4-day Explorer Safari in Northern Tanzania

Tarangire, Manyara & Ngorongoro Crater

Make the best use of your time and explore Africa’s iconic wildlife during 4×4 safari game drives in Tarangire, Manyara and the legendary Ngorongoro Crater. To avoid long transfer times, this safari focuses on parks that are easily reached on a two-hour drive from Arusha. This short safari can be done all year round and offers a fantastic introduction into a Tanzania safari.

Tour Style

private safari with unlimited mileage

Tour Duration

4 days, 3 nights (start: day of your choice)


panoramic views in Manyara with the Rift Valley Wall
herds of elephants in Tarangire with ancient baobab trees
Africa’s legendary “Big Five” inside the Ngorongoro Crater

National Parks

Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Ngorongoro Crater


mainly game drives, but optional activities available

Physical Rating

leisurely – no strenuous exercise is expected

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As an adventurous European travel is in my blood! Tanzania is a fascinating country with so much to explore! It’s a pleasure to share my insider knowledge and offer first-hand advise. I take the time to listen to your ideas and create a unique safari adventure out of these – tailored to your indivudal requirements and designed just for you!

Not sure if this itinerary is suitable for you? You have questions or missing a particular activity? Don’t worry we are here to assist!

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Let me show you my stunning home country and discover the true Tanzania – authentic and first-hand with a native at your side! As a Tanzanian myself, I am intimately familiar with the local conditions. With my experience in the bush and my passioan for wildlife, I will happily design an itinerary based on your travel interests.

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Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). After you have passed the passport control, you will be met by your professional safari guide outside the terminal and transferred to your accommodation in Arusha town (driving distance depending on your overnight choice between 45 minutes to 1 hour). Enjoy a welcome dinner and a relaxing evening before starting your Tanzania adventure on the next morning.


Optional Activitiy:
Beading Class
Overnight Options:

Day 1: Tarangire National Park

Meet & greet in Arusha with your professional driver/guide. Depart to Tarangire National Park. Spend the day on game drive – Tarangire is famous for its prolific elephant herds and its remarkable baobab trees. Look out for buffaloes, elands, elephants, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, wildebeests, and zebras among others. Proceed to your overnight stay in the late afternoon. Included meals: picnic-lunch and dinner.


View Park:
Tarangire NP
Optional Activity:
Maasai Boma
Overnight Options:

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This small but scenic parks offers a remarkable diversity of 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 listen carefully to the sounds of the bush as you discover Manyara’s great wealth of bird species. Proceed to your overnight stay. Included meals: breakfast, picnic-lunch and dinner.


View Park:
Manyara NP
Optional Activity:
Night Game Drive
Overnight Options:
Manyara Region

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Early start to Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the crater floor in front of the 600m high crater wall! The crater is home to almost 25.000 animals – including Africa’s ‘Big Five’. Easy to spot are buffaloes, elephants and lions. Leopards and the highly endangered black rhinoceros are seen occasionally. Drive to your overnight stay in the afternoon. Included meals: breakfast, picnic-lunch and dinner.


View Park:
Ngorongoro Crater
Optional Activity:
Coffee Plantation
Overnight Options:
NCA – Crater Rim

Day 4: Return to Arusha

Depending on your departure time, you can add in some optional activities in the morning. Afterwards return to Arusha with drop-off according to your onwards travel journey – either in Arusha Town with the possibility to overnight, or at Arusha Airport (ARK) / Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Included meals: breakfast and picnic-lunch.


Optional Activitiy:
Mountain Biking
Overnight Options:

Beach Extensions

Would you like to extend your safari on the mainland of Tanzania with a beach holiday? Tanzania offers some fantastic beach stays directly on the Indian Ocean.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is a sleepy island located just south of Zanzibar – an exclusive hideaway if you wish to escape the crowds. It is a diver’s paradise, and the marine park offers a large variety of dive options. From September the March is whale shark season – a great adventure to be experienced by snorkeling or scuba diving. Accommodations are limited but provide you with everything you need – excellent quality and service!

Pemba Island

Pemba Island is located just north of Zanzibar. A completely off-the-beaten-track getaway awaits you – quiet and easy-going. It is well known for its diving – incredible dive walls, drop-offs and rich coral gardens. If beach-lounging was what you had in mind, take note that the beaches are not as perfect as in Zanzibar, but there are sandbanks nearby. Only a few scattered properties are found here – simple and rustic, but with a fantastic service!

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is everything you imagine of an Indian Ocean Island – beautiful white beaches lined with palm trees and azure-blue waters. It is the most easily accessible island with a short flight from the main land. Various activities apart from sunbathing are available including the historic Stone Town and Spice Tour, Kitesurfing or Dhow Cruises. A large variety of accommodation options that suit every style, budget and desire!