9 Day Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara Under Canvas
9 Days/8 Nights
A true adventure that takes you from the dizzying heights of the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, then you will walk where your ancestors once walked and enjoy an archaeological insight into the Hominid footprints, enjoy game drives in Lake Manyara National Park and the 8th wonder of the world the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy the spectacle of the great migration in the Serengeti National Park. This is an action packed itinerary that celebrates the diverse and extreme landscapes of Tanzania.
- Lake Natron
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Great Rift Valley
- Ol Doinyo Lengai Trek
- Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Museum
- Hominid Footprint Archaeological tour
- Maasai Boma
- Mto wa Mbu Village Tour
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arusha
Jambo, on arrival at the airport you will be personally met and escorted by one of the SafariHQ guides to your accommodation at The Arusha Safari Lodge. You have the choice to unwind and relax at your accommodation, or you can explore the bustling small town of Arusha at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the Arts and Craft Market, where you can pick up local handicrafts made by local artisans.
Day 2: Lake Natron
After breakfast 8:00am, you will be met by your SafariHQ guide who will walk you through the safari itinerary and ensure that you have all you need for your adventure ahead. Then, we will depart for Lake Natron, passing through Engaruka Maasai Village, famous for its historical ruins. On arrival at Lake Natron, you will spend a couple of hours exploring the shoreline photographing the many thousands of flamingoes and other birds that frequent this soda lake. In the mid afternoon, return to camp for an early dinner and rest as you will be rising at midnight to commence your trek up Ol Doinyo Lengai. Trekking occurs at this time to avoid the extreme heat of the midday sun so be sure to take plenty of water with you and a good hat. Overnight accommodation at Lake Natron Tented Camp.
Day 3: Lake Natron
Rise at midnight to a coffee, tea and a light snack before heading off in your safari vehicle toward the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai, where your trek to the summit will begin. The trek is quite demanding and as there is no shade on the mountain, you will need to bring a good hat and plenty of water. The terrain underfoot consists of rough scree, lava and volcanic ash, with steep gullies and furrows to negotiate. Once you reach the summit you can explore the two craters with caution, as one of them is still active. Enjoy the breathtaking views across Lake Natron and the Great Rift Valley. Descend down by mid morning to the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai where your safari vehicles awaits you. Transfer back to your camp for some rest and relaxation or continue on after lunch on a walk to the waterfalls or to the hominid footprints archaeological site or maybe even an afternoon game drive around the Lake. Dinner and overnight at Lake Natron Tented Camp.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, stopping at Mto wa Mbu village at the base of the Great Rift Valley for a hot lunch at Migunga Tented Camp, your accommodation for the night. Enjoy a chance to stretch your legs before heading into Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon of game viewing. Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions, elephants and 3 species of primates including vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. The park boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa and is home to the largest baboon troop ever documented. The uniquely lush green jungle habitat of Lake Manyara is nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley, and its large lake shimmers like a mirage in the distance. Return to Migunga Tented Camp for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park
Today you have the choice to either enter back into Lake Manyara again for a morning game drive or you can choose to venture into Mto wa Mbu village for a cultural tour or maybe visit one of the local orphanages and see the children’s infectious smiles that your visit will bring. Dinner and overnight Migunga Tented Camp.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you will head to Serengeti National Park, stopping along the way at a Maasai village before heading to Serengeti National Park for an afternoon of game viewing en-route to Kirurumu Serengeti Camp in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and scientific value and has come to symbolise the classic African safari. The Kirurumu Serengeti Camp is what we would classify as a seasonal camp, constantly moving throughout the Serengeti during the year so guests are always situated close to the the migrating animal herds.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
You will rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive. At sunrise you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to the campsite for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion. Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks.Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Serengeti Camp.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater
Rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive in the Serengeti, returning to camp mid morning to enjoy breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy a game drive en-route to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will have the option to visit Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of man’s ancient ancestors Zinjanthropus Bosei. Arrive in the afternoon at your accommodation, Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp on the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
Today we descend into the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of some 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. Since most of the Crater floor is grassland the predominant grazing animals are gnu, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, eland and kongoni. Within the crater rim expect to see large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. We ascend the crater in the early afternoon and make our way back to Arusha, where your safari ends. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. Maybe a gorilla trek or you may just like to spend a couple of days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
Cost and Availability
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- Prices are in $USD
- Prices based on twin share
- Single person supplements apply
- 7 Nights permanent tented lodge accommodation, 1 night hotel accommodation
- Bottled water
- All meals while on safari
- Game drives
- 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
- National Park fees
- Maasai Village fees
- Oldoinyo Lengai trekking fees
- Airport Transfers
Group Prices & child rates available on request
Disclaimer: All prices are based on $USD and per person sharing. Please note that trekking Oldoinyo Lengai should not be attempted unless you are in good health.
In low season, the tented camps in the Serengeti & Ngorongoro are not available in this itinerary is closed so we have our guests stay at Kati Kati Camp in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Tips & gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Holiday supplements may apply (Easter, Christmas & New Years)