Fly-in Safari Serengeti Ikoma & Lake Natron
Flying in over the Serengeti provides an aerial sneak-peek of the adventure that awaits below. With clear skies you will be able to take delight in spotting some of the Serengeti resident wildlife as your plane descends for a landing on the Ikoma airstrip. On arrival you transfer into your safari jeep and begin exploring the Serengeti and Ikoma surroundings before enjoying a sundowner at your home away from home in the wilderness – Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma. With over 14,000 square kilometres making up the Serengeti, you may not get the chance to see the national park in its entirety but any of these itineraries will allow you the opportunity to cover some serious terrain and see the park in great depth. From Ikoma you can either fly back to Arusha straight or make a stop-over in Africa Safari Lake Natron to explore this intriguing landscape with a soda lake and volcanoes.Make an enquiry
DAY 1 - Flight: ArushA - serengeti ikomA & sAFAri gAme Drive ikorongo gAme reserve (WmA)
Let the safari adventure begin
Get ready for your adventure! During a 1-hour flight departing from Arusha Airport you will fly overhead the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands and the vast expanse of the Serengeti before making your descent into Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma. The views from above are undeniably magnificent. The beautiful accommodation Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma is close to the airstrip, which allows you to drop your bags before going out on a game drive in the Ikorongo Game Reserve area, situated just outside the Serengeti National Park. Ikorongo is rich in flora and fauna species as the reserve has several rivers crisscrossing, and where there is water there is wildlife; elephants, rhino’s, giraffes, buffalos, greater and lesser Kudus, hyenas, baboons, zebras, lions, wild dogs, Grants and Thomson gazelles, topis, warthogs and duikers to name a few. Easy-going game drives can be made here in low emission 4×4 safari vehicles with open sides to give you the best view on wildlife and the astonishing natural surroundings. Late afternoon you return to Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma.
DAY 2 - sAFAri gAme Drive grumeti gAme reserve (WmA)
Get your Grumeti game on!
provides a unique opportunity to explore the Grumeti Game Reserve area, situated just outside the Serengeti National Park. From May to July the wildebeest migration passes through the Grumeti Game Reserve on their way to northern Serengeti, so a perfect time to see the migration in action. During other times of the year this area has amazing wildlife on show, as it is situated on the Serengeti National Park border and has the Grumeti river running alongside. Here you will have a good chance to spot the black rhino as this area is home to 11 of these majestic but endangered creatures. Late afternoon you return to Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma.
DAY 3 - sAFAri gAme Drive serengeti nAtionAl PArk northern AreA & mArA river
Stunning Serengeti and the miracle of the great migration
Today is a good day for an early rise, because you will head north from Ikoma before crossing into the Serengeti National Park. It’s going to be an action packed day, with the sighting of the great migration as the ultimate reward. Today you head to the Mara river, approximately 3 hours drive from the camp. The Mara river is well known for the Wildebeest crossing. With a bit of luck you will be witness to this spectacle! Around 2 million animals gather in search of fresh grazing pastures, and the sights and sounds are sure to leave a lasting impression. Moving slightly south-east you come to the Bologonja Springs, where it is easy to spot elephants that are always present thanks to the water sources available. You will spend the night at Africa Safari Serengeti Bologonja in a comfortable canvas lodging with your own en suite bathroom and king size bed.Z
DAY 4 - sAFAri gAme Drive serengeti nAtionAl PArk centrAl AreA / seronerA
Seronera & the best of the big cats
After a good breakfast at Africa Safari Serengeti Bologonja, you will depart on your adventure back towards Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma. This game drive leads you through the Seronera area, the heart of Serengeti National Park. Be amazed by the vast plains and the enormous amount of wildlife that can be seen here, and start counting the Big Five. Serengeti Seronera is well known as being home to a large number of big cats – lions, leopards and cheetahs. This does not deter the elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, buffalo and impala who are also popular inhabitants of Seronera. Around midday you will stop for a break to enjoy a packed lunch and stretch your legs before ‘jumping back in your jeep’ ready for another few hours of spotting the animals in the afternoon. At the end of the day you will return to Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma for dinner and a good night’s rest.
DAY 5 - grumeti WAlking sAFAri & villAge tour
These boots were made for walking….
Enjoy a bit of a sleep-in and an easy morning around the camp grounds. Take a dip in the pool, read a book on the patio or simply make the most of having some downtime. Today you will head off in a safari jeep on a 20 minute drive to reach the area where your walking safari will begin. A truly unique experience, where you will have the opportunity to explore new territory and follow the animals on foot, accompanied by your very own armed ranger. The walking safari takes approximately 2 hours and is finished in one of the nearby local villages, allowing for an insight into the life of some of Tanzania’s local tribes. There are approximately 120 different tribes throughout Tanzania, all speaking their own dialect and living in complete harmony with one another. To complete this day, you may wish to book a (optional) night game drive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma.
