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12 Days - Family Safari
Explore Tanzania's wildlife and culture and give your family a firsthand lifetime experience,like walking with the Maasai,visit a Maasai village,visit a school in town,make friends and pen pals,and still see the amazing wildlife Tanzania got to offer. Safety and comfort is guaranteed throughout the safari.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport,you will be met by our staff, and will be briefed about your safari, then transferred to Mt.Meru Game Lodge. The lodge is nestled between the peaks of Mt.Meru and Mt.Kilimanjaro, offering a spectacular view.
The Lodge and its grounds are also home to a variety of birds and animals than live at the Animal Sanctuary. Majority of the animals were once either orphaned or injured and are at the sanctuary for rehabilitation. The sanctuary is supported entirely by the Lodge.
Overnight - Mt. Meru Game Lodge. All meals included.
Day 2/3 - Sinya Game Reserve
After breakfast you will be met by your guide and depart for a remote area in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro called Sinya, a private wildlife reserve on Maasai land. This is the arid land of Sinya, one of the few areas in Africa where huge Elephant Bulls, more than 50 years old, carrying tusks of considerable size, are regularly seen. They have become familiar with safari vehicles, and thus allow you to approach them at very short distances, giving opourtunity for excellent photography. The elephants here are the healthiest and most balanced Elephant populations of the whole African continent.
You will have opportunities to be led on wildlife walks, visit the Maasai villages and market, and participate in ceremonies if the occasion arises. While in Sinya you will spend two nights at Kambi ya Tembo, a small luxury tented camp that looks directly at Mt Kilimanjaro and is the only facility in the reserve. Activities while at Kambi ya Tembo include game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, bird watching and walking safaris escorted by Maasai warriors. Also, during free times the Askaris (watchmen) will patrol day and night for animals, and the area will be cleared by our head watchman well before children are allowed to walk or play.
Today after you arrive and have lunch, you will depart in the late afternoon on an evening game drive returning in time for drinks and story telling around the camp fire with the enormous African sky overhead. Excellent meals are served under the trees or in the dining tent. Overnight - Kambi ya Tembo.Meals and activities included.
Day 4- Arusha National Park
Arise for an early breakfast then go for a short game drive in the reserve before departing back to Arusha. En route you will visit Arusha National Park. Set between the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro this small park is one of Tanzaniaâ€™s hidden gems and one of the few places where you will have a good chance to see the rare Black & White Colobus monkeys, which inhabit the Ngurdoto Forest. The parks contains a series of shimmering alkaline lakes, which attract large flocks of flamingoâ€™s and a variety of birds, along with elephant, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, wart hog, hippo and an amazing number of giraffe. The rare black rhino is also found here.
One of the highlights of todayâ€™s game drive is a short walk to a viewing area overlooking the miniature Ngurdoto Crater, which is completely reserved for the animals, so no one is allowed to go down into it. From high above the tiny dots that appear on the crater floor are actually huge Buffalo, that feed in the marsh grasses.
Enjoy a picnic lunch, before heading back to Arusha arriving at the Mt. Meru Game Lodge in the afternoon. Relax for the rest of the day.Overnight - Mt. Meru Game Lodge.All meals and activities included.
Day 5/6 - Tarangire National Park
This morning you will drive down the escarpment to Tarangire National Park, As you enter the park you will see the ancient Baobab trees that dot the grasslands. Elephant, leopard, lion and many plains game can be found here as well as eland, Maasai giraffe, Grant's and Thompsons' gazelle, hartebeest, impala and the usual collections of baboons, warthog and ostrich. The landscape is as diverse as the wildlife, with zones ranging from grassland to woodland and deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. The Tarangire River meanders through the park, enticing over 6,000 elephants to the are during the dry season and a variety of colorful birds.
Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Maramboi Camp. This is a small luxury camp set on a 2,000 acre private wildlife concession in the migratory corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire - just 20 minutes drive from the entry gate. The 10 large walk-in tents are set on wooden platforms and there is a dining boma and salt water swimming pool. Each tent has full ensuite facilities and 24hr, solar power.
