SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Serengeti National Park occupies 14,763 square kilometers; 15% of the total land mass of Tanzania. The Serengeti is the oldest and most popular National Park in both Tanzania and East Africa with a huge number of wildlife. The most famous feature of the Park is the annual Wildebeest Migration; some 1.5 million Wildebeest, in a 40 kilometer long column plunge through crocodile-infested waters in the act of replenishing the specie; over 8,000 calves daily are produced before the 1,000 kilometer pilgrimage begins again. Accompanying the Wildebeest on this exodus from the Serengeti to the Kenyan Masai Mara, are 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s Gazelle, in their common search for fresh grazing.
As if this was not enough of a draw, the Serengeti is also the most scintillating game-viewing location in Africa. Great herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, as well as thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle, live within its boundaries. The predator cats are also in huge numbers; leopards, cheetahs, and Lions are easily spotted. The ecosystem is also home to lizards, hyraxes, over 100 varieties of dung beetle, plus 500-plus bird species. Despite its popularity, one can go on a Game Drive and never spot another human for many hours; the part is enormous.
The Ngorongoro Crater was formed by a large volcano exploding and collapsing into itself; the crater is 610 meters deep and its floor covers 260 square meters. Here in the Ngorongoro Crater, wildlife and humans co-exist; the only conservation area in Tanzania where this has been permitted. Cultivation is limited to a subsistence level, to protect the wildlife’s ecosystem.
Over 25,000 large animals live in the crater; including black rhino, Cape buffalo, hippos, blue wildebeest, Grant’s zebra, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, waterbucks, Tanzanian cheetah, East African wild dog and African leopard. It also has the densest known population of Maasai Lions.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT MOUNT KILIMANJARO AIRPORT:
Your Jewel Safaris guide will meet you at the Mt. Kilimanjaro Airport and give you a short briefing of the upcoming itinerary. You will then be driven to Serengeti National Park and check into your accommodation.
Assuming you arrive in the morning, you will then be served lunch at your accommodation.
After lunch you will be taken by your Jewel Safaris guide on an afternoon Game Drive on one of the sectors of the park. Serengeti has the most diverse ecosystem of all the National Parks in East Africa, and you will encounter many animals as you roam the plains.
Before night fall, you will be taken back to your accommodation for dinner..
DAY 2: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, you will go on a morning Game Drive. These early Game Drives are the most successful in terms of spotting the predators, such as the lions and hyenas. The temperatures are much cooler at this time of day, and the cats, in particular, are out hunting for food. It is very likely that you will encounter a ‘kill’ at this time of the day, as this is when they are most common.
You will then start your journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, at the eastern side of the Serengeti. Lunch will be either on the way to or at the Crater, depending on how the time is.
After lunch, you will continue with the journey to the Crater; arriving at your accommodation. You will be able to have a rest and afternoon tea at your accommodation.
Dinner at your accommodation
DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER
After another early breakfast, you will go on a Game Drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater itself. The crater is quite unique; in addition to having an enormous number of game animals, it is also the home of many Masai people. Here they set up homesteads to co-exist with the wildlife. It is the only protected area in Tanzania where both wildlife and humans are permitted.
Lunch will be a picnic on the Crater Floor, where you will encounter many animals roaming about while you take your lunch.
After the lunch break, you will continue on the Game Drive for the afternoon. There is an opportunity to travel on donkeys on a trail that exists at the rim of the Crater, a rather unique perspective on both the crater itself and the wildlife that exists around the edge.
Before night fall, you will return to your lodgings for dinner in the late afternoon.
DAY 4: DEPART FOR MT. KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
After breakfast, you will drive to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight. The drive will take you across parts of the Serengeti as well as through a number of villages, where there will be ample opportunity to visit the Masai artists preparing their handicrafts.
Lunch will be en route as you pass through the communities that exist in this area; your guide will take you to a local Tanzanian restaurant so you can taste the local dishes.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
SERENGETI SERENA LODGE
The Serengeti Serena Lodge sits on the top of a tree-clad ridge, with panoramic views across the Serengeti. This property has won numerous awards from the world travel press; the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer. The property is magnificently landscaped; at the edge of the ridge sits a vanishing horizon pool which looks out over the endless plains of the Serengeti.
- Swimming Pool
- Adjacent to Airstrip
- Scenic Safari Bar with terrace
- Private Bush Camp overlooking the Wildebeest Migration
- Gift Shop
- Business Center
- Satelite TV
NGORONGORO WILDLIFE LODGE
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is perched on the rim of the Crater itself, with unbelievable views down over the crater floor. The lodge is built of local wood and natural stone; blending into the natural surroundings. The open-air terraces of the Rhino Lounge Bar also offers supurb views of the Crater.
- Restaurant and Bar
- Boutique and Gift Shop
- Near the Airstrip
- Laundry services