12DAY MID-BUDGET SAFARI
♦Trip Plan: Mid-budget Safari
♦Destinations: Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi
♦Add-ons: Olduvai Gorge and Maasai Boma
♦Transport: 4X4 Extended Luxury Safari Jeep
♦Meal Plan: Full Board
♦Highlights: Game Drive, Historical; Cultural, Walking safari
12Days Tanzania Lodge Safari
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will need to get to Immigration office and obtain your visa, then you get out and find our airport team member with signboard under your name, who will pick you to Arusha city approximately 45km, to Green Mountain Hotel for your overnight stay. You will sit with our director and guide for briefing of what to expect in your 4Day Tanzania Luxury safari.
Day1: A Day Trip to Kilimanjaro:
In the morning after breakfast you will drive to Londrose gate, there you will register your guide will pay your park fees. From the gate you will drive to Morom Beria gate 12km, your vehicle will park there and you will walk 1.5km to Shira one, from there you will view Kibo peak and Shira peak. In the rainforest you will see Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys. After lunch, hike back to park gate and drive back to Arusha to Green Mountain Hotel for overnight stay.
Day2: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, for Full Day Game Drive:
Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours.
Distance: 130 km
Things to do: Wildlife Safari, Birding Safaris, Boating and Canoeing, Horse and Camel Riding, Mountain Biking, Night Game Drives.
Best time to visit: Dry season (July - October) for large mammals; Wet season (November - June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will pack lunch boxes on your 4x4 safari jeep and drive via Lake Manyara National park, at your convenience you will have few stops at supermarket, curio shops, some interesting place to have some pictures, on arrival at Lake Manyara National park gate finalizing few formalities for pack fees then inters the park. There is a lot of interesting things to see in Lake Manyara, incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife, incredible numbers of birds and famous for tree climbing lions, Lake Manyara have largest concentration of baboons than anywhere in the world.
In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes. After extensive game drive in Lake Manyara National park until late evening, your driver/guide will drive you to Ngorongoro Forest tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day3,4&5:Serengeti National Park Safari:
Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours.
Distance: 205 km
Things to do: Wildlife Safaris, Balloon Safaris, Birding Safaris, Luxury Safaris, Wedding Safaris, Wildebeest Migration safari.
Best time to visit - All Year around: The dry season (from late June to September) offers the best wildlife viewing in general- with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight. The timing of the migration varies every year (the best chance of seeing it is during June and July) while the wildebeest calving is from late January to February.
After breakfast at at Ngorongoro farm house lodge, you will drive via Ngorongoro Conservation area to Serengeti National park, we will arrive at the hotel during lunch time where after we will start afternoon and evening game drive.
These Two days we do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. If you choose, today be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Float silently above the awakening bush, across rivers and over numerous small villages, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa.
We will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees.In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink! After extensive game drive in Serengeti National park until late evening, your driver/guide will drive you to Mbugani Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day6: Serengeti National Park to Olmoti Crater – Nainokanoka (Ngorongoro Highlands):
Non game-viewing travel time: 3hours.
Distance from Serengeti - Ngorongoro: 145 km
Things to do: Walking Safaris and Camping safaris.
After breakfast, we drive from Serengeti National Park. A brief visit en route to Olduvai Gorge which is often referred to as ‘The Cradle of Mankind’ and is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. The journey continues along the scenic crater road, to the Masai village of Nainokanoka. While the special camp is being set up, you will hike to the rim of the Olmoti Crater during the afternoon. There is also a possibility to visit a small waterfall along the way. Dinner will be served at the special campsite prepared by our crew.
Day7: Nainokanoka Village – Bulati Village (Ngorongoro Highlands):
In the early morning after breakfast Masai guide/worrior will arrive with his donkeys. After breakfast and loading the donkeys, the journey begins and you will pass many traditional Masai Bomas and cattle herds. Soon, you might also see wild animals such as Thompson and Grant’s gazelles, zebras and wildebeests with hungry jackals not far behind and majestic eagles observing the situation. After approximately 16 km of hiking you will reach a campsite not far from the Masai village Bulati. Meal Plan: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner. will be served by our special stuffs in a special campsite.
