Tanzania - Migration Calvings
Countries Visted: Tanzania
12 days / Trip Code: TAN001
$2790.00 (double / per person)

Trip Overview:
Highlights Include:

>Karama Lodge & Spa
>Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
>Ndutu Safari Lodge
>Rhotia Valley
>Pongwe Beach

This Adventure Includes:
>Accommodation in standard rooms at hotels, lodges and camps, unless otherwise indicated in the itinerary.
>Meals as indicated in itinerary.
>Entrance fees where applicable
>Tourism levies where applicable

This Adventure Does Not Include:
>Personal extras (curios, gifts etc.)
>Any gratuities.
>Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary.
>Any airfare or airport departure taxes.
>Any medical or travel insurance.
>Any tourism levy on accommodation portion of itinerary. Properties reserve the right to charge such levies to clients direct at time of check-out.
>Optional tours and transfers are not included in the total person package cost.

Service Level:
The Standard Level (Our Standard Level service features 2- 3 star accomodations and comfortable transportation throughout the itinerary. Some meals may be provided. The standard level provides private guides and transfers.)

Physical Demand Rating:
2 (Easy)

Departure Info:

Additional Trip Notes:

Adventure Type:
Classic Adventure, Wildlife Safari

Budget: $2501 ~ $5000

Days: 12

Day 1:
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, we meet you at the airport and transfer you to Arusha (45 min), spend the evening at Karama Lodge & Spa with dinner and breakfast included.

>Karama Lodge & Spa

Karama Lodge & Spa is an eco-friendly lodge located in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect home base for a Tanzania Safari or a restful night’s sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Twenty-two stilted log cabins at the lodge offer comfortable en-suite accommodation with a natural design - an excellent combination of unique comfort and style. Constructed with local materials, the cabins allow close proximity to the surrounding forest flora and fauna. Each cabin has its own wooden balcony with comfortable chairs where you can relax and admire the spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, the Maasai steppes beyond, and the surrounding lush vegetation and birdlife. The bar is open all day for a cool beer, a glass of wine, spirits, or a healthy fresh fruit juice. Sit on our spacious open deck and enjoy your drink with the breath-taking views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru and the wooded valleys below. A refreshing breeze will keep you cool even during the hot summer months.

Day 2:
We start your safari after breakfast, a 1 hour drive to Lake Manyara National Park after breakfast. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree climbing lion, primates and birds enjoy a wonderful evening at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge with your meals and drinks included.

>Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, enjoying a marvelous, uplifting and panoramic view eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and Mt. Losimingori. Behind Kirurumu, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendor and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater and, finally, Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti. The lodge has 27 tented rooms, 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages, all of which have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is situated roughly 15 minutes from Lake Manyara Airstrip, 2 - 2 1/2 hours from Arusha, 40 minutes from the Ngorongoro Gate, and 20 minutes from Lake Manyara National Park and 40 minutes from the Tarangire National Park Located 130km west of Arusha, this park is 325 sq kms, of which 230 sq kms are the lake itself. Situated at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park consists of forest, woodland, grassland and swamps. This is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions as well as baboon, buffalo, zebra, hippo, giraffe; wildebeest, and more than 350 species of bird, including the beautiful flamingo.

Day 3-5:
We drive you from Lake Manyara past Ngorongoro Crater to the southern Serengeti plains where we expect the annual wildebeest migration to be, spend 3 wonderful days with the herds as they prepare for their journey to the north, overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge with your meals included.

>Ndutu Safari Lodge

Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the South-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquility far from the madding crowd. Stay close to the Lodge and enjoy the resident wildlife, or go for a drive and explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach. After sunset return to the homely warmth and hospitality of Ndutu Safari Lodge.

The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous in the world today, thanks largely to the millions of wildebeest which migrate across it every year. It is, quite literally, a paradise and in safari terms, if you have not experienced the magic of the Serengeti’s vast, sweeping plains, then you have not truly experienced Africa.

