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Tanzania Extended Northern Circuit

A thrilling adventure through Tanzania’s prime northern wildlife areas combining trips to Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. This exhilarating nine day tour has a firm game drive focus, with ‘Big 5’ sightings, great guiding, and comfortable accommodation in characterful tented camps.

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Flights are typically an additional $872 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Extensive Northern Tanzania Safari
  • 7 full day game drives with expert guides
  • Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks
  • Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti
  • Lovely wilderness tented camps

This extensive, action-packed tour of four of Northern Tanzania’s prime wildlife areas offers high-impact viewing opportunities in spectacular and contrasting settings. This is a highly engaging nine day excursion with a firm focus on game drives in private safari vehicles with expert guides.

The adventure begins in the gentle, rolling savannahs of the Tarangire National Park, a pretty landscape with striking baobab trees, acacia woodland and wonderful riverine forests. This park is known in particular for its large herds of elephants.

Onwards to the vibrant Lake Manyara National Park with its stunning salt lake and abundant flocks of pink flamingos. If you’re lucky, you might just catch sight of the Lake’s famed tree-climbing lions. The fabulous birdlife is a hallmark of this relatively small park and a real delight.

Next stop the jaw-dropping Ngorongoro Crater. Formed millions of years ago by an imploding volcano, this vast, fertile enclosure is home to a dense concentration of wildlife and is a magnificent show stopper on this tour. The crater’s majestic and varied geography comprises grass plains, marshes, woodlands and lakes, with year-round sightings of all the major animals readily accessible.

Last and most certainly not least are two awe-inspiring days in the Serengeti National Park, famed for its year-round Great Wildebeest Migration. With superb predator versus prey action on tap, the Serengeti offers a captivating contrast to the more subtle sightings of the Tarangire and Lake Manyara parks, and guarantees a closing highlight that will not disappoint.

Nightly stays in the charming Migunga, Crater Forest and Ikoma tented camps offer a welcome change of pace from busy day time safari schedules, and a chance to kick back and relax in authentic wilderness surroundings.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND WELCOME
On arrival in Tanzania, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Here you can relax, have a cool drink at the bar, and recover from your journey.
Accommodation: Moivaro Lodge (Bed and Breakfast)

DAY 2: TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
This initial safari day commences with a 2 hour drive through the bustling city of Arusha and out towards Lake Manyara National Park. Travelling through the beautiful open grassland and rolling hills, Masai can be seen herding cattle and goats. On arrival at Tarangire National Park, an extensive game drive takes place, with packed lunch provided. This park is famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game, predators and spectacular bird life. The guide will point out many aspects of animal behaviour, including the fascinating way that elephants communicate with subtle interactions.
Accommodation: Migunga Tented Camp (full board)

DAY 3: TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK AND AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE
The trip to Lake Manyara National Park begins after breakfast (roughly one hours drive). On entering the park, the game drive passes first through lush forest and then out to open grassland and the lake edge. This is a bird watcher’s paradise, with many endemic species. A variety of animals such as impala, elephants, dik-dik, bushbuck and hippos can be seen and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.
Accommodation: Migunga Tented Camp (full board)

DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA TO NGORONGORO
If the weather is clear, the drive up the amazing Rift Valley escarpment offers beautiful views of Lake Manyara, with great photo opportunities (roughly one hours drive). The journey continues through farmland to the town of Karatu, which marks the start of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the gateway to the Serengeti. A pretty drive through the farmlands and coffee plantations will take you to your accommodation for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Crater Forest Tented Camp (full board)

DAY 5: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA AND CRATER
After breakfast, the drive to the stunning crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area begins. This crater – or ‘Caldera’– is over 20 kilometers wide and approximately 600 meters deep. If you are lucky and have a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way round the crater walls. A breath-taking game drive takes place across the crater floor, passing through grassland and forest, with lovely views of the Lake Makat soda lake. Ngorongoro Crater is famous for the presence of the Big Five – buffalos, black rhinos, elephants, lions and leopards. It is also home to many other animals, such as cheetahs, zebras, hippos, serval cats, hyenas and wildebeest.
Accommodation: Crater Forest Tented Camp (full board)

DAY 6: NGORONGORO TO SERENGETI
The day begins with breakfast at camp, followed by a drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, often referred to as the gateway to the Serengeti. If the weather is favourable, it’s possible to stop at a vantage point for wonderful elevated views of the Ngorongoro Crater. Before reaching the Serengeti gate, there is the option to visit the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge. This site is famous for the Laetoli hominid footprints and many other archaeological discoveries that have been made during its 70 years of excavation by the Leaky family and other researchers. There is a short stop on arrival at the Serengeti gate, followed by a game drive across the Serengeti to the overnight accommodation. Excluding stops for game viewing, the drive usually takes around 4 hours.
Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp (full board)

DAY 7 AND 8: FULL DAYS IN SERENGETI
Each day after breakfast in camp, a full-day Serengeti game drive takes place. Serengeti means ‘land of the endless plains’ and the park covers an area of 14,763 square kilometres, with a range of different habitats including open grasslands, marshes, forests and kopjes. Days are spent moving around the different habitats looking for animals such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, hippos, impala, zebras, wildebeest and many others. There is a plethora of bird life to enjoy. The sheer size of this park and its’ amazing changing scenery make for unforgettable game drives.
Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp (full board)

DAY 9: FLY BACK TO ARUSHA AND ON TO KILMANJARO AIRPORT
After breakfast there’s a short game drive to the airstrip for the flight to Arusha. On arrival at Arusha Airport, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport in time for your onward flight.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Great views
- Spacious living
- Good walking excursions

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Tree-climbing lions
- Safari bike and walking trails
- Spectacular views of Lake Manyara
- Good value

Crater Forest Tented Camp

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Spectacular veranda views
- Rustic eco friendly camp
- Walking game trails
- Locally produced vegetables and coffee

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Good value camp
- Night drives and bush walks
- Good location in Serengeti savannah
- 35 tents

Details

Getting there

Due to the variability in flight costs, our prices are quoted excluding international flights. We usually arrange flights for most of our clients travelling to Tanzania and have good rates, but if you prefer to book your own or use air miles, we are happy to book ground arrangements and domestic flights for you.
There are no direct flights from the UK or US to Tanzania. Direct flights are available with KLM direct from Amsterdam, Turkish direct from Istanbul, Qatar from Doha, Etihad from Abu Dhabi and Emirates from Dubai. We usually find KLM and Turkish best for North American clients with just one stop in Amsterdam / Istanbul and an overall flight time approaching 22 hours.

Kenya Airways via Nairobi is another good option with direct flights from London Heathrow into Nairobi and a short hop onto Tanzania. Qatar is an excellent option if you are combining a safari with Zanzibar as it has direct flights to/from Kilimanjaro Internatonal Airport and Zanzibar Airport, meaning you can do the outbound and return flight with just one stop to many International destinations.

Price includes

Cost includes transfers, meals, accommodation, guide, vehicle, park fees, crater fees, tourism levy, wma fees, flight Seronera/Arusha one way.
Cost excludes drinks, tips, visas, personal items.

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