4 Day safari tour – Ngorongoro, The Serengeti, and Lake Manyara
4 Day safari tour through, Ngorongoro, The Serengeti, and Lake Manyara.
Rates: Quote upon request
About the Tour
This is a wonderful tour through the vast landscapes of Africa, you will enjoy spectacular game viewing as you travel from Ngorongoro to the Serengeti National Park and on to Lake Manyara National Park.
On this trip, you can look forward to luxurious stays at the many great lodes throughout the parks.
You will experience life in Africa up close and personal as you take cultural tours with the Maasai and the Mto wa Mbu tribes.
Best time: February to August
Day 1 Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater
Be ready for a bright and early start at 6:30 am, you will enjoy a spectacular descent into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game viewing. Here you can expect to be surrounded by thick lush vegetation where you may catch a glimpse of the great variety of birds that call the crayer home.
Among the many animals that live in the crater, you can expect to find, the endangered black rhino, the great African elephants and the “docile” hippo.
The more predatory animals include lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and leopards, these animals are the true rulers of the crater. You will break for a packed lunch at a picnic site. In the late evening, you will return to your luxurious tented campsite for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 2 Serengeti National Park
After a memorable breakfast, you will leave for a game drive on the vast plains of the Serengeti.
The drive will take you to the eastern regions of the acacia savannah, which is home to the Gol koppies, the world’s biggest Japanese rock garden. You can also expect to see some of the great herds and their predators moving through the area. You will break for a picnic lunch around 12:30 pm and thereafter you will continue with a late afternoon evening game drive to your tented campsite for the evening meal and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 3 Serengeti National park to Lake Manyara National Park
An early start at 6:30 am, after breakfast enjoy an early morning game drive in the Serengeti National park. From 9:30 am you will start your journey to Lake Manyara National Park. You will travel via the Maasai Village where you will be given the opportunity to experience the splendour of real African culture.
You will break for lunch in the heart of the culturally rich Maasai territory.
In the late afternoon arrive at Lake Manyara and enjoy an en-route game drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 4 Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha
After an early breakfast at 6:30 am enjoy a wonderful game drive through Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National park is famous for its lush vegetation and diverse wildlife. It is home to some of the more unorthodox preditors including Jackels, Bat-eared fox and the reclusive serval. It is also home to the great tree-climbing lions native to the area.
At 14:00 pm you will start the Mto wa Mbu cultural walk where you have the opportunity to see inside the personal lives of the Mto wa Mbu tribe, you will experience their exquisite craftmanship and unbelievably beautiful artworks, as well as getting to know the locals you will learn all about banana beer. The village will also provide a wonderful introduction to everyday life in Africa.
At 16:30 you will drive to Arusha where you will be transferred to the airport and back to your country.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
– Accommodation as stipulated in the Itinerary
– Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
– Transport on safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof
– All parks entrance fees
– Service of English speaking driver-guide
– Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day.
– Flight from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro Airport
– Salary for the Professional English driver-guide
– Government taxes and levies
Price Above Excludes:
– Airport transfers (can be arranged upon request)
– International and domestic flights and departure taxes
– Accommodation in Arusha before/after safari (can be arranged upon request)
– Easter and Christmas Holidays Surcharge
– Hot and cold drinks.
– Optional Hot Air Balloon ride over Serengeti
– Olduvai/Visit of Maasai Boma
– Optional flying doctors insurance (we can arrange upon request)
– Tips to the driver/guide and Cook.
– And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.
– Tourist visas
– Personal travel/medical insurance
– Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
– Any items of personal nature (laundry service, telephone/internet bills, souvenirs)
a Warm wake-up call consists of a fresh cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate followed by a full English or continental breakfast served in the main dining area. a Three course lunch will be served on your return to the camp and three course dinners are served each evening.
- Bush Picnic baskets – Can be arranged for longer game drives.
- Private Picnics
- Three Course Dinners
Activities and Wildlife
Game drives are the main attraction and they are perfect for finding large predators, such as lions and cheetah in safety.
The Mara Migration:
Approximately 260,000 zebra, 1.7 million wildebeest and roughly 470, 000 gazelle cross the majestic river giving birth to over 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period.
Fascinating facts about the migration:
- The migration may seem like a frenzy but research has shown, the wildebeest possess what is known as “swarm intelligence”. The Wildebeest systematically explore and overcome as one.
- Zebra and Wildebeest graze in harmony as they eat different parts of the same grass.
- Wildebeest have no natural leader resulting in the herd splitting up into smaller circles.
- There are more than 3,000 lions that follow the migration across the reserve.
The camp has an amazing variety of wildlife present in its surrounding area. Recently seen wildlife includes Buffalo, Hyena, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog and elephant. An interesting fact about the African Elephant is that it is the world’s largest land animal. The biggest can be up to 7.5 meters long and 3.3m high at the shoulder, weighing 6 Tonne. That is a jaw dropping 6000 kilograms. The Mara River is also home of the The Mara River crocodiles, the biggest crocodiles in Africa.
The bird life in the area is another beautiful sight to be seen, especially on the forest edge. Notable bird species (of the total 500) include Woodpeckers, the African Kingfisher, Grey breasted spurfowl, Kori bustard, Rufous-tailed weaver, Secretary bird and Fischer’s lovebird. Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds, and may have loud voices and a dramatic wooing display whilst the Fischer’s lovebird best known for their beautiful colouring and energetic nature.
- Viewing historical Maasai Paintings (rock paintings)
Maasai rock paintings are seen as ancient and were made using natural materials such as clay and ash. Some of the rock painting may be between 1500 and 7000 years old.
Interesting facts about the Maasai:
Maasai are best known for their beautiful beadwork. Young men spend hours and days working on elaborate hairstyles, which are ritually shaved as they pass into the next age group. Cattle are central to Maasai economy and are rarely killed as they are a sign of wealth. Traditional grazing lands span from central Kenya into central Tanzania.
- Hot air balloon trips
Organised upon request and can accommodate 16 people at a time. The additional charge includes champagne and a unique bush breakfast.
- The Serengeti Cheetah Project
Guests can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project by monitoring the cheetah of this vast national park. Your guide will introduce you to the cheetah’s habitat and teach you how to identify and photograph the cheetah. Your contribution to the project could uncover new movement patterns and aid the conservation project.