5-Day Lake Manyara Serengeti Plains Ngorogoro Crater - 5 Days

This unforgettable Tanzanian safari will enable witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals. The tour will further take you to the Serengeti National Park, into the heart of wild Africa, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where everyday brings a new landscape and a new adventure. The Lake Manyara National Park, one of most dramatically wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s.

  • You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Arusha to Lake Manyara National park

Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours

Distance: 130 km

Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara national park.

We arrive in time for lunch at the camp and after lunch do we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Main Destination:

Lake Manyara National Park

Best Time to VisitJune to September (easier to spot animals)

High SeasonJuly to March (Northern section gets crowded)

Best WeatherJune to October (few showers of rain)

Wildlife in Lake Manyara NP – See all animals

ElephantAbundant

GiraffeCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraCommon

WildebeestCommon

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Lake Manyara NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2
Lake Manyara to Serengeti Plains

Non game-viewing travel time: 5 hours

Distance: 205 km

After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.

We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.

Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area campsite.

Main Destination:

Serengeti National Park

Best Time to VisitJune to February (Areas are best at different times)

High SeasonJuly to March (The Seronera area is crowded)

Best WeatherJune to October (Little to no rainfall)

Wildlife in Serengeti NP – See all animals

ElephantCommon

GiraffeCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraAbundant

WildebeestAbundant

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Serengeti NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3
Serengeti national park

Today game drive will be a long the Sogore River Circuit which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River and which is good for viewing Lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings.

In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink!

Main Destination:

Serengeti National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Serengeti NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4
Serengeti Plains to Ngorongoro crater

Distance: 145 km

After breakfast at the camp we depart for Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here that the anthropologists Dr. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.

After lunch descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a safari tour. Water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog and giant African elephants. A big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, like lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater.

Overnight at the camp.

Main Destination:

Ngorongoro Crater

Best Time to VisitJune to September (General wildlife viewing is best)

High SeasonMost of the year – July to March (Expect crowds)

Best WeatherJune to October (Rainfall is little to none)

Wildlife in Ngorongoro – See all animals

ElephantCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraAbundant

WildebeestAbundant

Black RhinoCommon

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• On the crater rim of Ngorongoro

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5
Ngorongoro crater to Arusha

Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours

Distance: 190 km

Enjoy breakfast, after which we will transfer back to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha will we have lunch and then we will end tour. You will be driven to your hotel, which ends our safari services.

*It is possible to have an additional half day game drive at Ngorongoro conservation area if you are not restricted to an early departure time from Arusha, please note additional cost will apply.

Main Destination:

Arusha

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

Included

  • • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • Camping equipment(Sleeping bag excluded)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinking water(On all days)
  • • Sleeping bag
  • • Bath towels

Excluded

  • • International flights(From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • Single travelers can join this group tour, but it requires a minimum of 2 peopleto run.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

This tour accepts children who are 1 year and up. Children under 2 receive a discount

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5-Day Lake Manyara Serengeti Plains Ngorogoro Crater