Your exciting adventure to Tanzania starts with an initial overnight in the verdant town of Arusha at Rivertrees Country Inn, where you can relax and recover after potentially long international flights.
The next morning meet your private guide and start with an initial safari in Lake Manyara famous for its birdlife and populations of tree-climbing lions. You will stay near to the town of Karatu before a breath-taking descent into the incomparable natural wonder that is the Ngorongoro Crater the following day.
Then it is onto the Serengeti to enjoy three nights at a fantastic tented camp in the heart of the park, there is always something to see in this wildlife rich area but depending on the time of year the Great Migration might also be passing through.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our friendly local transfer driver and transferred to Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha in a air-conditioned vehicle. Depending on your time of arrival you may have time to enjoy the ample grounds of Rivertrees, relax at the swimming pool or start ticking off wildlife species straight away. Numerous bird species can be spotted in the mature trees as well as vervet and blue monkeys.
Your guide will meet you after breakfast and it is the start of your privately guided safari. Your destination today is near to the town of Karatu and on the way you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, for your first safari experience. The western wall of the Great Rift Valley provides the backdrop as you drive through the dense forest with its teeming primate population including baboon, common monkey, vervet monkey and the nocturnal bush babies. The lake itself is a shallow, alkaline lake covering around 230 sqaure kilometres, which Ernest Hemingway once described as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The lake is home to resident hippo pods as well as wonderful birdlife. You leave the park in the afternoon and head to Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge where you stay for the night ahead of tomorrow’s early morning descend to the caldera floor of the Ngorongoro Crater.
After an early start you will depart the lodge and pass through the entrance gates to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority before steadily climb the windy road up the crater’s side. Take it all in from the viewpoint on the rim, before descending to the wildlife eden that is caldera floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a unique natural phenomenon. You have a full day of which to explore the different environments of the crater and enjoy the abundant wildlife, including large numbers of plains game as well as hyena, lion and an elusive black rhino population. Enjoy a chance to stretch your legs and a lakeside picnic lunch before you continue exploring the Crater in the afternoon. As the light begins to fade, return to Rhotia Valley Lodge for dinner and a nightcap.
Depart from Ngorongoro this morning and game drive through the southern reaches of the Serengeti: the area known as Ndutu. It is quite a long drive of around 5 hours, however it may be longer depending on what you see along the way. Your camp for the next three nights is the fantastic Kiota Camp in the Seronera region of the Serengeti. ‘Kiota’ means nest in Swahili and this homely, permanent camp set atop Banagi Hill gives you a wonderful view across productive Serengeti Plains. It is the perfect base to explore the area with your expert private guide. You have the flexibility to choose what you would like to do each day, whether this is an morning and afternoon game drive or perhaps explore further afield and head out for the whole day with a picnic lunch.
You have the next two full days as you explore deep into the heart of the park. If you’re on the hunt for the ‘Big 5’ then the Serengeti’s vast, fertile expanse is the perfect territory as lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino can all be found, although the latter are mostly found in the northern reaches of the park. The central Serengeti offers great wildlife viewing throughout the year however in the months of April-June and November you may have a chance of seeing thousands of zebra and wildebeest attributed to the great migration, as they pass through this area. However, the herds tend to be more spread out as there are moving between areas. The great benefit of having your own private guide and vehicle means that you can set the schedule and focus on the animals that you are most interested in. The key is to keep good communication with your guide at all times so they see what you would like to. This brings your exploration of Tanzania and Zanzibar to an end,