Tour Overview

The best of northern parks of Tanzania! You’ll be visiting the best and highlight destinations of the Northern part of Tanzania with unique game drive and spend the nights en-suite fully furnished accommodations. Get an opportunity to view the Great Migration on their calving season in Ndutu Ngorongoro conservation area. This itinerary gives you a perfect wildlife viewing experience in the Southern endless plains of the Serengeti National Park where in February approximately 500,000 calves of wildebeest are delivered.

Destinations: Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our travel guide and transferred to Arusha, a journey that takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. If the weather is good you will get to see a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro on the way. You will also see people alongside the road conducting their normal daily activities. Feel free to tell your driver to stop the vehicle in case you see anything interesting that you need clarity on. You will get to the hotel in good to check-in and relax as you wait for dinner.


Day 2: Arusha National Park

After breakfast, you will depart the hotel with picnic lunch to Arusha National Park, one of the small and accessible parks in the northern part of Tanzania.   When you arrive at the park, you will get to experience variety of landscapes including Mt Meru, Fig tree arch, Momella lakes, Ngurdoto crater with wildlife and an incredibly diverse amount of birdlife.

It is also place where you get to have a wonderful feeling of tranquillity and solitude. If the weather is good, your guide can find a place for you to get a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will have lunch in one of the parks picnic sites as you enjoy the tranquil views then proceed with game drive.

In the late afternoon, at around 16:00 you will drive back to the hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight as you look forward to continue your Tanzania adventure tomorrow


Day 3: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you’ll journey to Tarangire National Park, approximately two and a half hours from Arusha. You will experience a change in landscape, vegetation and culture as you drive towards Tarangire. You will see villages and locals operating roadside shops and food vendors selling various food products. You can stop at any points if you’d like to visit a store or take a market tour.

You will drive straight to the lodge, check-in, have lunch and rest a bit before you go out for an afternoon game drive which end at around 17:00. After the game drive, you will enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset as you drive back to the lodge.

Day 4: Tarangire National Park

Equipped with picnic lunch, after breakfast you will go for a full day game drive to Tanzania’s elephant’s headquarters, Tarangire National Park. The morning and afternoon are yours to explore the imposing National Park, host to more than 500 bird species.

You will have lunch in one of the picnic sites and proceed with game drive in other areas of the park. Big game viewing is absolutely rewarding here as you have uncountable animals to search for from giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests to lions. Tarangire River, the main source of water in the park, tends to draw a lot of wildlife. While you may have an opportunity to see leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, this is a game of chance since they are rare in the park. Before sunset, you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Maasai Village and Lake Manyara National Park

Today after breakfast, you will drive to a Maasai Boma to experience “a Day in Maasai Boma”. You will get to know the villagers and participate in daily activities, like milking cows, renovate their houses, or wearing traditional dress. You will learn the norms and customs of the one of the most authentic tribes in East Africa, their songs, meals and how they do their normal daily activities.

You will then proceed to Mto wa Mbu for a hot local lunch, a very good opportunity to explore Tanzanian dishes.  You can also test a local banana beer to add a unique taste of local flavour.

After lunch, you will drive to Lake Manyara national park for an afternoon game. In this small but very beautiful park with the dense forest, you will have the opportunity to see a lots of wild animals. The scenery here will definitely grace your eyes as the park is celebrated worldwide for its lions who are fond of tree branches. You will also be able to enjoy the beautiful forest of the park as you search for varieties of wildlife from birds, primates, elephants, big cats or cape buffalo. After a productive game drive, you will drive to lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 6:  Lake Eyasi & Nature walk 

After an early breakfast, you will depart to Lake Eyasi, a seasonal shallow Salt Lake on the Great Rift’s floor that attracts hippos who like to calm in its high salinity water.

Your tour begins when you meet a group of Hadzabe people who are always excited to share their hunting skills with visitors. They are the only true hunter-gatherers left in East Africa. You will have the opportunity to hunt, track wildlife, make a fire, collect honey from beehives and learn a lot about their customs and way of life. Your visit will be worthwhile because you will get a glimpse of authentic African culture. You will drive back to the lodge for lunch and have 2 hours of rest.

Later in the afternoon you will head out for a breathtaking 2h30m nature walk in elephant caves and waterfalls of Ngorongoro forest.

