Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
JAMBO – KARIBU!! Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Pack & Go Tours representatives will meet you with our traditional, unique & special welcome. Our guide driver will drive you to Ngorongoro arriving for check-in & lunch. This afternoon we relax and from our lodge enjoy the breath-taking spectacular views around you. Ngorongoro Crater has the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at crater lodge.
NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast we descend some 610 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return late afternoon to your lodge. Enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Serengeti National Park
Enjoy breakfast then we depart for Ngorongoro with a brief stop at the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn on human evolution. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide before continuing onto Serengeti, one the BEST game parks in Tanzania. Enjoy enroute game viewing drive to the lodge. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest park, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. Enjoy dinner & overnight.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
This morning after breakfast, we depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard,cheetah,the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino,topi,burchelle’s zebra, the Maasai giraffe among many others. Serengeti National Park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve with game-viewing drives. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our lodge.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains ending with a champagne breakfast.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Lake Manyara National Park
Enjoy breakfast then depart with picnic lunch via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Lake Manyara National Park, known for its tree-climbing lions. We arrive an afternoon game viewing drive. This small but attractive park is squeezed between the stunning Manyara soda lake and the steep rim of the rift valley. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY : Enjoy a cultural visit to the village of Mto wa Mbu where more than 120 different ethnic communities co-exist in peace and harmony. One is spoilt for the cultural diversity one experiences here.
Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha
We enjoy breakfast at the lodge & check-out. Unbelievable but true, our good bush moments have come to an end. We bid farewell to our wonderful lodge manager and his team then drive to Arusha. Not empty handed though. With us are photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour to immortalize the experience. Our guide Arusha office manager will meet you, share debrief you on the safari experience, some farewell lunch then off to airport for your onward flight.