Classic Serengeti 5 Days / 4 Nights

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

After breakfast we collect you from your hotel and drive to Lake Manyara National Park via the popular MtoWaMbu village which will take us about 2 hours.

Your first view as you approach Lake Manyara Park is very spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon, forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. If you come from the west and pause at the top of the escarpment, the park lies in a green strip below you, the lake glistering in the sunlight.

We take a morning game drive in Lake Manyara Park, then have a picnic lunch in the park and a short rest before continuing with another game drive in the afternoon.

Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its greenish vegetation round the year and its acacia trees into which lions frequently climb to acquire the shade.

The park's wildlife includes hippos, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, antelope, impala and elephant. In the late afternoon we drive to the Lake Manyara hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park
In the morning after breakfast you will meet your guide for the journey into the Serengeti National Park. The trip takes about 4 hours and we take a packed lunch. However we can spend more time by passing via Olduvai Gorge if you wish. Thereafter we will continue with the safari to the Serengeti National Park with game drives en-route. The park is teaming with stunning wildlife and it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with kopjes, which are rocky outcrop islands in the flat plain, each with its own wildlife communities. While in the park, expect to sight wild animals such as lions, leopards, cheetah, African cape buffalo, elephants, giraffes, waterbucks, herds of wildebeests, zebras and other gazelles. The Serengeti is home to 350 different species of birds including the famous secretary bird, marabou stork and sunbirds. In the late afternoon you will be driven to the Serengeti Serena Lodge where dinner is served and we spend the night here.

Day 3: Sunrise Adventure in Serengeti National Park
Very early in the morning you will have a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The benefit of an early morning game drive is seeing large amounts of wildlife and the chance to see predators hunting. The game drive will take about 2 or 3 hours before driving back to the campsite for breakfast and a short rest.

After a short rest we will continue with another game drive to search for more wildlife. Your guide will be take you to see the wildebeest and zebras migration if it is underway in the area. Normally in April, the migration path moves west towards the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. The long grass plains and woodlands provide food. At that time of the year it becomes harder to track the migration due to the heavy rains. In the afternoon you will have time for your picnic lunch at picnic site follows with a short rest. The game drive will continue up to late afternoon and thereafter we head back to the Serengeti Serena Lodge for the night.

Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti Serena Lodge
Day 4: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning after breakfast we will have another game drive in the Serengeti National Park until lunchtime. We have a hot lunch at the lodge or campsite and thereafter drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The drive will take us about 4 hours. In the evening, enjoy dinner in luxury surroundings at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge at the rim of Ngorongoro crater.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Adventure
In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Ngorongoro crater gate ready for descending to the crater floor for a game drive and a picnic.

The Ngorongoro crater is the 8th wonder of the world and home to a spectacular concentration of wildlife. It hosts approximately 30,000 large mammals, including large herds of buffaloes, wildebeests, elands hartebeests elephants, hippos lions and the endangered black rhino. The Ngorongoro Crater has numerous birds. The landscape is also very dramatic and consists of beautiful vegetation and a number of alkaline lakes. In the afternoon you will ascend to the crater rim and thereafter be driven back to either Arusha or Moshi or the airport, depending on where your accommodation is located and your next plans!
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