Rhino Safari – 9 Days
Serengeti National Park - "UNESCO World Heritage Site"
Ngorongoro Crater - "Tracking the Big Five"
Tarangire National Park - "Elephants under Baobabs"
Oldupai Gorge - "Footsteps of the first humans"
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - "community and Wildlife"
Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport – African View Lodge (D)
After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport and welcoming by your Driver/Guide you will be brought to Meru View Lodge, which is located at the entrance of Arusha National Park. The Lodge is situated at a height of approximately 1500 m within eyeshot of the towering Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you can relax for the rest of the day. Overnight stay and dinner at African View Lodge.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park – Maramboi Camp (B L D)
After breakfast we drive past Arusha town, arrive and make game drives in Lake Manyara National Park at the base of the Great Rift Valley. The shallow soda lake is fed by many creeks flowing down from the near escarpment and creating a dense forest with lush vegetation in the northern part of the park. Especially elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, legions of baboons, impalas and lions are domiciled in the park; on the shore of the lake numerous flamingos can be watched. At the inflows of the lake a variety of other water birds is living as well as herds of hippos seeking shelter in the water from the burning sun.
In the evening you are driving over steep serpentines up to the highlands where you continually have spectacular views over the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara and the National Park. Subsequently you will have dinner and overnight stay at Maramboi Camp.
Lake Manyara National Park stretches in the north of Tanzania over a distance of approximately 50 km at the foot of the Rift Valley-rock face creating a natural border of the park in the west. The total area has an extent of 330 km2- during high water level the lake covers approximately 200 km2of it. At the lake many special species can be found: about 400 types of birds, such as flamingos, cormorants, pelicans and storks. But also buffaloes, elephants, klipspringer (= antelope species), lions, hippos or zebras can be watched in their natural environment. Furthermore, the park is famous for its tree-climbing lions.
Day 3: Serengeti N.P. – Serengeti Mawe T camp (B L D)
After breakfast you will head towards Serengeti National Park, the second largest park in Africa. The protected area was founded in 1951 and is consequently the oldest in Tanzania. Many hills and mountain ranges criss-cross the Serengeti making a beautiful scenery. It is the heart of an impressive eco system with many species of animals like no other place on earth. It is not a surprise that Bernhard and Michael Grzimek (father and son) chose it as the location for the documentary “Serengeti Shall Not Die“. Game drives through the park and lunch at a lodge inside the park. Dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti mawe Tented camp.
Day 4: Grumeti Reservation – Speke Bay Lodge (B L D)
Early morning breakfast, the we make game drives in the park having a picnic lunch at a site At the afternoon you will head off towards Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. On your way to Lake Victoria, you will pass through several small villages . Dinner and overnight say at Speke Bay Lodge.
Day 5: Lake Victoria – Speke Bay Lodge (B L D)
You will spend a full day in Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. The Lake Victoria lies on a altitude of 1134 m. It is Africa's largest lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. With an area of 70.000 km² the lake is nearly the size of Austria, and its deepest point is only 80m deep. The lake belongs to 3 countries: the northern part is divided between Uganda and Kenya and more than half of the area lies on Tanzanian territory. After lunch the afternoon is at leisure. Optionally, we can take a boat trip on the lake and watch the hippos. Dinner and overnight stay at the Speke Bay Lodge.
Day 6: Serengeti N.P. – Serengeti Mawe Tented camp (B L D)
After early breakfast in the Speke Bay Lodge, checkout with a picnic lunch and enjoy a full game drive through Serengeti, probably the most fascinating savannah landscape in the world. Especially the huge variety of wildlife reminds of a natural environment existing thousands of years ago in many regions on earth. Dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Mawe Tented camp.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Ngorongoro Rhino lodge (BLD)
Today you will undertake an early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park. After breakfast you are driving through Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After lunch, you go for game drive or optional you can visit the museum, gaining in interesting insight in the research results of the paleontologists, above all Mary Leakey. Continuing the journey we will enjoy the fantastic views of the mighty volcanic mountains of the highlands. Your route leads through dense mountain forests along the Ngorongoro Crater rib, offering fascinating views of the crater caldera. Dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Rhino lodge
This region of Tanzania is unique in many respects. From the paleontological perspective it plays an important role due to Mary Leakey’s significant discovery of the origin of the first hominids in Oldupai leaving their marks 3 Billion years ago. In contrast to a traditional National Park the concept of Ngorongoro Conservation Area unites the interests of nature and humans, for example by permitting the Maasai the land use. Hence they can continue their ancestor’s way of life as travelling nomads. This breathtaking part of Africa (with an area of more than 8,500 km2) demonstrates that humans and animals can coexist peacefully.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Bougainvillea Lodge (B L D)
After breakfast you will drive with picnic lunch for the almost 610 m deep Ngorongoro Crater. It is home to a large population of animals, almost all wild animals in East Africa are found in the crater. Here you will go on a full day safari into the crater, where you will have a picnic and get the chance to observe cheetahs, rhinos, buffaloes, lions, elephants and other animals.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is home to almost all East African big game animals in high densities. The Ngorongoro Crater is probably the game reserve with the highest animal population of the world and is rightly called a wildlife paradise. Here you can still see the black rhino which is very critically endangered. In Ngorongoro Crater there live among other lions, cheetahs, elephants, crocodiles and giraffes. The crater slopes are mostly forested, while on the nearly 600-700 m deep crater floor grassy surfaces dominate the ground. A small Natron lake is situated in the crater and occasionally attracts large numbers of flamingos.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area has more smaller craters and extinct volcanoes in the so-called crater highlands, where you can also hike. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, there live many Maasai with their cattle herds.
Day 9: Karatu - Tarangire National park - Burunge Tented Camp (B L D)
Today you will drive to Tarangire National park and have extensive game drives through the park. The Tarangire River and the big swampy areas in the southern part of the park attract many wild animals in the dry season. The Tarangire National Park covers about 2600 km² and builds a nice ground for huge herds or Elephants and buffaloes. In addition, birdlife is in plenty as well as plant life. Apart from the thousands of elephants, other animals that have make Tarangire their home include giraffes, impala, warthogs, oryx, gerenuk, lesser kudu and even the African wild dog. We take our lunch at a lodge within the park and later on proceed with game drives. In the evening we reach our camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Tarangire - Airport Transfer –( B)
Early in the morning you can make a game walk in the game-rich area around the camp (optional activity). After breakfast we drive to the airport with lunch on the way. Take a flight to Zanzibar or drive back to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight back home
The price includes the following services:
- All park entrance fees
- All game drives and transfers in a good customary minibus or 4WD on safari
- Unlimited game drives up to 6pm (sundown)
- Breakfast / lunch / dinner as indicated
- Accommodation in a double room in mentioned accommodations or similar
- Local well experienced English-speaking tour guide
- Flying Doctors Air rescue insurance (if medical insurance exists)
- International flight
- Visa for Kenya (USD 50)