Safari Overview

The 5 Day Tanzania wildlife Safari offers holiday makers to explore some of the best game parks on the northern Tanzania Safari Circuit. You will encounter several bird species, a countless number of grazers, in addition to most of Africa’s Big Five animals including buffaloes, elephants, African leopard and buffaloes; and not to forget several large predators like lions. The safari will begin in Arusha Town, take you to Tarangire National Park home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations, proceed to the endless plains of the Serengeti NP best known for its annual wildebeest migration, and then descend the deep walls of the Ngorongoro Crater to the floor which is home to thousands of different wild animal. The safari will finally end in Arusha town.

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Transfer from Tarangire NP to the Serengeti Plains

Day 3: Explore the endless Serengeti plains (optional Hot Air Balloon tour)

Day 4: Transfer from Serengeti to Ngorongoro crater

Day 5: Transfer from Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

 

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Today our representative who will double as your guide and drive will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha very early in the morning, brief you about this exciting tour and then begin the drive to Tarangire National Park. Although this park is small, it offers very good views of wildlife. It has an impressive vegetation cover comprised of very big baobab trees, large swamps and acacia woodland. There are also a number of very high (nearly ‘two-story’) termite mounds that are scattered across the park. During the dry season, the swamps and river Tarangire attract a very large number of wild animals, and because at the time the vegetation is thinning out, game viewing is very impressive. The park has one of the largest populations of the giant African elephants which can easily be sighted during the game drives. The African elephant is the largest living mammal on land, and the adult male ones can weigh up to seven (7) tons. Some of the other animals you are likely to encounter in this park include: buffaloes, African lions, impalas, giraffes, cheetahs, warthogs, mongoose, red-bottomed baboons and ostriches. The greater kudu, fringed eared Oryx and the Ashy starlings are among the unique wildlife species found in Tarangire National Park.

In the evening after exploring the park, you will transfer to your accommodation for dinner and the overnight.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options: Tarangire Maramboi Camp, or Tarangire Sopa Lodge, or Lake Burunge Tented Camp

Day 2: Transfer from Tarangire to Serengeti National Park

You will have an early breakfast at your lodge and later begin on the long drive to Serengeti National park. Along the scenic route to Serengeti you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the endless plains with several animals such as zebras, elephants and many antelopes. You will have a picnic lunch en-route and later enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park.

In the evening you will transfer to your overnight accommodation where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp, or Serengeti Acacia Camps, or Kananga special tented camps

Mid-range: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, or Seronera Wildlife Lodge, or Mbalageti Serengeti

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, or Serengeti Serena Lodge, or Soroi Serengeti Lodge

 

Day 3: Explore the endless plain of Serengeti National Park

Today is dedicated to exploring the vast endless plains of the Serengeti Park. You will have breakfast very early in the morning and set out on an early game drive with well packed lunch boxes. During the game drives you will explore various circuits within the park among which is the River Sogore Circuit which circles through the endless plains all the way to the southern sector of the Seronera River. This river attracts a very large number of animals especially in the dry season which congregate to drink water. You will later proceed to the visitor’s center which has a gift shop where you can purchase some Souvenirs, obtain a lot of resourceful information about the park and even enjoy your lunch. The center has great views of wildlife.

Later on in the afternoon you will set out for another game drive to search for more animals within this park. Some of the animals you will see today include: lions, topi, Thompson’s gazelles, cheetahs, elands, giraffes, impalas, zebras and so many others.

Today you will have an opportunity to enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Safari (this is optional) in the morning during which you will glide over the endless plains as you enjoy an aerial view of the large number of animals right below you. At the end of it you will have a champagne breakfast.

In the evening you will return to your lodge for dinner and the overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Serengeti KatiKati Tented Camp, or Serengeti Acacia Camps, or Kananga special tented camps

Mid-range: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, or Seronera Wildlife Lodge, or Mbalageti Serengeti

Luxury: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, or Serengeti Serena Lodge, or Soroi Serengeti Lodge

Day 4: Transfer from Serengeti NP to Ngorongoro Crater

Very early in the morning you will head out for a final game drive in the Serengeti to enjoy a last glimpse of the Serengeti wildlife. There will be an optional Hot-Air balloon safari. You will later return for a late breakfast at your accommodation, check-out and then set out to the Ngorongoro Crater Area.

Along the way, you will make a stopover at Olduvai Gorge an anthropological site where Dr. Lois Leakey and his wife – both anthropologist researchers, discovered human skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and Handy Man’ which are very significant discoveries in the evolution of man.

When you arrive at your accommodation, you check-in, have lunch and later drive down the walls of the popular Ngorongoro Crater. The crater walls are 600 meters deep. Once on the crater floor, you will embark on a game drive to see the various animals living here as well as see the numerous features found within the crater. It is approximated that there are more than 3,000 wild animals living on the crater floor among which are: large zebra herds, warthogs, the mysterious leopards, wildebeests, huge African elephants, jackals, elands, hyenas, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions as well as hippos. You will also visit the large but shallow Lake Magadi which is an alkaline lake that offers habitat to hippos and a large flock of flamingoes.

You will later return to your overnight accommodation to freshen up and have dinner.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Budget: Rhino Lodge, or Ngorongoro Farmhouse

Mid-range: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Luxury: Ngorongoro Serena, or Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 5: Game drive in Crater, Depart to Arusha

You will have an early breakfast, and depending on your time of departure, have a last game drive on the crater floor before returning to Arusha town. This will mark the end of our 5 Days Tanzania Wildlife Safari in Tarangire, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Safari includes:

Full board accommodation

All meals as indicated in the itinerary

Transport (4X4 Safari vehicle with fuel)

Full time English speaking driver / guide

Drinking water in the car

Park entrance fees to Tarangire, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro

Safari excludes:

Airport transfers

Visas, passport fees and insurance

All activities listed as ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Personal items

Tips or gratitude gifts to the guides

Mount Kilimanjaro Routes

Machame Route

Lemosho Route

Northern Circuit

Shira Route

Marangu Route

Rongai Route

Umbwe Route