Northern Tanzania HighlightsTarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti - African Encounters

Northern Tanzania Highlights
Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti

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    • 8 days / 7 nights
    • Min. Guests : 2
    • Arusha - Arusha
    • Daily departures

    Your Tanzania Highlights safari explores Tanzania’s most popular parks including Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti National Park – it’s classic Africa at its best.

    Tarangire National Park

    From ancient, towering baobabs and huge herds of elephants often hundreds strong to more than 500 bird species and plains game aplenty, there’s so many reasons to fall in love with this incredible place.

    In the dry season between June and October the Tarangire River (the only permanent water source in the park) attracts herds of up to 300 elephant, buffalo, giraffe and many antelope species, including the long-necked gerenuk – you won’t see them in the Serengeti. Visit Tarangire at this time of year and you’ll see concentrations of animals rivalled only by those in the Ngorongoro Crater – without the crowds.

    Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and adjoins the Serengeti National Park. The Ngorongoro Highlands presents a different side of Tanzania among the coffee farms before a dramatic descent to the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the wonders of the natural world – an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself around 25 million years ago, forming a vast caldera that hosts around 20,000 animals. Large numbers of wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle, and zebra graze on the open grasslands in the crater, and they attract the predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard, and hyena.

    Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippo wallow in the pools. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck, waterbuck, and the few black rhinos that have taken refuge here. A soda lake attracts water birds, including flamingos.

    Serengeti National Park

    The Serengeti National Park is the largest and best-known of all the Tanzania National Parks covering an area of 14,500 sq km. Its northern boundary is the border with Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which is included in the Serengeti eco-system. With no fences, the animals wander freely between both countries. Located to the north and west of Ngorongoro, the vast Serengeti plains sustain the greatest and most spectacular concentration of wildlife found anywhere in the world.

    The Serengeti is also known for its large prides of lions and the magnificent black-maned lions are often seen surveying their territories from the top of the rocky outcrops. Leopards are relatively numerous and are to be found during the daytime resting in trees along the Seronera river.

    Every year the Great Migration of over 1.5 million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson’s gazelle, follow a 1000 kilometre journey from the Serengeti to the fresh grazing of the Masai Mara. By October they will be returning from Kenya to their calving grounds in the southern Serengeti.

    Optional extensions: Combine your Tanzania Highlights with a Kenya safari for the ultimate East African safari.

    Or add on a few relaxing days on exotic Zanzibar Island – the perfect end to you safari.


    Your eight-day Northern Tanzania adventure guarantees an authentic wilderness experience – up close and personal!

    • Exceptional game viewing in some of Africa's most iconic parks.
    • Glamping in Africa – our stunning safari camps offer superb comfort under canvas!
    • Enjoy incredible photo opportunities in 4×4 safari vehicles – no packed minibuses for our guests!
    • Spectacular sunsets and picnics

    Price Includes

    • Arrival & departure transfers
    • Road transfer Arusha – Tarangire
    • Flights Manyara – Serengeti and Serengeti – Kilimanjaro
    • 7 nights in superb tented accommodation with en-suite bathroom
    • Game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles with a professional guide
    • All meals
    • Drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) at Tarangire and Serengeti camps
    • National Park and Conservancy fees

    Price Excludes

    • International flights
    • Visa (if applicable)
    • Drinks at Ngorongoro lodge
    • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
    • Any personal expenses
    • Tips & gratuities


    Day 1: Independent arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport

    Your guide will meet you and drive you to Tarangire (approx. 3 hours). Evening game drive in the private wildlife concession around the camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

    Day 2: Tarangire National Park

    After breakfast, depart with packed lunches for a full day tour of Tarangire National Park. In the evening, return to camp for dinner and overnight.

    Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

    Breakfast at camp and then depart for Ngorongoro. Descend into the Crater for game viewing and a picnic lunch. Later in the afternoon, drive out of the crater and on to nearby Karatu for the night. Dinner and overnight at Tloma Lodge.

