Activities: A balloon safari in the park at dawn. Two side trips: Lake Natron to the north, at the roof of Ol Donyo Lengai volcano (2-3 days roundtrip) and the possibility of visiting Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, to the west (2-3 days roundtrip). From Mwanza, the regional capital, visit the Rubondo National Park located on an island in the middle of the lake.
Don't miss: The big cats on the kopjes (huge granite rocks) which dominate the plains. Hundreds of crocodiles in the Grumeti River. The Maasai painting at Moru Kopjes.