Today you will game drive through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and then continue to Acacia Farm Lodge, located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.
On day 6 descend into the sunken cone of the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a full-day game drive along the crater floor. The crater’s high walls serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. All the so-called “big five’ may be seen. Among the notable birds are Lammergeyer, Vereaux’s Eagle and Egyptian Vulture, which make their home in the highest of the crater wall, the beautiful Rosy-breasted Longclaw, which appears on the plains after rains and flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos which are spasmodic visitors to the crater lakes.
The morning of day 7 is sadly the last African sunrise of the trip. Enjoy one last game drive in Lake Manyara on your way back to Arusha with packed lunch. Named after the Maasai word emanyara, a euphorbia plant species grown into a hedge around a family homestead, Lake Manyara’s shores are a shimmer of pink, due to the large flamingo population and was once dubbed the ‘lovliest lake in Africa’ by Ernest Hemingway. You will spend a full morning in the park taking in the many different species of birds and mammals, including elephants, leopards and if you are lucky, the tree climbing lions that the park is famous for. In the late morning you will continue from Manyara and drive the short distance to Arusha to meet your departing flights home.