Tanzania Big Five Safari

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
The Tanzania Big Five Safari rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Solo Traveler can also book this trip
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)


The 5 Day Tanzania Big Five Safari takes you on an African safari adventure to witness the majestic elephants and ancient baobab trees of Tarangire, the big 5 in the natural wonder of Ngorongoro Crater; the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara and visit a Maasai village where you will meet the elders and the warriors, women and children, and learn about this nomadic tribe’s culture and beliefs. This safari is an excellent introduction to Tanzania’s national parks


  • You’ll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha
  • You’ll visit Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Manyara
  • Activities: Savanna Family Wildlife Game Drives
  • Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Kenya Visas
  • Laundry
  • Tips to guides and waitress
  • Any not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Places To Visit

Kampala, Uganda, Rwanda, Kigali, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Departure Dates

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

When to Go

This safari circuit is best visited during the east African dry season, which spans roughly from June – October and January – February annually. In recent years, the dry seasons have been increasing in length due to the effects of climate change, so there is some flexibility with these months if necessary. During this period, guests will experience the best game viewing in the spare and dry bush. Furthermore, the climb through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will be the most pleasant – and dry – during this time. While this is the high season for tourism, the parks visited are generally quiet year round and crowds will not be a major concern.

If however you have chosen this package in order to experience lush landscapes and rich birdlife – and do not mind sporadic daily rain showers – you may be happier during the rainy season.

Detailed Itinerary


You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
Accommodation before the Kenya Safari Holiday starts can be arranged for extra cost

Day 1: Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport you will be met by your Tanzania Big Five Safari driver and transferred to your lodge where the remainder of the day is at leisure – rest in your room, relax in the manicured gardens, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or explore Arusha and the surrounding areas on one of our day tours, the choice is yours.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park – Karatu

Today you will drive to Tarangire National Park for a full day Tanzania Big Five Safari game drive. One of Africa’s little-known gems, it should be on the itinerary of all lovers of wilderness and solitude. The landscape is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else on the northern safari circuit; it is dotted with ancient baobab trees and large termite mounds.

The Tarangire River is the only source of water during the dry season when the harsh sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red. While during the wet season you will experience dense bush and luscious high grasses. Famous for its large elephant population, it is also home to zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, baboons and impala. Predators include lion, cheetah and leopard.

The swamps are shared by flocks of birds; green wood hoopoes, lovebirds, tallish herons, white bellied go-away birds and giant kingfishers. On drier ground you will find the kori bustard and the heaviest of the flying birds, the ostrich.

Continue to Karatu for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

Today you will be rewarded with a full day Tanzania Big Five Safari game drive in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is one of the only places on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist is harmony. You will visit a Maasai village in the Ngorongoro Highlands. The Crater is famous for Africa’s best game viewing as there is an ever present abundance of wildlife due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

You will descend 610 metres into the Crater where your African safari truly begins. Spot the endangered black rhino, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, eland, Grant’s & Thomson’s gazelle and giant tusked elephants plus lions and leopards, cheetahs as well as scavengers such as spotted hyenas, jackals and wild dogs. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Late in the afrrenoon you return to the lodge in Karatu for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Karatu – Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha

A Tanzania Big Five Safari day to visit Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Stretching along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment it is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking with its open plains, huge escarpment, soda lake, dense woodlands and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Animals such as buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, mongoose, dik dik and zebra herds congregate on the grassy plains while the acacia woodland is home to the legendary tree-climbing lions and tusked elephants.

Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life with more than 400 species being recorded. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration as well as other large water birds such as pelicans and storks. In the late afternoon you will return to Arusha for your final evening.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Arusha – Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your home or onward flight.

End of the Tanzania Big Five Safari

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