SAFARI: LAKE MANYARA OR TARANGIRE, SERENGETI AND NGORONGORO CRATER  (4 or 5 days)

For anyone who’s hoping to see all of the big five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and cape buffalo – we recommend this itinerary as an absolute minimum. You can find elephants in Lake Manyara or Tarangire National park, dozens of lions in the Serengeti and buffaloes more or less everywhere. Leopards and rhinoceros are a bit more difficult to find, but we’ll do whatever we can to help make it happen. And of course there’s so many other species that are just as interesting, and of which you’ll be able to see plenty as well! 

During several parts of the year, this safari will allow you to witness the great migration, either with the itinerary that you’ll find below, either with a few small changes. As the exact location of the great migration changes constantly throughout the year, we’ll send you our suggestions in your personalized offer. 

SAFARI FINDING THE BIG 5

Price per person incl. 2 nights in Arusha & airport transfers

4-day safari – camping accommodation

2 PEOPLE

1630 USD

4 PEOPLE

1160 USD

6 PEOPLE

1070 USD

5-day safari – camping accommodation

2 PEOPLE

1990 USD

4 PEOPLE

1430 USD

6 PEOPLE

1320 USD

Prices for adults, based on the cheapest combination of single, double and triple tents/rooms. Prices for high season, low season discounts and/or Holiday supplements might apply. Discounted prices apply for children under 16.

Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five

 

SAFARI ITINERARY

Please pick your desired comfort level below to see the matching itinerary. 

We use exactly the same cars and guides for each type of safaris. You’ll visit exactly the same places and there is no difference in comfort or quality during your game drives. The choice you make below only impacts your accommodation.

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t mind very basic comfort, this option is perfect for you! You’ll sleep on a camping mattress in small temporary tents and bathrooms are shared. Simple but delicious meals are prepared by your personal chef and served at camping tables and chairs. 

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and transfer to Arusha

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), our driver will be waiting for you. He’ll drive you to your hotel in Arusha in about 1-1,5 hour. Once arrived, you can finally rest after your long flight and start taking it all in. If there’s enough time, you can spend some time in the center of Arusha, or simply relax at your hotel. If you arrive early, we can even arrange an activity for you during the day (to be booked in advance). We’re more than happy to help you with information about places to go, where to eat and other practical arrangements.

AccommodationCrest Safari Lodge, Arusha (standard room).

Meals: dinner. 

Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park

We’ll pick you up at your accommodation in Arusha and drive about 2 to 3 hours to Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park. We’ll pick the park depending on things like the time of the year in order to give you the best experience. As all our tours are private, you can of course also request the park of your choice, if you have any. You’ll have lunch in the park and spend the rest of the day game driving. Lake Manyara and Tarangire are both famous for their huge amounts of elephants, and in Lake Manyara you might even catch a glimpse of a tree-sitting lion! We’ll bring you to your accommodation before the evening sets in, either in the park or outside of it depending on the type you picked. Dinner will be served at the accommodation.

Accommodation: basic camping at Migombani camp in Mto wa Mbu. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, it’s time to hit the road. You have quite a bumpy ride ahead of you today, as you’ll have to drive through Ngorongoro conservation area before reaching the entrance of Serengeti National Park. You’ll have lunch and the rest of the afternoon is reserved for a stunning game drive through the central part of the Serengeti. You’ll witness an extraordinary nature, as well as an abundance of animals like lions, gnus, Thomson gazelles and zebras. In the evening we’ll bring you to your accommodation, where you’ll have dinner and an early sleep.

Accommodation: basic camping at one of the public campsites inside Serengeti National Park.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

The morning is dedicated to another game drive in the central part of the Serengeti, and we can plan the day keeping in mind your wishes. Our top tip: get up early to witness the Serengeti at sunrise (from your accommodation or during a short game drive), have breakfast at your accommodation and spend the rest of the morning game driving. In the afternoon, you’ll start heading back towards Ngorongoro conservation area, with the chance to stop and see more wildlife along the way. We’ll provide dinner at your accommodation again.

Accommodation: basic camping at the public campsite inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

The days starts early again today. After breakfast you’ll head towards Ngorongoro crater for the last day of your trip. You’ll enter the crater over the steep path that leads down. Get ready to take in the amount of different animals you’re about to see – only giraffes and a few other species are absent, but other than that the wildlife density in this area is nothing less but impressive. You’re almost guaranteed to see large numbers of gnus (wildebeest), zebras, buffaloes and gazelles and chances are you’ll be able to spot rhinos and leopards. You’ll have lunch in the park and drive back to Arusha after that.

AccommodationCrest Safari Lodge, Arusha (standard room).

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6: Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and departure

Our driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you to Kilimanjaro airport. We wish you a safe flight and hope you’ve had an unforgettable time!

Accommodation: not included.

Meals: breakfast.

5-day safari

For the 5-day safari, we add a whole day in the Serengeti in between day 3 and 4. Your accommodation will be the same as that of day 3. 

Accommodation: basic camping at one of the public campsites inside Serengeti National Park.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pick-up at JRO airport or in Moshi is also possible.
Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five

 

OUR OFFER – PRICES AND SERVICES

SAFARI FINDING THE BIG 5

Price per person incl. 2 nights in Arusha & airport transfers

4-day safari – camping accommodation

2 PEOPLE

1630 USD

4 PEOPLE

1160 USD

6 PEOPLE

1070 USD

5-day safari – camping accommodation

2 PEOPLE

1990 USD

4 PEOPLE

1430 USD

6 PEOPLE

1320 USD

Prices for adults, based on the cheapest combination of single, double and triple tents/rooms. Prices for high season, low season discounts and/or Holiday supplements might apply. Discounted prices apply for children under 16.

Didn’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Don’t worry, there’s lots of other options! Please get in touch for different accommodation options in any price range, different room types and group sizes or groups including children, as well as if you wish to add extra options to your safari.  

The following services are included in our package:

  • Entrance fees to the parks (Tarangire or Manyara, Serengeti 24h in the 4-day package and 48h in the 5-day package, Ngorongoro 24h)
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle from your hotel in Arusha to the parks and back (other pick-up points possible, please contact us for the right price)
  • Game drives in the parks
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in our offers. Specific accommodation options are always subject to availability. If the suggested option is not available, we’ll suggest another option for your approval. A higher or lower price might apply in this case.
  • Camping gear like tents, camping mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, camping chairs, etc.
  • Meals as described above
  • Airport transfers as described
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee

This package however doesn’t include:

  • Tips for the crew. We recommend a tip of 25 USD per day for your guide, 15 USD per day for your cook and 15 USD per day for your driver (airport pick-up), to be divided between each member of your group. 
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • … and all other services that are not mentioned as included.
Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five