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12 Days Northern Circuit Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park - Arusha National Park

12 Days Northern Circuit Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park - Arusha National Park

Remarkable Tanzania Safari

The northern circuit of Tanzania features some of the most famous and remarkable sights in the entire world. These include the annual wildebeest migration and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. The beautiful and remote accommodations will make the wildlife come right up to your room. Wherever you go, your safari will offer a unique and stunning display of wildlife in its natural habitat and the diverse scenery.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safari
  • 1 visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • Outfitted safari vehicles
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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On this safari, you will stay at several accommodations. Below are the accommodations you will be staying at.

Kibo Palace Hotel

Named after the highest peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, Kibo Palace Hotel is one of Arusha’s most modern and innovative luxury hotels. Located in the heart of Arusha it’s a a 15-minute walk from Arusha city center and a 45-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp

Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp is located on an escarpment in an isolated area with stunning distant lake views. It offers luxurious safari accommodation, fine dining and an infinity pool which allows you to feel like you’re at the edge of the lake.

Ten canvas safari tents and sixteen self-contained cottages are scattered across the camp to blend into the natural surroundings with unique views of the African wilderness from private balconies. The restaurant serves delicious meals inspired by locally grown ingredients so your stay will be an authentic safari experience.

  • Kati Kati Camp

Kati Kati is a mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti and strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and the Grumeti River.

Kati Kati has 10 tents with large kings size bed or twin beds and a private en suite bathroom.

There’s a cozy mess tent is middle of the camp where meals are served and in the evening you can sit around the campfire to enjoy appetizers and snacks before dinner.

  • Ndutu Safari Lodge

Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the South-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquility far from the madding crowd.

  • Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is strategically perched on the rim of this ‘Garden of Eden’, affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above sea level.

The lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the Crater’s great bowl.

From its privileged position, all the Lodge’s 80 rooms afford breathtaking uninterrupted views, and the open–air terrace of the Rhino Lounge Bar offers superb panoramic views of the whole Crater.

  • Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire River Camp offers an authentic safari experience under traditional canvas with big views and a warm atmosphere. The camp is set within a 25,000 hectares of concession area overlooking a branch of the Tarangire River. Only 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park this is a great base for wildlife safaris.

The main lodge has a traditional grass thatched roof and an elevated deck. The breezy lounge boasts ample seating in a relaxing open-air environment. The dining area, where culturally inspiring meals are served, has excellent views over the riverbank below. There are several game viewing decks if you can drag yourself away from the private verandah outside your room. You’ll be sleeping in a spacious tent built on a wooden platform with a thatched roof, en-suite bathroom and tasteful furnishings so you can enjoy all the comforts you need whilst on your safari.

  • Meru View Lodge

Situated on the foothills of Mount Meru at an altitude of almost 1400 meters, the cozy bungalows at Meru View Lodge make a great base for exploring Mount Meru. Guests can enjoy the shady garden, swimming pool and home cooked meals in the restaurant.

  • Snowcrest Hotel

The contemporary Snow Crest Hotel is a 10 minute drive from downtown Arusha and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The rooms are stylish with all modern amenities and there’s a swimming pool with sundeck where you can relax and relive your safari adventures.

Day 1

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be greeted by your Daigle Tours guide and transferred to Kibo Palace Hotel in Arusha where you can relax and recover from your journey.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The national park's coverage is 127 square miles and the lake’s alkaline waters cover approximately 89 square miles. Giant fig trees and mahogany trees can be seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates. While mostly known for its famous tree-climbing lions and baboons, Lake Manyara and its environment are also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs, and giraffes.

Day 3-5

After breakfast, you will depart from Manyara and drive to the endless plains of Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Crater. You will have one half-day and two full days to view the migration. Serengeti is the oldest and most popular national park, in particular for its annual migration of wildebeest with zebra and Thomson gazelle joining the trek for fresh grazing. Other wildlife found in Serengeti includes buffalos, giraffes, elands, topis, kongonis, impalas, Grant’s gazelles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and African jackal.

Day 6

After breakfast, with packed lunches at the ready, you will drive to Ngorongoro and stop on the way at Olduvai Gorge. There, you can see the archaeological site made famous by the Louis and Mary Leakey discoveries and learn about Masai customs and traditions in the Maasai Boma community.

Day 7

After breakfast and with packed lunches at the ready, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for game viewing. The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, and unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater is 610 meters deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometers. Animal populations in the crater include most of the species found in East Africa such as lions, elephants, zebras, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, gazelles, wildebeests, hippos, and many different bird species.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will depart to Tarangire National Park which is famous for its tree-climbing lions, massive baobab trees, and large herds of elephants. Tarangire National Park is small but a home to significant wildlife population with a density of wildlife matched only by Ngorongoro. You’ll enjoy a packed lunch during your safari drive, have plenty of time to explore the national park, stop to observe the wildlife, and take photos.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will enjoy an adventure-packed day of game driving in Tarangire National Park. Besides herds of elephants, you can also expect to see zebra, elands, mongooses, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, impalas, warthogs, and reedbucks. Many carnivores such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals are also abundant throughout the park. At the end of the day, you will retire to Tarangire River Camp to enjoy a sundowner while taking in the many colors of the setting sun over the Tarangire landscape.

