The best time to visit North Serengeti is July till October - if you travel during another time of year we will adjust the location of your overnight here. This will reduce the time available for a gamedrive.
Ten Day Kila Kitu Safari
"Kila kitu" is the Swahili word for "everything", and you're definitely experiencing a little bit of everything that Tanzania has to offer in this comprehensive ten day safari package!
A perfect mix of game drives, cultural activities, and hiking - this itinerary fits a little bit of everything in! From the Big Five to cultural visits to climbing volcanoes to hiking through the scenic Ngorongoro Highlands - this itinerary has a little bit of everything for everyone!
Your Journey Mapped Out
Ready to set out? Your adventure awaits!
- DAY 1 - ARUSHA - ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 2 - ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 4 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - LAKE NATRON
- DAY 5 - LAKE NATRON
- DAY 6 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 7 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 8 - NGORONGORO CRATER
- DAY 9 - LAKE EYASI
- DAY 10 - END OF ITINERARY
DAY 1 - 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 gudied 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 varietyof 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 2 - ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the approximately two hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Along the way you'll pass bustling Masai villages and the vast, open plains that have become synonymous with images of Africa.
Once you've entered Tarangire, you'll begin your game drive across a rich vista of endless golden savannah that surrounds the Tarangire River. The river itself runs throughout the year and is a vital source of water for the animals of the region during the dry season. Lined with acacia and Baobab trees, the river is regularly visited by the park's large elephant population as well as other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes.
A picnic lunch with a view of the river is a great way to take it all in, but you'll have to keep on your toes as the local monkey population does its best to separate you from your lunch!
Driving through the park you'll also have the opportunity to see lions, leopards, cape buffalo, and a huge variety of antelopes. If you're particularly lucky, you might even see endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx.
After your day's drive is done, you'll retire to your accommodation for the evening.
DAY 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast 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 overnight on the outskirts of Lake Manyara or close to Lake Eyasi.
DAY 4 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - LAKE NATRON
VILLAGE LIFE IN MTO WA MBU - LAKE NATRON
Today you will discover modern day Tanzanian village life - by bike! During this bike tour you go on a 2-hour stroll through the local farming village of Mto Wa Mbu. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over a 120 different tribes from across Africa. The ride will take you to see local farms, schools, a kindergarten, local homes, the market and milling machines. If you prefer a less physical activity the bycicling tour can be swaped for a tour via Tuk Tuk.
You will conclude your morging of exploration with a hot local lunch under the banana leaves. Discover Tanzanian cuisine and try a wide range of local dishes. Some of the dishes include Pilau (spiced brown rice with meat), Makande (corn with beans cooked together), Ndizi nyama (green banana cooked with meat), Ugali (stiff porridge). If you wish, you can even taste banana beer, a local brew made from bananas. Bon appetite!
After lunch you will set of for your drive to Lake Natron. The route takes you in the heart of the cultural home of the Maasai. On the way, you will pass Engaruka, an archaeological site of the Stone-age settlement. Arrive in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset.
DAY 5 - LAKE NATRON
Lake Natron is truly off the beaten track and one of Tanzania’s least visited gems. Today you will spend a full day her discovering the beauties of the Lake. You will go walking by the lake with a guide, exploring the waterfalls and hike to the hominid footprint. There is plenty to do! If you are lucky you will even spot the famous flamingos who come here to breed. It pays to rise early and see the sunset – the colours are spectacular!
After a day immersing yourselves in the awe inspiriting landscape enjoying the unique colours varying from pink, lime, green and red due to the concentration of minerals – you will return to your lodge. Enjoy dinner and a drink while overlooking Ondonyo Lengai,the only active volcano in north Tanzania and a holy mountain for the Maasai.
In the evening enjoy the sundowner overlooking Lake Natron, the majestic Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun goes down behind the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Diner and overnight at your chosen location.
DAY 6 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
LAKE NATRON – (NORTH) SERENGETI
Today we have another day filled of adventure in front of us. After breakfast you will bid farewell to the unique landscape of Lake Natron and set off for perhaps the famous nature park in the world: The Serengeti!
The road slowly climbs along several serpentine turns. Enjoy a last view onto Lake Natron before leaving the Rift Valley behind and continue via the village of Wasso to Northern Serengeti. You will enter the Serengeti in the afternoon – like the way in – this is not a short drive but you are sure to enjoy the unique views.
DAY 7 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
You'll spend your day driving through this distinct and beautiful region of the park in search of the Wildebeest Migration and the Big Five. As you stay a full day in the Northern part of Serengeti, the chance to see the river crossing of the wildebeests becomes bigger. Almost every day some of the wildebeests are crossing the river looking for new nutrients. There are different crossing points and there might be multiple crossings in 1 day. Ofcourse you will also need some luck - it is possible that the wildebeest will not cross during your stay. Your guide will be connected with a radio to hear from (or inform) other guides about the location of the crossing- so you will have the best possible chance of catching a crossing.
In the afternoon, you have the option to extend your game drive until sunset or participate in one of the optional activities available at your lodge. These often include nature walks or a sundowner at the lodge.
DAY 8 - NGORONGORO CRATER
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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.
Once arrived in Ngorongoro Conservation Area you have the chance to visit an original Maasai Boma. The Maasai is the only tribe that is allowed to live inside this area.
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 9 - LAKE EYASI
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 before driving to Lake Eyasi for your overnight.
DAY 10 - END OF ITINERARY
You'll be up before breakfast today, as you'll be joining the Hadzabe bushmen for the opportunity to hunt for your own food!
One of the last true bushman tribes in Africa, the Hadzabe live very much as they always have despite the rapid development of Tanzania. With only 2,000 members, the Hadzabe tribe are a fascinating people who offer us a window into how life in Tanzania was in the past.
The local hunters will prepare a demonstration of hunting techniques just for us. Far from being a mere performance, this display reveals a great deal about their everyday lives when they must hunt for animals to feed their families. You will see firsthand how the Hadzabe use distinctive motions and even the body parts of certain animals to lure their prey close enough that they can be brought down with hand-crafted poisons.
After a late breakfast, you'll have the opportunity for a drive around Lake Eyasi proper. While this shallow soda lake is not home to the same variety of wildlife you'll find in a national park, you'll have the chance to spot a variety of bird and mammal life. On occasion, flamingos and hippos even call the lake home.
You'll also have time to meet with the Datoga people. Mostly farmers and cattle breeders, these fascinating people offer another insight into tribal life in Tanzania.
Once your day's activities have been completed, you'll make your way to Karatu Town or the Ngorongoro Crater rim to overnight.