Our 3 Days Serengeti Safari and Ngorongoro Crater Tour takes you to the great Serengeti National Park in Tanzania for an amazing wildlife experience. The government of Tanzania has gone to great length to make the country a leading tourist destination in Africa. 28% of the country’s land is protected and have been declared national reserves. The greatest of these reserves are the Serengeti National Park and the Mount Kilimanjaro area. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater are the focus today. The Serengeti is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world with the greatest concentration of plain game on earth. The Serengeti gets its name from the Masai word meant “endless plains” – In reference to the endless rolling grasslands which support countless zebra and wildebeest in the park. The plains are also home to giraffe, buffaloes, gazelles and elephants.
The Serengeti National Park was established in 1952 and covers an area of about 5,700 square miles that stretches from North Kenya up to Lake Victoria in the western part of the country. The park is divided into three main sections – The Seronera Valley with mostly savanna grassland, the western corridor (dominated by dense forest, bush and the Grumeti River) and finally the Lobo area that joins with Kenya’s Masai Mara. The Serengeti National Park is larger than the Masai Mara. Because of its vast size and climate, it allows excellent game viewing throughout the year. However, it is the wildebeest migration that attracts most tourists to the park. During the months from May to June millions of 3 Days Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari wildebeest, zebras and other herbivores begin their journey northwards to the Masai Mara. They are followed by vultures in the sky, lions, cheetahs and wild dogs. Battles between predator and prey provide tourists with some of the most spectacular wildlife experiences on earth.
It is important to note that the Serengeti National Park is just one of the several wildlife conservation areas that make up what is known as the Northern Safari Circuit. This circuit also includes Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mkomazi National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park. These parks and wildlife conservation areas are adjacent to each other. It is a beautiful experience to go for a safari that includes visiting all of them.
Our 3 days Serengeti Wildlife safari includes a visit to the amazing Ngorongoro crater. The Ngorongoro crater has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site and the 8th wonder of the world. It lies within 3 Days Safari in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania the Ngorongoro Conservation area and is about 304 square kilometers large. It is the largest caldera in the world and hosts over 30,000 large mammals. A game drive in both the Serengeti plains and Ngorongoro crater allows travelers to experience the great biodiversity in the area. The 3 days Serengeti safari starts from either the town of Moshi or the city of Arusha. Both of these towns are very close to Kilimanjaro International Airport hence offering tourists an opportunity to fly in a for a safari if they don’t have enough time to drive on the road for too long. The drive from Arusha or Moshi to the Park takes about 8 hours through amazing scenery and great countryside. Whichever method you prefer to reach the reserve; we will help you with all the necessary arrangements from arrival to departure. You can read more about the things to do in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Note: In case you arrive by plane from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, our Driver/Guide will be waiting for you at the Seronera Airstrip and drive you straight for the game drive before finally checking in at your hotel. You might be interested in our 6 days Rwanda Gorilla tour and Serengeti Safari or the 3 Days Masai Mara wildlife safari package in Kenya. If you are planning to combine this tour with hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or visiting one of the beaches in Tanzania, then read our article about the tourist attractions in Zanzibar. We also have interesting article about the things to do in Arusha and what to do in Moshi. Those who don’t have 3 days to spare for a tour of the Serengeti can check out the shorter 2 days Serengeti safari starting from Arusha.
Day 1: Pickup from Arusha/ Moshi – Transfer to the Serengeti National Park
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 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 you 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.
Dinner and overnight while at the Serengeti is Mbalageti Tented Camp (Budget), Shuhudia Adventure Tented Camp (mid-range) and Kirawira Serena Luxury Tented Camp (Luxury).
Day 2: Full Day Game drives at the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater.
Wake up early as usual and take your breakfast as you wait for the Guide/Driver. You will be taken for a morning game drive at the Seronera valley for a chance to see 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, Grants gazelle, caracal, hartebeest, cheetahs, leopards, lions and hyenas. The park is home to about 4,000 lions, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and the common baboon.
Picnic lunch will be in the middle of all the wildlife and amazing savanna. After lunch, you will continue to drive through the Serengeti plains towards the Ngorongoro crater. 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 is Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Budget), Rhino Lodge (Mid-range) and Ngorongoro Neptune Luxury Lodge (Luxury)
Day 3: Game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater – Transfer from to Arusha/ Moshi or departure by flight
Wake up early and take your breakfast as you prepare for a final game drive inside the Ngorongoro crater. The game drive starts at 7:00 am to see all the big five mammals of Africa including leopards, buffaloes, rhino, elephant 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 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.