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8 Days Experience the Best of Northern Tanzania Private Safari

Green Mountain Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

The Best of Northern Tanzania Park Safari

Experience the best safari of your dreams with Asili Explorer Safaris. The safari will give you the chance to see the spectacular wilderness with its incredible Big Five. You will get to see the sheer beauty of nature secluded from the man-made world. The safari will introduce you to the incredible African culture that will leave you with an unforgettable lifetime experience. Start your safari with the quiet and relaxing Lake Manyara Park and appreciate the bird watching and other moving activities you can avail at the park, witness amazing herds of millions wildebeest migration around Serengeti Plain, watch the big cats closely and enjoy the beauty of Serengeti sunset.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group safari: 2 to 7 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 3 years are allowed on the tour under their parental guidance.
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Languages: English (Spanish, German, French on request)
  • All park fees are included.

Meet the guides

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Highlights

  • 6 days with exciting game drives
  • Guaranteed window seats for everyone
  • Spot the famous Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard)
  • Discover Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara
  • Transport in a customized private 4x4 safari jeep
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Free airport transfers

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6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: 2-7 participants
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

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On safari, you will be staying in tented camps in the wild, comfortable lodges and hotel in the city. The accommodations are combined with the best services from the incredible hosts.

Night 1 and 7: Green Mountain Hotel

Green Mountain Hotel is approximately five minutes' drive from the Arusha City and 30 minutes (45 kilometers) from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and 14 minutes from Arusha Airport (ARK). The hotel was near to the famous and large club in Tanzania known as The World Garden Club and the famous tourist meeting point known as Maasai Camp.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Business center
  • Car parking
  • Conference room
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Restaurant
  • Secretarial services
  • 24-hour room service

Night 2 and 6: Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge

Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge is located in fertile farmland, adjacent to Ngorongoro forest, set in a risen escarpment of the great rift valley. Rugged tranquility and breathtaking landscape. Whether you are looking for cultural tours, hiking and biking opportunities, a chance to enjoy a slice of peaceful rural Tanzania.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Night 3 and 4: Asili Wilderness Tented Camp

Get the true flavors of wilderness and experience an awe-inspiring trip that you can truly cherish for a lifetime at the Serengeti Asili Camp. Our well-located campsite allows you to indulge in a magical ecosystem where you can find creature-filled landscape, a group of variant birds flying in the blue skies, tree-climbing lions, lush green lands and wide-open spaces with inhabitants easily spotted all around. You get the chance to live your lifelong dream in real with a Serengeti Camp Safari program amidst the migration crossings in action, balloon safaris, bonfire tales and more.

Overlooking the plains of Central Serengeti, Serengeti Asili Camp is an excellent lodging space that is decorated with wooden decks and is shaded by the Tortilla’s Acacia trees. All the tents in the camp are designed in style with premium facilities ensuite to give you the comfort of a home away from home. The camp operates round the year and gives you a true chance to get close to nature.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Night 5: Rhino Lodge

Ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim, Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro Crater and its surroundings. After 21.00, the generator is switched off and a limited amount of electricity is available from our storage batteries for lighting. After dark please be careful and never walk around the grounds unless you are accompanied by a member of our staff. One of our Askaris (watchmen) will accompany you to and from the dining room. They are also on duty throughout the night should you require assistance.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Veranda
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Washbasin
  • Food-burning stove
  • Hot water bottles
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Fireplace

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Arrive in Arusha, meet and greet with your driver-guide, and transfer to Arusha Green Mountain Hotel for your overnight stay.

  • Meals: Half board

Day 2: Arusha City - Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, depart for Manyara National Park. There, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the African Rift Valley whilst having a picnic lunch. Afternoon game drive looking for Manyara's well-known tree-climbing lions. Exploring the lakeside, you will see a million Lesser East African flamingos, which make the lake look pink. Dinner and overnight at Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 3: Safari to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart at 07:30 for Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge, the site of the Leakey family discovery of fossils 50 kilometers long and in some places 90 meters deep. It drains the slopes of the nearby mountains plus of human and animal ancestors dating back to almost two million years.

