Tanzania Northern Circuit

For the discerning adventure traveler we have crafted a 7-day Tanzania lodge / chalet accommodated safari.

What’s included

  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water (3 litres per person per day)
  • Overnight stays in safari lodges and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • All national park fees
  • Mto wa Mbu cultural programme including lunch
  • Coffee walk in Karatu

Schedule

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park

We pick you up form your hotel and depart from Arusha and drive to the Tarangire National Park. Here you will see Giant baobab trees, bush savannah and the seasonal marshes that add to the beauty of this nature reserve. The Tarangire National Park is  one of the best places to view elephants up close. This is partly due to the fact that there many  of them and  partly because they are not disturbed by the presence of vehicles. The park is also home to a large variety of wild life such as buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. From the open roof of the safari vehicle you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. In the late afternoon we will leave the park and drive to the Maramboi Tented Camp, where you can relax at the pool while enjoying the view of the palm-dotted plains.

Meal plan: Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire Area – Mto Wa Mbu cultural programme – Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast we will drive from the Tarangire Area to the multi-cultural town of Mto wa Mbu near Lake Manyara.  You will then enjoy a guided walk through the village and its surroundings. You will walk through banana plantations, see traditional wood carvers at work, visit the local brewery and see local art in the making. You will get a real and meaningful insight into the daily village life. Traditional African food will be served for lunch. After a tasty lunch we will continue our journey to the Lake Manyara National Park. The park is home to more than 400 bird species, primate-filled forests and grassy plains. A large area of the park is covered by the alkaline Lake Manyara, the seasonal breeding grounds for large colonies of flamingos and other waterfowls. You will likely see a variety of other animal such as  giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, impalas, monkeys and baboons. After an extensive game drive we will travel to the Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, where we will spend the night.

Meal plan : Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Lake Manyara Area – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will travel via the cooler highlands towards the southern Serengeti and at midday you will reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park. This park is the largest in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes – short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. The Serengeti is famous for the yearly migration when hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water. Depending on the season, you will either spend the night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp inside the park or at the Mapito Tented Camp on the outskirts of the park.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park

The bulk of the day is dedicated to unforgettable game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. We plan our route around the migrating herds. Predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs usually follow closely behind the migrating animals. Leopards are often spotted in the acacia trees. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds trek from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up north. Since the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls, the location of the herds may vary from year to year but your guide will know where to locate the animals and where to see them best. After an amazing day of game viewing we return out camp.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Karatu – Coffee Walk

After breakfast we enjoy some more game viewing on our exit drive. After departing the Serengeti we head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As soon as you reach the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, you will see the giant caldera below – a breath-taking view. From the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we drive to the Ngorongoro Farm House in Karatu. Here you will join a walk in the coffee plantation and learn more about the cultivation and processing of coffee. We will spend the night at the Ngorongoro Farm House.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu

 After breakfast at we travel back to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and drive down into the crater. The massive collapsed volcano is home to over 25,000 mammals ranging from the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard to spotted hyenas, rare wild dogs and many bird species of the area. After an extensive game drive and a picnic for lunch, we leave the caldera in the afternoon and return to the Ngorongoro Farm House to spend another night.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Karatu – Arusha

After a leisurely breakfast, we will travel back to Arusha where you will arrive around midday. You will be dropped off at a hotel of your choice or at the airport.