5 DAYS SERENGETI HOT BALLOON SAFARI

Tented camps safari offers accommodation in the permanent tented camps with solid flooring. Luxury safaris include specially selected four to five-star lodgings where you will have a bedroom, good beds with linen and an en-suite bathroom. Lodge safaris are available as group tours with scheduled departure dates or as private trips.
Travelling in a 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof is the classic safari style. Our vehicles fit a maximum of 7 guests; each will have a window seat. These vehicles are fitted with seatbelts for each passenger, a 40l fridge with water and a plug point for charging cell phones and cameras.
Our safari vehicles with hatched roof for shade against sunny African wilderness; are extended body with roomy seats for comfortable sitting and stretching out legs. Every guest is accessible to window seat. Cars are also fitted with fridges, power charge sockets and VHF radio calls for easy and fast communication with base office. A vehicle in only as good as the driver and drivers are excellent. Each one is custom designed with an extra large photographic roof hatch, extra dust proofing, comfortable seats with seat belts and canvas covers, first aid kits, binoculars, a selection of field guides and a cooler stocked with bottles of mineral water supplied by Tanzania On Foot Company at no additional cost.
Every safari vehicle carries a maximum of six passengers so that every passenger is guaranteed a window seat and access to the photographic roof hatch at all times during the safari.
Every safari vehicle is serviced after each safari.
Driver guides are all trained naturalists who have more than five years experience with us, they know their way around the parks and are skilled at spotting and identifying wildlife. They are also trained to prepare delicious picnic lunches in the bush, so that you can maximize your game viewing opportunities.
Game viewing from the vehicle is one of the core activities of a wildlife safari. Drives are conducted in the morning and evening, but depending on time of year and weather conditions may extend throughout the day. It is often best to head out for a game drive very early after a quick cup of coffee and a muffin, returning later for a leisurely breakfast. Alternatively a camp breakfast could be followed by a long morning game scouting drive with a picnic carried along and eaten whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Evening game drives are generally very rewarding, and it is during these times that we expect the best light for photography and enjoying the ever magnificent African bush scenery.
The cost is $1850 per person. Price per person varies depending on group sizes.
The above prices should be used as a guide only. Real pricing will be based on group size and itinerary desires.
DAY 1: ARRIVE DAY IN TANZANIA:
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from the Airport to Arusha at African Tulip hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.
We stay at African Tulip hotel, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mount. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure.
We will gather in the evening at the hotel for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check.
Dinner and overnight at African Tulip Hotel: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.
DAY 2: TODAY WE PROCEED TO SERENGETI FOR THE GAME DRIVE IN THE PARK:
We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our special tented camp for the night.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kirurumu Tented Lodge: Full board.
DAY 3: SERENGETI BALLOON SAFARI AND GAME DRIVE IN THE PARK:
Serengeti Balloon Safari is probably the most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate Safari Experience which makes you enjoy the most beautiful migration of wildebeests through the endless plain of Serengeti.
5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Land rover to our launch site near Masai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us.
Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. After breakfast, you are taken to the rendezvous point to meet with your driver guide and continue with your full day game drives.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kirurumu Tented Lodge: Full board.
DAY 4: EN-ROUTE GAME DRIVE FROM SERENGETI TO NGORONGORO CRATER:
We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Maasai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon we travel back to our special tented camp.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Kirurumu Tented Lodge: Full board.
DAY 5: GAME DRIVE IN LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK.
We depart from your tented lodge and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park. Although small in size, this park is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. Lake Manyara covers two thirds of the park. At the backdrop is the wall of the Great Rift Valley, before which lies the ground water forest, areas of open grassland near the lake foreshore, and the Soda Lake. We enjoy a picnic lunch in this area, which consists of open grassy areas, hot springs, dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise that has more than 350 species of bird. The park is also famed for its unique and elusive tree.
After lunch we drive straight to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
THE SAFARI AND TOUR PRICES ABOVE INCLUDE:
• Our northern circuit as per sample itinerary
• Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration of the four day safari
• Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
• Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
• Professional safari and tour guide / driver
• All Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater national park fees
• All meals on the safari
• All game viewing activities specified
• Price quoted per person sharing
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Ngorongoro Conservation area vehicle permit increase
• Ngorongoro crater fees
THE SAFARI AND TOUR PRICES ABOVE EXCLUDE:
• Drinks and mineral water
• Laundry
• Items of personal nature
• International and local airfares
• Airport taxes Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
• Entry visas
• Travel insurance
• Tips and gratuities
Please note all prices are subject to change if Tanzania National Park entry fees or Tanzania Government Tax and / or VAT rates change.




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