We begin by leaving pleasant Arusha and heading
towards the dry plains of Tarangire National Park. Famed
for its large herds of elephant and majestic baobab
trees, this park is an often overlooked gem, with great
dry season (June – November) wildlife viewing.
Our afternoon game drive should reveal elephants,
hundreds of dry season zebra, wildebeest and antelope
and a wealth of predators, including Tarangire’s famed
We start early and make the short drive to Lake
Manyara National Park. Known as one of the prettiest
parks in Africa, Manyara offers good game viewing and
stunning scenery. Expect to see the largest baboon
troops on the continent, thousands of flamingo adding
colour to the shallow central lake and plenty of big
We manage almost a full day of game drives and often
encounter elephant, zebra, giraffe, hippo, lion and
We spend the morning transferring to the Serengeti
National Park. This is a very pleasant drive through
great highland scenery, with chances of impromptu game
viewing. Note that this whole region is a wildlife
haven. With several world class parks and migratory
routes, you see animals where you least expect them.
An afternoon game drive through the park usually reveals
a wealth of species. This is, after all, the Serengeti –
the most celebrated game reserve in the world. It is
Tanzania’s premier safari destination and for good
reason. It has the big five resident (elephant, lion,
leopard, buffalo and rhino) plus almost all of the large
game species found throughout Tanzania.
A second day in the mighty Serengeti with game drives
and guided walks. This is an enormous park and it takes
weeks to get a real feel for it, never mind a few days.
Time your visit with the annual migrations (October and
April) and you could see the greatest wildlife show on
earth. Almost two million animals march across the
plains of East Africa from the Masai Mara down to the
Serengeti and back again.
A third day viewing the spectacular scenes of the
We begin the return towards Arusha by making the
short journey to Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the
largest intact ancient caldera in the world, a World
Heritage Site and a park of unequalled wildlife viewing.
Twenty thousand animals (including the big five) crowd
the crater floor and this is perhaps the best place in
Africa to see the endangered black rhino in the wild.
A last chance to see the incredible crater and its
host of wildlife. Following a morning descent and tour
of the crater floor, we slowly make our way back to
Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where the