NORTHERN CIRCUIT SAFARI WITH SOPA LODGES FROM 01 JULY – 31 DEC 2018
Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in Tarangire National Park. Picnic lunch will be provided. Tarangire is noted for its Elephant population and spectacular baobabs of every shape creating a beautiful setting.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge is situated in the rolling plains of Tarangire National Park, offering beautiful views over the baobab studded landscape. The bedrooms are fitted with all the modern facilities and have a private verandah. Fountains and waterfalls grace the public areas. A swimming-pool with a natural rocky island at its centre and open air bar-b-ques on the terrace offer spare-time relaxation between game drives.
Dinner and overnight Tarangire Sopa Lodge
As the sun rises above the ancient baobab trees, venture out into Tarangire in search of Lion and cheetah whilst large herds of elephant roam the park en route to their favorite swamp. You may like to spend the full day game viewing in the park with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed at a dramatic look out or you may prefer to incorporate some leisure time at your lodge between morning and afternoon game drives.
Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures the herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters during the dry season.
The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire’s pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed.
All meals and overnight Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Leave Tarangire behind you as your driver/guide takes you to Lake Manyara National Park. A drive around Lake Manyara will take you through the underwater forests thick with monkeys, warthogs, wildebeest, and buffalo before arriving at a clearing that looks out over the lake.
Picnic lunch will be provided. Thereafter proceed to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge positioned on the crater Rim. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is situated on the eastern rim of the crater, the 92 rooms of the lodge are built in the traditional African rondavel style. very comfortable, they all have twin queen-sized beds, fitted carpets, modern, fully tiled bathrooms, private lounges with mini-bars and enclosed solariums with rocking chairs. There is a beautifully designed dinning-room, a bar, a well-stocked gift shop and a swimming-pool.
Dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
After breakfast descend into the Crater by four-wheel drive safari vehicle. Your game drive today will be like no other as you visit one of the most dramatic safari destinations in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend to the crater floor in search of the big 5 with the back drop of the forest covered crater walls surrounding you, creating stunning back drops for all of your wildlife photographs. Travel through the Lerai Forest looking for leopard and onto the plains where the wildebeest and zebra graze whilst cheetah and lion lay and watch. Old elephants pass your vehicle whilst further afield rhino wander and hippos hide in the pools. A picnic lunch is provided so you can maximize your day in the crater. Afternoon visit to Maasai village
The floor of the crater is only 100 sq miles but is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators and some of the finest black-maned Lion in Africa. Rhino can be seen with calves at heel. Eland and waterbuck appear not to notice the human visitors, enabling photographers to shoot at ease. On the lake in the middle of the Crater you may see thousands of flamingos fluttering and shimmering like a pink heat haze. Zebra and wildebeest account for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog can also be seen.
All meals and overnight Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
This morning transfer to Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge is the site where Dr Mary Leakey unearthed the Zinj skull believed to be 1.8 million years old. With a picnic lunch continue your drive to your lodge centrally located in the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge looks out over the seemingly endless Serengeti plains, this hillside lodge is a clever blend of modern and traditional Maasai styles. The 79 spacious and comfortable bedrooms are fitted with most conveniences such as twin queen-sized beds, modern, fully tiled bathrooms, private lounges with mini-bars and floor-to-ceiling glass doors which afford magnificent views over the Serengeti plains. There is also a swimming-pool, a coffee shop, boutique and a choice of bars.
All meals and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Enjoy a full day exploring the Serengeti by Four-wheel drive vehicle with thrilling morning and afternoon game drives. Whether this is your first time on Safari or a return trip the Serengeti will not disappoint.
The Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous National Park in the world. The Serengeti perhaps defines the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabits it. Established in 1951, and covering an area of almost 15,000 sq km –an area comparable to the state of Connecticut or Northern Ireland, the Serengeti hosts a fantastically diverse eco-system. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration, 1.5 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the ‘feast’ close at hand.
All meals and overnight Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Transfer to the Airstrip for a flight to Arusha departing at 1105hrs. Meet and transfer to Arusha for lunch. Thereafter transfer to the Airport for your onward flight