4-day Private Camping or Lodge Safari in Northern Tanzania – Safari Glimpse

Join Tanzania Safari Bug on this 4-day private camping or lodge safari to get a first glimpse of Tanzania’s highlights. During 4×4 game drives explore Tarangire National Park, which is famous for its huge elephant herds. Lake Manyara National Park will enchant birders with over 400 bird species. Proceed to the legendary Ngorongoro Crater and be on the look-out for Africa’s “Big Five”.

This short 4-day safari can be done all year round. It is perfect for travelers who want to come across a large variety of wildlife but only have limited time. To avoid long transfers, this safari puts a focus on Tarangire, Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater as they are all within two-hour of Arusha. We purposely exclude Serengeti National Park as it is too far away and would take up too much time during a 4-day safari.


  • Private camping or lodge safari in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit
  • Starting & ending in Arusha
  • Flight connection to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Departure day: day of your choice


  • Game drives


  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Rift Valley Escarpment view point
  • Ngorongoro Crater

Additional Extras:

  • Accommodation pre/post safari in Arusha
  • Cultural activity in Mto wa Mbu can be added
  • Trip extension to Tanzanian coast, Mafia & Zanzibar can be arranged
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Meet & greet with your professional guide in Arusha. Depart to Tarangire National Park, which is famous for its prolific elephant herds and its remarkable baobab trees. Spend the day on a game drive while trying to spot this park’s diverse wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, elands, elephants, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, wildebeests and zebras among others. You will stop for lunch at one of the picnic sites where you can enjoy stunning views over the Tarangire River with its surrounding savanna. In the afternoon continue to your accommodation located inside the park or on its outskirts.

  • Meals: Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Tarangire Safari Lodge, Oliver’s Camp
  • Lodge options outside: Burunge Tented Lodge, Maramboi Tented Lodge, Chem Chem Safari Lodge
Day 02: Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu / Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park in the morning. This small but scenic park offers a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats which are embraced in between the lake and the Rift Valley Escarpment. Search for large mammals such as buffaloes, elephants, giraffes and zebras. But also look out for the small ones like the dik-dik, impala and warthog. Listen carefully to the sounds of the bush as you discover Manyara’s great wealth of bird species. Have you spotted the colorful bee-eaters, kingfishers or rollers? On the lake shore you can seasonally find flocks of flamingos and pelicans. Drive up the Rift Valley for a picturesque view in the afternoon. Proceed to Karatu or the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for your overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options Rift Valley: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge
  • Lodge options Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, Plantation Lodge, Gibbs Farm, The Manor
  • Lodge options Ngorongoro Crater Rim: Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Day 03: Ngorongoro Crater

Get an early start and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the crater floor in front of the 600m high crater wall! This is one of the few places on earth where you can reliably see a large concentration of wildlife all year round. The crater supports almost 25.000 animals and is also home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’. Easy to spot are buffaloes, elephants and lions. Leopards and the highly endangered black rhinoceros are seen occasionally. Other wildlife includes elands, hippos, hyenas, crowned cranes and ostriches. In the afternoon leave the Ngorongoro Crater and drive to your accommodation in Karatu.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, Plantation Lodge, Gibbs Farm, The Manor
Day 04: Karatu – Arusha

Return to Arusha with arrival in the early afternoon and drop-off in Arusha Town or at Arusha Airport (ARK) / Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your onward journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch

This safari delivers a unique and memorable sightseeing experience in Tanzania. Africa’s iconic wildlife awaits you in Tarangire, Manyara and the legendary Ngorongoro Crater. Capture great panoramas with your camera in Manyara (with the Great Rift Valley Wall) and inside the Ngorongoro Crater – with the spectacular crater wall as the backdrop. Make the best use of your time! Michael and his highly professional team of guides know all these locations like the back of their hands. Sandra, meanwhile, will ensure that things run smoothly in the background and you are not left wanting for anything. For a personal consultation and first exchange of ideas contact us today! We would love to help you put together a safari itinerary customized to your ideas.


  • Full board lodge accommodation or camping in 2-Person-Tents
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Mineral Water (3 liters per person / per day)
  • Transportation in private 4×4 Safari Vehicle
  • Professional / Multi-lingual Driver/Guide
  • Camping includes professional safari cook
  • National Park Fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Game Drives as outlined in the itinerary
  • Camping Equipment (Tents, Sleeping Mattress, Tables, Chairs, etc.)


  • International Flights to/from Tanzania
  • Domestic Flights within in Tanzania
  • Visa Fees to enter the country
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Drinks (Soft Drinks & Alcoholic Drinks)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tips