5 Day Tour
Missing out on the opportunity to witness the captivating animals, breathtaking landscapes, and untamed wilderness of the African bush would be a regrettable decision after coming all the way to East Africa. That’s why we venture deep into the wilderness and dedicate the second half of the adventure to game drives and camping in Serengeti National Park. Our journey takes us deep into the heart of the African bush, traversing the rugged terrain in 4×4 vehicles accompanied by an experienced safari guide. During this leg of the trip, we will partake in multiple game drives, immersing ourselves in the untamed wilderness and setting up camp at secluded sites where wildlife roams freely. Serengeti National Park, renowned for its expansive and dynamic landscapes, boasts vast herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras, creating the world’s only mass animal migrations. Moreover, it serves as a habitat for an array of captivating creatures, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, hyenas, and much more. In essence, Serengeti NP stands as the ultimate destination for a wildlife safari, offering an unparalleled opportunity to witness the untamed beauty of African landscapes. This segment of the trip is truly enchanting, where we gather around campfires and drift off to sleep serenaded by the symphony of the wild. We then venture into the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater, embarking on one of the most extraordinary safaris found on our planet. Furthermore, we pay a visit to Olduvai Gorge, fondly referred to as the “Cradle of Mankind,” as it is believed to be the site where the remains of the earliest human beings to walk the Earth were discovered.
After an early morning safari briefing, we leave the guesthouse in Moshi Town and drive on Tarmac Road 130km to Lake Manyara National Park. The lake occupies a large portion of the park, and the forest starts just when you cross the park gate along the base of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara is home to the famous tree climbing lions as well as buffalo, giraffe,hippo, baboons, flamingo, ostrich, geese and so many more. After a picnic lunch, we take off for an afternoon game drive and then drive to lodge for our dinner and overnight stay at a local lodge. We will sleep in ‘real beds’ on this evening in order to help prepare everyone for another few days of camping in the National Parks.
After breakfast head towards the Serengeti National Park by way of the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Leaving the highlands behind, you descend into the heart of wild Africa; into the Serengeti National Park with its endless plains rolling in the distance as far as the eye can see. Head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, The Seronera River provides a valuable water source to this area of the park and attracts wildlife well represented of most of the Serengeti’s species. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch and then head out for an afternoon game drive. We settle in for the night and enjoy dinner at PIMBI CAMPISITE.
After breakfast enjoy an early morning game drive along the Sogore River circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River. This is a good location for spotting lion, gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah. We also stop at the Visitor Center, close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and there are some interesting wildlife displays here. After more game drives in search of ‘the Big 5’, we then return to PIMBI CAMSPITE for another night of camping.
After breakfast, depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We stopover at Olduvai Gorge along the way which boasts history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here that the anthropologists, Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of “Nutcracker Man” and “Handy Man” both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. We enjoy dinner and overnight stay at SIMBA CAMPSITE on the crater rim.
After an early breakfast, we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife. Supported by a year round water supply, the Ngorongoro conservation Area supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. We then drive back to Moshi Town in the early evening where we end the trip.