7 Nights – Serengeti and Ngorongoro Highlights

This 7-night itinerary takes in the best game viewing in Tanzania. It combines a trip to the Ngorongoro Crater with a stay in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. You will have the chance of seeing the wildebeest migration on this safari, and depending on the time of year that you travel, you may be lucky enough to witness them crossing the Mara River making for thrilling interactions. Game-viewing aside, you will also be exposed to the Masai people and their culture. For anyone looking for a safari where they will see plenty of animals in a short space of time, this is the trip.

Highlights

  • Superb big-game viewing
  • Great photography
  • Stunning scenery
  • View “the Migration”
  • Africa as you imagined it

Day 1

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to Arusha. Depending on the time of day that you arrive, you may be fortunate to have views of both Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru as you make your way through to the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

If time permits, you will be able to do a tour in the Arusha National Park. This park offers fantastic birding as well as the chance to see species like the Black and White Colobus which are tricky to locate on the remainder of the trip.

ACCOMMODATION: ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE

 

Day 2

After breakfast at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, you will be transferred the short distance by road to Arusha Airport, where you will board a flight to Lake Manyara Airstrip. The flight offers great views of Lake Manyara as well as the Gregor Rift Valley.

On arrival at the Lake Manyara Airstrip, you will be met and transferred by road to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Your drive will take you through the village of Karatu where you will gain an insight into the lifestyle in rural Tanzania. The lodge is located within the Ngorongoro Crater Area Authority and you will have a scenic drive to the lodge through the forest on the rim of the crater. Crater Lodge is perfectlky located to offer spectacular views of the crater floor below. You may wish to admire the view from above, but if time permits, you will be able to do an afternoon safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. You will return to the lodge around sunset upon which dinner will be served.

ACCOMMODATION: NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE

 

Day 3

After an early breakfast, you will descend onto the crater floor where you will enjoy a full day’s game viewing. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed at Ngoitokitok Spring. The Ngorongoro Crater offers superb viewings of a wide variety of species and your safari here will ensure that you have seen a multitude of animals before you head through to the Serengeti. The photographic opportunities are spectacular as animals are often framed against the backdrop of the crater wall, a desolate pan or a flock of flamingos. You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon and view the sunset from the vantage point of the lodge.

ACCOMMODATION: NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE

 

Day 4

Today you will head into the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. Depending on the time of year that you travel, you will either drive or fly to your tented camp (We have recommeneded a mobile camp that tracks the migration. At certain times of year, the camp may be a long way from the Ngorongoro Crater area and it will be better to fly).

Your accommodation will be in a luxury, mobile tented camp. Not only do these tented camps allow you to get up close and personal with the wild, the fact that they move ensures that you will be in the best game-viewing location when you travel. The wildebeest migrate in the Serengeti and Masai Mara throughout the year and your camp will be ideally situated to allow you to experience this natural wonder. You will have time for an afternoon safari on the day that you arrive. Dinner will be enjoyed on your return under the African night sky.

ACCOMMODATION: LUXURY MOBILE TENTED CAMP

 

Days 5, 6 & 7

You will have 3 full days in which to explore the spectacular Serengeti National Park. This will give you the perfect opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife. A typical day will see you being woken at first light. After a quick cup of tea or coffee and a light snack, you will head out on your safari. As the Serengeti is such a vast wilderness area, you may be out for most of the day. You will carry a picnic lunch with you which will be enjoyed at a scenic location along the way.

You will be back at camp at sunset where dinner will be served.

ACCOMMODATION: LUXURY MOBILE TENTED CAMP

Day 8

After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to the airstrip where you will board a light aircraft for your flight back to Arusha. This flight will offer great views of the vast plains of the Serengeti. The ‘rain shadow’ which forms as a result of the Ngorongoro Highlands will be clearly visible giving you a greater understanding as to how these life-giving plains came about. On arrival at Arusha Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will connect onto your onward flight.

Add-on

To make the most of your time in East Africa we recommend that you combine this safari with the Gorillas of Rwanda.