This luxury safari ventures into the magnificent Serengeti Plains, the site of one of the last great animal migrations on earth. Stay in classic tented camps and search for the big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as wildebeest, zebra and so much more. A safari is a life-enhancing adventure.

Country Information

Tanzania including Zanzibar

Tanzania Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Tanzania including Zanzibar

(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel


Safari Tours


Adventure Travel

(Tour Length)

10 Days

Tour Highlights

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  • Discover  Tarangire National Park,  known for its wildlife and also for the massive baobab trees said to live up to a thousand years
  • Travel into one of Africa’s most famous natural wonders – Ngorongoro Crater, to learn about this self-contained ecosystem inhabited by some 30,000 animals
  • Explore the Serengeti Plains with its remarkable wildlife herds, and experience unparalleled views of the night skies with views of many constellations. including the Southern Cross and Orion, and even, at times, the Galactic Center of the Milky Way
  • Go on safari and stay in classic tented camps in prime wildlife areas in the Serengeti, one of the finest wildlife spectacles on the planet
  • Experience the future of safaris in Tanzania, the Manyara Ranch, wildlife conservancy that serves as a vital corridor for the animals to move between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks



Day 1:  Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Welcome to Kilimanjaro International Airport.  After exiting the Customs & Immigrations Hall, you will be met by a Big Five Tours & Expeditions driver/guide who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the lovely Arusha Coffee Lodge, located in one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations. Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2:  Arusha / Tarangire National Park / Manyara Ranch Conservancy
This morning depart overland to Tarangire National Park, complete with picnic lunch. Tarangire is home to great herds of elephant, during the dry season up to 300 can be found along the dry river bed, digging for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland flock to the remaining pools.  During the rainy season, the animals spread out over 12,500 square miles.  The swamps serve as host to 550 bird varieties.  The park extends into two game-controlled areas so the wildlife can move freely. Following your game activities, head into what some call the future of safaris in Tanzania, the Manyara Ranch, a 35,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated in the corridor between Tarangire and Manyara National Park. Originally established as a cattle ranch during Tanzania's colonial period, Manyara Ranch remains an operating ranch with a relatively small herd of beef cattle and black-headed sheep. During 2000, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) obtained management and conservation rights to the ranch to protect these wildlife corridors. In so doing, they established a working relationship with the Maasai, developing their community conservation projects and rehabilitating the ranch itself. The ranch is held in Trust by the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) for the benefit of the local communities and Tanzania.  Manyara Ranch Conservancy (B,LD)

Days 3/4:  Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Enjoy activities at the ranch today. Your experience here will be like none other, the conservancy provides guided game walks, day and night drives, visits to partner villages (in an authentic setting) and activities including horse riding with big game, bush breakfast and dinners and participative research activities to promote on-going conservation projects in collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation. Several large dams on the ranch that attract and retain the wildlife within the conservancy area. There is a significant resident population of wildlife including groups of large bull elephants, breeding herds of giraffe, many lesser kudu, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, oryx and eland. There are also predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and bat-eared foxes. For many years, wild dogs have denned on the ranch. The resident game population is continually being increased by wildlife moving through the migratory corridors. There is a large number of species of birds including many raptors on the ranch. Manyara Ranch has a variety of habitats, which include open savannah, acacia woodland, bush and riverine forest. These habitats support a large diversity of wildlife and birdlife. Manyara Ranch Conservancy (B,L,D)

Day 5:  Manyara Ranch Conservancy / Ngorongoro Crater
Indulge your sense of personal discovery as you near Ngorongoro Crater.  In 1892, a German explorer was the first European to record seeing the crater.  You will approach it in much the same way he did - via Lake Manyara.  Certainly one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders, the crater’s steep unbroken rim drops some 2,000 feet to the basin that encompasses 102 square miles.  This may have been one of the world’s tallest mountains until about two million years ago, when a volcano exploded, collapsing it into this massive crater.  Today, Maasai pastoralists and their grazing cattle and goats share this stage with 30,000 animals – lions, elephants, rhinos, wildebeest, flocks of flamingos and so much more.  The safari lodge rests on the rim of the crater, and its design was inspired by traditional Maasai homesteads.  Interiors hint at the days of early settlers.  Beneath grass roofs, exquisite beaded chandeliers, antiques, silk curtains and leather chairs blend with African art.  Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Ngorongoro Crater
The day’s focus is the crater floor, reached by driving a rocky track down the steep side.  Game viewing here is excellent throughout the year.  You come startlingly close to some of the crater’s lions.  Amid dramatic landscapes dotted with buffalo, zebra, reedbuck and rhinos, you relish every morsel of your picnic lunch.  Large numbers of flamingos hang out around the lake in the bottom of the crater.  Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park
Today your destination is the airstrip at Seronera and the spectacular luxury tented camp in the heart of the Central Serengeti. With just six luxury tents, including family and honeymoon tents, your camp offers an enchanting setting in a superb location providing exceptional year-round game viewing. It also means that for half the year (usually from November to May), you are within reach of the migrating wildebeest and zebra herds, and the predators that track them. Arguably Africa’s most famous park is without equal in its primitive natural beauty, its liberating open spaces and its fantastic abundance of plains game. With more than 2 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra, the area is home to the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa while also supporting more than 30 species of large herbivores.  Increasing pressures leave this iconic ecosystem under threat. One of the big cats of the plains is the cheetah. One vital nonprofit research project is the Serengeti Cheetah Project, the source of much of what is known about wild cheetahs today, including their ecology, ranging patterns and behaviors. The study area currently covers some 220 square kilometers of plains in the southern corner of the Serengeti National Park. With approximately 210 cheetahs within the ecosystem, this research project provides invaluable insight into the challenges facing these cheetahs, which in turn helps mitigate the threats they face and ensures their long-term protection. Roving Bushtops (B,L,D)

Days 8/9:  Serengeti National Park
Over the next two days, you explore the vast wealth of wildlife that includes hyenas, jackals, ostrich and cranes, giraffes, impalas, elephants, lions, and maybe the elusive leopard.  With more than 500 bird species in the park, bird watching can leave you breathless. Want more? This wild luxury camp also provides you with some of the most dazzling night skies to be found anywhere. Close to the equator, the night skies reveal their secrets; where you see many constellations including the Southern Cross and Orion, home to the Orion Nebula (located in the belt). Between May and October at some point in the night, you can see the Galactic Center or Core, which is the rotational center of the Milky Way. Roving Bushtops (B,L,D

Day 10:  Serengeti National Park / Arusha / Depart
Savor one last early morning game drive before you leave this fabled land.  Return to Arusha via a scenic flight over the Great Rift Valley.  Enjoy dinner before returning to the airport.  You must say “Kwaheri” (Swahili goodbye).  Duluti Lodge – Day Room (B,L,D)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  From US$1150 per person per day

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