|(Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park)
Day One: Lake Manyara National Park
Leave Arusha after breakfast for an all day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara, a Rift Valley chain lake, is nestled at the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment and is surrounded by a lush tropical forest filled with towering mahogany and fig trees. During the game drive, visit the park's five different vegetation zones and spend time at the lakeshore viewing magnificent birds. Encounter baboon, giraffe, hippopotamus, elephant, and buffalo. If lucky, you may glimpse Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions.
Overnight at Panorama Campsite. The private campsite overlooks Lake Manyara National Park and the Rift Valley. You will have your own private canvas tent. The site has several sitting areas, showers and bathrooms, a bar, and kitchen.
Day Two: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park for an all day game drive. Chat with Maasai herdsmen along the way and eat a picnic lunch. Serengeti National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is a vast and beautiful expanse of 5,600 square miles, which supports the largest concentration of plain game in the world. Famous for its gregarious procession of millions of wildebeest and zebra that takes place from December to August, the Serengeti attracts thousands of visitors each year. The migration offers excellent opportunities to view animal behavior due to the abundance of both predators and prey. Common animals are wildebeest, cheetah, zebra, lion, giraffe, and many antelopes.
Spend the night at Ikoma Bush Camp. The campsite is located in a secluded area on the edge of the Serengeti. There will not be many tourists at this campsite, and you can expect a more peaceful atmosphere than is offered by the campsites in the center of the park. The campsite is situated in an acacia grove and offers excellent opportunities for birdwatching.
Day Three: Serengeti National Park
Spend all of day three in Serengeti National Park viewing animals such as hippo, cape buffalo, giraffe, cheetah and lion. The Serengeti region encompasses Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. During day three, journey to pools and less well-traveled areas of the Serengeti. Return to Ikoma Bush Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day Four: Serengeti to Ngorongoro
After an early breakfast, leave with all of your belongings for a final game drive in the Serengeti. Drive to Grumet River to spend time watching bird and water life. We will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and may be lucky enough to see a crocodile hunt a wildebeest. Continue on a game drive and eat a packed lunch in the Serengeti.
After lunch drive to Ngorongoro Crater. We'll make sure to get you to the crater rim Simba Campsite in time for the spectacular sunset. Simba Campsite overlooks the crater and offers breathtaking views. Be sure to bring warm clothes for this night as very cold temperatures can be experienced on the crater rim.
Day Five: Ngorongoro Crater
A full day in the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater awaits. After descending 2000 feet to the crater floor, view the various resident animals on the crater floor. The largest unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro has an area of 260 kilometers and a depth of 610 meters. The crater provides a protected habitat for thousands of mammals and birds. The entire day is spent on the crater floor viewing lion, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, black rhinoceros, and many species of small antelopes. During some seasons, the soda lake on the crater floor is crowded with flamingo and other water birds. You may also see Maasai herdsmen grazing their cattle in the crater.
Enjoy your picnic lunch on the crater floor where Black Kites feed on tourists' leftovers. Lunch offers an excellent opportunity to view the behavior of birds and observe the forest elephants that usually feed in the marsh near the picnic area. After lunch, continue on a game drive to spot the most elusive of the Big Five, rhinoceros and leopard. Overnight at Simba Campsite.
Day Six: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire to discover the giant termite mounds and baobab trees of Tarangire. This park, which is home to thousands of elephant, sports a particularly dense wildlife population between June and October. In the dry season, game congregates along the river having migrated from the Maasai Mara. The vegetation of this park consists of open acacia woodland dotted with many baobab trees. Tarangire is an ornithologists paradise, offering an incredible diversity of avifauna. Overnight at Tarangire Campsite, enjoying the privacy of the secluded camp.
Day Seven: Tarangire National Park to Arusha
Spend much of day seven in Tarangire following elephants and lions. Leave the park in the afternoon for Arusha. Pass by shops to purchase souvenirs on the way back to Arusha. Dinner and overnight in Arusha. Buffalo Tours staff assist with next travel plans.
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