7 Days Serengeti Balloon Safari
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Float in a hot air balloon over the famous Serengeti National Park with its enchanting scenery and amazing wildlife. This may be the most beautiful area in the world for a balloon flight. There are no power lines, fences and few roads. Our capacity is limited making this experience a special and exclusive one.
Each and every balloon flight is different and therefore an adventure even for us. We aim to provide the high point of your safari and an experience that you will remember always.
A balloon offers an opportunity to see the Serengeti from a unique perspective. You will notice wildlife trails made by generations of animals impossible to see from the ground.
DAY 1: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. In the late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our special tented camp.
Dinner and overnight at Roika Tented Camp: Fall board.
DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. Late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our Luxury lodge at Karatu.
Dinner and overnight at Gibbs Farm: Fall board.
DAY 3: SERENGETI NATIONAL 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 at Serengeti.
Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp: Fall board.
DAY 4: SERENGETI HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI
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 Maasai 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 Kati Kati Tented Camp: Fall board.
DAY 5: NGORONGORO HIGHLAND MAASAI EXPERIENCE TOUR
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 Maasai 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 and buffaloes.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wild Tented Camp: Fall board.
DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER
The Ngorongoro Crater provides great game-viewing all year-round. The wildlife here makes up a permanent population because grazing and water supplies are plentiful throughout the seasons.
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. Late afternoon we travel just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha.
Dinner and overnight at The African Tulip: Half board.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE DAY.
Private transfer to JRO, fly back home.
- An outstanding English-speaking professional safari guide with vast knowledge of Tanzania, its wildlife and cultures
- Exclusive use of a fully equipped, well-maintained Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof For wildlife viewing and shade from the sun
- An English-speaking professional safari chef to prepare all meals and prepare at the lodge
- Full board -service for lodge accommodations
- Bottled water, coffee and tea in safari vehicle
- All meals except where noted as on your own
- All entrance and other fees (including applicable government taxes and levies) for parks
- Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Full access to Africa Unique Safaris staff via email to assist with pre-trip preparations
- Tips for safari driver guide, safari and other service providers (Driver or guide gratuities)
- Beverages other than bottled water, coffee and tea in the safari vehicle
- Airport tax (International and pay direct)
- Entrance or other fees for activities noted as optional
- Tourist visas, vaccinations, malaria tablets, travel insurance
- Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, Internet access, souvenirs, spa services)
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