4 Days Tanzania Safari (Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater)

Overview

This 4 days / 3 nights Tanzanian safari explores the world renowned Northern circuit of Tanzania. This area boasts the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Although a short safari itinerary, it does cover some good distance offering very contrasting areas. The safari departs from and returns to Arusha.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park. Overnight at Camp / Lodge / Hotel
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park. Overnight at Camp / Lodge / Hotel
Day 3: Serengeti National Park- Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight at Camp / Lodge / Hotel
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater– Drive back to Arusha – Depart

Tour Highlights

  • This is a suggested or sample Tanzanian safari itinerary – it can be adapted to suite your own personal needs and preferences, or to any seasonal changes and migratory animal movements.
  • It is one of our more popular safari tours and is most frequently booked as an add-on by Kilimanjaro climbers or Zanzibar divers.
  • You will experience the excitement of an African wildlife safari to some of the most spectacular national game parks in East Africa, all teeming with wildlife animals
  • As with all our African safaris, tours, travel and other trekking packages we have offered you a wide variety of accommodation options – directly impacting on the total safari costs – in order to offer you the widest possible tour budget options.
  • You will have a 4 days game drive sessions including an en-route game drive session and a chance to see the "Big Five"
  • You will have daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a complimentary sleeping bag if you opt for a budget camping accommodation
  • You will get a 3 nights accommodation.
  • Transfer from and to the airport / hotel

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours
Distance: 130 km
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara national park.

We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch do we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 : Lake Manyara – Serengeti Plains

Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours
Distance: 205 km
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. En route we stop at Olduvai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind,” where the Leakey family uncovered the fossil of Homo habilis, who lived 1.75 million years ago. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park, deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor.

With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and creature-filled landscape in the afternoon, we will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa.” Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.

Dinner and overnight in the Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Serengeti Plains – Ngorongoro crater

Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 145 km
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.

After a relaxing morning and an early lunch, you will proceed with a game drive to Ngorongoro. There, the driver guide will continue elaborating the animals and natural beauty of Tanzania on the way to Ngorongoro Crater, describing the en-route animal. The night will be spent on the crater rim while dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Crater.

Dinner and overnight in the Ngorongoro area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 – Ngorongoro crater – Arusha

Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 190 km
Our last day we starts very early in the morning equipped with a picnic lunch we descend 2000 ft. down to the Crater floor by our 4×4 wheel drive vehicle for game viewing. Let’s explore this Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro is a huge and deep volcanic Crater. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. Late afternoon we drive back to Arusha and you will be dropped at your Lodge/Hotel/Airport.

No accommodation on this day.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Please note this itinerary is subject to change with or without prior notice according to local conditions / park rules. The order of places visited could also be changed according to the guide’s decision.

DEPARTURE DATES

The departure dates for all our African safaris, tours, travel and other trekking packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information, as well as information on our photographic packages, safaris, tours, travel and other trekking packages into Tanzania.