• Lion, Tanzania

Itinerary Summary

8 Days
Year round
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £3010 Year round Tanzania Small Group Safari
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Tanzania Highlights Small Group Safari

This Tanzania highlights small group safari takes you to the heart of the action trying to catch sight of the migration, witness wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy an option hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti.

Imagine finding yourself under the vast African sky in the middle of a huge expanse of wilderness listening to the haunting and mysterious sounds of the nightly drama of predator and prey playing out beyond the canvas walls of your tent.  Wake to fresh pastries, hot beverages and smiling camp staff as the sun starts to spill over the plains in front of camp. What will today bring? Set out in spacious customised 4x4 land cruisers to seek out the denizens of this iconic wildlife refuge; seeing the staggering scale of the iconic Ngorongoro Crater which was once higher than Kilimanjaro; photographing the distinctive baobabs dotted through Tarangire; viewing palatial termite mounds and leaning more about the Maasai and other tribal groups of Tanzania all combine to offer you a memorable experience of this exceptional safari destination.


What makes this trip extraordinary

  • The thrill of sleeping under canvas, without compromising on comfort.
  • Two full days on the game-rich plains of the iconic Serengeti National Park.
  • Spending time on the crater floor of the worlds largest intact caldera– Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Small group minimum 2 – 6 people.

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An 8-day small group itinerary searching for big game in Ngorongoro Crater and the Great Migration in the Serengeti

from $4,003 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Arusha

On arrival in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You will have the afternoon at your leisure to relax and get ready for your safari. Depending who else arrives at the same time as you, you may be able to meet some of your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn (L, D)

Day 2

Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Early this morning depart with your fellow travellers in your 4 x 4 safari vehicle to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well known for its baobab trees, its year round population of elephants and prolific birdlife. The park comes into its own during the dry season (June-October) when the number of elephant increase along with herds of zebra, wildebeests, antelope and other game which are attracted to the year round flowing Tarangire River. After a picnic lunch continue to the highlands viewing Manyara and the escarpment en-route.

Day 3

Ngorongoro Highlands – Ngorongoro Crater

Another early start to make your way up the outside of the Crater before making your way down the 600 metre wall into this 250 sq km wildlife sanctuary. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, it is the biggest intact caldera in the world. Previously a mountain higher than Kilimanjaro. Ngorongoro imploded over 2 million years ago, leaving this unique natural wonder of swamps and lakes and plains, teeming with wildlife. The lion population has fluctuated over the years, partly due to the migration in and out of the crater and disease. The spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal can also be seen here. Exit the crater and return to your lodge for an evening of relaxation.

Day 4

Ngorongoro Highlands – Serengeti National Park

Leaving the highlands behind you head towards the Serengeti National Park with an optional stop off at Oldupai Gorge (extra cost) where in 1959 Mary Leaky discovered a hominid skull dating back 1.8 million years. This area is often referred as the ‘cradle of mankind’. Continue into the world famous Serengeti National Park – the name is derived from the Maasai word serengit, meaning ‘endless plain’. The park is part of the much larger Serengeti eco-system, including neighbouring Masai Mara, and surrounding Grumeti Reserves and the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Huge open grassland plains are dotted with isolated granite hillocks known as Kopjes and acacia woodland. There is limited permanent water apart from a few rivers, so the migration is linked to rainfall patterns.

Days 5-7

Serengeti National Park

For the next two days you have the chance to have full days of game viewing. The Great Wildebeest Migration draws people to different areas of this vast park throughout the year. Whether you are in the southern Serengeti (Dec – March) for calving season, the western reaches (April to June) as the herds seek out fresh pastures, or the North (July-August) when the herds bunch up gathering the nerve to cross the rivers, your guide will take you to the best areas for encountering wildlife. Aside from the Great Migration, there is plenty of game to be seen and your guides will find your the best sightings. Option balloon safari (extra charge but this is highly recommended).

Day 8

Serengeti – Arusha

Today is your final day which means a return journey to Arusha. This is by an exciting light aircraft flight for fantastic views of the journey you have just undertaken. Say your goodbyes and transfer to your onward flight.

Trip Details

Trip information

This is a small group safari departing on set dates. Accommodation and areas have been chosen for their proximity to the wildlife and to give you the best experience we can in Tanzania. It is possible to extend this safari with activities or beach time at the beginning or end of your itinerary – just speak to us for more details.


Trip Prices

Season Price Single Supplement
Low £2,645 per person sharing None
Shoulder £2,695 per person sharing £85
High (1 Jan - 15 Mar) £3,140 per person sharing £650
High (1 - 31 Oct) £3,080 per person sharing £665
High (14 - 31 Dec) £3,095 per person sharing £685
Peak £3,155 per person sharing £665


All travellers must pay a compulsory flight charge of £225 - £350 (depending on the airstrip) to cover the cost of a one-way flight from the Serengeti to Arusha on Day 8.

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