12 days

Walking Safari Ngorongoro & Serengeti

If you want to grasp the spirit of Tanzania and see all of its jewels and if you are an adventure seeker and hungry for lasting memories then join us on this adrenaline boosting journey.

Walk through the slopes of Mt. Meru and enjoy your ‘coffee safari’. Follow the aromatic trails of the Arabica coffee bean plantation, immerse yourself into everyday life of the Meru farmers and learn all about this precious drink. Along your way, enjoy the stunning views, wonderful forests and if you’re lucky enough, you may spot the amazing Colobus monkeys as well as shy Sykes monkeys.

Experience a game drive in Arusha NP. Prepare to be dazzled at the sights of the breathtaking Mt. Kilimanjaro, a palette of diverse landscapes, rain forests, lakes and craters. Enjoy an abundance of game, such as buffaloes, elephants, zebras, antelopes, giraffes and warthogs.

Discover the colourful world of birds at the impeccable Lake Duluti, follow the exciting trails on your hiking tour to Elephanta Caves, hidden deep in the very heart of Ngorongoro montane forest. Here, take a deep breath, and witness one of the most spectacular views at active volcanic crater of Ol Doinyo Lengai.

You can’t say you’ve seen the best of Tanzania if you haven’t seed Mt. Makarot. Make sure to take a few photos from the peak as you will be privileged to marvel at the gorgeous Serengeti plains, Olduvai Gorge and Mt. Oldeani and Empakaai Crater.

Explore Olduvai Gorge, the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, a significant archaeological site that enjoys a worldwide reputation.

Wander through Lake Ndutu and admire the Serengeti known as a paradise for grazers, take a once in a lifetime, adventurous game drive in Ngorongoro Crater – “Garden of Eden“.

Experience the unbelievable and unforgettable Tanzania with Spirit Journeys. Let’s go and explore together!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
INCLUDED11 overnight stays in lodges and tented camps

Meal Plan as stated; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]



Day 1: Arrival (-/-/D)

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to your lodge near Arusha National Park.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar


Day 2: Coffee tour (B/L/D)

The slopes of Mt. Meru are home to some of East Africa’s finest plantations of Arabica coffee – one of Tanzania’s major exports. 95% of these aromatic beans are grown on local smallholder farms. During your “coffee safari” you will experience the daily life of the Meru farmers in the area and learn a lot of interesting details about coffee growing, harvesting and processing. On your way towards Us River, you will pass a beautiful forest reserve, where you may have the chance to watch the impressive Black & White Colobus monkeys and shy Sykes monkeys.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar


Day 3: Arusha NP (B/L/D)

Today you will undertake a game walk, accompanied by an armed Ranger followed by an afternoon game drive in Arusha NP. The Park is dominated by the mighty horseshoe crater of Mt Meru (4566 m). On a clear day you will have a spectacular view of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m). A very diverse landscape of rain forests, savannah, lakes and craters hosts a wide variety of game, such as buffaloes, giraffes, zebra, warthogs, different types of antelopes and elephants.
The walking trail leads you through a fascinating landscape of savannah and montane forest where the chance of getting up close to animals is an exciting experience. One often sees buffalo and giraffe grazing nearby and, in the forests, the Black & White Colobus monkeys can be observed leaping from one tree to another. The Momella Lakes are known for their bird life, most notably the seasonally large numbers of greater and lesser flamingos.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar. 


Day 4: Lake Duluti & Ngorongoro Highlands (B/L/D)

Between old coffee plantations lies Lake Duluti, an idyllic crater lake whose shores are surrounded by a forest reserve. More than 100 different species of birds supposedly nest here in this reserve. Today, paddling in a canoe, you will explore the shoreline of the lake and hopefully see many of these different kinds of birds including the colourful Kingfisher or the African Fish Eagle.
Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu, where the afternoon is spent hiking to Elephanta Caves, deep in the Ngorongoro montane forest. Elephants, buffaloes and other wildlife frequently visit this place to dig up mineral rich soil. The trail is lined with fascinating flora, some endemic to the thick montane forest bordering the south-eastern slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands.

Accommodation: Endoro Lodge or similar. 


Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B/L/D)

Transfer to the starting point of today’s hike along the north-western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. On the way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the almost 20 km wide caldera of Ngorongoro. With a good pair of binoculars, you might even be able to spot elephant, rhino and other animals several hundred meters below on the crater floor. The trails you follow are a mix of cattle tracks used by the Maasai as well as tracks used by wild animals. The vegetation is diverse, ranging from montane forest to open grasslands and umbrella acacia forests. Along the way you will see many signs of buffalo, maybe even lion tracks.

Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar. 


Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive up the crater rim and across the northern Crater Highlands, followed by a hike to Empakaai Crater (2300 m). The highest point on the crater rim offers views across to the active volcanic crater of Ol Doinyo Lengai (2960 m). In the depths of the caldera you can see a small round lake. Along a steep path you can descend with your guide (approx. 250 altitude metres) through the thick forests which inhabit the sides of the slopes making it nice and cool on the way to the crater floor and, with a little luck, you may see flamingos which gather along the shores of this soda lake.

Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar.


Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B/L/D)

Today you will attempt to summit Mt. Makarot (3133 m) which is probably one of the highlights of this tour – literally! The track, which leads steeply up to the summit, is partly a mixture of unmarked trails, cattle or wild animal tracks which wind their way up over open mountain pastures, between umbrella acacias and through knobbly Hagenia Abyssinica forest. The summit area hosts alpine vegetation such as heathers, everlastings and wild blackberries. With a little luck, you might be able to spot buffalo, bushbuck and eland along the way. From the peak, there are breathtaking views across the endless Serengeti plains, to Olduvai Gorge and nearby Mt. Oldeani (3217 m).

Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar. 


Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B/L/D)

Explore the Ol Karien Gorge, home to numerous vultures, who have their nesting places there. After the walk, proceed to Olduvai Gorge – the “Cradle of Mankind”. Here is where the different layers of mostly compressed volcanic dust, whose ages range between 1.9 million and 24,000 years, are the resting grounds for various animal fossils as well as the skulls, bones and tools of different humanoids.
In 1911, Prof. Wilhelm Kattwinkel discovered Olduvai Gorge however, the gorge is most commonly associated with the famous names of Louis and Mary Leakey who spent the majority of their lives excavating here and carrying out research at this important archeological site. After visiting the museum, you will make a small detour to visit the “Shifting Sands” (wandering dunes) before driving onto your destination for the day at Lake Ndutu. It is here around Lake Ndutu where the large herds of the migration congregate from around December to April. However, at other times of the year, it is still possible to see a range of resident wildlife here.

Accommodation: Ndutu Lodge or seasonal Tented Camp. 


Day 9: Serengeti NP (B/L/D)

From the densely forested Ndutu area you will proceed across the short, grassy steppes of the Serengeti whose seemingly endless plains are decorated with scattered “kopjes” – these granite boulders have been ‘peeled’ smooth by the constant dramatic changes in temperature. The Serengeti is a paradise for grazers. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, and other animals such as zebra and Thomson’s gazelle, are roaming through this unique ecosystem on their annual migration, always followed by lions and hyenas hunting for prey. Whilst on a game drive in Serengeti NP, you are most likely to spot elephant, buffalo, giraffe, ostrich and many other different species of fauna. If you are lucky, you may come across a cheetah or even a leopard which is resting in a tree during the day. Crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the banks of rivers whilst, in the deeper waters, the hippos defend their spaces.

Accommodation: Serengeti View Camp or similar. 


Day 10: Serengeti & Ngorongoro (B/L/D)

Game drive in the Serengeti and transfer back to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Accommodation: Rhino Lodge or similar


Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater (B/L/D)

Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. In this “Garden of Eden“, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, it is possible to see all of the Big Five. Apart from elephants, buffalo, leopards and many lions there are also more than twenty black rhino living in the Crater. These animals all share an area of only 260 km2 with numerous wildebeest, various antelope, zebras and many other East African mammals. After the game drive, transfer in the afternoon back to Arusha.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar


Day 12: Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. Flight home or continued onward journey, e.g. to Zanzibar.

  • Beach holiday extension at Bahari View Lodge, Zanzibar

    We recommend a few relaxing days after your safari on the beaches of the Indian Ocean, for instance at Bahari View Lodge on the lovely, south-east coast of Zanzibar Island.

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