8 Day Lake Manyara Serengeti Safari, Serengeti

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8 Day Lake Manyara Serengeti Safari


Destination: Serengeti
Duration: 8 Days
Departs From: Kilimanjaro International Airport
Regions Included:Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara is situated on the base of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. It derives its name from the Maasai word "Manyara" which is a plant known to us as Euphorbia tiraculli. This plant is used by the Maasai as a hedge to form a stockade for their cattle. As you approach the village Mto wa Mbu (pronounced mtowamboe) from Arusha, the rift wall provides spectacular viewing. Whilst driving up the rift wall, Lake Manyara appears behind you. The view is breathtaking, as you take in this massive lake with it's silver shimmer and surrounding vegetation.

Like most Rift Valley lakes, the water is alkaline. This attracts vast flocks of flamingos, which form pink foam against a silver background of water. There are numerous water birds in the area, including pelicans that waddle around next to short grasses on the shore of the lake. The park is a bird lover 's haven with a variety of local species inhabiting the forest and bush. The best time to observe these birds is in the late afternoon and early morning. The park authorities have recently allowed for tourists to canoe along certain portions of the lake, enabling bird and animal watching to become another experience altogether.

Itinerary

DAY 1:
Kilimanjaro International Airport – Snow Crest Hotel
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (time to be advised) meet and greet by our driver guide who will transfer you to Arusha city for evening at leisure at Snow Crest Hotel

Overnight at Snow Crest Hotel on Bed & Breakfast

Snow Crest Hotel

Snow Crest Hotel is located along the Arusha – Moshi Highway at Kwangulelo Area in Arusha, Tanzania. The Hotel is approximately 10 minutes (7Km) drive from the Arusha City and 30 minutes (45Km) from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
The Hotel has a splendid view of lush banana plantations that blends with a whispering breeze to create a stillness of utter relaxation.

Its locality makes it a Gate – way centre to the famous Tanzania National Parks on this northern circuit.

DAY 2:
Snow Crest Hotel – Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara

After breakfast, At 08:30hrs, depart to Tarangire National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch box, in the late afternoon drive to Manyara for evening at leisure and hot dinner

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge on Full Board

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.

DAY 3:
Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, depart for a full day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch box, arrive at the lodge for evening at leisure and hot dinner

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge on Full Board

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is situated on the base of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. It derives its name from the Maasai word "Manyara" which is a plant known to us as Euphorbia tiraculli. This plant is used by the Maasai as a hedge to form a stockade for their cattle. As you approach the village Mto wa Mbu (pronounced mtowamboe) from Arusha, the rift wall provides spectacular viewing. Whilst driving up the rift wall, Lake Manyara appears behind you. The view is breathtaking, as you take in this massive lake with it's silver shimmer and surrounding vegetation.

Like most Rift Valley lakes, the water is alkaline. This attracts vast flocks of flamingos, which form pink foam against a silver background of water. There are numerous water birds in the area, including pelicans that waddle around next to short grasses on the shore of the lake. The park is a bird lover 's haven with a variety of local species inhabiting the forest and bush. The best time to observe these birds is in the late afternoon and early morning. The park authorities have recently allowed for tourists to canoe along certain portions of the lake, enabling bird and animal watching to become another experience altogether.

DAY 4:
Lake Manyara - Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, depart to Serengeti National Park for en route game drive with picnic lunch box via Olduvai Gorge, arrive at the lodge for evening at leisure and hot dinner

Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge on Full Board

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer.

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.

DAY 5:
Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart for a full day game drive in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch box; arrive at the lodge for evening at leisure and hot dinner

Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge on Full Board

Serengeti National Park

You might have heard the name, or watched a documentary on National Geographic, but to experience it is an experience of a lifetime. The Serengeti National Park is one of the most incredible places on the planet. What you might have seen on television or read in a book cannot do justice to the actual experience. It is just out of this world. This is the largest of Tanzania's national parks, measuring 14,763 sq. km's. The park name is derived from a Maasai word meaning "endless plains" and houses the largest concentration of wildlife in the world.

The Serengeti is renowned for the huge concentrations of wildebeest and zebra. Approximately 1,500,000 wildebeest and 250,000 zebra migrate annually in a circular pattern between the Serengeti National Park's Western Corridor and Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Contrary to belief, the migration of these animals is a continuous affair with stopover points along the way. These migration trends are dependent on the rains. Read more…

DAY 6:
Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro

After breakfast, depart for a morning game drive in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch box, later on drive to Ngorongoro for evening at leisure and hot dinner

Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on Full Board

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World…
A large caldera 600 meters deep, that hosts the most unique ecosystem on Earth, with 20,000 large grazing mammals and the largest concentration of predators on Earth playing a key role in the maintenance of the ecological balance. Read more…

DAY 7
Ngorongoro Crater Tour – Arusha

After breakfast, at 06:00hrs descend down the crater floor for half day crater tour with picnic lunch box, at 10:30hrs ascend and drive back to Arusha for evening at leisure and hot dinner

Dinner and Overnight at the Snow Crest Hotel on Half Board

DAY 8
Snow Crest Hotel – Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

The vehicle has to arrive Arusha by 13:30hrs because some clients might have to depart to Zanzibar on the same day from Arusha Airport at 15:15hrs, however if we have clients not flight out in the afternoon then we will stay longer in the crater

Notes

Health requirements:
• Yellow fever inoculations are compulsory. These can be obtained from any travel clinic.
• Malaria medication is recommended

Visas:
All visitors to Zanzibar and Tanzania needs to have Visas. International clients outside of South Africa will need to contact the Tanzanian Consulate or ask one of our consultants for more information. Visas for South African passport holders can be obtained:

Upon arrival in Tanzania: This will cost you $50 and you only need to present your passport. You will not need to complete any forms or take any photographs.

From African Encounters: This will cost you $50 plus and additional R160 admin fee per application. We will require you to complete the visa application forms and supply us with two passport size photos per applicant.

Direct: Directly from the Tanzanian embassy at 822 George Avenue, Arcadia, Pretoria, Tel: (012) 342-4393.

We recommend that you obtain them when arriving in Tanzania, as this will save you time and money.

Includes

• International flights from Johannesburg - Nairobi - Kilimanjaro - Nairobi - Johannesburg.
• Airport departure tax from SA
• All accommodation and meals as per itinerary
• 4X4 Safari vehicles driven by experienced English speaking driver guides.
• All sightseeing and game viewing as shown
• Park fees and crater fees
• Olduvai Gorge
• Airport Transfers
• Free African Encounters travel bag

Excludes

• Visas ($50 pp)
• Inoculations
• Travel Insurance
• Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
• Laundry services
• Gratuities to the driver/guide and hotel staff
• Driver guide – $15 to $20 per vehicle per day
• Waiters at lodges - $1.00
• Porters - $1.00
• Room stewards - $1.00
• All expenses of personal nature
• Holiday Supplements (Easter, charismas and New Year)
• Extra airport transfer if not part of the same arrival.

General Policies & Disclaimers

• Cancellation policy as per agent’s agreement or as per our printed Price Guide if no fixed contract is in place. Please request any further information on this if required.
• We may have to re-route the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
• Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.
• In order to qualify for the low season rates, the tour must start and finish within the specified dates. If any safari starts in low season and ends in high season, we will pro rata the cost accordingly.

How to Book

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(Monday to Friday, 8AM to 17PM, GMT+2)



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8 Day Lake Manyara Serengeti Safari, Serengeti