Suggested itinerary for Wildlife Safari and Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Day 1
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. The guide will meet you at the airport for transfer to Ilbouru Safari Lodge, only 15 minutes from Arusha town. Here you can relax by the swimming pool, take a guided tour to the waterfall or sit in the bar overlooking the beautiful garden. Dinner and overnight. HB

Note! If you arrive early you can choose to go straight to Tarangire National Park and spend the night at the wonderful Tarangire Safari Lodge. It is about 3 hours drive from Kilimanjaro to Tarangire.


Day 2
After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara National Park with lunch boxes.

At just 325 square kilometers Lake Manyara National Park is a relatively small slice of land. It is a beautiful little park, tucked in between the Rift Escarpment and the lake itself. Here you can see a lot of birds, elephants, giraffe, hippo and many other wild animals.

In the afternoon we drive to Olea Africana Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
After breakfast we start our drive to Ngorongoro for a half day game drive in the famous crater.

The crater has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, almost 20 kilometers in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds, including the endangered black rhino.

Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge overlooking the Ngorongoro Forest.


Day 4
Today we drive to Serengeti national park. We drive through Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stop along the way for a visit in a maasai village and the museum at Oldupai Gorge – the cradle of mankind.

Hopefully we see a lot of wildlife on our way to the lodge and you might fall asleep to the roar of a distant lion. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge in the heart of Serengeti or Mbalageti Safari Camp, depending on the time of year / location of the animals.

Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, equal in size to Northern Ireland, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest park, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. This is where the famous migration of 1.5 million wildebeest and thousands of Zebras take place. Its name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning ‘endless plains’.

Day 5
After breakfast we drive through Serengeti to Speke Bay on the beautiful shore of Lake Victoria. Dinner and overnight at Serenity On The Lake Resort and Spa.

Located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 10 kilometres from the Serengeti National Park, and 120 kilometres north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part  of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. There are excellent onsite facilities including swimming pool, spa, lake view restaurant and bar.

Activities around the lodge:
Excursion by local canoe: You will be picked up in a colorful canoe at the Lodge’s beach by fishermen and brought to Mwaburugu, their village. You may explore the village on foot before they bring you back, singing their rhythmic melodies while they row. Your guide tells you about the different methods of fishing, the way of life in the village and the birds you see on the way.

Mountain bike trips: Venture out into the heart of Sukumaland by mountain bike. In the Masamba Hills the only means of transportation is a bicycle. That is why there are numerous small tracks and no cars. It gives a good picture of what most of Tanzania still looks like ‘off the beaten track’. The guided trip takes about three hours and is best taken in the late afternoon. The effort it takes depends on your fitness and how frequent you want to rest. It is meant to be a leisurely trip, to experience Africa from a bicycle: the smells, the wind, the landscape and the people.

Bird watching: Over 150 species of bush, swamp and water birds live on the Lodge’s 100 hectares of savannah. African Fish Eagles have a nest in a tree next to the lounge. You can frequently see them skim the lake and catch fish. You are free to roam around the extensive gardens or use a boat to get close to the reeds for better observation. Many birds are indigenous to this area and will not be seen in the Serengeti.

Day 6
We are still at Speke Bay. If you are feeling adventurous with your time, the lodge offers bike tours around the area, village tour, nature walk, local canoeing on the lake and bird watching.You can also choose to go back into Serengeti for half day game drive in the western corridor. (Note! Excursions are not included in the price) Lunch, dinner and overnight at Serenity On The Lake Resort and Spa.

Day 7
After an early breakfast drive to Grumeti airstrip in Serengeti and catch a flight to Zanzibar for a rest by the beach or you can take a short visit into Stone Town before you catch the flight to Dar es Salaam in time for your flight back home.

Note! You can also choose to extend your safari and continue to Rubondo island for fishing and/or drive back through Serengeti and Ngorongoro or drive north and through Kenya to Nairobi. The possibilities are endless, so tell us what you dream about and we help you find the right safari for you.

Price: for prices, please contact us direct with details such as amount of people, age (for children), time of the year and wishes.


Mind & Soul Travel (TZ) Ltd
P.O. Box 6246, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel. +255 (0)784 683655 or +255 (0)786 234070 info@mindsoultravel.com