9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – Wildlife Safaris, Culture, Scenery In Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

9 days Tanzania safari tour

This 9 days Tanzania safari tour is an affordable 8 nights, 9 days safari in Tanzania tour, offering you unique culture, superb scenery, and incredible wildlife game viewing adventures in three of Tanzania’s finest game parks: Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater.

You begin your 9 days Tanzania safari with a peaceful night at a hotel in Arusha to relax after what may have been a long journey. From here, visit the amazing Tarangire National Park, home to Tanzania’s biggest elephant herds, over 550 bird species, and huge baobab trees. Your next stop will be Serengeti, Africa’s best game park, home to the Big Cats and the legendary Wildebeest Migration.

Then, tour the historic Olduvai Gorge and explore the incredible African natural wonder of Ngorongoro Crater, home to over 30000 animals, including Africa’s Big 5. Lastly, visit an established Maasai village for a captivating look into traditional life before traveling to Arusha where this 9 days Tanzania safari tour began.

You can book this 9 days Tanzania tour OR customize it to your safari interests and experiences

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Classic game drives
  • See Africa’s Big 5 in the wild
  • See Tarangire’s large elephant herds
  • Spot Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs
  • Visit the world’s largest intact caldera
  • Tour the historic Olduvai Gorge
  • See the endless plains of the Serengeti
  • Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration (seasonal)
  • Enjoy excellent birdwatching
  • Experience authentic Maasai culture

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 & Olduvai Gorge

Day 9: Maasai Village

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport & transfer to Arusha.

Day 2: Transfer to Tarangire National Park for an affordable game drive.

Day 3: Full-day game drives in Tarangire National Park.

Day 4: Whole day drive to Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro.

Day 5: Whole day game drives Serengeti National Park.

Day 6: Unlimited game drives in Serengeti National Park.

Day 7: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge.

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

Day 9: Visit a Maasai Village & transfer back to Arusha.

9 Days Tanzania Safari Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania via Kilimanjaro International Airport & Transfer to Your Hotel in Arusha.

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will greet you and take you on a short drive to your accommodation in your comfortable hotel in Arusha.

Arusha is a small, cool, lush green town surrounded by coffee plantations. The town is situated at the foot of the 4,566m high Mt Meru volcano – Africa’s fifth highest mountain and close to the snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) – Africa’s highest mountain. It serves as the gateway to the classic northern Tanzania safari circuit.

On this day one of your 9 days Tanzania safari, there are no other planned activities, so you are free to arrive in Tanzania at any time. If you arrive early today you may wish to tour Arusha town. You can head to the Natural History Museum, hit Maasai Market Curio and Craft for souvenirs, and immerse in the local coffee culture at a café. You can also mountain bike through aromatic coffee plantations.

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 from Arusha to Tarangire National Park for an Afternoon Game Drive.

After leisurely breakfast on day two your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, your private tour driver guide will pick up you from the hotel in Arusha. He will take you on a drive of about 2½ hours southwest towards the amazing Tarangire National Park. You will arrive at your lodge for your next two nights in time for lunch.

After lunch, have some time to relax, before embarking on an afternoon game drive. Your game drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire, a lovely quiet park that is home to Tanzania’s largest herds of elephants and a high density of Africa’s most iconic tree, the baobab. The park is named after the life-giving Tarangire River.

During the dry season (June to October), the river provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area, attracting thousands of thirsty elephants, Wildebeests, Zebra, Giraffes, Buffalo, and Antelopes. Elephants congregate in herds of up to 300 animals! This concentration of prey attracts various predators including Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, and African wild dogs.

After African sunset, it’s time to drive back to the camp 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, get ready for a full day of safari in Tarangire. You will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, returning to the lodge for lunch and a short rest in the heat of the day.

Tarangire NP offers visitors the quietest game viewing environment of all the parks in northern Tanzania. It is a very beautiful area comprising grassy savannah plains, open woodlands, vast swamps, rocky ridges, dense riverine forests, and red-earth termite mounds (ideal coverage for families of Dwarf Mongoose).

The park is also the only place in northern Tanzania where you may see the dry-country antelopes like Fringe-eared Oryx and the long-necked Gerenuk.

If you are into bird watching, you are in for a real treat. This park is home to more than 550 species of birds including the dazzling Yellow-collared lovebirds, the Common Ostrich (the world’s biggest bird), and Kori Bustard (the heaviest flying bird in the world). After a game drive, return to the lodge where you will be able to relax and enjoy your final dinner and have an overnight.

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
  • Night game drive

Day 4: Whole Day Drive to Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

On day four of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, you have a long but rewarding journey into one of Africa’s greatest nature reserves: the Serengeti National Park.

