9 Days Tanzania Safari – Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

9 Days Tanzania Safari – Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

9 days Tanzania Safari is a trip to Tanzania where you will engage in various wildlife viewing experiences in Arusha, Tarangire national park, Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro conservation area and Lake Manyara national park which are located in the northern part of Tanzania.

Tarangire national park is known for its large concentration of elephants and for also having ancient baobab trees. During your 9 days Tanzania tour, a visit to Tarangire national park will be your 1st wildlife viewing destination.

During your 9 days Tanzania tour, you will also visit Serengeti national park which is known for the big five which includes elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. The wildebeest migration also takes place in Serengeti national park as millions of wildebeests migrate from one location to another between the Serengeti and Mara ecosystem.

The Ngorongoro crater is also another destination you will visit while on your 9 days Tanzania tour. You will also have a Masai cultural experience in Mto wa mbu town and then continue to Arusha which will bring your safari to an end as seen in the itinerary below; 

Safari highlights

Day 1; pick up and drive to Arusha hotel

  • Day 2; drive to Tarangire national park 
  • Day 3; drive to Serengeti national park
  • Day 4; full day in Serengeti national park
  • Day 5; drive to Ngorongoro conservation area
  • Day 6; Ngorongoro crater tour
  • Day 7; drive to Lake Manyara national park
  • Day 8; Mto wa mbu tour
  • Day 9; Departure

Detailed itinerary

Day 1; pick up and drive to Arusha hotel

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide who will welcome you and brief you shortly about your 9 days Tanzania tour. Arusha is considered a safari capital of Tanzania and is also a starting point for most Tanzania safaris to the northern part of the country.

Depending on the time of your arrival at the airport, you will be driven to your hotel where you will have some rest and later have an optional visit Arusha national park which is located about 1 hours’ drive from Arusha town. During your visit to the national park, you will enjoy seeing black and white colobus monkeys, zebras, buffalos among others. You will be driven back to your hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight at Tulia boutique hotel and spa.

Day 2; drive to Tarangire national park 

You will visit Tarangire national park on the 2nd day of your 9 days Tanzania tour after having breakfast at your hotel in Arusha. Tarangire national park is located a short drive from Arusha town and is famous for its large herds of elephants. This national park is also crossed by Tarangire river which is a source of water for the different wildlife species.

You will also engage in an afternoon game drive during your visit to Tarangire national park during your 9 days Tanzania tour. You will enjoy seeing wildlife species in the savannah plains such as oryx, generuks, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, elephants, gazelles, lions, leopards and many others. You will also enjoy seeing the ancient baobab trees as you drive around the national park. You will have dinner and overnight at Tarangire Roika lodge.

Day 3; drive to Serengeti national park

You will drive to Serengeti national park which is another destination on your 9 days Tanzania tour. Serengeti national park is an amazing wildlife viewing destination with open savannah plains and is home to wildlife species like elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos also known as the big five as well as wildebeests which migrate annually across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

You will also enjoy seeing other wildlife species such as waterbucks, dik dik, kudus, gazelles, impalas, hyenas, cheetahs, warthogs, giraffes, elands and many others as well as various bird species during your 9 days Tanzania tour. Dinner and overnight will be at Osinon camps and lodges.

Day 4; full day in Serengeti national park

After having breakfast at your lodge in Serengeti national park, your next stop will be a morning game drive to explore the wilderness of the national park as you enjoy looking out for wildlife species such as lions, elephants, buffalos, zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, topi, dik dik, giraffes, impalas and many others which your guide will spot and identify from a distance.

You will enjoy your packed lunch in the wilderness of Serengeti national park and later engage in another game drive around the kopjes which are granite rock outcrops where lions can be spotted sitting and watching over the savannah and other wildlife species grazing. You will have dinner and overnight will be at Osinon camps and lodges.

Day 5; drive to Ngorongoro conservation area

After having breakfast at your lodge in Serengeti national park while on your 9 days Tanzania tour, you will engage in a morning game drive as you enjoy seeing wildlife species such as elephants, buffalos, lions, wildebeests, impalas, elands, gazelles, warthogs and many others. You will proceed to Ngorongoro crater where you will check in and have your lunch.

You will also spot the big five during your visit to Ngorongoro crater which is known for having a big number of wildlife species. You will return to your lodge after your game drive for dinner 

and overnight at Hhando coffee lodge.

Day 6; Ngorongoro crater tour

During your 9 days Tanzania tour, you will also descend into the crater after having breakfast at your lodge located at the crater rim. You will move with your packed lunches as you enjoy exploring the Ngorongoro crater. You will see various wildlife species as you drive around the crater area such as rhinos, giraffes, elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, hippos, elands and many others.

After enjoying your packed lunches, you will have another game viewing experience in Ngorongoro crater where you will see the beautiful Lake Magadi where flocks of flamingos and many other bird species can be seen along the lake shores. Dinner and overnight will be at Hhando coffee lodge.

Day 7; drive to Lake Manyara national park

You will also visit Lake Manyara national park during your 9 days Tanzania tour and you will enjoy seeing the famous tree climbing lions as you drive around the national park. Despite its small size, this national park has a diverse habitat and wildlife species which can be seen during game drives include elephants, bushbucks, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, zebras, impalas, hippos and many others. You will also enjoy views of the Great Rift Valley escarpment as you explore the national park.

9 Days Tanzania Safari - Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara
9 Days Tanzania Safari – Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

You will also engage in a nature walk along the treetop walkway during your visit to Lake Manyara national park. This activity takes place along a suspended bridge where you can see the canopy as well as monkeys among the trees. Dinner and overnight will be at Twiga lodge.   

Day 8; Mto wa mbu tour

You will start your day with breakfast at your lodge in Lake Manyara national park as you prepare for your next activity which is a visit to Mto wa mbu town for an interaction with the local community.

Mto wa mbu town is located close to lake Manyara national park and you will engage in activities such as visiting the local market, visiting the local arts and crafts stalls, watching traditional dance performances of Maasai warriors. You will proceed to Arusha at the end of the day to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Tulia boutique hotel and spa.

Day 9; end of tour 

On the last day of your 9 days Tanzania tour, you will have breakfast at your hotel as you prepare for your flight which will mark the end of your safari.

The safari and tour prices below include

  • all day game drives as per sample itinerary
  • Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration of the safari
  • Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
  • Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • Professional safari and tour guide / driver
  • All national park fees
  • All meals on the safari
  • All game viewing activities specified
  • Price quoted per person sharing

The safari and tour prices below exclude

  • Drinks and mineral water
  • Laundry
  • Items of personal nature
  • International and local airfares
  • Airport taxes Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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