8 Days Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari in Tanzania

  • Ilboru safari Lodge, Arusha - Tarangire River lodge, Tarangire National Park - Twiga Campsite and Lodges, Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti Savannah Camps, Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

Wildlife Tanzania Safaris

Dahlia Tours & Safaris invites you to experience a holiday that defies the imagination of African adventures in Tanzania! Its sweeping plains alive with giant creatures in are the closest thing on earth to a true garden of Eden. This safari is focused on exploring the great outdoors and getting close to the indigenous wildlife of Tanzania. The first safari goers will be invariably awed by the scale and color before being bewitched by the diversity.

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Visit to Ngorongoro crater
  • English-speaking professional safari guide
  • Tour of the Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Park
  • Private four- wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily local meals
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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Ilboru Safari Lodge (1 night )

Nestled on the lower slopes of majestic Mount Meru, the legendary Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming mountain climbers and safari travelers for decades. Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mt Kilimanjaro, this beautiful Swahili sanctuary is set on a five-acre plot, tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town.

Their focus is on providing simple comforts and fine hospitality crisp white linen, extra pillows, fluffy towels, a desk to write in your journal, and everything to make this sanctuary your home.

They offer 38 rooms and four of them are in the main building close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the rooms are double cottages situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.

Tarangire River Lodge (1 night)

Tarangire River offers a warm welcome and a wonderful atmosphere. Set within a 25,000-hectare concession area, Tarangire River lodge is located near the main entrance of the Tarangire National Park overlooking a branch of the Tarangire River itself. Nestled between the Maasai Steppe and The Great Rift Valley, it features the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti.

The 21 elegantly furnished safari tents are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas. Each safari tent has been built on an elevated wooden platform allowing for the movement of wildlife through the lodge and hence, decreasing the interference of the lodge presence on the ecosystem.

Thatched roofs keep the tents cool even at midday. Picturesque views of Tarangire River can be enjoyed from the elevated restaurant, lounge, fireplace, and swimming pool decks.

Twiga Campsite and Lodges (2 nights)

Twiga Lodges at the Lake Manyara National Park offers camping and lodge services as well as providing you with all amenities to make you feel at home. Their accommodation facilities include extensive camping ground for more than 200 campers as well as budget-tent facilities with outdoor bathrooms for those without tents. The spacious rooms are complete with air conditioned, a television, a mini refrigerator, a writing desk, a cupboard, and a bathroom.

Serengeti Savannah Camps (2 nights)

Serengeti Savannah Camps in the Serengeti National Park are about a safe and fun “bush” experience and the simple comforts of a private safari camp. Serengeti Savannah Camps are like lion prides, they blend into the bush, their form follows function, and they are found close to the migrating wildebeest and zebras.

All tents are custom made walk-in tents using heavy duty canvas to ensure a spacious room complete with en-suite bathrooms. The tents are tastefully appointed with twin or double beds, crisp linen, warm blankets or duvets, and bedside tables.

Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (1 night)

Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge is located on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater rim offering the perfect base to explore the Crater. The lodge was originally a home of Ngorongoro first conservator and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style, and natural setting.

The lodge boasts of 24 guest’s rooms with a private veranda overlooking a stretch of the high Montane forest. All the rooms have a shower, a toilet, and a hand basin. To keep away the cold, each room has a wood-burning stove and hot water bottles can be filled if you want one.

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

Upon arrival, you will be met by the ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to the delightful Ilboru Safari Lodge. You will relax in your thatched cottage, savor the enchanting views of Mount Meru, and unwind on a private veranda. Located just outside the vibrant town of Arusha, and set in its own tropical gardens, the lodge provides a gentle introduction to the natural beauty of Tanzania.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

You will be transferred to the Tarangire National Park, which is home to an incredible number of wildlife with high concentrations of elephants. The park covers a huge area of 2,850 square kilometers and is located on the south east of Lake Manyara. Tarangire offers great wildlife viewing opportunities such as baboons, vervet monkey, zebra, kudu, eland, impala, gazelle, buffalo, wildebeest, lions, leopard, cheetah, and a lot of bird species recorded.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch at a campsite with stunning views of the Tarangire River and during the late evening you will be driven to the Tarangire River lodge to enjoy a delicious dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3: Safari adventure in Lake Manyara

You will be picked up from the hotel in Tarangire and driven to visit the Lake Manyara National Park where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. The park lies in the shadow of the Great Rift Valley whose reddish brown escarpment wall looms 1,950 feet high on the eastern horizon. Waterfalls spill over the cliff and hot springs bubble to the surface in the south.

