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Serengeti National Park

One of our best African tours, this 6-day Tanzania safari features three most popular Northern circuit National parks of Tanzania starting at Lake Manyara, then to Serengeti National Park, and finally Ngorongoro Crater, which is Tanzania’s gem, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.

The tour begins in the town of Arusha, the gateway to the well-loved Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit. We make our way to Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game viewing drive.  Lake Manyara is famous for the huge flamingo flocks fringing its shores, numbering in the thousands at times.

Over 400 bird species are found here, including migrant species and water birds, such as Cormorants, Geese, Pelicans, and Storks. After a rest at the lodge during the heat of the day, we head out on a short afternoon game drive in the park

The compact Lake Manyara National Park is best known for its tree-climbing Lions and sizeable Elephant population. The park is also home to large troops of big baboons, which are commonly sighted.

Other wildlife inhabiting the park in abundance, includes Buffalo, Cheetah, Zebra, Masai Giraffe, Wildebeest, and Impala. There are also plenty of Warthogs, Hippos, Mongoose, Monkeys, and various antelope species, as well as some elusive Leopards. 

Our next Tanzania safari destination is the Serengeti National Park where the wildlife spectacle of the annual Great Migration takes place. Here vast herds of stampeding Wildebeest, Gazelle, and Zebra can be seen migrating across the plains in search of fresh grazing, in turn attracting numerous predators. 

Serengeti National Park offers spectacular game viewing year-round, being home to healthy populations of Africa’s Big Five – Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, and Leopard as well as huge numbers of various antelope species such as Eland, Topi, Kudu, Impala, Oribi, Waterbuck, and Gazelle.

Cheetah, Hippo, Giraffe, Serval Cat, Crocodile, Hyena and a rich array of other wildlife including numerous Monkey, Mongoose, and Rodent species also inhabit the Serengeti, along with over 500 bird species!

We enjoy some rewarding game viewing in Serengeti for 2 nights and then proceed to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, also known as Africa’s Garden of Eden. We descend the steep crater walls to explore this diverse wilderness area teeming with Africa’s wildlife.

The Ngorongoro Crater hosts the Big Five of Africa, boasting one of the highest concentrations of Lions in the world. Almost all of the wild animal species found on the savannahs of East Africa inhabit this compact crater. Ngorongoro offers first-class game viewing and is considered one of the best places to capture the endangered black Rhino.

We stop for a picnic lunch in the crater and after our thrilling wildlife experience, we head to our camp/ lodge overnight and return to Arusha the following day where our Safari to the Northern Safari Circuit ends.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Arusha – Drive to Lake Manyara National Park
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Drive to Serengeti National Park
Day 3: Explore Serengeti National Park
Day 4: Serengeti – Drive to Ngorongoro Crater
Day 5: Explore Ngorongoro Crater
Day 6: Ngorongoro – Drive to Arusha Town

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Arusha – Drive to Lake Manyara National Park

Lunch at Impala Hotel Arusha then proceeds to Lake Manyara. The afternoon drive brings a change of ecosystems as we overland the spectacular ascent from the lowland to the ancient soda lake of Manyara.

The game in this petite park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see tree-climbing Lions, which we may declare our day’s quest, being so thoroughly sated with the big herds of preceding parks. Manyara’s great shock of pink Flamingoes will also delight.

Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar
Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Lake Manyara – Drive to Serengeti National Park

Morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Parkdotted with exotic trees such as the giant fig, baobab, and mahogany and famous for Lions that sprawl on trees (though rare these days).

The Serengeti National Park is our destination today. Depart after lunch for Serengeti National Park arriving at our lodge in time for dinner, we find ourselves deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor.

With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies, and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days, we will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa.” A large pride 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.

Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Explore Serengeti National Park

A Serengeti game viewing day. After breakfast this morning, enjoy a game drive. The great diversity of Serengeti wildlife is also evident here—look for Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Elephant, Giraffe, Antelope, Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelle, Lions, and in the season the spectacular migration of the wildebeest. In the late afternoon, we venture out in another game drive.

Everywhere there are animals, monkeys and, yes, birds…but look closely and you will thrill to the huge jungle cats—Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah—just watching the world go by.

And go by it does. Rhino, Gazelle, Antelope, and massive Elephants by the hundreds. Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers, and in streams. The adventure of a lifetime.

Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge or similar
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Serengeti – Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

A lovely drive takes us to Ngorongoro Crater, where our lodge sits dramatically on the rim of the crater, revealing an awesome panorama of the world’s largest, unflooded and unbroken caldera. Be prepared for some remarkable views down into the crater. The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano, which was probably once the size of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Today the completely enclosed circular crater is some twelve miles across, with steep walls of over 2,000 feet. We are at an altitude of approximately 7,500 feet above sea level, the highest point on our trip.

After our time on the lower plains, the cooler air here is refreshing. This afternoon enjoys a short nature walk to learn more about the local fauna, or just stay at the lodge and admire the view.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

Early this morning we descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor to explore this natural zoological park and observe an extraordinary variety of wildlife: Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion, Hyena, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thomson’s Gazelle, Reedbuck, and Buffalo. The lovely crested crane (similar to a peacock) can be found in great profusion here and maybe you’ll spot a bat-eared fox.

The balance of predator and prey in this extraordinary ecosystem is so precise that animals seldom leave. Our exact route is decided on the spot by our expert safari guides, depending on where the animals are. An insider’s tip: bring plenty of film-you may never take better wildlife photos anywhere else.

Ngorongoro Crater is said to be one of the natural wonders of the world. A spectacular game haunt, the 102-square-mile crater is a perfect caldera, one of the largest on earth.

Millions of years ago a smoldering volcano collapsed, creating the crater and a home for thousands of animals amidst its many types of vegetation grown and nourished over the centuries. Over 30,000 animals live here: prides of Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Cheetah and Giraffe, Gazelle by the thousands and multitudes of wildebeest.

Uniquely beautiful, we will never see its likes again. We spend a memorable morning ensconced in the crater, exploring its breadth and depth returning to the lodge for a late lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. The views from our lodge are outstanding and there are various outlooks from which you can survey the crater.

And tonight, as we delight in another luscious meal at this exceptional lodge, we are once again stunned by the beauty of the orange sunset that hovers in the wild African sky, signaling the end to yet another unforgettable day on safari.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Drive to Arusha

Drive to Arusha after breakfast. Drop off at your hotel or Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight back home.
African Spice Safaris representative will assist you at check-in and reconfirm your onward flight.

Dayrooms at New Arusha Hotel or Similar

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

6 Day Tanzania Safari Manyara Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Prices

6 Day Tanzania Safari Manyara Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Prices Include;

All park entrance fees + All game drives as per itinerary + Transport in 1 x 6 Seater 4×4 vehicle + Arrival and departure airport transfers in Arusha + 1 Night in Lake Manyara + 2 Nights in Serengeti + 2 Nights in Ngorongoro Crater + Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide + Visit the Olduvai Gorge en route to Serengeti or Serengeti Serena lodge   & 1-liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a Spice Safari vehicle

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6 Day Tanzania Safari Manyara Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Prices Exclude;

* All International Flights + Taxes
Travel & Personal accident insurance
* Complimentary Africa Spice Safari Hat
* Excursions not detailed in the above program
* Christmas, New Year, and Easter supplements
* Complimentary Africa Spice Detailed Safari Booklet
* Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls etc
* Visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips, etc

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