About the Trip

Tanzania occupies a special place in the hearts of old and new Africa hands. 

Kapok Africa adventures, whether private Custom or tailor made Classic Safaris, almost invariably pay their respects to Tanzania’s Serengeti, the southern half of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem, the undisputed capital of the world’s animal kingdom. The Serengeti is amazing in its enormity, it’s almost infinite skies and long, golden reaches, its million-year quiet. It enraptures with moments of grace; we may well see, And then there’s the fabulous, animal-thronged Lost World of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world’s most magical places, where we especially but hardly uniquely appreciate something, you are struck by the feeling of having lived for a time up in the air.

Itineraries

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park(130km – 2 hours)

Pick up from Arusha Hotel at 0800am and drive on tarmac road 130km with lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park (330 sq km or 127 sq mile’s) on the base of the Great Rift Valley, for the Afternoon game drives. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Verve t monkey, Warthog and more…About 350 species of birds have been recorded. This small park contains also five distinct vegetation zones. Thus supporting a large variety of birds and animals. The Manyara National park is also famous for its large flocks of flamingos. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Burudika Lodge. Meal Plan: {L, D}.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park – Ndutu Area(130km – 2 hours)

Breakfast at 0600am. Pick up from the camp at 0700am and drive to Ndutu Area for the Great Wildebeest Migration Safari. The wildebeest and zebra are distributed over a wide area moving slowing and grazing. The migration is in the short grass plains of Ndutu. The heavy rains are approaching from the north and the short grass plains are starting to take strain due to longtime grazing of these thousands hundred wildlife. The best place to be based is in Ndutu, Seronera or Kusini. The locations are all within easy reach of the wide area covered by 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelles. The large numbers of wildebeest have foaled. The majority of the wildebeest calve around February. They normally stay in the area till April and then start moving west towards to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, birds and resident game. Dinner and Overnight at Ndutu Savannah Tented Camp. Meal Plan: {B, L, D}.

Day 3: Ndutu Plains

Depart very early in the for searching the annual great wildebeest migration whereby wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrates from Masai Mara and central Serengeti and go back to ndutu Area of calving. The calving season will last for the next six weeks, with approximately 8,000 young wildebeest born every day in the peak calving period. Witnessing a newly born calf capable of running in a matter of minutes is one of nature’s most incredible events. Ndutu also supports many species of wildlife including Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, cheetah, African Buffalo, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland, water buck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The area also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bastard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Savannah Tented Camp. Meal Plan: {B, L, D}.

Day 4: Ndutu – Ngorongoro Crater Rim (90km – 2 hours)

Wake up at 0600 hours for early morning game drives in Ndutu at 0900 hours back to the camp for breakfast. Here in the Ndutu region you can often watch wildebeest and zebras next to lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes, however the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd. Lunch Packed. Thereafter drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. On the way if you wish you can pass by the Olduvai Gorge where the English pair, Louis and Mary Leak pioneered excavation work. In the sixties some of the earliest archaeological deposits of human evolution was found and a small museum (visit optional) documents these discoveries. Then check out and drive with lunch and game viewing en route to Ngorongoro Crater Rim. Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Meal Plan: {B, L, D}.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Floor/Kilimanjaro Airport(240km – 4 hours)

Wake up early morning for breakfast then descend into Ngorongoro Crater floor (19.2 km of diameter, 610m deep, 304 sq km) for game drives. All the Big five Rhino Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, and others. Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake, Geese, Storks, Vultures and more. This crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’, the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. A massive extinct volcano, its towering tree lined walls drop thousands of feet to a “Noah’s Ark” of animals on the verdant floor below. This breathtaking oasis provides a haven for both predator and prey to live among grasslands, water springs and the large soda lake. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. After lunch drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home. Meal Plan: {B, L}.