This itinerary is ideal if you wish to spend time in both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks, as well as Manyara or Tarangire, and end your trip in Zanzibar. However, if you only have a limited amount of time and yet want to see this incredible park, a one-night stay in Serengeti may be the best option. After the excitement of the safari, you may relax and take in the sights of beautiful Zanzibar.
Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park
At 8 a.m., you’ll be picked up from your accommodation and taken on a breathtaking drive across the Great Rift Valley. The park’s acacia woodland, gigantic figs, and mahogany trees are well-known, and its rising population of baboons and blue monkeys are further draws, despite the park’s relatively small size (205 square miles). The park is also home to a variety of other mammals, such as giraffes, elephants, impalas, and a surprisingly large number of buffalo. There are lots of hippos living in the lake. Stunning photo ops with giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and Lake Manyara in the distance may be found on game drives along the lake, and the vistas of Lake Manyara just cannot be put into words. Additional tours, such as those on bikes or boats, may be arranged. Come back to camp in the late afternoon for supper.
Accommodation upgrades may be available.
Day 2: Serengeti National Park
Leave for the Serengeti, the world’s most well-known national park, after a hearty breakfast. The journey itself is breathtaking, despite its length. For first-time viewers, this will be an experience they will never forget. As you travel farther into the Serengeti, you’ll begin to see why the word means “endless plains” in the native tongue. The park is 18,500 square kilometers in size, and for the vast majority of it, you will be surrounded by endless plains that defy your sense of scale. The Great Migration takes place here, and the region is also home to two million wildebeests, tens of thousands of zebras, and several species of antelope. Many television scenes, including the renowned river crossings, have been filmed in this park, making it a favourite destination for Big Cat and large predator enthusiasts.
Accommodation upgrades may be available.
Day 3: Serengeti to Ngorongoro
Today is the day to get up early for a game drive (when the animals are more active) and one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever see. We will return to camp for a hearty brunch after our game drive, and then head out to Ngorongoro, the eighth wonder of the natural world. With an area of 102 square miles and walls rising to a height of 2,000 feet, the crater is home to nearly all of East Africa’s native animal species. It’s one of the few places in Africa where you can see black rhinos in the wild. There is a forest, open plains, and a soda lake teeming with flamingos in addition to the crater’s river and various wetlands. The elephants there are the largest in the world, and their tusks are among the largest in the world. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
You can still make it to Ngorongoro for the sunset and a drink. Accommodation upgrades may be available.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater
We will rise before dawn to explore the crater floor, where we can witness spectacular fauna in one of the most beautiful sites on Earth. There will be time for a picnic lunch after the wildlife drive at the picturesque hippo lake. We’ll do a brief wildlife drive after lunch, then climb out of the crater and leave Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The next step is a transport to the airport for a trip to Zanzibar at approximately 4 p.m., where you can spend the next three days unwinding amidst breathtaking scenery.
Day 5-6: Zanzibar
Take some time out and relax on the stunning beaches of white sand and blue Indian Ocean sea. Optional excursions include a full-day trip of Stone Town (including the Old Town guided tour, the Spice trip, and Prison Island, but excluding lunch), or a half-day tour (including either the Old Town guided tour, the Spice Tour, or Prison Island). Alternatively, you could go on a tour of Jozani Forest (lunch not included).