Arrive to Kilimanjaro International airport in Tanzania. A Barking Zebra team member will greet you at the airport and drive you to tonight’s lodge nearby Arusha.
Enjoy the rest. Your safari adventure starts tomorrow!
On your first safari set out to Tarangire National Park – a gem of a location known for its diversity of wildlife and often referred to as “The Little Serengeti.” Tarangire’s wonderfully varied landscape of rolling hills and golden savannah, generously dotted with acacias and baobabs, is home to diverse birdlife, large cats and massive elephant herds. Herds as large as 150 elephants are considered a usual sighting.
Leaving Tarangire, the safari adventure continues on the most famous drive through the Great Rift Valley.
Entamanu, your camp for the next two nights, is perched on the remote north-western edge of the Ngorongoro Crater rim. From here you can enjoy unique views of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Next day drive to Ngorongoro Crater, the jaw-dropping spectacle, often described as one of the great wonders of the world and likened to a vision of the Garden of Eden. Descend to the crater floor through the lush rain forest and observe the interaction of wildlife at 5,000 feet above sea level. The great caldera contains the highest concentration of wildlife on the planet.
Entamanu Ngorongoro Camp (opens in August 2016)
Serengeti National Park
Board a bush plane from Manyara airstrip to the Serengeti. Everyone who has had a chance to see nearly two million animals on the move has been touched by the magic of this place. The wildebeests are accompanied by zebra and, for parts of the journey, by gazelles. Sometimes they run, sometimes they walk but wildebeests are always on the move. Spend three days tracking the legendary wildebeest migration and the lurking predators disguised in the grass.
A scenic flight will transport you from Serengeti to Ruaha National Park, a vast wilderness in the south of the country visited by only a handful of travelers each year. Explore the rich offerings of Ruaha – morning and afternoon game drives will be an adventure; while the comforts of camp provide the perfect stage setting to recount and savor the day’s wildlife encounters.
Terrain and wildlife in Ruaha is varied and dramatic. Open plains are filled with baobab and iconic purple-tinged hills provide the perfect backdrop to this beautiful scenery. Riverine -bush and dry river beds can prove the hideout for kudu and elephant while huge herds of buffalo and scores of giraffe are usually never far away. Big cats are also a plenty. Ruaha is never short on excitement. Its big game and prolific birdlife will delight even those new to birdwatching.
Perhaps taking a walking safari is a great way to end your three day stay in Ruaha. Walking gives you an appreciation of the tranquility, complexity and vastness of the African wilderness.
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning with a cup of tea or coffee as the sun comes up, followed by breakfast before boarding a bush plane back to Arusha. Spend time visiting a local arts center and relax in your day room before your evening flight home, or continue to Zanzibar or other destinations in Tanzania.