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Departing from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi you will drive to the Lake Elementaita, a soda ash lake playing host to tens of thousands of flamingos. Located of the famous Great Rift Valley, this small but beautiful lake offers you to chance to relax or choose from a number of optional activities such as horse riding, bird viewing or a visit to the natural warm spa that flows into the lake.
After a hearty breakfast you will set out of a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park. The lake itself is world famous for one of the greatest bird spectacles on earth. View sometimes over one million bright pink flamingos as they feed on an abundant of algae in the lake’s waters. The area was recently extended to accommodate 25 rhinos - the largest concentrations in the country. Lunch is taken in the park at a lovely picnic site overlooking the lake.
From Lake Elementaita, this safari only gets better as you proceed to the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. An on-route game drive through the reserve will only get you excited for the upcoming days. On return from your afternoon game drive experience a sundowner overlooking the Talek river.
Depending on the time of year, we set out early morning for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the annual migration of the wildebeest. The Mara is technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments equals to an the endless amount of game viewing. Depending on the game drive, we’ll proceed back to the lodge for a late lunch, only to return again in search of more wildlife action late afternoon.
Rise early and take the option of a balloon safari across the Masai Mara. Take off in the crisp morning air, only to experience a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. As you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately an hour, your journey comes to end back on land but accompanied with a fully cooked champagne breakfast. The day sees more game viewing both in the morning and late afternoon.
After breakfast, experience an on-route game drive out of the Mara and onto Nairobi. You will then fly to Arusha, where you will be met by our local representative and your professional driver/guide and taken to Arusha Hotel for lunch. After lunch the safari commences with a short drive to Lake Manyara (120kms, 2 hours). The park is tucked below the majesty of the Rift Valley wall and the white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, lying languidly among the branches in the heat of the day, and the dazzling variety of birds, you will have the afternoon to explore this beautiful park.
After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park (250km, 5 hour). You will pass through the forested slopes of Ngorongoro, before the predator rich plains of the Serengeti un-furl before you. Continue your journey to your camp with some excellent game viewing opportunities en-route. You will stop for a picnic lunch, before arriving at the lodge.
There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing experiences. After a hot cup of tea or coffee you will soon be wide-awake as you watch wildlife in its most active time. The cat family love to make appearances in the morning, while the early morning light makes photographing herds of wildlife a photographer’s dream. After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains.
Today we head to Ngorongoro Crater. This incredible formation is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8300 square kilometres. The actual crater is 260 square kilometres and 620m deep. The original volcano was probably as high or higher than Kilimanjaro.
To experience the crater without the crowds you will rise early for your half day game drive. Reaching the crater floor as the sun begins to rise; you will undoubtedly be amazed at this natural phenomenon before you. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to about 25,000 animals and is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen.
After breakfast we leave for Tarangire National Park (140km, 3 hours). This is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, old baobab trees, Masai tribes and herds of elephant. In the dry-season of July-October, Tarangire National Park surpasses the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as big herds begin to congregate around the permanent water of Tarangire River.
Depart for Arusha where we will have lunch at the Arusha Hotel before our tour arrangements come to an end. Onward transfer to Arusha airport.