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Dates: January 26, 2018 Leaving US
February 10 Returning
$12,999 per person sharing a double . Single room supplement $1,800.00
International flight not included
The wildlife-rich Serengeti ecosystem is one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles on earth. For generations it has offered exhilarating photographic and wildlife watching opportunities.
We will spend time at Lake Manyara with its teeming bird life and big game animals. There are leopards, elephant, Maasai giraffe, hippos, and wildebeest, as well as a park specialty,
tree climbing lions. In February and March, an estimated three million wildebeest and zebra invade Tanzania to give birth following the short rains. Serengeti has a magnificent variety of animals and habitats. It is the best place on our trip to photograph leopard. The Seronera Lodge is in the middle of all the action. We will also stay at the beautiful bush lodge in Ndutu as our base of operations for viewing and photographing the migration. There are resident prides of lions and is the center for a worldwide cheetah studies program. The lodge is located near a string of lakes and marshes that wind through Olduvai Gorge. Our final destination is the famed Ngorongoro Crater. One of the natural wonders of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is a sunken caldera with the world’s largest intact volcanic rim. Our lodge is located on the rim at 8,000 feet above sea level. We will descend to the crater floor (at 7000 feet) for unbelievable game viewing and photography. In the Crater are forests, plains, hills, rivers, and lakes, all of which are home to elephants, buffalo, zebras, lions, cheetahs, leopards, flamingos and much, much more.
Day 1 Arusha to Manyara
We wake up to a great breakfast provided by the staff of the African Tulip Hotel. After breakfast we meet our expert drivers, visit the bank to exchange money and drive though Tanzania’s rural landscape to Lake Manyara. After checking in at the Manyara Serena Lodge we will have lunch and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. Our lodgings are at the Manyara Serena, situated on the escarpment overlook Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley.
Day 2 Lake Manyara to Ndudu
We have our morning game drive through Manyara’s varied habitats which include groundwater forest, open plains, lakeside meadows, lakeshore habitat and acacia woodland where we hope to see elephants, birds and the famous tree climbing lions. After lunch we transfer to Ndutu for a PM game drive.
Days 3 to 8 Ndutu
We will have an early morning game drive followerd by a drive to Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Concervation Area. If the herds are giving
birth, we head to the plains. If the conditions are not right for birthing, there are a wealth of different habitats to explore. The marshes and lakes support a huge variety of bird life as well as resident lion prides. Some years large prides have as many as 25 members including newborn cubs and their mothers, older juveniles, and adults. Cheetahs are abundant
in the plains, and the wooded ridges are always productive. We range far afield in this area, so we usually bring a bush breakfast that allows us to photograph into the late morning. PM drives start late when the animals become more active as the day cools down. Cheetahs often hunt in the afternoon, adding lots of excitement to a game drive
Day 9 Ndutu to Serengeti
After a morning game drive at Ndutu we continue to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge, deep in the Serengeti ecosystem. Here we search for lions, cheetah and especially leopard that inhabbit the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding savannah.
Day 10 Serengeti
We will have a full day of exploation in the Serengeti.
Day 11 Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater
After a morning game drive we continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater
rim. Lunch is served on the road. We conclude our drive by winding our way around to the other side of the crater and the Sopa Lodge just in time for a cool drink on the veranda as the sun sets.
Days 12 and 13 Ngorongoro Crater
We start the game drives early to capture the peak action of the day. The Ngorongoro Crater has it all! This natural wonder supports its own resident herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra. Bull elephants come to Ngorongoro Crater for peace and quiet. Hippos inhabit the lakes and pools, while lions prowl the long grass. Crowned cranes and kori bustards are common here, as are huge eland and buffalo. This is a place where it is possible to see the Big Five –lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant, and lion– all in one game park.
Day 14 Arusha
We descend for a last morning game drive. After we leave the Crater, lunch will be waiting for us at Gibbs Farm, a colonial-era coffee plantation that still produces coffee today. We return to Arusha for shopping at the African Cultural Center. Carvings, artifacts and Tanzanite gems are all specialties here. At our day rooms in Arusha, we freshen up for the flight home.
The Fine Print
Price includes all transportation within Tanzania, accommodations, meals, activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary, bottled water during the program including lunch and dinners, English speaking guide throughout the program.
Price does not include international airfare, visa fees, any beverages throughout the trip (except for bottled water), and any personal extras such as phone calls, minibar, and laundry.
A $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit is necessary to confirm a booking. Final payments are due no later than 95 days prior to departure. Cancellations received less than 95 days prior to departure are not refundable.
Highlights of Tanzania’s Birthing Season
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