5 Days from$1550 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Budget, Mid Range
Travel into the heart of Tanzania’s beautiful landscapes and see its wealth of wildlife on this northern circuit safari, visiting Lake Manyara, home of tree climbing lion, Serengeti National Park with its annual great migration and rich wildlife, and Ngorongoro Crater, known as the ‘Garden of Eden’ where the crater has the greatest concentration of wildlife on the planet.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Crater
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Thomson's Gazelle, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest, Colobus Monkey, Baboon, Dik Dik, Blue Monkey, Vervet Monkey
Activities:Game Drive, Birding
Getting around:Game Viewing Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Arusha
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 1,550 per person
- Accommodation & meals as per itinerary
- Drinking water
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation
- All taxes/VAT
- International flights & visas
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (guideline US$15.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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Day by Day Overview
Depart after breakfast and drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Although only 205 sq miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park also has large numbers of buffalos, giraffes, elephants, impalas and a hippo lake, where large numbers of hippos usually gather. Well known for its birds (over 400 different species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places where you will be able to see the ground hornbill and the crested eagle as well as becoming famous for its tree climbing lions and the flamingos along the lakeshore. The landscapes of this park are stunning, very different from the Serengeti for example, with game drives along the shore of the lake, providing incredible views of giraffes and buffalos in the foreground with the lake, flamingos and flat plains in the horizon. Great photo opportunities!
Dinner and overnight at camp or lodge
Today you are off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration. Your drive today is spectacular as you drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on, as you crest the hillside, spread out before you as far as the eyes can see, is the vast Serengeti, which means ‘endless plains’ in Kiswahili. On the way to the Serengeti, you will stop at the famous Oldupai Gorge, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first man that walked the earth. After attending a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge, you will have time to visit the small museum. After enjoying lunch, you will depart on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. There is an option for early morning balloon safari tomorrow morning at an extra cost.
Overnight at Seronera campsite or lodge
After breakfast enjoy a full day in the Serengeti National Park on morning and afternoon game drives. More than 2 million large animals, including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras and Thomson’s gazelles, inhabit the 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) Serengeti National Park. Large predators including lions, cheetahs and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey, which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboons and African hares also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds.
Overnight at Seronera campsite
Today you will wake up very early to do a morning safari before breakfast, to spot the animals when they are more active and to witness a fantastic sunrise. The sunrise in the African savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. After the game drive, return to the camp for brunch. In the afternoon, head off to Ngorongoro Crater, the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. With walls 2,000 ft high and a crater floor that spreads for 102 sq miles, the crater is a virtual ‘Noah’s Ark’, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. Overnight at Simba campsite – a beautiful campsite on the rim of the crater with amazing views of it. It also has very modern toilet and shower facilities.
Overnight at Seronera campsite
Very early in the morning, descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most incredible places on Earth. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake that, from the top, looks like steam, full of flamingoes, a forest and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusks due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They are the most incredible elephants you will ever see in your life. After a stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo lake, and more wildlife viewing in the afternoon, drive up the steep road out of the crater and return to Arusha or Moshi.