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Itinerary

Day 1
Pick up from your lodge/hotel in Arusha area (we can help arrange this lodging for the previous night if desired). If you are interested and it is open, we can arrange a visit to a local primary school which is great fun and an opportunity to "give back" by donating school supplies. Your first day safari park may vary depending on the season, availability and preferences – either Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park. Tarangire is especially great July through October and known for large herds of elephant, you can overnight at Sangaiwe Tented Lodge  (or private safaris you might upgrade to Tarangire River Camp, Whistling Thorn Camp, Osopuko Lodge or Tarangire Sopa Lodge). If you choose Lake Manyara, which means less driving as it's right on the way to Ngorongoro, you'll overnight at Country Lodge, Bougainvillea Lodge, or Octagon Lodge in Karatu village unless you upgrade to other options. Enjoy your first game drive in safari vehicles whose tops can be opened for better viewing. Picnic lunch boxes in the park.

All meals included starting with lunch today.

Day 2
Depart Tarangire area in the morning and drive about 2-3 hours to Ngorongoro Crater, or depart Karatu village and drive about 45 minutes to Ngorongoro Crater. Spend the day exploring the Crater - a large, intact volcanic caldera with many resident animals. There are open plains, lakes, and small forests in this self-contained ecosystem. Many animals can be seen here year-round, including the elusive Rhino. Overnight at Rhino Lodge near the Crater Rim.  Please note availability at Rhino Lodge can be very tight, and there is nothing else near or on the Crater Rim in similar price range.  If Rhino is full, drive back to Karatu village to overnight at Country Lodge or Bougainvillea Lodge there, outside the park.  Other options at higher cost but on the Crater rim/inside the park include Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Sopa Ngorongoro Lodge, and Ang'ata Ngorongoro tented safari camp.  

Day 3
Transfer to Serengeti, game drive en route. The entire drive from the Ngorongoro Crater rim, descending the Ngorongoro Highlands on the vast Serengeti Plains, is a game watching opportunity. You'll see bright spots of color where people of the Maasai tribe herd their cattle and goats in the Ngorongoro Highlands - often right alongside wildlife herds. Then, as you enter the Serengeti National Park borders, villages end and wildlife roams even more in abundance. Overnight at our classic safari camp, or at times we may use Kisura or Kenzan tented safari camp, Seronera or Lobo Wildlife Lodges, Ndutu Lodge, depending on time of year and possibly on preferences.

Day 4
Return to Arusha. Your schedule today will depend on plans after safari. You may enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti as you start your 6-7 hour drive back to Arusha and arrive in late afternoon/early evening. Or, you may wish to add on a flight back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airports avoid the long drive; flights usually leave Serengeti in late morning and cost $225-$300 USD per person one way. Either option, your last safari package meal included is your lunch today (brought from the lodge as a lunch box) as we return you to the Arusha area.

Pricing

4 Days / 3 Nights from $1,499 USD Inclusive of taxes and fees

Departure Dates

December 25, 2019
January 8, 2020
January 29, 2020
February 12, 2020
February 26, 2020
March 11, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 22, 2020
May 20, 2020
June 17, 2020
June 29, 2020
July 15, 2020
July 29, 2020
August 12, 2020
August 26, 2020
September 9, 2020
September 23, 2020
October 7, 2020
October 21, 2020
November 18, 2020
December 23, 2020
December 29, 2020
January 6, 2021

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