4-day Private Camping or Lodge Safari in Northern Tanzania – Tanzania Big Cats

Discover the world-famous parks of Northern Tanzania together with Tanzania Safari Bug on this 4-day private camping or lodge safari. Interesting game drives await you in the renowned Ngorongoro Crater and in Serengeti National Park. Search for Africa’s Big Five inside the impressive caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater and explore the endless plains of Serengeti with its big game and predators. If you are traveling in April, May or November, you might even come across the Great Wildebeest Migration.

This short safari can be done all year round and is ideal for travelers with only a few days’ time for a Tanzania safari. We purposely only visit Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti to maximize your chances of coming across Tanzania’s big game and predators. Please keep in mind that transfer times to Serengeti are quite long. As an alternative, you might want to consider flying into Serengeti and starting your safari from there, with a drive to Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha. This way you could avoid driving the long distance twice.

Overview:

  • Private camping or lodge safari in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit
  • Starting & ending in Arusha
  • Flight Connection to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Departure Day: Day of your choice

Activities:

  • Game drives

Highlights:

  • Rift Valley Escarpment view point
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater

Additional Extras:

  • Accommodation pre/post safari in Arusha
  • Balloon Safari in Serengeti can be added
  • Trip extension to Tanzanian coast, Mafia & Zanzibar can be arranged
4 Day Camping Safari Serengeti - Leopard walking in Serengeti National Park
4 Day Camping Safari Serengeti - Lion Head close view 4 Day Camping Safari Serengeti - Hyenas in Serengeti National Park
4 Day Camping Safari Serengeti - Zebra Migration in Serengeti National Park 4 Day Camping Safari Serengeti - Lions on kopjes in Serengeti National Park

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arusha – Serengeti National Park

In the morning meet & greet in Arusha with your experienced guide. Enroute to Serengeti National Park to begin your safari. The drive crosses the multicultural village of Mto wa Mbu – home of Tanzania’s 120 local tribes – and Karatu Town. After passing through the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will soon reach the endless plains of Serengeti National Park and enter the park at Naabi Hill. While the southern plains of Serengeti are dominated by an endless grass scene interrupted only by massive granite formations called ‘kopjes’, the heart of Serengeti – the Seronera Valley – consists of open grass plains with acacia trees and the Seronera River with its palm-tree fringed banks. Continue to your accommodation in Central Serengeti.

  • Meals: Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Serengeti Under Canvas
Day 02: Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park has the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. Together with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south and the Masai Mara in the north, it forms the largest nature and wildlife conservation area. This day is devoted to a full-day game drive inside the park. Moreover, your guide will know where to take you to view interesting wildlife. Watch out for buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards and lions or witness one of the world’s greatest spectacles – the Great Wildebeest Migration – as these animals follow the rain in search of fresh grass! Depending on time of the year, the wildebeest herds, which are joined by zebras and gazelles, will cross through Central Serengeti – an unforgettable adventure!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Serengeti Under Canvas
Day 03: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Get up early for a great sunrise in Central Serengeti and drive out – before breakfast – to watch wildlife. Did you hear the lions roaring at night? Follow their tracks along the road while also keeping a look-out for cheetahs, leopards and lions in the Seronera Valley. Don’t forget to look up into the acacia trees where they could be hiding and also enjoying a sweeping view of the open grass plains from a good vantage point. Return to your accommodation for breakfast and continue on to another game drive in Serengeti National Park before returning slowly to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area – a spectacular destination boasting great scenic beauty and astonishing wildlife. Continue to the Ngorongoro Crater, located 2240 meters above sea level, and overnight directly at the crater rim.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options Ngorongoro Crater Rim: Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Day 04: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

After breakfast drive on a small and steeply winding road down to the crater floor. With roughly 25.000 animals, the crater offers an incredible wildlife variety including large herds of antelopes, buffaloes, wildebeests and zebras as well as the regularly spotted hyenas and prides of lions. Although the crater floor provides a home for all species of the African savanna, there are a few animals, including giraffes, impalas and topis, that are noticeably absent. The elephant bulls in Ngorongoro Crater have extraordinarily large tusks due to the volcanic soils and phosphorous-rich plants. Black rhinoceros are present but prefer to stay between the Lerai Forest and Lake Magadi. After this enthralling day return to Arusha and arrive in the late afternoon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch

An unforgettable adventure awaits you inside the classic Ngorongoro Crater with its marauding lion prides. Arguably one of the continent’s finest national parks, Serengeti is a wilderness that teems with predators. Expect to encounter cheetahs and leopards as they stroll through the plains in search of their preferred prey. You also have the choice of flying into Serengeti and then proceeding to Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha, which avoids a long transfer on day 1. If this safari itinerary strikes your fancy, please contact us today for a first exchange of ideas. We would be happy to customize this itinerary to your specific interests or needs and welcome you as our guests in Tanzania.

Includes:

  • Full board lodge accommodation or camping in 2-Person-Tents
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Mineral Water (3 liters per person / per day)
  • Transportation in private 4×4 Safari Vehicle
  • Professional / Multi-lingual Driver/Guide
  • Camping includes professional safari cook
  • National Park Fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Game Drives as outlined in the itinerary
  • Camping Equipment (Tents, Sleeping Mattress, Tables, Chairs, etc.)

Excludes:

  • International Flights to/from Tanzania
  • Domestic Flights within in Tanzania
  • Visa Fees to enter the country
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Drinks (Soft Drinks & Alcoholic Drinks)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tips