9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – Community & Wildlife Trip In Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

9 days Tanzania safari tour is a well-paced 8 nights/9 days safari in Tanzania tour, offering you the Maasai culture and wildlife viewing experiences in Tanzania’s most stunning wildlife destinations Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

On this 9 days Tanzania safari tour, you will enjoy thrilling daily game drives that will take you from the beautiful terrains of Tarangire, home to huge elephant herds and iconic African baobab trees – to the boundless plains of the Serengeti, the home of Great Wildebeest Migration and where more than 3 million large wild animals live, including over 1.5 million wildebeest, 250,000 zebras, 500,000 gazelles and Africa’s largest population of predators: lions, leopards, Cheetahs, and hyenas.

From Serengeti, move to Ngorongoro Crater, an incredible natural geological wonderland, where it is possible to see all the Big Five – Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard on a single game drive.

During this 9 days Tanzania safari tour, you’ll also visit the Oludupai Gorge (the Cradle of Humankind), tour the traditional Masai village, and leave Tanzania with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Please note that this 9 Days Tanzania safari trip starts and ends in Arusha and can be customized to suit personal needs and preferences – at an affordable price!

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Enjoy daily game drives
  • See Tarangire’s large elephant herds
  • See Africa’s Big Five animals in their natural habitat
  • Spot Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs on thrilling hunts
  • Marvel at breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater
  • See the Endless plains of the Serengeti
  • Chance to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Enjoy fantastic birdwatching & photography
  • Visit a traditional Maasai Village
  • Tour Olduvai Gorge (the Cradle of Mankind)

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Day 1: Arusha

Day 2 & 3: Tarangire National Park

Day 4, 5 & 6: Serengeti National Park

Day 7 & 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 9: Maasai Village – Depart

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Arusha

Day 2: Transfer to Tarangire National Park & do a game drive

Day 3: Full-day game drive in Tarangire National Park

Day 4: Transfer Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. Enjoy an evening game drive in Serengeti en route to your lodge.

Day 5: Whole day game drive Serengeti National Park 

Day 6: Another full-day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 7: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area & do a crater tour.

Day 8: Full-day game drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater Tour

Day 9: Half-day Maasai community tour & Transfer back to Arusha.

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport & Transfer to Your Hotel in Arusha

On day one of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by our company representative and transferred to Arusha City, less than an hour away.

Arusha is a pleasant, lush, green city in the shadow of Mount Meru (4,562m) and near Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m), Africa’s highest peak. Because of its altitude of about 1,400m, the city enjoys a temperate climate. It serves as a gateway to Tanzania’s classic northern safari destinations: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, and Arusha National Parks.

You’ll receive a briefing about this fantastic 9 days safari and then you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in the city, where you overnight, relax, and prepare in anticipation of the adventures to come.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Arusha Coffee Lodge/Impala Hotel/Kibo Palace Hotel

Midrange: – Outpost Lodge

Meal Plan: – Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Pick up from the airport & transfer to a hotel.

Day 2: Transfer to Tarangire National Park & Do Game Drive

After breakfast at 8.00 am, embark on a scenic 2½-hour drive southwest to Tarangire National Park, the first park on your 9 days Tanzania safari tour.

Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge or camp for the next two nights. After lunch, have some time to relax before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

You will explore this lovely quiet, park which is the least visited reserve on the northern Tanzania safari circuit but one capable of delivering fantastic wildlife game viewing and an authentic safari atmosphere. Its grassy plains are dotted with mythical African baobab trees – the largest trees on the continent. Spread among them are Tanzania’s largest herds of elephants, usually up to 300 animals strong!

Tarangire is also a paradise for bird lovers and supports large numbers of Giraffes, Zebras, and many antelope species, most evident during the dry season when concentrations of animals at the life-giving Tarangire River are at their peak. And you will look out for lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

After your exciting game drive, return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Midrange: – Tarangire Kirurumu Camp

Budget: – Roika Tented Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: – Approx. 150km/2½ hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Tarangire
  • Afternoon game drive

Optional Activity: –

  • Night game drive

Day 3: Full Day Game Drives In Tarangire National Park

On day three of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, you will have a full day in beautiful Tarangire. You will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives and return to camp or lodge for lunch and a short rest in the heat of the day.

You will explore the park as you look for the ‘Giants of the Tarangire’ – African elephants and baobabs. Drive towards the Silale Swamp, a key part of the Tarangire ecosystem. The swamp serves as a giant sponge during the rainy season and slowly releases water during the dry season, attracting thousands of animals. Huge herds of herbivores flood the park in the quest for water, attracting lions, leopards, hyenas, Cheetahs, and the endangered African wild dogs/painted wolves.

African Elephants can often be a witness in large numbers here. Great African Rock Pythons can be spotted living alongside the swamp. And if you’re a bird lover, this is the best place to see many of the park’s 553 bird species.

You’ll again return to the lodge for your final dinner and overnight here. Tomorrow you are off to the legendary Serengeti!

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Midrange: – Tarangire Kirurumu Camp

Budget: – Roika Tented Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Full-day game drive

Optional Activity: –

  • Walking safari

Day 4: Transfer To Via Oludupai Gorge To Serengeti National Park. Do An Evening Game Drive In Serengeti En-Route To Your Lodge

After an early breakfast on day four of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, have your packed lunch and embark on the marvelous African drive north.

