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The start of your Tanzania Wilderness Safari begins in the capital of safaris, Arusha. You will be collected from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the Mount Meru Game Lodge. Spend the afternoon or evening relaxing in the properties surrounds. The lodge’s terrace, shaded by an enormous old Mango Tree, enjoys magnificent views over mature, carefully tended gardens to the sanctuary beyond.
After breakfast you will set out for the stunning and African postcard landscape of West Kilimanjaro. This area is renowned for its large population of the semi-nomadic people, the Masai, thorny acacia trees, and its unforgettable bull elephants. You will stay at Kambi ya Tembo meaning ‘Camp of Elephants’, which offers amazing views of the snow-capped slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and its little sister, Mount Meru.
Today we make the most of our magnificent surroundings by taking a morning and afternoon game drive. This area of Tanzania has its share of game to see but is better known for its spectacular scenery and location and the opportunity to interact with the local Masai, an unmissable and unique experience.
From West Kilimanjaro you will drive to Tarangire National Park. Staying at Maramboi Tented Camp, a permanent camp, you will be presented with endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. It is a complete semi desert experience focusing on safari walks and game drives. Plus if you are fortunate to visit the area after heavy rains, the surrounding Pans fill with water which attracts huge flocks of Flamingos and other wading birds.
Today we make the most of Tarangire National Park with both morning and afternoon game drives. The landscape is iconically African with open Acacia woodlands and Baobab trees scattered all over the area and wildlife galore - zebra, kudu, eland, impala, gazelle, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, rhino just to name a few of what this park has to offer.
Leaving the Tarangire behind you will drive to Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder, the Serengeti National Park. The park is renowned for its annual migration; when some six million wildebeest, more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the best game-viewing in Africa.
There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing sessions. 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 in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences. As the evening light approaches, you will have sundowners at a picturesque location in the park.
Say goodbye to the enchanting Serengeti National Park only to be presented with another natural wonder, the 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.
Reaching the crater floor as the sun begins to rise, you will undoubtedly be amazed by the size of the crater and also the abundance of wildlife. It is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen. The NCA is a World Heritage Site and is unique because it is a multi-use conservation area - where the animals and environment are protected and the Masai are allowed graze their cattle. Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lake as you watch elephants quench their thirst.
We leave the Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head back to Arusha in time for lunch. After lunch we transfer you to the airstrip for the flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival in Zanzibar we will pick you up fromt he airport and transfer you to the hotel.
We will transfer you to Zanzibar airport in time for your departure flight.