Day 1: Depart Arusha – Tarangire National Park
On this day you leave Arusha town; the base town for safaris in the northern Tanzania and along the Arusha – Dodoma highway a scenic drive towards the Tarangire National Park. You will pass by a supermarket (if you wish) for some last minute shopping of any personal effects that you may need then drive through a scenic Masai Steppe and arrive at Tarangire in 2 hours time or so. Your driver will take care of the paper work at the park’s gate then you will embark on your first game drive in the Tarangire National Park famous for its large herds of elephants and large baobab trees that dot the grassland. Lunch will be at a designated picnic site then afternoon game drives until sunset time to check in at a lodge / camp for overnight.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park to the Serengeti National Park
From the Tarangire National Park we depart early after breakfast and head across the Great Rift Valley’s floor, up the escarpment and traverse the Ngorongoro Conservation area in what will ultimately end up being a pleasant and enjoyable scenic drive as you enjoy the beautiful scenery and breathtaking vistas on your way to the Serengeti National Park. Arrive the Serengeti in the afternoon for an afternoon game drive until late in the afternoon when you will check in at a camp or lodge for campfire, dinner and overnight. Lunch is taken at one of the Picnic sites most likely at the Naabi Hill Gate where you will also get the chance to stretch your legs as your guide sorts out the registration and relevant paperwork.
Day 3: Full day at the Serengeti National Park.
On this day you can wake up early for a sunrise game drive to try and catch up with the rare nocturnal animal species as well as the early risers among the diurnal ones. It is a nice time to see animals within a close distance as most game like to line up at the road sides to escape the morning dew. After breakfast at your camp you will then spend the day doing game drives for the whole day within the Serengeti National Park. The name Serengeti comes from a Maasai word ‘Siringit’ meaning plains without end and true to the name you will explore vast stretches of African Savannah in search of the many animals that Serengeti has to offer. Apart from the wildebeests you expect to spot other animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, the elusive leopards, zebras, elands and a lot of resident and migratory birds.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater.
Breakfast at your camp / or lodge then we check out and head out for one more last game drive in the Serengeti. You will explore the Seronera River Valley rich in wildlife and bird life or anywhere else in the Serengeti as per your professional safari guide’s guidance. Your safari guide as usual will be in constant contact with other guides around through the VHF high frequency radios fitted in our safari cars so he will have a better idea on the best places to explore. Later in the afternoon you will drive back to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and check in at a lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – back to Arusha – End of safari
Breakfast at your lodge you will descend early into the Crater floor for game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater. The earlier you descend to the Crater floor so you may descend after breakfast or even with a packed breakfast in order to be at the Crater floor as early as you can and better your chances of seeing the rare animals like Black Rhinos with a little luck. Spend the better part of the morning exploring the Ngorongoro Crater until lunch time. Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 to 650 meter high walls is like a natural zoo with the highest concentration of wild animals and it is here where you can even spot the Big Five even in one day if lucky enough. After picnic lunch which you will most likely take at the hippo poolside designated picnic site, you will drive up the Crater rim and out of the Conservation area. You will return to Arusha where you will arrive later in the afternoon. Breakfast and Lunch included