Northern Tanzania Explorer Safari

Northern Tanzania Explorer Safari

Explore Africa’s iconic wildlife in Tarangire, Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater during 4×4 safari game drives. This short safari is easily reached from Arusha and can be done year-round.


Make the best use of your time and explore Africa’s iconic wildlife during 4×4 safari game drives in  Tarangire, Manyara and the legendary Ngorongoro Crater. To avoid long transfer times, this safari focuses  on parks that are easily reached on a two-hour drive from Arusha. This short safari can be done all year  round and offers a fantastic introduction into a Tanzania safari.

Trip Highlights


Trip Info

  • Pakuba Lodge

    Pakuba Safari Lodge is nestled on the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile in Murchison Falls National Park overlooking the spectacular River Nile. Our location affords panoramic views of the mighty River Nile and sweeping vistas of the surrounding riverine forest below. Pakuba Safari Lodge is cleverly laid out so that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the river and the park.

    Pakuba Lodge
  • Kibale Forest Camp

    Where better to capture the thrill of a howling black and white colobus or to listen to the wood owl calling his partner, than from the comfort of your tent in Kibale Forest Camp? Get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. Have a break from your daily concrete jungle life and experience this green oasis.  

    Kibale Forest Camp
  • Bush Lodge

    Nature lodges is a selection of intimate, small sized lodges and camps in Uganda. Each property in our portfolio is as vibrant and unique as the region it serves. They typically range from 10 to 15 rooms and are situated around the major tourism sites of the country.

    Bush Lodge
  • Enjojo Lodge

    Enjojo Lodge has seven luxury cottages; Each cottage has its own unique charm and character. Four cottages are situated in lush vegetation with swaying palmtrees and are accessible by a wooden elevated walkway leading to and from the restaurant. Three cottages are overlooking an open grassland where elephants are regular visitors.   Each cottage has its own en-suite bathroom with solar hot and cold running water and a wonderful outdoor shower. From easy chairs on the spacious verandah, you can unwind, relax and enjoy the African wilderness. 

    Enjojo Lodge
  • Gorilla Mist Camp

    Gorilla Mist Camp is Privately operated and locally owned, our experience in the tourism industry gives us first hand knowledge about client care services. Customer care and comfort is our goal as we take pride in our service.

    Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

    Providing you a private and peaceful environment to stay and we will go an extra mile to make sure your stay is a memorable one!!. During your stay with here, you will be able to tick off your bucket list the experience of trekking the enchanting Mountain Gorillas, a Must Do activity when you are still alive.

    Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
  • Bird Nest

    Birdnest Resort @ Bunyonyi is located in South-West Uganda. Its position at lake Bunyonyi means it’s the perfect safe heaven to prepare for gorilla trekking.

    Bird Nest
  • Rwakobo Rock

    Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. Our comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. 

    Rwakobo Rock

    Dry Season in Tanzania – June to October

    During this time, the weather is generally dry, with little to no rainfall (between 15mm – 36mm per month). The average temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), making it a popular time for wildlife safaris and visits. The dry season is also ideal for witnessing the Great Migration, as herds of wildebeest and other animals migrate across the plains.

    Wet Season in Tanzania – November to May

    The peak of rainfall is typically in March (178mm / 7”), April (368mm / 14.5”), and May (211mm / 8.3”). The wet season is characterized by intermittent showers and occasional heavy downpours. Average temperatures during this time range from 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F). The landscapes become lush and green, offering beautiful scenery and opportunities for birdwatching. However, it’s important to note that some roads and trails may become impassable due to muddy conditions.

    Best Times To Spot Wildlife in Tanzania

    As one of the best game viewing countries on the continent, Tanzania offers year-round opportunities for seeing some of Africa’s most impressive animals. 

    For the Great Serengeti Migration: head to Southeastern Serengeti from December through April, Western Serengeti and Grumeti from May through July, and Northern Serengeti from July through November. 

    For other wildlife in Tanzania, December through January is equally great for Lake Mantra and Ngorongoro, while July through November is excellent for Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha, Mahale, Gombe, Katavi.


    Trip Itinerary

    Tarangire National Park

    Departure with picnic-lunch to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is an intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for wildlife. Expect to encounter prides of lions, elephants with huge tusks due to the rich volcanic soil, plain game, hippos, birds and many more. With a little luck you might spot the highly endangered black rhinoceros. Proceed to your overnight stay.

    Lake Manyara National Park

    Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This small but scenic park offers a remarkable diversity of habitats which are embraced in between the lake and the Rift Valley Escarpment. Search for large mammals such as buffalos, elephants, giraffes and zebras; but also listen carefully to the sounds of the bush as you discover Manyara’s great wealth of bird species. Proceed to your overnight stay in Karatu.

    Ngorongoro Crater

    Early start to Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the crater floor in front of the 600m high crater wall! The crater is home to almost 25.000 animals – including Africa’s ‘Big Five’. Easy to spot are buffaloes, elephants and lions. Leopards and the highly endangered black rhinoceros are seen occasionally. Return to your overnight stay in the afternoon.

    Marera Valley

    Return to Arusha

    Return to Arusha with drop-off according to your travel journey – either in Arusha Town or at Arusha Airport (ARK) / Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

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    Trip Details




    • 2 pax based on a double room $1,749/person
    • 4 pax based on 2 double rooms $1,352/person
    • 6 pax based on 3 double rooms $1,222/person

    Our tailor-made trips are designed to offer you the best possible value to make your East African safari experience a memorable one. As a boutique tour operator, we are happy to personalise your trip budget and package according to your needs.

    Please treat all pricing as a guide only, as customisations made to this itinerary, style of travel, and number of guests may raise or lower the overall cost. All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice. Single supplements may apply.

    For the best, most current rates available, request a quote or speak to one of Kikooko Africa Safari’s travel experts.

    Warren Anwkasa,
    Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

    Inquire About This Tour

    All our itineraries can be adapted to suit your personal interests and preferences. 

    Please feel free to discuss these with us so we can personalise your tour for your maximum enjoyment.

    For the most current rates for your party, request a quote or speak to one of Kikooko Africa Safari’s travel experts.

    Inquire About This Tour

    Warren Anwkasa,
    Founder, Kikooko Africa Safaris

    All our itineraries can be adapted to suit your personal interests and preferences. 

    Please feel free to discuss these with us so we can personalise your tour for your maximum enjoyment.

    For the most current rates for your party, request a quote or speak to one of Kikooko Africa Safari’s travel experts.

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