OUR FAVORITE PARTNER CARDS

New 60,000 points offer. Terms apply.

50,000 Bonus Miles! 2x Miles on All Spending, $95 Annual Fee waived, TSA Precheck Credit. Apply Now

Masai Giraffe in Serengeti National Park
Masai Giraffe in Serengeti National Park

Tanzania is famous for its safaris from the massive Serengeti to the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater and beyond. The town of Arusha, which acts as home base for many Tanzania safari companies, recently received a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice award as one of the Top 10 Africa Destinations in 2017 as well. Teeming with wildlife, exotic landscapes and national parks to explore, this African nation has become a hotspot for international travelers. In the seven days we were there, we visited four national parks and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, witnessed the great wildebeest migration, and saw the big five…a successful safari by any measure.

We were hosted by Tripifini, a new travel booking site that works directly with local operators to create custom vacations based on what you want to see and do. The service, attention to detail and guides they used were on point and I’d recommend checking them out for a big-ticket trip like this. You can see the safari we took on their site here—and my top 10 things to know before you go in yesterday’s post.

Here’s a photo recap of our Tanzanian adventure.

Day 1: Tarangire National Park

Elephants in Tarangire National Park
Elephants in Tarangire National Park

Famous for its abundance in elephants, Tarangire National Park is Tanzania’s sixth-largest at 2,350 sq km. Its forests of baobab and acacia trees are rich with wildlife including giraffes, zebras, impalas, and lions. We spent our first day exploring the park followed by a night at Maramboi Tented Camp, a luxury camp between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks with comfortable cabins, delicious food and even a sunset happy hour.

Elephants in Tarangire National Park
Elephants in Tarangire National Park
The animals weren't the only highlights in Tarangire National Park, as the landscape was beautiful too!
The animals weren't the only highlights in Tarangire National Park, as the landscape was beautiful too!
Maramboi Tented Camp at dusk
Maramboi Tented Camp at dusk
A lone elephant resting near the Tarangire River
A lone elephant resting near the Tarangire River
Zebra herd grazing in Tarangire National Park
Zebra herd grazing in Tarangire National Park
Mongooses waiting for a snack on top of a termite mound
Mongooses waiting for a snack on top of a termite mound
Tarangire River winding through the park
Tarangire River winding through the park
Male and female ostriches in Tarangire National Park. The pink hue on the skin of the male means it's mating season.
Male and female ostriches in Tarangire National Park. The pink hue on the skin of the male means it's mating season.
The perfect end to our first day on safari. Cheers!
The perfect end to our first day on safari. Cheers!
Happy hour snacks and beverages at Maramboi Tented Camp
Happy hour snacks and beverages at Maramboi Tented Camp
Impala grazing in Tarangire National Park
Impala grazing in Tarangire National Park
A Masai giraffe checking us out in Tarangire National Park
A Masai giraffe checking us out in Tarangire National Park

Day 2: Drive to Serengeti National Park

Dusk in Serengeti National Park. We're almost to our camp!
Dusk in Serengeti National Park. We’re almost to our camp!

Getting from Tarangire National Park to the Serengeti takes almost a full day in itself. And having to meet a runner from the airport to get our bags that were left behind by KLM in Amsterdam delayed things even further. Although the drive was long and bumpy, the views were spectacular and the journey through Ngorongoro Conservation Area was particularly beautiful. Here are the photos from our trek:

Posing with our guide Hassan at an overlook in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Posing with our guide Hassan at an overlook in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The view of Ngorongoro Crater from the Conservation Area overlook
The view of Ngorongoro Crater from the Conservation Area overlook
Safari vehicles. Ours is the one on the right (and a lot nicer than most we saw).
Safari vehicles. Ours is the one on the right (and a lot nicer than most we saw).
The transition from verdant Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the dry grasslands of the Serengeti
The transition from verdant Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the dry grasslands of the Serengeti
The road to Serengeti National Park is long and the ride is rough
The road to Serengeti National Park is long and the ride is rough
Looking out on the Serengeti plain from the Lodoare Gate
Looking out on the Serengeti plain from the Lodoare Gate
Herd of buffalo grazing in the Serengeti
Herd of buffalo grazing in the Serengeti
Hippo pool in Serengeti National Park
Hippo pool in Serengeti National Park
Dusk in Serengeti National Park. We're almost to our camp!
Dusk in Serengeti National Park. We're almost to our camp!

