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Travel in style to Lake Manyara and to the jagged rimmed crater at Ngorongoro, into the heart of the mighty Serengeti, which is home to unrivaled herds of migratory plains game and their attendant cast of predators. Fly to Africa’s largest and least-visited reserve, the legendary Selous. Experience unique river safaris, river-side sun downers and guided walks. Finally, fly over the Indian Ocean to Stone Town where you stay at the superb Serena Zanzibar Inn.
|The Selous Game Reserve||The park is named after Captain Frederick Selous who was killed in action in January 1917 while scouting in the area. His grave is near Beho Beho.There are supposed to be over a million animals in the park, which is probably best known for its large numbers of elephant. Central to the park is the Great Rufiji River. Found in the north of the reserve at the junction of the Rufiji and Ruaha rivers, Stiegler’s Gorge is a 40km, two hour drive from Matambwe. Beyond the gorge the river widens out again and splits to form a number of lakes – Tagalala, Manze, Nzerakera, Siwando and Mzizima..|
Day 1: Arusha | Lake Manyara National Park
Pick-up from you Arusha city hotel this morning and cruise off to Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge to a warm welcome, check-in then lunch. This afternoon we enjoy a game viewing drive in search of the tree climbing lions and other wildlife found in this small, scenic ornithological paradise. Contrasting 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, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge LDBB
Day 2: Lake Manyara | Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Breakfast will be served at your lodge, check-out and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area to arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure – Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater below, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls! The bird life, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.
NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended.
Overnight at Lake Ngorongoro Serena Lodge LDBB
Day 3 : Ngorongoro Crater Tour
After breakfast descend some 600 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, thompsons gazelles, rhino, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Besides wildlife, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Enjoy your lunch at the crater and continue with an afternoon game drive. Later in the evening ascend to the crater rims for overnight.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge LDBB.
Day 4 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Serengeti National Park
Breakfast at your lodge then we depart with picnic lunch boxes to Serengeti National park – a time for an exciting game viewing drive in one of the BEST game parks in Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest park, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. It stretches as far as Lake Victoria to the West. Its name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning ‘endless plains’. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. (Olduvai Gorge is an option at the cost of $ 25.00 per person net).
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge LDBB
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
A thrilling day of game viewing will take you to prime areas for seeing the fullest possible variety of animals. Today, you will see the beauty of Serengeti Plain and would enjoy the game viewing of big five, hippos, hyena and rhinos etc.
Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer. Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge LDBB.
Day 6 : Serengeti National Park | Western Corridor
After breakfast, you will have a game viewing of the Serengeti and will arrive at one of the most luxury camp in western corridor of the Serengeti Plain.
The camp has just 25 widely-spaced luxury tents, raised on timber platforms, each with a glorious view of the plains. Each tent has a spacious furnished deck leading to a bedroom furnished in antique Edwardian style with steamer-trunks, writing desk, brass lamps, rugs, sepia photographs and four-poster bed with patchwork quilt. Each tent has its own personal valet. Enjoy your stay. Overnight at Serena Kirawira Tented Camp LDBB
Day 7 : Western Serengeti | Selous Game Reserve
After early morning game drive, drive to the camp for breakfast – Proceed to Grumeti Airstrip for your flight to Arusha and connect flight to Dar es slaam / Selous. On Arrival in Dar es Salaam you connect the flight Selous Game Reserve – On Arrival in Selous, you will be met by Camp Vehicle and transfer to your Camp.
Vast, pristine and largely undiscovered, the spectacular Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage Site and the largest expanse of game reserve in Africa. Covering 55,000 square kilometres of rolling savannah, lakes, rivers and deltas, it is four times the size of the Serengeti and larger than the entire nation of Switzerland. Home to the largest concentrations of elephants in the world, this unique wildlife arena also boasts some of the most exclusive and pioneering boating safaris that Africa has to offer. Overnight at Selous Serena Camp.
Day 8 - 9 : Selous Game Reserve
You will have 2 full days in the Selous Game Reserve staying at the Tented Lodge overlooking the gorge of Rufiji River Camp. Exploration of the Reserve by 4 wheel drive vehicle, boat and on foot. The Selous, famous for its elephants, was originally set aside as a hunting area where animals are abundant but more shy then the Northern Parks. Our foot safari will give us a particularly intimate feel for the African wilds, while air excursions by Landrover will permit us to have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of vast park. We will discover the Rufiji River by boat, encounter hippos and crocodiles in good numbers. Some 350 bird species have been recorded in the Selous Game Reserve. These are typical of miombo woodland, and the bird life supported by Rufiji swampland is of particular interest. Overnight at Selous Serena Camp.
Day 10 : Selous Game Reserve | Zanzibar
You will have your last game drive of the Selous Park and then proceed to Airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. On Arrival, you will be transferred to you hotel – Afternoon at leisure and enjoy the afternoon at the pool side and have a good breeze of Indian Ocean.
Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa’s most ancient and most enchanting towns.
Overnight at Zanzibar Serena Inn.
Day 11 : Zanzibar Stone Town
Morning enjoy the tour of stone Town – You will be walking through the narrow street and experience the Arab Culture of in Zanzibar – You will walk through the buildings where it all happened, such as former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans Palace Museum, the Old Arab fort and Dispensary. – Explore the Markets, sea food and fish piled in the fish market, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets and the neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. Even Enjoy the Breeze from the Indian Ocean while seating at the pool side.Overnight at Zanzibar Serena Inn.
Day 12 : Zanzibar Stone Town
Today after breakfast, check-out and transfer to Zanzibar airport in time for your scheduled flight to Dar Es Salaam where you will connect with your onward international flight.
A Tanzanian safari in style from the kaleidoscope of birdlife at Lake Manyara, the spectacular Serengeti plains to the jagged rimmed crater at Ngorongoro – the cradle of Humanity.
|SAFARI DEPARTURE TIME||08:00Hrs|