Lemala: Crater & Plains (SOUTH)

8 days
FROM £ 3,575
Countries Visited: Tanzania

Lemala: Crater & Plains (SOUTH)

This is a fantastic week long drive-in safari combining two of Tanzania's most famous wildlife areas, but where possible, skirting the crowds. Stay in a small tented camp in acacia woodland on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, travelling in your own 4x4 vehicle with driver/guide, before exploring the highlands enroute to the southern plains of the Serengeti where the wildebeest calve in January/February time.

Wildebeest calving is one of the world's great wildlife spectacles and this area of the Serengeti is home to the densest concentration of predators in Africa at this time of the year.

This safari is ideal between January and March. For travel June to November, the wildebeest have moved on and you need to be further north - please see Lemala: Crater & Plains (NORTH) safari itinerary.

On behalf of every client travelling the Real Africa Trust contributes to conservation via the Real Africa Trust as well as working to raise awareness and additional funds for wildlife conservation charity partners which include Save the Elephants and the Save the Rhino International. Clients travelling on this northern circuit safari can also witness some of the work we do in the community if they wish, by visiting one of the schools we support in the Ngorongoro Highlands - please ask if you would like to pay the school a visit.

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Safari Itinerary


Arrive Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be meet and transferred to Mount Meru Game Lodge enabling you to rest and recover from your journey.

DAY 2-3

The Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast and a safari briefing with your driver/guide you will start your journey by road to the Ngorongoro Crater. Enroute, enjoy a safari in Lake Manyara, and a picnic lunch, before arriving at your lovely small tented camp set back from the crater rim. The following morning, as the sun rises, enjoy a thrilling drive into the crater arriving on the crater floor before many other visitors. Spend the day on safari, stopping for a picnic at the hippo lagoon.

DAY 4-7

The Serengeti - southern plains
Drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to the southern plains of the Serengeti where you will staying for four nights in a small mobile tented camp in a prime position to track the migration. The wildebeest are fairly sedentary at this time of the year, feasting on fresh shoots following the short rains in December. It is on the southern plains that they have their calves usually within a 3 week period between the end of January and the end of February. With so many young about, many predators are drawn in making for exciting safari right through from January until the rains break in late March/April time.
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  • all transfers as specified
  • 1 night in Arusha on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • PRIVATE Exclusive 6 night northern Tanzania safari in 4X4 safari vehicle with an experienced English speaking driver/guide on a full board basis
  • 1 litre of water in the safari vehicle per person per day
  • all game drives with your driver/guide
  • all park entrance fees
  • the services of our offices in Tanzania and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: international flights, travel insurance, meals not specified, ¬¬¬¬¬driver/guide tips (we recommend US$10.00 per person per day which is given to your driver/guide at the end of your safari)
Hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti £470.00 per person (subject to change), Gratuities and laundry, Masai village visit, any items of a personal nature, visa fee

Price Guide

  • The cost is from £3,995.00 per person sharing travelling in January and February 2017
  • The cost is from £3,575.00 per person sharing travelling in March and from 01 - 19 December 2017
  • The cost is from £3,835.00 per person sharing travelling 20 – 31 December 2017
  • On day 8 there is an option of flying from the Serengeti to Arusha and the supplement cost is £245.00 per person

This is based on the accommodation, car hire and transfers as listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch.

Flight costs from the UK range between £835 - £1,300 per person depending on the time of year you travel. We can easily arrange international flights for you if required - our airline partners offer special rates throughout the year so please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates and preferences.

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