9 days Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Natron

You will embark on a journey starting from Zanzibar and traverse the finest parks in northern Tanzania by automobile, concluding your safari in Arusha. This enables you to observe the expansive grasslands of the Serengeti from an elevated position, while also allowing you to discover the remarkable landscape and wildlife found in the parks of the Northern Circuit from the exposed roof of a 4×4 safari vehicle. You will be transported by air over the expansive grasslands of the Serengeti, and then return by land vehicle. This experience is incredibly comprehensive and covers all aspects of adventure.

Highlights of the 9 days Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Natron

Day 1: Depart from Zanzibar Airport and go to Central Serengeti National Park.

Day 2: Spend the entire day exploring Serengeti National Park.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park, full-day excursion:

Day 4: Engage in a comprehensive game drive during the entire day in Pololeti Game Reserve.

Day 5: Safari Transfer to South Serengeti National Park- Ndutu.

Day 6: Visit to the Ngorongoro Crater:

Day 7: Journey to Lake Natron:

Day 8: Embark on a stroll around Flamingo Lake in Lake Natron.

Day 9: Transportation to Arusha:

The 9 days Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Natron Detailed itinerary.

Day 1: Transfer  from Zanzibar Airport to Central Serengeti National Park.

Your departure will take place from Zanzibar Airport, and you will fly over the Indian Ocean for a duration of 1.5 hours. During the flight, you will also pass over the hinterland of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, and the extensive Serengeti region. Finally, you will make your descent at Seronera Airstrip. The aerial perspectives are unquestionably amazing. Within 30 minutes after exiting the aircraft, you will be seated in a 4×4 safari vehicle with a retractable roof, prepared to witness all the sights that the Serengeti has to offer. During the midday hours, there will be a designated time for a picnic break to have lunch and take a brief walk to stretch your legs before continuing on. In the late afternoon, you will be transported to Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma for the overnight stay.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma.

Day 2: Spend the entire day in Serengeti National Park.

There is nothing more enjoyable than waking up from a peaceful slumber to the sounds of the Serengeti. After you have finished your meal, you can begin to explore the diverse animals of the savannah, which is filled with acacia trees. You will have the opportunity to embark on another day of thrilling safari exploration on the vast African terrain. By the conclusion of today, it is likely that you will comprehend the reason behind the designation of “Serengeti” as “endless plains.” In the late afternoon, you will go back to your lodging at Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park, full-day excursion:

Following breakfast at Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma, you will commence your safari by heading in a northerly direction. The drive leads you through a captivating expanse of diverse and dynamic scenery. The expedition commences by traversing unpaved pathways bordered by sparse vegetation, which serves as the natural habitat for impalas and giraffes. Eventually, you will arrive in the Lobo region, where the scenery expands to encompass a combination of grasslands, rivers, hills, and forests. Depending on the movement of the migration, you can make your way even further north. The northern area of the Serengeti is less visited compared to the southern and central parts, providing a more personal safari experience. Ultimately, you will exit the park via Klein’s gate. After traveling a little distance, you will encounter another unexpected delight: the Maasai culture, displayed in all its splendor. You will be accommodated overnight in Africa Safari Maasai Boma, a contemporary rendition of a traditional Maasai earth dwelling featuring a private bathroom and a spacious king-sized bed.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Maasai Boma.

Day 4: Engage in a comprehensive game drive throughout the Pololeti Game Reserve.

After completing your breakfast at Africa Safari Maasai Boma, you will return to the safari jeep to embark on another day of exploring the natural habitat in pursuit of animals. You will embark on an additional full-day excursion to observe wildlife. This time, we will be at the Pololeti Game Reserve, which is located just outside the Serengeti National Park. This location is genuinely an undiscovered treasure and is situated along the path of the Great Migration. The terrain consists of expansive meadows, wooded slopes, and rocky outcrops that serve as frequent vantage points for lions and leopards. Ultimately, you will come back to Africa Safari Maasai Boma for a delectable dinner and a deserved night of sleep.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Maasai Boma.

On this  fifth day, we will be moving to the South Serengeti National Park, specifically the Ndutu area.

