people are nomads, and their wealth is measured in cattle and goats. Their villages typically consist of a number of small huts arranged in a circle. The huts are built of branches, clay and cattle dung. The building style and the size of the huts illustrate how when the grass is exhausted in one area, the entire community can relocate to a different place where there is fresh pasture for the livestock. In the village, you can experience the everyday life of the Masai community and admire the traditional arts and crafts of the Masai women, which is primarily centred on work with beads. The Masai are keen to trade, and as the buyer you are expected to haggle.

After lunch, the tour continues to the impressive savannah landscape in Serengeti National Park. You will drive into the park via the north-western entrance at Nabi Hill Gate.

Serengeti is the oldest national park in Tanzania and covers an area of more than 14,500 km². The seemingly endless plains are interspersed with small lakes and occasional watercourses, and the park as a whole is home to pretty much all the animals inevitably associated with Africa: elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, giraffes, buffalo, gnus, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs and ostriches, to name but a few … Serengeti actually holds the world record for animal numbers and is home to one of the world’s greatest animal-related marvels – the giant migration, in which gnus, zebras and gazelles in their hundreds of thousands wander from one part of the park to another, depending on the rainy season.

While you are on your game drive, you will be making your way towards the extraordinary Serengeti Wild Camp or Serengeti Wilderbeast Camp where you will be spending two nights.

Overnight stay: Serengeti Wildcamp

Day 4: Safari in Serengeti National Park

The day starts with breakfast in the large communal tent, overlooking the majestic savannah. It is then time to head off on a full-day safari in Serengeti National Park. The objective is to capture photos of ‘The Big Five’: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo. The savannah is the habitat of countless gnus, Thomson’s gazelles, Grant’s gazelles, impalas, topi-antelopes, elands and warthogs, as well as all kinds of birds including Bateleur eagles, secretary birds, Guinea fowl, European rollers and crowned cranes. You are also sure to see (and smell) hippopotamuses, which gather in what are known as ‘hippo-pools’ – small lakes that can contain up to 50 hippopotamuses.

After a full day’s safari on the Serengeti plain, including a picnic lunch, you will return to Serengeti Wild Camp towards evening. You can then enjoy a hearty dinner before retiring to your tent for a good night’s sleep under the starry African sky, accompanied by the sounds of the savannah.

Overnight stay: Serengeti Wildcamp

On day 4 it is possible to experience Serengeti from a Hot Air Balloon?

Day 5: Serengeti safari and the Ngorongoro Crater

Exciting new safari experiences await you once again today. From Serengeti Wild Camp, you will be driven south-east towards the Ngorongoro Crater. En route, you will occasionally pass a Masai village. The Masai have always called the Serengeti home, and they continue to do so – even though it has now become a national park. In the late morning, you will reach Ngorongoro and drive up towards the crater, noting how the vegetation changes as you climb higher and higher. From the rim, the road winds along the inside of the extinct crater, taking you 600 metres down to the crater bed, a fertile stretch of land covering 260 km2. This area of countryside comprises savannah, swamp, lakes, small rivers, acacia woods and even a saltwater lake. The crater is home to 25,000–30,000 animals. Many people describe visiting the crater bed as being like ‘driving through Jurassic Park’, because there are animals everywhere. There are five families of lions in this relatively small area, as well as large herds of buffalo, flocks of flamingos and even a black rhinoceros or two. The only animal you will not see here is the giraffe, which has never crossed the boundary between Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

There will be a break for a picnic lunch at one of the selected spots in the crater.

Towards the end of the afternoon, you will be driven up from the crater and back to Highview Hotel, where you will spend one last night in Africa.

Overnight stay: Highview Hotel

Day 6: Lake Manyara, return trip

The day starts with an early checkout from Highview Hotel, after which you will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park – one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania. The park covers ‘only’ 330 km², of which the lake itself takes up 200 km². The area between the lake and the 600-metre slopes of Rift Valley to the west comprises a fertile landscape of open grass plains and jungle-like forest, as well as a stretch of swamp. A veritable El Dorado for birds, Lake Manyara is probably best-known worldwide for its enormous flocks of pink flamingos. Other animals to see here include hippopotamuses, elephants, zebras and baboons.

After lunch, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro Airport to begin your journey home.

Day 7: Arrival in the UK

Arrive back in the UK following an intense, fantastic safari experience packed with memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

Highlights on this trip:

Serengeti National Park, Masai village, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Tanzania incl. full board
  • Serengeti National Park – Search for ”The Big 5”
  • Visit to a Masai village
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Paradise to around 30,000 animals
  • Lake Manyara National Park – home to tree climbing lions and large herds of elephants
  • Window seat in a four-wheel drive vehicle and a free bottle of water during safari tours
  • Park fees
  • Flights from Kilimanjaro to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants

Single room supplement: £220
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