Day 1: Pick up at your hotel in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport then drive to Lake Eyasi. Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. The Hadzabe are the indigenous inhabitants of the lake. They are found along most of the perimeter. The Datooga inhabit the Yaeda Valley to the southeast, the Isanzu the south, and the Sukuma across the Sibiti River in the southwest. The Iraqw traditionally lived on the other side of Yaeda, but have come in increasing numbers to the Baray, which is now the primary onion-growing region of East Africa. Dinner and Overnight at Camp or Lodge.
Day 2: After breakfast we will drive to Serengeti National Park, have picnic lunch at Nabii gate then arrive with an afternoon game drive. This is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. Also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a worldwide wonder. The Serengeti is framed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plainsas more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 thomsons gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Even when the migration is quite, Serengeti National park offers arguably the most scintillating game viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephants and giraffe, the thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Dinner and Overnight at Camp or Lodge.
Day 3&4: Today we will have a full day game drive in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch provided. The park covers 14,750 square kilometres (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. To the southeast of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the southwest lies Maswa Game Reserve, to the west are the Ikorongo and Grumeti Game Reserves, and to the northeast and east lies the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem.
The park is usually described as divided into three regions
Serengeti plains: the almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals – zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, waterbuck – also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. “Kopjes” are granite florations that are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons.
Western corridor: the black clay soil covers the savannah of this region. The Grumeti River and its gallery forests is home to Nile crocodiles, patas monkeys, hippopotamus, and martial eagles. The migration passes through from May to July.
Wildebeest on the main highway of the Western Corridor
Northern Serengeti: the landscape is dominated by open woodlands (predominantly Commiphora) and hills, ranging from Seronera in the south to the Mara River on the Kenyan border. Apart from the migratory wildebeest and zebra (which occur from July to August, and in November), this is the best place to find elephant, giraffe, and dik dik. Dinner and Overnight at Camp or Lodge.
Day 5: We will have a sunrise game drive, breakfast then drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Upon arrival at your camp or lodge the day will be spent at leisure. In the evening have a guided Maasai village tour.
Day 6: After an early morning breakfast, we will drive to Ngorongoro crater gate to descend inside the crater for a full day game drive with picnic lunch provided. The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500 to 5,800 metres (14,800 to 19,000 feet) high. The elevation of the crater floor is 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) above sea level. The Crater was voted by Seven Natural Wonders as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in Arusha. Approximately 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates, live in the crater. Large animals in the crater include the black rhinoceros, the African buffalo or Cape buffalo, and the hippopotamus. There also are many other ungulates: the blue wildebeest, Grant’s zebra, the common eland, and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles. Waterbucks occur mainly near Lerai Forest. There are no topis or crocodiles. Impala are absent because the open woodland they prefer does not exist. Giraffe also are absent, possibly because of a lack of browse species. Tanzanian cheetah, East African wild dog and African leopard are rarely seen. Dinner and Overnight at Camp or Lodge.
Day 7: Have a sunrise game drive, drive to the camp for breakfast then drive back o Arusha. Drop off at your accommodation or Kilimanjaro Airport.
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