Day 1: Moshi – Lake Manyara National Park
Depart Moshi for Lake Manyara National Park. Arrive at the lodge by lunch time. Lunch and afternoon game drive follows in this very scenic park with fabulous views over the valley to the lake below.
Lake Manyara National Park is small, beautiful and richly diverse; its manageable size makes it possible to see virtually every highlight in a day, from its pods of hippos wallowing in the lake alongside the pink fluttering of a million flamingoes, to its rich wildlife and perhaps some of the park’s famous tree-lounging lions.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater
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 at Ngorongoro in time for lunch at our stunning lodge, situated on the rim of the crater. Later after lunch we 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.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
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 in the afternoon, 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.
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti – Drive back to Moshi – Depart
After a leisurely buffet breakfast, (Option 1: Flying back to Moshi 1 Hour) or (Option 2: Depart for Moshi by road), this morning with a game drive en- route.