Much of the park often appears to be in a heat haze created by the Lake Manyara. The lake attracts considerable birds and its surrounding terrain contains such a rich mosaic of different habitats that it supports a large number of animals. During the late evening you will be driven to Twiga Campsite and Lodges to enjoy a delicious dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4: Bushmen tour in Lake Eyasi

You’ll spend a day with a local bushman guide and experience how life is lived in a remote and untamed corner of Africa.Indigenous tribes are slowly disappearing across Africa and very few remain in Tanzania. Hadzabe Bushmen live around Lake Eyasi continuing ancient practices that compel and enthrall. They take their bow and arrows into the forest, nimbly sidestepping through the trees, and tracking animals with remarkable skill.

Every upturned stone is a clue and these traditional hunter gatherers know exactly how to bring home a meal for the village. It’s a place where fires are still lit by rubbing sticks together. Alongside the cultural interaction, there’s a gentle serenity and freedom to the landscape. No Wi-Fi, no phones, and no noise from passing traffic. This will be a day that really will reveal ancient Africa. You will spend the night at Twiga Campsite and Lodges.

Days 5: Exploring Serengeti

After breakfast, you will start your way to the Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gauge. Oldupai Gorge, is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa and has become an essential visit for travelers to Ngorongoro or Serengeti.

You will head to Naabi gate where the driver will pay your park fees and you will enjoy a stop for a picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping). After lunch, you will experience a Serengeti game drive on route. You will spend the night at Serengeti Savannah Camps.

Days 6: Full day at Serengeti

During the next two days, you will enjoy a full-day game drive of Serengeti. Your driver guide will take yo far way to look for the Serengeti great migration. You can expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes, and many birds and other species. You will have lunch there and go back to the lodge at sunset. You will enjoy a dinner and an overnight stay at Seronera Sopa Lodge.

You will have the option of experience a balloon ride to fly over the Serengeti and have the opportunity to see all animals from their hidden place where a vehicle could not reach. The overnight will be at the Serengeti Savannah Camps.

Day 7: Ngorongoro crater

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Ngorongoro crater covers an area of 8,300 square kilometers and encompasses several different ecosystems including volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls, and mountain forests forming its own unique ecosystem. What makes Ngorongoro safaris special are its concentration of animals that inhabit the 260 square kilometer area of the Ngorongoro crater.

The vehicle will glide through diverse habitats as you explore different corners of the park. You will see grassland, forest, flamingo-tinged lakes, iconic savanna, and now some boggy swamps filled as always by the bobbing heads of hippos. After a full day on the crater floor, you will ascend to the highest point of the crater rim to the accommodation, the Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Farewell to Tanzania

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your home flight.

  • Bushmen tour in Lake Eyasi
  • Game drive at the Tarangire National Park
  • Optional Serengeti balloon ride
  • Safari Adventure in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tour of the Serengeti great migration
  • Trip to the Serengeti National Park
  • Visit to the Ngorongoro crater

This safari adventure will take place at different places in Tanzania. You will visit Arusha, the Tarangire National Park, the Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro crater area.

During this holiday, you will be served three daily locally sourced and delicious meals including lunch picnics during the game drives.

During your free time, you will have access to additional tours and safari activities at all the campsites and venues for an additional cost. You can also explore the locations on your own or simply relax under the African sun.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days game safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per itinerary
  • All entrance and park fees
  • All game viewing activities
  • Daily game drives
  • Emergency evacuation and first aid
  • Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • Professional English-speaking safari and tour guide
  • Transfers from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Visit to the Ngorongoro crater
  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Drinks and mineral water
  • International and local airfares
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Dahlia Tours & Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Levi

    "I had such a wonderful time with Dahlia Tours. The guys were very knowledgeable and it's a great deal! We did an all day tour and I thoroughly enjoyed our time. I would recommend Dahlia Tours to anyone looking for a top-notch experience! Good luck to you guys and all your future business. I would definitely go with Dahlia Tours again if I'm ever back in town."