    Day 4: Ngorongoro – Manyara – Central Serengeti

    Breakfast at the lodge. Depart by 7.30 am for Manyara, getting there at about 8.15 am. Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park for about 3 hours. Later exit the Park and drive to Manyara airstrip where you will board the scheduled flight to Seronera, departing at 11.30 pm to arrive at 12.15 pm. Met at the airstrip by a Nimali safari vehicle and driver-guide. Start game viewing in the Serengeti National Park en route to the Nimali Central Serengeti arriving for afternoon tea. Have a further evening game drive from camp followed by dinner and overnight.

    Day 5: Central Serengeti

    After breakfast leave for an early morning game drive. Mornings are a great time for watching lions in action and getting a glimpse of the endangered black rhino. Come back to camp for a hot lunch and relax during the afternoon. Head out for an evening game drive before returning to camp for cocktails and canapés as you watch the sun set. A perfect end to a perfect day, enjoying the dramatic shades of the African sunset!

    Day 6: Northern Serengeti

    Breakfast at camp. Check out and transfer to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Kogatende (flight departs at 09:00 am to arrive at 10:05 am) where your safari vehicle and driver-guide will meet you. Start game viewing in the North Serengeti en route to the camp for check in and lunch. Later, enjoy evening game drive from camp followed by dinner and overnight.

    Day 7: Northern Serengeti

    A Serengeti game viewing day. After breakfast this morning, enjoy a game drive. The great diversity of Serengeti wildlife is also evident here—look for buffalo, hippopotamus, elephant, giraffe, antelope, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, lions, and in season the spectacular migration of the wildebeest. In late afternoon we venture out in another game drive.  Everywhere there are animals, monkeys and, yes, birds…but look closely and you will thrill to the big cats—lion, leopard and cheetah—just watching the world go by. Rhino, gazelle, antelope and massive elephants by the hundreds. Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers and in streams. Enjoy it all!

    Day 8: Serengeti - Kilimanjaro

    Breakfast at camp. Check out and transfer to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro for onward connections (flight departs at 10:45 am to arrive at 1:00 pm, approximately, via Arusha).

    Optional extensions: Kenya Big Cat Safari or Zanzibar

    Add on the Kenya Big Cat Safari before or after your Northern Tanzania adventure for an exceptional East African safari.

    Or spend a few relaxing days on exotic Zanzibar Island.


    Comments from our guests

    I have to say it exceeded expectations with wonderful travelling companions, superb accommodation and a highly experienced guide who excelled in finding wildlife. The whole trip was amazing with a special mention to the Ngorongoro Crater – a modern day Noah’s Ark of animals. Thank you Karen and African Encounters.

    Silva Bassett

    Your experience and knowledge of how things work was invaluable. I enjoyed your laidback style, it blended with that of the African people. This was enhanced by your choice of encounters – up close and private experiences mixed with more popular National Parks. 

    John & Sally Illingsworth


    Are airfares included?

    International airfares are not included. We’re happy to recommend a travel agent to book your flights.

    What airlines fly to Tanzania?

    There are no direct flights from New Zealand and Australia to Kilimanjaro International Airport, but Emirates, Ethiopian and Qatar all have options with stopovers.   

    Do I need a visa?

    Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to visit Tanzania. You can apply online for an e-visa prior to your travel or purchase on arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Tanzania.

    What vaccinations are required?

    There are no mandatory vaccinations, however malaria prophylaxis (tablets) is strongly recommended. If you’re arriving from Kenya you’ll need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Tanzania. 

    Can you organise accommodation before or after the safari?

    We are happy to arrange accommodation before or after your safari.

    Tell me a little bit about my fellow travellers...

    Most of our guests are from New Zealand and Australia. They are typically mature, well travelled people who are looking to venture off the main tourist route to explore some of Africa’s less well-known destinations – but they also appreciate quality accommodation back at base after an exciting day of game drives and guided walks! Our guests are flexible and easy going, and they are keen to give back by supporting local conservation and community projects during their safari. A sense of humour is always welcome!

    Still have a question?

    Have a look at our FAQ page, you may find the answer there.

    OR email me – I love to chat about Africa! 

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    John & Sally Illingsworth

    Couple Traveller

    Your experience and knowledge of how things work was invaluable. I enjoyed your laidback style, it blended with that of the African people. The trip has brought a new dimension of wildlife. This was enhanced by your choice of encounters – up close and private experiences mixed with more popular National Parks. We have both learned heaps about a small part of Africa, so glad we came.