RST-033: 7 DAYS MANYARA / NGORORNGORO / SERENGETI.
Day 1. Lake Manyara.
Depart Arusha for lake Manyara arriving in time for lunch.
Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty gold
600-metre high Rift valley escarpments, Lake Manyara is a
scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as
“the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game
viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm
of the Tanzanian safari experience. Afternoon game drive to
explore the park. Meals and overnight at lodge.
Day 2. Ngorongoro.
Morning game drives in Lake Manyara, After breakfast depart
for Ngorongoro, one of the natural wonders of the world. The
Crater is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles;
its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to
enthral visitors. It borders the Serengeti National Park to
the north and west. A few hours drive to the east takes you
to the town of Arusha, which nestles at the foot of Mount
Meru, within view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arusha is known as
the gateway to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the
Northern Parks. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 3. Ngorongoro Crater.
After breakfast you will be taken 2000ft down the crater by
a 4wheel drive vehicle for a full day crater tour, picnic
lunch at crater, Also referred to as “the eighth wonder of
the world” and stretching across some 8,300 sq km, the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a
blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that
is unsurpassed in Africa. The volcanoes, grasslands,
waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of
animals and to the Maasai. In the evening ascend to the
lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 4. Serengeti.
After breakfast depart for Serengeti passing through Olduvai
Gorge the site of Leakey’s family discovery of fossils of
human and animal ancestors dating back to almost two million
years. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on
earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and
fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early
man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two
million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation
and migration are as old as the hills themselves. Meals and
overnight at lodge.
Day 5. Serengeti.
Full day in Serengeti plains with morning and afternoon game
viewing and drive. Search for wild game you might have
missed the previous game drive. It is the migration for
which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million
wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the
northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains
every October and November, and then swirl west and north
after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is
the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or
crocodile infested river can hold them back. Meals and
overnight at lodge.
Day 6. Serengeti.
Another day in Serengeti with morning and afternoon game
drives, Search for any wild game you might have missed in
the previous game drives. The wildebeest are one of the most
important pieces in the Serengeti ecosystem puzzle. Their
migration is as old as the history of mankind. For many
millenniums the wildebeest followed the rains and used the
Serengeti ecosystem with its mosaic of grasslands and
savannas to their advantage. Every one who has a chance to
see nearly two million animals on the move has been touched
by the magic of this place. Even so the wildebeest looks a
bit like a clown and, according to an African legend, has
been put together by God using left over spare parts, the
animal is superbly fit for its migratory lifestyle. Dinner
and overnight at lodge.
Day 7. Arusha.
After breakfast drive to Arusha- Safari Destination, it is a
starting point for safaris in the northern circuit arriving
in time for lunch.