8 day escorted safari itinerary

Simba Safari - Standard

Experience northern Tanzania's best-loved national parks

This extensive safari takes you on an adventure through northern Tanzania's National Parks, including Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Serengeti. With game drives in 4x4 vehicles and less safari vehicles around, Tanzania offers a wilder safari experience. Why not upgrade to the superior safari and stay in luxurious Serena Lodges? You can add on a beach stay afterwards on the Kenyan Coast or on the nearby islands of Zanzibar and Pemba off Tanzania. Call our Destination Specialists for more information.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Fantastic bird life in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Seeing the Big Five in Serengeti National Park
  • Rhinos in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
8 days
Destination Breakdown
  • Arusha
    1 Night
  • Lake Manyara
    1 Night
  • Serengeti National Park
    2 Nights
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    2 Nights
  • Tarangire National Park
    1 Night
Options
Group basis
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar lodges may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals as stated.
  • Non air-conditioned transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle (max. 7 passengers) with guaranteed window seat.
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local driver/guide.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Park entrance fees and government taxes.
  • One bottle of water per person per day on game drives.
  • International flights.
Not included
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide or driver.

Itinerary Breakdown

Upon arrival, transfer to your accommodation for your overnight stay.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Arusha Coffee Lodge or similar

Morning at leisure before a safari briefing and lunch. In the afternoon depart Arusha in your safari vehicle, passing through the Maasai Steppe, an area filled with picturesque African villages and maize, coffee and banana plantations.  Journey up through a scenic escarpment to your lodge perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with distant views over Lake Manyara.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge or similar

After breakfast there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to your lodge for lunch. You will then be travelling North West across the stunning countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, taking you on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the vast plains of the Serengeti, spotting game well before you even enter the park. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar

Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. For a once in a lifetime experience, hot-air balloon safaris can be pre-booked, please call for details.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar

After breakfast you will depart for Ngorongoro, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains. After a picnic lunch, visit a Maasai village before continuing to your lodge set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar

After breakfast, depart to explore what is often referred to as the world's largest wildlife zoo. You will descend 2000 feet through the early morning mists into the world's largest volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes with fantastic wildlife. Lunch is served near a small hippo-filled lake. In the afternoon, continue game viewing before returning to the crater's rim and back to your lodge.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar

After breakfast, depart Ngorongoro Crater and head south east to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you will be able to view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantation. You will then carry on your journey down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south onto the main Arusha-Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, you will enjoy a game drive en route. Arrive at the lodge for lunch and have some time at leisure before departing for an afternoon game drive.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar

Depart the lodge after breakfast to Arusha. The journey will pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. On arrival you will enjoy lunch in Arusha town centre before returning to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onwards flight.

Points of Interest