Tanzania offers the finest game viewing opportunities in Africa, and this exciting photographic tour visits the most outstanding of these wildlife locations including Tarangire National Park, the amazing Serengeti and the unbelievable Ngorongoro Crater.
In January and February the southern plains of the vast Serengeti National Park is home to huge herds of wildebeest when more than 5,000 calves are born every day! Each year over 1 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra migrate up to 1,000 kilometres following ever changing food and water supplies. After the short rains the southern Serengeti plains are a rich food supply as new grass is stimulated to grow, providing the migrants with the nutrition essential for successfully rearing their young.
Alongside the wildebeest and zebra will be many thousand Thomson’s gazelles who have similar but shorter annual movements. With so many herbivores, their predators will be close by. We hope to see all the big cats, lions, leopards and cheetahs. Spotted hyenas, jackals and vultures will be present in large numbers feeding on the carcasses once the big cats have finished their pray.
2-Week Photographic Safari Itinerary
Highlights of the Trip:
Tarangire National Park Lake Eyasi – Interaction with the Bushmen – Lake Manyara National Park Ngorongoro Crater – walk at Olmoti Crater Serengeti National Park Bush walks – night game drives in open 4×4 Amboseli National Park – Visit a Maasai Village Masai Mara Game Reserve – Visit Olduvai Gorge – Bird Walks – Cultural Interaction
Day 1On your arrival you will be met by a Vacation2Africa representative who will escort you to the Mountain Village Lodge, overlooking Lake Duluti. The lodge is set in magnificent gardens just outside Arusha town. Enjoy a comfortable afternoon and evening prior to your departure the following morning.
Day 2Having packed a moveable feast of a pack lunch we will leave for Tarangire National Park and its marvellous birdlife and incredible fauna in order to revel in the marvellous atmosphere of Kikoti Camp. The lavish gala dinner taken under the stars in our own Maasai bomas will thrill and provide an enduring memory of traditional African hospitality.
Day 3Your first full day at Kikoti will see you enjoying such activities as a full days game drive followed by a thrilling guided walk through the wilderness ending at Kikoti Rock for sundowners taken with the stunning African sunset as a backdrop, another unforgettable experience. Your return to camp will be made in our own open vehicles and provide you with yet another extraordinary memory of the immense variety that Africa has to offer.
Days 4 & 5Bidding a fond farewell to Tarangire we will take you on to perhaps the most unexpected of our destinations. Lake Manyara will provide you with yet another perspective on Africa. A lush oasis of tropical forest amongst a land of arid plains the park is home to many species and is internationally renowned for its tree climbing lion and flamingo populations. Leaving the park in the afternoon we will arrive at Lake Eyasi. Spending the night in our own mobile camp you will be free to enjoy the afternoon and following day in the company of the ancient race of bushmen that wander the Lake shores.
Days 6 & 7Leaving the Lake shore and the bushmen behind we will drive you over the Serengeti plains to experience two full days game viewing from the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. As an optional activity whilst based here we can arrange for you to take an indulgent balloon ride, floating majestically over the grasslands below.
Days 8 & 9Traveling via the prehistoric site at Olduvai Gorge we will make our way up to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Olduvai is a river canyon cutting 300ft into the volcanic Serengeti plains, once home to our earliest ancestors. Their remains can still be found nestling in the exposed soils. We will arrive time to watch the shadows lengthen over the Crater floor and to settle in for the night at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. The following day we will spend on the floor of the Crater. Taking a lunch hamper with us we will be free to explore this Garden of Eden. This is without doubt the premiere wildlife experience in Africa.
Days 10 & 11Taking lunch in Arusha at the Impala Hotel we will drive across the Tanzania / Kenya border at Namanga in order to drive on to Amboseli National Park. With its permanent water reserves and swamp lands Amboseli is a haven for a multitude of wildlife species and provides one of the most enduring images of East African wildlife, a herd of large tusked elephants browsing contentedly with the snowy peaks of Kilimanjaro floating ethereally as a back drop. For your two nights of discovery here we will arrange accommodation at the Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Days 12, 13 & 14A short scheduled flight over the Ngurumani Escarpment and the Loita Hills will bring you to the Maasai Mara. Long revered for its wildlife concentrations the Mara is the northern most extent of the annual wildebeest migration. Staying at the Mara River Camp at the foot of the Siria Escarpment you will have privileged access to some of the best game country in Africa from a camp renowned for its intimacy and friendly staff. Here you will have the opportunity to engage with the local Maasai and their culture and share marvellous bird watching along the river banks.
Day 15Another scheduled flight, this time to Nairobi, will bring you to the end of your time on safari with us. Lunch and a day room at the Norfolk Hotel will enable to freshen up and relax before an early supper at the Carnivore Restaurant and your drop off at the international Airport for your return flight home.