Start Your Safari at Either Lake Manyara or Tarangire Park

Then: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park

5 Day Tanzania Safaris With Pickup & Return to Any Arusha Location

Sunset at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya

This all-inclusive 5-day safari starts with a choice: You can visit either the beautiful jewel that is Lake Manyara Park or the low-tourist, elephant-rich park of Tarangire. Either is a treat and you can learn more about both below.

On route to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we’ll stop at another world-significant site, the Olduvai Gorge, perhaps the most significant anthropological site on Earth. Here were discovered thousands of artifacts of early humankind’s evolution – tools and fossilized bones dating back millions of years.

Our African safari moves us on to one of the most animal-dense spots on the planet, the Ngorongoro, featuring the world’s largest intact volcanic crater. We’ll stand at the crater’s rim and take in the great caldera below, dense with every sort of wildlife – lions to hippos to flamingoes. We’ll spend a day down in the depths of this rich habitat, cut off from the rest of Africa, exploring its vast universe of wildlife.

Finally, our 5-day adventure lands us on the plains of Tanzania’s largest park, the great Serengeti. This vast ecosystem is one of the richest and most varied on the continent – incredible herds of wildebeests, and an immense population of lions, the largest in Africa. Many other species of wildlife will also compete for your attention in this magnificent reserve.

For five days, we’ll fill your time and stimulate your expectations with the best parks and most exciting wildlife Tanzania has to offer.

What’s Cool About These Parks?

Not too many parks can show off thousands of pink flamingoes and tree-climbing lions. A visit to Lake Manyara Park will reward you with delightful surprises like these, plus stunning acacia woods alive with blue monkeys and baboons. All that wildlife and over 400 species of birds fill the skies above.

More interested in spotting elephants than tourists? Then add Tarangire Park to your safari itinerary. This much over-looked reserve supports thousands of big tusker elephants and is home to its own migration of over 250,000 herding wildlife!

The Ngorongoro Crater is a true wonder of the world. The planet’s largest intact volcanic caldera, this vibrant ecosystem is a universe unto itself with a density of over 25,000 animals. All of Africa’s “Big Five” are here in addition to gazelle, hartebeest, eland, warthogs, hippos and pink flamingoes. And the sunsets at the crater’s rim are not to be missed.

The great Serengeti National Park astounds with over 3,000 lions and other big cats. Perhaps even more spectacular is the uncountable array of wildebeests and zebra, filling its great plains. This is where the Great Migration is born – millions of animals amassing and then herding on in an endless formation in search of food and water – a most spectacular sight.

A view to the horizon over large groups of wildebeest, birds and flamingos at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
A safari tour guide showing tourists a hillside view over Lake Manyara

Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

Jeeps pass a giraffe on safari in Arusha National Park in Tanzania

Design Your safari

At Africa Kenya Safaris, we created this special safari so you can bring your wishes to this adventure. Choose to begin from either Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Parks – both are lightly touristed and offer a busy and colorful safari experience.

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

The Extras

Depending on your choice of accommodation you can enjoy extras like traditional dances and music around the boma, spa, boutique, massage, swimming pool, children’s menu, same-day laundry service, Wi-Fi, special dietary menus, honeymoon suites, family cottages, and more.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park Tanzania safari - Africa Kenya Safaris
A safari guide takes a selfie at the wheel of his jeep with an elephant just outside his window

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. They will guide, host, inform, and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

We give you more at AKS – customization, flexibility, and lots of choices. Your safari includes park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations, and meals. Plus, we always offer economy, comfort, superior comfort, or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your personalized safari adventure for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Day 1

Arusha – Lake Manyara (2 ½ Hour Drive )

OR: Start your safari at Tarangire Park (3 Hour Drive )

Day 2

Lake Manyara – Serengeti (4 Hour Drive)


OR Tarangire Park – Serengeti (7 Hour Drive)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The safari life means rising early so we can enjoy the peaceful morning, with the sights, sounds, and smells of the new day, fresh and ready to be explored.

We’ll take a game drive to see who we can spot, enjoy our breakfast, and then make tracks for Serengeti National Park.

This will be a fun and scenic journey, stopping for lunch and taking in the surrounding scenery.

Arriving at Serengeti, you may be in awe of the vastness of its plains and its overwhelming wildlife. You won’t have to look for the wildebeests – they are everywhere, as are the zebra, impala, gazelle, and buffalo.

Tomorrow is a big day of game drives on the immense savannahs here, so we’ll rest up at our Serengeti accommodations, enjoy dinner and make plans for the adventure.

Day 3

Full Day at Serengeti

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This will be a day of unlimited game drives. Just discuss with your driver/guide what areas of the park and which wildlife you are interested in.

The wildebeests are everywhere but you’ll also find plenty of big cats – the park supports over 3,000 lions, plus leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and more.

We’ll take a lunch break surrounded by the immense plains and all the wildlife it holds. You’ll quickly appreciate why the Serengeti is considered one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa”.

The variety of game is striking as well, be on the lookout for baboon, monkey, and the rare African wild dog. In the park’s marshes, we’ll even find hippos and crocodiles in the nearby rivers.

We’ll spend a second night at our Serengeti safari lodge or tented camp.

Day 4

Serengeti – Ngorongoro

3 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Let’s get an early start as we’ve got lots to see and do today.

Heading for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we’ll make a fascinating detour stop along the way.

At Olduvai Gorge, the ground opens up before us, revealing fissures and strata that have given up an incredible wealth of fossilized artifacts – remnants of tools and bones – a visual record of early man’s development.

