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Big Five Safari tour

Big Five Safari

Backpackers Safaris
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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  • Explore Arusha
  • Visit the fascinating Lake Manyara National Park
  • Have an opportunity to drive along Serengeti National Park
  • Explore Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Short Description

This safari takes you through the highlights of the unrivalled Parks of Northern Tanzania. This region has a natural abundance of wildlife, and protects the annual migration of millions of animals across these northern reaches. You start at Lake Manyara National Park, ornithologists a paradise that is also noted for the elusive tree-climbing lions. Then to Serengeti, probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Serengeti is a big game haven that also hosts over 3 million large mammals!

You then head to Ngorongoro Crater, which supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. It is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. You then close at Tarangire, famous for its dense wildlife population.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arusha, Tanzania
End City Arusha, Tanzania

Trip Includes

  • Picnic Lunch
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary above
  • National Parks entry fees and Crater fees
  • Transportation in a 4WD with safari driver/guide
  • Game Activities as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day
  • Tents, Mattresses, Chairs, Cook and all kitchen utensils (For Camping)

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Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning at 0830hrs pick up from your hotel in Arusha and drive on tarmac road 130km with lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park for both morning and afternoon game drives. The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more…About 350 species of birds have been recorded. You will have Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight in Manyara.

Day 2: Manyara – Serengeti National Park

Early morning breakfast in Manyara then at 0700hrs drive to the Great Serengeti National Park with lunch and game drives enroute. Afternoon game drives in the park a home to lion, leopard, Elephant, Cheetah, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Eland, Wild dog, Gazelles, Crocs and more. Lot of birds includes the Eurasia migrants, dinner and overnight in Serengeti.

Day 3: Northern Serengeti National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Then follows morning and afternoon game drives in the park. In the afternoon continue with game viewing to the North East of the park this is Lobo area where the main path of the Serengeti Wildebeest migration has passed. Dinner and overnight in Serengeti.

Day 4: Full day in Serengeti National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Then half day game viewing in Lobo area where you will have your hot lunch before you drive back to Seronera the center of Serengeti. Proceed with game viewing around Seronera or Eastwards, Dinner and overnight in Serengeti

Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Wake up at 0600hrs for early morning game drives in Serengeti at 0845hrs back to the lodge/ Camp for breakfast. Then check out and drive with lunch and game viewing en-route to Ngorongoro Crater Rim. You will pass via Olduvai Gorgethe archaeological site. Dinner and overnight in Ngorongoro.

Day 6: Crater tour – Tarangire National Park

Wake up early morning for breakfast then at 0700hrs descend into the Crater floor for game drives. All the BIG FIVE Rhino Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, others are Zebra, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hyena and more…Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake, Geese, Storks, Vultures and more…Your lunch will be served in the picnic site in the Crater near Lerai Forest or Hippo pool. After lunch proceed with game viewing while ascending the Crater and drive to Tarangire National Park for dinner and overnight in Tarangire.

Day 7: Tarangire – Arusha

After breakfast continue with game viewing in Tarangire National park, a home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Your picnic lunch will be served in picnic site in the Tarangire Park. In the late afternoon the driver will take you back to Arusha.


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We saw all the animals we wanted and many more.

Trip with Backpackers Safaris is the best adventure in our lives. We saw all the animals we wanted and many more. Sharif is an encyclopedia of plants, birds and wild animals. His motto of Persistence Patience and Perseverance helped us finding our favorite cheetahs. One of them even jumped onto our vehicle and marked us as his territory. Though it was wet season, we didn't have any rain until the last day back to Arusha. Thank you, Backpackers Safaris.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

when the cancellation is done in a period of over 28 days of the safari/tour, 50% of the deposit sent will be refunded. When the cancellation is done in a period between 14 -28 days of the safari/tour, 25% of the payment would be refunded. When the cancellation is done in a period between 7 – 14 days NO REFUND.

Additional Information:


We exercise utmost care in handling our guests and their property, but will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal belongings or personal injury.


We use Land Cruiser, Land Rover, Mini-buses. we provide English/French and Spanish driver guides .


We don’t have facilities to process Visa or Master Card for your safari and mountain climbing, the deposit should be paid by bank transfer / The balance is to be paid on a cash basis


Most of Banks offer ATM facilities. Banks in major town and Cities have introduced now ATM facilities. Don’t change money in the street.


Prices for camping safaris include: Park fees, meals, cook, driver, camping equipments and transport. Prices for camping safaris per trip will depend on the number of people. We prefer every client to have a window seat. We can arrange for an extended car that gives all our clients a window seat.


Prices for mountain climbing include all national park fees, meals, 4 ways transport, camping equipments, porters, cook and guides. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE climbing gears or any other personal arrangement.


everyone is responsible for personal travel insurance. Please check whether it applies for Africa and for mountain trekking. Backpacker Safaris act only as agents of the clients in all aspect relating to hotel accommodation, tours, transport and shall not be liable for injury, delay, loss or damage in any manner. The company is not responsible for theft or loss of baggage. Please baggage insurance is therefore recommended.


the Company act only as an agent of the tours and transport, and shall not be liable for injury, delays, loss, or damage in any manner. The company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicle is governed by the laws of the country in which the tour takes place and no other country. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the actions arise. The company shall not be held responsible for loss or damages to baggage

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Trip Excludes

  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tanzanian entry visas
  • International and Local flights
  • Airport/Airstrip transfers (We can arrange on request)
  • Flying doctors service
  • Accommodations on Arrival Day and night after Safaris(We can arrange on request)
  • All items of a personal nature and sleeping bags ( for camping)
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines & premium brand spirits
  • Olduvai fees

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