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5 Days – Manyara/Serengeti Tarangire.

Day 1: Arusha Town

Arrival and overnight in Arusha. 2 STAR Hotel.

Day 2: Lake Manyara

After breakfast proceed to Lake Manyara/ boxes/Dinner and overnight Twiga Campsite

Day 3: Serengeti Olduvai

After breakfast proceed to Olduvai and Sere lunch boxes en route/Dinner and overnight Serengeti Olduvai Campsite.

The Lake Manyara National Park

The Lake Manyara National Park

Day 4: Ngorongoro

After breakfast game drive with lunch boxes Ngorongoro National Park. Dinner and overnight Simba Campsite.

Day 5: Tarangire

After breakfast halfday crater tour with l proceed to Tarangire/Dinner and overnight Twiga Campsite

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Day 6: Departure Arusha Town

After breakfast game drive with lunch boxex to Arusha.

Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as €œthe loveliest I had seen in Africa.

The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.