The caves were formed many years ago when elephants used to visit the rocks due to obtain some nutritious mineral as the rocks are rich in calcium. Elephants would continuously hit the rocks with their tusks and eat the resulting pieces of mineral sand which helped their bones strong. Big holes from elephant’s rock hits are still there and the local nearby community calls them ‘elephant caves. You will then return the lodge at around 17:00 for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Game enroute to Serengeti National Park

You’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way you’ll pass through the rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might encounter wild animals like baboon, vervet monkeys, warthogs, buffalo etc. As you enter Serengeti you will be welcomed by beautiful endless plains with wildebeest, zebras, and impalas roaming the grassy plains.

You will drive to the camp to check-in, have lunch and rest before you head out for an afternoon game drive. Serengeti has a lot to offer so prepare yourself to explore this rich ecosystem full of game viewing opportunities.

As dusk draws close, you will drive to the camp whilst enjoying the views of sunset for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

Today after breakfast you will head out for a full day game drive. You will journey from open plains to the kopjes, volcanic rocky outcrops that provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide you with the ultimate game viewing opportunities. Serengeti is home to the great migration over the huge flat plains, you are likely to come across predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and many other small predators. You will have lunch with the great view of the horizon in one of the designated picnic sites. After a successful day of game viewing, you will drive back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Morning Game drive/ Drive to Ndutu Ngorongoro

Early in the morning have tea/ coffee at 6:00, depart at 6:30 with breakfast for a morning game drive, good opportunity to see some nocturnal animals and also explore the iconic savanna plains of Serengeti National Park, recently crowned “best national park in Africa” by the World Travel Awards. You will have breakfast in the bush along with the beautiful golden coloured sunrise. You will relish a good amount of wildlife in this World Heritage site known to have the highest concentration of wildlife as you go a game drive after breakfast. Serengeti is also primed for its Great Migration of more than 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras and many other species of antelopes that occur every year, attracting thousands of carnivores.

You will go back to the camp for lunch and check out. At around 02:00pm, you will leave the camp heading to Ndutu with game en route. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, south of Serengeti National Park. There are almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year. Ndutu is also home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. On February, the Migration is at Ndutu, and it is the calving season, the wildebeest give birth to approximately 8,000 babies a day.

You will explore Lake Ndutu, the alkaline lake that attracts a wide range of wildlife that come around to drink and for cooling off their bodies. Continue searching for the best game viewing spots across Ndutu, which is usually heavily populated with elephants, wildebeests, Zebra, antelopes and big cats especially from December to April. As dusk draws close, you will leave the Lake behind you as you drive to the Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Full day Ndutu

After a breakfast, head out to enjoy a full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Ndutu area, following the herds of wildebeests, Zebras and Gazelles who will be culminating the famous calving season. This is after nearly half a million of them had already been born from January, forming the sea of ungulates that attracts hungry predators, making live kill a possibility to spot.

You will have lunch in the middle of the wilderness before going on with an exploration of awesome sights of the great vibrant herds of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes.

The blanket of grass is advantageous for the herds as it provides cover from predators as well as providing much-needed nutrients to the calves who are able to run minutes after they are born and within 3 days, they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herds.

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will depart the lodge at 07:00am and head out with picnic lunch to Ngorongoro Crater, a multiple land use where animals and people have managed to co-exist together in harmony. You will descend down this self-sustaining 600-meter-high caldera. Ngorongoro Crater, which is only 10 miles across, was created as a result of volcano activities. You will venture the floor of the crater in search for game viewing opportunity as this place has a variety of wildlife species to offer.

You will have lunch in one of the designated areas then continue with game drive on the self-sustaining ecosystem where you will come across a variety of wildlife species and if lucky you will be able to see rare black rhino. High predator population can also be found in this self-sustaining ecosystem. You will also visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater where large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds are found.

During the evening you will ascend the crater and drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Drive to Arusha and fly home

Today is one last adventure in the wild, as you drive to Arusha. Put your cameras up close to catch what you might come across as a parting memory. When you get to Arusha you will have lunch at Arusha Coffee lodge rest a bit before you transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your flight home.

Tour Inclusions/Exclusions

The price includes

  • All park fees for all national parks
  • All meals and accommodations during the entire tour
  • A high-quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Highly experienced safari guide (who speaks good English)
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Unlimited mineral water on safari
  • All government taxes
  • AMREF Flying doctor’s emergency rescue

Price excludes

  • Visa Fees
  • International Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks at the lodges
  • Any other things not mentioned above.

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