Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport and
after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met
and transferred to the Moivaro Coffee Lodge. This beautiful
small lodge is located on an historic 40-acre coffee farm
near Arusha, amid natural forest. From the hotel you have
a fantastic view of Mount Meru. The lodge is an ideal
starting point for the Safaris in the Northern Circuit.
Moivaro has a total of 40 cottages well positioned in
the beautiful gardens. Each cottage is individually placed
around the coffee plantation which ensures they are private
and very cozy. The interiors are fairly basic but very
neat and very comfortable. Each of the 40 picturesque
cottages has its own verhanda and there is a swimming
pool, children's playground, bar and restaurant as well
as jogging path, massage room and internet facilities.
Dinner and Overnight at Moivaro Coffee Lodge, All Meals
Day 2: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater
(approximately 4 hours)
Heading south from Arusha towards Tarangire, you pass
through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque
African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations.
At the town of Makuyuni you turn north west and continue
the journey up through a scenic Rift Valley escarpment
before heading towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
En route, youll view the scenic wheat plains and
coffee plantations of the highlands before journeying
into the Ngorongoro forests and on to your lodge, perched
over the edge of the Crater. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa
Lodge on a half board basis.
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart by 4x4
to explore what is commonly referred to as the Worlds
largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, youll descend
through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the
crater for a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch.
Ngorongoro Crater is the Worlds largest intact volcanic
caldera and is also one of the Worlds seven natural
wonders. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor
is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest,
swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some
sandy dunes. Its an awesome wildlife experience.
Late afternoon you leave the Crater and drive back to
the lodge for the evening. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa
Lodge on a full board basis.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti
National Park (approximately 5 hours)
After breakfast you depart
for the Serengeti, travelling around the Crater rim you
stop off at Olduvai Gorge en route. The Gorge acquired
its name from the Sansevieria bush that grows profusely
in the area, named Olduvai by the Maasai. The Gorge is
about 50km long and in some places around 90m deep and
is found between the Crater and the Serengeti. It was
first discovered by a German entomologist named Professor
Kattwinkel, who instigated an expedition just before the
First World War. Later, the exploration was continued
by Dr Louis Leakey and his wife, who in 1959 found humanoid
remains of Zinjanthropus, later renamed Australapithicus
Boisei, an early form of man. You will have time to walk
through the simple small museum at the gorge, where you
can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as
pictures of what life was like for the gorges earliest
inhabitants. From here, continue through the conservation
area into the Serengeti. After
lunch at the lodge and time to relax, youll depart
for an afternoon game drive, returning late afternoon.
Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.
Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game
drives. Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park,
the Serengeti National Park is famed for its annual migration,
when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as
more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle
join the wildebeests trek for fresh grazing. Yet
even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers
arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa:
great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and
giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi,
kongoni, impala and Grants gazelle. The spectacle
of predator versus prey dominates Tanzanias greatest
park. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge on a full board
Serengeti National Park- Lake Manyara National Park (5
After breakfast you depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation
Area and Lake Manyara beyond. During the first part of
the journey youll be on a game drive in the vast
Serengeti plains, spotting game all the way to the border
of the park and probably beyond! From here, the
journey takes you eastwards, across the stunning hilly
countryside of the highlands, filled with wheat and coffee,
before arriving at your lodge overlooking the distant
Lake Manyara. After lunch, the remainder of the afternoon
will be on a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge on a full board
Lake Manyara - Arusha (approximately 2½ hours)
Depart after breakfast and
head east, down the fascinating escarpment of the Rift
Valley to Arusha. The journey will pass through the Masai
Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as
well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. After lunch
overlooking the shores of Lake Duluti, the afternoon will
be spent on a guided walk around the waters of Lake Duluti
and the coffee farm. Overnight at Serena Mountain Village
on a full board basis.
Arusha Ruaha National Park
This morning youll enjoy breakfast before being
transferred to the airport for the flight to Ruaha National
Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip, youll be met
by a guide from the camp and depart on your first game
drive, arriving at camp in time for lunch. The following
three days will be filled with morning and afternoon game
drives and walking safaris. Overnight at Ruaha River Lodge
on a full board basis plus activities.
9 + 10: Ruaha National Park
Morning and afternoon game
activities and walking safaris. Ruaha National Park is
one of Tanzania's best kept secrets! Ruaha does not experience
visitor numbers like its more illustrious neighbours in
the north of the country. Large sections of the park are
unexplored and during much of the year you will have the
place to yourself. Bordered on the east by the Great Ruaha
River and the west by Mzombe River, visitors are struck
its the beauty and vast expanse of wilderness stretching
down towards the hazy blue hills of the Southern Highlands.
All Meals and Overnights at Ruaha River Lodge on a full
board basis plus activities.
Ruaha National Park Selous Game Reserve
This morning youll enjoy breakfast
before a morning game drive, departing with a picnic lunch
to be enjoyed before connecting with the flight to the
Selous. Upon arrival at the Selous airstrip, youll
be met by a guide from camp and transfer to camp with
a game drive en route. Youll probably arrive into
camp late afternoon/early evening. The following three
days will be filled with morning and afternoon game drives,
walking safaris and boat trips on the Rufiji River and
its picturesque lagoons. Overnight at Rufiji River Camp
on a full board basis plus activities.
Days 12 + 13: Selous Game Reserve
Morning and afternoon game activities, walking safaris
and boat trips. Selous Game Reserve is the largest game
reserve in Africa . To put it in perspective, the Selous
is larger than Switzerland and measuring about 54.600
Sq. Km. and almost four times the size of the Serengeti
National Park. This Africa's largest protected area uninhabited
by man, is considered important enough to be World Heritage
Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in
absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. All Meals and Overnights
at Rufiji River Camp on a full board basis plus activities.
Fly Selous Game Reserve - Dar es Salaam
After breakfast depart on
your last game drive, walking safari or boat trip. Following
lunch youll transfer to the airstrip to connect
with the flight to Dar es Salaam.
Connect with your onward flight out of Dar es Salaam.