Arrival - Ilboru Safari Lodge - Arusha
Your safari begins with a stay at the tranquil Ilboru Safari Lodge, nestled in the suburbs of Arusha right after we pick you up at the airport. This mid-range lodge offers a serene ambiance and a beautiful garden, providing the perfect setting to relax and prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy a delicious breakfast to fuel your excitement.
Arusha National Park - Ilboru Safari Lodge
After breakfast, we head to Arusha National Park, a haven of diverse fauna and flora. This park’s picturesque landscapes have attracted Hollywood, with scenes from the movie “Hatari” filmed here. Get ready to encounter a variety of wildlife, including buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras, and fascinating bird species. Don’t miss the opportunity to observe the black and white colobus monkeys, known for their incredible tree-climbing and jumping abilities. Lunch will be served at a scenic picnic site, allowing you to savor the surroundings. Return to Ilboru Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Tarangire National Park - Lake Burunge Tented Camp
Experience the wonders of Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River that sustains its wildlife during the dry season. This park’s dense vegetation, including elephant grass and acacia woodlands, serves as a habitat for various animals. Look out for elephants, giraffes, bushbucks, and hartebeests, as well as predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Tarangire is also a bird lover’s paradise, boasting the highest number of breeding bird species in Tanzania. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp.
More Wildlife in Tarangire - Eileen's Trees Inn, Karatu
Embark on another exciting game-viewing drive within Tarangire National Park after a hearty breakfast. Your knowledgeable safari guide will lead you to the most captivating spots, allowing you to marvel at the park’s stunning landscapes and its diverse flora and fauna. Prepare your camera to capture the mesmerizing African wilderness. As the day comes to a close, retire to Eileen’s Trees Inn, a comfortable lodge in or near Karatu, where you’ll be treated to dinner and relaxation.
Serengeti National Park - Central Serengeti Luxury Camp
Get ready for the epitome of wildlife adventures as we make our way to Serengeti National Park. Known as the ultimate safari destination, Serengeti boasts an unparalleled abundance of wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty. Witness the iconic great wildebeest migration, an awe-inspiring spectacle that attracts visitors from around the world. Serengeti is also home to an incredible array of plains game and predators, providing endless opportunities for unforgettable encounters. Your base for the next two nights is the Central Serengeti Luxury Camp, a mid-range tented camp offering comfort amidst the wild. Indulge in delicious meals and absorb the magic of the Serengeti.
Further Exploration of Serengeti - Mbalageti Serengeti
Immerse yourself deeper into the wonders of Serengeti National Park as we venture towards the western region. Here, you’ll witness the diverse forms of vegetation and landscapes that make Serengeti so unique. The captivating wildlife will leave you in awe as you observe their natural behaviors and interactions. Mbalageti Serengeti, a mid-range lodge in the western Serengeti, will be your haven for the next two nights. Enjoy the warm hospitality, delectable meals, and the opportunity to share your day’s experiences with fellow adventurers.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Rhino Lodge
Leaving Serengeti behind, we embark on a game-viewing drive en-route to the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area is famous for its incredible wildlife, including the renowned wildebeest and zebra migration. Prepare to witness the awe-inspiring sight of wildlife coexisting within the crater’s rim. Enjoy a packed lunch amidst the park’s beauty before proceeding to Rhino Lodge, located on the crater rim. Delight in the lodge’s comfort and breathtaking views as you relax and relish a delicious dinner.
Ngorongoro Crater Exploration - Eileen's Trees Inn, Karatu
Today, descend into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater for a remarkable game-viewing drive. Known as Africa’s “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an unrivaled concentration of wildlife. Prepare to encounter the Big Five and various other species in this captivating setting. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the sights that will leave you in awe. Enjoy a packed lunch at a scenic picnic site within the crater. As the day draws to a close, head back to Eileen’s Trees Inn for a restful evening and a satisfying dinner.
Lake Manyara National Park - Eileen's Trees Inn, Karatu
Embark on a short drive to Lake Manyara National Park after breakfast. As you embark on a game-viewing drive, prepare to be enchanted by the park’s diverse terrain and rich biodiversity. Spot troops of baboons, elephants, and if you’re lucky, the famous tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara National Park provides a unique safari experience and is a haven for nature lovers. Savor a packed lunch at a picturesque picnic site and then return to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and relaxation.
Return to Arusha and Farewell
On your final day, savor a hot cup of tea orcoffee as you enjoy breakfast at your lodge. Take some time to relax and reflect on the incredible moments you’ve experienced throughout your safari. Afterward, pack your belongings and embark on a scenic drive back to Arusha in our private safari Land Cruiser. This marks the end of your epic “Golden Photography” adventure, leaving you with a certificate to commemorate your extraordinary journey.
If you’re returning home, we will ensure your transfer to the airport for your flight. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your adventure, we can assist in arranging additional accommodation or a flight to the beautiful island of Zanzibar.
We hope that the memories you’ve created and the captivating photographs you’ve captured will stay with you forever. Thank you for choosing African Big Cats Safaris for this remarkable experience. Until we meet again, farewell and safe travels!
Note: Additional accommodation before and after the tour can be arranged for an extra cost. Transportation to and from the airport is included in the package.