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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 your hotel. Spend the afternoon or evening relaxing at leisure
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. The camp is based on Sinya, a private concession of more than 75,000 acres, bordering Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, and offers traditional tented accommodation with en suite facilities. It combines luxury and warm African hospitality with the best culture and nature experience.
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 your next stunning northern Tanzanian park, Tarangire National Park. 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. Plus if you are fortunate to visit the area after heavy rains, the surrounding Manyara and Tarangire Pans fill with water which attracts huge flocks of Flamingos and other wading birds.
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. Even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
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. 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 be thoroughly rewarded with all your game spotting with 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.
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. Additionally, the NCA is unique because it is a multi-use conservation area - where the animals and environment are protected but the Masai are allowed to live and continue their pastoral lifestyle. Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lake as you watch elephants quench their thirst from afar.
We leave the Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head back to Arusha where our safari ends. Onward transfer to Arusha airport.