The scenery and views are remarkable as you drive along the Ngorongoro Crater and through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Watch as traditional Maasai villages pass you by and witness young shepherds tend to their precious cattle before entering Serengeti. In the Maasai language, the name Serengeti means “endless plains,” and this legendary protected area of 1.4 million hectares delivers on that promise.

The park is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve that supports the largest concentration of plains game in the world. It is famous for its Big Cats (Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah) and Great Migration – the biggest terrestrial mammal migration on the planet and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

This afternoon, enjoy a bush picnic lunch and a leisurely game drives up to your overnight camp or lodge in Central Serengeti. This area of the park encompasses the fabulous Seronera Valley, known for its prime big game.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serengeti Sopa Lodge/Serengeti Serena Lodge

Midrange: – Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Activities & Services: –

  • Transfer to Serengeti
  • Evening game drive

Day 5: Whole Day Game Drives Serengeti National Park. 

After an early breakfast on day five of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, set off on a morning game drive in Seronera Valley of Central Serengeti. You will return to your camp or lodge for lunch. After lunch, have some time to relax, before heading out on an afternoon game drive in search of more animals and birds.

Seronera area is known as the “big cat capital of Africa”, home to one of Africa’s densest populations of Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs.

You can spot all three in one day on game drives. Look for leopards around the Seronera River. Lions can often be seen on the kopjes (rocky outcrops). Many smaller animals like Bat-eared Foxes, Mongoose, Honey badger, hyraxes, Jackals, Serval, Caracals, genet, civet, monkeys, and African hares also inhabit this area. You’ll return to your lodge to freshen up, enjoy dinner, and have an overnight.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Midrange: – Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget: – Kijereshi Tented Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Serengeti Game drives

Optional Activity: –

  • Hot air balloon ride over Serengeti

Day 6: Unlimited Game Drives In Serengeti National Park.

Today, you will have the option to take separate morning and afternoon game drives in Central Serengeti and return to camp for lunch – or you can enjoy a full-day game drive with packed lunch to eat on the savanna.

The network of river valleys in the central Serengeti ensures a year-round water supply that supports a rich wildlife population with plenty of resident game. Another bonus is that Seronera lies on the route of the Great Migration and provides superb viewing of this incredible annual phenomenon between May and June when millions of wildebeests, Gazelles, Zebras, and elands, flood across the plains

There is a profusion of birdlife as well, with over 500 species like bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures, and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds. You’ll once again return to the camp after a game for your final dinner and overnight here. Tomorrow, the last part of this 9 days Tanzania safari tour begins.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serengeti Sopa Lodge/Serengeti Serena Lodge

Midrange: – Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget: – Kijereshi Tented Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Morning and afternoon game drives

Day 7: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge.

After a leisurely breakfast on day 7 of your 9 days Tanzania safari tour, you will do one last explorative tour of the Serengeti before beginning the drive to the astonishing Ngorongoro Crater.

You will pass several Masai homesteads before arriving at Olduvai Gorge, the Cradle of Humankind, where, in 1959, anthropologists Dr and Mrs Leakey discovered a hominid (human-like) skull dating back 1.8 million years, fueling the theory that we all come from Africa.

You will enjoy a packed lunch in the courtyard of the Olduvai Gorge visitor center, before walking around the interactive, timeline museum to learn more about this fascinating place. A local guide will then talk you through the ages of the gorge whilst you look out over the valley below.

After the Gorge, continue to your lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater rim for relaxation. You will be mesmerized by the outstanding views of the Crater. Formed from the collapse of a volcano, this World Heritage Site is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It measures 2000 feet (610m) in depth, covers 260km2 (100 miles2), and it’s the world’s biggest inactive and unfilled volcanic caldera.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge/Ngorongoro Crater 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
  • Olduvai Gorge visit
  • Game drive

Day 8: Full-Day Game Drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater.

After an early breakfast today, descend 2000 feet into Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive. You will enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch on the 260km2 crater floor, returning to your lodge in the late afternoon for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Ngorongoro Crater has one of Africa’s densest concentrations of wildlife. With its unique ecosystem, the crater is teeming with over 30,000 wild animals. If you have dreamed about seeing the Big Five animals as well as the endangered black rhino or the rare black-maned lion, this is one of the best places in Africa to do so.

Ngorongoro is also home to some 500 bird species, including Ostriches, Secretary birds, Flamingos, Kori bustards, and Verreaux’s eagles.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ngorongoro Crater Lodge/Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Midrange: – Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Budget: – Karatu Simba Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Crater game drive

Day 9: Visit A Maasai Village & Transfer Back To Arusha.

After a relaxed breakfast today, heading to an established Maasai village for a captivating look into traditional life. Spend time with the villagers and join in their lively singing and dancing. Learn about some of the customary practices such as fire-making and beadwork. Then, embark on a 4-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 wonderful 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 4X4 Safari Van or 4×4 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
  • Airport transfers

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