Tanzania’s Big Five
*Prices are per person in a double room. Single supplement prices are available below.
6 days in the Wild Animal Kingdom
Visiting 1 country: Tanzania
Marvel in the scenic drive to Lake Manyara National park, famous for its tree climbing lions, bird life and hippos, only to head on to the Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park with different forms of vegetation and landscapes. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, famous for its spectacular concentration of game and end the tour with ay Tarangire National Park with its mighty baobab trees and home to huge herds of Elephants. Your adventure in the world’s best-known big game safari destination awaits!
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara
You depart Arusha in the morning for Lake Manyara National park where you’ll enjoy an afternoon game drive, right after lunch. Regardless of the direction you approach Manyara from, the view is always fantastic. Your day ends with a dinner and overnight at a Lodge.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley with breathtaking views. Lake Manyara National Park offers varied diverse vegetation ranging from Savannah, to marshes and acacia woodland.
It has incredible bird life such as kingfisher, lovebird, flamingos, vultures, starlings, pelicans, storks, cormorants, crowned plovers, guinea fowls, crowned eagles and crowned hornbills. In addition to the famous tree-climbing lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons; A fact that makes for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates. Other animals found here include elephants, monkeys, giraffes, bushbuck, wildebeest, gazelle, dik-dik, bush babies, klipspringer, impala, mongoose, warthog, buffalos, hippos and leopards.
Day 2: Manyara – Serengeti
After breakfast, you’ll head to Serengeti National Park passing through the Olduvai Gorge, the site of Leakey’s family discovery of human and animal fossils dating back to almost two million years. You’ll have your lunch and dinner at your overnight Lodge.
Day 3: Serengeti
Today, you’ll spend the day exploring the Serengeti plains in search for wild game. Serengeti is Tanzania’s most famous national park, famous for the Migration of over a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras, flowing south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November; and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.
The different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem is home to the big 5: Lions, elephants, buffalo’s, leopards and rhinos among other animals such as cheetah, elands, topis, Thomson’s & grant’s gazelle’s, giraffes, impalas, jackals, spotted hyenas, aardwolves, serval cats, hyraxs, bat-eared foxes, African hunting dogs, genets, mongoose, agama lizards.
The park is also home to hundreds of bird species such as:
ostriches, secretary birds, eagles, vultures, crowned cranes, hornbills, marabou stocks, silver birds, kori bustards, herons, lovebirds, starlings, grey-breasted spurfowls, lilac-breasted rollers, weavers, wood peckers and guinea fowls to name but a few!
Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
Soon after breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and descend into the crater with packed lunches for the days’ crater tour.
The Ngorongoro Crater was formed some 2.5 million years ago from the volcanic mountain sinking due to inactivity; it was initially thought to be higher than Tanzania’s famous Kilimanjaro. The crater has evolved into a unique and integral part of Tanzania’s eco-system; It’s actually a caldera, measuring 22.5 km across and its rim walls stand 600m high. Views from within and from the rim are breathtaking.
The crater houses 30,000 animals, among them black rhinos, buffalo’s, hippos, zebras, elands, Grant’s & Thomson’s gazelles, waterbucks, lions, hyenas, serval cats, bat-eared foxes and elephants. The crater is also home to a large variety of birds; that rarely migrate due to the availability of water through wet and dry seasons.
Day 5: Ngorongoro – Tarangire
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Tarangire National Park and spend the day exploring the park; which is also known as ‘the elephant park in Tanzania’. The landscape of the park is made up of seasonal marshes and mighty baobab and sausage trees.
The dry season runs from July until October and this is perhaps the best time to visit the park. The Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water during this time; therefore the wildlife tends to concentrate in this area. You can therefore observe the herds of buffalo’s and wildebeests as they come down to the river for drinking.
Other animals on the park that also assemble in this area are:
lions, leopards, cheetah, zebras, antelopes, waterbucks, gazelle’s, impalas, dik-diks, elands, hartebeests, gerenuks, mongoose, baboons, monkeys, hyrax, jackals, hyenas, and warthogs.
Day 6: Tarangire/Arusha
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy one last game drive in the park before returning to Arusha.
INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
Less than 1 week
- Ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable 4×4 safari Land cruiser/Rover
- Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
- Full board accommodation whilst on safari
- All park entrance fees to include government taxes
- All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
- Ngorongoro tour
- Complementary 1 litre bottled drinking water while on safari
What’s not included
- Hotel accommodation in Arusha before and after the safari
- Personal travel insurance
- International and domestic flights
- Airport transfers in Arusha
- All airport taxes and visas
- All personal expenses; Tips, laundry, telephones, extra beverages and meals, portage, etc.
- 1 night Migunga Tented Camp
- 2 nights in Seronera Wildlife Lodge
- 1 night in Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge
- 1 night in Tarangire Safari Lodge
We endeavour to select a combination of good quality lodges (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area. We strive to keep the cost as affordable as possible.
Please be aware that some rooms, especially those in major camp sites, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
5 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks, you can do so at your own expense.
If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
|2 Pax||4 Pax||6 Pax|
|Price per person sharing||2,775 EUR||2,430 EUR||2,295 EUR|
What to Carry
- Torch, Tooth paste, warm clothing for the night, pain killers
- Drinks and snacks
- Identifications card / passport for gate entrance
- Pocket money for drinks and gifts during the Maasai cultural visit