10 Best Serengeti Safari Tours

Lying at the heart of the Tanzania safari experience, the Serengeti is rich in biodiversity, accessible to a wide range of travellers, and combines easily with many other destinations. Naturally, it is most famous for its role in hosting the Great Wildebeest Migration – find out here when to go for Africa’s greatest show. Best of all, if you can’t make it during the Migration, you’ll enjoy excellent wildlife viewing on Serengeti safaris at any time of year as well as great accommodation and top guiding.

Here are 10 itinerary ideas for visiting the Serengeti:

1. Tanzania Fly-in Tarangire, Highlands and Wildebeest Migration

Duration: 8 Days | Locations: 4

Ngorongoro Crater

Opening with the elephants of Tarangire and Big 5 game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, this luxury safari enjoys a grand finale: a specialist Wildebeest Migration camp set deep in the Serengeti. Flying between destinations maximises your time on safari and you’ll enjoy personalised service at top lodges plus a variety of experiences from horse-riding and mountain-biking to spa treatments and fine dining.

Highlights:

  • Exceptional game viewing
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience
  • Day and night drives plus walking safaris
  • Cultural tours, biking and horse-riding
  • Luxury suites, fine cuisine and spa treatments

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

2. Tanzania’s Tarangire, Highlands and Wildebeest Migration

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 4

Namiri Plains Camp, Serengeti

Sit back and watch the African landscape go by on this overland safari. Guaranteed a window seat and safe in the experienced hands of your driver-guide, you’ll follow a classic northern Tanzania safari itinerary with plenty of time at the Ngorongoro Crater and along the banks of the Tarangire River before finishing with a Serengeti camp set on the path of the Migration.

Highlights:

  • Small group size, top camps and luxurious suites
  • Sensational wildlife viewing all year round
  • Diverse landscapes and experiences that are great for photography
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti camp in big cat hotspot, especially cheetah

Best for:

First-timers; families and groups; couples

3. East Africa’s Kenya and Tanzania Wildebeest Migration

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 4

Ngorongoro Crater

No need to worry about choosing when to go for the Wildebeest Migration: this tour takes in both the Serengeti and Masai Mara to assure you of an awesome Migration experience. Flying between destinations means no long land journeys, and you’ll stay at authentic tented camps that offer wildlife viewing with plenty else to choose from, such as optional cultural visits, hot-air ballooning and guided walking safaris.

Highlights:

  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Explore both the Serengeti and Masai Mara – double your experience!
  • Almost guaranteed wildebeest sightings; excellent for predators
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience
  • Luxurious tented suites

Best for:

Wildlife photographers; families and groups; couples

4. East Africa Year-round Wildebeest Migration Safari

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 4

Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara.

If seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration is a non-negotiable item on your bucket-list, then this tour is perfect. You’ll stay at mobile camps in both the Serengeti and Masai Mara, each set up on the path of the migrating herds. Add a day’s Big 5 viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, guided walks and a visit to Lake Manyara and you have a comprehensive wildlife experience with all the finer details; optional luxury spa treatments, romantic tented camps and time to discover the local culture, too.

Highlights:

  • Superb Wildebeest Migration viewing
  • Great for predators especially big cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Guided walks and cultural encounters
  • Fly-in comfort and convenience

Best for:

Wildlife photographers; families and groups; couples

5. Tanzania’s Luxury Family Serengeti and Selous in Private Villas

Duration: 10 Days | Locations: 3

Mkombe's House Lamai, Serengeti

This tour opens with a prime Migration spot in the Serengeti before flying you to a remote corner of the mighty Selous Reserve for game viewing on the banks of the Rufiji River. It’s a safari that combines exclusivity with comfort: you’ll stay in home-from-home villas complete with private guide, chef and – if you need them - babysitters. It’s your safari so you choose what you do and when, and you’ll have a mix of game drives, boat cruises and nature walks to look forward to.

