6 Days Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Lake Manyara – The small lake park is situated just 1.5 hrs drive from Arusha Airport. The lake park is famous for hosting large number of waterbirds mostly flamingo and maroubou storks. The manyara birdlife also entails several species of herons and egrets. The adjacent park is part of the Tarangire ecosystem that holds one of Africa’s largest elephant concentrates.

The park is also famous for having lions that spend most of their time on treetops famous as manyara tree climbing lions. Other animals in Manyara include giraffe, impalas wildebeest and buffalo.  Set along the scenic 400 m high great rift valley escarpments, the manyara shoreline offer one of the most photogenic sites in Tanzania. During you trip you have an opportunity to engage in a number of activities among them shoreline walk and canoe riding all coming with a perfect floral and faunal view.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro is the world’s largest uneroded and  unfilled crater. The conservation area entails the most visited floor of the crater, a densely forested rim and the surrounding small craters empakaai and olmoti. Olduvai gorge which is East Africa’s most referenced archeological site is situated within the conservation Area. In this safari we shall have an exhaustive drive on the floor of the crater where you have a perfect opportunity to sight over 100 large animal varieties among them lions, wildebeest, cheetah, hippos and spotted hyenas. You will check into olduvai gorge where you will find several faunal and hominid fossils dating over 2 million years ago.

Serengeti National Park

This is Tanzania most famous national park. Serengeti is part of a vast ecosystem extending beyond the Kenyan border and which is known for the great wildebeest migration where close to 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra sustain a clockwise movement round a 300 miles circuit all round the year. The park is home to over 4000 lions which is one of the largest concentrate in Africa. This package you will stay in south eastern serengeti or seronera area in the central section depending on the location of migrating herds. The migration location offers some of the best hunting scenes as the herds has to contend with resident lions and cheetahs found in each of the location.

When is the best time to go for Lake Manyara, serengeti, Ngorongoro safari

The 3 destinations are some of Tanzania major safari destination boost an incredible bush experience all year round. However the dry period between January and February and July to October are the best for game viewing as the grazing lands has thinned out forcing wildlife to gather in the few remaining grazing spots in the park. The wet season( March to June and November) is the best for birding as most of the birds are  breeding plumage and can easily be spotted out in the open. This also the best time to watch flamingos in Lake Manyara, Lake Magadi in Ngorongoro and Lake Ndutu in serengeti.


Day 1: Arusha- Lake Manyara

Early morning you are picked at the airport / your hotel / residence in Arusha. You depart for Lake Manyara by 0700 hrs cruising on and off the scenic floor of the great rift valley. You will arrive in Manyara by 0900 hrs where you check in at a facility set along the escarpment. Thereafter you will go for a short shoreline stroll followed by a day long game drive.

Day 2: Lake Manyara- Serengeti

After breakfast you check out followed by transfer to serengeti via the Karatu coffee plantations enjoying vista view of the Ngorongoro crater. You will arrive at a lodge near seronera area of central serengeti ( or Ndutu plains in the south East) where you check in and take lunch. In the afternoon you will for game drive till evening.

Day 3: Serengeti/ balloon ride/ walking safari

Early morning you drive to balloon launch station in central serengeti to catch an early morning air ride to have an aerial view of game scenes and sceneries in the Seronera valley. The ride will take about an hour after which you will proceed with the day drives. In the afternoon you can go for guided birding safari focusing on seronera valley which is one of Tanzania’s Imporant Bird Areas(IBAs) boosting a range of fully endemic, regionally and migratory bird species.

Day 4: Serengeti- Ngorongoro

After breakfast you check out followed by a departure for Ngorongoro. On your way you will stopover at olduvai gorge. This is the world’s most sought after archeological site. Here you will find hominid and faunal fossil display as well as stone age tools commonly referred to as olduwan tools. You arrive at Ngorongoro late in the afternoon where you check into a lodge situated along the crater rim. After lunch you will go a short game drive in the floor of the crater.

Day 5: Ngorongoro

Game drives start after breakfast. This is the best time for game viewing as most of the wildlife are in the Ngorongoro marshes feeding. During this safari you will visit various game hotspots on the floor of the crater including Lake Magadi and Mandusi marshes.

In the afternoon you can go for a second round of game drives or take a for hiking trail to the two smaller crater, Empakaai and Olmoti which beautiful sceneries and perfect birding spots.

Day 6: Ngorongoro- Empakaai

You checkout immediately after breakfast. You depart for Arusha by 0700 hrs for a guaranteed drop off late in the afternoon.


  • Quality safari
  • The services of our knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • All the Park entrance/ conservation fees
  • Transport in a customized safari Landcruiser
  • guaranteed window seats
  • bottled mineral water throughout your safari
  • dropping off at the Airport/ Hotel/ point of pick up
  • Emergency flying doctor’s evacuation covers.
  • All applicable taxes & government tolls

Cost excludes:

  • Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch/dinner
  • Lake Manyara Canoe riding
  • Visit to Ngorongoro smaller craters
  • Balloon safari
  • Tip to driver/guide

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