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Best of Tanzania: Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro[ Print this itinerary Print this itinerary ]

Experience the ultimate African Safari on this 6-day tour! Spot the Big Five at Serengeti, see the migratory birds and "tree climbing" lions of Lake Manyara, and trek down to the crater floor of Ngorongoro for a picnic lunch!
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  • Spot the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara
  • Game drives across Serengeti National Park
  • Spot the Big Five
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge
  • Day Trip to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater
Day 1 - Kilimanjaro International Airport to Lake Manyara National Park

Begin your safari adventure at Lake Manyara famous for its many flamingoes and tree-climbing lions.

Arrive at Kilimanjaro and transfer to Lake Manyara via Arusha. Arrive in time for dinner and spend the night at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Built in traditional African style, Serena Lodge offers stunning views overlooking Lake Manyara's pristine waters. Rooms are housed in traditional "rondavels" - circular, double-storied buildings with thatched roofs. These rondavels are placed along the edge of a cliff to offer the best possible views of the lake. Each spacious room has modern amenities and a small veranda. Don't forget to take a dip in the lodge's gorgeous infinity pool!

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Day 2 - Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park

Go on a game drive across Lake Manyara National Park observing migratory birds, elephants, hippos, and tree-climbing lions. Later, transfer to Serengeti National Park.

Lake Manyara National Park lies in the Arusha region of northern Tanzania. The park stretches across 330 sq km of which 230 sq km is the lake. The western edge of the Rift Valley Escarpment forms one of the borders of the park. Enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park whose varied habitats support inhabitants like elephants, hippos, monkeys, tree-climbing lions, flamingos, and many migratory birds.

In the afternoon, transfer to Serengeti National Park and check into Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge for the night. Located next to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend in completely with its surrounding. Rooms are again placed in traditional rondavels, cooled by surrounding acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams.Each room has a private balcony, spacious bedroom, and natural stone bathroom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Day 3 - Serengeti National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the endless plains of the Serengeti to see great herds of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles, or a pride of lions lounging in the shade!

Serengeti National Park, in the Serengeti area of Tanzania is the country's oldest national park. Measuring 14,763 sq km, it is renowned for the annual migration of over one and a half million white-bearded wildebeests, three hundred thousand Thomson's gazelles and over two hundred thousand zebras. The park is well known for its healthy population of the 'Big Five'. Due to the biodiversity and ecological significance of the area, the park has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Go on morning and afternoon safaris into the park with experienced guides, and return to your lodge for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Day 4 - Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Go on a game drive into a different area of Serengeti National Park and then visit Olduvai Gorge - the cradle of mankind. Transfer to Ngorongoro for the night.

Set out for a morning game drive to explore a new area of Serengeti National Park. Then drive to Olduvai Gorge - the cradle of mankind. Olduvai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that is 48 km long and stretches through eastern Africa. The site is known for British archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remains.

After spending time at Olduvai Gorge, continue driving to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and check in to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. This award-winning lodge is dramatically located on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. It has been designed to blend into its surroundings such that it is invisible when viewed from the crater below! Themed after the cradle of mankind, the lodge is adorned with prehistoric style paintings and lit by torches at night. Each room has its own rock-enclosed balcony to provide you with uninterrupted views of the crater.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 5 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Go on a day tour of Ngorongoro Crater today to explore its varied landscape.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Although commonly referred to as a crater, it is actually a caldera - a cauldron-like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption. The Ngorongoro Caldera is the largest unbroken, un-flooded caldera in the world. Ngorongoro offers some unique sights as you see herds of wild animals grazing on the crater floor.

Today you will descend 2000 feet (over 600m) to the floor of the crater for a day tour with a picnic lunch. Explore forest areas here that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, visit the lake area where you may see flamingos, and delight in the views of the open savannah where lions hunt for food.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Kilimanjaro International Airport

Your classic Tanzanian holiday comes to an end today as you transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park or reserve entry fees
  • Game drives /activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water during Safari
  • Taxes

What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Visas and Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Optional activities (if any)
  • Souvenirs
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any increase in taxes, fuel cost and emergency rescue costs
Moderate - Requires a spirit of adventure and some degree of fitness, as the trip might consist of many activities or long journeys. These adventures involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, or driving for long hours, at times for up to six to eight hours a day at a steady pace. The maximum altitude is 3000m, so it requires you to be reasonably physically fit. The trips are usually 6 to 12 days in duration.

The ‘Only Tigers’, a 11 day itinerary, is a perfect example of this activity level as it involves long journeys for up to eight hours a day and a bit of walking. Also, ‘Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya and Beyond ’, a 10 day itinerary is another example of this trip activity level.

You should be reasonably fit because you will be travelling in extreme weather conditions.
Other Activity Levels
Basic - Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing wildlife experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Certain trips involve safari drives for a maximum of five hours a day. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration.

The ‘Classic Yala Tour’, ‘Kenya Luxury’ and ‘Luxury in Botswana’ itineraries are the best examples of this activity level as you’ll have a relaxed holiday. These trips are mostly about culture and sightseeing. There will be exploring on foot and safaris drives involved as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
High - Fitness is vital at this level, as the environment traversed may be remote and challenging. These rugged experiences include long walks, trekking, cycling or rafting in isolated areas through variable weather conditions for up to eight to ten hours a day. These trips are usually 13 to 19 days in duration.

The ‘Ultimate Nepal Trekker’, is a good example of this trip activity level as it involves hiking and trekking for up to eight hours a day. Maximum altitude will be 4000m and you need to be very fit in order to withstand the weather conditions. Also, ‘Kilimanjaro Trek- Rongai route’ is another example that applies to this this activity level. Good physical condition is essential and previous hill-walking experience or preparation is advisable.
Advanced - At this level, PlanetWildlife recommends previous experience of the activity involved. These are our most challenging and advanced expeditions. They include long walks, cycling, trekking, hiking or rafting in variable weather conditions for more than ten hours a day. These trips may often be over 3 weeks in duration.

The ‘South Atlantic Odyssey’, a 31-day itinerary, is a perfect example of this trip activity level as it involves sailing for long hours in extreme weather conditions. Also, the ‘Snow Leopard Experience’ itinerary is another example which best suits this activity level. Ascents and descents are over 1000m at altitudes up to 6000m and the climate can be rigorous and challenging. Excellent physical condition and previous mountain trekking experience or appropriate preparation is essential.
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