7 Day Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire
7 Days/6 Nights
For those that want to see it all but may be time challenged this safari takes in the lush jungle-like forest of Lake Manyara, the open plains of the Serengeti, the vast brilliance of the Ngorongoro Crater and the elephant rich landscape of Tarangire all in the space of a week!
- Tarangire National Park
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Maasai Boma Cultural Tour
- Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Museum
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arusha Town
You will be warmly greeted upon your arrival at the airport by one of our friendly guides who will then personally escort you to your accommodation at The Arusha Hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day exploring Arusha at your own leisure, alternatively you may choose to enjoy your accommodation and unwind before your adventure starts tomorrow morning.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast you will be greeted by one of the SafariHQ professional guides who will brief you on the activities of the day before heading off on the first day of your safari. After the briefing, drive in comfort to Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon of game viewing. Located 125 kilometres west of Arusha town, under the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The park is 330 square kilometres in size, of which 230 is covered by Lake Manyara. The most famous spectacle of the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen relaxing on the branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in this area include elephants, leopards, impalas, hippos, and millions of birds, especially pelicans and flamingos. Expect to come up close and personal with the animated and always busy baboon population. They will captivate and intrigue you with their antics. The park has Tanzania’s highest population of elephants per square kilometre. In the afternoon, make your way to your accommodation at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge overlooking the Great Rift Valley Escarpment for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park via Maasai Boma & Olduvai Gorge
Enjoy breakfast, before departing through the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands to visit a traditional Maasai village. Here you will be greeted by the Chief who will guide you around the nearby bomas and explain the culture of the Maasai people. After saying goodbye to the Maasai people, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge to visit the museum. This world famous archaeological site containing fossils of our early human ancestors, thought to be over 2 million years old. Enjoy lunch en-route as you head towards the entry gate for the world famous Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa. Dinner and overnight stay at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy a full days game drive in the Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of mammals on earth. Expect to spot a large variety of wildlife including cheetah, wildebeest, lion, giraffe, dik dik, impala, gazelle, buffalo and hippo. It is not uncommon to encounter an elusive leopard, playful lion cubs, friendly and inquisitive elephants and galloping herds of zebra. The landscape is characterized by vast stretches of open plains, punctuated by kopjes, rock formations that have survived from the Pre-Cambrian period, and open woodlands. Guests have the option to enjoy a packed lunch or return to your accommodation for a chance to stretch your legs and enjoy a cooked lunch. After lunch you will set out again in your safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Photographic opportunities will abound as the sun sets on these world famous plains. A sight never to be forgotten. At sunset return to your accommodation at Seronera Wildlife Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Guests have the option to rise early and enjoy an early morning game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The nights predators may still be on their last prowl before retiring to rest and recharge before the next nights hunt. Be on the lookout for lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard as well as herds of zebra, elephant and giraffe. Alternatively, guests can choose to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation before departing for the Ngorongoro Crater where you will stay at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge situated right on the rim of the caldera.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
At Sunrise, we descend 600 metres into the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Animals that you may find in the crater include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and elephant. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is the dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Tour the Lerai Forest with its yellow-barked acacias, searching for giant-tusked elephant, rare black rhino and black-maned lion. Ascend the crater in the early afternoon and make your way to Tarangire National Park where you will stay at the Tarangire Safari Lodge for the evening.
Day 7: Tarangire National Park
Today you will spend a full day in Tarangire National Park. This park is dominated by the perennial Tarangire River and is characteristically known for its giant baobab tress that stretch and wind their branches into the blue sky. The most spectacular feature of Tarangire is its large elephant population. In fact, it has the largest population of any park in northern Tanzania. These gentle giants abound in excess of 3,000. Tarangire is currently experiencing and elephant baby boom and you will notice a lot of juniors and babies as members of the herd. Also expect to see zebra, eland, mongoose, giraffe, bushbuck, hartebeest, dik dik, impala, warthog, reedbuck. Primates you may encounter are olive baboon and vervet monkey. Many carnivores are abundant throughout the park such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park, but beware of the lunch box snatching baboons who are quite partial to packed lunches. Continue game viewing en-route through the park, heading back to Arusha in the later stages of the afternoon where your safari concludes. Your guide will either transfer you to the airport or to your choice of accommodation for the evening. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. Maybe a gorilla trek or you may just like to spend a couple of days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
Cost and Availability
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- Prices are in $USD
- Prices based on twin share
- Minimum 2 passengers for guaranteed departure
- 5 nights lodge accommodation, 1 night hotel accommodation
- Bottled water
- All meals while on safari
- Game drives
- 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
- National Park fees
- Airport Transfers
- Discounts apply for group bookings and accompanying children
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Tips & gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Holiday supplements may apply (Easter, Christmas & New Years)