Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi
Met and assisted by Africa Endless Cruising representative, then transferred to Moshi for overnight at Keys Hotel.
Day 1: Moshi – Lake Manayara – Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for afternoon game drive. Lake Manyara National Park is well known for its tree climbing lions; the soda ash lake and its flamingos and hot spring water! The Park has a number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, dik dik as well as klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment.
However, the Park regarded as Africa’s largest and huge herds of baboons, expected by most of the visitors.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater – Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
This morning we descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano. This magnificent natural amphitheatre 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.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park – Serengeti Sopa Lodge
The Serengeti National Park is our destination today. En route we stop at Olduvai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind,” where the Leakey family uncovered the fossil of Homo habilis, who lived 1.75 million years ago. Arriving at our lodge in time for lunch, we find ourselves deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days we will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa.”
Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers. Afternoon game drive until sunset.
Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Serengeti Sopa Lodge
We awaken to the sounds of Africa and begin our day with a Bush Walk, affording an intimate and profoundly personal bond to the world of the wild. Our expert naturalist is hard at work, pointing out each individual miracle of the land that we are now a part of. An extensive afternoon game run explores the depths of the deep Serengeti.
Everywhere there are animals, monkeys and, yes, birds…but look closely and you will thrill to the huge jungle cats—lion, leopard and cheetah—just watching the world go by. And go by it does. Rhino, gazelle, antelope and massive elephants by the hundreds. Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers and in streams. The adventure of a lifetime.
Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 5: Tarangire National Park – Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Today we drive to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge for Lunch and Drive to Tarangire. With a permanent water source, the park is virtually guaranteed enormous herds and excellent game viewing including cheetah, lion (some tree-climbing!), leopard and hyena and a herd of 3,500 elephants. The park is also host to a number of rare species including eland, oryx, kudu and gerenuk. Our accommodations are at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, a tranquil oasis overlooking the rolling plains.
Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Day 6: Tarangire – Moshi – Depart
Breakfast and one last look at Tarangire National Park on a morning game drive before we head to Moshi. We check into the New Moshi Hotel or Moshi Coffee Lodge and enjoy a few hours of relaxation by the pool or perhaps revisit a favorite shop or two. After dinner we proceed to the Kilimanjaro International airport knowing that this has been a journey to remember for the rest of our lives.