A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Depart Arusha at 0900am for Lake Manyara, the old Hunter’s paradise. This is home to the famous tree climbing lions which you are however not guaranteed to see. On the Lake shore you will find thousands of flamingoes and other water birds conducting their daily business amongst the hippos. After a lunch break at the camp you continue viewing Lake Manyara Park famous for its tree climbing lions and large flocks of flamingoes. The park contains five distinct vegetation zones and is of scenic beauty. Late drive to Twiga camp. Here you will have your dinner and spent a peaceful night in Twiga campsite/lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro
Breakfast at around 0600am. Take Picnic Lunch with you and drive forty five minutes to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for the Game drive. View the various resident animals on the crater floor. The largest unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro has an area of 260 kilometers and a depth of 610 meters.
The crater provides a protected habitat for thousands of mammals and birds. The entire day is spent on the crater floor viewing lion, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, black rhinoceros, and many species of small antelopes. This is one of the natural wonders of the world. Picnic Lunch in the Crater. Afternoon
at before 0500pm you will drive to Ngorongoro Simba camp/lodge for dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Ngorongoro – Serengeti
After breakfast, Ngorongoro for Serengeti with Game drive, and lunch en route. On arrival, proceed for a game drive. The park covers 12,944km2 of open plains making it one of the largest in the world. The rocky outcrops commonly known as Moru kopjes in the eastern part of the park are of scenic beauty and occasionally cats can be seen lazing on them. The park contains vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other antelopes. Dinner and overnight at the Seronera campsite/lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti – Arusha
Very early Game drive in the Park. Breakfast at around 0930am. Game drive en route to Arusha where you booked for the night b/breakfast.
Your safari price include:
Sharing twin tents during the safari, accommodation as indicated, Transportation in a custom built safari 4 x 4 vehicle, game viewing as indicated, Professional English speaking driver guides experts in African wildlife, game driving/African culture, Cook, all park entry fees, crater service fee, and three meals per day while on safari.