The 3-day Serengeti Safari and Ngorongoro Crater Tour offers an exceptional wildlife experience in Tanzania. Tanzania has dedicated 28% of its land to national reserves, including the renowned Serengeti National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro area. The Serengeti is celebrated for its vast plains, which teem with a diverse array of wildlife, earning it the name “endless plains” in Masai. This park is larger than the Masai Mara and provides excellent game viewing year-round, with the wildebeest migration being a major draw. The Northern Safari Circuit encompasses several conservation areas, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and more, all nearby.
The tour also includes a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered the 8th wonder of the world. This crater, within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is the world’s largest caldera and hosts a rich diversity of wildlife. The journey begins in Moshi or Arusha, both conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport. The drive to the park offers stunning scenery and countryside. For those arriving by plane, a guide will be waiting at the Seronera Airstrip to start the game drive before hotel check-in.
Additionally, there are options to combine this tour with experiences like gorilla trekking in Rwanda, exploring the Masai Mara in Kenya, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, or visiting Tanzania’s beaches. For those with limited time, a shorter 2-day Serengeti safari from Arusha is available.
Wake up early and wait for the driver to start the journey to the Serengeti National Park. The distance from Arusha to Tanzania’s top tourism destination is about 325 km. The journey takes about 8 hours through the amazing countryside. You will stop at Olduvai Gorge – also known as the cradle of mankind.
This is where Dr Leakey and his family discovered fossils of the earliest humans known as Homo habilis who lived about 2 million years ago. You will enter the Serengeti through the Naabi Hill Gate. Lunch will be taken en route or on arrival at your hotel. As you head towards your lodge, you will have a mini-game drive along the road leading to the lodge. Look out for wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, zebras, lions, giraffes, hippos, elephants, and baboons. If you are a birder, then you might want to look out for the ostrich. You could even be lucky to spot a mother with chicks.
At the Serengeti, you will dine and spend the night at Mbalageti Tented Camp (Budget), Shuhudia Adventure Tented Camp (Mid-range), and Kirawira Serena Luxury Tented Camp (Luxury).
tart your day with an early breakfast, awaiting the Guide/Driver. Embark on a morning game drive in Seronera Valley, offering a chance to spot an array of wildlife including zebras, wildebeests, lions, topi, waterbucks, genet, hyrax, hippos, serval cats, foxes, elephants, buffaloes, eland, monitor lizards, the aardwolf, mongoose, jackals, Masai giraffes, porcupines, aardvark, Thompson gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, caracal, hartebeest, cheetahs, leopards, lions, and hyenas. The park also boasts a population of approximately 4,000 lions, as well as colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, and common baboons.
Picnic lunch will be in the middle of all the wildlife and amazing savanna. After lunch, you will also continue to drive through the Serengeti plains towards the Ngorongoro crater. Additionally, the Ngorongoro crater is part of 3 Days Ngorongoro Crater Safari the wider Ngorongoro Conservation area which is 8000 square kilometers large. It is one of the three most impressive game-viewing locations in the world. It is the best place in the world for viewing the big cats in action.
You will descend into the crater and have one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. It is important to discuss with your Guide about the exact time and place to do the game drives on this day the night before. Our Guides/Drivers are flexible and can start the game drives earlier than usual or to particular sections of the park or reserve. You will spend the evening and night in one of the lodges at the edge of the Ngorongoro caldera.
Dinner and Overnight while at the Ngorongoro Crater are Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Budget), Rhino Lodge (Mid-range), and Ngorongoro Neptune Luxury Lodge (Luxury)
Wake up early and take your breakfast as you prepare for a final game drive inside the Ngorongoro crater. Consequently, the game drive starts at 7:00 a.m. to see all the big five mammals of Africa including leopards, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, and other creatures.
The driver will begin the journey back to Arusha or Moshi and ensure that there are stops for lunch to allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery or go shopping in one of the artisan shops. Once you arrive in Arusha, you will be transferred to your hotel.