Six Day Big Five Safari

Short Overview

Join us on the quest to see the legendary Big Five! Our six day Big Five safari is by far our most popular safari - giving you the best chance of spotting Africa's most iconic animals.

In your pursuit of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and cape buffalo you'll travel through all five of the northern circuit's national parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Ngorongoro, and the world-famous Serengeti National Park - where you'll spend two unforgettable days and have the opportunity to witness your very own Serengeti sunrise. 

Along the way, you'll also see enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra, the majestic giraffe, wallowing hippopotamus, lean cheetahs, opportunistic hyenas, playful monkeys, and so much more. 

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Details

Details of Six Day Big Five Safari

 DAY ONE - ARUSHA - ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, you'll depart from your Arusha or Moshi accommodations and drive to the park.

Your visit to Arusha National Park is a flexible one, as you'll have three choices as to how you'd like to experience the park.

  • Game Drive: You can embark on a half-day or full day game drive through the park. Your drive will pass you past park landmarks such as the Momella Lakes and Ngurdoto Crater - sometimes known as 'Little Ngorongoro'.
  • Canoe Safari: Available at extra cost, you'll trade the car for a canoe as you take a guided canoe safari out on the Momella Lakes to see bushbuck, giraffes, hippos, and buffalo.
  • Walking Safari: Stretch your legs with a guided walking safari through the park. While on your walking safari, you can expect to see endless acres of forest, home to black and white colobus monkeys, zebras, buffalos, and a variety of antelopes. You will also have a chance to observe more than 400 bird species including the Crowned Eagle, Lanner Falcon, and Levaillants Cuckoo.

You can combine the above three options as you please, although the canoe safari and walking safari both attract an additional cost. 

You'll return to Arusha in the late afternoon with a head full of memories and a camera full of unforgettable photos.

DAY TWO - ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we'll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter's paradise.

After a brief stop at the village market, you'll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. 

Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.

You'll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night's rest.

DAY THREE – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We'll take an early breakfast, as we've got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

We'll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we'll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.

It's a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:

  • Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
  • Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you'll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.

Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.

After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.

Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

DAY FOUR - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.

Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators.

You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.

Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

DAY 5 - NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.

After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool. 

You'll return to your Karatu accommodations for the evening for dinner and rest.

DAY 6 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA

You'll depart your accommodations early for the drive south to Tarangire, where you'll spend your day driving through Tanzania's most underrated national park.

Once inside the park, you'll see the eponymous Tarangire river lined with acacia and Baobab where game amble to and fro throughout the day. During the dry season, thousands of animals from the Masai steppe migrate to the Tarangire region looking for water so you can see dozens of different species in a small amount of time.

Exclusive to the park are endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu, Fringe-Eared Oryx, and the Ashy Starling. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park's picnic areas and take in an unparalleled view of the Tarangire River. Keep an eye on your food though, as the local monkey population will be only too happy to make off with a tasty treat if given the opportunity!

You'll return to Arusha late in the afternoon. 

Info

Info

SKU
  • SAC1-6D-72
Destination
  • Tanzania
When to visit?
  • All year round
Tour style
  • Classic safari
Tour duration
  • 6 DAY
Safari Circuit
  • No
Included in the price
  • All meals on the safari.
  • All Park entrance fees.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Camping equipment if applicable (tents
  • mattresses
  • sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • table and chairs)
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
  • Game safari to national park as specified
  • Hotel/lodge/camp accommodation for the duration of the safari.
  • Price quoted per person sharing in US dollars
  • Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch.
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • Transfers to and from Arusha
  • Kilimanjaro
  • or Nairobi Airport (Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400). Private shuttles or flights can be arranged from Nairobi at additional cost..
  • Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari.
  • 2 night in an Arusha-Hotel/Lodge.
  • Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences.
  • All game viewing activities specified
Excluded from the price
  • Any sightseeing
  • excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Please
  • read our Terms and Conditions
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew - recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary Note
  • All prices are subject to change if Tanzanian National Park Entry fees change! US Dollar notes from the years before the year 2006 are not accepted in Tanzania.

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Itinerary in Brief


  • DAY 1 - ARUSHA - ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK Game drive. Optional walking or canoe safari. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Game drive. Optional cultural activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - NGORONGORO Full day game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA Game drive. (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

All year round

Attractions


  • Herds of elephants, antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest as well as predators like lions, leopard, cheetehs and hyenas fill the Serengeti

  • In the crater see The Big 5 as well as dense populations of predators, buffalo, zebras, black rhinos and many species of antelopes

  • Tarangire National Park is diverse and picturesque, consisting of grasslands with baobab and acacia trees, forests, bush steppe and swamps. The park is known for its large elephant herds, which are among the largest in Tanzania

  • Lake Manyara with thousands of flamingos, the largest baboon troops in Africa, elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, over 400 species of birds and the world famous tree climbing lions.

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