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14 Day Predators & River Crossing Photo Safari

Day 1: Fly to the Mara River

Picked up from your overnight hotel in the morning, Drive to Arusha airport for a morning flight to Serengeti National Park to Kogatende Airstrip.

Upon arrival, you will meet your driver guide and head to the camp, on the way to the camp you go on your first game drive around Serengeti. Lunch at the camp, the afternoon will be spent doing game drives in Serengeti until late afternoon when you will drive and check in at Serengeti Savannah Mara River Camp.

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Serengeti Savannah Camp – Mara River
Day 2-4: Game Viewing Mara River Area

We can wake early for a sunrise game drive in the Serengeti at Dawn if you wish. This should be discussed with your safari guide the previous night.

After breakfast enjoys a full day game drive in this area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in this Mara River area, with pride of lion up to 30 strong, however from July to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise.

The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later.

Please take note – to actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to the river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later.

Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Savannah Mara River Camp All meals are included. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Serengeti Savannah Mara River Camp
Day 5: Northern Serengeti – Central Serengeti

Today you will leave after leisurely breakfast and drive to the Central Serengeti National Park known as Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.

We enjoy a game drive en-route to the camp. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp All meals are included. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Day 6-7: Central Serengeti National Park

Full day game drives in the Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on earth. Non-migratory species include large prides of lions, solitary leopards, cheetah and graceful Impala.

The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of open plains, punctuated by kopjes, rock formations that have survived from the Pre-Cambrian period, and open woodlands. After a sumptuous dinner, relax by the campfire, under a canopy of stars.

Overnight at the Serengeti Kati Kati Camp, All meals are included. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Day 8: Central Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast drive and descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants.

Another big draw card to this picturesque conserved area is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. In the late afternoon, head back to the rim and drive to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight. All meals are included. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 9: Crater Tour

In the early morning, we can often watch banks of cloud lift off the Crater as the sun penetrates an already magical setting.

We descend more than 2,000 feet on steep tracks cut into the crater wall to reach the open plains of the Crater floor taking picnic breakfast and lunch with us so that we can spend the maximum time viewing animals.

The Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the best place in Tanzania to view black rhino as well as large prides of lion that include magnificent black-manned males. It is also home to huge herds of wildebeest and zebra and many other plains game, such as Thomson’s gazelle.

An alkaline lake in the floor of the Crater provides a habitat for colourful flamingo and a variety of other water birds. Massive bull elephants feed in the swamps, some adorned with enormous tusks. In the mid-afternoon we ascend to the lodge, relax on our veranda and marvel at the view. We can soak in a hot bath, or walk around the lodge grounds.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 10-12: Ngorongoro – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, you will be driving to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania.

There will be many opportunities for game viewing as we drive through the park. We have the option of taking picnic lunch or arrive at the lodge for lunch settling in and then an afternoon at leisure or game drive. Tarangire contains a range of ecosystems from grassland and woodlands in the north, to scrub and wetlands further south.

The Tarangire river cuts through the park and empties into Lake Burunge in the west. Tarangire boasts one of the largest and most conspicuous elephant populations in East Africa. There are large family groups with many calves being born each year as the population continues to recover from the devastating effects of poaching in the eighties.

You will see herds of elephants and experience close contact with the matriarchs, the babies, teenagers, and bulls.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 13: Tarangire – Arusha – Depart

After breakfast drive back to Arusha arrives in time for lunch, optional shopping afterwards then drive to Kia Lodge where the day use room will be provided before transferred to the Airport for your home bound flight.

  • Breakfast

Safari quote includes:

  • Full board accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers involved in the entire trip
  • Transportation on 4 x 4 safari vehicle throughout safari
  • Services of professional safari guide
  • All sightseeing and game viewing as shown in the itinerary
  • All park fees
  • Crater service fees
  • Camping fees
  • Government taxes and hotel levies
  • Flight from Arusha to Kogatende

Safari quote excludes:

  • International flights
  • Entry visa fees
  • Gratuities for the safari guide and hotel/ camp staff
  • Personal expenses such as beverages and laundry.
  • Telephones, e-mail and fax bills
  • Personal and travel insurance

 

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Reviewed by Cheryl Snyder   March 22, 2017
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I highly recommend Ecological Wilderness Adventures’ 14 Day Predators & River Crossing Photo Safari. It is a wonderful adventure, providing expert and friendly tour guides, comfortable accommodations, dependable transport vehicles, and a front seat to Northern Tanzania’s wildlife. I went on this Tour in August 2016; it delivered all I wished for and expected. I researched my dream safari, comparing multiple Tours and Operators, and selected this Ecological Wilderness Adventures 14 Day Predators & River Crossing Photo Safari Tour for multiple reasons.

My reasons and my experiences are summarised below:

1) Ecological Wilderness Adventures (EWA) is a Tanzanian company. The owner and tour guides are native, and most have been Park Rangers before joining EWA. They are experts in the local flora and fauna, as well as the Country’s history and people. My Guide took obvious pleasure in sharing his knowledge and answering my questions. He was also often was the first to find/spot an elusive animal. My Guide, and EWA was well known and well liked/respected by other Tour guides and hotel staff. Brian M. Mengoriki, EWA Founder and Senior Professional Safari Guide, communicated directly with me, during my planning and while in Tanzania, to ensure my satisfaction.

2) I really wanted to try and see a Mara River Crossing, as well as the Central Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire. Many other tours did not include the Mara River crossing, except as a costly extension. This 14-day Ecological Wilderness Adventures tour did/does, and at a reasonable price for the traveler. I was lucky and saw four large crossings of Wildebeest and Zebra, and three smaller crossings, August 16th to 20th, 2016. All were spectacular; do this!

3) I wanted to spend time, more than a couple of nights, camping in the Serengeti, to be able to “feel” the Serengeti and get as close to nature as possible. This Tour provides multiple nights in tented camps. The two tented camps Ecological Wilderness Adventures used for my Tour were perfect. I woke to the sound of Zebra and Wildebeest chomping the grass while in the Mara camp, and fell asleep to the sound of Hyena at the Seronera camp. The tents were clean and spacious, had electricity, running water, flush toilets, hot showers, comfortable beds, and a sitting area out front. The Camps’ food was consistently good, the staff helpful, professional and friendly. The other tourists were great to share stories with, and all had the spirit of adventurers.

4) I also wanted to visit the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park, which this Ecological Wilderness Adventures Tour did. All three parks provide unique experiences and are worth spending time at. Lake Manyara is small; a half day is fine there. The Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire deserve at least a full day, preferably more. I was fortunate and saw a Black Rhino in the Crater. We also visited the Olduvai Gorge and Museum, a worthwhile stop as it is considered one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world.

5) In addition to the 14 Day Tour, I added a day hike on Mount Kilimanjaro at the Shira Plateau. I couldn’t go to Arusha and not set foot on Kilimanjaro. Ecological Wilderness Adventures arranged for the day hike/tour, so it was integrated perfectly. The Mountain revealed its peak many times on the bright and sunny day I had for my hike (again, mid-August). Again, worth doing!In conclusion, the Ecological Wilderness Adventures’ 14 Day Predators & River Crossing Photo Safari is an excellent choice for travelers wishing to experience Tanzania’s Northern Circuit parks, and photograph the “big five”. It is comprehensive and well-paced, providing a comfortable, fun and exciting adventure for all seeking a Tanzanian Safari.

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