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If you want to get adventurous, up close, and personal with one of the most legendary destinations in the world—the Serengeti—this safari was made for you. Designed with a focus on camping and nearly 4 full days in the park, this great safari rounds out its adventure with trips to both Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, two of Tanzania’s other iconic destinations.
You’ll begin your adventure departing from Arusha, the hub of the Northern Circuit that rests near the foot of Mt. Meru. From there, you’ll head out towards Tarangire National Park, about a two hour drive through the countryside. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by one of Africa’s most iconic images, Baobab trees, one of the largest and oldest species on the continent. Inside, you’ll find out why the park is known as elephant paradise—it hosts 2000-3000, averaging more than an elephant per square kilometer. As you explore, your guide will share many insights about their beautiful and interesting lives.
Around midday, your guide will take you to a scenic spot to enjoy your lunch as you take in the landscape around you. Then, you’ll hop back in the vehicle for another great game drive, seeing much more wildlife as you go, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals, giraffes, buffaloes, mongooses, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, Dik-dik, baboons, monkeys, and over 450 different species of birds.
Towards evening, you’ll head to the public campsite inside the park, enjoy dinner, and get some rest for the night.
After breakfast, you’ll head out through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on your way to one of the most legendary locations in all of Africa: Serengeti National Park, so named by the Masaai for its seemingly endless plains.
Around midday you will arrive at the park’s gates before starting a game drive, taking in its incredible wildlife. Home to over 1.5 million wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles—the heart of the Great Migration—the Serengeti has plenty to see, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, giraffes, hippos,, warthogs, topis, Hartebeests, elands and many species of birds.
Towards the evening, you’ll head to the Nyani public campsite, nestled inside the park, enjoy a tasty dinner, relax, and turn in for the night.
After an early rise and breakfast, you’ll leave camp to explore the central and eastern parts of the Serengeti. Amongst the grassy plains and open woodlands, you’ll see the iconic kopjes rising out of the plains—the massive rock outcroppings many predators use for shelter, breeding, and gaining a view over their prey. Around midday, you’ll stop for lunch before continuing on your game drive, taking in vast swaths of the 14,000+ square kilometer park and its inhabitants.
In the evening, you’ll head over to the Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp or Mbugani Tented Camp where you’ll enjoy dinner before turning in for the night.
After another early start, you’ll take your lunches with you on your way to the Mara river, a location well-known for its part in the Great Migration. On your way, you’ll take in the amazing scenery of the Bolongonji and Nyamalumbwa Hills. Upon arrival, you’ll likely see many wildebeests and zebras attempting to cross the river while avoiding the many crocodiles that lie in wait—it is here many wildlife documentaries have captured some of their most dramatic footage. At the height of the migration, thousands of animals attempt to cross this river on their way to more fertile grounds.
Midday, you’ll stop to enjoy your lunch before exploring more parts of the park and its wildlife. In the evening, you’ll head back for another delicious dinner and overnight at Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp or Mbugani Tented Camp.
After breakfast, you’ll depart for your final game drive in the Serengeti, taking in many of the animals that use the cooler temperatures of the morning to hunt for food. Around midday, you’ll stop to enjoy lunch before continuing on with another game drive on your way to Ngorongoro Crater, taking in many beautiful landscapes along the way.
Towards evening, you will head to the Simba public campsite on the rim of the crater (known for its incredible views), where you will have dinner, relax, and sleep for the night.
You’ll be up for another early start, eating your breakfast before embarking on an incredible game drive in Ngorongoro Crater—the largest intact and unfilled volcanic caldera in the world. Starting down from the rim, you will see why it is often referred to as a small zoo: no matter which way you look, there are animals everywhere.
Midday, you will make your way towards a picnic site nestled in the heart of the park to enjoy your lunch while overlooking a nearby waterhole where hippos and other wildlife are often found. After lunch, you’ll enjoy another fantastic game drive and see many animals, including lions—many of which you may even see up close—as well as cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, monkeys, baboons, hippos, gazelles, warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, many species of birds, and the park’s biggest attraction: the rare black rhino.
After your final game drive, you’ll take your last few hour drive through the Tanzanian countryside on your way back to Arusha.