Big Mammals Safari– 6 days
The Big Mammals Safari is carefully designed to see the big mammals that are found in the Northern Circuit, for example elephants, rhinos and lions. This safari is focusing on wildlife viewing including the two of the most famous tourist destinations in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. These two destinations together are included in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World because of their unique eco-system, scenic views and diversity of wildlife. It also includes the Tarangire NP well known for higher concentration of elephants in Africa. The natural features of climate, vegetation, flora and fauna have barely changed over the past million years. Safari highlights include: Two and half days of Serengeti game viewing, a walking safari along the rim of the magnificent natural masterpiece: The Ngorongoro Crater. This will culminate in descending a half-mile into the crater that is 100 square miles in size and has 30,000 wildlife species within it that you can see at a relatively close but safe distance.
July 14, Aug 02, Sept 09
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will be doing the safari briefing while you are having dinner.
Lodging: African Tulip Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 2: Arusha City – Tarangire NP
Early breakfast then depart to Tarangire NP for game viewing. Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place.
Later in the evening proceed to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Maramboi Tented Lodge (3 Meals)
Day 3: Tarangire NP – Serengeti NP
After breakfast, we proceed to the endless Serengeti plains. The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, means
“endless plains”. You will see why once you see its ocean of grassland savannas, stretching to the horizon as far as the eye can see.
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and well preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth in the Serengeti is the “Great Migration,” for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous. The Great Migrations includes more than 2.5 million wildebeest driven by ancient rhythms and natural instincts following water sources in a clockwise cycle traveling 600 miles per year. The Serengeti is also the best destination for viewing big cats and other wildlife species. After a full day game drive in the Serengeti, we arrive at the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 Meals)
Day 4: Serengeti NP
Before breakfast, we depart for an early morning game drive and return later to the lodge for hot breakfast. After enjoying the leisurely morning, we depart with picnic lunch for a full day game drive.
The Serengeti plains are only interrupted by the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found. This is where you will most likely have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. We arrive at the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3Meals)
Day 5: Serengeti NP – Crater Rim Walking Safari
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch at a picnic site, you will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached though the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain. The Ngorongoro Crater’s caldera opens up a half mile below you when you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, which is a sight to behold. We will be getting out of our safari jeep for a walking safari along the crater’s rim. Afterwards, we will proceed to Karatu for dinner.
Lodging: Ngorongoro Farm House (3 Meals)
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of game viewing within the crater. Ngorongoro Crater was formed 3 million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. The crater’s ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.
It is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by 30,000 animals. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including giraffes, zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed safely at a relatively close range.
After lunch, we proceed Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to the next destination or back home.
What the Price Includes:
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (covering Emergency Ground Flying Doctors).
- 5-nights accommodation in hotels and other lodgings, as specified in the itinerary
- Meals as specified for each day of the itinerary
- Arusha accommodation on Bed & Breakfast
- Transportation by private FWD vehicle, equipped with roof hatches, VHF radio, and GSM contact with our base in Arusha
- Park and Crater entry fees
- The services of a professional safari guide
- Crater Rim Walking Safari
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- One (1) bottle of pure drinking water per day throughout the safari
What the Price Does not Includes:
- International airfare and other travel costs such as visas and vaccination fees, and additional travel insurance.
- Any increase in government taxes prior to the start of your trip
- All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, laundry, etc.)
- Gratitude for the safari guides (at your discretion)
- Optional Serengeti balloon safari
- Olduvai Gorge
- Holiday Supplement
NOTE: The cost to make any requested itinerary modifications or terminate the safari while in progress will be payable by the passengers concerned.