This short safari from Arusha offers the highlights of the Serengeti National park famous for the Great migration accompanied by big cats; and Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera known for its large number of lions and rarely seen black rhinos. The trip has been carefully crafted for travelers with limited time in Tanzania but still dying to see the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
On your way to the Serengeti, you have options of visiting renowned Olduvai Gorge where the Leakey family uncovered the fossil Homo habilis (the handy man), the first tool user, living over 1.75 million years ago or socializing with the Masai people at one of their village.
Serengeti National Park
At 6.45 a SHRIKE representative will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the airport, just a short drive away where you will board your scheduled flight to the legendary Serengeti, Tanzania’s finest wildlife spectacle and site of the country’s largest lion population. This morning, a game drive introduces you to the famed reserve, where you find the greatest concentration of species in all of Tanzania. Spend your day on safari, searching for the BIG 5 as well as the “Little Five” — including the leopard tortoise and rhino beetle — along plains, rivers and rocky outcroppings.
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Serengeti | Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning, join an optional hot-air balloon excursion to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and extra fees apply).
Soon after your sumptuous breakfast, we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater; with the options of visiting either the Masai village or stopping at Olduvai Gorge for a lecture about its archaeological findings. This is the place where the Leakey family made illustrious discoveries including the fossil of Homo habilis, living 1.75 million years ago.
Then, settle into wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater, home to 5 prides of lion, rarely seen black rhino, leopard, elephants, hyena, cheetah, giraffe and topi and bird species including flamingos.
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Drive to Arusha city.
Travel by road to Arusha through the Great Rift Valley escarpment and the Masai Steppe. Spend the afternoon shopping or simply relaxing in your hotel in Arusha. A dayroom prior to your international departure is available upon request.
(Drop off point in Arusha to be advised).
- Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch