|Day 1:||On arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you'll be met and escorted by our driver-guide to the fashionable Arusha Hotel where you spend the night.|
|Day 2:||Drive in comfort to Tarangire National Park to your camp just outside the park boundary. After a relaxing lunch, we’ll enter head off for game viewing in the national park, famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game and predators. Tarangire also boasts a large variety of spectacular bird life including endemic species. Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge.|
|Day 3:||After breakfast you have a full day’s game drive with picnic lunch. This is a large park with a dense population of animals, and particularly large herds of elephants much of the year, especially in the dry season from around July to October.|
|Day 4:||Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The Park is best known for its tree climbing lions (sadly rarely seen up trees!) and many elephants, but you are also likely to encounter buffalo, primates and astounding bird life. After a picnic lunch you continue game-viewing. Return as the sun sets behind the distant highlands and climb the Great Rift Valley escarpment to Kirurumu Manyara Lodge on its edge for a relaxing dinner and overnight.|
|Day 5:||This morning, take an ethnobotanical walk with a Maasai guide plus visit an Iraqw village. After breakfast, travel to the Ngorongoro Crater, ascending to the rim on the descent road of the Crater some 2,000 feet below. Tour the Lerai Forest with its yellow-barked acacias, searching for giant-tusked elephant, rare black rhino and black-maned lion. Ascend the crater rim at dusk through verdant montane forest for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.|
|Day 6:||Morning game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, followed by lunch back at Ngorongoro Serena. In the afternoon you head out to the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands to meet a Maasai chief, who guides you around the nearby bomas and on an afternoons walk in the surrounding area. In the late afternoon, head back to Serena Lodge.|
|Day 7:||In the morning you depart for the Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge to visit the interesting museum at this world-famous archaeological site containing fossils of our early two million year-old human ancestors. Continue on a game drive through the vast Serengeti National Park to the Kirurumu Serengeti Camp for lunch. In the afternoon, head out for game drives before returning to camp for dinner and overnight.|
|Day 8-9:||Full day game drives in the Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on earth. Non-migratory species include large prides of lions, solitary leopards, cheetah and graceful impala. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of open plains, punctuated by kopjes, rock formations that have survived from the Pre-Cambrian period, and open woodlands. After a sumptuous dinner, relax by the campfire, under a canopy of stars. Overnight at the Kirurumu Serengeti Camp.|
|Day 10:||After breakfast, transfer to Seronera airstrip to connect with your return flight to Arusha. On arrival, there will be time for some shopping/browsing and a dayroom will be available before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the return international flight.|
Ngorongoro Highlands Trek: This trek is organised in cooperation with the members of a local Maasai village at the foot of Mount Makarot. This community benefits from each visitor as they provide guiding services, plus donkeys for carrying equipment where necessary. Specific boma visits are arranged at extra cost.
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in Malawi). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.
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