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Welcome to Tanzania! You will be met at Kilimanjaro airport by our local representative and your professional driver/guide and be transferred to the hotel.
Today we head 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, on a game drive.
Today 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.
Today, we will head Ngorongoro Crater. Home to nearly 25,000 animals, which remain in the crater due to the constant supply of water from the springs. There is a very good chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species. This caldera, formed by a volcano sinking, hosts a unique cross-section of eco-systems, from Soda Lake to savannah and is home to almost every major species of African mammal.
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. Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lake as you watch elephants quench their thirst from afar.
This morning you depart for the Serengeti National Park, with a stop enroute at Ol'Duvai gorge. Here in the 'Cradle of Mankind' the skull of a human being was found believed to be the oldest ever.
For the next 2 days, you will have game drives, taking a picnic lunch with you. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Serengeti, with its various landscapes, from savannahs, forests, dry river beds and rocky kopjes, all of which offering a better environment for a whole range of animals. Your picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a secluded spot in the park among the wildlife.
We head to the Serengeti airstrip today for the flight to Zanzibar (departs 11:05 and arrives Zanzibar at 14:20). On arrival we will check you into the hotel.
Spend the next three days at leisure, relaxing on the beautiful white sands and soaking up the sunshine. For those feeling active, there's a wide range of excursions available locally. Perhaps opt for a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving to see the incredible coral reefs teeming with exotic fish and perhaps the odd dolphin in the azure waters.
We will transfer you to Zanzibar airport in time for your departure flight (departing at 18:50).