The Serengeti safari covers in ten days a selection of the best that Northern Tanzania has to offer for the wildlife enthusiast - Arusha National Park for a walking safari, Tarangire Park, Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Highlands, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti itself.
The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa, renowned for its endless plains, rich grazing grounds and a high concentration of predators, plus of course the Great Migration of over a million wildebeest through the Rift Valley
The Serengeti has a big reputation as a safari destination, and it never fails to surpass expectations. Days spent driving round its huge expanse is an experience in itself, but the wider area is also fascinating from a cultural perspective.
Serengeti Safari accommodation
The Serengeti is best suited tomobile camps, and we would use lightweight safari camps that effectively move with us. Every day we drive and then stop at one of several such camps in the park. The other option is to use one of the luxury lodges in the park, which are great for families and of a very high standard.
Serengeti Safari best times
Game viewing in the Serengeti is excellent any time of the year, but April and May have the heaviest rains. At this time however the lodges offer very good value and the game is of course still there. January to March are excellent times, and July to November, when the herds are crossing the Mara river.
Serengeti safari game driving
The days are filled with game driving, best starting early at dawn when the animals are still hunting. There are no night safaris allowed in the park, but there are some private reserves where night drives and walking safaris are allowed.
Serengeti safari itinerary
|1||n/a||45 mins||We will collect you from the Kilimanjaro airport and drive you to the quiet town of Moshi at the base of Kilimanjaro where you can stay at a 3 star hotel which has very comfortable surroundings and a pool, where you can relax after your flight. Evening safari briefing, meet the team and relax.|
|2||n/a||2hrs driving||A days Walking Safari in the Wild! Depart Moshi at 07:30am and drive to the Arusha park. We then walk and explore the African wilderness on foot. This is a rare opportunity in African parks and reserves. As a small group, accompanied by an armed ranger as guide we go deep into the bush exploring the wilderness. We will travel to many scenic spots, where large herds of buffalo, giraffe, and zebra may be seen, your senses are on full alert and you can feel every breeze on your neck. This is the ultimate safari experience and straight back to nature. Around midday we will enjoy a picnic and then board our vehicle for an afternoon game drive along Momella lakes. We will then have Dinner and overnight in Arusha / Moshi|
|3||n/a||Full days Game Drive||After breakfast we will drive to Tarangire park. The game drive along Tarangire River will offer you the opportunity of seeing huge herds of wildebeests, zebras, elephants, impalas, elands and many others animals which have come to the river to drink. These animals will continue staying in the park until the onset of the rainy season when they start moving out of the park again. Late afternoon, followed by accommodation at the Twiga resort. Dinner and overnight stay.|
|4||n/a||Full days Game Drive||After breakfast we drive to Lake Manyara Park. We will enjoy a full days game drive with a picnic lunch on the lakeshore with a view of the hippos. Return to Twiga for evening meal and accommodation.|
|5, 6, 7||n/a||Full days Game Drive||Transfer to Serengeti National Park. We drive across the Ngoronogoro Highlands and enter the famous Serengeti National Park. Picnic lunch enroute and a full days game drive in the vast open plains punctuated by rocky outcrops. Dinner and overnight in the Serengeti. We spend the next two days exploring the vast Serengeti.|
|8||n/a||Full days Game Drive||We leave the Serengeti and drive to the Ndutu area for a game drive. Thereafter Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will then have dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Simba camp|
|9||n/a||Full days Game Drive||Morning sunrise adventure in the famous Ngorongor Crater (home of the big five), late afternoon transfer back to camp, dinner and overnight.|
|10||n/a||3 hrs||After a leisurely start and a good lie in we will make our way back to either Arusha, Moshi or drop you off at the airport for onward travels.|
Serengeti safari cost £1,215.00
- Price based on 5 people on the safari
- 4 people = £1215 per person
- 3 people = £1325 per person
- 2 people = £1550 per person
- All Accommodation during safari (camping)
- Twin / Dbl room, B&B in Hotel on day 1.
- Airport transfers
- All Park, Transit and Crater fees.
- All camping fees.
- 3 meals a day
- Bottled water during game drives
- Professional driver and guide
- Safari vehicle
- Cook & kitchen equipment
- International Travel
- Visa and travel insurance
- Additional or upgraded accommodation
- Additional activities / trips outside of the itinerary.
- Additional hard / soft drinks
- Staff tips
Serengeti safari clothing
For your safari you need normal, general travel clothes but you should consider the elements and ensure you have clothing which will suitably protect you from the sun (suncream, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, loose fitting and a neutral colour), rain (light jacket) and dust (bandana or scarf). If you are visiting some of the local villages then ladies should ensure that shoulders are covered and shorts are not too short, perhaps bring a sarong. Ngorongoro Crater can be cooler than the surrounding areas so a light jumper or thin fleece may be needed. A small set of travel binoculars are also handy. For the walking safari long trousers are best and a suitable pair of shoes - not sandles.
