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The pathways that wind around the grounds make the most of the river and forest’s natural charm and you will enjoy gourmet country cuisine that the restaurant,


Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Arusha

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Arusha in late evening and undertake a 40-minute drive to our lodge, where we will stay for the first two nights. Our lodge has a stunning location, surrounded by a garden and the forest, it offers an impressive diversity of birds. The pathways that wind around the grounds make the most of the river and forest’s natural charm and you will enjoy gourmet country cuisine that the restaurant specialises in. Read more

Gold Crest Hotel

Exploring the Arusha National Park

Our first full day in Tanzania will be spent exploring the Arusha National Park. Set between the towering peaks of Mount Meru (4,566 m) and Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m), the park has a varied landscape ranging from the lush swamps and mixed woodlands of the Ngurdoto Crater, soda and fresh water of Momella Lakes, to open savanna. The park is especially noted for the large concentration of unusually tame Masai Giraffes, but the forested rim of the Ngurdoto Crater is a good vantage point to see other mammals grazing on the crater floor, including African Buffaloes, Thompson’s Gazelle, Common Zebra and African Elephants. In the forest, we are likely to see Bushbuck, Harvey’s Duiker, the photogenic Blue Monkey and the Black-and-white Colobus Monkey foraging in the tree-tops. The birdwatching here is superb, and species such as Bar-tailed Trogon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Pangani Longclaw, Taveta Weaver, Kenrick’s Starling, Spotted-flanked and Brown-breasted Barbets, White-winged Widowbird, Scarlet-chested and Tacazze Sunbirds, are all possible encounters. Verreaux's Eagles and Lammergeiers nest on the cliffs and Lesser Flamingos abound in the alkaline Momella Lakes. Read more

Gold Crest Hotel

Visit Tarangire National Park

After early morning birding around the camp and breakfast, we will head towards Tarangire National Park, famed for its high concentration of African Elephants, congregating in herds of up to 600 animals. The landscape is primarily open savanna dotted with Acacia woodland and large Baobab trees, where large numbers of game can be seen. The park offers superb birding opportunities, with over 550 species of birds recorded, some of which are best seen here, including the African endemic Yellow-collared Lovebird, Red-throated Tit, Northern Pied-Babbler and Ashy Starling. We will encounter a good diversity of hornbills, woodpeckers, rollers, weavers and pigeons. The Wahlberg’s, Tawny and Martial Eagles, and Pigmy Falcon are most notable raptors here. Other possible species include Orange-bellied and Brown Parrots, Nubian Woodpecker, White-bellied Go-away-bird, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Southern Ground and Von der Decken’s Hornbills, Spotted Morning Thrush, and White-headed, Red-billed and Vitelline Masked Weavers, to name just a few. Read more

Maromboi Tented Camp
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Serengeti-Ngorongoro ecosystem

Today, we will travel to the Serengeti-Ngorongoro ecosystem, heading first for the Lake Manyara escarpment. Manyara National Park nestles beneath the dramatic cliffs of the East African Rift Valley and is perhaps most famous for its large concentrations of Greater and Lesser Flamingos. African Fish Eagle and Palm Nut Vulture patrol the area here and extensive reed beds, parklands scattered with acacia trees and open grasslands are home to various sunbirds, weavers and bee-eaters. Later, our scenic journey will take us to the edge of the magical Ngorongoro Crater. We will slowly climb up the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro caldera to reach the rim of the crater, where a spectacular view stretches down to the crater floor dotted with animals. However, since we will spend the last two days of our tour here, we will press on to reach our lodge at a reasonable hour. As we leave the crater behind and enter the Ndutu region, which lies at the junction between the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation area, the open short-grass plains, filled with grazing mammals, will stretch to horizon. The increase in the numbers of grazing Blue Wildebeest will be particularly noticeable as we travel further south to reach our lodge. Spotted Hyena, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Bat-eared Fox are all possible encounters en route. Birds would also be difficult to ignore and we are likely to see Martial Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, African Grey Hornbill, Common Scimitar bill, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Bee-eater, Magpie Shrike, Chinspot Batis, to name just a few. Our lodge is the only permanent accommodation in the Ndutu area in the south-eastern Serengeti National Park. Surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs, the lodge attracts a host of mammals and birds, including endemics such as Fischer’s Lovebirds and Grey-breasted Francolin. We will another opportunity here to observe wildlife from our own verandas. Read more

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
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Exploring Ndutu area

We will spend the day exploring the short-grass plains, open woodland and lakes around Ndutu in the early morning and afternoon, but return to the lodge in the middle of the day for lunch and a siesta. Every year, between January and March, some 1.3 million Blue Wildebeest and thousands of Plains Zebra and Thompson's Gazelles congregate here to give birth, creating one of the greatest world’s wildlife spectacles. At this time of the year, the majority of the game animals will be tending their newly born youngsters and wandering between the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti and the neighboring Ngorongoro Conservation Area to graze in the best feeding conditions. We will, therefore, be visiting different parts of the region to track down the migratory herds, which slowly would start moving towards the Central Serengeti. Predators are plentiful and we will be unlucky not to come across a Cheetah or a Lion hunting or feasting on their prey. The Ndutu area is also home to great assemblage of birds: Kori Bustard is common, and so is the Secretary bird and scavenging vultures. Other raptors include Tawny, Wahlberg's and Steppe Eagles, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Pallid and Montagu's Harriers, Black-shouldered Kite, Lesser Kestrel and Lanner Falcon. At a nearby Lake Masek, we will see some water birds, and in the more wooded areas, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Greater Honeyguide, Pin-tailed Whydah, African Paradise Flycatcher and Marico Sunbird could be found. No doubt our stay here will provide some highlights for the trip Read more

