Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport- Arusha
Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your designated Kapolondo Expeditions Driver Guide from JRO Airport to Arusha (approx. 45 min to 1 hour drive). This is also an opportunity for you to get to know your guide, as you will probably have many questions for him regarding the safari, and Tanzania in general!
Your Driver Guide will drop you off at Arusha Coffee Lodge for rest, with drinks refreshment on the house!
If you are arriving in the daytime, we also include a Complimentary City Tour in Arusha, to take you to the Maasai Market, where there are many shops with local art, decor, fabrics and jewelries, and time-permitting, take you to the Shanga Shop near Arusha, a wonderful community project that support local Tanzanian with disabilities to empower themselves with manufacturing skills! If you are interestsed in seeing local coffee plantation, we can also arrange that as a complimentary activity in the afternoon.
Day 2: Arusha- City tour&plantation tour
After breakfast, you will have a full day to relax at Arusha Coffee Lodge.
You have the option of doing a city tour, or Coffee plantation tour or to visit a local orphanage that we support.
Enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Shanga House, or The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel.
Return to Arusha Coffee Lodge for dinner & rest and overnight.
Day 3: Arusha-Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, between 7am to 8am, Your Driver Guide with be picking you up from Arusha Coffee Lodge to start your first safari day! You will arrive at Tarangire National Park at approximately 10am to 11am, and you can start your late morning game drive inside the park. Be prepared to be awed by large herds of elephants, against the backdrop of an enthralling landscape consisting of majestic baobab trees, which are beautifully bare in the dry season, and lush green in the wet season.
After about 1-2 hours of morning game drive, you can stop at the park’s designated picnic site for lunchbox, prepared by the Bay Leaf. Enjoy your lunch with the magnificent views of Tarangire and the tight-knit elephant families from a distance. Shortly after lunch, you will resume your game drive inside the park. Your driver guide will gladly explain the history of the park, as well as any information you’d like to find out about the resident animals, evening game drive return to the lodge.
Day 4: Tarangire national park tour
Wake up for early morning breakfast by 5:30am to 6am, or leave for breakfast box! Start your first morning in Tarangire with a sunrise safari, and find yourself amidst beautiful baobab trees as well as large herds of elephants!
For lunch, you have the option of having packed lunchboxes from the lodge at the picnic site, or, to return to lodge for Hot Lunch! As you will be staying inside the park, you are able to continue your game drive until sunset. By 5-6pm, start driving back to Tarangire Treetops to rest.
Day 5: Tarangire to Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Manyara
By 6-7am, wake up for an early morning breakfast. Your Driver Guide will join you shortly after to escort you back to the vehicle, to start Day 5! By 8-9am, start driving to Lake Manyara to start a fresh morning in the Manyara Forest! Lake Manyara, with its tropical forest-like environment offers a very distinctive landscape than the rest of the national parks in the Northern Circuit. It also boasts of an abundant variety of birds, as well as large groups of baboons and elephants in the area. By 12-1pm, you will stop at the designated picnic spot for lunch, before continuing with an afternoon game drive. By 4pm, you will start leaving for Ngorongoro Exploreans (approximately 1.5 hours drive away), a beautiful lodge with lush garden and a spacious pool to relax in. The lodge is also conveniently situated right by the Ngorongoro gate.
Day 6: Ngorongoro - Serengeti
Like the other national parks, Ngorongoro Crater is at its best in the early morning hours, as the animals will be most active and energized, and it is also recommended to leave early in order to avoid the day crowds in the Crater!
By 5:00am, you can wake up for early morning breakfast, or leave with breakfast box at approximately 05:30am. Your Safari Infinity Driver Guide will pick you up, and head for the gate at 06:00 sharp to be one of the first vehicles on the ground (time and traffic permitting)! Upon entering the Crater, you will be in awe of the world’s largest unbroken caldera. The Crater is a home to a variety of animals that share the vast space of the caldera, about 30,000 in numbers. Procced to Serengeti for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Four Season Lodge or similar
Day 7: Serengeti National Park Tour
On your first morning in the Serengeti, we recommend leaving the camp by 05:30am, with packed breakfast box, or you can also return to camp for hot breakfast by 9-10am. This is when the animals are at their best, hungry and ready to hunt for their first kill of the day. You wouldn’t want to miss the early morning Serengeti action! This is the day you start your journey in the famous “endless plains”, and the largest National Park in the Northern Circuit, with an impressive variety of the exquisite Big Cats that roam about in the area, notably lions, cheetahs and leopards. This is also where the migration takes place all year round, and a chance to be amidst more than 1 million wildebeest and uncountable herds of zebras! You will be arriving at Four Seasons Serengeti in time for a drink refreshment and towels to clean the Serengeti dust you’ve collected from the day. Enjoy Dinner & Overnight at Four Seasons Serengeti (Savannah Room).
Day 8: Serengeti- Northern Serengeti
On your last morning in the Central Serengeti, you can still leave the camp by 05:30am, with packed breakfast box, or leave after hot breakfast at lodge. By 10am (or after hot lunch), start driving to Northern Serengeti (approx. 3 hours), with game drive en-route. On this day, you will be starting your game drive in the Northern Serengeti, where the migration takes place between July to September, where an estimated 1.3 million wildebeests & large herds of zebras cross the Mara River, known as the Great Migration. After game drive in the late afternoon or early evening, return to camp for rest and refresh your safari notes for the day.
Day 9: North Serengeti Park
On your second full day in the Northern Serengeti, we recommend leaving the camp by 05:30am, with packed breakfast box, and start driving to the Mara River (approximately 20 minutes) for your chance to see the great migration river crossing at the Mara river. After a full morning game drive, return to camp for hot lunch, or, you can also choose to have packed lunchboxes at the picnic site. By 1-2pm, you have the option to stay back at Camp to relax, rest, or to continue with your game drive until sunset. As the sun is quite strong in the early afternoon, it would also be a good time to take a short break before your afternoon game drive until sunset. After game drive in the late afternoon or early evening, return to camp for rest, or stop by the lounge tent and library to refresh your safari notes for the day.
Day 10: Northern Serengeti to Arusha to JRO Airport
On your last morning in the Northern Serengeti, we recommend leaving the camp by 05:30am, with packed breakfast box, and enjoy an early morning game drive inside the park, before start preparing to leave the Serengeti for Arusha!
By 09:00am, start driving to the Kogatende Airstrip to connect to flight to Arusha (DEP 10:00am ARR 12:10pm). Upon arrival at ARK-Arusha airport, you will be transferred to The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel for a Day Room & Complimentary Lunch. In the afternoon/evening, transfer to JRO-Kilimanjaro Airport to connect to your International Flight.