Trip reference number: ITN-TZA013
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
The great Serengeti migration is a breathtaking spectacle of 1.7 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of plains game searching for fresh grass. This is also when calving season begins. The best time to see this natural phenomenon is between January – March and again in November and December when they return from the Masai Mara of Kenya.
This popular holiday takes you to Tarangire National Park famous for its baobab trees and huge number of elephants. Enjoy the beautiful scenes of the breathtaking Lake Manyara stretching out in front of you along the Rift Valley, the clear blue water meeting with the volcanic peak horizon. Your guide will take you on two full days of game viewing in the Central Serengeti, an area rich in game and wildlife year round.
To finish this incredible holiday, trade in the dry golden plains of the Serengeti for the Ngorongoro Crater, nicknamed ‘Africa's Garden of Eden'. The world's largest intact and un-flooded caldera is dense with flora and fauna, encompassing six distinct habitats and dozens of species. Join ostriches, bull elephants, spotted hyena, lions and buffalo, amongst many others, in this unique wildlife haven.
Day 1 Depart from the UK on an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Day 2 You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport and taken into the warm sultry air of Tanzania’s summer to a hearty welcoming Jambo from your guide. Set off in your private 4x4 safari vehicle with your driver/guide for the 3-4 hour journey to Tarangire National Park. Marvel at the towering termite mounds rising like citadels from the red earth of Tarangire. Impressive Baobabs dot the plains, antelope step daintily through the grasslands and year-round river elephant sightings are consistently rewarding. Picnic lunch in the park. In the late afternoon exit the park and head up the Rift Valley wall to Karatu, your base for the next two nights. You will stay at Plantation Lodge, one of the charming characterful farmhouses dotted within this fertile plain. Dinner and a restful night sleep.
Day 3 We suggest a lie-in and leisurely breakfast. Mid morning, set off with your guide for the short drive into Lake Manyara National Park. The prettiest of Tanzania’s National Parks, Manyara is largely made up of a vast soda lake, which attracts hundred of species of bird. Elegant flamingos tip toe in the shimmering waters, ever entertaining warthogs dart around with their tails erect like little aerials and hippos do what they do best: wallow. Picnic lunch in the park. Return to Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Depart after breakfast to ascend the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater, skirt the crater rim and then descend down the western slope and onto the Serengeti Plains. You are based for three nights at Chaka Camp, a permanent camp perfectly located in the Central Serengeti area, allowing for year round game viewing Dinner and sleep to the sounds of wildlife around you.
Day 5 Two full days on safari in the Central Serengeti are. Set off with picnic lunches each day for uninterrupted game-drives or let your guide know if you would prefer to return to camp for lunch. Many film crews choose this time of year to shoot wildlife documentaries as game viewing in the southern Serengeti during migration and calving season is truly exceptional. The female wildebeest are drawn to this area by the particular grasses found here; they are high in calcium and magnesium, essential for calving and milk production. Wildebeest calving can begin anytime between January-March. More than 750,000 females will drop their calves usually within a 3-week period of time, so predator versus prey activity is at a peak.
Day 7 Leaving the vast plains of the Serengeti behind commence the return journey ascending the Ngorongoro Crater once more, and then descend onto the crater floor for an afternoon game viewing in this impressive intact caldera, abundant with wildlife. Your final night in Tanzania is spent at Ngorongoro Farmhouse, where you enjoy a delicious dinner and local ‘kahawa’ - coffee.
Day 8 Morning at leisure and an early lunch before being driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the early evening flight to Nairobi and onwards overnight flight to London.
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