5 Days Big 5 Safari

Tour Overview

This safari package will give you an exciting opportunity to visit the most beautiful parks in the northern Tanzania. This includes visiting the endless plains of Serengeti National Park where you will be able to see all the major safari animals occur in great numbers. You will also visit Lake Manyara which is famous for its flamingoes and tree climbing lions which are unique to this region and also the Ngorongoro Crater which is locally known as the garden of animals where there is a big chance to spot the big five in one day.

Places to Visit

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha/Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park

Pick up from your hotel in Arusha at 8:30 AM and drive to Lake Manyara National Park, enjoy full day game drive with picnic lunch. Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of the Western Rift Valley escarpment. The park entrance leads to a beautiful groundwater forest. This park is known for its large elephant population. The lions are present, but not seen that easily. The forest patch is home to habituated troops of olive baboon and blue monkey. Buffalo, giraffe and several antelope species are easily encountered on a drive.


Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
Meal: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa - the Serengeti National Park - with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti's species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.


Main Destination: Serengeti National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Serengeti National Park

Starting your full day game drive by 8 AM after a filling breakfast, you will explore the central portion of the Serengeti National Park today. The legendary Serengeti National Park is the most renowned safari destination for its incredible population of lions and leopards. The central portion of the Serengeti - known as Seronera area is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. During the off season of the migration, one must really look out for the many lion prides that thrive in this region. The interactions and survival of these lion prides provide an excellent game viewing experience all year round. Along with a picnic lunch during the full day game drive, the day will come to a close by around 5PM. The long day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.


Main Destination: Serengeti National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, you will have a morning game drive in Serengeti National Park. Later depart for Ngorongoro Crater Rim with picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world and fourteen kilometers of isolated natural beauty. Ngorongoro Crater is surrounded by a ring of extinct volcanoes and the floor, dotted with watering holes, shelters some 30,000 animals. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night’s rest in your accommodation.


Main Destination: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Crater tour (5 hours game drive) to Arusha/Moshi.

On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will make an early descend at around 6:30 AM into the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 sq kms with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5-hour game drive in the crater floor, will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended. The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location in Arusha by 6:00 PM in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.


Main Destination: Ngorongoro Crater
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

Itinerary Map

Includes

  • Park Fees (for Non-Residents)
  • Concession/ Camping Fees
  • Daily game drives while on safari
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation (unless labelled as optional).
  • A professional driver/guide
  • 4×4 Land Cruiser
  • All Taxes/ VAT
  • Meals while on Safari (From lunch on day 1 till lunch on last day)
  • Drinking water while on safari (2 Litres per person per day)

Excludes

  • International flights (From/ To Home)
  • Round Trip Airport Transfer (Unless Paid)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless Paid)
  • Tips
  • Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.)
  • Government Imposed increase of Taxes and/ or Park Fees
  • Meals while in Arusha
  • Masai Village Visit – 20 USD per person
  • Serengeti Balloon Safari – 600 USD per person (Unless Paid)

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