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13 Days Northern Circuit Safari - A Glimpse of Tanzania Adventure
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Tulia Hotel & Spa, Arusha, Tanzania

Tanzania Safari on the Northern Circuit

Tanzania is the country of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Zanzibar! Found in the Eastern part of Africa with so much beauty and splendor this particular destination will astound you. Under the foot of Mount Meru, the fifth - highest mountain in Africa and second just after Kilimanjaro, Arusha city is found, a place where all the anticipations originate. This 13-days outstanding safari adventure features the most unique and exceptional wildlife encounter, from the big mammals to small and very little creatures in the bush without forgetting the most expected: the big five.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Minimum 2 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 1 year are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • English speaking guide
  • National park entry fees, taxes and levies included

Highlights

  • 1 en-route and 1 afternoon game drive in Tarangire
  • 1 en-route, 1 afternoon, and one scenic game drive in Manyara
  • 1 en-route, 1 afternoon, and 2 full days game drive in Serengeti
  • 1 morning, 1 afternoon, and 1 sundowner drive in Ngorongoro-Ndutu, and 1 full day game drive in the Crater
  • Chance to spot lion, elephant, rhino, and lots of wildebeest and birds species
  • Transportation in a 4WD with safari - driver / guide
  • Daily meals and bottled water
  • 12 nights accommodation

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10 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various lodges and camps along the way as follows:

  • Night 1 and 12: Tulia Hotel & Spa, Arusha
  • Night 2, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, Tarangire National Park
  • Night 3, Kudu Lodge & Campsite, Lake Manyara
  • Night 4, 5, and 6: Mbugani Camps, Ngorongoro - Ndutu area
  • Night 7, 8, 9, and 10: Tortillis Camp, Serengeti
  • Night 11: Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro

Program

You will be commencing your safari with Tarangire National Park, one of Tanzania's 'secret' wildlife havens teeming with large populations of elephant, predators and their fleet-footed prey. Then en route up to Lake Manyara National Park, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the elephant herds it protects. Lake Manyara small yet incredibly striking and breathtaking, it offers a variety of landscapes, from its flat soda lake to its dense forests and the rugged cliffs of the Rift Valley escarpment.

Furthermore to the mysterious Ngorongoro Crater a landscape like no other on earth, that offers vast views over a beautiful natural sanctuary where wildlife encounters lie around every corner. And the most fascinating thing is the annual migration that is found around Ngorongoro - Ndutu Area during the months of December to mid-April. It is during this time we call the calving seasons where wildebeest give birth to their younger ones after migrating around for a period of time. This is the only place in Tanzania these wildebeest will come back for calving remarkable!!

And to top up your safari adventure be enthralled among the enormous plains of the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most renowned safari destinations and the leading extraordinary safari destination park in Africa, where horizons know no end and a mesmerizing variety of wildlife call it home.

Day by day detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a member of the team who will transfer you by road to Arusha. At the foot of magnificent Mount Meru lies Arusha city where all the explorations begin. Relax and spend your overnight getting ready for your safari.

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before going on an exciting game en route drive to Tarangire National Park, with your packed lunch explore one of Tanzania's 'secret' wildlife havens packed with large populations of elephant, predators and their fleet-footed kill.

In the afternoon, break for picnic lunch at a picnic site in Tarangire enjoy your lunch in the bush before embarking back to your game drive.

The ecosystem in Tarangire National Park is balanced by a localized migration pattern that is followed by the majority of game that resides in and around the park. As a result, Tarangire is superb in almost throughout the season of the year. Elephants are the main attraction, with up to 3,000 in the park during the peak months. Peak season also sees good numbers of wildebeest and zebra as well as giraffe, buffalo, Thompson's gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, leopard and cheetah. The real prizes in the park are dwarf mongoose, oryx and generuk - but viewings are very rare. Tarangire is one of Tanzania's finest birding destinations.

In the evening, return back for dinner and overnight as you celebrate your day and prepare for the next big adventure

Day 3: Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park

After an early morning breakfast game en route on an exciting game drive to Lake Manyara National Park; the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the elephant herds it protects.

At the base of the River valley Escarpment is a small park, Lake Manyara National Park. Unlike the more savanna dominated parks, its ground water forests give you superior change. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Africa’s alkaline water lakes located in the northern side of Tanzania.

