Join us on a 4 day Safari to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro crater after the climb. Rest and relax in authentic, high-end safari lodges and see some of East Africa’s most legendary wildlife and landscapes. The itinerary was made short to fit with a Kilimanjaro climb – but it is a truly world-class Safari. If it is the only Safari you ever do in your life you will still have seen some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and most iconic wildlife.
The safari begins the morning of day 10 with a drive to Tarangire National Park. Located slightly off the main safari route, it is a beautiful park, famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. We may also see large herds of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo, as well as giraffe, African lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
Then we drive to Ngorongoro Crater, known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations – dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions. Enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot’.
Nights and afternoons will be spent at quintessential safari lodges. The first with safari tents with thatched roofs and panoramic views of the savannah and Tarangire River. The second clings to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and is regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world. Transportation will be by foot and by comfortable safari Landcruisers with removable roofs. The experience is authentic, and high-end, but most importantly, it will provide the best options and chances to see some of the earth’s most famous creatures.
After our breakfast at the lodge we are picked up in comfortable safari Landcruisers with removable roofs and drive west two hours to Tarangire National Park. This park draws large herds from across the Maasai during the dry season as thousands of animals migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River in search of water. Lions and other predators follow the herds and can be found throughout the park. We have lunch at the entrance to the park and then have an afternoon game drive, ending up at the southeastern edge of the park. We check into the beautiful Tarangire Safari Lodge. (B,L,D)
We have full day to explore Tarangire National Park with a dawn game drive and a mid-day siesta. We then go for an afternoon game walk to a rock outcropping overlooking the valley and enjoy an African sunset. We return to the lodge to have dinner and then you may opt for a night drive to study the nocturnal and diurnal creatures. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (B,L,D)
After breakfast we leave Tarangire for Lake Manyara (95kms). Here, there are panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. We stop along the way to visit Massai villages and overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. The lodge clings to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and is regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world. (B,L,D)
Day 13 is a big day. After an early morning breakfast, we descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game drive. The crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations – dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions. This is a truly special place. Overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. (B,L,D)
Drive back to Arusha. Stop along the way to visit the Reptile Farm. Arrive in Arusha in time to wash up and catch your International flight Home. (B,L)