Days: 6 Starting Price: Contact for pricing
This incredible 6-day safari focuses much of its time on one of Africa’s most fantastic destinations: the Serengeti. With nearly 4 full days in the park, you’ll enjoy adventurous days taking in much of the wildlife it has to offer, sleep in comfortable, luxurious accommodations, and bookend your trip with stops in two other iconic locations, Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, giving you a full-on Tanzanian experience.
Departing from Arusha, the hub of the Northern Circuit nestled near the foot of Tanzania’s second-tallest peak, Mt. Meru, you’ll take a scenic drive out to Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by iconic baobab trees—one of the oldest and largest species in Africa. Inside the park, also known as the elephant’s paradise, you’ll learn more about this incredible animal’s life while you explore many parts of the 2,840 square kilometer area.
Around midday, you’ll stop in a picturesque area for lunch before embarking on another game drive. Throughout the park, you can expect to see many animals, 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.
In the evening, you’ll head over to the Simba Lodge or Sangaiwe Tented Camp for a delicious dinner, relaxation on the grounds, and a comfortable sleep.
After breakfast, you’ll head through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on your way to Serengeti National Park, so named by the Masaai for its seemingly endless sprawling plains. You’ll arrive at the gates around midday, enjoying lunch shortly before or after arrival, before embarking on an incredible game drive through the park.
Inside, you’ll see plenty of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, topis, Hartebeests, elands, and many species of birds. You’ll also get to see the famous kopjes, or massive rock outcroppings, of which many larger predators use for shelter, breeding, and as a vantage point to see their prey.
In the evening, you will head to Mbugani Tented Camp or Thorn Tree Tented Camp for a tasty dinner, with a bit of time to relax before turning in for the night.
After an early breakfast, you’ll head out to explore the central Serengeti with a sunrise game drive, allowing you to see many of the animals that come out to enjoy the cooler weather—including predators, who often prefer this time to hunt their prey without expending as much energy as they do in the heat of the day.
Midday, you’ll enjoy your lunch before heading into the park’s northern region, with the gorgeous backdrop of the Bolongonja and Nyamalumbwa Hills around you as you drive and take in the plentiful wildlife. In the evening, you’ll head to the Kati Kati Camp or Mbugani Camp for an excellent dinner, relaxation, and sleep.
After breakfast, you will spend a full day exploring the area around the Mara river, a famous site during the Great Migration, in which 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras attempt to cross the crocodile-infested river in search of more fertile grounds. It is here many wildlife documentaries have captured some of their most dramatic moments and images. Around midday, you’ll stop to enjoy lunch before taking in many more animals that follow the migration, such as cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, gazelles, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, elands, dikdiks, and many species of birds.
In the evening, you’ll head back to either Kati Kati or Mbugani for dinner and another comfortable overnight stay.
After another early rise and breakfast, you will check out of camp and begin your drive to the central Serengeti, enjoying another game drive full of wildlife along the way, as your guide provides plenty of insight on the animal populations, landscapes, and features that surround you. After stopping for lunch, you’ll make your way towards Karatu, where you’ll have dinner and stay overnight at either Marera Valley Lodge or Eileen’s Trees Lodge.
On your final day, you’ll be off to another early start. After breakfast, you’ll head out for another incredible game drive, this time in one of Tanzania’s other legendary locations, the Ngorongoro Crater, known for being the largest intact and unfilled volcanic caldera in the world. As you make your way from the crater rim into the park, you’ll see why it’s often considered similar to a small zoo—as home to 20,000 animals, you’ll see wildlife in every direction you look.
Around midday, you’ll stop for lunch at a scenic picnic site nestled in the heart of the park near a watering hole, allowing you to enjoy your food and drinks as you watch many of the nearby animals gather and lounge in and around the water. After lunch, you’ll enjoy your final game drive, taking in the parks incredible wildlife, including lions—many of which you’ll 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 elusive black rhino, rarely found elsewhere in the region.
Afterwards, you’ll take your final scenic drive back towards Arusha, where your journey will end.