Then we’re headed to the great volcanic crater at Ngorongoro, the largest intact caldera in the world. We’ll drive down the steep banks of the crater’s walls in our 4 x 4, arriving in an almost mystical land dense with wildlife, woods, plains, and marshes.

We’ll spend our day here discovering lions, leopards, black rhinos, monkeys, antelope, zebra, elephants, and even pink flamingoes.

Then it’s lunchtime. Check out the marshes for hippos and still more birdlife. The Ngorongoro is never at a loss for providing colorful sightings.

But we’re not done yet. Toward evening, we’ll head back up the crater’s walls to the rim where we’ll catch one of Africa’s most breathtaking sunsets.

Tonight, our final safari night will be spent at our Ngorongoro accommodation.

Day 5

Ngorongoro - Arusha

3 ½ Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Here’s some motivation for an early rise – a stunning sunrise back at the crater’s rim. If you wish, we’ll arrive there in time to bathe in the sun’s first explosive rays.

But then it’s time to point our 4 x 4 back to Arusha. We’ll make rest stops along the way, enjoying our lunch and taking in the farms and scenery.

How much wildlife have you seen in the last five days? Uncountable, right?  We love showing off the best of Tanzania to our guests and hope you return home with plenty of photos, memories, and stories to share. From everyone at Africa Kenya Safaris, thanks for your time and appreciation of our beautiful world of wildlife.

Exciting 4x4 Tanzania safaris from Arusha town

Tour Highlights

Wildebeest Migration - Serengeti National Park Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya - Africa Kenya Safaris

Trip Summary:

  • Tour code: TS03
  • Duration:  5 Days, 4 Nights
  • Operation: Daily departures
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Suitable for: Solo travelers, families, honeymooners e.t.c
  • Travel mode: Road on a standard 4×4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Economy, Comfort or Luxury safari lodges and tented camps (you choose).
  • Activities: Game drives
  • Trip Flow:  
  1. Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park (choose)
  2. Day 2: Lake Manyara / Tarangire – Serengeti National Park
  3. Day 3: Serengeti National Park
  4. Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater (with visit to Olduvai Gorge)
  5. Day 5: Ngorongoro – Arusha
  • Possible extensions:     
  1. Combined Kenya & Tanzania safaris.
  2. Zanzibar beach holiday extension.
  3. Climb Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Optional Extras (at an extra cost):  
  1. Masai Village visit
  2. Hot Air Balloon over the wildlife-rich Serengeti plains

Safari Accommodations

Lake Manyara National Park

A room with a double bed in the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Lake Manyara Serena safari Lodge, Kilimamoja Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Kirurumu Tented Camp
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
Kirurumu Tented Lodge
A single bed in a room in Octagon Lodge safari accommodation
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Highview Hotel, Highview Coffee Lodge , Octagon Lodge Karatu

Ngorongoro Crater

A large luxurious double room with African themed decor at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Ngorongoro serena lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro farmhouse Suite , Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge, Kitela camp
Breakfast with a view of the swimming pool at The Retreat at Ngorongoro
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
The Retreat at Ngorongoro,Hhando Coffee Lodge, Acacia Farm Lodge, Angata Ngorongoro Tented Camp,Ngorongoro farmhouse , Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge, Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
A single bed in a room in Octagon Lodge safari accommodation
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Ngorongoro Wild Camp, Ngorongoro Safari Lodge, Tloma Lodge, Marera Valle Lodge Karatu , Octagon Lodge Karatu, Country Lodge Karatu, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Forest Lodge, Pamoja Africa Lodge Karatu

Tarangire National Park

The swimming pool at Tarangire Sopa Lodge safari accommodation
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Tarangire Osupuko lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire Safari Lodge
A four poster double bed with bird towel decorations at the Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp safari accommodation
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge, Ang’ata tented Camp – Tarangire, Maramboi Tented Lodge, Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp
A table and chair at Sangaiwe Tented Lodge with tea, a journal, safari guide books and a safari hat
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Sangaiwe tented camp, Burunge Tented Lodge

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park Tanzania safari - Africa Kenya Safaris
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Serengeti serena lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge , Ole Serai Tented, Kubu Kubu Tented Camp/lodge , Mbalageti tented Lodge Chalet Rooms, Ndutu Under Canvas , Mara Under Canvas, Lahia Tented Lodge
A four poster bed with complimentary cocktails at Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp safari accommodation
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

Kirurumu Serengeti Central Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti North Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti South Camp, Ang’ata Tented Camp, Mbalageti Lodge, Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp, Acacia Central Camp, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Seronera Wildlife Lodge

A room with two single beds at the Serengeti Osopuko Camp safari accommodation
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Serengeti Ikoma Wild Camp, Serengeti Wild Camp , Serengeti Wildebeest Camp, Serengeti Safari Lodge, Serengeti Osopuko Camp, Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Camp


Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Prices are in USD per person for a double/twin en-suite room.

To view our tour prices for the 3 Safari Seasons, please click High, Peak or Low

Your Tour Includes

  • Transport in a 4 x 4 Landcruiser Jeep
  • Pick up and drop off at your Arusha location
  • Our experienced and friendly English-speaking/other language guide/driver
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game viewing drives
  • All meals on safari
  • Government taxes and local levies
Not Included In the Tour Price:

– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Lots of Ways To Stay

Safari Lodge or Tented Camp?
Economy, Comfort, or Luxury?

We offer lots of ways to settle into your safari evening. Some people like the familiar four walls of a traditional lodge. Others go for the outdoors feel of a tented camp. Either way, both lodge or tented camp come in economy, comfort, and lux editions. Choose the accommodation style that suits your needs. And then, which level of service works for you.

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