Highlights:

  • Exclusive-use villas with guide, chef and childcare
  • Flexible schedules, meal-times and activities
  • Sensational wildlife viewing all year-round
  • Well-located for the July to October part of the Wildebeest Migration
  • Game drives, boat cruises, guided walks and bush dining

Best for:

Multi-generational families and groups

6. Tanzania Guided Group Safari

Duration: 7 Days | Locations: 4

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

First time to East Africa? Got a beady eye on your budget? This week-long overland tour takes in the Serengeti plus other must-see destinations of northern Tanzania like Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater (travel between November and June and you’ll catch the Wildebeest Migration, too.) An experienced driver-guide leads the way and you enjoy en suite accommodation at comfortable lodges with facilities ranging from swimming pools and spas to Wi-Fi and mountain-bike trails.

Highlights:

  • Wildlife-focussed itinerary and Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Search for the tree-climbing lions of Manyara
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Stay in prime locations with stunning scenery
  • Family-friendly accommodation

Best for:

First-timers; value seekers

7. Good-value Migration, Crater and Tarangire

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 4

Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire

Value for money doesn’t mean skipping comfort: this is a fly-in tour that takes in great lodges set in Tanzania’s top safari destinations.  There’s the ‘land of giants’ – Tarangire – to discover as well as Lake Manyara and some of Africa’s most reliable Big 5 viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. The safari finishes with a camp in the Serengeti that moves with the wildebeest herds, putting you in front-row seats over Migration season. Accommodation is intimate, the pace is easy, and the views magnificent: it’s a great romantic trip.

Highlights:

  • Great game viewing at any time of year
  • Diverse landscapes and wildlife plus excellent bird watching
  • Stay at a specialist Migration camp for the November to June Wildebeest Migration
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Romantic accommodation

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners; first-timers; value seekers

8. Tanzania’s Serengeti and Zanzibar

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 3

Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti.

This tour’s name says it all but the beauty is in the detail: beginning with views of Mount Meru, this fly-in safari balances the heat and drama of the savannah with the wave-lapped indulgence of an Indian Ocean retreat. There’s great game viewing in the Serengeti to look forward to and a host of optional activities in Zanzibar to participate in, like snorkelling and diving, sunset cruises and local tours to markets and spice farms. Accommodation is intimate and exclusive, and the pace is easy – it’s the perfect honeymoon.

Highlights:

  • Excellent wildlife viewing (go mid-year for the Wildebeest Migration)
  • Game drives and guided walks in the Serengeti
  • Fly-in convenience saves more time for safari
  • Exclusive beachfront accommodation in Zanzibar
  • Easy access to superb diving and snorkelling

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners

9. Tanzania Biking, Canoeing and Walking Safari

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 4

Lake Manyara

You’ll certainly be watching wildlife from a vehicle on this overland safari but there are also plenty of opportunities to take in the smaller details while on a mountain bike, in a canoe or on foot with your guide. You’ll visit Tanzania’s northern safari destinations – Lake Manyara, Arusha National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater - before finishing at a Serengeti camp set near the Grumeti River, scene of the Migration river crossings and excellent year-round game viewing.

Highlights:

  • Prime location in the Serengeti – go at mid-year for the Migration
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Wide diversity of wildlife and landscapes
  • Great mix of different safari activities
  • Village tours and cultural encounters

Best for:

Adventurers; active travellers; couples

10. Tanzania’s Nature Walk and Driving Safari

Duration: 13 Days | Locations: 4

Forest walk at Gibb's Farm.

Highly recommended for travellers who want to do more than game drives, this itinerary builds in guided walking safaris, allowing you to move at a slower pace to discover the smaller details like birds, insects and plants. You’ll walk the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, explore Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater, and then enjoy a unique Serengeti experience, dividing your time between a Migration specialist camp and a ‘fly-camp’, a simple but comfortable tented camp that puts you at the heart of the wilderness.

Highlights:

  • Exciting blend of game drives and walking safaris
  • Unhurried itinerary – lots of time at each destination
  • Full-day Big 5 safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Specialist camp for the Wildebeest Migration
  • Once-in-a-lifetime fly camping on the savannah

Best for:

Adventurers; active travellers; couples; wildlife photographers