Giraffes running across plain in Serengeti

Great Northern Parks

Trips/Tanzania Safari

6 days

This itinerary combines the very best game-spotting opportunities with unparalleled scenery and sights. You'll have the chance to see the truly expansive Serengeti, the Great Migration, the Big Five, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and more!

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Detailed Itinerary

Northern parks of Tanzania map

Day 1: Tarangire National Park

Today we kick things into high gear with a safari drive in Tarangire. This is a beautiful park with a distinctly different look and feel to Serengeti. Here you have all of the Big Five, save the rhino. In the dry season, the thirsty animals flock to the river, creating a scene that's chock-full of animals! The elephant herds of the park are a huge drawcard, as they can number into the hundreds!

elephant calf Tarangire, Top 10 attractions in Tanzania

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater rim

After breakfast we wind our way to Serengeti, stopping en route to stand on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and marvel at the breathtaking view. There's also the option of visiting a Maasai community, an exciting cultural experience! We then continue on into the Serengeti itself, game spotting on our way to Thorn Tree Camp. Keep your eyes open for the Big Five, cheetahs, giraffes, Cape buffaloes, and much more!

Ngorongoro Crater rim walk with Lake Magadi landscape in distance

Day 3: Northern Serengeti

Today's game drive takes us into northern Serengeti, a slightly quieter section of the park. Look out for the massive herds of wildebeest, zebras and antelopes making dangerous crossings of the croc-infested Mara River during the Great Migration. These are chaotic scenes that have to be seen to be believed! Also see if you can spot lions, hyenas and other predators who track the herds looking for a kill.

Safari vehicle in the Serengeti, what is the Serengeti famous for?

Day 4: Great Migration

Today we enjoy another epic game drive. Did you know that the name serengeti comes from the Maasai word for ‘land of endless plains’? The views as we drive are of gorgeous rolling hills, granite outcrops, open savannah and acacia woodlands. Apart from the Big Five, the park also boasts the like of cheetahs, elands, giraffes, warthogs, servals, hyenas, topis, impalas, oribis and porcupines.

Great Migration herd

Day 5: Olduvai Gorge

We head south towards Ngorongoro Crater today, enjoying another great safari drive in Serengeti on the way. En route to Ngorongoro we also have the option of stopping over at Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. In the evening we settle into Rhino Lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, where the view over the crater is mesmerising.

Zebra and birds

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater safari

It's an exciting day today: we drive down into the 600 m-deep Ngorongoro Crater! This is something that's on every self-respecting traveller's bucket list. The roads zigzags down through the forested crater wall, and you should be on the lookout for leopards. We then enter the grasslands and woodlands of the crater floor, where there's a super-abundance of wildlife, including lions with unusually dark manes.

Pur. Lion among purple flowers in Ngorongoro Crater


Professional, English-speaking safari guide and driver

A private safari car with pop-up roof and all petrol (fuel)

All game drives

All park fees

All meals

All accommodation

Bottled drinking water

Airport transfers


Tanzanian visa

Traveller’s insurance


Alcohol and soft drinks


Black rhino and calf standing in grassland in Kenya
Zebras and flamingoes in Ngorongoro Crater
Hippo in Ngorongoro Crater
Martial eagle, Ngorongoro Crater


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