Today, the alarm is set to go off early as the entire day is devoted to exploring Serengeti National Park! Upon departure from your lodging, you will proceed to embark on the safari vehicle, ensuring that you have all of your equipment with you. Throughout the day, you will journey across the entirety of the national park, providing several opportunities to observe exceptional wildlife occurrences. The park is of such immense size that the topography undergoes perpetual transformation. Ultimately, you will reach the southern region of Serengeti National Park, from where you will proceed with your expedition to Ndutu. Here is the upcoming lodging where you will be staying for the night, another exquisite location nestled in the heart of nature. If fortunate, elephants may pass by your tent.

Accommodation: Africa Safari South Serengeti.

Day 6: Visit to Ngorongoro Crater:

Ensure that you awaken early today to avoid any delay in your descend into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater. Upon your arrival in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be captivated by the exquisite scenery that surrounds you. Furthermore, the experience is heightened when you reach the rim of the crater and behold the awe-inspiring panorama of one of the Earth’s remarkable natural wonders. The crater, a dormant volcano, is roughly 3 million years old and spans an area of 20 square kilometers. It holds the distinction of being the largest intact volcanic caldera on Earth. The wildlife in the crater is remarkable as a result of its inherent geographical boundaries. The crater is inhabited by the Big Five and provides a favorable opportunity to observe the elusive black rhinoceros. By incorporating hyenas, zebras, buffalos, and elephants, the safari experience becomes exceptionally remarkable. After the afternoon concludes, you will proceed to Africa Safari Karatu to rest for the night.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Karatu.

On the seventh day, you will wake up with the Ngorongoro Highlands in the background and have a satisfying breakfast. Subsequently, you will embark on a journey to Africa Safari Lake Natron. A safari journey of around 140 kilometers will take you over diverse landscapes to the location of Ol Doinyo Lengai, also known as the Mountain of God. The route may be uneven, but the Maasai, adorned in vibrant attire and adorned with beading accessories, will offer plenty diversion amidst the numerous Aleo vera and Candelabra trees. As the landscape transitions to dry grassland with whistling-thorn Acacias, the expansive views reveal the unmistakable silhouette of a distant volcano. During the last stretch, the scenery undergoes a transformation into a striking lava desert, featuring a prominently alkaline lake nestled within a dip formed by the Rift Valley. The staff at Africa Safari Lake Natron excitedly anticipate your arrival to greet you with a dinner and provide you with a comfortable night’s rest beneath the starry skies of Lake Natron.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Lake Natron.

Day 8: Embark on a leisurely stroll around Flamingo Lake in Lake Natron.

Begin your day by donning your walking shoes and accompanying a Maasai tribesman on a stroll around the shoreline of Lake Natron, where you will search for the smaller flamingoes. Lake Natron serves as the primary and consistent breeding location for lesser flamingoes in East Africa. During the breeding season, the lake accommodates a population of up to 2.5 million flamingos. Egg-laying and hatching primarily occur from September to January, with the highest activity observed between October and early December. In addition to the waterfowl, the lake’s very alkaline waters support only a few other bird species. You have the freedom to spend the rest of the day as you like. You can choose to relax by taking a nap or go for a swim in the pool while enjoying the breathtaking sights of the continuously active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai. You will be provided with meals and accommodations at Africa Safari Lake Natron.

Accommodation: Africa Safari Lake Natron.

Day 9: Transportation to Arusha:

Every positive thing eventually comes to an end. Indulge in your final lunch at Africa Safari Lake Natron before departing for your trip to Arusha. Upon meeting your driver-guide at the reception, you will embark on a return drive to the original starting point. Remain vigilant, as the exceedingly uncommon gerenuk antelopes can be observed in close proximity to the road. Upon completing a 4-hour trip, you will return to Arusha, with your heart and camera brimming with recollections from your African safari escapade.

The itinerary includes.

  • Park fees.
  • All activities.
  • All accommodation.
  • A professional driver/guide.
  • All transportation.
  • Roundtrip airport transfer.

Exclusions.

  • International flights.
  • Alcoholic drinks.

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