Days 3-5: Serengeti National Park

A group of hot air balloons flying across the Serengeti
A group of hot air balloons flying across the Serengeti

Serengeti National Park is massive—14,763 sq km to be exact and larger than the state of Connecticut. We spent ten hours a day for three days exploring the central, west and southern areas of the park and still only covered about 10% of it. Likely one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations and location of the annual wildebeest migration, the Serengeti is also one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. It was here that we saw the most animals, including thousands of impalas, gazelles, zebras, and wildebeest along with dozens of lions and cheetahs and even the elusive leopard.

Our accommodation was the Serengeti Acacia Camps, a mid-luxury camp inside the park. The staff was super friendly, the food was great and the tents were almost as big as my apartment and complete with a king-sized bed, flushing toilet and shower with hot water. Staying at a camp inside the park meant we were never far from the action and could hear buffalo grazing outside our tent and hyenas calling to each other nearby at night. An awesome experience.

Exploring the Serengeti just after sunrise
Exploring the Serengeti just after sunrise
Cheetah mama and her cubs
Cheetah mama and her cubs
Wildebeest migration in the western area of Serengeti National Park
Wildebeest migration in the western area of Serengeti National Park
Maasai giraffe walking through the African savannah
Maasai giraffe walking through the African savannah
Safari Land Cruisers ready for a day of exploring
Safari Land Cruisers ready for a day of exploring
Leopard hanging out in a tree with a fresh kill
Leopard hanging out in a tree with a fresh kill
Mama elephant and her baby
Mama elephant and her baby
Morning in the Serengeti
Morning in the Serengeti
Picnic in the Serengeti complete with South African white wine!
Picnic in the Serengeti complete with South African white wine!
Lions stalking a herd of buffalo from under a tree
Lions stalking a herd of buffalo from under a tree
Female lion looking for shade
Female lion looking for shade
The Serengeti plains
The Serengeti plains
Future king and queen of the Serengeti
Future king and queen of the Serengeti
A group of hot air balloons flying across the Serengeti
A group of hot air balloons flying across the Serengeti
Herd of hippos laying in the sun
Herd of hippos laying in the sun
Making the most of the cooler in our safari vehicle. Cheers!
Making the most of the cooler in our safari vehicle. Cheers!
A group of white storks hanging out by a water hole
A group of white storks hanging out by a water hole
Entrance to Serengeti Acacia Camps
Entrance to Serengeti Acacia Camps
Fire pit at Serengeti Acacia Camps
Fire pit at Serengeti Acacia Camps
Front porch of our tent at Serengeti Acacia Camps
Front porch of our tent at Serengeti Acacia Camps
Bedroom at Serengeti Acacia Camps
Bedroom at Serengeti Acacia Camps

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

The largest unbroken caldera in the world at 19km in diameter, Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to thousands of animals—including all of the big five (lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and rhinos). It’s one of the most beautiful safari locations on earth and was one of our favorite places we visited on the trip.

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
A kory bustard hanging out in Ngorongoro Crater
A kory bustard hanging out in Ngorongoro Crater
Warthog and wildebeests in Ngorongoro Crater
Warthog and wildebeests in Ngorongoro Crater
A very full lioness sunning herself. Just outside this photo is a recently devoured buffalo.
A very full lioness sunning herself. Just outside this photo is a recently devoured buffalo.
Old zebra (you can tell by the wrinkles and droopy ears)
Old zebra (you can tell by the wrinkles and droopy ears)
View of Ngorongoro Crater from the caldera
View of Ngorongoro Crater from the caldera
Tanzanian roadblock. The wildebeest on the right never moved and we had to drive around him.
Tanzanian roadblock. The wildebeest on the right never moved and we had to drive around him.
Hippo pool in Ngorongoro Crater
Hippo pool in Ngorongoro Crater
Vervet monkeys in Ngorongoro Crater
Vervet monkeys in Ngorongoro Crater

Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park

Catching a ride on top of an African buffalo
Catching a ride on top of an African buffalo

Our final day on safari was spent at Lake Manyara National Park. The park is famous for its baboons, flamingos and elephants. It’s also the mating grounds for pelicans and other migratory birds that make the trip from Europe each year to reproduce. We spent the better part of a day driving the many loops and trails looking for leopards and lions, but to no avail. While we didn’t see any predators in this particular park, it was still worth checking out. We spent the night at Ngorongoro Farm House, a working coffee plantation and organic farm that produces all its own fruits, vegetables and meat. One of the nicest places we stayed during our time in Tanzania, Ngorongoro Farm House was a beautiful boutique hotel with excellent cuisine, nightly music performed by a local tribe, and magnificently well-kept gardens and flora abound.

Close-up of an elephant having a snack in Lake Manyara National Park
Close-up of an elephant having a snack in Lake Manyara National Park
Olive baboon in Lake Manyara National Park
Olive baboon in Lake Manyara National Park
Full house
Full house
Pelicans in Lake Manyara National Park
Pelicans in Lake Manyara National Park
Catching a ride on top of an African buffalo
Catching a ride on top of an African buffalo
Vervet monkey in Lake Manyara National Park
Vervet monkey in Lake Manyara National Park
Elephant waiving its ears to keep cool
Elephant waiving its ears to keep cool
A blue monkey relaxing in the shade
A blue monkey relaxing in the shade
Yellow-billed storks in Lake Manyara National Park
Yellow-billed storks in Lake Manyara National Park
Vervet monkeys playing in the park
Vervet monkeys playing in the park
Mongoose in Lake Manyara National Park
Mongoose in Lake Manyara National Park
Elephant snacking in Lake Manyara National Park
Elephant snacking in Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is home to thousands of species of birds
Lake Manyara is home to thousands of species of birds
The flower garden at Ngorongoro Farm House
The flower garden at Ngorongoro Farm House
One of the many beautiful walkways through the grounds of Ngorongoro Farm House.
One of the many beautiful walkways through the grounds of Ngorongoro Farm House.
Sunset view from Ngorongoro Farm House
Sunset view from Ngorongoro Farm House
The beautiful foliage of Ngorongoro Farm House
The beautiful foliage of Ngorongoro Farm House
Overlooking the garden at Ngorongoro Farm House
Overlooking the garden at Ngorongoro Farm House
After dinner drinks by the fire at Ngorongoro Farm House
After dinner drinks by the fire at Ngorongoro Farm House
Coffee plants at Ngorongoro Farm House
Coffee plants at Ngorongoro Farm House
The garden at Ngorongoro Farm House
The garden at Ngorongoro Farm House

Ready to plan your safari adventure?

If you’re looking for a spectacular Tanzanian safari experience, Tripifini is a good company to use. They create custom itineraries based on what you want to see and the types of camps/hotels you want to stay at, and they work with high-end local operators that take care of everything—including all park fees, gas and airport transfers (they even expedited the visa process at the airport).

To get started, check out Tripifini’s African Safari Guide or take a look at the Tanzania safari we took, and when you’re ready to start planning your trip click here to receive $200 off for Johnny Jet readers.

From yesterday: 10 Things to Know Before Planning a Tanzanian Safari.


For more on Tanzanian safari—and trips across the globe—check out tripifini.com. For even more, see Joe Sharkey’s post: Our 5-Country African Safari: An Accounting.

Matt Thompson

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

3 Comments On "A 7-Day Tanzanian Luxury Safari in Photos"
  1. Vidyut Rautela|

    Wow! Just pure wow! Been thinking of heading to africa for a while now… but this should really get me going!

  2. Pintours|

    Tanzania has such a picturesque landscape. It is difficult not to leave a peace of your heart behind.

  3. Anabel Bellissa|

    Excellent information! Very helpful post thanks for the info.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *