The Maasai Explorer (Manyara, Serengeti, Olduvai, Ngorongoro)

DAY 1 Arusha – Manyara National Park

Depart from Arusha with picnic lunch boxes and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for game drive. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzania safari experience. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the Alkaline Lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in colour that they appear to be black from a distance. As you witness and enjoy all this natural beauties, drive across the acacia trees strip in search of tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park. In the afternoon break for picnic lunch and then continue with game drive. In the evening leave the park and proceed to your lodge or campsite booked in advance for dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara.

DAY 2 Lake Manyara – Serengeti

Early morning drive into Lake Manyara Park. Continue further on to visit the hot springs. Return to the lodge for late breakfast. Shortly after breakfast, collect your picnic lunch and proceed to Serengeti via the slope of Ngorongoro’s rainy forest and later to the vast animal-rich plains then enter into the Serengeti National Park. Game drive en-route the Serengeti plains – in search of the leopards and cheetahs. In the evening proceed to Seronera for dinner and overnight at the Lodge or Campsite.

DAY 3 Serengeti – Game Drive

Full morning-drive to explore the vast rich game animals of Serengeti plains. In the afternoon return to your lodge for hot lunch. At about 16:00hrs leave your lodge and drive to watch some of the 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills. In the evening leave the park and drive back to your lodge or campsite for dinner and overnight stay at Seronera.

DAY 4 Serengeti – Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge

After breakfast, collect your picnic lunch and proceed to Ngorongoro. Game drive en-route the Serengeti/Ngorongoro plains. Visit Olduvai Gorge to get a briefing about the discovery of the fossil Homo habilis dated 1.75 million years. This were uncovered Leakey 1959. Picnic lunch at the site and thereafter, continue to Ngorongoro arriving in time for dinner and overnight at the lodge or campsite on the rim of the Crater.

DAY 5 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

In the morning collect your packed luncha and drive over the rim of the Crater descending 610m/2000ft. The Ngorongoro Crater is 2286m above sea-level. It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610m from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre covers an area of about, 100 square miles, in diameter and is home to up to 25,000 large mammals, almost half of them zebras and wildebeests. There are also gazelles, buffaloes, elands, hartebeests, warthogs, and others. Such concentrated numbers attract predators, mainly lions and hyenas but also cheetahs and leopards. More than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted here. Countless flamingoes form a pink blanket over the Soda Lakes. Therefore during the full morning crater tour you will be able to enjoy nature’s beauties in this naturally unfenced zoo. In the afternoon stop at one of the sites to enjoy your picnic lunch. At 16:00hrs leave the crater as you ascend the wall of the Crater and drive back to Arusha.