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This classic tour has been designed for safari travelers pressed for time and wanting value for money. Combining Tanzania’s two best-loved wildlife destinations into an action-packed week, this 4X4 overland safari delivers some of Africa’s easiest Big 5 viewing at the Ngorongoro Crater plus the heart-stopping Serengeti Wildebeest Migration.
Beginning in Arusha, the logistics hub of Tanzania’s northern safari destinations, your 7-day safari opens with a night in the shadow of Tanzania’s second-highest peak – Mount Meru – before taking you into the gentle embrace of a forest eco-lodge close to the world’s largest intact volcanic crater known as Ngorongoro. Contained within the steep walls of the Ngorongoro Crater is Africa’s densest concentration of large animals, resulting in almost guaranteed sightings of the Big 5: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard.
Then it is on to animal concentrations of a different kind. The Serengeti is most famous for its thundering Wildebeest Migration when nearly two million animals take to the hoof and move across the savannah and its rivers, pursued by big cats, wild dogs, hyenas, and crocodiles. Your accommodation is a mobile tented camp designed to move with the herds, putting you in front-row seats to various chapters of the Migration depending on the time of year. You could witness the birthing season or the great herds on the move and crossing rivers – all juxtaposed against a teeming multitude of other animals like zebras and buffalos in a beautiful open landscape.
=> Two peerless wildlife destinations in Tanzania
=> Exceptional Big 5 game viewing at Ngorongoro Crater
=> Specialist Migration camp to see hundreds of thousands of wildebeest
=> Knowledgable and professional driver/guide throughout
3 Hours Before Flight Time
The better part of today is spent on a Game drive in the Tarangire National Park. The park is known for its enormous herds of elephants, ancient baobab trees, and having the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. During the dry season (June-Sept), animals flock from hundreds of miles to drink from the Tarangire River. Arrive at Gibb’s Farm in time for dinner. (Best option between June and October)
The better part of the day is spent on a Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. With any luck you will spot one of the famous tree-climbing lions while you traverse this unique habitat. Watch for the nearly 400 different species of birds and enjoy the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley wall.
After breakfast take a game drive en route to Serengeti National Park, a world heritage site, stopping along the way to watch animals you may encounter. Renowned for its wealth of lions and leopards, the Serengeti is the quintessential safari destination.
Derived from the Maasai word ‘sirinetu’ meaning ‘endless plains’, the Serengeti plays host to more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle during the annual migration. Your day ends upon arrival at Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp, where you will settle in for a night under the Serengeti’s vast, star-lit sky.
Today head back out for a full day of game drives, examining one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. Little has changed in the Serengeti over the past million or so years, you will still find the renowned plains intermingled with wooded hills, massive termite mounds, rocky kopjes, and acacia tree lined rivers.
Depending on the time of year you will be able to witness the Wildebeest Migration (Dec-July), or an abundance of predators (June-Oct).
Take an early morning game drive and return to camp in time for breakfast. Proceed with another game drive until lunch and then head to the Ngorongoro Crater. You may also opt for a visit en-route to Oldupai Gorge.
This site provides evidence of the earliest signs of mankind, showcasing hominid footprints preserved in volcanic rock that date back 3.6 million years. Settle in after another full day of adventure at Lemala Ngorongoro Camp.
Today descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a six-hour tour. As the world’s largest caldera (nearly 100 square miles), Ngorongoro boasts over 20,000 large animals, including Tanzania’s remaining black rhino. Living alongside the abundance of wildlife you will find 40,000 Maasai pastoralists with their cattle, goats, and sheep.
The conservation gives you a rare look into how people harmoniously lived with nature and wildlife in ancient times. You are dropped off at either Arusha, Moshi, or the airport for your onward journey.