DURATION

12 Days 

The Northern Circuit Experience

AREA TO VISIT

Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Eyasi

ACCOMMODATION

Tented Camp and Lodges

TRIP HIGHLIGHT

  • Half Day Arusha National park, attraction wildlife and birds
  •  Half Day Tarangire, main attraction elephants and baobab trees
  • Half day Manyara, main attraction birdlife
  • 2 Days central Serengeti main attraction, wildebeest migration and the big four.
    2 Days Northern Serengeti main Attraction Wildebeest crossing
  • Olduvai gorge visit
  • Half Day crater tour main attraction, culture and wildlife
  • 2 Day Lake Eyasi main attraction culture of Datoga and Hadzabe

INQUIRE THIS TOUR

    ITINERARY IN FULL

    Day 1

    Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to a lodge/hotel in Arusha or Moshi.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight.

     

    Day 2: ARUSHA/MOSHI – ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK – ARUSHA

    Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/hotel

    9:00am: Depart for Arusha National Park for morning game drive (with picnic lunch)

    Afternoon: Walk/canoeing in the park

    Arusha National Park is close to the famous “safari town” of Arusha (29 km), as well as the Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Park is one of the most beautiful and topographically varied game reserves in Tanzania, with a rich variety of wildlife, including giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingo, elephant, lion and many others.  Birdlife is also prolific, with many forest species more easily seen here than in other places.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/hotel in Arusha 

     

    Day 3: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

    9:00am: Pick up from Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch

    Tarangire is home to some 300 herds of elephants that scratch the dry river bed to tap into underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the lagoons as they shrink in the dry season. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and the peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.    

    Afternoon: Game drive in the park

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

     

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    Day 4: TARANGIRE – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK – KARATU

    Morning: Breakfast at lodge/camp in Tarangire

    9:00am: Depart for Lake Manyara National Park (with picnic lunch) for half-day game drive

    Lake Manyara National Park provides a perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been observed, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

    Late afternoon: Drive to Karatu area for dinner and overnight at a lodge

     

    Day 5: KARATU – CENTRAL SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    Morning: Breakfast at lodge

    After breakfast: Depart for the Serengeti National Park; picnic lunch along the way, plus a brief stop at Maasai Boma to see Maasai way of life.

    The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, as well as 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 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers some of 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.

    Afternoon: Game drive in the Serengeti

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a Serengeti lodge or tented camp FB

     

    Day 6: CENTRAL SERENGETI – NORTH SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    5:00am: OPTIONAL balloon ride or

    6:00am: Depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti

    9:00am: Return to camp for breakfast, and then depart to northern part of Serengeti with picnic lunch, game drive enroute. Arrive at the lodge/tented camp in the evening for check  in

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

     

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    Day 7: NORTH SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/camp, depart  for morning  game  drive  near  Mara  river  hunting  for  wildebeest  crossing  and  if  lucky  will  get  to see  the  crossing  this  day

    Lunch: At camp/lodge

    Afternoon  game  drive  trying  more  luck  to  see  the  wildebeest  crossing  if  could  not  see  the  in the  morning

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

     

    Day 8: NORTH SERENGETI – CENTRAL SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

    Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/camp, depart to central Serengeti with game drive enroute  

    Lunch: Picnic lunch at a picnic site on the way 

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

     

    Day 9: CENTRAL SERENGETI –NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

    6:00am: Depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti

    9:00am: Return to camp for breakfast, and then depart to Ngorongoro conservation area

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land-use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera.

    Afternoon: A brief stop at Olduvai Gorge Olduvai was the first place where traces of an early stone tool culture were discovered, and gave the name to the Oldowan, nowadays considered as the earliest human technology. Olduvai is also one of the first sites in Africa where the earliest Acheulean was first discovered, and where the traditional view of the Oldowan-Acheulean transition was established.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at  Ngorongoro  lodge/tented camp FB

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    Day 10: NGORONGORO CRATER  – KARATU

    Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/camp, then descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a half day crater tour with picnic lunch.

    The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. It’s a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, it is home to lions, elephant, wildebeest, hippopotamus, rhinocerous, hyena, jackals, ostrich, baboon, and many other animals.

    Midday: Picnic lunch at the crater floor.

    Late afternoon: Drive to Karatu area for dinner and overnight at a lodge FB


    Day 11: KARATU – LAKE EYASI

    Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/camp, and then depart for Lake Eyasi (with picnic lunch), Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Seasonal water level fluctuations in the lake are dramatic, though the northwestern shore is constrained by the cliffs of the Serengeti Plateau. The Datooga and Hadzabe live around the lake though Hadzabe are the indigenous inhabitants of the area.

    Afternoon: Visit to Datooga boma and blacksmith

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at a lodge or tented camp FB


    Day 12: LAKE EYASI – ARUSHA/KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

    5:00am: Depart for hunting with Bushmen

    Mid-morning: Return to the lodge for breakfast and shower

    Midday: Early lunch at lodge, then depart for Kilimanjaro Airport/departure flights.