Mara River Crossing– 8 days
Mara River Crossing Safari is primarily focusing on “ Great Migration” when crossing the Mara River to the Maasai Mara in the southern Kenya and back Serengeti. The best time to seeing the crossing is between late July and September. Over 2.5 million wildebeest accompanied by zebras and gazelles cross backward and forth Mara River during this times of the year. Seeing the crossing a guarantee because of climate change that we have no control of it but once your confirm your booking our experts will advise you the best dates apart from the when mentioned below. This safari also includes the visit to Mto Wa Mbu cultural village and crater rim walk.
July 24, September 14
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary
Lodging: African Tulip Hotel (Breakfast)
Day 2: Arusha City – Mto Wa Mbu Biking Excursion – Manyara National Park
You will depart early to Lake Manyara National Park for biking excursion in Mto Wa Mbu village followed by hot local lunch. After lunch, we will proceed to Manyara NP for game drive. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow that flamingos’ feed upon. Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles. Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks also live in this park.
If you are not interested in biking you can choose one of the activities below;
• Forest Hike (2.5 to 3hrs)
• Nature Walk (1hr to 1.5hrs)
• Village Walk (2.5 to 3hrs)
• Lake Manyara Canoeing (weather permitting (2.5 to 3hrs)
Late in the evening drive to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Karatu Country Lodge (3 Meals)
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we proceed to the endless Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. 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 your eye can see. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most 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.
Late in the evening drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 Meals)
Day 4: Serengeti Central – Serengeti North
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch to northern Serengeti following the great migration at Mara River. The game drive will be along the Mara River and other interesting place in the north where the big groups of wildebeests will be at that particular period. After the full day of game drive, we will drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Serengeti Wilderness Camp (3 Meals)
Day 5: Northern Serengeti
Full day of game drive along Mara River following the great migration; arrive at the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Serengeti Wilderness Camp (3 Meals)
Day 6: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch, we will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, the crater appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze at this jaw dropping natural wonder. The Ngorongoro Crater opens up a half mile below you from its rim. When you reach its edge and view its 100 square mile expanse, it is a sight to behold.
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera formed three million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain.
We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge (3 Meals)
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater –Tarangire NP
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater was formed over 3 million years ago. It is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest you will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.
After lunch, ascend and proceed to Tarangire for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Lodging: Maramboi Tented Camp (3 Meals)
Day 8 – Tarangire NP – Kilimanjaro International Airport
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 get transferred to 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)
- 7-nights accommodation in hotels and other lodgings, as specified in the itinerary
- Meals as specified for each day of the itinerary
- Transportation by private FWD vehicle, equipped with roof hatches, VHF radio, and GSM contact with our base in Arusha
- The services of a professional safari guide
- Park and Crater entry fees
- Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Activity and local lunch
- 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.
- Optional Serengeti balloon safari
- USD $539 per person), 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)
- Olduvai Gorge ($20 per person)