Ultimate Tanzania Safari Itinerary
On this 9-day Ultimate Tanzania Safari Itinerary, you will explore 4 different wildlife areas in northern Tanzania with The Perfect Tanzania Itinerary. Apart from the world-famous Serengeti and the Ngorogoro Crater, you will also visit Tarangire and Lake Manyara, National Park. This is the right choice for your Tanzania Safari Tours itinerary.
We travel around in a custom made 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser with a guaranteed window seat for each client. Your private guide/ driver will make sure you see lots of wild animals and diverse natural landscapes. Explore our 9Day Tanzania Itinerary: Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
In the morning you will start your safari with a drive to the Tarangire National Park. The park is roughly the size of Luxemburg and covers an area of about 2,600 km². Bush savannah, seasonal swamps, and giant baobab trees make up the landscape of this nature reserve and the park is probably one of the best places in East Africa to see elephants. Not only are there thousands, but they are also relatively accustomed to vehicles so you will be able to get really close to them. Apart from elephants, the park is also home to Masai giraffes, various gazelles, antelopes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, baboons, and more than 500 types of birds. After an extensive game drive (safari) you will leave the park in the afternoon and drive to the campsite/ lodge for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Tarangire Area – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you will travel from the Tarangire Area to the lush highlands where crops such as wheat, corn, and coffee are grown. Traveling through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you might stop for a breathtaking view over the Ngorongoro Crater before you continue to the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Masai and you will see the grassland savannah stretching to the horizon. Bizarre rock formations dot the grassy landscape where predators roam. Blue wildebeests, Thomson’s gazelles, zebras, and buffaloes are on the menu… Through the high and open roof of the safari vehicle, you will be able to enjoy the diversified habitats and landscapes of the park. You will arrive in the Seronera Valley for an evening meal and overnight stay at the Campsite or Lodge.
Day 3-5: Serengeti National Park
The entire day is dedicated to game viewing (wildlife viewing) in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you will visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are to be found. Predators usually follow closely behind the trekking animals. During the short rainy season in November and December, the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they return up north. As the migration depends upon the yearly rains, the location of the herds might vary from year to year but the guide will know where to see them best. You will spend another night at the campsite or lodge.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, you will join another game drive in the Serengeti National Park and you might spot animals you haven’t seen during the last two days. The Serengeti is also home to the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and today you might be able to tick off all the members of this group. After lunch at a picnic site, you will drive in direction of the Ngorongoro Crater and as soon as you have reached the edge of the crater, the caldera opens up before you. This approximate 20 km wide crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 25,000 animals. You will drive to the campsite or lodge from where you can witness the sunset over the crater.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara Area
Rise and shine! After breakfast at daybreak, you drive down into the crater. Inside the world’s biggest caldera you will see a diversity of wildlife ranging from black rhinos, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, lions and leopards, to elephants and mountain reedbucks in the forests on the slopes. You might also see buffaloes, spotted hyenas, and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch, you will leave the crater in the afternoon to travel the campsite or Lodge.
Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha
The small Lake Manyara National Park is home to over 400 bird species, primate-filled forests and grassy plains. A large area of the park is covered by the alkaline Lake Manyara, which is home to colonies of flamingos and other water birds. Apart from giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, and impalas on the grassy plains, you might see lions lounging in the trees and elephants feeding on the acacias in the woodlands. While the forest near the lake is filled with noisy troops of blue monkeys, extended baboon families hang around the roads. After an intensive game drive, you will return to Arusha in the late afternoon.
Day 9 Transfer to the Airport
After breakfast, we will drop you off to the airport flight back home or to the next destination.
Includes for Ultimate Tanzania Safari Itinerary
- safari Accommodation according to the itinerary
- Travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Overnight stays as per itinerary
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All the mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
Excludes for Ultimate Tanzania Safari Itinerary
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money on souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance, etc.