9 Days & 8 Nights | Tanzania

Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Karatu & Serengeti National Park



Honeymooners – A budget-friendly way of seeing Northern Tanzania

Migration Safaris – A chance to see the herds as they gather near the Mara River


Game drives

Night drives

Nature walks

Cultural tours


Hot-air ballooning (extra cost)


High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June


This fun itinerary combines transfers by air and road, as well as comfortable, down-to-earth accommodation, to help keep costs down but excitement up. It gives you nine days in some of Tanzania’s wildlife strongholds, including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Northern Serengeti. With luck, parts of the Great Migration will still be grazing in the Serengeti and massing along the Mara River, giving you bucket-list sightings.

Other big hitters are Tarangire National Park (famed for its elephants), Lake Manyara (known for huge flocks of flamingos) and Ngorongoro (known for some of the easiest Big 5 sightings in Africa). Driving between lodges allows you to see more of the country and really understand what makes Tanzania so special.


My love of Tanzania started with a spontaneous trip to Zanzibar where I was thrilled by the history, culture, beaches and unmistakably spiced air. Next I scaled Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest point and the world’s largest free-standing mountain. The south is under-explored and I’ve been lucky enough to travel through Ruaha and Nyerere, and do conservation work in the Usanga wetlands. The ultimate Tanzanian bucket-list item is definitely trekking chimpanzees on Rubondu Island!



8 Nights / 9 Days


Arusha, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Karatu, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


After jetting into Kilimanjaro International Airport (Kili is the highest peak in Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain so look out for its snowy cap if the pilot points it out), you will be met and driven to Rivertrees Country Inn for your first night.

Like many lodges here, it is located on an old coffee estate that took advantage of the fertile soil at the foot of Mount Meru. This is a charming spot to ease into your Tanzanian safari.

Why we love Rivertrees Country Inn:

  • A lovely setting along the meandering Usa River
  • Secluded cottages with plenty of privacy
  • Unwinding after a long flight in the massage hut
  • In a riverine forest that is home to vervet and colobus monkeys

After a refreshing night’s sleep and pot of fresh Arusha coffee, you head out in a private vehicle with your own guide to Tarangire National Park. Think of this as your first game drive! The riverine forest and plantations of Arusha give way to classic bush dotted with massive baobab trees – a favourite of elephants during dry season for the water they store.

Home for two nights is Tarangire Ndovu, a lodge with elevated tents that looks out to the Great Rift Valley wall.

Why we love Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge:

  • Comfortable tents with sliding doors and large decks
  • Swimming pool with views of the surrounding wildlife
  • Located on a historical elephant migration path
  • Pared back décor with subtle touches of Africa

Today you once again head out in your own private vehicle for the drive from Tarangire to Karatu, an area with excellent proximity to Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Manyara is known for its seasonal lake and prides of lion that climb trees to escape the heat while the Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife wonder in an unbroken volcanic caldera.

Your base is Marera Valley Lodge, which is set a little outside of Karatu town centre.

Why we love Marera Valley Lodge:

  • Valley views from the charming cottages
  • Beautiful gardens surround the large swimming pool
  • Cosy fireplaces in each of the bedrooms
  • Massages after several days on the road

A mobile camp is one that can be completely broken down and rebuilt in a different place at a different time of year. In the first half of the year, Nasikia Mobile Migration camp is in the Southern Serengeti; in the second, it moves up north, following the Great Wildebeest Migration.

To get here, you fly from the Lake Manyara Airstrip to the one at Kogatende and experience your first taste of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world.

Why we love Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp:

  • Never more than a dozen tents in camp
  • Electric charging stations for your gear
  • Very comfortable four-poster beds
  • Gorgeous views over the golden savannah

On your final morning, watch one last sunrise and you may even have time to head out on a final game drive. If not, enjoy breakfast overlooking the plains before being driven back to the Kogatende Airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

When you step onto the tarmac, it may be hard to believe it was only nine days since you were last here. Since then, you’ve hopefully seen incredible scenery, enjoyed amazing sightings and savoured Tanzania’s boundless hospitality.


  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners specified
  • Laundry if specified


  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

* Subject to change. Your personal consultant will confirm all the details with you while helping you plan your safari to Africa so you have a full understanding of costs with no surprises.


This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.