Highlights of Tanzania Discovery, Northern Tanzania

  • Safari by road, avoiding small planes
  • Excellent birding and elephant in the Lake Manyara National Park
  • The chance to witness the Great Migration in the Serengeti National Park
  • The Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site

This is a classic northern Tanzania wildebeest migration. Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara safari combination. Visiting three different wildlife parks over five nights/six days. You visit the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, the soda Lake Manyara and the romantic and game-filled plains of the Serengeti. Where you may can see the constant cycle of the wildebeest migration.

The lodges of the Serena hotel group have proved consistently popular with our clients over the years and represent the highest standard of conventional hotel accommodation (that is to say, a larger permanent structure, not under canvas) in the most popular wildlife areas.

Tanzania Discovery is a safari by road with no light aircraft flights so it is popular with guests who are not fond of small planes. You travel in a comfortable 4WD safari vehicle with an experienced English-speaking Tanzanian driver/guide. Much of the travel between various locations is scenic or interesting (or both) so the journey forms part of the safari, especially between the Ngorongoro highlands and the Serengeti.

Tanzania Discovery at a glance
  • 1 night Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Half Board
  • 2 nights Serengeti Serena Lodge, Full Board
  • 2 nights Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Full Board
Combining with other travel

Most guests on this safari will have spent one or more nights in Arusha or in one of the country lodges between Kilimanjaro or Arusha beforehand. Depending on the arrival flight schedule, this could be no more than a brief overnight stay or a longer visit to allow time for recovery after the confines of an international flight.

See Day by Day
Day 1
Transfer to Lake Manyara, 1 night, Half Board

Your driver-guide will collect you from Arusha Airport and you then head to Lake Manyara National Park. From whichever direction you approach Manyara, the first view is spectacular. From the east, the Rift Valley wall rises several hundred metres to form an impressive backdrop to the lake. From the west, if one is perched at the top of the escarpment, the park lies far below, with a long green strip of water that glistens in the sunlight.

Elephant in Manyara Tanzania - Lake Manyara Safari

You arrive in good time for lunch at your lodge. Later in the afternoon, depart for a game drive through its Mahogany forest. The habitat here is a mix of marsh, grass and scrubland, which are home to over 350 species of birds that populate this magnificent, tangle of vegetation. The park is famous for the tree-climbing lions that inhabit its forests. Return to the lodge at sunset.

Spend one night at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in a twin bedded room. Accommodation is on a half board basis.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Located in: Lake Manyara - Tanzania & Zanzibar

Days 2 & 3
2 nights Serengeti Serena Lodge, Full Board

After breakfast at the lodge, you drive to Africa’s most famous park – the Serengeti – arriving in time for lunch at your lodge.

Young lion in Serengeti Tanzania

You have two full days to explore its 5,600 sq. miles. You may see cheetah, giraffe, lion, leopard, elephant – the list is endless. And each year it is the scene of the great migration where millions of wildebeest and zebra make their annual trek in search of fresh grass. Serengeti National Park is the Africa most of us have seen on television. Many National Geographic specials have been filmed here. Now we can see first hand why so many naturalists and photographers are drawn to this place.

Days 4 & 5
2 nights Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Full Board

After breakfast depart with a game drive en route to Ngorongoro Conservation area. Arrive in time for lunch at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. You have the afternoon at leisure.

Tanzania Serena Ngorongoro Serena Exterior View at a Distance

The next day you have a half-day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro’s caldera shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth. The Maasai and their cattle co-exist with the wildlife in this area, and visitors are able to appreciate this ancient interplay between wildlife and man. Interpretive game drives through the emerald plains and forests of the crater floor engender guests with a respect for the wildlife of this world wonder.

Day 6
Return to Arusha

After breakfast, depart for the drive back to Arusha. Arrive in time for lunch (for your own account) and later, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.

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Accommodation; Half Board on Day 1, Full Board on Days 2 to 5, breakfast on Day 6; transportation in a 4x4 game viewing vehicle, with an English-speaking driver-guide; game-viewing drives and park entrance fees as detailed; guaranteed window seat in each vehicle; mineral water during game drives
Gratuities, optional activities such as hot-air ballooning, laundry, drinks
Minimum number:
Health requirements:
Anti-malaria precautions essential
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