Arusha – Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Excursion (Optional),Tanzania
We start the day by paying a visit to the Meserani Snake Park and Masai Cultural Museum. Just a few minutes walk away from the campsite you will find a gallery selling paintings with a charming African feel to it. After lunch you are met by a local Tanzanian operator who leads the trips into the Parks in four wheel drive vehicles that have been modified for safari use.
Departing from the campsite we make our way through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (‘Mosquito River’, situated next to the Lake Manyara National Park), and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu. Karatu boasts incredible views of the surrounding hills and has numerous wheat farms that only add more beauty to this magnificent scenery. Our evening is spent at a lovely campsite in Karatu.
On the morning of the 2nd day, we leave in the early hours to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and make our way into the Ngorongoro Crater that is abundant with wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in the African continent, including the elusive Black Rhino. Following our Crater game drive, we travel down the Crater’s rim and pass the Cradle of Mankind before reaching the Serengeti National Park.
Game driving through the southern and central regions of the Park, we cross seemingly infinite landscapes that offer only natural beauty. We bush camp (no ablution facilities) tonight amongst the cool breezes and tranquil sounds of the African wilderness. (Sleep in the Serengeti – optional)
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Serengeti Excursion
Please note: For the travellers who are sitting this one out, their next days will be spent at leisure, delighting in their surrounds – the Meserani Reptile Park, the Masai Cultural Museum and the neighbouring villages and craft markets. If you wish to do something else, you are always free to explore the nearby town of Arusha.