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Safari 6 days | 5 nights

Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

A spectacular safari to Tanzania’s iconic parks Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Spot Zebras and elephants and enormous baobab trees in Tarangire, majestic lions on the endless plains of Serengeti and rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater. This safari gives you the essential Tanzania with chances to see Africa’s famous Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) as well as many other animals.


Dennis Msoffe, one of our amazing guides

Highlights of the journey


Tarangire is an amazing wilderness area with huge herds of elephants and ancient baobab trees. In the dry season the animal concentrations around the Tarangire river and the great wetland in eastern Tarangire rival Serengeti.


Serengeti, the endless plains, home of the great migration, higher concentration of large mammals and large predators than any place on the face of the earth. Going to Serengeti is like stepping in to a fairytale land where animals still roam wild in large numbers and nature is truly wild.

Ngorongoro Crater

Home of the black maned lions and the threatened rhino. Ngorongoro Crater’s spectacular caldera is home to tens of thousands of animals and a suitable grand finale on your safari in Tanzania.


Zebras near Tarangire river in Tarangire National Park


If you are lucky you might get this close to a leopard


Day 1: Pick up at the airport

Our staff welcomes you at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airports. We make sure all your luggage arrives and helps you if there is anything you need to handle at the airport. You are then transferred to your hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. 

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire

Have an early breakfast, your driver picks you up at your hotel at 07:30. When all your bags are packed into the jeep you set off for Tarangire. From Arusha it is a 2-2,5 hours’ drive to Tarangire along a tarmac road. When you arrive at tha get your guide will handle the formalities while you can visit the toilet and the curio shop. The rest of the day is spent in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is a huge area of thorny bush and savannah. The park is home to large numbers of herbivores, and most know to be one of the best parks in Africa to see elephants. Other animals that you a good chance to see in Tarangire include lions, leopard, hyena, jackal, ostrich, wildebeest, zebra, impala, baboon, warthog and many others. Late in the afternoon you leave Tarangire and drive along a tarmac road to your lodge close to Ngorongoro Crater. 

Day 3: Serengeti

Early breakfast and then departure for Serengeti. The drive goes via the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and you make a quick stop at the crater rim on a viewpoint. After about two hours you arrive in Serengeti and National Park and the rest of the day is spent game driving in the park. Serengeti is home to many animals and on your game drives here you may see, among other animals, lion, hyena, jackal, leopard, cheetah, serval, giraffe, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, dik dik, impala, warthog, hippo, crocodile, baboon, vervet monkey, waterbuck, topi, hart beast, klipspringer, rock hyrax and many more. In the evening you arrive at your tented camp in Seronera, in the heart of Serengeti. 

Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro

You get up before sunrise this day and go out for a two-hour game drive before breakfast. In the first hours of the day your chances of seeing predators are the best. You may also get a chance to see nocturnal animals like the striped hyena, bush baby and caracal. Breakfast on the lodge then another game drive in Serengeti before you in the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Crater. You arrive in your lodge, in the mountains just beyond the rim of the crater, at dusk. 

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Early breakfast and then you drive down to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater.  The crater is a crater by name only, geologically it is a caldera, a collapsed volcano. Ngorongoro is the world’s largest unbroken caldera with a diameter of about 21 km. Inside the crater the climate is perfect for animals with water available all year round and cooler temperatures than surrounding savannah. Ngorongoro Crater is you best chance to see rhino and you may also see lion, hyena, elephant, hippo, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and many kinds of birds and monkeys. Mid-afternoon you leave Ngorongoro and drive back to Arusha where your guide drops you at your hotel. 

Day 6: Transfer to airport for your flight home on onwards

In good time before your flight home, or to your next destination we pick you up at the hotel and drive you to Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport

Included in this safari

Included in the safari

  • Return transfers between Kilimanjaro or ArushaAirport and Arusha Planet Lodge 
  • 4 days safari in northern Tanzania with private jeep and private guide
  • Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater 
  • All park fees
  • 2 nights at Arusha Planet Lodge, including dinner and breakfast 
  • 1 night at Octagon Lodge including full board
  • 1 night at Tanzania Bush Camp including full board
  • 1 night at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge including full board
  • All meals stipulated in the itinerary
  • Air evacuation insurance with Flying Doctors Tanzania. In the unlikely event of serious injury or illness during your safari you get picked up and flewn to hospital in Nairobi.
  • 24 h service by your personal guide 
  • 24 h emergency service via our office in Arusha

Not included in the safari

  • International flight tickets
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Cost for vaccinations
  • Tips
  • Laundry, Internet and other personal costs
  • Drinks for dinners and lunches eaten at hotels and safari camps

Buffaloes near Tarangire River in Tarangire National Park