Day 1 – Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Our Wild Frontiers representative will welcome you on arrival at Arusha airport and transfer you to The African Tulip.
If you are up for some local nightlife, we highly recommend heading out to Mosque Street. Relax, eat, meet the locals … real people.
A uniquely authentic optional extra:
You may have heard of Khan’s first as “Chicken in the Ditch”, or “Chicken on the Bonnet”, “Kuku on the Curb”, or “That place by Soko Kuu with the fantastic chicken”, or “Zubeda Autospares by Day, Khan’s Chicken BBQ by Night”.
In every town there are a few gems – delightful places off the beaten path that give you a sense of the soul of the town. Khan’s is undoubtedly one of the key gems in Arusha, and while it’s definitely been discovered, it’s still the real deal. Tasty salads, Zanzibar pizzas, garlic naan, barbecued chicken, beef mishkaki and mutton shish kabob are all stars. Even the passion juice is top notch. But Khan’s serves up more than an evening out – it’s the kind of place that you’ll always remember when you think of Arusha.
Another memorable spot is the ” Lively Lady Bar and Grill “, down by the old train station, where the ambience is great (best pork chops ever), drinks icy, and, 1960’s ROCK AND ROLL is played … loudly!
Overnight at The African Tulip.
Spectacular and unforgettable – today is surely one you’ve been itching to tick off your Wildlife Bucket List, as you head toward one of the natural wonders of the world, the volcanic caldera of Ngorongoro. With abundant game viewing – we can almost guarantee you four of the Big Five will show up, as well as a rich variety of birds – all viewed against the backdrop of the thickly forested crater walls, today is pretty special indeed. Varied terrains consisting of forest, grasslands and both freshwater and soda lakes make this a true marvel of creation. Your picnic lunch in the crater will forever remain a unique memory.
Overnight Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 3 – Serengeti
Our route to the Serengeti today takes us via fascinating Olduvai Gorge and the ‘cradle of humankind’. It’s here where, in 1959, the ground-breaking discovery of a hominid (human-like) skull dating back 1.8 million years preceeded other more recent hominid remains discoveries – dating as far back as 3.7 million years.
Take time to visit a Masai village – immerse yourself in their culture and daily vibe. When we take the time to understand and appreciate another’s culture and way of life, our eyes open to Henry Millar’s wisdom that “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
We continue onto Serengeti Wilderness Camp to settle in for the evening.
Days 4 – 6
Relax as you explore the Serengeti – unequalled for its beauty and home to more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. It really is a rare privilege to immerse yourself in the unique natural phenomena of the Great Migration.
Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of impala, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog.
Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, and more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhinos are restricted to a small part of the park and are not often spotted. But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats.
Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.
Overnight Serengeti Wilderness Camp.
Treat yourself to an adventure words fail to capture, as you soar effortlessly above the vast plains in a hot air balloon – an added optional extra well worth spoiling yourself with. This is one story you will brag about for years to come!
Day 7 – Arusha
Transfer back to Arusha – the journey by road is long and bumpy, and will take all day so be sure to book a late departure home.
Our highly suggested optional extra is to book yourself a flight from Seronera airstrip to Arusha. It is an exceptionally scenic flight (weather dependent) over the highlands of Ngorongoro, across the vast expanse of the Rift Valley escarpments.
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