North Tanzania Safari - 2010 summer specials

THE park
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park lies about 120 kilometers south of Arusha and is one of Africa's unknown gems. At 2,600km2, the park is hardly the biggest of the Tanzanian parks, but its open plains dotted with thousands of baobabs make for a truly incomparable landscape. The park is also easy to access and has some of the greatest concentrations of game in Tanzania (second only to the Ngorongoro Crater). Another attractive point is that there are not nearly as many tourists as other Tanzanian parks. Game viewing in Tarangire is largely affected by the presence of water, and during the dry season many animals congregate at the Tarangire River, the park's only permanent source of water. Tarangire is also the best place in Tanzania to see large herds of elephant (up to 300 at a time) and buffalo. In fact, the game numbers overall are staggering: 30,000 zebra, 25,000 wildebeest, 5,000 buffalo, 3,000 elephant, 2,500 Maasai giraffe and over 1,000 fringe-eared oryx (gemsbok). Predators include lion (prone to tree-climbing just like their Lake Manyara cousins), cheetah and leopard.
The park is also known for its great avian diversity, in which it is surpassed only by Lake Manyara. Birders will want to look out for the endemic ashy starling, rufous-tailed weaver and black-collared lovebird.
Serengeti National Park
Between the Ngorongoro Highlands, Lake Victoria and Tanzania's northern border with Kenya stretches one of the world's last great wildlife refuges - the Serengeti. The name comes from the Maasai "siringet," meaning "endless plains". The Serengeti's 14,763 km2 contains about three million large animals, most taking part in seasonal migrations, unparalleled in nature. Twice a year, triggered by the rains, 1.4 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands. The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park, which is the central zone of the Serengeti ecosystem, an area that also takes in Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maswa Game Reserve in the west. Within this 25,900 km2 of varied landscape live thirty-five species of plains game and 500 bird species.
The endless plains of the Serengeti lie 330 km North West of Arusha.

the Itinerary
Day 1
Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to AHADI LODGE for overnight (dinner not included).
Day 2
Enjoy an early breakfast before heading out into "the bush". Your representative will give you an in-depth safari briefing before you depart and start your African Adventure. You will depart the lodge at around 09.00 hrs and drive to Tarangire National Park. On arrival you will be met by the camp vehicle and transferred to the Lodge with a game drive en route. After a delicious lunch, you will have an afternoon game drive and explore the wonderful game this relatively unknown park has to offer. Dinner and overnight at TANGIRE SOPA LODGE.
Day 3
After breakfast, you will depart for Serengeti National Park. Guests will enjoy a picnic lunch in the Naabi Hill area so they can enjoy a long game drive in the seemingly endless savanna.Arrive at SERENGETI SOPA LODGE early in the evening where dinner will be waiting for you.
Day 4
The Serengeti will always have an unsuspected surprise in store for you... Be it when you are out to check on the Wildebeest or Zebra migration, or in search of the big Cats! Even the dung beetles whose contribution to this fragile ecosystem. After your game drive, you will return to SERENGETI SOPA LODGE for dinner.
Day 5
Before breakfast, you will have your final game drive in the Serengeti and after checking out of your Lodge, you will sadly leave this wonderful area. You will have a picnic lunch en-route to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and your Lodge at the crater. A visit to Oldupai Gorge (sometimes also pronounced as Olduvai) deemed as the cradle of humankind. Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE.
Day 6
After an early breakfast, you will descend into the caldera where you will spend the morning viewing game on the crater floor. Besides the huge black maned Lions, keep your eyes peeled for Rhino and other big beasts. After a final crater tour, you will ascend the crater and have lunch at the Lodge.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure unless you want to take the optional Masaai village tour. (Extra cost).
Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE.
Day 7
After an early morning game drive, you will return to your Lodge for breakfast after which you will check out and be transferred to Arusha.
End of Services.

PRICES FROM USD1090 per person sharing

The Lodges
AHADI LODGE (Arusha)

The lodge is a new family run lodge on the outskirts of Arusha. Set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens the lodge consists of just 12 rooms with a wonderful swimming pool. The management and staff are friendly and welcoming making the lodge the perfect start to your holiday experience.
TARANGIRE SOPA LODGE (Tarangire)

Hidden amongst the kopjes, lies Tarangire Sopa Lodge surrounded by ancient baobab trees. It is the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa and other game found is the elusive Leopard. Over 400 bird species can be spotted here and with water constantly available throughout the year, the greenery is lush and animals plentiful.
SERENGETI SOPA LODGE (Serengeti)

This Lodge is nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, one of the worlds most famous park and host to the spectacular annual Wildebeest migration
NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, the lodge offers the most magnificent views over the crater floor, home to vast herds of Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Elephant Gazelle as well as the rare Black Rhino, Cheetah, Lion and Leopard.
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