5 Days (Ndutu Migration) – Tarangire, Ndutu, and Ngorongoro Crater

5 Days

In this tour, we will cover the 3 most popular destinations in Tanzania – Tarangire (1 night), Ndutu (1 night), and Ngorongoro Crater (2 nights). Tour starts and ends at Arusha. With our experienced driver guides, it will be a trip of a lifetime!

According to the last few years’ patterns, the possibility of sighting the migration is in the Ndutu region from the last week of December to March. Hence, this tour is recommended for the tour date between the last week of December and March only.


Stay Locations

Day 1 – Karatu

Day 2 – Ndutu

Day 3 – Ndutu

Day 4 – Karatu


Day 1 – Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 – Breakfast & Lunch

Drive Times

Day 1 – Arusha to Tarangire takes about 2.5 to 3 hours (106 km)
Day 2 – Tarangire to Ndutu takes about 3 to 4 hours (221 km)
Day 4 – Ndutu to NCA takes about 2.5 to 3 hours
Day 5 – NCA to Arusha takes about 4 to 4.5 hours (154 km)

Note : These are estimated drive times. Because of the traffic, location of the accommodations, and several other factors, actual drive times may vary. Driving distances are approximate and do not account for exact places.


Pick up at 7:30 AM from your hotel in Arusha and depart for Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch for a full day game drive. Tanzania’s third largest National park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you.

We start around 7:00 AM and head towards the Ndutu region. The drive to Ndutu is about 4 hours from Tarangire or about 2.5 hours from Karatu. Once you reach Ndutu you will begin game drives with a convenient stop for your picnic lunch. Sweeping grasslands cover the region which gradually fade into the Serengeti. Ndutu forms a part of the route for the annual migration of more than 2 million wildebeests and thousands of zebra, antelope and gazelle through the Serengeti eco system. During game drives between December and April, you will be able to see the great migration in this region. Between Mid Jan and Feb, calving happens here and it attracts hordes of predators prying on vulnerable young wildebeest. Crested with Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek, these waterholes offer plenty of wildlife game during the dry season. The Ndutu is also the home ground for 6 species of big cats – leopard, lion, cheetah, caracal, serval and wildcat. The action-packed game drive will end late in the evening by around 6PM. You will now head towards your choice of accommodation, where a freshly prepared dinner awaits you. Ensure you get some good rest and recharge yourself for another eventful day.

Today, we have full day to explore Ndutu. You can either have a relaxed breakfast and depart with packed lunch boxes for a full day game drive around 8:00 AM and return to the lodge late afternoon around 5:30 PM. Or you can depart after breakfast at 6:20 AM on an early morning game drive. Later return to accommodation around 10:30 AM to relax for a bit and after a hot lunch at the accommodation, depart at 3:00 PM for afternoon game drives and return by 6:00 PM. Ensure you get some good rest and recharge yourself for another eventful day.

Today you get another chance to view the beautiful wildlife spectacle at Ndutu. We start early in the day and after breakfast, depart for game drives around 6:20 AM with packed lunch. We continue with game drives till around 3:00 PM in the afternoon and then proceed towards our selected accommodation in Ngorongoro or Karatu for dinner and overnight.

On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will head to Ngorongoro crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 sq kms with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5-hour game drive on the crater floor will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended. The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location in Arusha by 5:00 PM in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.


  • Park Fees (for Non-Residents).
  • Concession/ Camping Fees.
  • Daily game drives while on Safari.
  • A professional driver/ guide.
  • 4x4 Land Cruiser.
  • All Taxes and VAT.
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • Drinking water while on safari (2 litres per person per day).


  • International flights.
  • Airport Transfers (Unless mentioned otherwise).
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless mentioned otherwise).
  • Tips.
  • Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).
  • Government imposed increase of Taxes and or Park Fees.
  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

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5 Days (Ndutu Migration) – Tarangire, Ndutu, and Ngorongoro Crater
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