• Lion, Tanzania

Itinerary Summary

8 Days
Year round
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £4540 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 $5,312 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Kilimanjaro - Arusha

You will be met upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport by your private driver and then transferred directly to your accommodation in Arusha.

Overnight Accommodation: Arumeru Lodge

Day 2

Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Early this morning, depart with the rest of your fellow travellers, in your 4x4 safari vehicle to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well known for its baobab trees, year-round population of elephants and prolific birdlife. The park comes into its own during the dry season (June-October) when the number of elephants increase along with herds of zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other game which are attracted to the river. During your game drives you will enjoy a picnic lunch and you’ll spend  the night overlooking the flood plain just outside of Tarangire Park.

Overnight Accommodation: Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge

Day 3

Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

You’ll begin your day with an early morning game drive in Tarangire. You’ll drive past the verdant highlands of Karatu, the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater. Enroute to Ngorongoro you’ll stop to view Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley’s dramatic escarpment below. The silvery soda ash waters attract thousands of pink flamingo. You’ll stay overnight on the ancient crater rim.

Overnight Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 4

Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Serengeti National Park

Another early start to make your way up the outside of the Crater before making your way down the 600m wall into this 250km² wildlife sanctuary. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, this 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 and it is one of the few places in Tanzania where you may be lucky enough to see rhino in the world. After enjoying a picnic lunch you will ascend out of the Crater and you’ll leave the highlands behind and continue on to the Serengeti for your first night in your wilderness camp.

Overnight Accommodation: Wilderness Camps

Day 5

Serengeti National Park

Today you will begin to explore 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 the surrounding Grumeti Reserves, the Ngorongoro Conservation area and the Masai Mara in neighbouring Kenya. 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, hence the wildebeest always migrating in search of fresh grazing as a result of rainfall patterns.

Overnight Accommodation: Wilderness Camps

Days 6-7

Serengeti National Park

Another two full days of game viewing. The 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. You also have the option to take an early morning balloon safari (at an additional cost) over the Serengeti before enjoying a bush breakfast.

Overnight Accommodation: Wilderness Camps

Day 8

Serengeti National Park – Arusha

This morning you will be driven to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight back to Arusha. Soaring above the plains will give you an amazing aerial view of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival into Arusha you will be met and transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport in time for your departing flight.

Trip Details

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.

Single Supplement From: £795 (Low Season) & from £1,065 (High Season)

The 2022 itinerary differs slightly, with one less night in Tarangire and a different accommodation in Ngorongoro. 

Trip date Prices from
Jun 23 - Jun 30 2023 £4600
Jul 21 - Jul 28 2023 £4600
Aug 04 - Aug 11 2023 £4600
Aug 11 - Aug 18 2023 £4600
Aug 18 - Aug 25 2023 £4600
Sep 08 - Sep 15 2023 £4600
Oct 06 - Oct 13 2023 £4600
Dec 15 - Dec 22 2023 £4270

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