The Serengeti has three distinct areas, each of which is a must if you want to fully appreciate this magnificent place. By exploring the whole of the Serengeti, you are virtually assured of seeing the legendary wildebeest somewhere on your itinerary! The “endless plains” to the south were formed more than 3-million years ago when the then active Ngorongoro volcano deposited ash onto granite bedrock. This is where the Great Migration reaches its peak, with more than 2-million wildebeest, accompanied by zebra and antelope spend three months of the year giving birth to their young. The woodlands area covers almost two thirds of the Serengeti, and this is the secret of its success as a wildlife paradise because the majority of animal species need a combination of open savanna and woodland habitat to survive. The granite hills of the Serengeti form the third part of this incredible place, and play a crucial role in its ecosystem. If you imagine the Serengeti as a bath, then these rock hills are the plug, preventing the much needed ground water from seeping away and providing perennial springs and water holes.

The area you should visit depends on the time of year you will travel, as each is unique and spectacular.

Day 6:
An early departure after breakfast, we spend the most of the day on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy this World Heritage Site and spend the evening at Rhotia Valley Lodge with your meals included.

>Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

You can find Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge halfway between the Rift Valley Escarpment and Ngorongoro Crater, three miles off the main road from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater. At Rhotia Valley you can relax in unique and friendly surroundings, gather your thoughts before going on a safari or slow down after a long day under the Tanzanian sun. The lodge is built with indigenous hardwood and in traditional African style. It is in complete harmony with its surroundings. Yet, its spacious set up, personal and friendly service and its finishing touches, such as cosy sofas around the fireplace and warm decorative details, provide a perfectly balanced luxury. With only fifteen individual tents, Rhotia Valley has an intimate charm. Each of the comfortable tented houses has its own veranda and a bathroom with hot and cold running water, shower and flush toilet.
Situated on top of that hill - at 1700 m, well above malaria risk! - the lodge offers breathtaking views of the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area forest, nearby villages and the terraced fields of the local farmers, with in the background Lake Manyara.

Few things in Tanzania compare to the breathtaking natural beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater. Widely regarded as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and a Unesco World Heritage Site, this collapsed volcanic caldera covers and area of 8300 square kilometers and encompasses several different ecosystems.

What makes Ngorongoro special is its concentration of animals. An estimated 30 000 animals - including the famed Big 5 - inhabit an area of 260 square kilometers inside the 600m deep caldera, which forms its own, unique eco-system. Ngorongoro is literally “Wildlife Central”! Geologists believe that the Ngorongoro volcano was originally 1000m higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5891m is the highest peak in Africa. Its eruptions regularly deposited ash to the west of Ngorongoro up until the volcano collapsed around 2-million years ago, cultivating the only habitat that can sustain the birth of half a million wildebeest calves in two months on a annual basis.

The ash deposits also made for the ideal preservation of fossil remains in the area, and led to the archeological discoveries of early human remains made by Dr Louis Leaky and his wife, Mary, at Olduvai Gorge just to the west of the Ngorongoro highlands. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also home to one of the most iconic tribes in Africa - the Maasai - who were moved here from the Serengeti. With their nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai co-exist with relatively minimal impact on their wild neighbors, helping to preserve this unique African treasure.

Day 7-11:
Flight from Arusha airport to the island of Zanzibar where you will be transferred to Pongwe Beach Hotel on the east coast of the island, enjoy 5 nights relaxing at this wonderful beach property.

>Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel offers the perfect paradise island experience. The bay's clear blue waters - protected by the reef one kilometer from the shore - are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. If the midday sun becomes too strong you can retreat into the shade of the palm trees that line the white sandy beach, and sip a long, cool drink.
The in-house chefs cater for all different tastes and are very flexible so guests can be assured that the crab, king prawns and other fine local food will be prepared and cooked to the highest standards. The freshest ingredients available on the island are sourced using local suppliers, and wines and beef are specially imported from South Africa. The resort’s beautiful gardens surround sixteen beach front Zanzibari cottages. All cottages have en suite bathrooms, with Moroccan style walk in showers and its own private terrace where guests may enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast.

Zanzibar’s capital - Stone Town - is a marvelous mixture of African and Asian heritage, producing a fusion of these two cultures which is unique. Arab dhows are still moored in the harbor and colorful narrow alleyways are full of interesting history, shops and bazaars.

The rest of Zanzibar is typified by soft, white beaches and swaying palm trees dotted along the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. A combination of a night in Stone Town followed by a few nights relaxing at a beachside retreat make for a perfect addition to any Tanzanian holiday and a great way to round-off an exciting wildlife safari.

Day 12:
Zanzibar International Airport
We transfer you to Zanzibar International Airport for you to connect with your flight back home. We hope you have enjoyed your safari.

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