Day 1: Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport or Zanzibar - Serengeti National Park
At 08h00 you will take a flight from Zanzibar Airport to Kogatende airstrip (via Arusha/Manyara/Seronera). Upon arrive at Serengeti at 11h00, you will be met at Kogatende airstrip by your personal safari specialist and driver who will brief you on the journey ahead. Equipped with a wealth of knowledge, our experts will be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with all the information necessary for an unforgettable safari experience. You will head out for a full day of game driving into a different region of the great Serengeti. You will go in search of the two million-strong wildebeest and zebra migration, and the predators who pursue them.
You will stop at one of the parks’ beautiful picnic areas for a relaxed lunch and refreshments before continuing on your afternoon game drive, returning to your lodge by mid-afternoon to avoid the intense heat of the sun. Watching the thousands of wildebeest and zebra majestically floating along the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget.
Overnight at the chosen camp in Northern Serengeti (Full Board)
Day 2: Serengeti National Park
The endless plains of the Serengeti…
Today’s tour departs around 6am in search of nocturnal predators returning from their night’s hunting or animals waking up in the early dawn. Breakfast boxes will be prepared and you will take a brief stop for a bush breakfast to enjoy the sun rise. Next, your drive will continue to look for prides of lions, cheetahs and leopards, all in abundance in the Serengeti. You will learn the history of the park as we pass by the information centre in the Seronera area, before returning to your lodge for a relaxed lunch and cold drinks.
Later in the afternoon, when the sun is less intense, you have the option to go on an early evening game drive or a nature walk around the camp with the resident tribesmen, who will be happy to share their knowledge of the regions’ plants and animals with you.
If you wish to maximise your time in the park, lunch can also be taken as a picnic – a long day but an experience you won’t forget.
Overnight at the chosen camp in Northern Serengeti (Full Board)
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
We continue our exploration of the extraordinary Serengeti National Park after breakfast, moving towards the centre of the Park. The boundless prairies are occasionally interrupted by bizarre granite formations – kopjes, among whose cracks often form small pools of rainwater, attracting lots of small animals, but also large predators such as lions who like to lie there or hide in ambush of a possible prey. Along the river are several circuits where you can see crocodiles, hippos and many other animals that come to drink, as well as leopards that often bask in the branches of the umbrella acacias present here.
Overnight at the chosen camp in Central Serengeti (Full Board)
Day 4: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
After an early breakfast you will begin your journey to the stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area. By lunchtime, you will be descending into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formed when a volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself 2-3 million years ago. Before descending into the crater, you will visit a traditional Maasai village and experience how this ancient tribe have lived for hundreds of years, receiving a personal tour of the manyattas (houses).
You will enjoy your first game drive around the crater floor, stopping for a picnic lunch at one of the many scenic lunch spots. With its 2,000-foot-high walls, very few animals migrate in and out of the crater making it an area with its one of the highest concentrations of wild animals in the world.
You’ll be searching for lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes and many rare birds you might even get to see the “Big Five” all in one day!
At around 4pm you will depart for your lodge in Karatu. The rest of the evening can be spent relaxing and enjoying your dinner and overnight rest.
Overnight at the lodge in Karatu (Full Board)
Day 5: Karatu Area
Leave on-foot directly from your cottage on this two-hour walking safari through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Discover towering waterfalls and the incredible “elephant caves”, created by elephants digging through dense rock with their tusks to ingest the vitamin-rich soil. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and your lodge.
Overnight at the Lodge in Karatu (Full Board)
Day 6: Tarangire National Park
Breakfast then leaves for the unique Tarangire National Park. One of the last untouched places on earth, the park is famous for its huge herds of elephants against a stunning backdrop of majestic, ancient Baobab trees. Between November and June, many of Tarangire’s larger residents follow the rains to greener pastures. Wildebeest and zebras join elephants, buffalo and giraffes to form a wildlife migration second only to the Serengeti/Maasai Mara phenomenon
There are large populations of impala, giraffe, eland and buffalo. Thompson’s gazelle, hartebeest, bohor reedbuck and both the greater and lesser kudu are also in abundance here. In terms of predators, lion prides are common throughout Tarangire, as are leopards and spotted hyena. Packs of wild dogs sometimes pass through as well.
After a day spent exploring Tarangire, you will head to your camp for dinner and overnight rest.
Overnight at the chosen camp/lodge (Full Board)
Day 7: Tarangire National Park – Arusha/Kilimanjaro Int. Airport
Enjoy breakfast before, departing for Arusha town/Kilimanjaro Int. Airport, where you will take a flight to Zanzibar or onto your next destination.
Duration of Safari:
7 Days/6 Nights
Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park
- Airport and Hotel transfers in private car
- 07 days private safari package
- Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with a photographic roof hatch
- Services of a professional English-speaking safari guide
- Masaai Village trip (Optional)
- Internal flight from Zanzibar to Serengeti and from Arusha to Zanzibar
- All wildlife reserve entry fees
- All game drives as mentioned
- All accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- 2ltr bottle of mineral water per person, per day during game drive
- International flights
- All items of personal nature
- Gratuities for safari guides
- Personal/holiday travel insurance – we strongly recommended to take out holiday insurance before you leave your country of residence.
- Visa fee (50 US$ / 100 US$ for Americans & Irish passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
- Drinks and beverages in lodges
*Check under each hotel information above for meal plan
Why choose Safari by Z
A Tanzanian Company
All of our ground handlers are from Tanzania. We embrace the true spirit of African hospitality, welcoming guests from all over the world and forging lifelong bonds that will stay with you long after you leave us.
Experience Level of our Safari Guides:
It’s crucial your guide knows the best place to spot games and find the great migration while on safari. All Safari by Z drivers has at least 5 years of experience, with each driver having their understanding of the parks continually tested to ensure their knowledge is unparalleled.
Boutique comfortable Land Rover Vehicles:
Our spacious vehicles have been thoughtfully designed to make your game drive more relaxing, comfortable therefore enjoyable.
Back up and Support:
Choosing a company that can provide full backup and support if anything goes wrong is crucial when selecting your safari. It’s also important to ensure you receive a smooth transition journey onto Zanzibar and beyond. Safari by Z ground staff is on hand to ensure you receive a seamless safari experience. With offices in London, Arusha, and Zanzibar - our team is available around the clock to answer any questions or concerns.
The quality of accommodation can vary during a safari. Many outfitters only promote their own camps and lodges. At Safari By Z, we do not own or have any involvement with the camps and lodges we work with, our sole aim is to find you the best possible accommodation for your trip.
We are a transparent and flexible company:
We are the only tour operator that discloses the costs of each item you will be charged for on your safari. This gives our guests the freedom and flexibility to mix and match accommodation according to their budget and interests.