Day 1: Moshi – Tarangire National Park
In the morning drive to Tarangire National Park a game park with thousands of majestic baobab trees dotting the rolling countryside. It is also home to enormous herds of elephants and the highest number of recorded bird species for any habitat in the world. The Tarangire River runs through the land, providing a permanent water source, and along with it the promise of strong wildlife. After lunch at our camp/lodge we relax by the pool or in our cozy tents before proceeding with game drive in the park.
Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge or Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The game in this petite park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see tree-climbing lions, which we may declare our day’s quest, being so thoroughly sated with the big herds of preceding parks. Manyara’s great shock of pink flamingoes will also delight. We enjoy a Hot lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge then proceed to the park for game viewing.
Overnight at Manyara Serena Lodge or Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge.
Day 3: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater – Moshi
After breakfast we’re off on the next leg of our journey to Ngorongoro, the eighth wonder of the natural world. Along the way we drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area—a region created to accommodate the grazing needs of the Masai people and a unique test of the idea that humans leading a pastoral lifestyle can coexist with wildlife. We arrive on the rim of the crater and descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano.
This magnificent natural amphitheater contains the largest concentration of animals in all of Africa. Prides of lion, black rhino and elephant share this land with the legendary Masai tribesmen. Because the grasses are short, game is easily spotted and can be approached quite closely. We spend a splendid morning on the floor of the crater observing wildlife in this ageless World Heritage Site. After lunch at the hippo picnic site we continue on a game drive en-route as we ascend the crater driving back to Moshi.