Tanzania is arguably the ultimate safari destination for wildlife lovers. With sixteen beautiful national parks, it offers some of Africa’s best game viewing. These include elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, dik-diks, antelopes, gazelles, elands and kudus. The country dedicates more of its land to these national parks than any other wildlife destination in the world, spanning an incredible 42,000km. It means that going on a Tanzania safari is a real once in life-time experience.
Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free standing mountain. We run trips to Kilimanjaro throughout the year. How about combining a safari with a Kilimanjaro climb?!
✓ Combine your safari with a trip to Kilimanjaro and summit the tallest mountain in Africa
✓ Go on safari in the UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park
✓ Camp overnight in some of Africa’s most beautiful national parks
✓ Watch the sunrise over the African savannah
✓ Experience the rich culture of the local Tanzanian tribes
✓ Spot the Big Five, which are the elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, rhino and lion
Psssssst. Remember this itinerary is just a suggestion. We have put together what we think is a great five days, but you might want to do other things (there’s lots to see!) or lengthen or shorten the trip. Let’s have a chat about your ideas and create an itinerary together.
“You can’t go to Tanzania without going on a safari – it’s like going to Italy and not trying the pasta.” Florin Avram
Whether you’ve just climbed Mt Kilimanjaro or are flying into Tanzania to go on safari alone, we meet you in Arusha today. The town of Arusha is the hub of northern Tanzania, and the gateway to its many national parks, as you can see in the map below.
Spend your time today relaxing at the lodge. Take a dip in the pool, relax in the sun, or go for a stroll in Arusha. We’ll gather together in the evening for a group dinner.
In the morning after breakfast we kick off our adventure by driving to Lake Manyara National Park. It’s probably the most underrated of all Tanzanian parks, which means it offers a quieter safari – no long lines of jeeps all trying to see the same animals! The wildlife living in the park include elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, tree-climbing lions, impalas, leopards, dik-diks, warthogs and plenty more! After a full day of adventuring we head to Kudu Camp for some dinner and a rest.
Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks, but it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. Stretching for 50 km along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. It offers such ecological variety for a small area, ranging from savannah to bush plains, marshland, woodland, salt pans and evergreen forest. The chance to see elephant families moving through the forest is reason enough to come, but there are also tree-climbing lions and an abundance of birdlife. Portions of the lake are at times covered in a pink-and-white blanket of flamingoes and pelicans.
After breakfast, we’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration. Our drive today is spectacular as we drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater.
The word serengeti means ‘endless plains’ in the Maasai language. During our game drive it becomes clear why this name was chosen – the plants stretch endlessly before us, dotted everywhere with wildlife big and small. Large predators including lion, cheetah and hyena are drawn to the plains because of the abundance of antelopes that migrate throughout the park.
On the way into the Serengeti we stop at the famous Olduvai Gorge, where Dr Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first man to walk the Earth. After lunch, we drive to a Maasai Culture Boma to learn about this fascinating tribe. Later we head off on an evening game drive in the Seronera section of the Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Its unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root, and numerous photographers and scientists. The sheer quantity of wildlife as well as the beauty of the landscape makes the Serengeti Tanzania’s most popular national park. It’s also the oldest park in a country deeply committed to conservation. The park offers us a rare glimpse into the pristine natural wonder of Africa from long ago.
Today we wake up very early to do an early morning game drive before breakfast. The reason for the hour is to spot animals while they’re active (during the heat of the day they mostly rest). We also want to enjoy an African savannah sunrise, one of the most beautiful experiences ever. After the game drive, we return to the camp for brunch.
In the afternoon we head to Ngorongoro Crater, arguably the eighth natural wonder of the world. The crater is like a Noah’s Ark of East African wildlife, sheltering almost every species indigenous to the region including the rare black rhino. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusks owing to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses.
Ngorongoro Crater is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is the largest unfilled volcanic caldera in the world that’s still inactive and intact. It was formed long ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. The volcano is thought to have been between 4,500 and 5,800 m high! While exploring the crater we expect to see black rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and many more fantastic creatures.
After breakfast we descend to the crater floor for a game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world. It shelters some 30,000 animals! You can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingoes, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, and many birds. The birds seen here include eagles, vultures, flamingoes, storks, bats, giant vultures, sacred ibises, kori bustards, blacksmith plovers, herons and cattle eagles. We enjoy a picnic lunch at the hippo pool.
Our adventure comes to an end today. But before we depart we pay a visit to a local Maasai community and enjoy a lunch with them. The Maasai are a Nilotic people who live in northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. They’re widely know for their dancing, which involves incredibly high jumping, as well as their tradition of wearing bright clothing and intricately beaded jewellery. We learn about about their rich history and culture during our community visit.
“To go on an African safari has been on my bucket list for so long, and it didn’t disappoint! It is by far the best adventure I have ever been on.” Caitlin Summers