Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit overview:
Accommodation: Arusha accommodation, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Destinations: Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park
Activities: Game drives, walks, historical interpretations
Arrive: Kilimanjaro International Airport [Arusha]
Depart: Kilimanjaro International Airport [Arusha]
Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit experience:
Discover Africa’s most rewarding safari experience on this spectacular northern Tanzania wildlife safari. The northern safari circuit is renowned amongst safari aficionados for its iconic destinations such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro and the lesser known, but just as dramatic Lake Manyara and Tarangire. A visit to the Cradle of Mankind at Olduvai Gorge completes the memorable experience.
Day 1: Arusha
You will be met by your Northern Tanzania Safari circuit guide upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your first overnight of your safari at a Tanzania safari lodge situated on the outskirts of Arusha town where a full briefing for the exited days ahead will be given.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
On this morning of your Northern Tanzania safari you set off on an early departure for the approximately 3 hour drive to Tarangire National Park. One of the most underrated parks in Africa Tanzania offers the visitor a spectacular array of wildlife on dramatic landscapes. Herds of elephants range the open savannahs and acacia woodlands, with ancient baobabs adding to the vista.
Other species to be seen include lion, leopard and cheetah as well as a range of antelope, including the lesser kudu. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed in the park before heading to your accommodation for the night at Tarangire Sopa
Days 3 & 4: Serengeti National Park
Today we head for the iconic Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge. A stop on the crater rim allows for a spectacular view into this unique eco-system – in anticipation of exploring the crater in the coming days. The route also takes us past the Olduvai Gorge where the history of mankind is been researched. An excellent museum shows the work being done there.
The vast Serengeti, arguably the most famous wilderness in Africa, provides a feast for the senses. It is here where at certain times of the year almost two million animals can be seen in the great wildebeest migration. A picnic lunch on route, and an afternoon game drive will take us to the Serengeti Serena Lodge where we will spend the next two nights.
Although the Serengeti is renowned for the Great migration there are millions of other animals that roam the plains throughout the year providing visitors with dramatic wildlife interactions. Game drives in the park will open up this iconic destination to you.
Days 5 & 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Today we leave the Serengeti, on a long game drive, and head back to the unique Ngorongoro Crater where we will overnight at our Tanzania safari lodge on the rim of the crater. The spectacular views from Ngorongoro Serena Lodge will be treasured forever.
We spend time in the crater on a game drive, and may even have lunch at the bottom of the crater. Descending the walls of the Ngorongoro Crater is almost like moving into another world.
Formed over time after a massive volcanic explosion, the wilderness that is Ngorongoro plays host to more than twenty thousand animals in an a relatively small area. Such is the nutritional value of the grass in the crater that herbivores thrive – and with that is a high predator population, in particular lions and hyenas.
Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park
After a breakfast overlooking the crater we head to Lake Manyara, passing the Ngorongoro Highlands on our way to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge overlooking the great rift and presenting incredible views of the landscape. After lunch we head down into Lake Manyara National Park, said by Earnest Hemingway to be ‘the loveliest I have seen’.
Lake Manyara National Park boasts a diversity of eco-systems inkling grassland savannah, forest and scrub which in turn host a wide species diversity. Aside from millions of flamingoes and other birds the park has elephants, a range of antelope and a host of predators – a truly unforgettable park.
Day 8: Arusha
After breakfast we head back to Arusha for you to meet any onward arrangements.
- All meals in the parks
- Guiding fees
- Park entry fees
- Medical and travel insurance
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Tranport to and from Arusha
- International flights
- Visa fees