4-Day Tanzania Safari Express

Enjoy 4 days in major Tanzanian national parks. 4 day safari Tanzania express is focused on the best of Tanzania. You will visit Lake Manyara, spend two days in Serengeti and end the safari tour by visiting Ngorongoro Crater. If the time is right you will also encounter endless herds of wildebeest migrating to final destination.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1257 - $3500
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
4 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Cultural safaris Cultural
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Tanzania express safari starts in Arusha. You will spend 4 days on the quest to see big 5 and if the season is right also great migration! Along the way we will stop in Masai village. Safaris are available in budget version, medium and luxury. you can also opt for classic camping where we provide clean and spacious tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, pillows, cook, food, tables, chairs and everything necessary to make your safari unforgettable. Classic camping safari is budget version, you will camp on campsites with shared bathrooms.

DAY 1 - Arusha and drive to Lake Manyara NP
Depart from Arusha at 9 am. We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh product market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters’ paradise. We will enter Lake Manyara National Park. 

Expect to see unspoiled paradise with ground water forest, laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, the largest baboon troops in Africa and some of the antelopes. It is full of outstanding birding places with more than 400 species on display and butterflies. This park is famous for the tree-climbing lions, luckily seen resting on acacia trees. From your vehicle, you will have a marvelous view of the Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds.  It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed. 

Dinner & overnight Hotel/Lodge according to the type of accommodation options requested.

Lake manyara 

Recommended Accommodation  

BUDGET : Crater Rim View Inn  or similar/ camping 

MEDIUM: Country Lodge or similar / Bouganvilia or similar

LUXURY: Exploreans or similar / Serena Lake Manyara or similar



After breakfast, we will start our drive past the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park

 The warm and inviting colors of the very core of African wildlife are a symbol of the Serengeti National Park. The most intriguing, yet amazing natural legend of the timeless African landscape rolls before your eyes when the wildebeest embark on the most important journey of their lives: the amazing migration, which is often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world.” 

The height of their expedition is a blast for all the spectators, since there is practically no need for a game drive. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals herd when the migration reaches its pinnacle; from tall and graceful giraffes, which feed on the tops of trees and pay no attention to the visitors, to bulky, yet sweet hippos, which trim the grasses in the serene nights, jumping antelopes and gazelles and the most respected group of animals: predators. 

You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, which laugh their way through the plains, powerful crocodiles in the Grumeti river, which pray discreetly for the sick and weak animals at the crossing and last but not least, the king himself; the lazy lion, slowly marching through the savannah and letting the “mistress” hunt for fresh meals.
We will then head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area. This area provides a variety of habitats for wild animals, the most important of them being the Seronera river, which is the main attraction for herds of game and families of predators, because it is a rich source of water to quench their thirst. For this reason, the great majority of animal species in the Serengeti National Park can be found here and thus it would be a sin not to stop and watch the animals in their natural habitat. 

We will drive south of the Seronera river, along the Sogore river circuit to look for Thompson’s gazelles, topis, ostriches and possibly also predators, such as lions or cheetahs. 
We recommend a visit to the Visitors Center, located near the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and the public campsites. It is a great spot to see some wildlife or buy information leaflets or maps of the area. You can buy a snack or drinks at the center too and take a walk around a kopje in the vicinity or cool in the picnic area, where we will eat our picnic lunches and the giant acacia trees will protect you from the hot sunrays. 

Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

Recommended Accommodation  

BUDGET : camping 

MEDIUM: Osupuko Tented Lodge or similar/ Wildlife Lodges or similar

LUXURY: Seronera Lodge   or similar/ Mbuzi Mawe tented camp or similar / Angata Migration camp 


DAY 3 - SERENGETI NP- via the famous Oldupai Gorge NGORONGORO CA
After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive and then head towards Ngorongoro CA via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind”. 

The gorge lies on the same spot as once lay an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world's earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim.
Our visit will also include the famous Maasai bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people, get to know their culture and their habits and see the most respected group of the Maasai tribe – the warriors. The Maasai warriors have many privileges because of their position and are thus the only Maasai individuals that are allowed to wear long hair. 

While game viewing, we will proceed with picnic lunches to Rim of the Crater.
Dinner and overnight according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options. This night you sleep over in Ngorongoro Conversation area:
Recommended Accommodation 

BUDGET :  Rhino Lodge or similar// camping 

MEDIUM: Wildlife Lodge or similar/

LUXURY: Angata camp or similar/ / Serena Ngorngoro  or similar/


After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a half-day game drive, which is the 8th natural wonder of the world and the unique, world famous caldera with the most abundant wildlife. We will descend into the Ngorongoro crater floor.  

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five. 

The caldera is exhibiting more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. 
We will see pools full of hippos, the endangered East Africa’s last   black rhinos including birds such as secretary bird, white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big draw card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. 
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park.  Thereafter, we will drive back to Arusha.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN ADD Arusha Hotel on day before and after safari, as well as transfers to pick you up from Kilimanjaro, Arusha Aiport for additional cost. Most popular picks in Arusha by our clients are:

BUDGET :  Arusha Travel Lodge  / Mc ellys Hotel

MEDIUM: Planet Lodge / Impala Hotel 

LUXURY: Mt. Meru Hotel  / Arusha Safari Lodge


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

  • Lake manyara
  • Recommended Accommodation
  • BUDGET : Crater Rim View Inn or similar/ camping
  • MEDIUM: Country Lodge or similar / Bouganvilia or similar
  • LUXURY: Exploreans or similar / Serena Lake Manyara or similar
  • Serengeti
  • Recommended Accommodation
  • BUDGET : camping
  • MEDIUM: Osupuko Tented Lodge or similar/ Wildlife Lodges or similar
  • LUXURY: Seronera Lodge or similar/ Mbuzi Mawe tented camp or similar / Angata Migration camp
  • Ngorongoro Conversation Area
  • Recommended Accommodation
  • BUDGET : Rhino Lodge or similar// camping
  • MEDIUM: Wildlife Lodge or similar/
  • LUXURY: Angata camp or similar/ / Serena Ngorngoro or similar/
  • PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN ADD Arusha Hotel on day before and after safari, as well as transfers to pick you up from Kilimanjaro, Arusha Aiport for additional cost. Most popular picks in Arusha by our clients are:
  • BUDGET : Arusha Travel Lodge / Mc ellys Hotel
  • MEDIUM: Planet Lodge / Impala Hotel
  • LUXURY: Mt. Meru Hotel / Arusha Safari Lodge
  • Safari available in budget, medium and luxury version according to your preference. Prices rise accordingly to level of luxury of accomondation.
  • The price you see here is for budget small group. Price is valid when 4 people attend safari.
  • 30 % deposit for confirmation required, the outstanding balance has to be transfered 30 days prior arrival
  • Notes:
  • Please note all prices are subject to change if Tanzania National Park entry fees change!
  • Your day will always start after breakfast. Offered activities during the day are described in the itinerary description. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel or campsite.
  • You will also be given a box lunch on a daily basis to eat at a designated lunch spot in the parks.
  • All national parks close at 6:00pm, so all game drives will be completed by that time. It is important to decide the kind of safari holiday you would like to be provided with. However, our itineraries are flexible and opt to change according to your desires and wishes.
  • Animals are mobile; therefore timing should be planned carefully because some areas are suitable for visiting only during certain parts of the year. We advise you to consult us about the timing so that you will be able to experience Tanzanias wildlife at its finest in the best possible conditions.
  • Rates include
  • - 4 days game safari to Tanzania's northern circuit as per sample itinerary
  • - Hotel/lodge/camp accommodation for the duration of the safari
  • - Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
  • - Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • - Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • - All Park entrance fees
  • - All meals on the safari
  • - Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari drives
  • - Camping equipment if applicable (tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, table and chairs)
  • - All game viewing activities specified
  • - Price quoted per person sharing in US dollars
  • - Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of any tour with Shadows of Africa
  • Rates exclude
  • - International flights.
  • - Transfers from / to airports (available for addditional charge, contact us for further info)
  • - Accommodation in Arusha on first and last night
  • - Airport taxes.
  • - Entry visas.
  • - Travel insurance.
  • - Tips and gratuities to safari driver ( and cook if you have budget camping)
  • - Laundry Gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
  • - Medical and personal insurance.
  • - Sightseeing, excursions and optional activities other than those specified

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