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Travelling along the Rift Valley: Tanzania northern parks safaris itineraries
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Safari 808: accommodation in mid-specification lodges and tented camps
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Across the Rift Valley

Ngaresero waterfalls


Day 1
Visited Park: Lake Manyara National Park
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
A lush evergreen forest and large flocks of white pelicans, gray pelicans, flamingos, storks, cormorants beyond elephants, buffalos, giraffe and hippos ... if lucky tree-climbing lions.

Day 2:
Visited park: Ngorongoro crater
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
After breakfast you will depart with your guide and car to spend the day game driving into the famous caldera with picnic lunch. Since you can entirely dictate the pace you might decide to leave the crater as late as possible or to return to the lodge after the picnic to relax.

Day 3
Visited park: Serengeti central
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
In central Serengeti the progression of the dry season forces gazelles and antelopes to gather along the permanent water sources and rivers of Seronera which is now beginning to host what will soon become the highest concentration of lions, leopards and cheetahs of all Africa ...

Day 4
Visited park: Serengeti central and western corridor
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
Your game drive today will focus along the course of the Grumeti River and up to Kirawira where, if lucky, you might witness some crossings. The branches of the trees along the riverside are also home to white colobus monkeys and leopards while the river itself hosts huge Nile crocodiles and hippos ... you will then be back to Seronera to enjoy a last game drive at sunset along the permanent river courses.

Day 5
Visited park: Serengeti central and north-east.
Dinner and overnight: Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Another morning devoted to game driving in central Serengeti exploring at sunrise the river courses of Serenora, one of the most strategic area of the continent for leopard sightings, and moving after breakfast toward Lobo, in north-eastern Serengeti. Resident game in Lobo includes leopards, hyenas, klipspringers, giraffes, herds of buffaloes and some of the largest lions pride of Serengeti. Herds of elephants could also be encountered and sometimes, in June, you might also find here the head of the wildebeest migration heading to Serengeti Mara. Scenically Lobo is a very interesting area characterized by rolling hills, valleys and huge kopjes.

Day 6
Visited areas: Loliondo and Natron [hiking to the waterfalls]
Dinner and overnight: Natron Tented Camp
Today you will reach Natron passing throught the wild Loliondo territory. This five or six hours long transfer will deliver you an unforgettable picture of everyday life of the Masai and Sonjo people inhabiting the area ... Along the way you will encounter some villages, children with their cattle, masai warriors and masai women adorned of their typical beadworks. It is not rare to encounter as well young boys in a black drape and white-painted face meaning they have been circumcised and initiated to become warriors. From the Rift valley escarpment the track winds down through multicolored layers of solidified lava ranging from off-white to greenish-white, ocher and anthracite gray ... After checking-in at the camp, set on the lake shores, you will start hiking upstream the Ngaresero river reaching in about one hour and half the refreshing waterfalls and the natural pools where you can enjoy a cool bath ...

Day 7
Visited park: Natron [walk to the lake shores] and Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Walking towards the rising sun you will explore the southern shores of the lake in order to sigh the lesser flamingos flocks. Although you will not be able to get very close to them as they will inevitably move further as soon as the distance between you and them will be judged too short you can enjoy the beautiful lake scenery with the first pinkish daylight and the impressive view back over the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai. After breakfast you will leave for Tarangire National Park driving along a trail of glittering mica ... crossing rivers of solidified lava ... dry river-beds of seasonal streams that flow downstream from the Ngorongoro highlands ... and finally getting on site.

Day 8
Visited park: Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
The progression of the dry season forces all animals that had left the park in the previous months to come back. The first ones to return are elands and oryxes followed by a elephants, zebras, wildebeest and finally predators. In June the park will hardly reach the levels of concentration of the peak of the dry season [August - October] however sightings begin to get interesting and eased by a rather bare vegetation. Yesterday evening you should have discussed with your guide the plan for today and you might have opted for a full morning game drive returning to the lodge for lunch or for a game drive at sunrise returning for breakfast ... Huge and ancient baobab backdrop to the wild landscape characterized by rolling hills.

Day 9
Breakfast and enjoy your last game drive in Tarangire along the way to Arusha. Time permitting we can arrange the visit to a coffee plantation and hot lunch on site [that has to be requested at the time of booking].




2014 Price per pers. based on
2 travellers
Price per pers. based on
4 travellers
Price per pers. based on
6 travellers
June $ 3327 $ 2641 $ 2431


Price includes:

Private driver guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use
Accommodation in double
Full Board basis [excluded beverages]
Water [1,5 Lt. per person per day], tea and coffee during game drives
Park fees and conservancy fees
Natron, Longido and Engaruka village fees
Walking to Ngaresero waterfall with masai guide
Walking to lake Natron southern shores with Masai guide
AMREF urgent evacuation cover

Price excludes:
Medical expenses insurance
Beverages except where otherwise stated
Entry Visa
Tips

Extras on request:
Activities combinable with your safari;


Private guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use.

Accommodation in mid specification facilities except at Lake Natron where you will overnight in a pretty spartan camp however able to cater for all essential needs.

At Lake Manyara: dense groundwater forest, baboons and blue monkeys, buffaloes, elephants and other herbivores, large flocks. If lucky tree-climbing lions.

In western Serengeti: migratory herds of wildebeest and zebras. The lucky ones of you will assist to the crossings of the River home to huge Nile crocodiles and hippos. Great variey of birds, leopards and black and white colobus monkeys; beautilful landscapes, antelopes, gazelles and predators in the surrounding plains...

In central Serengeti: plenty of gazelles; high concentration of cats and in particular leopards, lions and cheetahs ... hyenas, jackals, vultures and marabou ... herbivores and other resident species including the little Bat-eared Fox.

In western-central Serengeti: huge scenic kopjes, herds of buffaloes, lions and smallers cats such as serval and caracal, if lucky ... rhinos !

In north-eastern Serengeti: scenic landscapes, large lions pride, cheetahs and leopards, herds of buffalo, gazelles and antelopes and occasionally herds of elephants.

In Natron and Loliondo: snapshots of the daily life of the Masai and Sonjo people, lunar landscapes, great variety of birds and flocks of flamingos, walking and hiking to the waterfalls, bathing in the natural pools, imposing views of the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai.

In Tarangire: huge baobab, families of elephants, fringed eared oryx, elands, kudu, gazelles, zebras and giraffes. If lucky also, lions, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs.

In the Ngorongoro crater: zebras, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions and cheetahs ... Leopards if lucky along ith serval cats.