Tanzania, the best of the Northern parks, 9 days filled with wildlife

This Safari shows you the best of Northern Tanzania, from the with Baobabs studded landscape of Tarangire, with herds of over a hundred elephants, the Great Migration in the Serengeti, the phenomenal Ngorongoro Crater with the rare Black Rhino to the pink spots on Lake Manyara, which at a closer look turn out to be countless flamingos.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
All year
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Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
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This Safari will take you to Tarangire National park in search of the large elephants herds and for birder a real paradise with the highest diversity of birds in one area in East Africa. It takes you to the phenomenal Ngorongoro Crater with the black rhino, the large numbers of lions and hyenas, the place where you look around and just see wildlife all around. It also takes you to the Serengeti, home of the Great Migration where thousands of wildebeest and zebras are on the move in search for good grazing and water, followed by lions looking for an easy meal! In the end it will take you to the relatively small Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions!

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

After arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our local representative. From here, in a drive of about one hour, you will be taken to to ILBORU SAFARI LODGE in Arusha.

Meals included: None

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Your Safari starts! Your private driver with private safari vehicle is waiting for you! The driver is well educated and has a lot of knowledge about the country, animals and nature and even more, he is very passionate about it. He will show you the beauty of his country the coming 7 days! He will discuss with you the day to day programme.

It is about 3 hours driving to Tarangire National Park. On your way to Tarangire National Park you pass through the Maasai steppes, pass Maasai villages and see the Maasai herding their cattle. Tarangire National Park is a not so famous park. However it has a lot to offer! With 550 different bird species, it is a birders paradise. Nowhere in East Africa will you find so many bird species in one area!

The landscape of Tarangire is very diverse, from the with Baobab studded plains to the always green marshes. Through the park meanders the Tarangire River, it did not only give the park its name, but is also the reason for the animals to stick in the area. In the dry season, when the river is often not more than a mud stream or even totally gone, the elephants dig holes in the riverbed, looking for underground streams. Also the other animals in the park enjoy a drink from these by elephants made waterholes. In the raining season the river can grow to a thundering river, depending on the amount of rain upstream. In Tarangire National Park you enjoy a pick nick lunch with lunchboxes carried from Ilboru Safari Lodge. At the end of the afternoon you will arrive at KIRURUMU TARANGIRE LODGE, just in time for a sun downer and dinner!

Meals: breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Early in the morning you will go to Tarangire National park in search of more wild animals. Besides the large elephant herds, the park is also known for the large herds of buffels. When they all start running at once, you can feel the ground trembling! Also many other grazers can be seen in the park, like impala’s, gazelles, zebras, and wildebeests. The little colourful love birds are in stark contrast with the big black (and red) southern ground hornbills, as the little rock hyrax is in stark contrast with their big nephew: the elephant (yes it is unbelievable that those two are related!).
You will enjoy lunch at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge after which you go on a botanical walk in the vicinity of the lodge with a Maasai guide. Even though Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is outside the park, animals are often spotted nearby the park! National Parks in Tanzania are not fenced off and animals wander in and out of the parks at free will.
When back at Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge it is time to get in the car again and proceed on a beautiful route. Today your driver will take you up the Great Rift Valley Escarpment from where you have a fantastic view over Lake Manyara and the Maasai Steppe. You proceed to RHOTIA VALLEY TENTED LODGE bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
If you would like, you can go to the nearby Children’s Home between 17.00 and 18.00 hours. The Children’s Home is financed with the proceedings from the lodge. You can play a game of soccer with the children or help them with their homework. By staying at the Lodge you contribute to the Children’s Home!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater

Today your driver will take you to one of the most special places on this planet: The Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, and before you descent in the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim.

De crater is a non-active volcano, to reach the crater floor you have to make quite a descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity in animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, black rhino, buffel, leopard and the lion) can be found in the crater. Today it is your chance to see the rare black rhino. In Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, flamingos look for their food while hippos cool down in the sweet water pools after their grazing outing at night. In the Lerai Forest elephant with giant tusks pull leaves and branches from the trees while on the plains wildebeests, zebras and antelopes are grazing. Lions often look for the shade, sometimes even the shade of a car. The high numbers of animals and the imposing landscape with the crater walls make a day in the crater and overwhelming experience!