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  • Review by Nataly P. from Bogota, Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "They arranged all the transportation and the trip to Ngorongoro Crater from Arusha. Roman was a very good guide and Tony and Brian were awesome!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    8 out of 10

    "I had a good solid tour of Ngorongoro crater for one day. The guide was very knowledgeable and brought us to see many animals. He rally had a sharp eye."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We had one day safari with Dahlia to Tarangire and it was unforgettable. The guide driver was very expert and showed us different animals with their interesting stories. He made an unforgettable day for us with great memories. "

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We had an excellent time on the Ngorongoro Crater tour with Emmanuel. He is a very knowledgeable guide and was great at spotting animals from a distance. We saw the black rhino, along with Buffaloes and lions. Emmanuel's knowledge was also superior to that of other guides. While waiting for the black rhino to stand up (it was laying in the middle of some tall grass), another tour guide with a different company began making weird animal sounds and banged on his car door to provoke it, but failed. "

    "Emmanuel informed us that the black rhino was not a friend of noise and windy conditions. We waited patiently for about five to ten minutes after the other guide left and voila, the black rhino stood up for us and we got a picture in all its glory. We really lucked out considering how short our tour was. We definitely recommend Dahlia tours!"

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  • Review by Jessyvics from Gold Coast, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "This Safari operator company is excellent! Can’t say a word about their guides and managers they are simply world class, young, well informed and honest, you can’t expect more than that from Local owned operator. Each National Park visited was superb and each one was so different. I loved Serengeti National Park and the scenery here was out of this world. Hiking in the Ngorongoro Highlands was wonderful. Ngorongoro Crater is not to be missed and seeing the sunset in Tarangire National park was magical. Brian, the tour manager, was professional throughout and he ensured that we all had a great trip. Last two years I took a tour to Tanzania with other company and the trip was not good, the transport was bad. On this trip I travelled with Dahlia tours in a relaxed safari vehicle, which was both spacious and comfortable. It is good to know that the company has invested in several community projects. The accommodation throughout the tour was excellent. I particularly liked staying in the national parks. I would highly recommend this trip. Each day was fantastic and I intend to return to the Tanzania to explore further national parks. I HAVE MY DISCOUNT ALREADY FROM DAHLIA TOURS!!"

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  • Review by Julio from Cape Town, South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "Our time Tanzania with Dahlia tours&safari was amazing; the tour was very ably and professional led by Brian. What i particularly liked was that at each location i was free to do as i pleased, take part in some of the more strenuous activities or wander at my own place. Inevitably i chose the latter. Our first hotel in Arusha was excellent the company book it for us, i was very relaxing. Brian's suggestion of picnic lunches in lovely places was particularly inspired as were our evening debriefing session from well informed guides and company manager's, with the couples of drinks before dinner."

    "Our visit to the charity project they are working with it now was a life changing experience. we love this company as their responsible to environment and communities, and they bring back what they got to them. All in all i will travel with Dahlia tours&safari again and again. GREAT! GREAT! LOCAL SAFARI COMPANY."

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  • Review by Elina from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Brian and Tony from Dahlia tours are young entrepreneurs with kind hearts and a professional touch to their business. During our trip they showed us hospitality way beyond the scope of their business: we became friends and even met their lovely families. I would definitely recommend taking a tour with Dahlia!"

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  • Review by Raspila from Moscow, Russia
    10 out of 10

    "Our three day safari was an amazing experience. We had a very good driver and guide who helped us to spot a lot of animals and told us very interesting facts about their nature and life. We have learned a lot. "

    "We also liked the atmosphere, being several days all the time with the same people can be tricky but our "safari professionals" were very nice people and we did enjoy the time we spent together. "

    "I would highly recommend this company for arranging safari."

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  • Review by Valentina

    "Our three-day safari was an amazing experience. We had a very good driver and guide who helped us to spot a lot of animals and told us very interesting facts about their nature and life. We have learned a lot. We also enjoyed the atmosphere, being several days all the time with the same people can be tricky but our safari professionals were very nice people and we did enjoy the time we spent together. I would highly recommend this company for arranging safari. "

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Arusha, Tanzania

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