Tour Overview

Tanzania may be spoiled with natural attractions that offer the most sought-after things to do, however, nothing rivals the epic migration of at least 2 million wildebeests and the Big 5. In this tour, experience the best of Tanzania’s Northern zone and its famed wildlife.

Among many, explore huge herds of elephants in Tarangire, search for the Big 5 of Ngorongoro Crater, Big cats of Africa’s best park, Serengeti, and before putting an end to this fascinating itinerary, get to witness the priceless insight into Wildebeests crossing of Mara River.

Destinations: Arusha National Park, Lake Duluti, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park


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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival JRO – Arusha National Park

On arrival you will be met by our driver guide and head to the lodge for check-in before proceeding to Arusha National Park.

Welcome to Arusha national park, where you will get to experience variety of landscapes including Mt Meru, Fig tree arch, Momella lakes, Ngurdoto and Meru craters 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 driver 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 to the hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight as you look forward to continue your Tanzania adventure tomorrow.

Day 2: Lake Duluti Nature walk & Canoeing

After breakfast, drive to Lake Duluti for Nature Walk and Bird watching in Lake Duluti Forest. You will take a stroll along the lakeshore as Lake Duluti Forest provides shade.

You have the best opportunity to see both forest and water birds from this position. Your guides will assist in spotting out and identifying birds and trees you come across. After the walk, you will proceed with canoeing tour for 1:30 – 2 hours.

This beautiful, serene 1.5-hour canoe tour takes place in a lake amidst the crater walls of a forest. As you glide across the little Crater Lake’s calm surface, you may see the giant kingfisher, fish eagle, darters, cattle egret and many other birds. You will have hot lunch in the restaurant in Arusha before you proceed for a learning excursion at Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa, a local workshop producing lifesaving water filters from clay soil.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you’ll journey to Tarangire National Park, approximately two and a half hours from Arusha. You will pass through several small villages along the way where locals operate roadside shops to sell their products, giving you a feel of the amazing size of Tanzania. You can interrupt the journey at any point if you’d like to visit a store or take a market tour.

You will get to the lodge a good time to check-in, have lunch and rest a bit before you go out for an afternoon game drive which end at around 17:00. Or you may decide to stay at the lodge for the rest of the evening resting and discovery around the lodge as you wait you next day adventure.

Day 4 & 5: Full day Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, embark on your adventurous journey to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch. This park has a worldwide reputation for surprising large herds of elephants and medieval baobab trees. It draws its name from Tarangire River, the only permanent source of water in the park that spans appr0ximately 2,850 square kilometres. Among many, Tarangire National Park is home to numerous species of animals, birds and flora. You will have lunch in the parks’ designated area then you proceed with game drive. During the evening you with enjoy beautiful sunset view as you drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Manyara national park for a game drive with picnic lunch. 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.

You will have lunch in the park’s designated areas before you proceed with game drive in different areas of the park, a park that 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 7: Lake Eyasi/ Elephant caves and Waterfalls

After an early breakfast you will drive to Lake Eyasi ready to encounter the African Bushmen, Hadzabe & Datoga who still hunt for food to date. You will have time to interact with these iconic tribes with no hierarchy & rules since all the resources are shared. You will also get to learn how they hunt for food and equipment they use.

After time with the Hadzabe, you will drive back to lodge for lunch, after lunch you will have a short rest of an hour then board your vehicles to short drive of 30minutes to a breathtaking 2h30m nature walk in the jungle to the elephant caves and waterfalls of Ngorongoro forest. The walk takes you through the forest, the elephant caves and Waterfalls.

The elephant caves found in this forest were formed many years ago when elephants used to visit the rocks and hit them continuously to obtain calcium crucial for improving their bone strength. During the walk, you may come across Dik Dik, as well as other forest creatures and an incredible variety of birds. After the walk you will board your vehicles drive back to the lodge.

Day 8: 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 get there by midday then 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 have lunch in one of the designated areas before you start an afternoon 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 the rare black rhino. High predator population can also be found in this self-sustaining ecosystem. You will drive to 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. You will have lunch at a picnic site and proceed searching for game viewing opportunities.

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

Day 9: Game en route to Serengeti

You’ll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way we’ll pass through the rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to encounter wild animals like baboon, vervet monkeys, warthogs and buffalo.

It’s a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti Park gates, but you will break at Olduvai Gorge for an History experience.

Olduvai Gorge Museum: also known as the Cradle of Mankind, is a paleoanthropological site located in the Great Rift Valley, between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Olduvai is a misspelling of Oldupai, a Maasai word for a wild sisal plant that grows in the area. The museum holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. Paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years, leading them to conclude that humans evolved in Africa.

After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area prepare yourself to explore Serengeti. As you enter Serengeti you will witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and sheer number of ungulates roaming these grassy plains before you get to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Full day Serengeti National Park

Today is fully dedicated to Serengeti National Park, perhaps the world’s most enchanting and breathtaking park on the planet.

There may be few destinations that should top everyone’s bucket list to visit over a lifetime, however, Serengeti tops most of the adventure lovers. Your guide will take you through different parts of Serengeti in search for the best wildlife viewing spots.

In the afternoon you will stop around the Seronera Valley for a delicious lunch while scanning the surroundings for game viewing opportunities. Seronera Valley is kept alive by the Seronera River which attracts thousands of wild animals being the main source of water in the Central Serengeti.

Continue searching for various animals to explore from the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino (although these are rarely spotted) – to giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Topi and eland.

Day 11: Game enroute to North Serengeti

Today after breakfast at the lodge, you will journey to Northern Serengeti, crossing the middle of the Serengeti National Park. This area boasts a sizable number of big cats and as you drive to the Northern Serengeti, it won’t be uncommon to spot them along the way.

You will arrive at your camp in the afternoon in good time for lunch and rest a bit before you out for an afternoon game drive along the Mara River.

A search for wildebeests crossing and crocodiles infested Mara River will start today and go full swing tomorrow. If you’re not lucky to spot this natural wonder of the world today, all good, there is more that meets the eye in Northern Serengeti. The area hosts a good number of cheetahs, hyenas, lions, leopards, giraffes, Topi, elands, hippo and a lot more.

Day 12: Following the Great Migration

Today after breakfast, you will have a short drive to the Mara River. A journey offers a truly unique landscape of acacia woodlands, open savanna, and a lot of wildlife on the way. With stops for game viewing and some great shots along the way, there are chances to witness the herds of wildebeests and zebras even before arriving at the Mara River banks for a much sought-after event of the river crossing.

As you reach the Mara River, the herds are likely to be congregating on the river banks finding the courage to reach the opposite bank of the river. To reach there, they need to battle the mammoth Nile crocodiles who have been waiting for this much-anticipated event the whole year.

This is crocodiles’ festival season, so to speak. If the nature of the game permits, you will be able to witness this mouthwatering event as the herds cross the river to the far Northern Serengeti and reach neighboring Masai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya for much-needed greener pasture.

You will have lunch overlooking Mara River banks as the herds gather around then proceed with game drive along the Mara River. In the evening you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight whilst enjoying beautiful views of the sunset.

Day 13: Transfer to the Airstrip

Today is one last adventure in the wild, put your cameras up close to catch what you might come across as a parting memory as you drive to Kogatende airstrip to catch your flight to Arusha. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward 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
  • Local flight (Kogatende – Kilimanjaro)
  • 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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