Great northern circuit safari

Overview

An adventurous safari that will take you around the most famous Safari destinations in Tanzania. The Northern circuit encompasses the majority of the famous Parks in Tanzania including the Large plains of Serengeti, Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro crater.

With a promise of an abundance of wildlife all through the parks be sure to carry your cameras and binoculars for the ultimate safari experience. On this safari our guides will constantly on the look out to ensure you an encounter with the African big five.

Itinerary highlights

  • Visit the iconic northern circuit parks of Tanzania
  • View the iconic Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru and great Rift Valley
  • Experience the great migration at the Serengeti
  • Visit the Ngorongoro crater considered as one of the world wonders
  • See the big big five

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DAYACTIVITIESHOTEL
DAY 1 ARUSHAArrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive to ArushaRivertrees Country Inn
DAY 2 ARUSHA/ TARANGIREDrive to Tarangire National Park from Arusha. Have a game drive en routeTarangire Sopa odge
DAY 3 TARANGIRE/LAKE MANYARA/KARATUDrive to Lake Manyara National Park from Tarangire after an early morning game drive at Tarangire and do a game drive and tour at the Lake ManyaraNgorongoro oldeani
DAY 4 KARATU/CRATER TOURDrive into the crater and have a game drive and tour around the crater.Ngorongoro oldeani
DAY 5 NGORONGORO/SERENGETIDrive to Serengeti from Ngorongoro while doing a game drive en route to SerengetiKatikati Tented Camp
DAY 6 SERENGETISpend the day doing game drives and touring the Serengeti plainsLobo Wildlife lodge
DAY 7 SERENGETI/NATRONDrive to Lake Natron from SerengetiLake Natron Halisi Camp
DAY 8 NATRON/MARANGUDrive to Marangu from NatronHoney badger hotel
DAY 9 MARANGUDay trekking at MaranguHoney badger hotel
DAY 10 MARANGU/JROTransfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 1: Arrival/Arusha national park/Overnight Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and meet our driver who will be at the arrivals lounge holding a placard written your name, the driver will greet you and help you get your luggage to the Car and then drive you Arusha national park for a day tour of the park. You will have your packed lunches with you. You will then drive to Arusha for overnight at lake Duluti Serena or Rivertrees country inn or legendary lodge.

Day 2: Arusha/ Tarangire National Park/Overnight Tarangire

In the morning after breakfast, the driver will pick you up from the Hotel and drive you south to Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire National Park is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular in both wet and dry seasons. During the dry period thousands of animals- wildebeest, buffalo, and Oryx migrate from the dry Maasai steeple to the Tarangire River looking for water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. Tarangire is home to over 500 varieties of birds. Have a picnic lunch and take a late afternoon game viewing. Later drive to Maramboi Tented camp OR Tarangire sopa lodge.

Day 3: Tarangire /Manyara National Park/karatu/Overnight Karatu.

Wake up for an early breakfast then proceed to Lake Manayara National Park. At Manyara you will do a game drive where you will get to see the famous tree climbing lions and visit the lake Manyara that is frequently flowered by the presence of the pink flamingoes. You will leave the park at the evening for dinner and an overnight at Karatu township. The overnight will either be at Ngorongoro farm house OR Ngorongoro oldeani safari house OR Ngorongoro Serena

Day 4: Karatu/Crater tour/overnight at Ngorongoro

Have an early breakfast at Karatu then drive down to the Ngorongoro crater. Considered a natural spectacle, Ngorongoro crater is one of the World’s largest Calderas, 20 km wide, Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the best Wildlife viewing areas and one of the very few places that Black Rhinos can be spotted in Tanzania. The crater at 2,286 m above sea level is the largest unbroken Calderas in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls, rising 610 m from the crate floor, it covers 260 km2 and is home to over 30.000 animals, almost half of them being zebra and wildebeest. Ngorongoro is listed as a World Heritage site. In the evening you will ascend the crater and have dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena.

Day 5: Ngorongoro/Serengeti/overnight Serengeti

After breakfast you will head to Serengeti National park. It is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for a search fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. “Serengeti is a Masai word meaning –Endless plains”. Dinner and overnight at or Serengeti Tortilis or Serengeti Katikati tented camp or Serengeti Halisi

Day 6: Serengeti seronera/ lobo /Overnight Lobo

Spend the entirety of your day enjoying all that Serengeti has to offer in terms of both wildlife and landscape. The game drive will be after your early breakfast and lunch boxes will be provided as you go on with the safari. Dinner and overnight will be at lobo wildlife lodge OR Bologonya under canvas.

Day 7: lobo/Natron/overnight Natron

Take off early in the morning with lunch boxes in hand and head for Natron. On the way you will still get to see amazing game. Lake Natron is the only regular breeding area in East Africa for the 2.5 million lesser flamingoes, whose status of “near threatened” results from their dependence on this one location. When salinity increases, so do cyanobacteria, and the lake can also support more nests. These flamingoes, the single large flock in East Africa, gather along nearby saline lakes to feed on Spirulina (a blue-green alga with red pigments). Lake Natron is a safe breeding location because its caustic environment is a barrier against predators trying to reach their nests on seasonally forming evaporate islands. Greater flamingoes also breed on the mud flats. To the south of the lake the famous Ol Doinyo Lengai comes to sight. It is the only active volcano in Tanzania and this is evident by the fumes emitted from the mountain top that can be seen regularly alongside the volcanic ash painted on the slopes of the mountain. Dinner and overnight will be at lake Natron halisi camp or lengai safari lodge.

Day 8: Natron/ Arusha/Marangu/ Overnight Marangu

After breakfast drive south to Arusha. have lunch at Arusha city before you leave for Marangu in Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight will be at honey badger hotel OR mountain inn OR Babylon lodge

Day 9: Day Trekking/ Overnight Marangu

You will have an early breakfast then drive to Marangu gate for a full day trekking of the Mt. Kilimanjaro. With this trek you can only go as far as the first Hut at Mandara, then from there you will descend to Marangu gate and proceed to Marangu for dinner and overnight at honey badger hotel OR mountain inn OR Babylon lodge.

Day 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro international airport back home

Early in the morning during the sunrise, take photos of Mount Kilimanjaro (If the weather is conducive) then have breakfast and proceed to Kilimanjaro international Airport for your flight back home.

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