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The Big Northern Tour

This six-day tour gives you all the highlights of Northern Tanzania. It takes you through the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro, as well as the small and beautiful Lake Manayara game reserve and Tarangire national park.

Tour itinerary 

The tour is available as a budget or comfort accommodation package, and you can fully tailor it according to your needs.

Day 1.  Arusha – Lake Manyara. (Jambo lodge)

Early departure from Arusha to Lake Manyara (ca. 2 h), afternoon game drive till sunset.

By Lake Manyara, right underneath the Great Rift Valley, you’re sure to see large numbers of elephants, tree-climbing lions and pink flamingos for which the park is known.

Day 2: Lake Manyara – Serengeti (Katikati tented camp)

Early morning drive (ca. 4 h) to the Serengeti, the “endless plain of Africa”. The Serengeti is rightly one of the best known game parks in the world, offering a wide array of wildlife an some spectacular scenery.

Game drive until sunset, with dinner and overnight at Katikati tented camp

Day 3: Serengeti

Full day game drive in Serengeti, looking out for spotting the Big Five. Picnic lunch and dinner at Katikati tented camp

Day 4: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Ngorongoro (Sopa lodge)

Early departure to Ngorongoro crater (ca. 3 h). On the way to Ngorongoro, there is an option to pass via Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site that is commonly referred to as the “Cradle of mankind.” Arrival in Ngorongoro in the evening for dinner and overnight at Sopa lodge.

Day 5: Ngorongoro and Tarangire (Jambo lodge)

Descend into the crater  in the early morning. In Ngorongoro, plants and animals have created a distinct ecosystem owing to the crater’s closed structure. You’re particularly likely to spot the rather rare rhino here.

After the game drive, transfer to Jambo lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Tarangire – Arusha

Early morning game drive in Tarangire with picnic lunch, after lunch drive back to Arusha city. 


Price examples

Prices are for a group 4 persons. Exact prices will be determined based on the exact number of days, travellers and any special requests. 

Budget tour

USD 2095 / person


Price includes: 4x4 safari vehicle, english speaking driver guide, park entry fees and VAT, full board accommodation, drinking water

Price Excludes: Accommodation in Arusha before and after safari, airport pickup (may be agreed separately), drinks (e.g. alcoholic beverages), personal effects such as laundry, tips

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