If you only have 4 days but still want to visit the most famous parks of Tanzania (Serengeti and Ngorongoro, plus Manyara or Tarangire), this is the perfect tour for you. You will only spend one night in Serengeti, which we usually think is too little, but if you have limited time and you really want to visit this amazing park, then it is the right choice for you.
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Arusha To Lake Manyara National Park
You will be picked up from your hotel or Kilimanjaro airport and start a beautiful journey across the Great Rift Valley for a full day game drive. Although small in dimension (205 sq. miles), the park has breathtaking scenery and is famous for its lush acacia forest, giant figs, and mahogany trees, as well as a growing population of baboons and blue monkeys. Permanent residents of this park also include giraffes, elephants, impalas and a large number of buffaloes and hippos. The landscapes of Lake Manyara cannot be described with words, and the game drives along the lake provide stunning photo opportunities of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and the lake in the background. Some extra tours are possible, including a bike tour or a boat excursion. Afternoon return to the camp for dinner.
Lake Manyara National Park
Best Time to Visit June to September (easier to spot animals)
High Season July to March (Northern section gets crowded)
Best Weather June to October (few showers of rain)
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After an early breakfast, you will depart towards the most famous National park in the world, the Serengeti. The drive to Serengeti itself, although long, is spectacular. This will be an unforgettable moment for anyone seeing it for the first time. As you venture deeper into the Serengeti, you will see why it is called Serengeti which means “endless plains”. The park has 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) and for most of it, the plains will stretch to the horizon defying your senses and perception of distances. It is the home of the Great Migration and home to 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras and all kinds of antelopes. As for Big Cats and large predators, it is the place of choice to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas. Many television scenes like the famous river crossings were filmed in this park.
Dinner and Overnight at Nyani Campsite.
Central Serengeti National Park
Best Time to Visit June to February (Areas are best at different times)
High Season July to March (The Seronera area is crowded)
Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)
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Serengeti National Park To Ngorongoro Crater
On your third day, we suggest a very early wake up in order to do an early morning game drive (when the animals are more active) and see one of the best sunrises you’ll ever witness. After the game drive, we return to the camp for a rewarding brunch and then proceed to Ngorongoro, the 8th wonder of the Natural World. The crater spreads for 102 sq. miles and has 2.000 ft high walls, making it virtually a Noah’s ark and inhabiting almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa. It’s one of the very rare locations in the whole continent where you can see the Black Rhino. The crater has a river, several swamps, a soda lake with a great concentration of flamingos, a forest and open plains. It’s also famous for its elephants which, are the largest in the world and have huge tusks. Ngorongoro Crater is truly a Wonder of the Natural World, Dinner and Overnight at Simba Campsite on the crater rim.
Best Time to Visit June to September (General wildlife viewing is best)
High Season Most of the year – July to March (Expect crowds)
Best Weather June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
Meals & Drinks:
We will start the day very early and descend into the crater floor for an incredible morning of wildlife in one of the most stunning places on Earth. After the game drive, there will be time for a picnic lunch near the beautiful Hippo Lake. After lunch, we will have time for a short game drive and then ascend the crater and exit Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards Arusha. We expect to be back in Arusha around 5 pm although we are flexible. Drop off will be in Arusha or at Kilimanjaro Airport.