Day 1: Mount Meru
On arrival you'll be personally met and escorted to Mountain Village Lodge, a lovely African lodge overlooking Lake Duluti in the foothills of Mount Meru. For those arriving early, a variety of activities can be booked at the hotel tour desk.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
From Arusha you will be met and depart, with a picnic lunch, for Lake Manyara National Park and a short game drive. In the early evening continue up the Rift Valley escarpment to Kirurumu Tented Lodge, which is set upon the edge of the Great Rift Valley and enjoys commanding and panoramic views of Lake Manyara and the surrounding area.
Days 3, 4 & 5: Serengeti National Park
Leave camp after breakfast for the drive to the Serengeti National Park, passing through farmland and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Stop first at Olduvai Gorge to enjoy a picnic lunch and brief tour where so many precious finds of early man were discovered. In the afternoon, continue game viewing in the Serengeti.
Undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, the Serengeti is home to the highest density of game in Africa as well as being unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value. Daily game-drives exploring the wide-open spaces of the Serengeti, visiting different habitats and following the ebb and flow of life in its seasonal movements. Three nights in a luxury lodge or tented camp chosen to optimize your game viewing.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania’s ‘secret garden’ which contains a hidden world of teeming wildlife. Descend 2000 feet from the lush rain forest on the rim to the open savannah and the Lehai acacia woodland on the crater floor for an afternoon of game viewing with a picnic lunch. Drive back up to the crater rim in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight at our selected Ngorongoro Lodge.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast leave for a full day in the crater following and photographing the animals. At lunch time relax with a picnic. Leave about 1600 hours for the 2-hour drive to Gibb's Farm in time for a hot shower before dinner.
Day 8: Return to Arusha
In the morning return to Arusha, with lunch at a popular local restaurant and day accommodations at the Kilimanjaro Airport Hotel before a late transfer to the airport for the departures home.
Special Note: You can either precede this safari with a Kilimanjaro climb, or EVEN join a Kilimanjaro climb post this safari