DAY 6 - Flight: serengeti ikomA lAke nAtron & Welcome gAme Drive lAke nAtron
Fly-by game viewing and new surroundings
Today brings with it new exploring grounds – Board a mid morning flight over Serengeti to Lake Natron. Enjoy the spectacular views over the vast plains of Serengeti National Park, while hopefully seeing herds of elephants or giraffe roaming below. The Lake Natron area is situated at the lowest point of the Rift Valley, which makes it a dry and hot area, quite a unique geographical site and one of Mother Nature’s specialties! Due to the high amount of alkaline in the lake, there are only a few predators who are able to survive in the area making it a safe breeding ground for the Flamingo’s. After arriving in Natron you’ll go on a drive to explore the volcanic surroundings. End your day by gazing at the stars before retiring to your comfortable bed in Africa Safari Lake Natron.
DAY 7 - A Full DAy oF excursions in lAke nAtron
Hominid footprints, Waterfall and Village Walk
Waking up at the foot of the Ol Doinyo Lengai is a magical feeling. The day will start with a Flamingo lake walk including bird watching around the lake. The Rift Valley’s Lake Natron is the chosen mating ground of the Lesser flamingo. Long-legged waterfowl may flourish in this region, but to any other species Lake Natron lacks appeal due to its steeply alkaline waters. You will enjoy a nice lunch and then it is time for the next activity: a visit to the Engare Sero Footprint Site. This area has been reported to host one of the best- preserved sets of fossilized hominid footprints in the world. However, until now there has been no detailed characterization and age determination of the footprint-bearing strata (the Footprint Tuff). To complete your day of exploring lake Natron venture out on a moderate two-hour hike along the western edge of Lake Natron leading to a series of narrow gorges and waterfalls, where you can swim in slot canyons and walk behind the falling water. Quite a refreshing activity after a hot day at Lake Natron.
DAY 8 - FlAmingo lAke WAlk lAke nAtron - Flight bAck to ArushA
Salt lakes and flocks of flamingos
This morning, put your walking shoes on as a Maasai tribesman guides you on a walk around the shores of Lake Natron on the lookout for the Lesser flamingo. Lake Natron is the most important and regular breeding site for Lesser flamingos in East Africa and during the breeding season Lake Natron hosts up to 2.5 million flamingos. The majority of hatching and egg laying takes place during the months of September to April although the peak occurs between October & (early) December. Besides the waterfowl, there are limited other bird species due to the lake’s steeply alkaline waters. Around midday you will head to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha. Once up in the air, the arid scenery will be exchanged for the lusher and green surroundings of Arusha. You will land at the airport with a camera full of images to remember this trip of a lifetime!
AFRICA SAFARI SERENGETI IKOMA
In the Serengeti ecosystem for travellers seeking an exclusive safari experience
Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma is a comfortable safari accommodation situated within the Serengeti Ecosystem and just 300 metres from the National Park border. Located between Serengeti Seronera, Grumeti and Ikorongo Game Reserves the location is perfect for exploring the Serengeti and all that is on offer in one of the country’s largest national parks. As the lodge is just outside the National Park there are no mandatory Government park or concession fees applicable on overnights, simply the cost of the accommodation itself. The annual migration is at your doorstep for several months of the year and the rarest of the Big Five – the Black rhino can often be sighted grazing nearby. Being in such close proximity to the Grumeti river, Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma has a backyard full of animals. With spacious, comfortable lodgings and welcoming service, Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma guarantees the finest combination of comfort and nature.
AFRICA SAFARI SERENGETI BOLOGONJA
The best location to spot the annual “Wildebeest Migration”
Africa Safari Serengeti Bologonja is a comfortable, mobile safari accommodation, located near the northern border of Serengeti National Park. The lodging grounds are situated inside the National Park close to where the Kenyan Maasai Mara Game Reserve begins. This area is beautiful throughout the year with its hilly landscapes and meandering rivers and it’s greatest spectacle is the annual passing of the wildebeest migration. The accommodation is named after the Bologonja Springs; a natural stream of water that seeps from the nearby Kuka hills forming the start of the Bologonja river that feeds the famous Mara river not much further north. We offer 10 comfortable canvas lodgings each with an en suite bathroom and king size bed.
