This unique itinerary is a one-way driving safari to Tanzania’s very best wildlife areas. At the end of the safari, in the Serengeti, we fly you back to the Kilimanjaro airport, in time to connect with a flight out or connect with a flight to Zanzibar. With 6 days, you have time to experience northern Tanzania’s best wildlife viewing.

Lake Manyara National Park   

Lake Natron

The Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Crater

Tarangire National Park

Olduvai Gorge and Maasai village

Day 1: Drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire for afternoon game drive (LD)

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater, half day game drive (BLD)

Day 3: Drive to Serengeti, optional visit to Olduvai Gorge and Maasai village, afternoon  game drive (BLD)

Day 4: Serengeti, full day game drive (BLD)

Day 5: Hot air balloon ride and Serengeti game drive (BLD)

Day 6: Fly Serengeti-Arusha (B)

Day 1: Drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire for afternoon game drive (LD)

Depart for Lake Manyara (from December > May) OR Tarangire National Park (from June > November) with a picnic lunch en route. Once inside the park, enjoy a game drive until late afternoon, then continue to your safari lodge for the evening.

Tarangire is famous for its huge herds of elephant and baobab trees. Throughout the dry season, wildlife will trek hundreds of kilometers to drink the reliable water found at the Tarangire River. This in turn attracts predators, especially large prides of lions. Besides lions, commonly seen species include impala, buffalo, zebras, elephants, giraffes, wart hog, eland and waterbuck. Rarer animals like oryx, lesser kudo, roan antelope, wild dog, leopards, and cheetah can also be found here. The birdlife here is varied and spectacular. Traveling June through October/November, we’d recommend a switch in accommodations to safari lodges such as Tarangire River Camp (Luxury) or the elite Oliver’s Camp or Tarangire Treetops.

Lake Manyara National Park, rimmed by the scenic 600-meter cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment, protects a large alkaline lake and is home to a wildlife-rich savannah-forest mix. It makes an outstanding introduction to Africa’s wildlife, with elephants, wildebeest, giraffes, buffalo, zebra, impala, waterbuck, and waterbuck roaming the park in healthy numbers while lions are also present. Dik dik antelope and klipspringer call the rocky escarpment landscape home.  Huge troops of baboon’s frolic in the forest openings, with blue monkeys present on the forest edge. Manyara also features nearly 400 different species of birds, including crowned eagles, crested guinea fowl and the silvery cheeked hornbills among a host of water-related birds.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Elite Accommodations: Gibb’s Farm

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater, half day game drive (BLD)

Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, then descend down the crater for a 6 hour game drive.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a spectacular setting and contains an abundance of wildlife with over 20,000 large animals including Tanzania’s remaining black rhino. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is unique in that it allows over 40,000 Masaai pastoralists with their cattle goats and sheep to live alongside the abundant wildlife in a natural setting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Elite Accommodations: Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Day 3: Drive to Serengeti, optional visit to Olduvai Gorge and Maasai village, afternoon game drive (BLD)

Drive to the Serengeti with visits to the Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai village. Afternoon game drive around the Seronera area.

The largest national park in Tanzania and one of the most spectacular parks in the world, the Serengeti covers some 14,763 square kilometers including large plains, short grass plains, kopjes, and lakes. The Serengeti is the northern-most park in the northern circuit. It borders Kenya with the Masaai Mara continuing on the Kenya side.

The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai language meaning “endless plain”. Every year, more than 1 million wildebeest travel in long caravans across the plains of the mighty Serengeti, all in search of better feeding grounds, followed by a large variety of other animals. Not far behind follow the hungry lions, cheetahs, and hyenas Other predators such as leopards, serval cats, and jackals watch the wandering game with interest, and elephants, rhinos, and buffalo continue their grazing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
Elite Accommodations: Olakira Camp

Day 4: Serengeti, full day game drive (BLD)

Full day game drive in the Serengeti to find the migration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
Elite Accommodations: Olakira Camp

Day 5: Hot air balloon ride and Serengeti game drive (BLD)

Early morning hot air balloon ride with bush breakfast. Full day game drive in Serengeti.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
Elite Accommodations: Olakira Camp

Day 6: Fly Serengeti-Arusha (B)

Fly from the Serengeti to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport for departure.

NOTE: Luggage is limited to 20kg/45lb of soft-sided baggage.

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUDES:

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking naturalist driver/guide
  • Transportation in a custom safari 4×4 with viewing roof and guaranteed window seating
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • National Park gate fees, Park commission, and Government taxes (based on current rates)
EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Bottled water and drinks
  • Optional tours (Olduvai Gorge and Maasai Village visit)
  • Holiday supplement December 20 – January 5
  • Discount for kids under 15 years old
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