Serengeti and the Crater – 5 days
Serengeti & the Crater safari is designed to see the two of the most famous tourist destinations in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. These two destinations are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, because of their unique eco-system, scenic views and diversity of wildlife. The natural features of climate, vegetation, flora and fauna have barely changed over the past million years. Highlights of this safari includes: Visiting Olduvai Gorge, the archeological site that led to the Serengeti being referred to as “the birthplace of humanity,” two and half days of Serengeti game viewing and a walking safari to stretch while climbing along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. This will culminate in descending into the crater a half-mile below to see some of its 25,000 wildlife species close up.
June 07, Aug 22, November 02
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City
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 – 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.
After lunch, you can choose to visit Olduvai Gorge where the famous archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered evidence of the oldest prehistoric human civilization and a human skull dating back 1.8 million years ago with additional cost of $30 per person. There is also a small museum that documents their work. If you would prefer not visiting Olduvai Gorge your game drive will be extended in the Serengeti Plain
Afterwards, we proceed further into to the Serengeti’s endless plains.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 meals)
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
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. Only the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations created by the weathering of granite outcrops, interrupt the Serengeti Plain landscape. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found and you will have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth that takes place 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 rotation traveling 1,800 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 a hot dinner.
Lodging: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 meals)
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Crater Rim Walking Safari
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 Karatu for dinner.
Lodging: Ngorongoro Farm House (3 meals)
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a half-day of 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, we proceed to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your next destination or back home. (Breakfast and lunch)
What the Price Includes:
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (covering Emergency Ground Flying Doctors).
- 4-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
- 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 Include:
- International airfare and other travel costs such as visas and vaccination fees, and additional travel insurance.
- Optional Serengeti balloon safari
- 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)
NOTE: The cost to make any requested itinerary modifications or terminate the safari while in progress will be payable by the passengers concerned.