Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, you’ll be met by a Barking Zebra staff member and driven to tonight’s lodge near Arusha; or the gateway to your great journey that awaits.
Lake Manyara National Park
Set out to discover East Africa’s wildlife amid the stunning Great Rift Valley landscape – Lake Manyara, which Ernest Hemingway thought as “the loveliest lake in Africa.” The lake is a birder’s heaven visited by 300 migratory species and has the largest population of baboons in all Africa. The park is home to elephants, hippos, giraffes and the famed Manyara tree-climbing lions.
Short drive to Ngorongoro Crater where volcanic slopes shelter almost 25,000 animals. The crater floor is a mixture of habitats that break the monotony of grassland. You are never out of sight of wildlife when driving on the caldera’s floor. Seek out the Big five and observe the interactions of predators and prey.
Serengeti National Park
Witness the incredible Serengeti Migration, where more than a million wildebeest and 500,000 zebra make an annual march across the plains in pursuit of fresh grass. Depending on the season, fly to southern Serengeti or northern Serengeti in search of thundering herds of migratory animals. For the next three days, venture out on multiple daily game-viewing drives.
Optional activities: Hot-Air Balloon safari complete with champagne breakfast.
Embark on an early flight from the Serengeti to Mahale Mountains located on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake. On arrival you’ll take a short boat ride to the remote Greystoke Camp, located in one of Tanzania’s most beautiful settings. The steep Mahale Mountains rise up just behind your camp creating a fantastic backdrop for the second part of your safari. When you are not tracking the wild chimps, there is plenty to do at Greystoke during your three day stay. Hop on the dhow for a deep water swim, or try your luck with a fishing rod in the crystal clear lake or take a gentle cruise to look for birds and hippos or simply, relax on the deck with a book and enjoy the attention of the lovely camp crew.
After breakfast take the boat back along the lake to the airstrip, where you board a bush plane flight to Arusha. Spend time visiting a local arts center before your evening flight home or continue to Zanzibar or other destinations in Tanzania.