Suggested Itineraries

Take Your Time

tall giraffeWhat many people don’t realize is that the safari parks are actually pretty far apart. While the drive is beautiful, it can talk all day to get to some parks. So it’s usually a good idea to visit parks in certain order, making your way across the East African savannah visiting parks as you go. Many of us with too few vacation days want to take a quick, 1-day safari to the Serengeti just to get a glimpse.  The problem is it takes a full day of driving from Moshi or Arusha just to get to the park gate. And once inside the park you have to drive all over to find the best places to see certain animals. So we’ve provided the following as a guideline. You don’t have to follow these itineraries. But they’re guidelines to give you an idea what might be possible depending on how much time you have.

Single Day Safaris

Arusha:bright blue and orange feathered bird For those with only one or two days to do a safari, Arusha National Park is the most obvious choice. Located just 15 miles from Arusha. It is also the home of Mt. Meru, Tanzania’s second highest peak (14,980 ft). On clear days, excellent views of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft), the highest peak in Africa, can be seen throughout the park. Laka Chala:close up of hippo Lake Chala is a beautiful area located on the western side of Kilimanjaro at the Kenya/Tanzanian border, about 2.5 hour drive from Moshi. The lake is filled and drained by underground streams. Located near the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the lake is amazingly clear with steep crater walls. It is the deepest inland water body in Africa with the depth of about 3km. Due to the enormous depth swimming is not recommended. Visitors can hike at the lake and enjoy the beautiful view and fresh air. Aside from plenty of fish, Monitor lizards, baboons, monkeys and common snakes may be seen by chance. Nyumba ya Mungu: Nyumba ya Mungu is one the most striking features in the country. The crystal clear water runs down the slopes of Kilimanjaro in the deep valleys as sparkling streams. These streams pour their water in the legendry reservoir called Nyumba ya Mungu. You can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and walking around the dam to take in the spectacular views. bilbao tree

3 Day | 2 Night Safari

This is a great way to get an intro to what Africa has to offer if you have limited time.
Day 1 Lake Manyara and the great Rift wall
Day 2 Ngorongoro Crater and the resident rhinos and lions
Day 3 Tarangire game drive

4 Day | 3 Night Safari

With this amount of time you can see a number of different environments and tons of different animals. Each location is only a few hours drive each day.
Day 1 Lake Manyara and the great Rift wall
Day 2-3 The Seronera area of the Serengeti National Park
Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater and the resident rhinos and lions

5 Day | 4 Night Safari

This is highly recommended if you are coming during the dry season. You'll see the big parks, and have a great chance to see "the big 5" and more.
Day 1 Lake Manyara and the great Rift wall
Day 2-3 The Seronera area of the Serengeti National Park
Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater and the resident rhinos and lions
Day 5 Tarangire game drive

6 Day | 5 Night Safari

Olduvai Gorge is really interesting; especially if you're a closet archeologist. You really get the feel that this is where it all began over the course of this trip.
Day 1 Lake Manyara and the great Rift wall
Day 2-3 The Seronera area of the Serengeti National Park
Day 4 Stop at Olduvai Gorge; the “cradle of mankind”
Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater and the resident rhinos and lions
Day 6 Tarangire game drive

7 Day | 6 Night Safari

If you are in Africa in November you must do this trip. The great migration is coming out of the Maasai Mara and into the Northern area of the Serengeti. This trip is long enough to get you that far North without spending all day in a jeep.
Day 1 Tarangire game drive
Day 2 Lake Manyara and the great Rift wall
Day 3 The Seronera area of the Serengeti National Park
Day 4 Further into the Serengeti to the wooded Lobo region in the North
Day 5 Stop at Olduvai Gorge; the “cradle of mankind”
Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater and the resident rhinos and lions
Day 7 Mto Wa Mbu for mini shopping, lunch and return