This tour forms part of our Scheduled & Overland tour collection.

Explore northern Tanzania's best big game parks - Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara - on this exciting and affordable seven-day safari.

Travel through Tanzania's scenic highlands to the Lake Manyara National Park where your lodge on the rim of the Great Rift Valley offers spectacular views of the plains below.

Set off into the hilly countryside and arrive at the vast Serengeti National Park for some wildlife viewing, before carrying on into the Ngorongoro Crater where you'll explore the many habitats of the thousands of animals that make it their home.

Finally, head into the game-rich area of Tarangire National Park before you make your way back to Arusha.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Very popular road safari visiting four of Tanzania's best parks
  • Search for Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti plains
  • See the migration in season
  • Visit Tarangire's large elephant herds & fantastic game in dry season
  • Pass colourful local villages & plantations
  • Guaranteed window seat in 4x4 with pop up roof
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable driver-guide
  • Optional upgrade to a private tour

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Pass through the Masai Steppe

Your northern Tanzania safari begins today as you depart Arusha and pass through beautiful maize, coffee and banana plantations as you travel to the Masai Steppe, a beautiful part of the country with many picturesque African villages, and interspersed with baobab and acacia trees.

At the town of Makayuni, head north-west and continue up a scenic escarpment to the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, a stunning lodge perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley with spectacular views over the distant lake. Relax for the rest of the day and enjoy a sundowner as you absorb the beauty of the African plains below.

Day 2

Drive into the Serengeti

Today you’ll start early with a morning game drive in the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy a short breakfast before driving down into the park to search for buffalo and the famous tree-climbing lions.

Return to the lodge for lunch before setting off into the hilly countryside of the highlands on your way to the Ngorongoro Conservancy. Continue along to the vast Serengeti plains, a wildlife haven where you'll surely start spotting game well before you arrive at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

Day 3

Game drive in the Serengeti

Experience a true 'Out of Africa' feeling as you set off into the wide expanses of the Serengeti National Park on a morning and late afternoon game drive.

Travel through miles of tawny grasslands, acacia tree forests, and along spectacular ridges while keeping an eye out for the Big 5 and other amazing wildlife. Return to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge for a relaxed dinner around the fire and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Day 4

Depart for the Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, depart for the Ngorongoro Crater – home to a multitude of wildlife and a variety of habitats. Travel across the Serengeti, stopping for a relaxed picnic lunch before continuing towards the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll spend the night at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge which overlooks the magnificent crater.

Day 5

Explore the Crater Floor

After breakfast you'll descend into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater. From forest and swamps to lakes, springs, open grassland and even sandy dunes, the Ngorongoro Crater has many diverse habitats where thousands of animals make their home.

Return to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon excursion to a Maasai village. Return in the late afternoon to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for sundowners and dinner around the fire.

Day 6

Travel south-east to the Tarangire

Travel out of the Ngorongoro Conservancy Area after breakfast and head south-east to another of Tanzania's great national parks - Tarangire. Enjoy a short game drive through the park as you make your way to the Tarangire Sopa Lodge in time for lunch and a swim.

Head back in the late afternoon for a final game drive to search for wildlife. Tarangire is home to some of the largest concentrations of elephants in East Africa and is a birder's paradise with over 400 species.

Day 7

End your journey in Arusha

Pass through the scenic African villages of the Masai steppe as you make your way to Arusha where your journey ends.


  • Meet and greet services
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Game drives and Crater Tour
  • Seat in vehicle safari by 4x4 vehicle with photo roof (maximum 7 clients per vehicle). Guaranteed window seat
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives
  • 6 nights accommodation on full board basis


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"One of our most popular trips; perfect for those looking to experience Tanzania's iconic highlights."

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