8 Nights Serengeti Grand Tour & Safari

Trip Overview & Highlight

9 Days Serengeti Grand Tour & Tanzania Safari

A 9 days private safari allows you to experience northern Tanzania’s very best areas for wildlife, scenery, and culture. The extra days allow a more relaxed pace (2 nights in each location) and the opportunity to visit the northern part of the Serengeti for the Great Migration.

Lake Manyara is an excellent introduction to African wildlife and ideal for viewing birdlife with over 400 species. Tarangire is a beautiful park filled with Baobabs and Acacias with a spectacular variety of game including lions, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, and waterbuck. The Ngorongoro is the largest intact crater in the world abundant with wild game including zebra, hippos, antelopes of all stripes, huge elephants, black rhinos, leopards, and hyenas.

The Serengeti is Tanzania’s most famous national park and one of the most spectacular parks in the world. These great plains cover some 14,763 square kilometers including expansive high grasslands, short grass plains, kopjes, forests, and lakes. Here the big cats like lions, cheetahs, and leopards are endlessly exciting to see. This trip includes two regions in the Serengeti.

9 Days Serengeti Grand Tour & Tanzania Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire, afternoon game drive

Day 2: Lake Manyara or Tarangire, full day game drive

Day 3: Morning cultural activity, optional Maasai village, afternoon drive to Ngorongoro

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater, half day game drive

Day 5: Drive to central Serengeti, optional Olduvai Gorge, afternoon game drive

Day 6: Serengeti, full day game drive, optional hot air balloon safari

Day 7: Drive to northern area of the Serengeti, full day game drive

Day 8: Full day game drive in the northern Serengeti

Day 9: Fly back from the Serengeti


  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
    Professional English-speaking naturalist driver/guide
  • Transportation in a custom safari 4×4 with a viewing roof and guaranteed window seating
  • Safari vehicles have an inverter for charging batteries, communications radio, electric cooler, and filtered water
  • National Park gate fees, Park Commission, and Government taxes (based on current rates)

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Drinks and extra bottled water
  • Optional tours (Olduvai Gorge and Maasai Village visit)
  • Holiday supplement December 20 – January 5
  • Discount for kids under 15 years old

Tour Plan

Day 1: Transfer from Zanzibar to Central Serengeti - Seronera Serengeti National Park

Your journey begins with a domestic flight from the stunning island of Zanzibar to the heart of Tanzania's wilderness, the Serengeti. Upon landing at Seronera Airstrip, you'll be warmly greeted by your knowledgeable guide who will be your companion throughout this adventure.

As you embark on your first game drive, you'll be immediately captivated by the sheer diversity and abundance of wildlife that roams these endless plains. Keep your camera ready as you traverse through the iconic landscapes, spotting herds of wildebeest, majestic lions basking in the sun, and perhaps even elusive leopards stealthily surveying their territory.

A delightful picnic lunch amidst nature adds to the charm of your safari experience. As the sun sets, you'll retreat to the comfort of Tanzania Bush Camps Central Serengeti, where you'll relish a hearty dinner before retiring to your cozy tent for a restful night under the star-studded African sky.

Day 2: Serengeti National Park to Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Area Serengeti National Park

After a rejuvenating night's sleep, you'll awaken to the melodies of the wilderness and set off for another exhilarating day of exploration. With a sumptuous breakfast fueling your adventure, your guide will lead you on a captivating game drive, venturing into both Central and Southern Serengeti. The morning hours offer prime opportunities to witness the iconic Big Five and other predators in action, making every moment an adrenaline-filled spectacle. As you traverse through diverse habitats, from grassy plains to acacia woodlands, you'll encounter a mesmerizing array of wildlife, from graceful giraffes to playful zebras. A leisurely picnic lunch amidst the wilderness provides a perfect interlude to reflect on the wonders of nature. As the day draws to a close, you'll return to the comfort of Tanzania Bush Camps Central Serengeti to unwind and recount the day's adventures over a delicious dinner.

Day 3: Full Game Drive Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater

Today, prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you journey to the legendary Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with an astonishing concentration of wildlife. After a hearty breakfast, your safari vehicle will navigate the rugged terrain, ascending to the rim of the crater. Upon descending into the caldera, you'll be greeted by a mesmerizing panorama of grasslands, forests, and shimmering lakes, forming an idyllic backdrop for unparalleled wildlife encounters. Keep your binoculars handy as you traverse the crater floor, where sightings of iconic species such as lions, buffalos, and zebras are virtually guaranteed. With luck, you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive black rhinoceros, adding to the thrill of your adventure. A scenic picnic lunch by the tranquil crater lake offers a moment of serenity amidst the wild beauty that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day of exploration, you'll retire to the comfort of Kankari lodge , nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes near Lake Manyara National Park.

Day 4: Full Game Drive Lake Manyara Lake Manyara National park

As the dawn breaks, you'll set off for yet another exhilarating safari adventure, this time exploring the enchanting landscapes of Lake Manyara National Park. After a delicious breakfast, your safari guide will lead you on a captivating game drive, traversing through diverse ecosystems that encompass lush forests, expansive grasslands, and the shimmering waters of Lake Manyara. Keep your eyes peeled for the park's famed tree-climbing lions, as well as a myriad of other wildlife species, including elephants, giraffes, and hippos. A stop at the hippo pool provides a fascinating opportunity to observe these aquatic giants in their natural habitat. Amidst the symphony of birdcalls, from vibrant flamingos to majestic eagles, you'll revel in the park's rich biodiversity. Following an exhilarating day of wildlife encounters, you'll return to the comfort of Kankari lodge , where you'll unwind amidst the tranquil surroundings and share stories of your safari adventures under the African night sky.

Day 5: Game Drive Tarangire National Park and Transfer to Airport for Departure Tarangire National park

On the final day of your safari odyssey, you'll embark on one last adventure as you journey to Tarangire National Park, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and diverse wildlife. After a leisurely breakfast, your safari guide will lead you on a thrilling game drive through the park's iconic savannahs and baobab-studded landscapes. Keep your camera ready as you encounter large herds of elephants, graceful giraffes, and majestic lions roaming the vast plains. The Tarangire River, the lifeblood of the park, serves as a magnet for wildlife during the dry season, offering unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing. A scenic picnic lunch amidst the wilderness provides a fitting conclusion to your safari experience, allowing you to savor the sights and sounds of the African bush one last time. As the day draws to a close, you'll bid farewell to the wilderness and embark on a journey to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport, where fond memories of your Tanzanian safari adventure will linger long after your departure.

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