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Arusha - 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 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. It makes for an ideal spot for sundowners or just sitting, relaxing and soaking up the unique atmosphere.
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. We 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. The camp is based on Sinya, a private concession of more than 75,000 acres, bordering Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.
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 we will drive you to Tarangire National Park. You will be presented with endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins of Mankind and an explanation of the Rift Valley and Africa’s big picture. It is a complete semi desert experience focusing on safari walks and game drives.
Early this morning we rise (departure at 05:00am) to transfer to our exciting hot air ballooning excursion at 6am - for sunrise! 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 only to be presented with another natural wonder, we drive to 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.
Today we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives.
To experience the crater without the crowds you will rise early for a 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. It is considered one of the World Heritage Sites and also one of the International Biosphere Reserves. Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lake as you watch elephants quench their thirst from afar.
Say goodbye to the enchanting Ngorongoro Crater 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 hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa.
Early this morning we enjoy a balloon safari over the Serengeti. There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing sessions. 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.
Another day of Game driving today in the Serengeti National Park.
We leave the Serengeti National Park after breakfast and head back to Arusha to meet our onward flight. On arrival into Arusha you are transferred from the Domestic terminal to International where we bid you farewell.