The Serengeti in Tanzania is rightfully known as ‘the land that moves forever’. Its rolling golden plains that continue beyond the horizon, enormous herds of wildebeest, elephant and antelope, lightning-fast packs of predators and flocks of swooping birds make it one of the most exciting natural arenas in the world.

Your sojourn starts at Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s sixth largest and best known for its elephant migration. Then travel to Lake Manyara National Park to see thousands of brilliantly coloured flamingos before being awed by the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most game-rich concentrations on the continent. End your expedition at Kogatende in Serengeti National Park for unforgettable game drives and classic Big 5 country.

The award-winning accommodation cleaves naturally to this untrammelled wilderness: lodges are remote and secluded but luxurious with excellent guiding and facilities. This is an idyllic way in which to explore several of Tanzania’s highlights and an ideal introduction to safari adventures for families and first-timers alike.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Spectacular game viewing at Ngorongoro Crater
  •  Incredible predator action
  • Great Migration in season
  • Intimate & luxurious camps

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Welcome to Tanzania

At Jomo Kenyetta International Airport you are met by a private guide and whisked to your accommodation for the first two nights. Oliver’s Camp is set in the secluded and off-the-beaten track Tarangire National Park and consists of only 10 luxurious tents.

Tarangire maybe one of Tanzania’s smaller national parks but what it may lack in size, it more than makes up for in variety. On game drives, look out for fringe-eared oryx and long-necked gerenuk, dwarf mongooses sheltering in disused termite mounds and over 550 species of birds, including kori bustards (the world’s heaviest flying birds) and the delightfully named stocking-thighed ostrich.

Day 3

In the pink at Lake Manyara

Leave Oliver’s Camp and head for Plantation Lodge in Karatu, a tranquil oasis lying on the iconic red-brown hills of Tanzania. Beautiful suites look out onto lush, fragrant gardens and sweeping swathes of deep-green lawn.

En route to the lodge, stop at Lake Manyara for a picnic lunch and enjoy the sight of hundreds upon hundreds of wading and flying flamingos, their feathers tinging the water pink. The lake is also a natural place to witness herds coming down to drink – a wonderful photo opportunity to capture the careful manoeuvres of a giraffe and the playful splashing of baby elephants. 

Day 4

The wonder of Ngorongoro

After a restful first night at Plantation Lodge, depart for the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. The largest unbroken caldera on Earth, it shelters about 26 000 animals and a sizeable predator population within its walls. The mineral-rich floor allows grasses and forests to thrive and the animal density makes game drives exhilarating. Return to your suite mesmerised by the sights and sounds of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Days 5-7

The land that moves forever

After breakfast you are transferred to Lake Manyara airstrip for the next stop on your adventure: Serengeti Lamai. Your flight arrives in Kogatende and you are immediately taken for lunch at Lamai, followed by an afternoon game drive through iconic Big 5 country. Situated in the Mara River Valley, this remote lodge has views of the Kogakuria Mountains in the distance.

Every morning you are woken with a soft rap on your door, and coffee and biscuits are deposited in your ‘magic box’ in preparation for a dawn game drive when the air is cool and the animals begin making their way to drink. Between July and October, your focus will be the Great Migration, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other game hurtle through the area in the annual quest for fresh grazing and water supplies.

On walking safaris, look out for smaller creatures often overlooked from a 4x4: slinky lizards at your feet and chattering vervet monkeys in the trees above.

Day 8

So long Serengeti...

After a satisfying breakfast you bid farewell to Serengeti Lamai and are transferred to Kogatende Airstrip for your onward flight. By now Africa has seeped into your soul and you cannot imagine life before you knew this place. You will return to the plains again, reuniting with the wildebeest and elephants. 


  • Two nights at Oliver's Camp on full board basis
  • Two nights at Plantation Lodge on full board basis
  • Three nights at Lamai Serengeti Main Camp on full board basis
  • Transfers as specified in your itinerary
  • Park fees as specified in your itinerary


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"A combination of 3 iconic parks in Tanzania; this trip exceeds all wildlife expectations. Lamai tucked away in a remote northern sector of the Serengeti will wow you with its luxury, outstanding game sightings and dramatic views."

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