4 Days Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Private Safari in Tanzania

  • Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Exclusive Tanzania Safari

This tour will take you through Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. There, you will be able to see the Big 5. A half day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and exploration of the wildlife as well as the landscape in Serengeti will be included. Tanzania is home to wildlife and game drive all around the world. Arrange your safari with Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris and they will give you an unforgettable memory.

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Observe daily activities of wildlife
  • See rarely seen animals like rhinos and leopards
  • Wildlife exploration in Serengeti, Lake Manyara, & Ngorongoro
  • Expert guides to help you track animals
  • Daily delicious meals & bottled water
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 activity days
  • French, English
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Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will provide you with 3 nights of accommodation at several campsites.

  • Night 1: You will spend the night at Panorama Campsite / Jambo Campsite
  • Night 2: You will spend the night at Seronera Campsite
  • Night 3: You will spend the night at Simba Campsite

Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

Today, you will depart from Arusha for Lake Manyara National Park. After breakfast, your driver will drive you to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive in this beautiful park. You will see buffalos, giraffes, zebras, and many more species, all will be set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Rift Wall. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Jambo Campsite. Additionally, accommodation on arrival day can be arranged for extra costs.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast, your driver guide will drive you from Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park. You will set out for the endless open plains and stunning skies of the Serengeti National Park. Moreover, you will have a scenic 4-hour drive and full day game drives together with late evening game drive. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Seronera Campsite.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You will depart from Serengeti National Park for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After a relaxing morning and early lunch, you will proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Your professional and experienced driver will drive you all through Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater and explain en route wildlife as well as natural beauty of Tanzania. Furthermore, you will spend the night at the crater rim. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ngorongoro Simba Campsite.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater tour - Arusha

Today, you will have a Ngorongoro Crater tour and then back to Arusha. After early breakfast, you will proceed directly to the crater floor for a full day crater tour with picnic lunch. Later, you will proceed back to Arusha. Furthermore, you will be dropped off at the airport at the end of your tour.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera which hosts an advanced ecosystem perfect for the inhabitation and preservation of a wide variety of animals, from the king of the jungle, the lion, to the horned beast, the rhino. The crater, which has a land area size of around 8,288 square kilometers, was originally established as a national park in 1959.

In 1979, the park received a title as a World Heritage Site, ensuring that the uniqueness of Ngorongoro remains protected and preserved. The Ngorongoro Crater is an amazing place to visit and enjoy a vast landscape from heights that stretch widely. The bottom of the crater floor is actually the remaining of a collapsed volcanic caldera.

The walls surrounding the crater floor are around 2,000 feet height and serve as the perfect way to preserve the wildlife inside. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see at the Ngorongoro Crater include the Big 5, consisting of rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. You can also see hyenas as they hang around the large watering hole, planning an attack on an unsuspecting flamingo.

The crater also serves a great location for bird spotters with many different types inhabiting the park, namely the kori bustard and the black kite which exist in larger populations than at other parks within the north of Tanzania. Not only the wildlife and scenery attract many tourists to the crater each year, as equally interesting are the fossils that have been found in Olduvai Gorge which remains one of the most vital prehistoric landmarks, with archaeologists estimating some fossilized remains of hominid species to be over three million years old.

If you are planning a Tanzania safari of the northern circuit, then this park is a must-add to your itinerary. The Ngorongoro Crater is preferable to the most famous park in the world, the Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, is a World Heritage Site which has been recently proclaimed as the 7th worldwide wonder. It is famed for its annual migration, when about 6 million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet, even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti National Park offers the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa with its great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands of elands, topis, kongonis, impalas, and Grant’s gazelles.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is known for its flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season, they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this, Lake Manyara National Park is a good spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards to 100 different species of bird on any day.

Leopards, Maasai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-diks, gazelles, hippopotami, Maasai giraffes, impalas, zebras, and many more wild animals inhabit this park, many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. The leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey.

During your safari, 3 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served for you.

  • A visit to Maasai Village
  • Balloon safari in Serengeti National Park
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
  • A day room at the end of the tour
  • A professional driver / guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • Bath towels
  • Camping equipment and sleeping bag
  • Daily drinking water
  • Game drives and all activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in itinerary section)
  • Park fees
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (airport pick up and drop off)
  • International flights (from / to your home country)
  • Tips (tipping guideline of 10 USD per person per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc)

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will pick you up at the airport. This service is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Beijing, China
    10 out of 10

    "Our mission was simple: arrive in Arusha and scour the streets in search of a good budget safari operator. We talked to many operators but none could offer us other people to share the costs with except Meru Slopes. We discovered them through a tour on the street and were apprehensive to go into their office but I'm sure glad we did. It's located within the Arusha Tourist Inn on the main road. Emmanuel was our point of contact and he was very professional, honest, and caring. They were organizing trips leaving the next couple of days that had vacancies. He was thorough in explaining to us the schedule and what exactly was included (no hidden fees or additional costs). The price was good and we felt comfortable enough to sign up for a five-day safari. Afterwards, he even showed us a really yummy local place to eat. My partner's birthday happened to fall during the safari and so I asked Emmanuel to pass on a little cash and message to the cook to see if he could help me organize a cake and candles for that day. He didn't let me down and the birthday celebrations went smoothly."

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    "The actual safari was amazing. The driver, Ziggy, was great; very popular with all the locals, smiley, easy-going, professional, funny, and a good driver and laser-eyed guide. The cook created good plentiful dishes for all of us. The vehicle was similar to all the other off-road vehicles and sat up to seven guests. Our group of six decided to rotate seat rows which I found very fair and the way to do it."

