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Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Safari. 18-24 August 2020
Start Date: 18-08-2020
End Date: 24-08-2020
10 spot/s available
10 spot/s available
Let’s go to Tanzania with Eagle Eye Safaris, and discover the jewels of East Africa…predators such as cheetah, lion, and leopard on the hunt for wildebeest, gazelle, and other prey species, large herds of buffalo and elephants, graceful giraffe browsing the tops of trees, and zebra bucking and playing in the grasslands.
We’re starting in the heart of the incredible Serengeti. Imagine the vast plains and iconic Acacia trees silhouetted against the red African sunset! In addition to predators and prey, we’ll look for endangered Black Rhino, and have a very good chance of spotting some. Thompson’s and Grants Gazelle, Topi, Hartebeest and other ungulates dot the landscape. Elephant herds will graze amidst giraffe. Jackals and hyena will lope around kills, hoping to steal a meal. If we are truly lucky, a caracal or serval will pop up and give us a photo opportunity. This is the Africa you dream about..and Ernest and Karen of Eagle Eye Safaris will be by your side to coach you to get photographs that you never expected.
We’ll also spend quality time in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, an unspoiled microcosm environment in which iconic wildlife species thrive. We expect to see Black Rhino, Golden Jackals, White-bearded Wildebeest, lions, leopards, and more birds than we can count.
We’ll take hundreds of photos, so bring extra memory cards, and time-permitting, we’ll edit and view our photos together. While we are at the Lodges, we will be pampered by local staff, and eat delicious meals prepared by our professional chef. We’ll share cocktails and tell stories about our day around the fire. We will learn about the Maasai culture as we immerse ourselves in an iconic Safari experience. Won’t you join us by booking your spot now? All ages and photography experience levels are welcome. A 15% deposit holds your spot.
(This safari tags perfectly with our 10 – 16 August Great Migration Safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya, and our 27 August – 2 September Gorilla Trek in Uganda and Rwanda, if you want to experience different countries and spend more time on safari. Ask about our double-booking discount)
This 7-day Safari Includes:
- Full time access to our 4×4 open-roofed safari Toyota Land Cruiser throughout your trip, max 6 guests per vehicle, with Karen or Ernest providing photography coaching.
- 6 nights full board–meals and accommodations (1 night Arusha – Planet Lodge, 3 nights Serengeti- Tortilis Camp, 2 nights Ngorongoro- Rhino Lodge)
- Bottled water during the entire trip; and a cooler box in the vehicle to keep cold drinks.
- All National Park entry fees and taxes included (3 nights Serengeti National Park, 3 days Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 1 day Ngorongoro Crater entry)
- All the fun you can handle!
DAY 1: ARRIVAL (18 August)
We will meet you at the airport. You will then be transferred to our hotel, which is a short drive from the airport. You will have some time to freshen up and rest in your cosy room.
We will all meet for dinner and brief on our upcoming safari and the plans for the next day. We will spend the night in Arusha.
DAY 2, 3, AND 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (19-21 August)
We shall leave early on the first day and head straight to the mighty Serengeti. The local baobab trees will illuminate our journey as we cross the semi-arid areas. We should arrive in time for lunch, and then kick off our game drives in the early afternoon. There will be loads of big game and wonderful birds to enjoy here as we transect the park. Look out for animals such as Leopards, Cheetahs, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, assorted Gazelles, Maasai Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebras, Savannah Elephant and African Lions. Karen and Ernest will help you with your camera settings, composition, and teach you a few fun tricks with your camera.
We’re staying at Tortilis Camp in Africa’s finest wilderness, surrounded by its most incredible wildlife, with its most iconic views. Expect comfort, delicious food, and most of all, a warm welcome.
We have 3 days enjoying this incredible savannah on both morning and afternoon game drives. We shall explore this wonderful park as we enjoy the sceneries of the vast plains. We will spend time looking around some of the famous rock outcrops, referred to as Kopjes, where we might find a leopard sunning or a klipspringer high on the rock face. This will allow us to track species we may have missed the previous day. We’ll cap each day with cocktails and an exquisite dinner, and if the skies cooperate, we’ll shoot the Milky Way in all of its glory before bedtime.
Nights in Serengeti at Tortilis Camp.
DAY 5: SERENGETI TO NGORONGORO (22 August)
We will start the day with our game drive in Serengeti. Later, we move to the highlands overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater, where we continue enjoying more wildlife. Mammals here include African Lions, African Golden Wolves, Cape Buffalo and Savannah Elephant. Birds to expect here include Golden-winged Sunbird, White-naped Raven, White-headed Barbet and Schalow’s Turaco. Ernest is one of the top bird photographers in Africa, and his expertise shines as we spot lifers for the birders on the trip.
We’ll stay at the lovely Rhino Lodge, set back from the rim of the crater with views of the untouched high montane forest, with Mount Oldeani dominating the horizon, and Mount Makarot in the distance. Your comfortable en-suite room offers a cozy living space, friendly local staff, and generous African-inspired meals. It’s an amazing welcome to Africa’s most remarkable game park.
Night in Ngorongoro at Rhino Lodge.
DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER (23 August)
We will leave our lodge early in the morning and proceed to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater for a day’s adventure. This is a large and scenic crater located at about 2000m above sea level. The crater is about 600m deep and has an amazing view both from the top and inside the crater. The crater is nestled in a pristine natural forest, full of beautiful indigenous trees. It is known as one of the wonders of Africa. Descending down the crater floor takes you through great scenery and you get to experience the local Euphorbia tree varieties. The Ngorongoro Crater offers great photographic opportunities. Herds of wild game are plentiful inside the crater as well as wonderful views of the crater walls. Look out for the local African Lions, Golden Jackals, Black Rhinos, Common Zebras, assorted Gazelles, Nile Hippos and White-bearded Wildebeests, and so much more. We will picnic inside the crater, ascending back to the rim in the late afternoon.
Night in Ngorongoro at Rhino Lodge.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE (24 August)
We will sadly embark on our drive back to Arusha, but before we leave, we’ll stop at the viewing point on top of the crater to say goodbye, and learn more about this geological landform at the resource centre.
As a last treat, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant allowing us to sample some local delicacies. Later that afternoon, we head to the airport marking the end to our lovely safari.
End of Safari
This trip tags neatly with our Masaai Mara Migration Safari in Kenya, 10-16 August, and our Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trek in Uganda, 27 Aug-2 Sept. Ask about double booking discounts!
Birding highlights: Golden-winged Sunbird, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, Spotted Thick-knee,Woodland Kingfisher, Fischer’s Lovebird, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Southern Ground Hornbill, Tanzania Red-billed Hornbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Schalow’sTuraco, Cape Teal, Saddle-billed Stork, Grey Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard, Secretarybird,Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Hunter’s Cisticola, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Grey-breastedSpurfowl, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Banded Parisoma, Usambiro Barbet, Superb Starling, Hildebrandt’s Starling
Mammals and Others Highlights: Cheetah, Leopard, African Lion, Cape Buffalo, Savannah Elephant, Black Rhino, Rock Hyrax, Nile Crocodile, Mwanza Flat-headed Rock Agama, Nile Hippo, Maasai Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra
Habitats covered: Savannah, Wetlands, Highlands
Photographic opportunities: Excellent
Special moments: Ngorongoro Crater, The Great Rift Valley, African Big 5, Wildebeest Herds
This Safari Excludes: Travel to/from Arusha, visas, personal purchases, alcohol, gratuities, anything not mentioned as included.