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8 Days Northern Circuit Safari in Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Tulia Hotel & Spa, Arusha, Tanzania

Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari

Tanzania found in the Eastern part of Africa with so much beauty and splendor this particular country will surprise you, known for its exclusive odyssey to the spectacular national parks and its exquisite wildlife encounter. This safari tour has everything you could dream of if you want to explore some majestic wildlife locations. During the safari you will have the chance to explore Tanzania’s most visited destinations and relish to the excitement that comes within. This package will take you Northern Tanzania most extraordinary parks. Get ready to see abundance of wildlife in their habitats and their everyday struggles to survive. Relish to the sundown every evening as you complete your day of so much fun and prepare for the next day excitements.

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
  • Park entrance fees and crater fees are included in the price

Highlights

  • 1 en-route and one afternoon game drive in lake Manyara
  • 1 en-route and one full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
  • 1 full day game drive in Arusha and 1 afternoon game drive in Tarangire
  • 1 afternoon and one full day game drive in Serengeti including a Kopjes Circuit
  • Chance to spot elephants, lions, rhinos, and a great variety of birds
  • Transportation during safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during days with safari activities
  • 7 nights accommodation

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6 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

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

  • Night 1 and 2: Tulia Hotel & Spa in Arusha
  • Night 3: Burunge Tented Camp in Tarangire
  • Night 4: Kudu Lodge & Campsite in Manyara
  • Night 5 and 6: Katikati Tented Camp in Serengeti
  • Night 7: Rhino Lodge in Ngorongoro

Accommodations on safari are usually a combination of lodges and permanent or mobile tented camps. “In the bush”, and miles from civilization, these luxury camp’s and lodges are all unique and in amazing settings. Lodge rooms have complete bathroom amenities as do most permanent tented camps. Mobile camps, can have either private en-suite facilities or shared bathroom and shower tents. Unless you are in a major city, there will be no TV’s or phones with outside lines. Electric lights, running on generators, are generally lit for a few hours in the early morning and from dark until 10 or 11 p.m.

Program

Begin your Safari with Arusha National Park,enjoy the scenery beneath the fifth highest mountain in Africa, Mount Meru. This place is worthy of a snapshot. Then down to 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 is 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.

The mysterious Ngorongoro Crater offers vast views over a beautiful natural sanctuary where wildlife encounters lie around every corner. You will enjoy here scenery like no other on earth. This is one of Africa’s most famous places and a World Heritage site.

Lastly you will reach to the number one and leading safari destination, the Serengeti National Park. You can never get tired with this breathtaking park, the beauty of its endless plains and richness of wildlife it contains will blow your mind.

Detailed safari 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 National Park

After your breakfast; depart from your hotel to Arusha National Park for game drive. The unique park contains three distinct habitats within its boundaries. Ngurdoto Crater is a thickly wooded caldera filled with wildlife. The floor of the crater is off-limits, to protect the animals from human disturbance. But there are a series of look-outs ringing the crater, from which you may look down into the caldera with its black rhino, buffalo, elephants, and monkeys. Or look up, to catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro in the distance. Mount Meru is the fourth-largest mountain in Africa, and offers the distinct mountain forest species such as colobus and Sykes monkeys, as well as hippo, rhino, giraffe, and elephant. The Momela Lakes are a series of seven lakes, varying in alkalinity and wildlife, where you may see pink-backed pelicans and greater flamingos.

At 13:00 you will stop at the picnic site for picnic lunch and after at 14:00 you will continue with an evening game drive, then drive back to Arusha town for dinner and overnight preparing for your next day of excitement.

  • Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Tulia Hotel & Spa.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for the Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire

River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African national park is also home to three rare species of animals: the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. After a picnic lunch, you will continue in Tarangire with an afternoon game drive.

  • Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: SangaiweTented Lodge.

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast drive from Tarangire with game en-route to Lake Manyara National Park. You will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch you will head into the park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake covering two-thirds of the park and located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The parks' varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

  • Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Kudu Lodge and Campsite.

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti Plains

After breakfast, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park, via 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 into the distance as far as the eye can see. You will head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. You will arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.

  • Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Katikati Tented Camp or similar.

Day 6: Serengeti Plains

You will go on an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich, and cheetah sightings. The visitor’s centre not far from the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive. This nicely designed centre, offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The centre also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. You will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees.

In the afternoon, you will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons -including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink!

  • Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Katikati Tented Camp or similar.

Day 7: Serengeti Plains - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast at the lodge, you will depart with game drive en route to Ngorongoro Conservation area. Here, you will descend 600 meters into this magnificent crater for a full-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this striking national park is its huge population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard. You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor. Then later ascend the crater floor and drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.

Day 8: Flying your way home

On this last day of your safari enjoy your beautiful morning sunrise on top of the crater rim, take some time to cherish all the unforgettable moments you had and shared in your safari, and smile to that before you pack your bags and check out for your drive back to Arusha enjoy a hot afternoon lunch then depart to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight back home.

Location

Arusha National Park

The closest national park to Arusha town, Arusha National Park is a multi-faced jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.

  • Size: 137 square kilometers
  • Location: Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town
  • Getting there: An easy 40 minutes drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurudoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.
  • What to do: Forest walks, numerous picnic sites, three or four day Mt Meru climb.
  • When to go: To climb MT Meru, June-February although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.

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

You have included in the price breakfast, lunch and dinner from day 2 until day 7. On arrival and departure day breakfast is 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

What's included

  • 1 full day game drive in Arusha
  • 1 afternoon game drive in Tarangire
  • 1 en-route and one afternoon game drive in lake Manyara
  • 1 afternoon and one full day game drive in Serengeti including a Kopjes Circuit
  • 1 en-route and one full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
  • 7 nights accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport on safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof
  • All parks entrance fees and crater fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from day 2 to day 7
  • Breakfast on arrival and departure day
  • Mineral water - 1.5 liter per person per day
  • Salary for the professional English speaking drive guide

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Tips to the driver/guide and all items of personal nature/use
  • And all not mentioned in the itinerary above

How to get there

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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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Children pricing policy
  • Children under 3 years sharing with adults free of charge.
  • 1 child between 3 to 12 years sharing with 2 adults will be charged 50% of adult per person sharing rate.
  • 2 children between 3 to 12 years sharing with 2 adults, each child will be charged 50% of adult per person sharing rate.
  • 2 children between 3 to 12 years sharing with 1 adult, each child will be charged 50% of adult rate per person sharing rate.
  • 1 child between 3 to 12 years sharing with 1 adult, child will be charged 50% of adult per person sharing rate.
  • Children above 12 years will be charged full adult rate.

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