A 4-day safari from Arusha shows you Tanzania's northern safari circuit in a nutshell. No two days will be the same. You will go from Tarangire/Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro to Serengeti and back. Your days will be packed with beautiful vistas, a variety of wildlife and some lovely evenings in the accommodation of your choice.

Highlights of 4-Day Safari

  • Amazing Views

    Whether you see the Lake Manyara escarpment, the Ngorongoro caldera or the endless sea of grass in Serengati, these magnificient views will be imprinted in your mind for life. Along the way you will spot Maasai folk, huge Boabab trees and incredible wildlife.

  • World Famous Parks

    You will cover Lake Manyara, Tarangire national parks and/or Ngorongoro crater based on your preferences and suitability for the time of the year. Manyara is famous for its flamingoes and its tree climbing lions. Tarangire is famous for its large herds of Elephants and iconic Boabab trees.

  • Big 5 and More

    4 days of game drives almost guarantees you plenty of wildlife, from giraffes, elephants, zebras, lions, buffalos, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, hyenas and a whole lot of other smaller animals and birds.

  • The Serengeti

    The world's most famous wildlife park that hosts the most spectacular migration of the Wildebeest. Only a 4+ day safari makes it logistically possible to reach these grasslands.

  • Fly from Serengeti

    We can arrange a light aircraft flight from Serengeti to Arusha, Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. This will not only save you a lot of time, it will also provide a bird's eye view of the Serengeti.

5-Star Reviews for Popote

Below are some reviews specifically from clients who did 4-Day Safari with us. See more of our fantastic testimonials on Tripadvisor and Google.

  • "I chose Popote Africa Adventures for Kilimanjaro Summit Climb and African Wildlife Safari. I was so impressed with the way the team helped me with all the arrangements for the trip. Sabino personally helped me choose 7-day Lemosho route based on my interest & fitness. He also recommended the 4-dayTanzanian Safari to fit my schedule..."

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  • "We chose Popote to climb Kilimandjaro (Lemosho way 7days) and we also did a safari (4days).
    We had a very good contact with Sabino (manager of the agency). Very attentive to our expectations, he proposed to us a personalized trip to suit our budget / number of days. He was very flexible, especially for covid period. He organized everything..."

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  • "From our first email exchange, Sabino offered helpful advice on choosing a route and duration based on my preferences, ultimately agreeing on a 7-day Lemosho trek of Kilimanjaro followed by a 3-day mid-range safari. I originally booked for June 2020 so when my initial trip had to be cancelled, he communicated clearly and professionally about my options to reschedule..."

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Is a 4-Day Safari for Me?

There is plenty you can see and do on a well-planned 4-day safari in Tanzania. Every day is different and you never know what nature has in store for you. If you want to add on a short and crisp safari to a Zanzibar beach holiday, a Kilimanjaro climb or a business trip, a 4-day Tanzanian safari is highly recommended. In 4 days you can spend 1-2 nights in Serengeti. So if your time frame is short and you really want to visit this amazing park, then a 4-day safari is the right choice for you. Budget permitting, a fly-in to Serengeti will make the most of your precious time spent in the bush. In any case, you will see plenty of wildlife from the big 5 mammals to birds. You can bring down the cost by choosing the adventurous budget camping, or you can overnight in authentic African tented camps and lodges for truly memorable evenings in the bush.

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The Popote Advantage

We have taken more than 4,000 travelers on Tanzania safari since 2011. The following 4 aspects are the most important for anyone wanting to book a safari. And we guarantee uncompromising quality for all and more.

#1 Safari Experience Matters

We are built on our experience of guiding over 4000 travelers on safaris over a decade. There are hidden challenges to operating safaris that we've uncovered during this time. That gives us a competitive advantage over most other safari operators. How to seamlessly sew together a Kilimanjaro climb with a safari? Or bring down the cost while still staying in excellent lodges? Or arrange a transfer from Nairobi after your flight was delayed? Cross border Tanzania-Kenya safaris? Fly straight from Serengeti to Zanzibar? Our local team will plan your safari with you and ensure all your expectations are met and more.

#2 Comfortable 4x4 Land Cruisers

We only use specially designed and converted 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers. They have large sliding windows and pop-up roofs, offering excellent views and great opportunities for safe and undisturbed photography while on game drives. There is a fridge to keep your drinks cool and 220V electric sockets for battery chargers. The powerful engines allow the vehicles to manage various kinds of terrain without any difficulty even when traveling off the beaten track. There are 5 to 7 seats with handrests offering plenty of room for a comfortable ride.

