Pop the cork on a vintage safari. Enjoy a classic wildlife adventure, take in the best and most select Tanzanian locations, with an exquisite palette of colour and light. Explore the Northern safari circuit – the superlative Serengeti, the terrific Tarangire, the amazing Arusha National Park, the magical Lake Manyara, and the nadir of the Ngorongoro Crater. Be awe-struck by the outstanding scenery, explosive wildlife, beautiful birds, and rapscallion reptiles.
Day 1: Arusha National Park
In the morning drive to Arusha national park with your packed lunch for wildlife viewing. Dinner and overnight at Karama Lodge or similar. Full board. The compact Arusha National Park is remarkable for its range of habitats. There are numerous hides and picnic sites throughout the park, giving travellers an opportunity to leave their vehicles. Arusha National Park contains many animals including giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffalos, rhinos, colobus monkeys, bushbucks, red forest duikers, reedbucks, waterbucks and warthogs. In fact, Arusha is supposed to contain the highest density of giraffes in the world. There are no lions in the park although you may see a leopard. Birds found in the National Park include cormorants, pelicans, ibises, flamingos and grebes.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast journey to the Tarangire national park with your packed lunch for wildlife viewing. Dinner and overnight, at Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge or Similar. One of the most noticeable things on entering the park are the baobab trees with their massive trunks, they are instantly recognizable. There are animals that usually move northwards of the park during the wet season including the wildebeests, zebras, Thompson's gazelles, buffalos, elands and hartebeests. There is a significant elephant population in this park. The number of birds recorded in Tarangire National Park has been estimated at approximately 300. Here, you may spot various species of herons, storks and ducks, vultures, buzzards, sparrow hawks, eagles, kites and falcons, as well as ostriches.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast transfer to Lake Manyara national park for wildlife viewing and lunch. Dinner and overnight at Kudu lodge or similar. A major attraction of the Lake Manyara National Park is the tree - climbing lions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will spot them. Other things to see include - elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffalos, baboons, plains animals as well as huge variety of birdlife, both resident and migratory. At certain times of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos, which form a shimmering pink zone around the lake shore. Other birds found here include ostriches, egrets, herons, pelicans and storks. Also seen are African spoonbills, various species of ibises, ducks and the rare pygmy geese.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast transfer to Serengeti national park via Ngorongoro conservation area, with lunch en route. Dinner and overnight, Seronera Wildlife Lodge or similar. Serengeti is perhaps most well known for the annual migration that takes place across the great savannah plains. The Serengeti is also famous for cheetahs, leopards and lions, some of which migrate with the wildebeests while others remain in the central plain. Birdlife is prolific in the National Park and includes various species of kingfishers, sunbirds and rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills and ducks. Birds of prey include Ruppell's vulture and the hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks and harriers. There is also a hippo pool where you can have clear views of the hippopotami and even crocodiles.
Day 5: Serengeti / Ngorongoro
After breakfast with your packed lunch drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Pass by Olduvai Gorge a historical site where pre-historic humans lived. For an extra cost, you can choose to visit the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture. Enjoy your lunch en-route to the crater rim for your dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, with packed lunch descend into the crater for a full day game viewing. The conservation area encompasses Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Olduvai Gorge - famous for its palaeontological relics - and Lake Masek. The Crater is a home to a small number of black rhinoceros, sustains a huge population of ungulates and has a concentrated number of lions. There are an estimated 30,000 animals living in the crater. Encounters with animals are frequent. These include lions, elephants and rhinos as well as buffaloes, Thompson's gazelles, wildebeests and zebras. You are also likely to see ostriches and Lake Magadi, at the floor of the crater, is home to thousands of flamingos. There are also dive - bombing kites which are recognized for their skills of snatching visitors' food. Evening journey back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at your Hotel. End of Tour.