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Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari

Explore Tanzania’s famous northern circuit in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park. Four smart sister camps offer a high level of care, first-class guiding and a wide range of activities.

Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari: Summary

Tinkerbird safari in a nutshell

This varied fly-in safari explores Tanzania’s famous northern circuit, featuring Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park.

The trip includes four smart sister camps, all of which share the same consistency in top-quality management, level of care and standard of guiding. They are run by an experienced safari operator who frequently chooses camps for their special location.

Beginning at Oliver’s, which feels more reminiscent of a traditional bushcamp than the rest, guests can explore the quieter south-eastern regions of Tarangire where it is comparatively less common to pass other safari vehicles.

Next, The Highlands is set apart from other camps on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, in a prime position overlooking the forested slopes by Olmoti Volcano. Here it is the extraordinary design as well as the views that appeal, with guests staying in bubbled domes raised high above the treeline, affording spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Dunia is near to the Serengeti’s Moru Kopjes and allows longer and quieter exploration of the region, overlooking open savannah where resident rhino and big cats may be found. To date, Dunia is also the only safari camp run by an all-female team, a factor which contributes to the wonderfully unique and welcoming atmosphere there.

Concluding with the most luxurious, Sayari is a permanent camp based in the north of the Serengeti. Despite the rich game here, it is removed from other populated areas and between July and October is particularly well-positioned for the migration’s famous river crossings.

This selection of camps offers a range of safari activities. There are ample walking opportunities throughout the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire, and night drives and balloon flights might also be arranged for further variety.

At a glance

Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport
2 nights Oliver's Camp - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Full Board
2 nights The Highlands - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Full Board
2 nights Dunia Camp - Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania Full Board
2 nights Sayari Camp - Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania Full Board
Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Oliver's Camp

Days 1-3

In the quiet south-east of Tarangire National Park, beside Silale and Lormakau marshes, Oliver's Camp is a lovely tented camp set on a low, sandy ridge. It is particularly good for wildlife in the height of the dry season, when the marshes attract huge herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. It originally started off as a temporary camp, but was made permanent in 2008.

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The Highlands

Days 3-5

The Highlands is located north of the Ngorongoro Crater, far from other camps in a forested area near the Olmoti Volcano. The design is unique – you won't find another camp like this anywhere else in East Africa.

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Dunia Camp

Days 5-7

Dunia Camp is situated near the Moru Kopjes, in the south of Tanzania's central Serengeti National Park. This elegant yet unpretentious camp is in a good area for seeing both the wildebeest migration between December and March, and the resident game of the central Serengeti all year round. Affectionately known as the "ladies camp", it is Tanzania's first and only safari camp to be fully led and run by female staff. It has a very inspiring atmosphere.

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Sayari Camp

Days 7-9

Sayari Camp is a luxurious, permanent camp situated in the far north of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The Mara River meanders from east to west through this remote region's undulating bush, which is home to permanent, large populations of plains wildlife. This part of the Serengeti ecosystem is also a spectacular area to witness the great wildebeest migration.

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Oliver's Camp

Oliver's Camp

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

The Highlands

The Highlands

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Dunia Camp

Dunia Camp

Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Sayari Camp

Sayari Camp

Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari.

  • Exploring the Moru Kopjes in search of rhino
  • Soaking up breathtaking sunsets at The Highlands
  • Listening to the birds in an open-air shower
  • Soaring over the savannah on a hot-air balloon
  • Watching wildebeest storm across the Mara River

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

99% chance

Leopard

97% chance

Eland

95% chance

Cheetah

83% chance

Black Rhino

72% chance

Roan antelope

41% chance

Wild dog

27% chance

Striped Hyena

27% chance

Oryx

26% chance

Aardvark

17% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Two to three hours

Discover the nuances of day-to-day life in the large Tanzanian village of Mto Wa Mbu with a knowledgeable local guide. This is not a village set up for tourists – Mto Wa Mbu is a real community and offers a chance to see a side of Tanzania that many visitors pass by.

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Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Three hours - approx. one hour flight

As the sun rises over the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania, climb aboard for an extraordinary adventure. For an hour you’ll float in a hot air balloon over beautiful savannah and woodland and a diversity of plains wildlife.

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100% (17 reviews)
Empakaai Crater Hike

Empakaai Crater Hike

Half day, two - three hour walk

Spend a half day hiking through the Empakaai Crater, in the Highlands area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), led by an experienced guide and accompanied by a ranger.

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100% (1 reviews)
Olmoti Crater walk

Olmoti Crater walk

Half day - two to three hour walk

Follow an ancient Maasai cattle trail on this private hike up the Olmoti Crater, led by an experienced guide and accompanied by an armed ranger. The crater may not compete in size with the neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, but the birding is good, the mountain views wonderful, and the array of ferns is a botanist’s dream.

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90% (2 reviews)
Lake Manyara Safari

Lake Manyara Safari

Half-day or full-day

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park makes a great safari destination. Here, along with elephant herds and plains game, you’ll find jungle-like forests that are home to blue monkeys, a soda lake tinged pink by flamingos and some of Tanzania’s best birding.

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85% (48 reviews)
Crater Rim Walk

Crater Rim Walk

Half day - two hour walk

For some fantastic views, and the chance to see flora and fauna up close, take a walk along the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Led by an experienced safari guide and accompanied by an armed ranger, you will be able to take in the scale and beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.

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100% (3 reviews)
Olduvai Gorge visit

Olduvai Gorge visit

One - two hours

See for yourself the renowned archaeological site of Olduvai (or Oldupai) Gorge, which lies en route between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Famed for the discoveries of early hominin remains as well as the Laetoli Footprints, the site offers beautiful views, an engaging museum and potentially the opportunity to visit an active dig.

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93% (14 reviews)
Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Usually one hour

Experience the forest of Lake Manyara National Park from a whole new perspective – high up in the trees. The first suspended walkway in Tanzania, it stretches underneath the canopy for 370m between the mahogany and fig trees, giving intrepid visitors a unique view of the surrounding flora and fauna.

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75% (4 reviews)

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