Break for your picnic lunch before embarking back for your game adventures exploring the magnificent Lake Manyara and its legendary wildlife.

In the evening take a scenic drive over Lake Manyara Park escarpment and enjoy the sunset as you wind up your second day and so much excitement ahead.

Day 4: Manyara to Ngorongoro - Ndutu Area

After breakfast, drive from Karatu towards Ngorongoro Ndutu Area. Ndutu Area forms part of the northern section of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and stretches to the unfenced southern boundaries of the Serengeti National Park, a meeting point between these two incredible wilderness areas.

The best months to visit Ndutu Region are from December, when the Great Migration herds start to arrive from the north, until April when the millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle have trekked northwards again. In the early months of the year - with a peak in February - the wildebeest herds are calving on the lush grassy plains: thousands upon thousands of baby animals are born every day, attracting the attention of cheetah, lion and hyena.

Break for your picnic lunch and continue with your game drive enjoying the marvelous wildlife around this area

Wind up your evening drive and return for dinner and Overnight as you celebrate and get ready for your tomorrow thrilling game drive

Day 5: Ngorongoro - Ndutu Area

Early morning wake up to an early morning game drive. The prime game viewing spot in the Ndutu Region is around Lake Ndutu, where enormous herds assemble between December and April to graze and calve. The forests and granite kopjes around Lake Ndutu are also home to lots of game outside of the migration months.

Return for relaxation and leisure at your camp / lodge before catching up for your afternoon game drive. Calving season is particularly dramatic: a million wildebeest give birth to 8000 babies every day, and as these newborns take their first steps, they’re targeted by lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Enjoy your evening drive and the breathtaking sundowner moments before returning back for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Ngorongoro - Ndutu Area

Early morning after breakfast enjoys your game drive to a historical and one of the world’s most significant paleo anthropological sites, thanks to the discovery of the earliest evidence of the existence of our human ancestors.

Ndutu is not just about wildlife and landscapes - there’s incredible cultural heritage to explore too. Lying within the Ndutu Region, Olduvai Gorge (also known as Oldupai - the correct Maasai spelling of the word) is visit the dramatic ravine and spends some time in the museum to learn about the fascinating excavations and discoveries that have taken place here. A visit to Olduvai Gorge should be combined with a stop at the nearby Shifting Sands: mysterious and beautiful dunes formed of volcanic ash that moves with the winds.

Day 7: Ngorongoro - Ndutu to Serengeti National Park

Early morning after breakfast game en route to Serengeti National Park. Serengeti Africa’s leading extraordinary Park with its outstanding beauty and splendor. The Serengeti celebrated for its abundance of wildlife.One of the greatest wilderness areas in the world, the Serengeti supports a magnificent diversity and abundance of animals, from the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino (although these are rarely spotted) - to giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, topi and eland.

Enjoy your bush picnic lunch before continuing with your game drive, enjoying the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park.In the evening return back for dinner and overnight while celebrating your day and preparing for tomorrows entertainment in the bush

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast game en route to the Central part of Serengeti Sereonera. The Central Serengeti, lying at the heart of this spectacular national park, is the most popular region in the reserve for its abundant wildlife, large numbers of big cats and quintessential Serengeti landscapes of acacia-studded savanna. Resident wildlife makes this part of the Serengeti a fantastic year-round destination, but the months of April to June and October to December, when the herds of the Great Migration pass through the area, are when it’s at its peak.

Relax and adore the excitement of your afternoon game drive after your picnic lunch at the picnic site before getting back to your game drive.

In the evening enjoy the beauty of the sunset in these endless plains where the eyes know no end.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park

Another blissful day after your breakfast set off for more excitement game drives in Seronera. The Seronera River Valley, located in the south-central region of the park, is one of the most popular areas in the entire reserve. Known as the Big Cat Capital of Africa, the Seronera is rich in lion, leopard and cheetah – and people often spot all three in one day of game drives. Look for leopard around the Seronera River, which is home to one of Africa’s densest populations of the big cats, while lions can often be seen on the kopjes (rocky outcrops).

The Serengeti Plains – the open savanna south of the Seronera River - are prime cheetah territory. Other animals to spot in the area’s varied habitats of rivers, swamps, kopjes and grasslands include elephant, hippos and crocodiles in the rivers, buffaloes, impala, topi, jackals and bat-eared foxes.

