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5 Day Tanzania Safari Big 5, Parks, & Reserves

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5 Days 4 Nights

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5-day Tanzania Safari is our typical 5-day safari which includes wildlife viewing (game drives) at a more relaxed pace.

This safari starts and ends in Arusha which is the base town for all safaris we offer in Northern Tanzania. you will have the opportunity to visit all the most famous parks of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, namely; Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Endless Plains of Serengeti National Park. 

A classic 5 day safari in Tanzania like this gives you the opportunity to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer in terms of wildlife and exoticism. Serengeti National Park is the second largest after Ruaha National Park, but the most famous on the northern circuit as it is home to the wildebeest migration, which sees over a million herds of wildebeest accompanied by over 400,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 300,000 zebras, and around 12,000 elands reflected on the endless plains that eventually make their way to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in search of fresh grass and water.

The result is an annual world-famous animal show in which the animals dare to confront the dangerously infested Nile crocodile in the Mara River, a phenomenon often referred to as “the great wildebeest migration“.

Thousands of other animals roam the Serengeti throughout the year and that’s not all. This program takes you to the equally famous wildlife reserve in the world and to a UNESCO World Heritage Center; The Ngorongoro Crater, which is actually a large caldera resulting from the collapse of a huge ancient volcano.

It is believed to be taller than Mount Kilimanjaro, which is Africa’s tallest and highest mountain. To add the icing on the cake, start by visiting Tarangire National Park, a vast park (the fifth largest in Tanzania) where you expect to see plenty of games, big and small, including rare ones like the gerenuks at long neck and oryx. .

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  • Visit of Tarangire National Park
  • Viewing the BIG 5 and rare animals
  • Experiencing wildlife
  • Visiting Lake Manyara National Park
  • Exploring Ngorongoro Crater
  • Discovering Serengeti National Park


Day 1: Arusha - Tarangire National Park
Day 1: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

This journey begins after breakfast in Arusha, the third-largest city in Tanzania, along with your guide. You will set off for your African safari in Tarangire National Park. This beautiful park attracts great herds of game year-round due to the Tarangire River, always having water for the animals to drink.

In this park you can find varied species from Oryx to Kudu, large herds of African elephants, also found red-and-yellow Barbet and giant baobab trees that this park is known for.

After a full afternoon of wildlife viewing, you will be transferred to your in-park accommodation for the night, Tarangire Safari Lodge or outside park in Maramboi Tented Camp: Full board

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

After an early breakfast, your driver/guide will drive you to Lake Manyara National Park for a half day of game viewing, with a picnic lunch taken in the middle of the day.

This park provides opportunities to observe wildlife in a variety of different ecosystems, you may get a chance to see the famous tree-climbing lions found lazing on branches of acacia trees. The park also features large concentrations of elephant and buffalo.

Over 380 species of birds have been recorded included the immense Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, one of the largest breed, Crested Guinea Fowl, found deep in the forest. Many hippos reside in the water, as do thousands of flamingo and other water birds.

As the afternoon draws to a close, you will leave the park and drive to the town of Karatu for two nights in your accommodation in Tloma Mountain Lodge or on the crater rim in Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge: Full board

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater exploration
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater exploration

After breakfast, you will descend into the crater with picnic lunches in tow. The largest Caldera in the world (imploded volcano with an intact rim) The rim at 7,200′ overlooks the Crater floor below.

The various ecosystems within the crater provide a home for many different mammals and birds, including the rare black rhino in its natural habitat.

Later in the afternoon, you will drive back to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and check-in at a lodge for dinner. You will enjoy your dinner at a beautiful mid-range lodge at Karatu like Marera Valley Lodge or Country Lodge at Karatu nearby. 

Here ends the 3rd day of your 5-day Tanzania safari.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti National Park
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti National Park

We drive early in the morning after your breakfast from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti National Park. 

As you arrive early, you can catch up with rare species of nocturnal animals as well as early risers between daytime animals. Now is a good time to see the animals up close, as most games like to line the sides of the road to escape the morning dew.

Then, you will spend the day on game drives throughout Serengeti National Park. The name Serengeti comes from a Maasai word "Siringit" meaning endless plains and, true to its name, you will explore vast expanses of the African savannah in search of the many animals that the Serengeti has to offer.

Besides wildebeests, expect to see other animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, elusive leopards, zebras, elands, and a host of resident and migrating birds.

Night at Thorntree Camp or Serengeti Green Hills Camp. All meals are included.

Day 5 : end of 5-day Tanzania safari => Arusha
Day 5 : end of 5-day Tanzania safari  => Arusha

After breakfast at your lodge, you will spend some time on the park seeing animals and enjoying the wildlife. you will spend the whole morning on the game drive.

After launch, you will return to Arusha, where you will arrive later in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included.

Here our 5-day Tanzania safari comes to its end!


  • 05 days private safari for 02 – 06 persons
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 03 x 0,5 l mineral water per person/day during game drives
  • 04 x FB at safari lodges or tented camps as per itinerary
  • Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority
  • International Flights
  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
  • Travel insurance if needed
  • Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (599 USD per person), including concession fees
  • All Airport pick up and transfers in private car
  • Accommodation at Arusha on arrival


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