Pass through rolling highlands, Maasai villages, and the gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge (the Cradle of Mankind), where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the remains of Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of the human genus in the 1960s.

Your destination today is the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the home of the Great Migration, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Covering over 14700km2, Serengeti is inhabited by more than 3 million large animals including over 1.5 million wildebeest, 250,000 zebra, 500,000  gazelles, and Africa’s largest population of predators.

On arrival, enjoy your picnic-packed lunch and a game drive as you continue to your lodge or camp in central Serengeti. The area forms part of the “Great Wildebeest Migration” and is home to the Seronera Valley one of the best places in Africa to see the Big Cats (lions, leopards, and cheetahs) on thrilling hunts.

You reach your lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serengeti Sopa Lodge/Serengeti Serena Lodge

Midrange: – Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget: – Kijereshi Tented Camp (Bungalow)

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: – Approx. 250km/5-6 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Serengeti
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge Museum
  • Game drive

Day 5: Unlimited Game Drives in Central Serengeti

Day five of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour starts with an early breakfast at the lodge or Camp. After breakfast, set off on a thrilling morning game drive in Central Serengeti. You return to your camp for lunch.

After lunch, have some time to relax and then go out in search of more animals and birds on an afternoon game drive.

On the game drive, explore the beautiful, vast Seronera Valley, with its endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed with umbrella-shaped acacia trees, and meandering rivers, pools, swamps, and colossal mounds of granite kopjes.

You will encounter vast pods of hippos, herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topis, buffalos, elephants, giraffe, elands, impalas, and waterbucks alongside their associated predators: lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. This is also one of the best places to find the park’s elusive leopards.

You will return to your camp for some relaxation time, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serengeti Sopa Lodge/Serengeti Serena Lodge

Midrange: – Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget: – Kijereshi Tented Camp (Bungalow)

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Game drives in Serengeti

Optional Activity: –

  • Hot air balloon safari

Day 6: Full Day Game Drives in Serengeti

Enjoy another full-day safari in the Serengeti on day six of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the camp/lodge, and morning and afternoon game drives will be included.

Serengeti is a Maasai word that means “endless plains. “The vast has the greatest remaining concentration of plains animals in the world.

Serengeti also hosts more than 500 bird species with specials, including Fischer’s Lovebird, Mayor’s Parrot, Common Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Secretary bird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Grey-crested helmet-shrike, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Rüppell’s Vulture, Southern ground hornbill, and Yellow-throated Sandgrouse.

After another great day in Serengeti, return to the lodge for final dinner and overnight here. Tomorrow you go to the most famous volcanic crater on Earth!

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serengeti Sopa Lodge/Serengeti Serena Lodge

Midrange: – Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget: – Kijereshi Tented Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Full-day Game drive

Day 7: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Do Crater Tour in the Afternoon

On day nine of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the camp and then embark on a morning game drive in the Serengeti plains as you drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater – another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, pass through rugged forested hills and picturesque Masai villages.

Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, descend 2000 feet to the crater floor. Learn some cool facts about this incredible natural geological wonderland as you make your way inside. Formed by a massive volcanic eruption, this world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera (264km2), offers a year-round home to an astonishing 25,000 large mammals, including rare black rhinos, wildebeests, and zebras along with some of Africa’s densest concentrations of lions.

The forests of the crater shelter African elephants and buffalo, and the wetlands are home to Hippos and Flamingos while spotted hyenas, African wild dogs, Leopards, and Cheetahs make up the full range of predators.

After a game drive, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ngorongoro Crater Lodge/Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Midrange: – Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Budget: – Karatu Simba Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: – Approx.140km/3-4 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Ngorongoro
  • Game drives

Day 8: Full Day Game Drive Inside the Ngorongoro Crater

Day eight of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour begins with an early breakfast at the lodge. Then, embark on a full-day game drive inside the crater.

You have a picnic lunch on the crater floor and return in the late afternoon to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Sometimes referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world”, Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. This is one of the only places in Africa where you can see all the Big Five – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo on a single game drive.

Ngorongoro also hosts more than 500 bird species, including Golden-Winged Sunbirds, Jackson’s Widowbird, Flamingos, Common Ostrich, Secretary bird, Kori Bustard, Crowned Crane, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, and Long-crested Eagle.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Midrange: – Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Budget: – Karatu Simba Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Full-day game drive

Day 9: Half Day Maasai Community Tour & Transfer Back To Arusha

Today, enjoy breakfast at 8 am and then visit a Maasai village in the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. Spend time with the villagers, find out about their way of life, and join in their lively singing and dancing. Learn about some of the customary practices such as fire-making and beadwork.

After that, embark on a 4-5 hour drive back to Arusha. You can stop for some last-minute shopping before making your way to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight at the end of this lovely 9 days Tanzania safari tour.

Please note: Extensions to Zanzibar, Uganda, and Rwanda (for mountain gorilla trekking), or parks in Kenya can easily be arranged. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

End of the 9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof &AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Arusha (Arranged on request)