Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
Every trip to Tanzania is different. At Brilliant Africa, our job is to help you find a trip that matches your dreams, budget, and appetite for luxury and adventure.
The trip below is one example of what's possible, but get in touch with our team, and we'll help you understand if it's right for you. We can use this trip as a starting point, or we can start with a blank sheet of paper and design a trip that's perfect 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: The Adventure Begins!
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will receive a VIP Meet and Greet before being transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Here you can rest up after your international flight and and meet your guides who will talk you through the plan for the adventure to come.
Depending on your international flight arrival time, you could head straight to Ngorongoro on arrival. Alternatively, there are some wonderful local activities around Arusha and the Kilimanjaro area if you want to take the day to explore.
Overnight at The African Tulip.
Day 2-3: Ngorongoro Crater
The next morning, begin your journey through northern Tanzania as you visit the Masai Boma at Mto Wa Mbu village and market, stopping for a local lunch and a village walk. Alternatively, game drive through Lake Manyara National Park before continuing to the Ngorongoro. Both the Comfort and Luxury options include lodges in the Karatu region just outside the park. Karatu provides a fantastic, cost-effective base for exploring the Ngorongoro crater, but there are also camps along the crater rim if you preferred to stay within the park itself. Staying within the park itself provides incredible views over the crater and early access to the crater floor for safari, but is a bit more expensive than staying Karatu. Some o four favourites inside the park are Entamanu Ngorongoro, Lion's Paw Camp, or Lemala Ngorongoro.
The next day you have a full day on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. What once was a fiery, lava strewn, inhospitable area is now home to 25,000 large animals, including lion, black rhino, elephant, and giraffes. After a day on safari in the crater, transfer back to your lodge for sundowners before dinner.
Overnight at Acacia Farm Lodge.
Day 4-6: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip to connect with a light aircraft flight into the Serengeti. The migration moves throughout the season and many of the camps move throughout the year to track the herds. If you are travelling from mid-December to April, we will drive you into the Serengeti. If you are travelling between July to October, you'll take a light aircraft flight into northern Serengeti.
Either way, you’ll be in prime position to witness the Great Migration. If you are travelling between July - October, you have a great chance to witness a river crossing, one of the most impressive wildlife experiences on earth. Thousands of wildebeest charge across the Mara and Grumeti rivers, attempting to avoid the crocs lurking under the murky waters and the big cats waiting on the other side.
Spend the next 3 nights on safari in the Serengeti, heading out on morning and afternoon game drives and hoping to see a river crossing! If you have some budget flexibility, it can be worth adding an extra night in the Serengeti to maximise your chances of seeing a crossing.
Overnight at Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp.
Day 7: Return Home
As your adventure draws to a close - but not before a final coffee overlooking the savannah - transfer to the airstrip to connect with a light aircraft flight back to Kilimanjaro. Connect with your international flight home.
Day rooms can be arranged depending on your international flight departure time.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices are per person based on two people travelling together. Travelling during peak season will incur higher rates.
Rates for 2023 based on two people travelling together:
Low Season (May - June)
$5,287 USD per person
Mid Season (Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec)
$6,010 USD per person
High Season (July - Oct, 16th-23rd Dec)
$6,545 USD per person
For a tailor-made itinerary built around your interests and budget, get in touch with our team.
Prices are likely to increase by at least 10% for the 2024 season. Rates are confirmed mid-way through the year. Book now and we will not charge you more than this 10% increase. If the price is eventually confirmed as lower than a 10% increase, we will charge you this lower rate.
Small adjustments to accommodation choices, routes, and activities can make a big difference to the cost of a trip in East Africa. Our team can create a tailor-made trip to suit your budget.
- Departure includesDomestic 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 full board.
- Fees for all activities as per the program.
- Conservation charge.
- International flights and visa fees.
- Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
- Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.