Visit the best of northern Tanzania’s national parks, staying at a range of safari lodges and camps, including one perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Led by Peter Lindstrom, an outstanding and knowledgeable guide, this small group tour offers a unique experience in northern Tanzania, incorporating three distinct wildlife reserves.
The tour begins in the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, where amidst mahogany and sausage trees you will find a diversity of wildlife; the area is a sanctuary for hippo, giraffe and impala, as well as remarkable birdlife, including stunning pink flamingos which can be seen in sizeable flocks. During your stay at Lake Manyara, you will also be accompanied by Africa expert Rupert Finch Hatton.
The next stop is Ngorongoro, home to a huge volcanic crater which encloses large concentrations of plains game. Among the 25,000 large mammals that are found in the crater, you may see black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, hippo, blue wildebeest, Grant’s zebra, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, waterbuck or even Masai lion.
The final stop of the tour is the extraordinary Serengeti National Park, known as one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. Meaning ‘endless plains’ and equal in size to Northern Ireland, the park contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in the Great Migration.
Depart London on an overnight flihgt to Kilimanjaro.
Lake Manyara National Park
On arrival in Kilimanjaro you will be met by both Peter Lindstrom and Rupert Finch-Hatton, and transferred to your accommodation in Lake Manyara National Park - the drive will be a safari across the Maasai Plains, to the Kirurumu Manyara Lodge perched on the edge of the rift valley escarpment. Manyara is a sanctuary for hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra, plus its most famous residents - tree-climbing lions, although lions are rarely seen nowadays.
After lunch at the lodge, you have the option to spend the afternoon at leisure or to join a Masai guide on an ethno botanical walk on the edge of the escarpment.
Accommodation: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, 3-nights
Lake Manyara National Park
Two full days are spent exploring the contrasting habitats within Lake Manyara National Park. The lake itself, which stretches for 50 kilometres offers fantastic birdlife with more than 400 species recorded, while the floodplains and groundwater forest are home to a diversity of mammals including baboon, blue monkey, bushbuck, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe.
Drive to Ngorongoro to spend two days game viewing on the floor of the volcanic crater. The crater encloses the largest concentration of plains animals in Africa, with up to 25,000 large mammals. During one afternoon, you will be introduced to a Masai guide and armed ranger who will take you on a remarkable walk through the area’s picturesque hills.
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, 2-nights
Drive to the Serengeti
Travel to the short grass plains of southern Serengeti stopping at Olduvai Gorge– one of the world’s most famous fossil and archaeological site, to visit the Leakey Museum, which houses paleoanthropological research and artefacts from the region. Continue to your camp, game viewing on the way, before arriving late afternoon.
Accommodation: Kirurumu Serengeti Camp, 4-nights
Serengeti National Park
The next three days spent in the Serengeti National Park are filled with game viewing activities, exploring the vast, wide open spaces. Visit an array of different habitats, and follow the seasonal movements of the Great Migration.
Fly to Arusha and depart
Transfer to the nearby airstrip for a quick scheduled flight to Arusha. You will be met on arrival and taken to a local restaurant for lunch. There will be time to go sightseeing in Arusha town, and day rooms are available at a nearby hotel before an evening departure from Kilimanjaro.