Day 1 Nairobi/Lake Manyara: Morning drive across the Kenya/Tanzania border to Lake Manyara with picnic lunches. Late afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena lodge or similar FB
The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.
Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.
Day 2 Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro: Morning drive to Ngorongoro Crater, lunch at the lodge. Afternoon games drive in the Crater, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge or similar FB
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night
Day 3 Ngorongoro. Full day game drive in the Crater with picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at the lodge. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar FB
Day 4 Ngorongoro/Nairobi. After breakfast, drive across the border with picnic lunch en route to Nairobi.