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5 Day the Big Five Safari to Northern Tanzania:

The best time for this 5 Day the Big Five Safari to Northern Tanzania is between July and December. On this 5 day Northern Circuit Lodge Safari, you get to explore the four splendid North Tanzania Nature Reserve. We provide this Safari-style special for our clients to witness all the big five animals of Africa. Along with the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, you will also visit the Tarangire and the Lake Manyara National Park. All in all, it leads to a varied and certainly unforgettable holiday.

 Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

In the morning, we will collect you from your hotel and drive you to Tarangire National Park. Bush savanna, seasonal marshes, and formidable baobab trees make up the landscape of this nature reserve. Tarangire Park is probably one of the best places in East Africa to watch and to get up close to elephants. This is not only because of an estimated 4000 animals but also because the elephants are not bothered by the vehicles at a relatively near distance. As well as the elephants, the park is the habitat for Maasai giraffes, various gazelle, antelopes, buffalo, lions, leopards, baboons, and more than a hundred different types of birds. There is definitely plenty of wildlife to watch late in the afternoon, you will arrive at Twiga campsite for dinner and overnight. 

  • Main destination:​ Tarangire National Park
  • Accommodation:Twiga campsite
  • Meals & drinks:​ All meals included Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, the tour takes you to the lush crater uplands. Here the fertile soil allows crops such as wheat, corn, and coffee to be grown. A short while later, you will see the plains of the Serengeti. A lunch break will be taken at Oldupai Gorge. This area is very dry and it is well known for the work of the famous archaeological couple Leakey. In the sixties, the couple discovered the oldest prehistoric human remains and a small museum was built to document their work. This visit is optional. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word Siringeti meaning “endless plains”. This name is well deserved as the grassland savanna in the south stretches to the horizon and is only interrupted by the so-called Kopjes. The plains are the perfect hunting grounds for leopards and other big cats. Here you will have a chance to view these significant creatures in their natural habitat. You will also enjoy an evening meal and stay overnight at Seronera campsite.

  • Main destination:​ Serengeti National Park   Accommodation:Seronera Campsite.
  • Meals & drinks:​ All meals included Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

The whole day is dedicated to wildlife watching in the Serengeti. The areas that you will visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are to be found. Usually, the wildebeest and the zebras during the short rainy season in October and November are to be found moving from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season of April, May, and June, they return north. With fluctuations of annual rainfall, the exact location of the animals varies from year to year. Your guide, however, will know the location of the herds and where to get the best views. You will be spent another night at Seronera campsite. 

  • Main destination:​ Serengeti National Park
  • Accommodation: Seronera campsite.​
  • Meals & drinks:​ All meals included Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, you will start a new game drive in the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley, you will find wildebeest, zebras, and often lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. After lunch at a picnic site, you will drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater, the caldera opens up before you and a sight to behold. Overnight will be at Simba Campsite on the crater’s edge from where you can enjoy this fantastic view as the sun goes down. 

  • Main destination: Ngorongoro Crater​
  • Accommodation:Simba Campsite
  • Meals & drinks:​ All meals included Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater- Arusha Town:

Breakfast is at daybreak before you drive into the crater for a full day game drive. Inside the world’s biggest caldera, you cannot fail to be captivated by the rich and diverse wildlife. In the grass steppes and Acacia forest, you will find almost every type of animal from the East African Savanna with the exception of topi, Massai giraffe and impala. It is also possible in a few hours to see the big five – lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards. After extensive wildlife watching and a picnic in the crater late afternoon, you will travel back to Arusha town for your dinner and overnight, or be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport if you are scheduled to fly back home on this day.

The price for the above 5-day safari package is based on a camping safari.

 Please note that hotel accommodation before and after the safari is not included in this price, but it can be arranged by Lionking Safaris for extra costs.

Inclusions & Exclusions:


  • Transportation in a 4WD Land Cruiser safari vehicle​
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • Overnight stays in tents
  • All national park fees
  • All the mentioned activities
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, etc


  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel before and after safari


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