6 Days from$2210 p/p in USD
Luxury, Luxury+, Mid Range
Join us on the quest to see the legendary Big Five in Tanzania! Our 6-day big five safari is by far our most popular safari, giving you the best chance of spotting Africa’s most iconic animals in some of Tanzania’s very best national parks: Arusha National Park, Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater and Tarangire National Park. You can choose the type of accommodation you would like to stay in during the safari, ranging from mid-range to luxury+.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha National Park
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest, Baboon, Warthog
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Canoe
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Arusha
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,210 per person sharing (depending on type of accommodation chosen)
- All accommodation & meals (full board basis at lodges, prepared by our chef when budget camping)
- Private 4WD vehicle with roof hatch and sliding windows for 360 degree views
- Professional English speaking safari and tour guide/driver
- Game viewing activities
- Camping equipment if applicable (tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, table and chairs)
- Charging station, WiFi, one pair of binoculars in all vehicles
- Park entrance fees & taxes.
- Flying Doctors rescue insurance
- Flights & visas
- Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
- Optional activities
- Laundry services
- Items of a personal nature
- Post-safari accommodation in Nairobi
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Shadows of Africa‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Shadows of Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
After breakfast, you’ll depart from your Arusha or Moshi accommodations and drive to Arusha National Park. Your visit here is a flexible one – you have three choices as to how you’d like to experience the park.
- Game Drive: You can embark on a half day or full day game drive through the park. Your driver will take you past park landmarks such as the Momella Lakes and Ngurdoto Crater – sometimes known as ‘Little Ngorongoro’.
- Canoe Safari: You’ll trade the car for a canoe as you take a guided canoe safari out on the Momella Lakes to see bushbuck, giraffes, hippos and buffalo.
- Walking Safari: Stretch your legs with a guided walking safari through the park. While on your walking safari, you can expect to see endless acres of forest, home to black and white colobus monkeys, zebras, buffalos and a variety of antelopes. You will also have a chance to observe more than 400 bird species including the crowned eagle, lanner falcon and Levaillants cuckoo.
You can combine the above three options as you please, although the canoe safari and walking safari both attract an additional cost.
Return to Arusha in the late afternoon with a head full of memories and a camera full of unforgettable photos.
You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, passing through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter’s paradise. After a brief stop at the village market, you’ll enter Lake Manyara National Park.
The park is truly a photographer’s paradise and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa’s most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.
Retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night’s rest.
An early breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us! Begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we’ll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.
It’s an almost four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:
- Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation. Visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
- Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.
Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.
After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater National Park. Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that have eluded you. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.
Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater – considered by some to be the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you’ll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.
Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It’s a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you’ll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa’s most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park’s famous hippo pool and later return to your Karatu accommodations for the evening dinner and rest.
You’ll depart your accommodation early for the drive south to Tarangire, where you’ll spend your day driving through Tanzania’s most underrated national park. Once inside the park, you’ll see the eponymous Tarangire River lined with acacia and baobab trees where game amble to and fro throughout the day. During the dry season, thousands of animals from the Masai steppe migrate to the Tarangire region looking for water so you can see dozens of different species in a small amount of time. Exclusive to the park are endangered animals such as the greater kudu, fringe-eared oryx, and the ashy starling.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park’s picnic areas and take in a panoramic view of the Tarangire River. Keep an eye on your food though, as the local monkey population will be only too happy to make off with a tasty treat if given the opportunity!
You’ll return to Arusha late in the afternoon.