Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
Every trip to Tanzania is different. At Brilliant Africa, our job is to listen to what your dream East African adventure looks like and then create a tailor-made itinerary to match your dreams, budget, and appetite for luxury and adventure.
The trip below is one example of what is possible in Tanzania, but get in touch with our team, and we'll help you understand if it's right for you.
The itinerary below is designed to give you an overview of the route. Get in touch with our team for a full travel itinerary, or to create a tailor-made trip.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Lake Duluti Lodge
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and be met like a VIP before a road transfer to your first lodge of the trip. Spend the night at Lake Duluti Lodge, located on a thirty-acre active coffee farm.
All chalets are positioned to face the coffee farm and each has a private deck with an amazing view of the ancient indigenous trees to relax on after a day of travelling.
Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast
Day 2: Lake Duluti Lodge to Lemala Mpingo Ridge
Transfer via road in a private vehicle to your next lodge: Lemala Mpingo Ridge, enjoying a hearty picnic lunch en route. The lodge sits on top of an escarpment with sweeping views across the perennial Tarangire River and valley below.
You'll spend the following two nights here, enjoying private game drives in the Tarangire National Park during the day. Being the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire remains slightly off the main safari circuit but is a terrifically scenic park featuring classic African savannah, green hills, woodlands and rivers and is especially famous for its large herds of elephants, superb birdlife and giant baobab trees.
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Enjoy your time in Tarangire Park with your private game vehicle; you have the option to choose from a private full-day drive with a picnic lunch or a morning/afternoon game drive with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Tarangire has some of the highest elephant populations in the country. During peak migration from July to October, around 5,000 of these gentle giants will migrate to Tarangire - you can sometimes see groups of 300 elephants at once. Lions are often sighted, and you might see leopards and cheetahs patrolling the grasslands, or perched in a tree. Wild dogs have been spotted before, but you have to get lucky to find them.
The park is also a great birding destination, with over 500 species living in Tarangire.
Day 4: Lake Duluti Lodge to Gibb's Farm
Transfer from Tarangire National Park via Lake Manyara for a picnic lunch. Lake Manyara National Park is famous for housing vast flocks of flamingos, tree-climbing lions, and one of the highest concentrations of elephants in all of Tanzania.
Head to your next lodge - Gibbs Farm - known for its high-quality food and farm-fresh quality. Established in the early 1900s by a German Duke as a coffee plantation, founders James Gibb and his wife, Margaret bought the farm after World War II and established the farm in the 1970s - it's the oldest guesthouse in northern Tanzania.
You'll spend the next two nights here, relaxing in between adventures.
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will descend into the famous Ngorongoro Crater with an experienced guide. The landscape here shifts greatly depending on the season, and you're guaranteed to observe scenes found nowhere else in Tanzania.
The park was established as a conservation area for wildlife and the semi-nomadic Maasai population that reside in it. Variations in climate, landforms, and altitude produce a range of habitats that can support a variety of wildlife and has led to a network of overlapping ecosystems. The crater is home to some 30,000 animals, some of which migrate here during the Great Migration, and others that stay here year-round.
Day 6: Gibb's Farm to Nanyukie Lodge
After breakfast, you'll depart to Lake Manyara Airstrip. Here you'll board your light air flight to the Seronera Airstrip. Drive from Seronera Airstrip to Nanyukie Lodge where you'll spend the next four nights. The camp itself sits on a grassy savanna dotted with rocky kopjes and shaded by ancient giant acacia trees.
This area of the Serengeti is crossed by the thrilling wildlife spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, but also has high-density game-viewing at all times and is well-known for its large concentration of cats, so much so that until recently this area was set aside for scientific research into predators, especially cheetah.
Meal plan: Full Board
Days 7-9: Serengeti
Spend the next two days relaxing at the lodge and enjoying morning and afternoon game drives at your leisure.
One of the most famous destinations in Africa, this UNESCO world heritage park is the stage for the dramatic wildebeest migration that takes place each year. Tanzania’s oldest park, covering a whopping 1.5 million hectares, it's home to an incredible diversity of animals.
As well as the famous wildebeest migration, the park is home to the Big Five: rhino, lions, leopards buffalo, and elephants. Alongside these, you'll find giraffes, mongooses, baboons, aardvarks, colobus monkeys, monitor lizards, and giant Nile crocodiles.
Day 10: Off towards your next adventure
Drive from Nanyukie Lodge to the Seronera Airstrip. Fly from Seronera to Kilimanjaro airport, where you'll depart for your international flight, towards your next adventure.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
- Prices are per person based on two people travelling together. Travel during some peak season months will incur higher rates.
- Small adjustments to accommodation choices, routes, and activities can make a big difference to the cost of a trip in East Africa. The prices shown should be used as an indication only. Our team can create a tailor-made trip to suit your budget.
- Domestic flights.
- All road transfers and airport pickups/drop-offs.
- All accommodation as per the itinerary. Accommodation can be amended based on budget and preferences.
- All camping equipment where necessary.
- Fees for guides, scouts, drivers, and cooks.
- All entrance fees as per the program.
- Meal plan as per accommodation
- Fees for all activities as per the program.
- Conservation charge.
- Emergency flying doctors service
- International flights and visa fees.
- Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
- Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.