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Safari 809: accommodation in mid-specification lodges and tented camps

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Momela Lakes, Arusha National Park


Seronera, Serengeti centrale

Moru Kopjes, Serengeti centro-occidentale

Day 1 and 2
Visited park: West Kilimanjaro
Dinner and overnight: Ndarakwai ranch
In these two days you will explore a territory dominated by the majestic Kilimanjaro Mountain. If you love trekking you cross the rainforest and reach the Shira plateau and the moor at 3400 m. Alternatively you might opt for a nature walk at the foot of the volcano or interact with the Masai people ... Sunrise and sunset are the best time of the day to see the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3
Visited Park: Arusha National Park
Focus on: canoe safari
Dinner and overnight: River Trees
After breakfast you will continue your trip through the wilderness finally reaching Arusha National Park which landscape is dominated by the Mount Meru [4566 m.] the second highest peak of Tanzania. You will explore the park by car but also by and canoe which allows you to closely approach the lake shores without frightening animals who drink and to sight the multitude of waterfowls ... If water is not your element then iyou might opt for a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger.

Day 4
Visited Park: Lake Manyara National Park
Dinner and overnight: Tloma Mountain Lodge
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 5
Visited park: Serengeti central and south-eastern
Dinner and overnight: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Rainfall patterns can vary every year but the second half of May usually marks out the beginning of the dry season and that is the time to normally witness endless columns of migratory wildebeest moving westwards. At the same time the progression of drought starts to trigger gazelles and their predators close to the permanent water streams of Seronera, the Serengeti central valley ...

Day 6
Visited park: Serengeti western corridor
Dinner and overnight: Mbalageti
Early morning game drive in order to witness nature lit up by the gentle glow of rays at dawn and then depart to the Grumeti Valley [Serengeti western corridor] up to Kirawira where, normally starting from mid of May, herds start to mass up along the river banks and where, if lucky, you might witness to some early crossings ... along the way you will divert to the Musabi plains ... beyond wildebeest migratory herds these plains should host a good deal of resident wildlife including the largest population of topi antelope left in Africa ...

Day 7
Visited park: Serengeti western corridor and central
Dinner and overnight: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Your guide will advice you on the areas to best explore.
The Dutwa plains surrounding the lodge could be packed full of wildebeest herds and, if that is the case, also host a concentration of predators higher than normal. In such an eventuality you might consider to leave the lodge at 6 am with packed breakfastand spend the whole morning around here. Instead should herds have already started to mass up along the river or should crossings already occur you might prefer to enjoy an early morning game drive in the Dutwa plains and after breakfast depart to Kirawira. The banks of the Grumeti river are also home to huge Nile crocodiles, hippos, leopards, black and white colobus monkeys. Alternatively you might depart after breakfast with picnic lunch to the Lake Victoria shores, visit a local fishermen village and enjoy some fishing ...

Day 8
Visited Park: Serengeti western-central and Lake Ndutu
Dinner and overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Enjoy an early morning game drive along the river courses of Seronera perhaps the most strategic location in Africa to sight leopards. After breakfast you will game drive to Ndutu passing by some of the most beautiful granites formation in Serengeti where, if lucky you might also spot rhinos ... once in Ndutu enjoy some off-tracks game drive in a virtually private Serengeti ...

Day 9
Visited park: Ngorongoro crater
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
Today you will explore the famous caldera, one of the most fascinating places of Africa. Thanks to the variety of habitats [long and short grasses savannahs, acacia forest, woodland, clearings, swamps, freshwater and soda lakes] it hosts all year round about 30.000 animals ...

Day 10
Breakfast and return back to Arusha. Time permitting visit Mto wa Mbu market or enjoy a visit to a coffee plantation with hot lunch [the visit to the coffee plantation 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
West Kilimanjaro
May $ 3641 $ 2913 $ 2671

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
Canoe Safari at Arusha N. P.
Walking safari in West kilimanjaro
Masai settlement visit in West Kilimanjaro
AMREF urgent evacuation cover

Price excludes:
Shira Plateau hiking supplement: usd 183 per person based on two travellers; usd 137 per person based on four travellers and usd 121 per person based on six travellers.
Reduction for walking safari instead than canoeing in Arusha NP: usd 55 per person
Medical expenses insurance
Beverages except where otherwise stated
Entry Visa

Extras on request:
Activities combinable with your safari;

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

Accommodation in mid and upper-mid specification facilities.

n West Kilimanjaro: naturalistic walking safari and visit to a Masai settlement. Alternatively Shira Plateau daily trekking at 3400 m.

At Arusha National Park: canoe safari in the Small Momela Lake, multitude of giraffes, white colobus monkeys, great variety of resident and migratory waterfowl. Alternatively walking safari with armed ranger.

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

In central Serengeti: hippos and crocs in the pools, scattered groups of wildebeest and zebra, giraffes, gazelles, herds of buffaloes, antelopes and predators hence leopards, lions and cheetahs, jackals and spotted hyenas, if lucky ... rhinos !

In western Serengeti: endelss columns of migratory wildebeest moving westwards from central Serengeti, if lucky early crossings of the Grumeti River. Leopards, black and white colobus monkeys, Nile crocodiles and hippos along the Grumeti river, hervivores and their predators in the surrounding plains. Optional excursion to Lake Victoria.

In Ndutu: lots of birds including flamingos, off-tracks game driving, herbivors and predators including one of the most relevant population of cheetahs of Serengeti. If lucky you might also spot african wild dogs, caracals, serval and the most elusive striped hyena.

Landscape in transition from brillant green hues to yellow, flowers and butterflies, heavy downpours lasting 30 - 60 minutes are likely to occur above all in the first half of the month normally in the early morning or evening. This is an excellent time for time for photography since clouds provide stunning depth and contrast while bright greens provide great pop of colors.

In the Ngorongoro crater: elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions and cheetahs ... Leopards if lucky.

The big fig, walking safari at Arusha NP