5 Days Safari From Zanzibar or Dar es salaam
Combine your time in paradise with front-row seats for the Greatest Show on Earth, as you bid farewell to the Spice Islands for a five day whirlwind tour of the Tanzanian Northern Circuit to bear witness to the Wildebeest Migration.
This annual movement sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope moving from the southern Serengeti to the Masai Mara, and we'll get you from the beach to the savannah with this five day tour designed to put you front and centre.
Your Journey Mapped Out
Ready to set out? Your adventure awaits!
DAY 1 - ZANZIBAR - ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NP
DAY 2 - TARANGIRE - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
DAY 3 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
DAY 4 - SERENGETI NP - NGORONGORO CRATER
DAY 5 - NGORONGORO CRATER - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA - ZANZIBAR
Nights in total: 4
DAY ONE: ZANZIBAR – ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Flights from Zanzibar to Arusha Airport depart at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Transfer to the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.
You will be picked up from your Zanzibar hotel and transported to Zanzibar Airport for your journey to Arusha.
When you arrive in Tanzania's safari capital, your Shadows of Africa driver will greet you and whisk you away to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania's most underappreciated park, is home to baobab trees, vast elephant herds (the country's largest), baboons, buffalo, lions, impala, giraffes, zebras, and more.
You'll be escorted to your overnight accommodations after your afternoon game drive and picnic lunch.
You'll retreat to your campsite/lodge for the evening after finishing your day's drive.
DAY 2 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TARANGIRE
We'll eat a light breakfast because we have a full day of exploring and excitement ahead of us! The day will begin with a lovely journey to the Serengeti. We'll proceed through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you might see cape buffalo, baboons, or perhaps elephants and leopards hiding in the dense undergrowth.
The Oldupai Gorge will be our first stop of the day (also known as the Cradle of Mankind). Here you may explore some of the world's oldest fossil evidence of human habitation, learn more about the human journey at the Oldupai Gorge Museum, and take in the breathtaking vistas of this austere landscape.
We'll then continue on to one of the famous Masai bomas, where you'll have the opportunity to witness traditional Masai dance, visit an authentic Masai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.
After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park.
DAY 3 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
We'll wake with the sunrise today, as we're going out to watch as the sun rises over the Serengeti in a true 'Circle of Life' moment. Accompanied by the melodic singing of the birds, we'll search for leopards and lions hunting their morning meals and soak in the utter tranquility of the Serengeti at daybreak. It's a wake up you'll not soon forget.
We'll return to your campsite or lodge for a late breakfast at 9.00am. Pack your belongings and freshen up, and then we will continue our game drive at 10.30am and stay in the wilderness for the rest of the day. Our safari drive will continue according to the time of year and we will follow the animals on their trail. Your Shadows of Africa guide will expertly guide you throw the park, ensuring you see and experience the very best that the Serengeti has to offer.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park (camping).
NGORONGORO CRATER, SERENGETI NP, DAY 4
We get back on the road to the Ngorongoro Crater National Park after breakfast.
You'll quickly understand why this wide, verdant caldera has garnered such a high reputation when you see it for the first time from the panoramic viewpoint.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most popular safari locations in the world, with over 120 mammal species, including the mythical Big Five. It's a great site to watch the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a solitary lunch out on the grass plains, as well as vast groups of hippopotamus enjoying the cold water.
You'll be able to observe and photograph some interesting things from the comfort of your open-top vehicle.
The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool.
Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
DAY 5 - NGORONGORO CRATER - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA
You'll leave your accommodation after breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park. The park is a photographer's dream come true, with some of the best wildlife watching in the world. All of Africa's most well-known creatures can be seen, with tree-climbing lions being a special treat. These magnificent predators are virtually begging to be photographed as they sunbathe in acacia trees.
Lake Manyara is a bird-paradise, watcher's with a large diversity of species on exhibit throughout the park. Large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the beautifully colored lilac breasted roller will astonish even the most inexperienced visitor.
You'll leave the park after lunch to catch your flight.