On arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you'll be personally met and escorted by our driver-guide to the fashionable Arusha Hotel in the heart of Tanzania's safari centre where you'll spend the night. Activities, including swimming, shopping, or visiting the Tanzanite Experience museum are available for those who arrive early.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Drive in comfort to Tarangire National Park and Hoopoe's luxurious tented camp set in picture perfect acacia woodland and grassland outside the park boundary. After a relaxing lunch, we'll enter head off for game viewing in the national park, famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game and predators. Tarangire also boasts a large variety of spectacular bird life including endemic species. Dinner and overnight at the Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you'll embark on a full day's game drive with picnic lunch, ranging far and wide. Among many aspects of animal behaviour, your Guide will point out the fascinating way elephants have of communicating with subtle interactions. Overnight at the Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge.
MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park, passing through the cool shade of the groundwater forest before reaching the lakeshore. The Park is best known for its tree climbing lions, but you are more likely to a encounter elephants, buffalo, primates and astounding bird life. After a picnic lunch you continue game-viewing. Return as the sun sets behind the distant highlands and climb the Great Rift Valley escarpment to Kirurumu Manyara Lodge on its edge for a relaxing dinner and overnight.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
An early morning ethno-botanical walk including a visit to the local Iraqw tribe. After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, ascending to the rim on the descent road of the Crater some 2,000 feet below. Tour the Lerai Forest with its yellow-barked acacias, searching for giant-tusked elephant, rare black rhino and black-maned lion. Ascend the crater rim at dusk through verdant montane forest for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
NGORONGORO - WALKING WITH MAASAI
Morning game-drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, followed by lunch back at Ngorongoro Serena. In the afternoon you head out to the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands to meet a Maasai chief, who guides you around the nearby bomas and on an afternoons walk in the surrounding area. In the late afternoon, head back to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for dinner and overnight.
NGORONGORO - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
In the morning you depart for the Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge to visit the interesting museum at this world-famous archaeological site containing fossils of our early two million year-old human ancestors. Continue on a game-drive through the vast Serengeti National Park to the luxurious Kirurumu Serengeti Camp for lunch. In the afternoon, head out for game drives before returning to camp for dinner and overnight.
Day Eight, Nine
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Full day game drives in the Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on earth. Non-migratory species include large prides of lions, solitary leopards, cheetah and graceful impala. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of open plains, punctuated by kopjes, rock formations that have survived from the Pre-Cambrian period, and open woodlands. After a sumptuous dinner, relax by the campfire, under a canopy of stars. Overnight at the Kirurumu Serengeti Camp.
SERENGETI - ARUSHA
After breakfast, transfer to Seronera airstrip to connect with your return flight to Arusha. Upon arrival, there will be time for some shopping/browsing and a dayroom will be available before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the return international flight. End of Services