6-Day Tanzania Big Five Encounter Safari

Duration

6 Days

Price From

$3012

Cities & Parks

Tarangire, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Time of Year

Available whole year

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Enjoy a 6-day Tanzania Safari Retreat to famous Northern Tanzania parks named Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. This affordable Tanzania Safari Retreat exposes you to the front-row seat wildlife viewing; all meals and drinks are included in your package.

This is your chance to spot the “Big 5” – Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, rhinos, Leopards, and much more – an authentic African awe-inspiring experience.

TOUR SUMMARY

  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha
  • You'll visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Activities: Game Drives
  • Game drives: Pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

TOUR FEATURES

Mid-range tour

This tour uses lodge and tented camps.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Suitable for solo travellers

Solo travellers can book this private tour.

Private Tour

This tour will be organised exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour.

Minimum age of 1 year

The minimum age for this tour is 1 year.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park 

After breakfast, at 7 am, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and depart south to Tarangire National Park for a full-day game drive. You will have a picnic lunch and more game drive until sunset, then drive back for dinner and overnight stay at Tarangire Ndovu Tented Camp in the afternoon.

Tarangire National Park is almost 3000 sq km in size and is probably best known for its vast numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The park’s name comes from the Tarangire River, which crosses through the park. Tarangire is especially spectacular during the dry season (June – November) as wildlife concentrations rival the Serengeti. This is because enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their only water source. With its varied habitats and permanent water in the Tarangire River, the park is home to over 2000 elephants and 500 bird species.

Day 2: Tarangire to Mto wa Mbu, Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, drive southeast to Mto Wa Mbu Village for a cultural visit. Incredibly, this ‘village’ is home to over eighteen thousand inhabitants, drawn from 120 different tribes. Today is a superb opportunity to learn about their totality way of life, visiting their farms, huts, artisan shops, and the local market, with your expert driver-guide taking good care of you and sharing his comprehensive knowledge of their culture. Later in the afternoon, drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Acacia Farm Lodge.

Day 3: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast in the Lodge, drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro Conservation Area; you will have multiple stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Today will be the day of landscape with row beauty to Serengeti; enjoy lunch at the visitor centre, then afternoon game viewing in Central Serengeti, later end of afternoon drive for dinner and overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge.

The Serengeti National Park is the world’s last great wildlife refuge, containing an estimated three million large animals. Most of these animals take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature’s wonders. The area covers 14,763 sq km, and the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai ‘Siringet’, meaning endless plains.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Waking up in the Serengeti is something extraordinary. Africa’s sights, sounds, and smells are all around us, and a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park is ahead.

After breakfast, you will depart for morning game viewing in central Serengeti; this area offers quality game viewing opportunities. Return to the lodge for hot lunch and a short break. Later in the afternoon, there will be an optional evening game drive, or you can relax at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge.

The Central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its abundance of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti is a ‘must see’ on every safari regardless of the specific month of travel. Game viewing in Central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season (June – November), as resident animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident herbivores include impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, topi, hartebeest and giraffe. Resident carnivores include lions and leopards.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning game drive. After lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Settle in at Lions Paw Camp on arrival while a tasty, hot dinner is prepared for you.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater –Departure

With picnic lunches, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a crater tour. After the tour, you will drive back to Arusha and proceed to the airport for your flight back home.

Repeatedly referred to as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro Crater is the most giant intact crater. The Ngorongoro volcano erupted about 2 million years ago, and its walls collapsed. The volcano floor sank to create a natural enclosure with 600 m tall walls. Now, at over 19 km wide, Ngorongoro Crater is filled with significant areas of acacia forest, hippo-filled swamps and open grasslands. These different habitats contain over 30,000 animals, including elephants, warthogs, flamingoes, magnificent birdlife, rare black rhinoceros, and predatory cats. The Maasai can also be seen grazing cattle alongside the buffalo and wildebeest.

