(including A Four day River Crossing Expedition that takes us into the northern Serengeti and offers the best chance of seeing death-defying leaps and heart-wrenching near misses as we spend multiple nights and days at the Mara river with the Wildebeest.)
Day 1: Arrive at JRO Airport, meet and transfer to the hotel for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: Leisurely morning followed by a short drive to Arusha Nationa Park with Picnic Lunches. Not only is the park home to Africa's largest giraffe population, but visitors can also expect to see waterbucks, cape buffalo, elephants, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, turacos, trogons, and even the occasional lion or leopard in the right conditions. The park also boasts an incredibly diverse variety of bird-life, making it a popular stop for birding enthusiasts. Head back to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3 & 4 Tarangire National Park: After a breakfast topped off by some of the freshest and best coffee we‟ll ever imbibe, we‟ll embark on our vehicle and set off on a marvelously African drive to Tarangire National Park and our home for the next couple of nights, Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 5 & 6 Ngorongoro Crater: The drive from Tarangire north to the Crater Highlands and the world wondrous Ngorongoro Crater is a delight, a dazzlingly scenic game drive. We pass Lake Manyara, then begin the zigzag ascent to the rim and our reposeful cabins Ngorongoro Serena Luxury Lodge. We‟ll drive to the crater floor for an extraordinarily rewarding afternoon game drive after lunch, exploring the caldera‟s 100 square miles, spotting lions, elephants, black rhinos, just about all of East Africa‟s faunal celebrities, and return to our lodge, followed by a lovely dinner overlooking one of the worlds most magical places. Day 6 will be a full day of game drives in the crater with dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7 Ndutu: Ndutu is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the southeastern plains of the Serengeti ecosystem. The plains around Ndutu are the main holding ground for migratory animals where vast herds congregate and linger for more than four months, from December to April, before they start moving across the Serengeti in search of greener pastures and water. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 8, 9 &10 Serengeti National Park: The Serengeti National Park is the most photographed and filmed game reserves in Africa. With an incredibly dense population of wildlife and never-ending rolling plains, the Serengeti offers an authentic and idyllic wilderness safari. This is the Africa many of us dream of, an abundance of wildlife, beauty, tranquility and endless clear, summer days. Our base for these 3 days will be the Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Days 11 - 14 Northern Serengeti: A Four day River Crossing Expedition takes you into the northern Serengeti and offers the best chance of seeing death-defying leaps and heart-wrenching near misses as you spend multiple nights and days in the Mara river in an amazing Tented Lodge.
Day 15: Early morning game viewing and back to our camp for breakfast. We fly back to Arusha, relax in a day room at the lodge enjoy lunch and possibly take a swim then we'll be ushered back to the airport for our evening flight departures.
Join me for a once in a lifetime adventure in 5 of the most spectacular wildlife locations in Tanzania beginning inArusha National Park. This small but beautiful Tanzanian National Park is the closest national park to both the famous Arusha “safari town” (40 km) as well as the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Not only is the animal life in the park abundant, but it is also one of the most beautiful and topographically varied parks in Tanzania. The park is home to Africa's largest giraffe population, and we can also expect to see water bucks, cape buffalo, elephants, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, turacos, trogons, and even the occasional lion or leopard in the right conditions. The park also boasts an incredibly diverse variety of bird-life, making it a popular stop for birding enthusiasts.
Below are a few iPhone shots I took in 2017 of our accommodations.
Next stop will be Tarangire National Park. 'The wild animals in this park differ depending on the season. It is also linked to the fact that Tarangire is just a part of the bigger ecosystem. Many of the animals leave the park during the months of November to May. The game goes back to the Tarangire swamps during the dry season around the months of June to October most especially, the river system. This is noted as the best season hence enjoy the best of animal viewing during your safari visit to Tarangire. We will see large numbers of elephants, wildebeests, and zebras. Also, we expect to see impalas, eland, buffalo, giraffes, Thompson's gazelle, and black rhinos are also thought to be still present in this park. Among the other common animals in the Tarangire are theleopards, lions, hyenas, and cheetah that seem to be popular within the southern open areas. The wild dogs are occasionally seen and there are over 500 species of birds identified in the park including the brightly colored Lovebirds which are in plenty.'
Our next stop will be the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro is ground zero for a millions-year-old volcano that erupted and left a huge caldera which is now home to more lions and rhinos and wildebeest than you could ever imagine. It is One of the Largest Unbroken Calderas on the Planet (That is Not a Lake), and it contains 55-65 permanent lion residents which is one of the highest densities of lion prides on Earth. There are also 500 bird species including Ostriches, kori bustards, and secretary birds. Over 25,000 Wild Creatures reside in the Caldera including 7,000 wildebeest, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland, 3,000 gazelles, 600 hyenae, 200-300 elephants, over 60 lions, 30 rhinos. Needless to say, a Photographers dream!