Day 10

After breakfast, you will drive to Arusha National Park while taking packed lunch boxes, so you can enjoy the game viewing until the evening. Arusha National Park offers a wide variety of wildlife including cape buffalos, elephants, hippos, giraffes, warthogs, antelopes, zebras, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys, and various reptiles. The Momella Lakes attract a wide range of birds, both resident and migratory.

Day 11

After breakfast, you will go on a guided walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger. You will have plenty of time to take photos of the wildlife which may include zebras, antelopes, cape buffalos, as well as birds. You will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the beautiful Mount Meru Waterfall, providing a spectacular end to your safari. In the evening, you will be driven back to Arusha for your final night.

Day 12

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight back home.

During this safari, you will visit several highlights of the northern district in Tanzania including Tangarire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, and Arusha National Park.

Lake Manyara National Park

Despite being one of Tanzania’s smaller reserves, Lake Manyara National Park boasts a spectacular array of diverse terrain as well as plant and animal species. Established specifically to protect the elephant herds that have made the area renowned, the park provides an amazing wildlife experience. An astounding variety of habitats and incredible biodiversity wait for you in Lake Manyara National Park.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. It is world renowned for the annual migration of the wildebeest as they search for fresh grazing. Serengeti National Park offers the most astounding view of wildlife in Africa even when the yearly migration is not taking place.

The diverse wildlife population is not the only remarkable feature of Serengeti National Park. The sunburnt savannah of the plains stretches nearly unbroken to the shimmering horizon at the end of the earth. This golden expanse is transformed into a lush green sea peppered with the bright spots of wildflowers after the seasonal rains.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a world heritage site and famous for Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is truly awe-inspiring and will be one of the highlights of your safari. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area lives up to its famous reputation for abundant wildlife and is the area where you’re most likely to see lions, hyenas, or cheetahs in action.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park has the largest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti, and it is the only place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the oryx and gerenuk are regularly observed. The seasonal visitors to the river scatter during the rainy season, spreading out over a 20,000 square kilometers of green plains. The perpetually emerald swamps contain 550 bird species making it home to the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park contains a rich variety of wildlife. The diverse population of herbivores, primates, and predators includes black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, hippopotamus, warthogs, and several antelope species. Though lions are absent from the park, it is common to see leopards and hyenas sneaking through the shadows of early morning and late evening.

Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bottled mineral water will be served for you during the safari. On the eleventh day, you will also enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the beautiful Mount Meru Waterfall.

  • 1 visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All park entrance fees
  • Daily meals and bottled mineral water
  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safari
  • Outfitted Land Rovers with roof hatches, fridge, charging sockets, and Bluetooth radio
  • Professional Tanzanian safari guide
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All items of a personal nature
  • International flights
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight and arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Daigle Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Diane from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We did a safari tour in the Selous reserve and Daigle was wonderful to work with. The employees are top notch and offer a great value. The safari was wonderful, the guides knew where to take us and when in order to see a wide variety of animals. Amazing experience!"

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  • Review by Sarah Johnston from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I'd never been to Tanzania, and Daigle gave me the most straight forward and comprehensive response when I emailed a lot of different companies. They helped me pick which places to visit given my allotted time since I didn't know much. All of the travel logistics worked out great, and I felt the value we got for our money was wonderful - transportation, lodging, meals, park fees etc, were all covered. We visited Selous Game Reserve & Mikumi National Park. I found the drive through the villages in the mountains in between the two areas as interesting as the game drives! Our driver Kapande was fantastic and took great care of us. I had a great experience and would recommend any one to try them!"

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  • Review by Sandra D
    10 out of 10

    "Besides visiting Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar, the highlight of my trip was spending the days at Selous Game Reserve. Fascinating and memorable to see all those beautiful animals/birds in their natural habitat.. was one of on my wishlist to visit Africa !! Indeed my wish come true..."

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  • Review by Jeff from United States
    9 out of 10

    "The tour itself was great. Our guide, Hassan, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, I would highly recommend Daigle Tours and specifically, Hassan."

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  • Review by Coralie from France
    9 out of 10

    "Great safari! Our guide and Samwel came to pick up and welcome us at the port station. They were very friendly and we fastly felt comfortable! Daigle Tours do their best to adapt the plan to our needs. "

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  • Review by Sarah J. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "Daigle Tours helped me determine which itinerary would fit best in my schedule when I was clueless, and I felt it was well worth what we paid, especially compared to some of the other quotes we got. Everything was taken care of for us, transportation, meals, lodging, game park fees, etc. Our driver was fantastic, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to ride around with. We loved the game drives and also the commutes to other parks and areas where we got to see many villages and a lot of countryside. What a great experience! "

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