Safari to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park
Take a private safari to the best of all the east African national parks. Depending on the time of year, you’ll have the chance to see the great migration in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; furthermore you will enjoy a spectacular game drive to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater which is considered to be one of the Natural Wonders of Africa, and UNESCO World Heritage.
The tour starts from Zanzibar at the Zanzibari Hotel and ends with a return trip back on Zanzibari Island at the Zanzibari Hotel.
Along the way you’ll have countless adventures in your own animal tracking vehicle, traveling the wild African savanna in search of big game. If you’re a nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don’t want to miss!
Itinerary Day Description
Day 1: Depart Zanzibar – Kilimanjaro Airport / (Arusha) – Serengeti National Park
Endless Plains of the Serengeti
Early morning wake-up with coffee from the Zanzibari Hotel, drive to Zanzibar Airport for your domestic flight to Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport (Arusha Airport), meet and greet your professional driver guide. Your driver guide shall give you a briefing of your safari trip.
With packed lunch boxes, you will start on your way to the Serengeti National Park, before you go further, you will have a stopover at Ngorongoro Conservation area for a short visit to see the original Masai tribe and how their way of life.
This place is known as ‘Masai Boma’ (means Masai village home). The stop over at Masai Boma visit shall take you 20 to 30 minutes time depending on your interest. See below some details of this place from photos.
We hope you will be pleased to visit and see this place, also to get to know the Masai people’s culture, tradition and their history behind to why they still conserve and respect their original culture since the very beginning with very little changes.
It will be time to head further into Naabi Hill gate to Serengeti National Park, with a stopping point for a picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping). You pass through green savannah where elephants and giraffes roam, through a stretch of territory which is rarely visited by travelers, to reach the central Serengeti.
The name Serengeti comes from the Masai word, “Siringet” referring to an endless plain. As you traverse the park, you’ll begin to understand the reason behind this name. Once you’ve seen enough game for the day, it will be on to your nearby lodge in time for dinner.
Diner and overnight Accommodation at Serengeti Acacia camp in Serengeti National Park (meals on full board basis)
Day 2: Full day Game drives in the Serengeti National Park
Great Wildebeest Migration
If you rise early you can take a morning game drive through the park to see the nocturnal predators returning from their nightly hunt and animals waking up in the early morning light.
Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species.
More likely good chances in August each year, you will drive further North of Serengeti National Park to Mara River to witness the Great Wildebeest migration crossing Mara river to.
Your driver will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. You will then head back to your lodge for another night.
There is an optional hot-air balloon safari (not included in the package price), which will take place in the morning, just as the sun rises. You’ll float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon; at times he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti.
After the landing you celebrate with champagne and a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style. After breakfast you receive your Serengeti balloon certificate and drive back to your lodge or proceed with your day’s activities and game drives around the Serengeti.
2nd Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Acacia camp in Serengeti National Park (meals on full board basis)
Day 3: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
Early morning check-out from your lodge and drive to Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater – Natural Wonders
Upon arrival at Ngorongoro you will descend into the crater floor for a wonderful game drive and picnic lunch. The inside of the Ngorongoro Crater is often described as one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for one of Africa’s most dense animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can still be observed in its natural setting.
As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater because of its 2,000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck, the ‘Big Five’ can all be spotted in a single game drive.
Enjoy the game drive on the crater floor until before 5pm when you will be supposed to ascent on the crater walls to your lodge for dinner and overnight accommodation at either Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge which is located on the rim of the crater (inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority)
Standard Accommodation at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge meals on full board basis
Alternative accommodation at Karatu Acacia Farm Lodge – note; this lodge is located outside Ngorongoro Conservation area (in the famous town of Karatu)
Dinner and overnight accommodation at Karatu Acacia Farm Lodge (all meals included)
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha) – Zanzibar Island
Out of Tanzania mainland
Today you will have to bid a fond farewell to Tanzania. At the appropriate time you will be driving to Arusha for your flight to Zanzibar Island.
Upon arrival on Zanzibar Airport, you will meet your driver and drive to the Zanzibari Boutique Hotel for your further stay.
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