27 September 2016
This seven-day safari tour gets you up close to some of the planet's most spectacular wild animals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo, as well as taking in some spectacular natural landscapes, and including a trip to the foot of the world's largest extinct volcanic crater.
Your adventure begins as you depart Arusha this afternoon and pass through the Masai Steppe, past picturesque African villages and maize, coffee and banana plantations. Your destination is Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.
This morning you'll enjoy breakfast at the lodge before a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, where you can expect to see hippos, monkeys, lions, flamingos and a huge range of other birdlife. You'll return to the lodge for lunch before driving to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You'll stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge, from where you'll enjoy panoramic views across the Serengeti. Accommodation is in a series of traditional domed "rondavels", widely spaced throughout the grounds, shaded by acacia trees.
Today you'll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park, where you can expect to see all of "The Big Five" (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as wildebeest and their predators.
After breakfast this morning you'll depart for Ngorongoro, stopping en route for a picnic lunch before continuing to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The crater is a unique biosphere, home to 25,000 large mammals, including elephants, rhinos and lions. The atmospheric lodge takes its design inspiration from the nearby prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, with walls decorated with stylised cave paintings and lit by torches.
This morning you'll make the 2,000 foot descent into Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, to explore its forest, swamps, lakes and springs, grassland and sandy dunes. Here you'll enjoy a picnic lunch, served overlooking a small lake populated with hippos, before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon.
This morning you'll travel south-east, past Lake Manyara and Mto wa Mbu village, through wheat plains and coffee plantations, to Tarangire National Park. You'll enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge, where you'll have lunch and perhaps take a swim, before an afternoon game drive. Tarangire National Park is home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, as well as leopards and over 400 bird species.
Tarangire National Park to Arusha This morning you'll head north-east back to Arusha, where your tour comes to an end.
Standard fr £1721pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated