Through Rift Valley Lakes-8 Days

Like exercise, climbing and action while journeying through the breathtaking African bush? The Through the Rift Valley Lakes safari has it all!

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2393 - $3525
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
8 days
Best months:
January June - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Romantic safaris Romantic Cultural safaris Cultural Birding safaris Birding
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The Through the Rift Valley Lakes safari is carefully crafted so you get the most out of your 8 days in Northern Tanzania. It combines boat rides, scenic nature walks, and wildlife viewing, recreational activities and an adventure climb in an ancient volcanic canyon near dense flamingo habitats.

This safari takes you to the popular Manyara National Park and famous Serengeti National Park. You will enjoy breathtaking views of unique geological features in the scenic Rift Valley, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World because of its unique eco-system, scenic views and diversity of wildlife. Its climate, vegetation, flora and fauna have barely changed over the past million years. As the “Through the Rift Valley Lakes” safari winds its way through the region, you will pass through the natural habitat of Africa’s big cats, Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and the Great Migration.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport 
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary. 
Deluxe: African Tulip Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
Superior: Lake Duluti Serena (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 2: Arusha NP - Boat Ride and Nature Walk
After breakfast depart to Arusha NP. This is relatively small but beautiful. The park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this region to film the movie "Hartari" in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. Your day trip will include a visit to the Ngurdo Crater, often labeled as the “Little Ngorongoro” and the "Little Serengeti". Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and Guereza can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species. The elephants are a little shyer at Arusha NP. than the elephants in Tarangire or Serengeti. Occasionally, one may also spot a leopard. At the Momella Gate, an armed ranger will be waiting to accompany you on your walking safari which will give you a chance to experience the wildlife up-close. Later depart for the boat ride while watching flamingos along Momella lake. 
Deluxe: African Tulip Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)
Superior: Lake Duluti Serena (Bed & Breakfast)


Day 3: Arusha City - Mto Wa Mbu Biking Excursion – Lake Manyara National Park 
You will depart early to Lake Manyara National Park for biking excursion in Mto Wa Mbu village followed by hot local lunch. After lunch, we will proceed to Manyara NP. for game drive. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow that flamingos’ feed upon. Manyara's natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles. Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks also live in this park.

If you are not interested in biking you can choose one of the activities below;

  • Forest Hike (2.5 to 3hrs)
  • Nature Walk (1hr to 1.5hrs)
  • Village Walk (2.5 to 3hrs)
  • Lake Manyara Canoeing (weather permitting (2.5 to 3hrs)

Late in the evening drive to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.
Deluxe: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge (3 Meals)
Superior: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge (3 Meals)


Day 4: Lake Manyara – Lake Natron – Waterfalls & Lake Tour
You will depart early to Lake Natron. This day involves a strenuous climb for the well fit through crags of rock formed millions of years ago in the Rift Valley to bathe in cool waterfalls deep within a Rift Valley canyon. Wear hiking shoes that will get wet. You will have lunch while sitting on the rocks, enjoying the beautiful view of the waterfalls. In the late afternoon, you will head out for tour of Lake Natron. Lake Natron is an alkaline lake that supports thousands and thousands of flamingos.

Later drive to the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Deluxe/Superior: Lake Natron Halisi Camp (3 Meals)


Day 5: Lake Natron – Serengeti Lobo
After breakfast, depart for Serengeti Lobo. The drive is quite long (full day) in very bumpy road but the scenery and the local Maasai people are quite interesting. Arrive in Lobo for dinner and overnight.
Deluxe: Lobo Wildlife Lodge (3 Meals)
Superior: Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp (3 Meals)


Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Before breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning in preparation for a full day game drive through the central Serengeti. Picnic lunch boxes will be in your jeep. Only the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations created by the weathering of granite outcrops, interrupt the Serengeti Plain landscape. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found and you will have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. 
One of the greatest natural phenomenon on earth that takes place in the Serengeti is the “Great Migration,” for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous. The Great Migrations includes more than 2.5 million wildebeest driven by ancient rhythms and natural instincts following water sources in a clockwise rotation traveling 1,800 miles per year. The Serengeti is also the best destination for viewing big cats and other wildlife species. 
After a full day game drives in the Serengeti, we arrive at the lodge for evening leisure and a hot dinner. 
Deluxe: Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 Meals)
Superior: Serengeti Serena Lodge (3 Meals)


Day 7: Serengeti National Park – Crater Rim Walk - Karatu/Ngorongoro 
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti NP. After lunch, you will be heading in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. When you reach the crater’s rim, appears half a mile below you inviting you to gaze into its 100 square mile jaw-dropping expanse. 
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcano formed 30 million years ago and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and one of Africa's most remarkable geological sites. A caldera is a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain.
We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while having a walking safari along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu/Ngorongoro for dinner. 
Deluxe: Ngorongoro Farm House (3 Meals)
Superior: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (3 Meals)


Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport 
After breakfast, you will descend by jeep into the Ngorongoro Crater for a half-day of game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is inhabited by a unique ecosystem inhabited by over 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and acacia forest, you will find almost every type of animal from the East African savanna. The Big Five (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the animal species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs, can be viewed close up. The Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem maintains the historic balance between people and nature in a way that is not possible in other parks.
After lunch, you will proceed to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your next destination or back home. (Breakfast and lunch)



  • 7-nights accommodation in hotels and other lodgings, as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified for each day of the itinerary
  • Transportation by private FWD vehicle, equipped with roof hatches, VHF radio, and GSM contact with our base in Arusha
  • The services of a professional safari guide
  • Natron waterfalls and lake tour
  • Natron Gate fees
  • Crater Rim Walk
  • Arusha Boat Ride
  • Arusha NP nature Walk
  • Park and Crater entry fees
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • One (1) bottle of pure drinking water per day throughout the safari
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (covering Emergency Ground Flying Doctors).



  • International airfare and other travel costs such as visas and vaccination fees, and additional travel insurance.
  • Optional Serengeti balloon safari (USD $539 per person)
  • Holiday Supplement
  • Any increase in government taxes prior to the start of your trip
  • All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, laundry, etc.)
  • Gratitude for the safari guides (at your discretion)

NOTE: The cost to make any requested itinerary modifications or terminate the safari while in progress will be payable by the passengers concerned.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: arrival – Arusha City

DAY 2: Arusha City - Arusha NP (Momella Lake)

Day 3: Arusha City - Lake Manyara NP

Day 4: Lake Manyara - Lake Natron

Day 5: Lake Natron – Serengeti Lobo

Day 6: Serengeti Lobo – Serengeti Central

Day 7: Serengeti Central –Ngorongoro

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater - fly out.



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

  • *African Tulip Hotel
  • *Lake Duluti Serena
  • *Ngorongoro Farm House
  • *Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
  • * Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
  • * Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
  • * Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
  • * Lake Natron Halisi Camp
  • * Lobo Wildlife Lodge (3 Meals)
  • * Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
  • *Kati Kati Tented Camp
  • * Serengeti Serena Lodge
  • *Ngorongoro Farm House
  • * Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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