#3 Unlimited Game Drives

With Popote's private safari trips, you are in charge of how you want game drives from 6am to 6pm each day of your trip. There is no mileage restriction unlike the budget operators. We want your vacation to be perfect and without any bounds. So if you want to track a lioness as it hunts its prey, you have the freedom to go for it!

#4 Lunch Breaks in the Wild

We appreciate that you might want to stretch out and take a break from the dusty and bumpy game drives. So your guide will find a nice and shady spot to spread your lunch table and serve you pre-packed lunch in the wild. If some wine would make it perfect, just let us know! Its just one of those idyllic moments that you will never forget, especially in the Serengeti!

4-Day Safari Itineraries

4 days of safari from Arusha allows you to cover 1 to 3 national parks depending on what you want to explore, how much distance you want to cover and other parameters. Below are some example itineraries. Contact us for a personalized itinerary, detailed information or if you have any questions.

  • Visit 2 Parks

    This trip is for wildlife connosieurs who want to spend time in just 2 national parks observing what rushed travelers are not interested in seeing. Examples:

    Itinerary 1

    • Days 1 & 2 - Tarangire
    • Days 3 & 4 - Lake Manyara (back to Arusha on day 4 late afternoon)

    Itinerary 2

    • Days 1 to 3 - Serengeti (fly in on day 1 to save 5-6 hours on the road)
    • Day 4 - Ngorongoro crater and back to Arusha

    Itinerary 3

    • Day 1 - Lake Manyara
    • Day 2 - Fly to Serengeti
    • Days 3 & 4 - Serengeti (fly back to Arusha on day 4 late afternoon)
  • Visit 3 Parks (excl. Serengeti)

    For most travelers visiting the Serengeti is a must. If you are not one of those, and you are happy to get more quality wildlife experience with lesser non-game drives, then this itinerary might be for you.

    • Day 1 - Arusha to Lake Manyara
    • Day 2 - Descend to Ngorongoro crater (overnight at Karatu)
    • Day 3 - Tarangire (overnight inside the park)
    • Day 4 - Tarangire, back to Arusha

    We can also include cultural elements such as a visit to an authentic Maasai village or to the Hazdabe bushmen one of these days.

  • Visit 3 Parks (incl. Serengeti)

    The following is a special itinerary to observe the great migration during the calving season that lasts from late December to early March.

    • Day 1 - Arusha to Lake Manyara
    • Day 2 - Lake Manyara to Ndutu in south Serengeti
    • Day 3 - Ndutu in south Serengeti
    • Day 4 - Ndutu to Ngorongoro to Arusha

    You can replace Lake Manyara by Tarangire national park, and you can also fly into Serengeti on day 1 if that suits your budget and preferences better.

  • All 4 Days in Serengeti

    For those interested in exploring the Serengeti conveniently within a short timeframe, flying-in is the best option. This itinerary lets you use most of your time touring Serengeti for a unique and exclusive experience in the most famous national park in the world.

    • Day 1 - Fly into Serengeti
    • Days 2 & 3 - Explore Serengeti
    • Day 4 - Back to Arusha/Zanzibar by flight from Serengeti

    There are plenty of tented camps across price categories to chose from as you follow the migration.

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4-Day Safari Prices

Safari prices depend a lot on the quality of accommodation chosen, whether it is located inside a national park or outside, the number of people in the vehicle and the time of travel.

A good approximate price per person per day on a safari in Tanzania is as follows from budget camping to luxury lodge accommodations. (Click links below to view different accommodations)

BUDGET: $250 - $300

MID-TIER: $390 - $550

LUXURY: $670 - $1000

HIGH-END LUXURY: $1200 - $2500

  • The safari cost includes

    Entry fees:

    • Park Fees: all park fees collected by National Park authorities (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all others). 


    Please note: by default, you will share a room and a tent with your travel companion. If you travel solo on a group expedition, we will room you with a same-sex participant. Single supplement is available upon request.


    • All meals during safari, except when specified otherwise
    • Water and coffee or tea.


    • VHF Radio
    • 2 Binoculars per vehicle
    • Fridge

    Professional Safari Guide:

    • Professional guides licensed by Tanzania National Park Authority. All guides have 7+years of successful experience


    • 18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy. Popote Africa is an honest and responsible tour operator working in full compliance with the tax law of the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • The safari cost excludes

    • International flights
    • Tips (30-50 USD per vechile per day)
    • Visa fee (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for all others)
    • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb)
    • Travel insurance
    • Internal flights or other activities

Why choose Popote?

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