Welcome to Africa!
Warm and fairly dry, January to March is a great time to visit the region with large herds of topi, zebra, eland, giraffe and Thompson’s gazelle starting to gather on the open plains. This is also the calving season and thousands of these animals, including big herds of wildebeest that stay behind, give birth over a period of a few weeks.
The concentrated herds attract the attention of predators, especially the big cats, and the sightings of leopard and lion are common. Scattered rain showers freshen up warm days and produce bright green landscapes and crisp, clear skies conducive to beautiful photography.
|Arusha - "The Safari City"||It is probably the busiest Tanzanian town after Dar es Salaam. As the starting place for the great safaris in the north of Tanzania – the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Olduvai Gorge and Arusha National Parks it can be very busy with tourists, mostly either in transit to, or returning from, these attractions.|
Day 1: Arusha | Tarangire National Park
You are met by the Inclusive Holidays Africa representative at your restaurant in Arusha, where you take your lunch and safari briefing and proceed to Tarangire National Park, Arrive in time for your first game of the park. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry Tarangire river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest and other famous plains game crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties. On drier ground you may find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
Dinner and overnight at Sopa Tarangire Lodge L-DBB
Day 2: Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today after breakfast, check-out and depart to Ngorongoro to arrive in time for check-in and lunch. The rest of the day spent at leisure – just relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater below. 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 birdlife, 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.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa 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 at the crater. 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. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area is 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 and drive back to your lodge before dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge LDBB.
Day 4 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Serengeti National Park
Breakfast at your camp/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)
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa 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.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge. LDBB
Day 6 : Serengeti National Park | Lake Manyara
Some nice breakfast then we depart 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.Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge LDBB.
Day 7 : Lake Manyara National Park | Arusha
This morning we enjoy our breakfast then check-out. Unbelievable but true, our good bush moments have come to an end. We bid farewell to our wonderful lodge manager and his team then depart to Arusha. Not empty handed though. With us are photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour to immortalize the experience. Enjoy your farewell lunch at Arusha.
Nestling within Tanzania’s most beautiful National Parks and complementing the magnificent surrounding, the Sopa Lodges circuit will be found.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kilimanjaro International Airport|
|SAFARI DEPARTURE TIME||08:00hrs|