This 4-days safari will take you to most of the famous northern Tanzania National Parks, Tarangire National Park, the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Serengeti National Park. You will be traveling through breathtaking views of landscapes including the Great Rift valley and Lake Manyara, the everlasting Serengeti plains, and the Ngorongoro highlands and its crater.
Day 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodation in Arusha town. During the short drive (approximately one hour) your driver/guide will brief you on your African Safari. Today you will spend your time at your leisure and relax for your upcoming exciting adventure.
Accommodation: The Bay Leaf Arusha, bed and breakfast
DAY 2: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and you will make your way to Tarangire National Park. The drive will be approximately 2 hours. Big baobab trees, bush savannah, and seasonal marshes add to the wonders of this nature reserve. Tarangire National Park is considered to be one of the best parks to view elephants up close. The Park is also home to buffaloes, zebras, and wildebeests and is closely followed by a range of predators such as lions and leopards, but cheetahs are rarely spotted in this area. From the open rooftop of your safari vehicle, you will be able to absorb the landscape and get a perfect view of the wildlife. You will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Tarangire river and afternoon game drives before heading to your accommodations located within the Park.
Dinner and overnight at Marera Lodge
DAY 3: KARATU – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After early morning breakfast, you will travel through the cooler highlands towards southern Serengeti. You will reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park midday. The Park is the largest in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes – short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps, and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. Serengeti is famous for its yearly migration where hundreds and thousands of wildebeests and zebras trek in search of fresh grass and water.
Dinner and overnight at Embalakai Tented Camps
DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION
After breakfast, on your outward journey to the park gate, you will have an opportunity to view more games. After a picnic lunch, you will leave the Serengeti National Park in the early afternoon to continue your journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way, you will be able to see the Maasai boma and experience their lifestyle. You will be staying at the lodge located at the rim of the Ngorongoro crater.
Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge
DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER – ARUSHA
After breakfast at the lodge, you will descend the crater for a game drive. The massive collapsed volcano is home to over 25,000 mammals including the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – as well as spotted hyenas, rare warthogs, and over 500 bird species. After an extensive game drive and a picnic for lunch at the hippo pool, you will leave the crater in the late afternoon and head to Arusha town.
Accommodation: The Bay Leaf Arusha (bed and breakfast)
Depending on your plans, our driver will be ready to take you to the airport for your onward journey to Zanzibar or your return home.