7-Day Tanzania Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour
This 7-day itinerary visits the most popular parks in Tanzania, namely Ngorongoro crater, Tarangire Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks. This unique safari program allows the chance to see the “Big 5” (Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopards).
You will enjoy the beautiful wilderness and its wildlife; visit the garden of God – Ngorongoro Crater, the endless plain of Serengeti, watching the Great Wildebeest migration pass near your camera lance. This is an awe-exciting and Extraordinary Safari. You will have the best chance to see other animals, including cheetahs, zebras, impalas, towers of giraffes and many more.
Additionally, you will visit Lake Eyasi, the homeland of the Hadza; a modern hunter-gatherer people considered one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa. Moreover, seeing Tatoga Trible people who are regarded as one of the most talented blacksmiths.
Our experienced driver guide is knowledgeable in wildlife and culture and will deliberately
ensure that your wildlife encounters and cultural experience are beyond your imagination.
- This tour starts and ends in Arusha.
- You’ll visit Tarangire, Serengeti National Parks, Embakaai and Ngorongoro Crater.
- Activities: Game drives
- Game drives: Pop-roof 4×4 vehicle
- Private tour – This tour is organised exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.
- Can start any day – If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
- Can be customised – You can request changes to this tour.
- Suitable for solo travellers – Solo travellers can book this private tour.
Day 1: Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our professional and personal driver guide and conveyed to your hotel in Arusha for overnight relaxation and preparation in keenness of the coming safari adventure.
Arusha is the pounding heart of the wild – the last port of civilisation before heading out into dense jungles and rich savannah plains. It is located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the east branch of the Great Rift Valley. The town’s temperate and calm climate is exciting. It is close to the famous Tanzania National Park, which lures visitors to explore the fantastic Maasai culture and unique flora and fauna.
Today you can relax in Arusha, enjoy a quick briefing about your upcoming safari, recover from your journey, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Africa.
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, at 7 am, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and depart to Tarangire National Park for a full-day game drive. During midday, you will have a stop for a picnic lunch; the picnic area is fascinating, boasting an observatory with amazing views of the Tarangire river and wildlife; sometimes, there’s a good chance of seeing a hunt while having your picnic.
Continue with a game viewing until sunset, then drive back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Tarangire is beautiful and has a diverse ecosystem, boasting one of the largest concentrations of elephants in East Africa. The park is almost 3000 sq km in size and is best known for its vast numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The park’s name comes from the Tarangire River, which crosses through the park. The park is remarkable during the dry season (June -November) as wildlife concentrations rival the Serengeti National Park. This is because enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their
only water source.
Day 3: Tarangire to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning game drive and return for brunch. After lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater; arrive late in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment where people (the Maasai), livestock, and wildlife co-exist and share the same protected habitat. The stunning spectacle of the Ngorongoro Crater, its steep walls falling some 610 meters to the floor, is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a safari tour in Tanzania.
The crater floor is home to thousands of everyday animals, including the rare black rhinos, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, hippos, elands, elephants, and a large predator population of lions, hyenas, and jackals. It’s also famous for its giant elephants globally and has massive tusks.
Day 4: Ngorongoro to Central Serengeti
After a relaxed and delicious breakfast, depart heading to the most renowned national park in the World, the Serengeti. Drive towards the Serengeti National Park is an extraordinary moment for anyone seeing it for the first time. As you progress well into the Serengeti, you will realise why the name means, in the local language “endless plains”.
You will enjoy a picnic lunch, then an afternoon game viewing in Central Serengeti, and later in the evening, drive to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
The park has 14,763 sq. km, and more than 4 million large mammals live in total wilderness freedom. The park is undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries globally. It is famed for its annual wildebeest migration of 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras, and antelopes. As for the big cats and large predators, it’s the place to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas, with many television scenes like the famous River Crossings filmed in this park.
Day 5: On Safari Serengeti
Waking up in the Serengeti is something astonishing. Africa’s sights, sounds, and smells are all around us, and a full day of exploration in the world’s most famous national park is ahead.
You will enjoy full days in the Serengeti National Park. We are entirely flexible with your preferences, and these days will be prearranged according to your desires. Your guide will discuss the best timings on every safari day, including the game drives and the wake-up time. For instance, on this day, you could do a morning game drive, return for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive. Alternatively, you could do a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch.
The Central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its richness of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti is a ‘must see’ on every safari, notwithstanding the specific month of travel. Game watching in Central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season (June – November), as animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident animals include impalas, buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, topi, hartebeests, giraffes, lions, zebras, cheetahs, elephants and leopards.
Day 6: Serengeti to Lake Eyasi – Datoga Tribe Visit
After breakfast, you will enjoy a morning game drive and return for brunch. After lunch, say farewell as you depart, heading to Lake Eyasi, situated southwest of the Ngorongoro Highlands, to visit the Datoga people. They are pastoralists dependent on their livestock (resemble the Maasai in culture) and are talented blacksmiths.
You will spend time with them discovering the Datoga totality way of life. They collect metal, brass, copper or aluminium scrap, which they ingeniously process into spears, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, arrowheads, and knives. They trade these products with Hadzabe and other people for honey and food. Moreover, the occasion to visit their huts, where you can experience women grinding maize with Stones to make flour, which they later use to cook typical food known as porridge and Ugali.
Today’s adventure ends by driving back to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and
Day 7: Lake Eyasi – Visit to Hadza (Bushman) – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Today will be a delightful and different day. You will wake up early, just before sunrise, and follow your guide until he finds the Hadza people, one of Africa’s last genuinely remaining tribespeople who still live understated cultural life, the Hadzabe people, famous as Bushman. The Hadza are modern hunter-gatherers living southwest of the Ngorongoro Highlands area of Tanzania. They are considered one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa, with approximately 1,300 tribe members. Their native homeland includes the Eyasi Valley and nearby hills.
Start with a food-collecting expedition trip to learn their hunting techniques. The Hadza survive by hunting their food with hand-made bows and arrows and foraging for edible plants. Despite that, the Hadza diet is primarily plant-based; however, they depend on meat, fat, and honey.
Additionally, you will visit their artisan house, which temporarily created shelters of dried grass and branches.
After finishing the activities with the Hadza people, you will visit the beautiful Lake Eyasi, a seasonal shallow Salt Lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, followed by a return for lunch and say farewell as you depart, heading to Arusha or the airport for drop-off.
- Pick up and drop off at Arusha/Kilimanjaro International Airport
- English-speaking driver-guide
- Park fees
- All activities as specified in the itinerary
- Evacuation insurance (AMREF – Flying Doctors)
- All accommodation – (Unless listed as upgrade)
- All transportation – (Unless labelled as optional)
- 4×4 Customized safari vehicle
- All meals
- Water in the car
- International flights – (From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips – (Highly recommended)
- Personal items – (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees
- Meals not specified
- Hot air balloon safari US$ 599 per person
- Drinks and beverages
- Laundry services