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8 Days Big Five Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

Thrilling Tanzania Safari

Embark on this not to be missed journey to the land of spectacularly beautiful Africa that you have only got to dream of. Come and discover yourself the big five game animals of rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. They are such a prize to find, that hunters would often hunt them to near extinction as they are considered unique trophies. Prepare yourself to be startled by their beauty and majesty in the wild!


  • Maximum group size: 6 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Big Five
  • Children policy: Minimum age allowed for participation is 18 and participating children need to be supervised is under age 21.
  • Languages: French, German, and Spanish


  • 6 game drives
  • Entrance fees to the parks
  • Track and discover the Big Five game animals
  • Visit several national parks in Tanzania
  • All transportation within the safari
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers


6 activity days in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Impala Hotel (2 nights)

Impala Hotel is located about two minutes drive from the city center, 45 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and 10 minutes drive from Arusha Airport, and is the gateway to all tourists attractions. It is set in a beautifully landscaped garden with a profusion of flowers and birds in Arusha.

The hotel offers 177 well-furnished rooms, which includes 10 junior suites, 20 executive suites, and 10 deluxe suites.The rooms are spacious, well ventilated, and are specially designed to make you comfortable. There is direct dial telephone facilities and interconnecting rooms. Impala Hotel is extremely popular with local businessmen and tourists touring Tanzania for its delicious lunch buffets and accommodation in both luxury and budget.

Maramboi Tented Camp (1 night)

Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives the visitor an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. The camp offers stunning views of the Manyara National Park, Rift Valley, Ngorongoro highlands, and on clear days, even Oldonyo Lengai, a sacred mountain to the Maasai.

In the wet season, the Manyara and Tarangire Pans fill with water which attracts huge flocks of flamingos and other wading birds. The area is also the only place in East Africa where one is often able to see the migration herds of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, followed by predators. Although the migrations do occur in other areas of Tanzania, the tree cover prohibits a view of the magnitude that you are able to see at Maramboi Tented Camp because of the exposed nature of the surrounding grassland.

They have 40 spacious tents built on ample wooden decks, among them there are 26 standard rooms, 10 suites, and two units with two rooms interconnected, ideal for families with children. They all have en-suite facilities and private veranda with 24 hours 220 volt electric lighting.

Kati Kati Tented Camp (3 nights)

Ndutu Kati Kati is a seasonal mobile tented camp located in South Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti plains. The camp is open between December and March, to coincide with the great migration when millions of wildebeest, zebra, and other ungulates congregate on the Serengeti plains. They provide in total 10 large double tents, each consisting of a large king size bed or twin beds. Each tent has shower, hand basin, and flush toilet, while the lighting is supplied by solar light energy.

Rhino Lodge (1 night)

Rhino Lodge provides a great value for money, they are located very close to the Ngorongoro Crater. There are 24 guest rooms, all with veranda overlooking a stretch of high mountain forest. Each room has its own shower, toilet, and hand basin. To keep away the cold, each room has a wood-burning stove and hot water bottles that can be filled if you want one.


A big five safari focuses on rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. There is a tremendous demand to see the big five as they are rare and difficult to locate. Because of their unusual behaviors and hunting habits, they are fascinating to watch as they survive in their natural habitats.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met and transferred to Impala Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire

At 07:00, after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your safari guide and driven to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park is almost 3,000 square kilometers in size and is probably best known for its huge numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The name of the park comes from the Tarangire River which crosses through the park.

Tarangire is especially spectacular during the dry season (June to November) as wildlife concentrations rival that of the Serengeti, since enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their only source of water. With its varied habitats and permanent water in the Tarangire River, the park is home to over 2,000 elephants and 500 bird species. Enjoy the wildlife! You will stay overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.

Day 3: Tarangire - Serengeti Ndutu

After breakfast, you will have a drive to Ndutu area (where the migration should be) in Ngorongoro but near the Serengeti National Park. The endless plains of Serengeti are also the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the one million and a half wildebeest endless migration in search for fresh pastures. Each year, this huge herd of wildebeest, along with over 200,000 zebra and gazelle, migrate in a clockwise direction around the Serengeti.

They migrate up to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then back down to the Serengeti to have their young, over 8,000 wildebeest are born a day between mid-February and mid-March. Each year, they trek over 2,500 kilometers and are constantly threatened and followed by some of Africa’s greatest predators. Depending on the time of your visit, your driver guide will be able to share with you where the herd’s current location is at. Enjoy game drives! You will stay overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp Ndutu.

Day 4 to 5: Ndutu - Central Serengeti

On your fourth and fifth day, you will have the option to enjoy hot air ballooning in the early morning, followed by bush champagne breakfast. You will be able to enjoy a full day in Serengeti. The Serengeti National Park is the world’s last great wildlife refuge as it contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature’s wonders. The area covers 14,763 square kilometers and the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai ‘Siringet’, meaning endless plains. You will stay overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Day 6: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, have a half-day game drive at Serengeti, before driving for approximately three hours to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its abundance of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in the Central Serengeti is a must see on every safari regardless of the specific month of travel.

Game viewing in Central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season (June to November) as resident animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident herbivores include impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, topi, hartebeest, and giraffe. Resident carnivores include lion and leopard. You will stay overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.

Day 7: Ngorongoro - Arusha

After breakfast, you will descend into the crater for a crater game drive. Often called the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world. About two million years ago, the Ngorongoro Volcano erupted and its walls collapsed. The volcano floor sank to create a natural enclosure with its 600-meter tall walls.

Now, at over 19 kilometers wide, Ngorongoro Crater is filled with great areas of acacia forest, hippo filled swamps, and open grasslands. These different habitats contain over 30,000 animals, including elephants, warthogs, flamingos, magnificent bird life, the rare black rhinoceros, and all the predatory cats. The Maasai can also be seen grazing their cattle alongside the buffalo and wildebeest. After lunch, you will start the two hour and a half journey back to Arusha for an overnight stay at Impala Hotel.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your scheduled flight back home. Please inform Tanzania Roadside Expeditions of your flight schedules.


This safari will take place in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania is home to some of the most unique, intriguing, and mysterious cultural natural phenomenon on earth.

Tanzania is located just one degree south of the equator. Its northern border is Kenya. Its northwestern border is Uganda along the shoreline of Lake Victoria. Its southwestern border is Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along Tanzania’s southern border is Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. To its east is the Indian Ocean. Go to Tanzania and you will find yourself in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa.


During this safari, you will be served three daily meals. Two small bottles of 500 milliliter water per person will also be provided everyday.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On your fourth and fifth day, you will be able to ride hot air balloon for 539 USD. You will also be able to arrange a visit to Maasai village and some cultural activities while you are staying at Ndutu Kati Kati Tented Safari Camp at an additional cost.

Spa treatments

During your stay in Impala Hotel, you also may use their sauna facility at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 6 game drives
  • A professional English speaking driver or guide
  • Entrance to the parks included in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a safari specific vehicle
  • Airport transfer from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • 2 small bottles of 500-milliliter water per person every day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Bank fee or charges in sending your money to Tanzania and getting USD cash out in Tanzania
  • Drinks outside the two bottles specified above
  • Personal travel or baggage insurance
  • Tips for the driver guide and any porters at the lodges
  • Unexpected increases in national park or lodge fees by the relevant authorities
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tanzania Roadside Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 129 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 99 days before arrival.
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