AFRICA SAFARI SERENGETI LAKE NATRON
Located between the most important safari parks in northern Tanzania
Africa Safari Lake Natron is a luxury safari lodge, accessible to the Northern Circuit National parks and conservation areas. It’s idyllic location close to the shores of the sometimes striking red waters of the mineral rich ‘soda’ lake set the very tone for the accommodation base. The grounds are spacious and home to a variety of accommodation options, from Bell tents to the ultimate in Glamping Luxury. The property boasts a charming wood and culture inspired bar/restaurant, reception and information desk, campfire and has a swimming pool that is embedded in its surrounding landscapes and comes complete with stunning views of neighbouring Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still-active volcano. There are few places in the country that provide such a unique and aesthetically appealing setting, a true nature escape and beautiful resting place for the road-trip loving adventurous souls of the world.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - THE BEST-KNOWN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN THE WORLD
Endless plains and stunning savannah
With vast open plains and an abundance of wildlife as far as the eye can see, the Serengeti is a safari maker’s dreamland. As the park is so expansive, it is ideally recommended to spend several days exploring. Serengeti National Park spans across 14,763 square kilometres and is easily the largest and arguably most popular of the Northern Circuit National Parks. The Serengeti is host to the annual Wildebeest migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, hippo and hyena are also frequently sighted throughout the Serengeti.
IKORONGO GAME RESERVE (WMA) - SERENGETI ECOSYSTEM
Rivers run wild
Ikorongo Game Reserve is located along the left side of the northern part of Serengeti National Park. The small reserve was established in 1994 by the Tanzanian government to maintain a safe pass for the great migration. Ikorongo Game Reserve is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, one of the oldest in the world; it protects the largest and most varied concentration of wildlife on the planet. Ikorongo is rich in flora and fauna species as the reserve has several rivers crisscrossing, and where there is water there is wildlife; elephants, rhino’s, giraffes, buffalos, greater and lesser Kudus, hyenas, baboons, zebras, lions, wild dogs, Grants and Thomson gazelles, topis, warthogs and duikers to name a few. Easy-going game drives can be made here in low emission 4×4 safari vehicles with open sides to give you the best view on wildlife and the astonishing natural surroundings.
GRUMETI GAME RESERVE (WMA) - SERENGETI ECOSYSTEM
Path of the wildebeests
From May to July the wildebeest migration passes through the Grumeti Game Reserve on their way to northern Serengeti so a perfect time to see the migration in action. During other times of the year this area has amazing wildlife on show, as it is situated on the Serengeti National Park border and has the Grumeti river running alongside. Here you will have a good chance to spot the Black rhino as this area is home to 11!! of these majestic but endangered creatures.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK NORTHERN AREA & MARA RIVER
Northern Serengeti is where the great migration crosses the Mara river
Witness the most amazing wildlife spectacle in Africa at the Mara River. The Mara river is most famous for the legendary wildebeest crossing, a dramatic event, which is featured in countless wildlife documentaries. One of Tanzania’s best kept secrets is the fact that nearly half of the Mara river is situated in the northern Serengeti versus the Masai Mara’s segment in Kenya. While there are hordes of vehicles just a few miles upriver in the Masai Mara, the Serengeti side is virtually devoid of tourists. Not only the Mara river is a special part of this part of Serengeti, Bologonja is a lush and idyllic spot hidden away in the remote reaches of the north. Many varieties of colorful birds can be found here including kingfishers, hoopoes and rollers. Bologonja’s flourishing resources support some unusual antelope species including Mountain reedbuck and Steenbok. The nearby Larelemangi salt lick is a haven for wildlife and large herds of buffalo and elephant are regular visitors.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK CENTRAL SERONERA AREA
Big cat capital
Serengeti’s Seronera area is located in the south-central region of the park and is well known for the large number of big cats; the lion, leopard and cheetah are often spotted here. However, the elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, buffalo and impala are also well known inhabitants. The area is very popular as it is one of the most likely spots to watch a kill. The landscape is dotted with ‘’kopjes’’, rocky granite or Gneiss outcrops, over 550 million years old and in high favour by some of the cats as look-out points while hunting.
LAKE NATRON NATIONAL PARK - THE MAIN BREEDING SITE FOR 2.5 MILLION LESSER FLAMINGOS
Shimmering amid the sun-scorched Kenyan border northeast of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this 58 km-long but just 50cm-deep alkaline lake should be on every adventurer’s itinerary. The drives from Mto wa Mbu or the northern Serengeti are remote, with a desolate, other-worldly beauty and an incomparable feeling of space and antiquity. The roads pass through untravelled Maasai land, with small bomas and big mountains often in view in a wild, cauterised landscape. From June to November at the lake itself, around two million flamingos gather – it’s one of East Africa’s most stirring wildlife spectacles. And close to the southern end of the lake, the views of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano are splendid.