Tanzania Big 5 Tour – 6 Nights
Tanzania Big 5 Tour – 6 Nights – Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park
USD 3285 Per Person sharing – Standard accommodation (Lodges/Tented camps)
USD 2895 Per Person sharing – Budget camping accommodation
About the tour
Perhaps one of the most popular tours in Tanzania, this tour has it all. The tour takes you to Lake Manyara and moves you on to the Serengeti National Park. The entire world famous park is explored, from the North to the South. You will experience all the variety that this infamous national park has to offer. Afterwards you will be treated to one of the most unique wildlife experiences in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater, where the abundance of wildlife is staggering. Afterwards you will travel to the beautiful Tarangire National Park. This tour really has everything.
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Early morning you will be collected from your hotel in Arusha. Following this your adventure begins with a scenic drive to Lake Manyara National Park.
The day will be spent in the park, enjoying the various wildlife on display. Lunch will be served at a scenic picnic spot surrounded by the African bush.
After the afternoon/evening game drive, you will spend the night at Twiga Lodge.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Day 2: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast, you will depart to the Serengeti National Park. En-route you will be served a picnic lunch.
The afternoon will be spent on game drive, taking the sites of the amazing animals that call the park home.
The evening will be spent at Acacia Tented Camp (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Nothern Serengeti National Park
A hot breakfast welcomes you to your first Serengeti Sunrise. With food and hot coffee out of the way, you depart on the day’s adventure. The day is spent exploring the various sites of the Northern Serengeti National Park. From the banks of the Maara River to the Lobo area in the North East, a popular route for the Wildebeest Migration, this day you will range far and wide. Lunch will be served at one of the beautiful picnic sites within the Serengeti National Park.
Overnight at Acacia Tented Camp (or similar)
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Again after breakfast, you will spend another day exploring the wondrous Serengeti National Park. From Seronera to the Eastern Serengeti, you will have a full day of experiencing the magic of the park. Lunch will be served at one of the beautiful picnic sites within the park.
Dinner and the rest of the evening will be spent at Acacia Tented Camp (or similar)
Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
An early morning game drive in the Serengeti National Park followed by a hearty breakfast will start your day.
The rest of the day will be spent traveling to the Ngorongoro Crater. Here there will be an opportunity to visit the Ulduvai Gorge archaeological site (at an additional cost)
Accommodation and dinner will be served at Rhino lodge/Simba Camp Site (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park
After a hearty breakfast, you will go down into the crater and experience one of Africa’s most glorious wildlife experiences. With an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five, game viewing will be the norm for the entire game drive. Your lunch will be served at one of the picnic sites within the Crater.
After your Ngorongoro adventure, the trip goes to its final destination, Tarangire National Park. The evening meal will be served at Twiga Lodge (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast, dinner and lunch
Day 7: Tarangire – Arusha
After breakfast, the morning will be spent game viewing in the beautiful Tarangire National Park. After lunch at one of the picnic sites in the park, you will travel back to Arusha.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Transport on 4WD vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier
Meals as indicated
Park entrance fees
Service of an English speaking professional guide/Driver
Camping fees, Mattresses (If Camping)
Food, cook and all kitchen utensils (If Camping)
Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day
Activities as per itinerary above
International flights to/from your home
Tips & gratuities
The first night on your arrival and last night after safari
Airport transfers (book with us)
Sleeping bag (if Camping)
Olduvai Gorge fees
Flying doctor’s insurance, we can arrange for request.
Tips to the driver/guide and all items of personal nature/use.
And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.
a Warm wake-up call consists of a fresh cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate followed by a full English or continental breakfast served in the main dining area. a Three course lunch will be served on your return to the camp and three course dinners are served each evening.
- Bush Picnic baskets – Can be arranged for longer game drives.
- Private Picnics
- Three Course Dinners
Activities and Wildlife
Game drives are the main attraction and they are perfect for finding large predators, such as lions and cheetah in safety.
The Mara Migration:
Approximately 260,000 zebra, 1.7 million wildebeest and roughly 470, 000 gazelle cross the majestic river giving birth to over 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period.
Fascinating facts about the migration:
- The migration may seem like a frenzy but research has shown, the wildebeest possess what is known as “swarm intelligence”. The Wildebeest systematically explore and overcome as one.
- Zebra and Wildebeest graze in harmony as they eat different parts of the same grass.
- Wildebeest have no natural leader resulting in the herd splitting up into smaller circles.
- There are more than 3,000 lions that follow the migration across the reserve.
The camp has an amazing variety of wildlife present in its surrounding area. Recently seen wildlife includes Buffalo, Hyena, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog and elephant. An interesting fact about the African Elephant is that it is the world’s largest land animal. The biggest can be up to 7.5 meters long and 3.3m high at the shoulder, weighing 6 Tonne. That is a jaw dropping 6000 kilograms. The Mara River is also home of the The Mara River crocodiles, the biggest crocodiles in Africa.
The bird life in the area is another beautiful sight to be seen, especially on the forest edge. Notable bird species (of the total 500) include Woodpeckers, the African Kingfisher, Grey breasted spurfowl, Kori bustard, Rufous-tailed weaver, Secretary bird and Fischer’s lovebird. Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds, and may have loud voices and a dramatic wooing display whilst the Fischer’s lovebird best known for their beautiful colouring and energetic nature.
- Viewing historical Maasai Paintings (rock paintings)
Maasai rock paintings are seen as ancient and were made using natural materials such as clay and ash. Some of the rock painting may be between 1500 and 7000 years old.
Interesting facts about the Maasai:
Maasai are best known for their beautiful beadwork. Young men spend hours and days working on elaborate hairstyles, which are ritually shaved as they pass into the next age group. Cattle are central to Maasai economy and are rarely killed as they are a sign of wealth. Traditional grazing lands span from central Kenya into central Tanzania.
- Hot air balloon trips
Organised upon request and can accommodate 16 people at a time. The additional charge includes champagne and a unique bush breakfast.
- The Serengeti Cheetah Project
Guests can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project by monitoring the cheetah of this vast national park. Your guide will introduce you to the cheetah’s habitat and teach you how to identify and photograph the cheetah. Your contribution to the project could uncover new movement patterns and aid the conservation project.
What to pack
Items that you must bring:
- Valid Passport / Valid Visa & another picture ID.
- a Photocopy of your passport page to be carried in your wallet.
- Airline Tickets
- Recommended inoculations (vaccinations)
- Correct Currency
- Travel Insurance
Most African adventures include some time in the outdoors, and a basic personal medical aid kit is recommended. The following items should be included:
- Prescription Medications
- Malaria Medication
- Motion sickness tablets
- Allergy treatments
- Insect repellents
- Band aids
Casual and comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, but please note that the weather is unpredictable and the nights may become cold even in the hottest summer months. It is very important to pack warm clothing for chilly nights and sudden changes in climate.
The most practical items to pack:
- Colours: khaki, brown, white and beige. Avoid bright colours as you would like to blend in as much as possible.
- Light cotton tops, trouser and shorts.
- Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, evenings and cooler days.
- Fleece sweater or a warm jacket.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Good socks and comfortable walking boots.
- a Versatile scarf can be used as a shoulder wrap, shawl or head wrap and takes very little place in your baggage.
- Remember to pack all prescription medications.
Comfort is key when going on a safari. Remember that game drives or walks can be up to 3 hours or longer so make sure you are comfortably dressed. Tip: Wear layers of clothes as the day can start chilly but warm up rather quickly.