Day 10: Serengeti National Park

On this final day of your adventure exploring the Serengeti gets ready for some excitements on your game drive. After breakfast with your packed lunch box hope in your safari vehicle and get ready for some amusements.

As we are still exploring the Central Serengeti (Seronera) fantastic area to see the great wildebeest migration in action. Some of the best locations in the Central Serengeti to see the herds include the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, Moru Kopjes, Simba Kopje and Maasai Kopjes. Not only that but also If you’re after Big Cats, the Seronera area in the Central Serengeti is your best bet: this region is hailed as the best place to see predators - particularly lion, leopard and cheetah - on thrilling hunts.

Day 11: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area is home to more than 30 000 protected animals. It is an area of spectacular beauty and excellent game viewing, a truly unique safari destination in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world.

After breakfast, head off for a full day game drive on the Crater floor, abundant with wildlife - view black rhino that are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants, big-manned lions stalking the grasslands, and bright pink flamingos crowding the soda lakes

Enjoy your picnic lunch at the picnic site while viewing the beauty of the Crater rim and its outstanding richness in wildlife.

In the evening ascend the crater and drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

On this day, as we come almost to the last part of your adventures, after your morning breakfast game en route back to Arusha where all the fun begins and ends. On your way back admire the astonishing view of the Manyara Escarpment with the beauty of Karatu highlands the scenery will blow your mind.

Arrive in Arusha during Lunch time relax and have some refreshments as you memories and share stories of your adventures.

Enjoy your dinner and Overnight in Arusha with the some fresh air from Mount Meru.

Day 13: Farewell and back home

As you are about to bid your farewells take a short stroll around Arusha city this will depend with your flight schedule, visit the masai markets, go for lunch in one among the best restaurants in the city. And finally a drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.

Location

Tarangire National Park

Day after day of cloudless skies. The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water.

  • Size: 2,600 square kilometers.
  • Location: 118 kilometers southwest of Arusha. Getting ther is an easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7 kilometers of the main entrance gate; can continue on the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti are available.
  • What to do: Guided walking safaris. Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
  • When to go: Year round but dry season (June-September) for sheer number of animals.

Lake Manyara National Park

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 Earnest 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.

  • Size: 330 square kilometers, of which up to 200 square kilometers is the lake when water levels are high.
  • Location: in northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126 kilometers) west of Arusha along or newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.
  • Getting there: By road, charter or scheduled fight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
  • What to do: Game drivers, canoeing when the water level is sufficiently high, cultural tours, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.
  • When to go: Dry season (July-October) to see large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls, and canoeing.

Serengeti National Park

A million wildebeest each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40 kilometer long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north. This trek replenishes the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 kilometer pilgrimage begins again.

  • Size: 14,763 square kilometrs
  • Location: 335 kilometers from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.
  • Getting there: Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara, and Mwanza. Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, or Ngorongoro Crater.
  • What to do: Hot air balloon safaris, Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks. Visit neighboring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, and Lake Natron’s flamingos.
  • When to go: To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th National Wonder of the World’, a visit to the crater is a main draw card for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun.

  • Size: 8,300 square kilometers.
  • Location: Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at the eastern edge of the Serengeti.
  • Getting there: Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire.
  • What to do: Besides vehicle safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and surrounding attractions, hiking treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • When to go: All year round. To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.

Food

Daily meals as per the itinerary and bottles water are included in the price.

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

Things to do (optional)

You can book separately a hot air balloon ride over Serengeti for 590 USD per person.

What's included

  • 1 en-route and 1 afternoon game drive in Tarangire
  • 1 en-route, 1 afternoon, and one scenic game drive in Manyara
  • 1 en-route, 1 afternoon, and 2 full days game drive in Serengeti
  • 1 morning, 1 afternoon, and 1 sundowner drive in Ngorongoro-Ndutu
  • 1 full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
  • National parks and entry fees
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Transportation in a 4WD vehicle with safari driver / guide
  • Bottled water
  • Flying doctors insurance
  • Government taxes and levies
  • Airport transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

What's not included

  • Tips and gratuities
  • International flights
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Optional hot air balloon ride over Serengeti - 590 USD per person
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, and premium brand spirits
  • All not mentioned in the itinerary above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

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 60% 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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