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DAY 1: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Leave Arusha after breakfast for an all day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara, a Rift Valley chain lake, is nestled at the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment and is surrounded by a lush tropical forest filled with towering mahogany and fig trees. During the game drive, visit the park’s five different vegetation zones and spend time at the lakeshore viewing magnificent birds. Encounter baboon, giraffe, hippopotamus, elephant, and buffalo. If lucky, you may glimpse Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.

Overnight at Panorama Campsite. The private campsite overlooks Lake Manyara National Park and the Rift Valley. You will have your own private canvas tent. The site has several sitting areas, showers and bathrooms, a bar, and kitchen.

DAY 2: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park for an all day game drive. Chat with Maasai herdsmen along the way and eat a picnic lunch. Serengeti National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is a vast and beautiful expanse of 5,600 square miles, and supports the largest concentration of plain game in the world. Famous for its gregarious procession of millions of wildebeest and zebra that takes place from December to August, the Serengeti attracts thousands of visitors each year. The migration offers excellent opportunities to view animal behavior due to the abundance of both predators and prey.

Common animals are wildebeest, cheetah, zebra, lion, giraffe, and many antelopes. Drive across the Seronera Plain to the northwest gate of the Serengeti. You will arrive at Ikoma Bush Camp at around 6pm. Ikoma Bush Camp is a remote campsite set in an acacia grove three kilometers from Ikoma Gate. It is extremely private and you will have a chance to explore the more remote areas of the Serengeti on your own.

DAY 3: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Spend all of day three in Serengeti National Park viewing animals such as hippo, cape buffalo, giraffe, cheetah and lion. The Serengeti region encompasses Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. During day three, journey to pools and less well-traveled areas of the Serengeti.

Return to camp for a hot lunch, relax for a little while, and then continue on with another game drive in the afternoon. Return to Ikoma Bush Camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: SERENGETI TO NGORONGORO CRATER

After an early breakfast, drive to Grumet River to spend time watching bird and water life. We will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and may be lucky enough to see a crocodile hunt a wildebeest. Continue on a game drive close to the river and then return to the campsite for a hot lunch. After lunch drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Well make sure to get you to the crater rim Simba Campsite in time for the spectacular sunset. Simba Campsite overlooks the crater and offers breathtaking views.

Spot animals on the crater floor from the campsite. Be sure to bring warm clothes for this night as the crater rim may be very cold.

DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER

A full day in the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater awaits. After descending 2000 feet to the crater floor, view the various resident animals on the crater floor. The largest unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro has an area of 260 kilometers and a depth of 610 meters. The crater provides a protected habitat for thousands of mammals and birds. The entire day is spent on the crater floor viewing lion, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, black rhinoceros, and many species of small antelopes.

During some seasons, the soda lake on the crater floor is crowded with flamingo and other water birds. You may also see Maasai herdsmen grazing their cattle in the crater. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the crater floor where Black Kites feed on tourists’ leftovers. Lunch offers an excellent opportunity to view the behavior of birds and observe the forest elephants that usually feed in the marsh near the picnic area. After lunch, continue on a game drive to spot the most elusive members of the Big Five, rhinoceros and leopard. Overnight at Simba Campsite.

DAY 6: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, drive to Tarangire to discover the giant termite mounds and baobab trees of Tarangire. This park, which is home to thousands of elephant, sports a particularly dense wildlife population between June and October. In the dry season, game congregates along the river having migrated from the Maasai Mara. The vegetation of this park consists of open acacia woodland dotted with many baobab trees. Tarangire is an ornithologists paradise, offering an incredible diversity of avifauna. Overnight at Tarangire Campsite, enjoying the privacy of the secluded camp.

DAY 7: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO MOSHI

Spend all of day seven in Tarangire following elephants and lions. Leave the park in the late afternoon for Moshi. Dinner and overnight in Moshi at Keys Hotel.

DAY 8: MOSHI TO AMANI NATURE RESERVE

After an early breakfast in Moshi, drive to Amani Nature Reserve. The drive takes approximately six hours, so you will arrive in Amani at approximately 3pm. Amani Nature Reserve, once home to the largest botanical gardens in Africa, is now a protected rain forest. The forest has been named a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International, and there are several endemic species of birds, plants, insects and reptiles.

There are also four species of African violet in the Reserve. Upon arrival, go on an afternoon walk through the rain forest with the Amani guides. Identify many species of birds and plants in the forest. Return for dinner at the guesthouse at 6pm. At 8:30pm, go on a night hike to search for chameleons and glowing mushrooms.

DAY 9: AMANI NATURE RESERVE TO PEMBA

Go on a three hour hike through in the morning look for African violets. Identify two or three species before returning to the guesthouse. Pack up your belongings and leave Amani for the Tanga Airport, where you will meet your flight for Pemba. Leave Tanga at 4pm and arrive in Pemba at 4:30pm. Buffalo Tours staff will meet you at Chake Chake Airport and transfer you to Pemba Island Hotel.

DAY 10: PEMBA ISLAND

After breakfast, visit Misali Island for an all day beach excursion. An example of a successful ecotourism project, the Misali Island Marine Conservation Area uses tourism proceeds to protect the marine ecosystem and support the local communities that depend on the oceans resources for their livelihoods. Misali attractions include pristine beaches, coral formations, mangrove forests, snorkeling, mysterious caves and several nature trails. On the boat ride to and from Misali, dolphins often jump in the waters around the boat. Overnight at Pemba Island Hotel.

DAY 11: PEMBA ISLAND

In the morning, transfer to Manta Reef Hotel, passing through Ngezi Forest along the way. Manta Reef Hotel is a luxurious secluded hotel approximately one hour from Chake Chake. As the hotel is the only one for miles, you will have the beaches and surrounding area to yourself. Relax on the lodges deck sipping on a cocktail or go for a swim in the ocean.

DAY 12: PEMBA ISLAND

Spend the morning at Manta Reef Hotel before leaving for your afternoon flight to Zanzibar. Go snorkeling or visit Vumawimbi Beach, a short drive from Manta Reef. Leave for the Chake Chake Airport at 3pm. Arrive in Stone town at approximately 5:20pm. Overnight at Emerson and Green in Stone town.

DAY 13: ZANZIBAR

After breakfast, go on a tour of Stone town. After lunch, go on a spice tour with a local guide. Buffalo Tours staff will accompany you on all of your trips in Stone town. Overnight Emerson and Green.

DAY 14: ZANZIBAR TO KILIMANJARO

Spend the morning walking around Stone town. After lunch, pack your belongings and leave for Jozani Forest. Walk through the protected forest viewing the endemic red colobus monkeys at close range. Leave the forest for Stone town Airport where you will meet your 4:55pm flight for Dar es salam International Airport. Arrive at Kilimanjaro at approximately 6:30pm wait for your international KLM flight.

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