Big game safari in Tanzania

“With luxury private tented camps as your base, and everything else taken care of, you’ll experience the wilds of the African savannah in style on this tailor made safari.”


Lake Manyara National Park | tented lodge on edge of Rift Valley | Serengeti National Park | Big Five viewing | Ngorongoro Conservation Area and crater | Olduvai Gorge

Description of Big game safari in Tanzania

This big game safari in Tanzania is ideal if you want to experience Tanzania for the first time, or to combine a northern Tanzania safari with another destination.

The Serengeti is the highlight of the trip for many people, especially with the luxury private camping in this famous park. This prime game viewing safari also stops at the Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara (or Tarangire, depending on the time of year).

Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake which attracts masses of pink flamingoes. The park is well known for its herds of elephants, and for its unusual tree-climbing lions. It is also home to hippos, baboons, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, and has over 380 bird species recorded. You will be staying at Kirurumu Lodge, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and this magnificent lake and park. The lodge offers thatched tented accommodation with en-uite facililties.

Your next three days are spent in the Serengeti. The vast Serengeti Plains are perhaps the highlight of a Tanzanian wildlife safari experience. Here you see massive herds of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle, large numbers of giraffe, buffalo and warthog, and of course the big cats - lion, cheetah and leopard. The park is particularly known for the annual migration of the herds to Maasai Mara. Your base in the Serengeti is in a private camp with luxury camping facilities, so you are always very close to the wild experience of the African savannah.

Travelling towards the Ngorongoro Crater, you will stop at Olduvai Gorge. This is known as the 'cradle of mankind', as it was where the Leakeys unearthed the secrets of man's early evolutionary heritage. By late afternoon you will be on the Crater rim enjoying a drink at your lodge, the Ngorongoro Sopa.

The focus of this famous national park (Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area) is the immense volcanic Ngorongoro Crater, which is about 16 miles in diameter. The walls of the crater are covered with dense forest and the crater floor has quite a diverse range of habitats encompassing open grassland, an area of mature forest, and wetlands including a permanent lake. There is a profusion of wildlife here and in a relatively short time you are bound to see lions, elephants, buffalo, black rhino, hippos, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and occasionally you can even find leopard. The crater is packed full of animals all year around.

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Check dates, prices & availability

24 May 2021
excluding flights
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 May 2021 departure
25 Oct 2021
excluding flights
Click here to enquire about or book the 25 Oct 2021 departure
20 Dec 2021
excluding flights
Click here to enquire about or book the 20 Dec 2021 departure
Our top tip:
Tsetse flies are attracted to blue and black; avoid wearing these colours if you'd like to avoid them...
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
1 night hotel, 3 nights luxury camp, 1 night tented lodge & 2 nights safari lodge (other options available).
Welcome but may incur a surcharge.
Full board on safari, breakfast & lunch on final day.
Accommdation, transfers, local guides, listed activities.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.

The company offering this safari has won an international responsible tourism award twice in the last three years. They run their office in an environmentally friendly way, donate funds and administrative help to a charity the directors set up, and try to ensure that the services they offer are run responsibly and fairly, as regards the people, wildlife and environment.

As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.

As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.

Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.


The Impacts of this Trip

Kirurumu Tented Lodge is run on strict environmental principles. The lodge is also at the forefront of an initiative to set up the Kirurumu Gorge Conservation area, to help stop the degradation of the gorge, and help local villagers with an income and sustainable wood source. All staff on this trip are paid fair wages.


3 Reviews of Big game safari in Tanzania

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the different animals. We saw more different types of animals than I ever dreamed we would and very close, too!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a great camera, binoculars for everyone and a good
amount of US cash. Getting money was not that easy, like it is on some trips.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I felt it did in all those ways! It made me feel really good to be traveling there for just that reason!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was one of the best trips I have ever been on and I have traveled all over the world!

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We loved the Serengeti most.... and the way Albert, our guide, helped us discover it. Also, Kirirumu camp was fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book stays in tented camps. These are much more exciting than lodges and extremely comfortable too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We don't know enough about how everything is organised to answer this question. It probably depends on how strictly one views these issues. It certainly did not reduce environmental impact since we drove for hours every day to see the wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent, we loved every minute of it :)

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Watching a herd of wildebeest crossing the Mara River. It was a truly astonishing, primal sight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take your time: don't rush from one animal to the next. It's the unexpected interactions between animals that can make the experience so special.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We did feel that local people and agencies were benefiting from this trip (as far as we can tell). I'm sure the revenue from our visits helps conservation. It's rather hard to argue that flying part way round the world then chugging around in a Land Cruiser is particularly environmentally friendly...

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Superb: it exceeded our expectations. I wouldn't go as far as 'reborn', but it was a very special trip.

Popular similar holidays

Tanzania Selous safari holiday & Zanzibar

Tanzania Selous safari holiday & Zanzibar

Off-the-beaten track safari experiences & paradise beaches

From £2150 10 days excluding flights

Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach holiday

Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach holiday

Your tailor-made Tanzania safari & Zanzibar beach holiday

From £3995 - £6950 13 days excluding flights

Selous safari & Mafia Islands diving holiday

Selous safari & Mafia Islands diving holiday

Africa's largest game park

From £3220 13 days including UK flights

Serengeti Trail, Kenya & Tanzania safari

Serengeti Trail, Kenya & Tanzania safari

Overland truck safari

From £1420 - £1610 8 days excluding flights