6 Days Tanzania Luxury Safari With Empakai Hiking

If you truly desire an off the trodden path safari experience crafted in intimacy and authenticity then this is the itinerary for you!

Combining the best of Tanzania’s northern circuit parks with a hike to the often overlooked Empakai Crater, you’ll get the chance to see the Big Five and so much more on this unique safari experience.



You’ll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the approximately two-hour drive to Tarangire National Park. As you make your way to the Tarangire you will pass through the vibrant Maasai villages and the sweeping savannahs that have become the calling card of Tanzania. Once you reach Tarangire you will embark on a game drive on the semi-arid yet diverse landscape of the park is marked by acacia woodlands, giant baobab trees, and golden savannah.

The park is fed by the perennial Tarangire river which is a watering hole for large herds of elephants as other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes. The action heats up in the dry season when the animals gather around the Tarangire River and other swamps to quench their thirst which sets the stage for a fiery showdown between predator and prey, which unravels in its natural and wildest best. You will take a break for a picnic lunch absorbing the views of the Tarangire River but be wary of the primates eager to steal your lunch.  The park is renowned for its dense wildlife which includes predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas, and the rare and endangered wild dogs and the elusive Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx besides swarms of yellow-breasted lovebirds to cape buffaloes, giraffes,  and impalas.

After your day’s drive is done, you’ll retire to your accommodation for the evening.


We begin early as our safari menu for the day is full of exploration and adventure. So after breakfast, we start our safari drive to the iconic Serengeti soaking in the scenic images of the mist-shrouded luscious rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area along the way, with a chance of some lucky spotting cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the lush undergrowth.


It’s  almost a four-hour drive to the gates of Serengeti National Park with the option of breaking the journey with one or both of the following activities: (You will have to incur additional costs for the following activities)

Oldupai Gorge Museum: Know more about the evolution of humans by taking a visit to the Oldupai Gorge Museum. Renowned as the Cradle of Mankind, the stark but stunning prehistoric site of the gorge country is famed for ancient human and elephant fossils, tools excavations.

Maasai boma visit: Take a trip to the famous Maasai bomas, and visit an authentic Maasai village to witness the traditional lives far from the trappings of modernity. Participate in their traditional Maasai dance and do a little souvenir shopping at the local market for an interactive experience.

A sumptuous lunch later at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, we set about exploring the endless savannahs stunning kopjes and huge populations of mammals and over 500 species of birds that abound in the Serengeti.

Overnight and dinner will be in the Serengeti National Park in accordance with your selection from available options.


We start your day early by getting up before dawn to embark on a sunrise game drive. Accompanied by the melodic singing of the birds, you’ll spend your morning searching for leopards and lions hunting for their morning meal and spying the contrastingly calm hippos returning to their watery homes with their families.

At approximately 9 am, we will return to your accommodation for a late and leisurely breakfast before continuing the game drive at 10.30.

Your driver will select the best possible route based upon the time of year and the kind of animals you’d like to see, catering your day so that your opportunities to see the Serengeti’s diverse wildlife are maximized.

Overnight and dinner will be in the Serengeti National Park in accordance with your selection from available options.


After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.

Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. Panning out your vision on the seemingly never-ending treeless plains you can easily view an abundance of hoofed animals ranging from wildebeests and zebras migrating together, antelopes, African buffaloes, black rhinos, hyenas and gazelles. It is also the premier predator destination with the largest population of lions in Africa. You can spot lean cheetahs and the shy leopards resting in the kigelia or acacia trees. The remote landscape of northern Serengeti is dominated by open woodlands hills and the best place to find elephants, giraffes, and dik-dik.

Overnight and dinner will be on the Ngorongoro Crater rim or in nearby Karatu Town in accordance with your selection from available options.


After a hearty breakfast, you will head to the UNESCO heritage site of Ngorongoro Crater, which has also earned recognition as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The crater is the world’s largest intact caldera with a floor span of 260sq.km. and the first glimpses of the fascinating natural vistas will convince you why it enjoys the loft reputation of being the premier tourist attraction in Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater is part of the 8300 sq. km. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is a biosphere reserve in a state of constant geological flux. Encompassing lush highlands, savannahs, woodlands, lakes, volcanic calderas, and forests, the conservation area is rich in wildlife and is the sanctuary of over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five. It is also the place for viewing the endangered black rhinoceros grazing on the plains and hippos cooling their hind in water.

You can soak in the breathtaking views from the safe environs of your comfortable safari vehicles with pop – up roofs and capture some of the prized wildlife of Africa. Nearly 30,000 animals call the crater home with predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, sharing space with a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, Cape buffalo, and more.

Overnight and dinner will be on the Ngorongoro Crater rim  in accordance with your selection from available options.


You’ll start your day with an early breakfast before heading out for your adventure at Empakai Crater. Hiking through forested hills that come to some 300 metres above the crater floor, you’ll be rewarded with an absolutely stunning view when you reach the top.

Empakai Crater offers unparalleled views of Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still active volcano. There’s also the opportunity to see Lake Natron, the Great Rift Valley, and even distant Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.

You’ll then trek down into the crater itself towards the shores of Empakai Lake, where you’ll see animals such as bushbucks, buffaloes, waterbucks, elands, and countless different species of bird.

Taking a picnic within the park offers you the chance to soak in its utter tranquility before you hike back to the car for your return journey to Arusha.

  • Full day game drives in both Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Chase the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration on the Serengeti.
  • Look for the endangered black rhinoceros in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Your choice of elephants in Tarangire or tree-climbing lions and hippos in Lake Manyara.
  • Guided hiking in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Optional visit to the Oldupai Gorge Museum.
  • Optional visit to a Maasai boma.
  • Optional hot air balloon safari on the Serengeti.
Destination Covers
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Carter
  • Lake Manyara
  • Lake Eyasi
  • Three Of Tanzania’s Famous Northern Circuit Parks
  • Spot Big Five & The Wildebeest Migration On Serengeti
  • Endangered Black Rhinoceros In The Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Tree-Climbing Lions In Lake Manyara National Park
  • Authentic Hadzabe Bushmen Hunting Experience At Lake Eyasi
  • Maasai Activities And Accommodations At Africa Amini Maasai Lodge
  • Optional Visit To Oldupai Gorge Museum
  • Optional Visit To A Maasai Boma
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari On The Serengeti
Included in the price
  • Accomodation according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Overnight stays in safari tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
Excluded from the price
  • Any sightseeing
  • excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Please
  • read our Terms and Conditions
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew – recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
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