Mobile Tented Camp
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Central Serengeti National Park

Today, we will travel north to the central Serengeti National Park birding, game viewing and bird watching along the way. The landscape will gradually change from open grassland to more heavily wooded areas, offering a much greater diversity of birds. We will stop at the Naabi Gate, located at a granite kopje, with a spectacular view over the Serengeti National Park. Our luxurious camp is located on a small hillside in the middle of Serengeti, offering a great view of the African plain. A short walk will give you personal encounters with Masai Giraffes, Thompson Gazelles and Buffalos. There is no better way to explore the Serengeti as from this intimate location. Read more

Kiota Tented Camp
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The African wilderness

With a wake-up coffee/tea, you will be able to sit outside your tent, enjoy the sunrise over the Serengeti and listen to the dawn calls of the African wilderness. Magic! We will explore the Central Serengeti today and are likely to see some migrating game, but their exact location can never be predicted. While Cheetah favours more open areas, the prides of Lions typically lurk around the woodland edges, where we also stand the best chances to see a Leopard. Spotted Hyenas are common as well as Golden and Black-backed Jackals, Servals, Honey Badgers and Bat-eared Foxes. Birds of prey and vultures abound, with Lappet-faced Vulture and the scarcer Rüppell’s Griffon being possible highlights. Black-bellied Bustard, Rufous-crowned Roller, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Usambiro Barbet, Superb and Hildebrandt’s Starlings, Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill, Grey-headed Silverbill, Karamoja Apalis, Grey-crested Helmetshrike and the stunning and iridescent Superb Starling are just a few we will be on the look out for. Read more

Kiota Tented Camp

To the famous Ngorongoro Crater

We depart Serengeti National Park this morning and drive to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, our final destination for two nights. Once again, this is a very scenic journey, which should provide numerous encounters with migrating wildebeests, zebras and gazelles. We will break the journey for lunch at the Oldupai Gorge, located in the Great Rift Valley between Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. This is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, where hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools dating back millions of years, were found and led to a conclusion that humans evolved in Africa. Those who are interested will have the opportunity to visit a museum. Southern Grosbeak can also be seen here. The final leg of the journey will take us up the dramatic forest-clad hills of the Crater Highlands. On reaching the top, we will find once again the most amazing sights of the Ngorongoro crater floor dotted with animals. The crater’s rim is good for birds, and while we travel around it, we might pick up Schalow’s Turaco, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Jackson’s Widowbird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater and Hunter’s Cisticola. Our lodge is ideally situated on the edge of the crater with magnificent views down to the crater floor. The lodge’s grounds team with birds and likely species to see here include Brown Parisoma, Golden-winged Sunbird and Brown-backed Woodpecker, amongst others. Read more

Kiota Tented Camp

Ngorongoro National Park

After breakfast, we descend 600m into this magnificent Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park hosts a vast variety of mammals, including Blue Wildebeest, Burchell’s Zebra, Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles, Buffalo, Bat-eared Fox, and this is perhaps the best site in Africa to see the endangered Black Rhino. Not surprisingly, there is a huge population of predators, such as Lions, hyenas, jackals, Cheetahs and the ever-elusive Leopard. The crater, undoubtedly, is one of the best areas for photography, and there will be no shortage of exciting encounters to keep us going. Birdlife abounds here too, with a good range of waterbirds, including waders, as well as Grey Crowned Crane, large flocks of Abdim's Stork, Grosbeak Weaver, Red-collared Widowbird and thousands of Greater and Lesser Flamingos that line the saline shores of Lake Magadi. A visit to a Fever Tree forest might bring some new species, such as Grey-capped Warbler, Brown-crowned Tchagra, White-headed Barbet and Holub’s Golden Weaver. Read more

Tloma Lodge
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DAY 10

Last bird watching and flying home

After breakfast and some birdwatching on the lodge’s grounds, we will travel to the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha to catch our plane home. We will continue birdwatching and mammal watching en route and will break our journey for lunch. As our flight is not until late at night, we will visit a lodge just beyond Arusha, where you will have the opportunity to refresh, re-pack and have a last evening meal, before heading for the airport. Read more



Day in trip
Day 1
Location Arusha
Day 3
Location Tarangire National Park
Day 4
Location Ngorongoro
Day 5
Location Ndutu Serengeti
Day 6
Location Serengeti National Park


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers


8 Reviews

Meagan Bradham, United States

Expect in Africa Safari exceeded my expectations. Our driver was Raymond. Raymond was extremely knowledgeable, he had an answer for every question we had. He was able to use his knowledge of birds and animals to locate every animal we wanted to see. He was professional and kind. We will be returning with our children and using Raymond again. We also loved the accommodations. We felt safe and the tents were clean and spacious. If you are considering safari, this company is who you need to book with. Read more

April, United States

The trip with Expect in Africa Safari was a spectacular "endless plain" of big game and beautiful wildlife. Our driver and guide was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable, and made every effort to give us a trip of a lifetime!

aziz1234, France

We choose Expect In Africa Safari because it matched our needs. A small business who is ran perfectly. We had all the information we needed before to do the safari for 2 days. They helped to choose the best option for the national park. We choose Tarangire and Ngorogoro Crater. During the safari, the guide was great always taking time to explain us the wildlife and other facts about the park. He has a lot of experience. The accommodation they booked for us was beyond expectation. Overall the safari was amazing and we saw a lot of animals especially babies lions. I recommend them. Read more


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Safari Tour Guide

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