TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Tarangire National Park is approximately 2,850 square kilometers in size; just south of Lake Manyara. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse, with a mix that is unique in the northern safari circuit. The park is most famous for its huge numbers of elephants, tree climbing lions and baobab trees. In addition, there are many zebras, wildebeests, waterbuck, giraffe and olive baboons. The park is a haven for bird watchers; over 550 bird species. particularly along the swamps by the Tarangire River; the most breeding species of any place in the world.
Numerous termite mounts dot the landscape; the abandoned ones are often seen to be the home to dwarf mongoose. Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem; There are Kori bustards, ostrich, ground hornbills, finge-eared oryx, and long-necked gerenuk regularly spotted. In Tarangire, the pythons climb trees, lounging in the branches.
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. 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 repleneshing 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 Maasai 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 vocano 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: ARRIVE NAIROBI OR KILIMANJARO AIRPORT; DRIVE TO MOISH
Your Jewel Safaris guide will pick you at either Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi or Kilimanjaro Airport. From the airport, you will drive south to the town of Moshi, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. This journey will take a couple of hours from the Kilimanjaro Airport, and 6-7 hours from Nairobi, including crossing the Kenya/Tanzania border.
Your guide will stop on the way for lunch at a local Tanzanian restaurant so you can taste some local dishes. In addition, there are a number of craft shops selling locally made Maasai arts and crafts, where you are most welcome to stop and have a look around.
You will be taken to your accommodation in Moshi, check in and have a bit of a rest. Moshi is a small town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and a very popular spot for those people about to climb the mountain. There are many small hotels, restaurants and craft shops in town.
Dinner will be provided at your hotel.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be driven to Tarangire National Park, about a 2 hour journey. You will be taken to your hotel for a rest and served lunch.
After lunch, you will go on an afternoon Game Drive in the Park. The Tarangire National Park is part of a larger ecosystem that has varied topography and wildlife inhabitants; There are many opportunities to encounter a wide variety of mammals and predators here.
Before night fall, you will return to your accommodation for dinner..
DAY 3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, you will be taken on an all-day safari in Tarangire National Park. The early morning Game Drives tend to be the most intense, as many animals avoid the high temperatures that occur later in the day. Many predators, such as lions, seek out shelter when the heat is intense and conversely, in the cooler times of the day, they are out hunting. It is very likely you will see a ‘kill’ in the early hours of the day.
Lunch will be a picnic in the park, a traditional Safari adventure on its own; sitting eating ones lunch viewing the roaming animals as they pass by.
Before night fall, you will again return to your accommodation for Dinner.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO CRATER RIM
After breakfast, you will drive to the fabled Ngorongoro Crater. You will be guided around the rim of the Crater with the help of a Park Ranger, as well as a Maasai guide; this will be done with the aid of donkeys. This particular game viewing is spectacular, as the vistas from the rim are breathtaking.
You will follow the track around the rim through open woodland and acacia forests. To the right you will stop at a simple camp set up in a remote location where one of the significant rivers flows off the highlands, entering the crater below. Here at the camp, you will be served lunch.
In the late afternoon, you will then be taken to your lodgings for a rest and dinner.
DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER GAME DRIVE.
After an early breakfast, you will go on a morning Game Drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater itself. As with the morning game drive you experienced in the Tarangire National Park, you will see predators out hunting in the cooler temperatures of the early morning.
Lunch will be a picnic on the Crater Floor. The floor itself is busy with many herds moving about and grazing on the grasses.
After the lunch break, you will continue on the Game Drive for the afternoon. The crater is not very large but the density of the wildlife within its boundaries is astonishing.
Return to your lodgings for dinner in the late afternoon.
DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND OLDUVAI GORGE.
After breakfast, you will depart Ngorongoro for the Serengeti National Park, which starts at the western edge of the Crater. En route you will pass via Olduvai Gorge, one of the more famous spots for travelers to visit. You will be taken directly to your lodging in the Serengeti, where you will have a short rest and be served lunch.
After lunch you will go on an afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is the most diverse ecosystem of all the parks and protected areas in East Africa. Its size is such that even though this is the most visited of all wildlife spots, it is rare to encounter other tourists and other vehicles.
Before night fall, you will return to your lodgings for a rest and dinner.
DAY 7: SERENGETI GAME DRIVES
After an early breakfast you will be taken on a morning Game Drive again. These are the most intense of the wildlife viewing venues, and the most memorable of times for most visitors to the Serengeti. Your guide will take you off in a totally different direction, so you can visit another unique sector of this huge park.
You will return for lunch at your lodgings.
After lunch you will be taken on an afternoon Game Drive; this time to yet another totally different area, to seek out the wildlife that inhabits this sector. Serengeti is not just vast plains with herds roaming and grazing…there are wetlands, swamps, rivers and forested areas. During the course of the day, you will be taken to a number of these totally different areas.
Before night fall, you will return to your lodgings for dinner.
DAY 8: DEPART FOR THE AIRPORT
After breakfast, you will start your journey through the park to either the Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Airport, depending on where your departure is from.
En route you will have the opportunity to stop and visit the Maasai gift shops on the road to purchase any souvenirs or gifts. In addition, lunch at a local Tanzanian restaurant will be provided, where you will be able to try some interesting and unusual dishes.
The Kidoroko Hotel is located on the Main Street of Moshi, and is used by many Kilimanjaro climbers as their ultimate basecamp. The rooftop restaurant and lounge has an excellent view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Bar and Restaurant
- Laundry services
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
TARANGIRE SAFARI LODGE
The Tarangire Safari Lodge is a 3.5 hour drive from Moshi and the Kilimanjaro Airport. The accommodation is in luxury tents; each with a private bathroom, and solar powered lights. The lodge is well equipped with a large restaurant and bar, overlooking the park savannah.
- Swimming Pool
- Gift Shop
- Lounge and Bar
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