Large olivers camp elephants under dramatic clouds

The Best of Tanzania's Northern Circuit

This 9 day fly-in safari is designed to make the most of some of the best game viewing areas Tanzania has to offer. To prioritise game viewing opportunities and comfort we recommend small aircraft flights between locations and superb intimate safari camps from the Asilia portfolio. Includes walking safari in Tarangire NP and game drives in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $894 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • 9 day fly-in safari including Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti

  • Featuring some of Tanzania's finest safari camps

  • One night Arusha Coffee Lodge

  • Two nights Oliver's Camp in Tarangire National Park with game drives and walking safari

  • Two nights Highlands Tented Camp with bush walk to the top of the Olmoti crater and game drives in Ngorongoro Crater

  • Three nights Sayari Camp with game drives in the majestic plains of the Serengeti

Day-by-day

Day 1: Arrive and overnight Arusha
Meet your driver on arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge where you will overnight in the serene and tranquil surroundings.
Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2: Fly to Tarangire NP. Safari in Tarangire
After breakfast at Arusha Coffee Lodge, you will be met by your guide for your transfer to Arusha Airport. Once at Arusha Airport you will catch your Air Excel flight to Kuro Airstrip. A welcome table with various hot and cold beverages and snacks will be waiting for your on arrival at Kuro. Your guide will inform you about the surrounding area while en-route to Oliver’s Camp. Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have. On arrival at Oliver’s Camp, spend the afternoon settling into your stylish room and the beautiful surroundings. After tea, experience your first taste of the wild and beautiful Tarangire National Park on an afternoon game drive with one of the superb guides. If you wish, the option of a night drive is also available at an extra cost; watch the antelopes feed in the cool night air and predators stalking their prey under the cover of darkness. Otherwise, sip a cool gin & tonic as the sun sinks below the horizon and head back to camp for dinner under a blanket of stars.
Accommodation: Oliver's Camp

Day 3: Safari in Tarangire National Park
After breakfast with the rising sun, you will leave camp with your expert guide for your morning walking safari. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot, offering the chance to spot buffalo, elephant, giraffe, gazelle and, of course, the ever present predators. Take a picnic lunch with you and eat under the shade of the large baobabs that dot the landscape, or head back to camp and enjoy lunch in the main dining room. Relax in camp during the heat of the day, before continuing your exploration of the area on the afternoon drive. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the camp and head to the campfire where whiskies are poured and safari tales told late into the night.
Accommodation: Oliver's Camp

Day 4: Fly to Manyara and transfer to Ngorongoro Highlands. Bush Walk
After breakfast, pack your bags and meet your driver guide for your transfer to Kuro Airstrip where you will catch your Air Excel flight to Manyara Airstrip. A welcome table will be awaiting you when you arrive in Manyara offering you various hot and cold beverages and snacks. Your driver guide will explain the surrounding area on your way to The Highlands camp situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After you have settled in to your domed suite, spend the afternoon following the ancient Maasai trails to the top of the Olmoti crater (NB For full board guests, there will be an extra charge for the walk). The gentle 2-3 hour ascent leads you through mountain forest, grassland and rocky outcrops and is a botanist’s dream with varying vegetation and a variety of splendid fern species on show. The birding is outstanding and once at the summit, you will be treated to a simply stunning view of the Olmoti crater itself. On return to camp settle in for the night around the inside fireplace, the perfect place to unwind at the end of your long day exploring.
Accommodation: The Highlands Camp

Day 5: Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
Wake up with the rising sun and begin the 40 minute drive from The Highlands to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Look out for the zebra interspersed with the Maasai cattle as they are brought out to pasture, and the magnificent view down to the Ngorongoro Crater. You will spend the morning exploring the vast 300 sq km crater floor with the opporunity to spot the Big 5 and the many roaming predators present on the mineral rich floor. Lunch will be served on the crater floor, and in the afternoon, you may continue your exploration of the crater or perhaps visit one of the local Maasai communities close to camp, offering an insight into the traditional way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries.
Accommodation: The Highlands Camp

Day 6: Fly to Northern Serengeti. Safari in Serengeti
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your driver to Manyara Airstrip. You will then catch your connecting flight to Kogatende Airstrip in the Northern Serengeti. On arrival at Kogatende you will be met by a resident guide from Sayari Camp. A welcome table will be set up either at the airstrip or a short distance away, with tea & coffee, cold drinks and snacks allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area.
Accommodation: Sayari Camp

Day 7-8: Safari in Serengeti
Depending on your preference, there is a variety of options for you to choose from. You can either leave early morning before breakfast on a morning game drive and either have lunch under a shaded tree or back at camp, or you can leave camp after breakfast for an afternoon game drive, coming back into camp for dinner. The staff at Sayari Camp will make sure that everything suits your preference.
Accommodation: Sayari Camp

Day 9: Fly to Kilimanjaro for onward travel
After breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your guide to Kogatende Airstrip, where you will catch your flight back to Kilimanjaro Airport for any onward connections.

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

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Lovely grounds
- Excellent Service
- Coffee Plantation
- Spa and pool

Oliver's Camp

Tarangire

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate camp with exclusive feel
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Balloon safaris
- Fly camping

The Highlands Tented Camp

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Superb elevated location, fabulous views
- Game drives, nature walks
- Cultural visits
- Asilia Portfolio

Sayari Camp

Serengeti

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Asilia Africa Lodge
- Permanent 9 Tent Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Walking and ballooning safari available

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

Quoted price includes park fees, game activities, transfers, domestic flights and all meals. Soft drinks, tea, coffee, bottled water, local beer & house wine are also included at safari camps. Emergency evacuation insurance is included for guests under 70 years of age. It is exclusive of any other extra/ optional activities, champagnes, cellar wines and spirits, tips and gratuities for guides, drivers and lodge/camp staff, airport taxes and security fees, international or domestic departure and arrival flights, laundry, phone calls.

When is best?

January, February, July, August, September and October are the dryest months, with the Christmas / New Year period and July / August period representing peak season in Tanzania, expect flight costs to be substantially higher and we advise booking in advance for the best choice of lodges.
We usually avoid the long rains that run through March, April and May. The typical pattern during this period are tropical downpours in the afternoon / evening that usually clear in the mornings. If this is the only time you can travel then it is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari and of course rates tend to be lower.
The short rains bring some rain during November and early December, but the rains are much lighter and much less of an impediment.

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