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7 Days Best of Northern Circuit Budget Safari in Tanzania

Arusha Tourist Inn, Sokoine Road, Arusha, Arusha District, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Exhilarating Tanzania Safaris

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Come and join Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris in this exhilarating safari holiday. Drive to the best and most popular wildlife destinations in the world for game drives and animal viewing. Take great photos at Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater. See impressive views and scenery, and experience the amazing Maasai culture through a village visit. So what are you waiting for? Prepare your bags and gear up for a memorable adventure.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 6 persons per 4x4 pop-up roof vehicle
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 8 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • English, French speaking guide
  • All park fees are included


  • 5 game drives
  • All transportation and park fees are included
  • Chances to spot the Big Five and other animals
  • Visit Tarangire, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara national parks
  • 3 daily meals are included
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
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  • Shopping
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • ATM / banking
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

You will be accommodated in camps during this safari tour. Before the tour, on your first night, you will stay at Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel. On the second night, you will stay at the Panorama Campsite. For the third night, you will stay at the Seronera Campsite, a chain of small campsites found at the Seronera River Valley.

For the fourth night, you will stay at the Ngorongoro Simba Campsite, a large, public campground located in the Ngorongoro Crater area. For the fifth night, you will stay at the Jambo Campsite. And for the sixth and final night, you will stay at the Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel.

Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of Arusha city. It is easily accessible and is only 45 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), one and a half hours from the Namanga Border, and five minutes from the city center. All the rooms are well-furnished with elegant decor and wooden furniture and equipped with an electronic card door lock system to maximize security, making it one of the safest and best places to stay in Arusha.

All superior rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a combined shower and bath, plus a basin and toilet. Each room also has an air-conditioning unit, electronic safe, television with a selection of satellite channels, electricity points, and three-pin square plug points for easy charging. Mosquito nets are provided around the beds in all rooms.

Jambo Campsite

This campsite is conveniently located in the Mto Wa Mbu village, not far from the gate to Lake Manyara National Park. It features well-maintained gardens and spotless en-suite rooms in two-story houses. Each room has a television, fridge, and terrace or balcony. There's also a swimming pool, restaurant, and baobab tree bar. The campsite has a spacious camping ground with good ablution facilities. Hot and cold showers are both available.

Panorama Campsite

Located just outside the Mto Wa Mbu village, this campsite is perched up on the edge of the Great Rift Valley directly overlooking Lake Manyara National Park. Its amenities include a tent, sleeping bag, and pillow. The facilities include hot showers, bathrooms, cooking facilities, an eating area, and a bar.

Seronera Campsite

The public campsites which are collectively called Seronera Campsite are located in the Central Serengeti area known as the Seronera. Seronera Campsite is one of the most famed campsites in Tanzania for animal encounters. Animals will pass through the campsite at night on their nocturnal wanderings.

This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats and bathrooms are outside of the tent.

  • Accommodation level: Budget
  • Features: Bathrooms, hot showers, solar Powered 220V electricity, eating area

Ngorongoro Simba Campsite

Simba Campsite lies on the very rim of Ngorongoro Crater and has an excellent view across the caldera. A fantastic sunrise over the crater rim opposite makes a fine breakfast scene. Often there are elephants wandering around the camp! This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats and bathrooms are outside of the tent.

Facilities at Simba Campsite are basic but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere of this camp in the clouds.

  • Accommodation level: Budget
  • Features: Eating area, 220V generator power in the evening, hot showers, toilets


Day 1: Arusha (arrival day)

On this day, you'll arrive in Arusha and overnight at Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by the driver/guide and drive to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you will experience the seasonal swamps, savanna, and Tarangire River in search of many animals including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and giraffe. It's possible that you will catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards watching and relaxing in the trees above. After a full day in the park, you will drive to sun bright lodge and campsite, where you will be able to relax and enjoy dinner and have an overnight.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park by way of the beautiful, high-lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, you will descend into the heart of wild Africa, the Serengeti National Park, with its endless plains rolling in the distance as far as the eye can see.

You will proceed to the central park area known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River which provides a valuable water source to this area of the park and attracts wildlife well-representative of most of Serengeti's species. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch and then head out for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the Seronera Campsite.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up early in the morning, have a cup of coffee, and get ready for a sunrise game drive that will last up to 11:30 a.m. Afterwards, you will come back to the campsite for brunch. Later on, you will proceed with a game drive in Serengeti National Park then do an en-route game drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Ngorongoro Simba Campsite.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will descend the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game driving where you will get a chance to see Africa's Big Five. Afterwards, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Sun bright campsite

Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After breakfast in the campsite, you will continue with a full day of game driving in Lake Manyara National Park, complete with packed lunch. The lake occupies a large area of the park - the forest starts just when you cross the park gate along the base of the Great Rift Valley and hot spring, and continues to the west of the park. This national park is home to tree-climbing lions, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, and troops of baboons.

The flamingo, ostrich, Egyptian goose, and many more animal and bird species also inhabit the area. After your picnic lunch, you will proceed with an afternoon game drive. Later on, you will drive to a Maasai village to experience various cultural activities. The Maasai people are known for strongly upholding their traditional values and lifestyle. In the evening, you will be taken back to Arusha to have an overnight stay at the Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel.

Day 7: Arusha (departure day)

This is where your tour will end.

Included excursions

You will have a chance to visit a Maasai village to experience various cultural activities.


This safari holiday will take place in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, all of which are located in the country of Tanzania.


All three daily meals are included in the price of this safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the wildlife and scenery
  • Enjoy animal watching
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Services of a safari driver-guide and cook
  • Visit to Lake Manyara
  • Visit to the Maasai people
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transportation and park fees

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa costs

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK).

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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