Olduvai Gorge is a canyon carved by water through the southern part of the Serengeti Plain. The gorge is about the Serengeti Plain. Its chief claim to fame is the rich treasure-trove of human and animal fossils that it has yielded. Dinner and overnight at Asili Wilderness Tented Camp.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 4: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

After African coffee, start early morning game drive, and later full day game drives in the wilderness tracking the Great migration trails. A thorough explanation about this great world event that Tanzania proud of will be provided. As the sun goes down, drive back to Asili Wilderness Tented Camp for Dinner and overnight.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 5: Safari from Serengeti to Ngorongoro

After breakfast, proceed game drive in Serengeti and later heading to Ngorongoro crater rim, for dinner and overnight at the Rhino Lodge.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater full day

Today, you will descend 2,000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the crater for a half-day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Picnic lunches will be served in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge.

Day 7: Karatu to Tarangire National Park - Arusha

After morning breakfast, depart for Tarangire National Park. Your last experience of safari will be the thrilling game drive through the vastness of Tarangire National Park, arrive in good time for lunch. Afternoon game driving through the park. Dinner and overnight at Green Mountain Hotel.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home. End of the tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Location

On this safari, one will get to visit the 4 most incredible parks in the Northern Circuit that are surrounded and filled with a large number of wildlife, spectacular views of nature, people and culture.

The northern Tanzania circuit is by far the most popular safari circuit, comprising most of the must-see destinations in the country. If you’re a first-time visitor to Tanzania, this is where you want to be.

The circuit starts in Arusha and includes, from east to west: Arusha National Park at the foot of Mount Meru, Tarangire National Park 110 kilometers southwest of the town of Arusha, Manyara Ranch between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara National Park at the bottom of the Gregory Rift, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (which includes the Ngorongoro caldera, the Empakaai Crater and the southern Serengeti plains of Lake Ndutu), and the Serengeti National Park that stretches north to the Tanzania/Kenya border.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.

Located just a few hours' drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for people traveling through the northern safari circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.

Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers an unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season, elephants abound.

Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains in the south make a stopover at Tarangire a memorable experience.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators - and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 square kilometers (12,500 square miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephants are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year-round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

On drier ground, you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.

More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful Yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber Rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.

Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive.

There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 square miles, (14,763 square kilometers), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple of hundred vehicles driving around.

The park can be divided into three sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “Serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

Two world heritage sites and two biosphere reserves have been established within the 30,000 square kilometers region. Its unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists - many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation, and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.

The wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20 kilometers across, 600 meters deep and 300 square kilometers in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.

the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year.

You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro!

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometers, with sides up to 600 meters deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time.

The Crater rim is over 2,200 meters high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point, it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.

The crater floor consists of a number of different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests, and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) - a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb. Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor (combined with fairly steep crater sides) tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible birdlife, and breathtaking views.

Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. Its groundwater forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.

The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of birdlife that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingos stoop and graze by the thousands of colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lakeshore.

Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.

Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but a rather rare feature of the northern park.

In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world - a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside; the blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees; dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and the outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes - some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Food

During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. You will get to be served the tastiest and lavish exotic cuisine. You will also be provided with one bottled water per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Game drives as per the Itinerary
  • Customized private safari Jeep 4×4 Toyota land cruiser with a full-length photographic open roof and all clients are guaranteed window seats
  • All services of a trained and experienced English speaking driver-guide
  • All national park entry fees, including Ngorongoro crater fee service
  • All meals and accommodations during the safari (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • A bottle of water per day
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Government taxes

What's not included

  • International flights from home and back
  • Optional Maasai Village visit
  • Optional Serengeti balloon safari
  • All tipping or gratuities (highly recommended)
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Any diversion from the main program

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Clients can arrive at any arrival point i.e Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) and will be picked up by Asili Explorer Safaris' representative and drive to Arusha town or straight to the parks.

Airport: Arusha Airport Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Children policy

Children from the age of 3 years are allowed on the tour under their parental guidance.

  • Children between the ages of 3 and 12 years will pay 60% of the adult rate if sharing a room with two adults.
  •  Children between the ages of 3 and 12 years will pay 60% of the adult rate if sharing a room with another child. 
  • Children between the ages of 3 and 12 years will pay 100% of the adult rates if sharing a room with one adult.

 

Availability

This safari is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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