Activities include wildlife viewing in the park, walking with Maasai guides and visiting nearby Datoga or Maasai villages. After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon game drive followed by drinks around the fire before dinner. Overnight - Maromboi Camp.All meals and activities included.
Day 7- Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Farm house
Arise early this morning and after tea or coffee, youâ€™ll leave Tarangire for a short drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather. Well known for its birds (over 400 species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places you will see the comical Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.
After spending several hours in the park and stopping for a picnic breakfast, youâ€™ll continue to the Ngorongoro Highlands, driving through small villages and passing small farms on your way to the Ngorongoro Farm House. The Ngorongoro Farm house is set on 500 acres of gardens, pasture and coffee plants. It faces the Oldeani Volcano at the foot of Ngorongoro Crater and has 22 charming cottages that look out at the rolling hills, a pool, dining room and lounge. After lunch you will visit the local primary school in the small town of Karatu. Then return to the lodge with time to cool off in the pool. Overnight - Ngorongoro Farm House.All meals and activities included.
Day 8 - Ngorongoro Crater
This morning after a wonderful farm house breakfast you will leave the farm and drive the short distance to the "eighth wonder of the world", the Ngorongoro Crater. Driving up the slopes of the lush green mountain and arriving at the rim of the crater, the first glimpse takes your breath away. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2000 ft. high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual "Noah's Ark", inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake - complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains.
Descend down into the floor of the crater for a full day of wildlife viewing, stopping for a picnic lunch. Return to the Ngorongoro Farm House in the afternoon. Overnight - Ngorongoro Farm House.All meals and activities included.
Day 9/10/11 Serengeti National Park
This morning after breakfast and a final glimpse of the crater, youâ€™re off to the infamous Serengeti National Park, the symbol of Africa's wildlife. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning "endless plains". The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 large million animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomsonâ€™s gazelles.
Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals â€“ rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboon and African hare inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. Off road youâ€™ll find the "Kopjes", massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.
Along the way to the Serengeti you will stop at the famous â€œOldupai Gorgeâ€, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man. Here you will visit the small museum and attend a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge.
Your lodging for the next three nights will be either at Ndutu Lodge, the Serengeti Serena Lodge or the Lobo Wildlife Lodge, depending on movements and season of the â€œgreat migrationâ€. From December to May, the migration is clustered in the southern Serengeti between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Ndutu.
The Ndutu Safari Lodge is a delightful small lodge that sits back from the lake in a beautiful setting. It is known for itâ€™s friendly staff and wonderful food, and the Genets (small nocturnal catlike animal) that wander the rafters in the main building. At night you can sit around the campfire and look up at the magnificent African sky, while listening to the sounds of animals in the distance. In the morning you'll be awakened by the sounds of birds.
During April and June the herds began to move north into the central and western Serengeti and up into the Grumeti River area. From April through August your accommodations will be at the beautiful Serengeti Serena Lodge, a luxury lodge located in the central part of the park. From September through November you will be situated in the northeast part of the Serengeti at the Lobo Wildlife Lodge. Itâ€™s set just 15 miles from Kenyaâ€™s Maasai Mara, and is an excellent spot to experience the â€œgreat migrationâ€ during this time of the year. Overnight - Ndutu Safari Lodge.All meals included.
Day12 - Arusha/Depart
After breakfast you will leave the Serengeti, spotting wildlife on the way, stopping for a picnic lunch. You will arrive in Arusha in the afternoon at the KIA Lodge. This lovely lodge is located near the airport and your accommodations will be in one of the 40 charming bungalows set among lush gardens. The open air bar has a magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which at 19,340 feet (5,895 m), is the highest mountain in Africa. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. Dinner is on your own tonight. In the early evening you will be driven to the airport in time to catch your evening flight home.
Dayroom - KIA Lodge
NOTE: The drive back from the Serengeti can be very long. Scheduled flights from the Serengeti to Arusha are available at an additional cost.
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