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Seasons Price per person sharing
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
June 1, 2022, to October 31, 2022 $4,929 $3,358 $3,263 $2,893 $2,928 $2,738
November 1, 2022, to December 15, 2022 $4,455 $3,012 $2,873 $2,547 $2,554 $2,392
December 16, 2022, to December 31, 2022 $4,929 $3,358 $3,263 $2,893 $2,928 $2,738
January 1, 2023, to February 28, 2023 $5,035 $3,431 $3,320 $2,946 $2,976 $2,784
March 1, 2023, to March 31, 2023 $4,916 $3,353 $3,228 $2,867 $2,889 $2,706
April 1, 2023, to May 31, 2023 $4,471 $3,025 $2,859 $2,539 $2,535 $2,377
June 1, 2023, to June 15, 2023 $5,035 $3,431 $3,320 $2,946 $2,976 $2,784
June 16, 2023, to October 31, 2023 $5,143 $3,504 $3,404 $3,019 $3,056 $2,857
November 1, 2023, to December 15, 2023 $4,649 $3,143 $2,998 $2,658 $2,665 $2,496
December 16, 2023, to December 31, 2023 $5,143 $3,504 $3,404 $3,019 $3,056 $2,857

Package Includes:

  • Pick up and drop off Arusha
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • Park fees
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF - Flying Doctors)
  • All accommodation - (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation - (Unless labelled as optional)
  • 4x4 Customized safari vehicle
  • All meals
  • Drinking water & soft drinks in the car
  • Taxes

Package Excludes:

  • International flights - (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips - (Tipping guideline US$15+ pp. per day)
  • Personal items - (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees
  • Meals not specified
  • Hot air balloon safari US$ 599 per person
  • Laundry services
  • Tarangire Ndovu Tented Camp

    Perched on a shallow ascending ridge on the southern side of the infamous Tarangire river within the central part of Tarangire National Park.

    A permanent camp elevated off the ground with expansive and breathtaking views to the west; this camp offers one of the most incredible locations within the borders of the National Park.

    12 permanent tents made up of ten standard suites and 2 two-bedroom inter-connected family suites. Elegantly designed and stylishly furnished en-suite tents cater to many travellers, including families. Two family suites with an interleading walkway cater for these specific needs.

    The tents have netted windows down each side of the tent, roll up the canvas and let the breeze flow through while still creating a romantic private feel with lightweight curtains to dance on the draft. From the bedroom entrance and onto the bathroom, each tent is fitted with an extensive solar lighting system for your convenience.

    An infinity swimming pool overlooking the plains with distant Baobab trees keeping guard. The camp is revelled by lovers of the great outdoors and is designed to be affordable while offering excellent comfort after a long day of safari under the African sun.

  • Acacia Farm Lodge

    It is nestled in an active mixed farm located on the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area with commanding panoramic views of the unique Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area.

    The lodge is advantageously located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side and Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park on the other. This is a perfect base to explore these four natural attractions and world heritage sites.

    There are a total of 32 rooms in 16 well-spaced cottages, with each one having two rooms, a private balcony, and stunning views. It is tastefully decorated in a classic style with ceramic floors, furniture, and signature Acacia hospitality.

    The dining experience is unique with a fresh twist, modern, progressive and diverse selection of choices, expressed in beautifully prepared dishes that combine international flair with African flavours. This style is designed to surprise you constantly. Served in a stylish environment, the classical decorative style is beautifully detailed, and the culinary options range from traditional African and extend to the rest of the world.

  • Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

    The lodge is purposefully located to ensure that all areas of the Serengeti are within reach of our guests, including legendary locations like the famous Maasai kopjes, the Museum of Olduvai Gorge, Seronera and the Grumeti River.

    It has been designed with a modern African decorative style that creates a fresh and bright atmosphere but is very cosy and with the right amount of luxury. Guests can attend the show of the Great Migration from the comfort of their tents.

    The main building includes a lounge and dining room with a large terrace overlooking the Serengeti plains. The premises consist of a relaxing area with comfortable sofas outside and inside the restaurant and a swimming pool. In the evening, a campfire is lit, and guests can enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down.

    Elegant tents built on raised wood platforms with en-suite facilities and an outside shower. After a day on safari, you can enjoy a refreshing shower under the stars. Each tent has its own private terrace from where to enjoy the landscape and the environment. The family tent consists of two interconnected tents, a shared bathroom, and a private porch.

  • Lions Paw Camp

    This Unique property is positioned on the Eastern Rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera.

    One of only a few tented properties located in the Ngorongoro Crater Area, this camp was carefully selected for its sense of privacy and intimacy with nature, its panoramic views of the Crater highlands, and its proximity to the crater floor. It’s an oasis of luxury in one of the world’s magical settings; only a short 10-minute drive down the crater gives our guests a head starts to the Crater floor.

    The 15 luxury suites are positioned carefully to provide privacy with a spectacular view of the crater. The camp offers authenticity without sacrificing the warmth and comforts of home.

    The camp provides the opportunity to see the cradled Lake Magadi in the crater’s base, where you can sight giant tusked elephants and endangered Black Rhinos with your binoculars from the comfort of the bar and lounge area.