Day 1: Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, Horizon Africa Safari representatives will warmly meet you and welcome you to Tanzania. It is a tradition in Africa to present a gift as an expression of our joy and happiness - what better gift than an authentic safari hat and other safari souvenirs! We then transfer you to the comfort of your hotel, located in a seren environment; a nice place to relax and unwind before you begin your safari. Our representative will help you through check-in and make sure you settle in well.
Overnight on Bed & Breakfast at Mount Meru Game lodge.
Meals : Break fast
Day 2: Arusha - 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.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: We can enjoy a morning or afternoon cultural walk in the village of 'Mto wa Mbu' where more than 120 different ethnic communities co-exist in peace and harmony. One is spoils for the cultural diversity one experiences here.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.
Meals : LDBB
Day 3: Lake Manyara - Serengeti National Park
Breakfast will be served at your lodge, check-out and drive to Serengeti National park through Ngorongoro Conservation area to arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon is time for an exciting game viewing drive in one of the BEST game parks in Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, 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 park's vegetation ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south, to the acacia savannah in the center and wooded grasslands concentrated around the tributaries of the Grumenti and the Mara rivers in the park. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Meals : L-DBB
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Full day spent in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game-viewing drives. The name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'. The park's vegetation ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south, to the acacia savannah in the center and wooded grasslands concentrated around the tributaries of the Grumenti and the Mara rivers in the park. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching the edge of Lake Victoria. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. It is the sanctuary of an estimated four million different animals and birds. Wildlife that roam the vast park include lions (the adult males of Serengeti have characteristic black manes), cheetahs, hunting dogs, Savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, topis, warthogs, hunting dogs and spotted hyena among others.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari in the Serengeti. All meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Meals : LDBB
Day 5: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Breakfast then we depart for Ngorongoro. We stop at the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn on human evolution. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide. We arrive for check in, thereafter lunch. This afternoon just relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater below, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometers in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. 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. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Meals : LDBB
Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, we descend some 600 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a Half day of game-viewing drive. 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, thompson 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. 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, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Early in the afternoon ascend to the crater rims where you will enjoy your lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Meals : LDBB
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Arusha & Depart
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 and later proceed to Kilimanjaro International airport in time for your onward international flight.
Thank you for choosing Horizon Africa Safari!
Meals : Break fast