Hiking West & Central Serengeti Safari

Includes also: NP Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai, Ngorongoro

7 Nights 8 Days

Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast we drive to Lake Manyara National Park and enjoy a game drive in this picturesque park that is the perfect place to end your safari. Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake that is part of the Rift Valley wall; the lake is at the base of this dramatic western escarpment giving it a beautiful and serene setting. In addition to this peaceful setting, Lake Manyara’s main attractions are its rich bird life, tree climbing lions and its hippos which you can see at a closer range than any other places. Stay overnight at Lake Manyara Kirurumu Lodge.

Day 2: Lake Manyara – Lake Natron – Ol Donyo Lengai

Today we drive from Lake Manyara to Lake Natron, passing some varied landscape, from dry rocks to lush plains, along the way. Lake Natron is one of the most original landscapes in East Africa. It is a wide soda lake that is home to the Maasai, which live here still in traditional ways and are hardly influenced by the modern culture. It is also the home for millions of birds, and therefore great for bird watching. Late afternoon we will take a walk to the lake for a close look at the hundreds of flamingos with the amazing massive Ol Donyo Lengai volcano in the backdrop. Tonight we recommend you go for an early night as you will wake up at midnight to start your climb of Ol Donyo Lengai. Stay overnight at Lake Natron Mwaivaro Lodge.

Day 3: Ol Donyo Lengai Trek (2,896 meter above sea level)

The trek up Ol Donyo Lengai, an active volcano, the highlight of your Tanzanian safari! Ol Donyio Lengai is located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley and has erupted fifteen times in the past century. This challenging hike to the top of the “Mountain of God” offers an opportunity to view molten lava. From there you have great views of the surrounding landscapes, including the plains of the Serengeti. It is very steep and we will walk slowly with our Maasai guide. It takes about 5 hours to reach the summit, just in time for sunrise and 4 hours to come down. Stay overnight at Mwaivaro Lodge.

Day 4: Drive to Serengeti

We leave Ol Donyo Lengai for a drive to the Serengeti where breathtaking landscapes, endless plains and abundant wildlife await you. The Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The Western corridor of the Serengeti is the ideal location for marveling at the annual migration of large herds of animals at this time of the year. Often spotted in the Serengeti are elephants, hippos, lions, zebras, wildebeests, cheetahs, leopards and more. Stay overnight at Serengeti Ikoma Tented Lodge.

Day 5: Western Serengeti

Today is a full day of game drive. We continue to explore the vast plains of the Serengeti and we look for prides of lions and large herds of wildebeests pounding the plains, while hungry predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs try to prey upon the youngest and weakest members of the herds. Stay overnight at Serengeti Ikoma Tented Lodge.

Day 6: Serengeti – Olduvai – Ngorongoro Crater

Today we leave the Serengeti and drive to Ngorongoro Crater passing some very scenic landscapes. En route to the Ngorongoro crater we stop by Olduvai Gorge, a world-renowned archeological site that has been called the “Cradle of Mankind”. Stay overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Today is a full day of exploring the Crater floor for a very rewarding day of wildlife viewing. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world covering approximately 260 km with walls rising 600 meters from the crater floor. Before the Ngorongoro Volcano exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, it was one of the world’s tallest mountains. Now, it is home to more than 30,000 large mammals – mainly gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog – and has the highest predator density in the world. By the late afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for overnight stay.

Day 8: Drive back to Arusha

This morning we drive back to Arusha for an overnight stay at Kibo Palace or for a transfer at the airport onto your next destination.