At the end of the day you leave the crater at an unusual side, whereas most cars leave the crater at the regular ascent road, you will climb up on the eastern rim and drive to NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE. From the lounge you have a fantastic view inside the crater!

Meals: Breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner


Day 5: Serengeti National Park

After breakgast you will leave Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and start descending into the plains. Today is one big game drive, wherever you drive, you can encounter animals. And in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you get a fantastic chance to have a look at how the Maasai live, when passing their “boma’s” (villages) or when watching them herd their cattle in the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word Siringiti: endless plains. When entering the Serengeti it becomes clear quite soon that this is a very fitting name. As far as the eye reaches you find the plains, only interrupted by an occasional tree, kopje (rock formation) or wildlife. During the Great

Migration these planes are literally covered in animals, wildebeests and zebras, in search of grazing and water and participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth.

However, Serengeti National Park has more to offer than the Great Migration, large herds of buffels,  numerous different kind of antelopes like the topi, hartebeest, dikdik, thomson and grant gazelles and it is the best chance of spotting a lion, or more accurately: lions. The open plains form an ideal hunting ground for the fastest mammal on earth: the cheetah.

At the end of the day you will arrive at KENZAN LUXURY CAMP just in time for a sun downer. Kenzan Luxury Camp gives you the ultimate “out of Africa” feeling!

Meals: breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner


Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Wake up early morning in the middle of the bush and enjoy a delicious breakfast. This morning there is a special activity planned. A guide from Kenzan Luxury Camp will take you on a walking safari. Even though Kenzan Luxury Camp is situated outside the park, you must have woken up at night from the call of a hyena, and yes that loud roar was a lion, or maybe you heard a zebra nibbling grass just outside your tent? During your walking safari you have a great chance of seeing zebras, giraffes, wildebeests (actually certain time in the year the Great Migration walks through the camp) or other grazers.
After lunch at Kenzan Luxury Camp, your driver is ready again to take you back inside the park in search for more wildlife!
He takes you on a search for the Great Migration, the lions, leopard and cheetah. And what did you think of these large numbers of hippos in one of the pools in the park, or maybe the vervet moneys or baboons manage to charm you with their acrobatic tricks. Giraffes that elegantly move over the planes, high above everything and everyone, eating the leaves from the acacia trees without even bothering about the thorns, the gracious flights of the (not so gracious) vultures, hyenas trying to defend

their prey from the lions. All in all a day full of unforgettable impressions! At the end of the afternoon you return to Kenzan Luxury Camp for a sun downer and dinner!
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Today we unfortunately have to say goodbye to the Serengeti, but not before we did an extensive game drive towards the Nabi Gate. After a picnic lunch you drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to RHOTIA VALLEY TENTED LODGE where you wash the dust away and take a refreshing plunge into the pool!

Meals: breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner


Day 8: Lake Manyara

After breakfast it is time to visit the last park on your programme: Lake Manyara National Park. Situated at the foot of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, you see the Lake already on your drive towards the park.

Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions, the large (migrating) flamingo population, and the different monkeys (sykes, colobus, vervet monkeys and olive baboons can be found in the forest area). Buffels roll in the mud of the alkaline Lake Manyara, a good treatment against ticks and other insects in their fur, while giraffes walk past the lake. Elephants walk seemingly effortless up and down the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and pelicans land in the lake, again a picture not easy to forget! The charm of Lake Manyara is that although it is small it is diverse and surprising!

In the afternoon you will leave the park and drive back to Arusha for overnight at ILBORU SAFARI LODGE.

Meals: breakfast, pick nick lunch and dinner

Day 9: Departure or extension on Zanzibar

Unfortunately the time has come to say kwa heri (good bye) Tanzania. You will be taken to the airport for your international flight back home.

However this doesn’t have to be the end of your Tanzanian Adventure. What about some days on one of the beaches of Zanzibar to enjoy sun and sea? End your holiday actively with snorkeling, diving or maybe kite surfing? Or more relaxed on the beach with that well deserved massage or spa day? We can arrange that for you as well!

Anyway we hope that soon we can say: Karibu tena – welcome again.

Meals: breakfast

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Arusha: Ilboru Safari Lodge
  • Tarangire: Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge
  • Karatu/Ngorongoro Area: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge and Childrens Home
  • Ngorongoro Crater: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
  • Serengeti: Kenzan Luxury Camp

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