8-Days Tanzania Big Cats Safari Tour
8-day safari to famous Northern Tanzania parks, with the chance to spot the “Big 5” Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, rhinos, Leopards, and much more – an authentic African awe-inspiring experience. Your safari exploration begins at Lake Manyara, one of the Rift Valley’s most renowned lakes and home to impressive concentrations of birds and large mammals. Then make your way to the magical plains of the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most iconic safari
destinations. Venture deep into the Serengeti’s endless plains in the central Serengeti, where the game viewing is unquestionably one of the best, famed for a large concentration of animals including Wildebeest, Zebra, pride of lions, cheetahs, gazelles, giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, plus many, many more and fascinating birdlife. You will then visit the garden of God – the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as a wonder of the world; the crater floor is home to thousands of everyday animals, including the rare black rhinos. You will end the tour by visiting the Tarangire National Park, famous for its most significant concentrations of elephants in East Africa.
- This tour starts and ends in Arusha.
- You’ll visit Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti National Parks and Ngorongoro Crater.
- Activities: Game drives
- Game drives: Pop-roof 4×4 vehicle
- Private tour – This tour will be 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. You will be transferred 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 infamous 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 Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up and starts your adventure drive towards the Lake Manyara National Park, one of the Rift Valley’s most renowned lakes and home to impressive concentrations of birds and large mammals. You will have a picnic lunch during noontime, proceed with more game viewing later in the evening, and drive to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Even though the park is small in size, 325 sq. kilometres, it has awe-inspiring scenery and is well-known for its growing population of baboons, tree-climbing lions and elephants. The game drives along the lake provide spectacular photo chances of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and the lake and its flamingos in the background. Moreover, the park is a bird watcher’s paradise where over 350 species of birds, including the lively flamingo, pelican, sacred ibis, grebe and stork, can be spotted. A short visit to this tranquil park will diversify your African safari experience.
Day 3: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, your exploration journey continues heading to the renowned Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration, driving through the beautiful high-lying farmland of Karatu and spectacular views of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will have multiple stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery, including stopping at the great Ngorongoro Crater rim. You will enjoy a picnic lunch, continue with an afternoon game watching 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 unquestionably one of the best-known wildlife national parks globally. It is renowned 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 4: On Safari – Central Serengeti
Waking up in the Serengeti is something extraordinary. Africa’s sights, sounds, and smells are all around you, and a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park is ahead. You will enjoy full days in the Serengeti National Park, precisely we are entirely flexible with your preferences, and this day 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 abundance of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti is a ‘must see’ on every safari, regardless of the specific month of travel. Game viewing 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, lions, zebras, elephants, cheetahs and giraffes.
Day 5: On Safari – Central Serengeti
After breakfast, depart for a full-day game drive in Serengeti, the home of the big five and wildebeest migration. You will have a picnic lunch, and more game viewing in the afternoon after the African sunset and drive back to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast, followed by departure for a morning game drive, spot the animals when they are more active and have a fantastic sunrise. The sun-up in the African Savannah is one of the most excellent stunning, unforgettable experiences. After lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival late in the afternoon, settle for 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.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park
Today there will be plenty of time to enjoy another actual show – Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as a wonder of the world. After breakfast, descend into the crater floor for an incredible morning of wildlife viewing in one of the most splendid places exploring Africa’s Garden of Eden, the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the grasslands, forests, and freshwater lake that inspire the migration of animals and makes for the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of Africa’s notorious Big Five (buffalo, elephants, leopards, black-maned lions, and the rare black rhinoceros).
After some exploring, enjoy a lunch picnic in the crater’s heart before we take in some more sights and drive up the steep road out of the crater, heading to Tarangire National Park for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Tarangire to Kilimanjaro International Airport
After breakfast, head for early morning game viewing through the famed Tarangire National Park, home of Tanzania’s largest concentration of elephants. Tarangire is excellent and has a diverse ecosystem, boasting one of the largest concentrations of elephants in East Africa. During noontime, 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 (with good chances of seeing a hunt while having your picnic). After the game viewing, your guide will drive 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