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    "My favorite was Ngorongoro for the shear concentration of animals and being able to spot the infamous black rhino. Serengeti was great as well. We got to see the great migration as well as many lions, cheetahs, and leopards. We were so lucky and got to see everything that we wanted. The only thing I would've changed would've been to do Lake Manyara first (if at all, as opposed to last) and then Tarangire, Serengeti, and finally Ngorongoro. Because if you do Manyara last like we did, it's just not exciting unless you're a bird-person."

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    "The sleeping situation was totally fine, if not exciting at times. Sunbright had permanent tents for lodging and it was comfortable with the Wi-Fi (which didn't work most times), electricity, beds, mosquito nets, and en-suite bathrooms. Camping in the Serengeti was fun with all the animal noises outside your tents. Ngorongoro's campsite on the crater rim was a bit chilly but not as cold as I had imagined. It was more beautiful than anticipated so that was a good surprise."

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    "Overall, Meru Slopes was great. I have no complaints and only praises for them. I totally recommend booking your safari with them. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask me."

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  • Review by Hyewon
    10 out of 10

    "Geoffrey was very professional and responsive among all the tour operators I contacted before the trip so I decided to safari with them. Everything went seamless from the pick-up to the trip. My airline lost my bag on the way to Tanzania so I had to be on a safari without my bag. It could have been a very unpleasant experience but Geoffrey contacted the airline on a daily basis on my behalf while I was on safari, and my bag was waiting for me at the end of the trip. I appreciate Geoffrey and the Meru Slopes staff for this. "

    ""

    "He also arranged a taxi to Moshi which was my next destination. The safari trip was amazing. Although one thing I noticed was that the drivers are working for multiple companies and you may end up sharing a jeep with other folks booked with other companies. Things happen with drivers that can be out of the tour operator's control but Geoffrey was responsive and put effort to make my trip pleasant. I would strongly recommend Meru Slopes to others."

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  • Review by a traveler from Brooklyn, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I recommend Meru Slopes Tours for a really great safari, and for a great price! Our trip was a five-day safari in Tanzania, where we camped for two nights and actually stayed in permanent tents with attached bathrooms and showers for two nights, which was an upgrade from what we were quoted. The food was really great, and it was fantastic to get a warm meal at the end of the day. Our guide, Estome, was very knowledgeable, and spent as much time as we wanted viewing the animals. We also saw the Big Five, not guaranteed of course, but a great bonus for us. We had an amazing time camping at the top of Ngorongoro, and it's pretty surreal to be sleeping next to god-knows-what animal walking around your tent. It's truly incredible (and safe, don't worry)."

    ""

    "The company was great and with the transfers and the hotel stay (Arusha Tourist Inn, a very decent hotel for sleeping), it was a smooth experience and a great deal. They also helped us organize a duo taxi trip and hike to see the waterfall, which was above and beyond. We basically used the Arusha Tourist Inn just to sleep at, but it was a decent and clean hotel, better than I thought it would be. Geoffrey was always prompt in email correspondence, which put me at ease, and answered all my questions. Be sure to ask him anything you are uncertain of. The company is very eager to please, and wants to make sure you have a good time. That was definitely felt from our experience with them."

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    "Breakfast and dinner were generally quite filling, lunch was a packed lunch, more of a basics situation but decent, and there was a variety of samosas and breads. Dinner was really great and we were impressed with Tanzania's system for safaris. There were many people getting similar safaris through other companies that were spending much more money."

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    "Things to know but not related to this tour company: The road to Serengeti is bumpy and very dusty. It can be helpful to have a hat and coverings so you won't be so coated in dust. Ngorongoro could get quite chilly so keep that in mind when packing. Pack toilet paper and comfy clothes for post-safari. "

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    "I really can't imagine getting a better deal and I highly recommend this company for a budget safari. I was a little concerned when booking a budget safari but, to be honest, I wouldn't change a thing. Don't hesitate, it's such a great experience and a great deal!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Lisbon, Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I was in Tanzania to do a five-day safari with Meru Slopes. I must say it was perfect. They picked us up at the Nairobi airport, we stayed at their hotel (quite nice) the day before and on the last day which was included in the price. The guide was a very passionate guy with great knowledge of the animals and the area, the cook was also great (cooked very tasty food). We saw the Big Five! We had no problems with the accommodation. Actually, on the first night, the "tent" was a bungalow and there was a swimming pool at the park. It was a dream trip and Meru Slopes made it real!"

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  • Review by Shimeah Mckinstry
    10 out of 10

    "I was a woman traveling alone and would highly recommend Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris. Emanual organised all my tours, picking me up and delivering me back to my hotel, as well as helping me with any other needs I had. I felt safe at all times and enjoyed everything he organized for me. The safari was wonderful and I particularly enjoyed two village stays he organized. First was in a Maasai village which was so different from any experience I've ever had. Two Maasai men picked me up from my hotel and took me by bus, walking, motorbike, and further walking to the village. They explained all aspects of the village life and the village family, though not speaking much English, welcomed me and treated me with much love and respect. The second village was very different from the Maasai village but also a wonderful experience where I made close connections with a number of people. I experienced a village funeral of a young girl, went to a church service, and took things to enjoy and share with the children. Once again, everyone welcomed me and treated me like I was special. All in all, I had a wonderful time and would recommend a village experience for everyone as well as a safari."

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