Day8: Bulati – Empakai Crater (Ngorongoro Highlands):
After breakfast, the journey goes up a hill from where you have a last panoramic view of the grass plains below. The trek continues up and down through the bushy landscape which finally opens up to the active volcano, Oldonyo Lengai. The trek gives you great views of the majestic volcano as well as into the impressive Empakai Crater before reaching the special campsite, you will explore the crater and on a well-maintained path you descend to Lake Empakai inside the crater. This alkaline soda lake is an important food source for flamingos, which can be seen throughout the year. Returning to camp supper will be waiting for you. During the night you might hear the flamingos call as they fly back to their breeding nests at Lake Manyara and Lake Natron. Meal Plan: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner. will be served by our special stuffs in a special campsite.
Day9: Full Day safari inside Ngorongoro Crater:
After breakfast at the lodge, we depart to Ngorongoro Crater, where we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here. After a half day game drive inside ngorongoro Crater we will decsend outside the crater and drive back to Arusha. After a full day game drive inside ngorongoro Crater we will descend outside the crater and drive to Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge for overnight stay.
Day10: Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park
Non game-viewing travel time: 2hours.
Distance from Serengeti - Ngorongoro: 12o km
Things to do: Birding Safaris, Cultural Tourism, Walking Safaris, Wildlife Safaris, Luxury Safaris, Wedding Safaris.
Best time to visit: ALL YEAR ARROUND: We advise you skip rainy season (April - End of June)
After breakfast, we depart for the Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. It's natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African national park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater kudu, the fringed-eared oryx, as well as a few ashy starlings. After a picnic lunch, we do an afternoon game drive. Letter evening drive to Tarangire Baobab tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day11: Trip to Hudzabe Bushmen Lake Eyasi.
This day we spent with the women of the village. Joining them as they forage for roots, tubers and berries this is wonderful day learning about plants and their various uses; we spend time with one of the Hudzabe communities that choose to live a traditional hunter gather lifestyle. They live far from the normal tourist route and are therefore very difficult to reach by car. We always plan to spend three nights in a small mobile camp close to the Hudzabe village. Also since it is difficult to understand and absorb the harmony and serenity of the Hudzabe with a flying visit. Later evening you will drive to Kisimangeda Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day12: Lake Eyasi – Arusha - Airport:
After early breakfast we join the men on hunting and honey gathering trips for a half day. We try to keep groups of guests quietly in order to avoid alerting the game to our presence and having an adverse affect on their hunting. The day could well involve walking and tracking of wild game. Although one might think that meat forms a large part of the diet, the Hudzabe are largely vegetarians and the majority of their meals are based around honey and fruit.
Spending time with the Bushmen is a powerful experiences and hard to beat. But we also live and walk in the most beautiful African bush, constantly surrounded by wild animals. Anybody who enjoys spending time close to nature in wild will love this trip, after lunch we will drive back to Arusha, upon arrival in Arusha we will sit for debriefing with the leader and customers while having a well prepared BBQ at our office garden waiting for the right time to drive you to the airport.
What Included In this Safari
♦Mid-budget Safari According to the Itinerary
♦Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle – 6/7-Seater Extended Luxury Vehicle.
♦Professional English, German, French or Spanish-speaking guide (Other Language on request and Availabilities).
♦Overnight accommodation in Mid-budget Lodges/tented lodge
♦Meals according to the itinerary in Full Board Basis.
♦All national park fees and Entry Fees.
♦Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
♦Accommodation before Safari
Important informations to know
♦Child rate applies only when sharing with paying adults
♦Children under 6years must be accompanied by an adult
♦Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
♦A small amount of walking May involved, carry with you hiking shoes
♦The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
♦A Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory when enters Tanzania.
♦Visa are available on arrival. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
♦A deposit of atleast 30% is required to confirm the booking, as we will need it to confirm accommodation we reserve for you.
What Excluded In this Safari(Available on request)
♦Serengeti Balloon safari ($600/person)
♦Alcoholic and soft drinks
♦Tips to Driver/Guide ($20/from group/Day)
♦Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
♦Accommodation after Safari (available on request)
♦Children under 15years receive 75%-Discount
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