- We offer small scale, authentic safaris, which can also be tailormade.
- All our guides and safari staff are professionally trained and have years of proven experience.
- We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
- All the staff in our UK office have spent time in Tanzania so you can chat to people who understand what itâ€™s like to go for the first time, before you go.
- We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Tanzania and Kenya in a real way. Adventure Alternative underwrites the charity Moving Mountains.
- Financial security guaranteed as we are AITO bonded.
- We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
- Our staff only work for Adventure Alternative
Adventure Alternative Tanzania is a fully registered and licensed tour company based in Moshi. Castro Capelo is our operations manager in Moshi and Director of Adventure Alternative Tanzania. He organises all the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. You will have his telephone number, or the staff at the hotel desk can call him for you.
Our vehicles are 4x4 Land Rovers - four-passenger and eight passenger stretches. These are designed for safety, comfort, and are rugged enough to traverse any terrain. Large windows and photo hatches in the roof maximize game viewing. Bottled drinking water is provided throughout your safari.
Our experienced driver/guides are Tanzanians, who speak English and are knowledgeable about birds, wildlife, geography, and the peoples you will visit. They are friendly and courteous, with your needs a first priority.
Accommodations include hotels, lodges, tented lodges with permanent tents on a cement base, covered by a thatched roof, and offer modern amenities, and also private camping under canvas. There is a variety of delicious food served from Tanzanian cuisine to more Western cuisine – a wide assortment to please every palate.
Serengeti safari - parks and animals
Arusha National Park
The entrance leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey are easily spotted. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.
Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes home to thousands of flamingos, the lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and shaggy waterbucks. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, while pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs. Leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen in the early morning and late afternoon.
It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 miles) distant. But it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru - the fifth highest in Africa at 4,566 metres (14,990 feet) – that dominates the park’s horizon.
World renowned as a place of absolute wonder, Ngorongoro Crater is a deep volcanic crater, dramatically beautiful and permanent home to nearly 25 000 animals with ideal game viewing opportunities all year round, Covering 300 square kilometres in the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro supports a large resident population of wildlife including huge grazing herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, eland and gazelle. Near the swamps and forest there are hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, and bushbuck, baboons and vervet monkeys. Predatory animals include leopard, cheetah and large prides of lion. The rare black rhino can be seen, as can a wide range of birdlife.
Inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, you can explore the grassy crater floor, the forests, the lakes and the marshes. Lake Magadi is alakaline, caused by deposits of volcanic and are favourite hunting grounds for golden jackal, lion and hyena. Lerai Forest is named after the tall yellow barked acacia trees, where you will find many elephant, while the Gorigor Swamp is home to hippo and many water birds. But it is on the grassland where the sheer proliferation of animals is overwhelming, a safari spectacle that is truly worthy of the description of the 8th wonder of the world.
Lake Manyara National Park
A wilderness of diverse habitats and rich in game, Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller wilderness enclaves. It is this diversity of terrain, as well as plant and animal species that make Lake Manyara a truly remarkable and special place. Richly populated with game within a wealth of bio diverse habitats and renowned for its tree climbing lions, Lake Manyara offers a truly remarkable and intimate wildlife experience.
Vast herds of elephant and buffalo, thousands of flamingos, cheetah, Masai giraffe, impala olive baboons, Sykes monkeys, hippo, Egyptian mongoose and many more incredible sightings are set to be discovered on an early morning and late afternoon / early evening game drive through the Lake Manyara National Park.
Tarangire National Park
Close to Mto wa Mbu and possessing a unique combination of landscape and vegetation, dominated by the large number of baobab trees and an almost unparalleled number of bird species, as well as a diverse number of wildlife including the highest number of elephant in all the parks of northern Tanzania. A photographers paradise, you can find all the major grazing animals such as kudu, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and impala. Leopard, lion and cheetah are therefore also not far away, and during the dry season Tarangire offers a superb game viewing experience against an azure blue sky and the backdrop of dun hills and green forest.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is Tanzania's most famous National Park and goes all the way to the Kenyan border. The park is teeming with stunning wildlife. It is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam in the Serengeti in vast open plains punctuated by rocky outcrops. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with Kopjes - rocky outcrops like islands in the flat plain, each with their own Wildlife communities.
Each year around the same time the great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. A natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. February marks the start of this great migration, preceding the long rainy season when wildebeest spend their time grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period. Around October, nearly two million herbivores travel from the northern hills toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River, in pursuit of the rains. In April, they then return to the north through the west, once again crossing the Mara River