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During this week long overland Africa Safari you will discover the landscape and wildlife that make Tanzania an African hotspot. Northeast Tanzania has been attracting travelers for decades with the call of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park. See elephants, zebra, tree climbing lions, and the Great Wildebeest Migration on this 8 day Tanzania Safari adventure. Want to make a longer trip? Why not add on a few beach days in Zanzibar, or a short Gorilla Track in Rwanda.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Tanzania
Day 2 : Walking with the Maasai
Day 3 : Lake Natron
Day 4 : Serengeti National Park
Day 5 : Serengeti National Park
Day 6 : Ngorongoro Crater
Day 7 : Ngorongoro Crater
Day 8 : Depart from Tanzania


  • Visit Engaruka Village and walk with the Maasai
  • Game drive the oldest ecosystem on earth, Serengeti National Park
  • Descend into Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest crater
  • View the great Wildebeest Migration or an abundance of predators

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Lake Natron
  • Lake Natron Halisi Camp
  • Migunga Forest Camp
  • Moshi
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Pakulala Safari Camp
  • Serengeti Halisi Camp
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Tarangire Safari Lodge


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Lion in the Serengeti Stunning View of the Serengeti Enjoy a easy hike through the beautiful landscape. The beautiful African landscape at sunset. The Crowned Gray Crane. Tarangire Wildlife Elephants on Safari! Gibb's Farm

Day 1 Arrive Tanzania

After clearing baggage claim and customs you are met by your safari representative and will begin your exploration of the highlights of Tanzania. Head for Lake Manyara National park, watching out for game en route. Spot the elusive tree climbing lion, or watch for the twitch of a leopard's tail as you make your way to camp.

Day 2 Walking with the Maasai

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head north towards Lake Natron after breakfast, and stop at Engaruka Village to walk with the Maasai on the way. End the day by arriving to Ngaresero Village, a small Maasai Village in the middle of the Rift Valley. Head to camp for dinner and relax as you take in the beautiful surroundings.

Day 3 Lake Natron

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lake Natron is a surreal soda lake below the Rift Valley escarpment, and millions of flamingos flock here, as it is their only breeding ground. Enjoy the views of Ol Dointo L'Engai, the only active carbonite volcano in the world before taking a walk to a nearby waterfall.

Day 4 Serengeti National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast at camp and head off to the Serengeti, via Loliondo. Renowned for its wealth of lions and leopards, the Serengeti is the quintessential safari destination. Derived from the Maasai word 'sirinetu' meaning 'endless plains', the Serengeti plays host to more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle during the annual migration.

Day 5 Serengeti National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head out for a full day game drive in the Serengeti, examining one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. Little has changed in the Serengeti over the past million or so years, you will still find the renowned plains intermingled with wooded hills, massive termite mounds, rocky kopjes, and acacia tree lined rivers. Depending on the time of year you will be able to witness the Wildebeest Migration (Dec-July), or an abundance of predators (June-Oct).

Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take and early morning game drive and return to camp in time for breakfast, then back out for another game experience before lunch. This afternoon move towards the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a six hour tour. As the world’s largest caldera (nearly 100 square miles), Ngorongoro boasts over 20,000 large animals, including Tanzania’s remaining black rhino. Living along-side the abundance of wildlife here you find 40,000 Maasai pastoralists with their cattle, goats, and sheep. The conservation gives a rare look into how people harmoniously lived with nature and wildlife in ancient times. You will also have an optional visit at Oldupai Gorge. This site provides evidence of the earliest signs of mankind, showcasing hominid footprints preserved in volcanic rock that date back 3.6 million years.

Day 8 Depart from Tanzania

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Say good bye to your new friends as you traverse Tarangire National Park on your way back to Arusha to catch your flight home, or continue on your journey with an extension to Mount Kilimanjaro or on a Zanzibar tour.

Lake Natron Halisi Camp

Migunga Forest Camp

Pakulala Safari Camp

Serengeti Halisi Camp

Tarangire Safari Lodge

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 7 Nights Lodge
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Bottled water when on safari


  • International Flights
  • Alcohol
  • Requited Travel Insurance

Recommended Budgeting

  • $30 Airport Departure Tax
  • $500 Optional Excursions
    • Hosted from Lodges. Balloon ride, biking, private bush meals, etc
  • $100 Tanzania Tourist Visa
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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