See the best of northern Tanzania in 8 days.
The best of the northern national parks featuring some of the circuit’s famous safari lodges and camps, including one perched on the rim of the famous Ngorongoro Crater. An outstanding safari offering unmatched game viewing in Tanzania.
Group Set Departure; Minimum 2 Pax and Maximum 8 Pax in guaranteed window seat in specialized Safari vehicle.
MT. MERU / ARUSHA
On arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport you'll be personally met and escorted by our driver-guide to the fashionable Arusha Hotel in the heart of Tanzania’s safari centre where you’ll spend the night. Activities, including swimming, shopping, or visiting the Tanzanite Experience museum are available for those who arrive early.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Leave Arusha after a buffet breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park. Here, you’ll take a short game drive through its lush groundwater forest where you might even see its famous tree-climbing lions. In the early evening you’ll arrive at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge. Perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley with commanding, panoramic views of Lake Manyara, you’ll be treated to a gourmet dinner. After a nightcap, retire and fall asleep to the comforting sounds of the African night.
Day Three, Four, Five
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Leave camp after breakfast for the drive to the Serengeti National Park, passing through rich farmland until reaching the lush montane forests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Crater Highlands. After ascending and descending the rift escarpment, stop first at Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most famous fossil and archaeological sites, dating back two million years and where many finds of early humans were discovered. Tour the Olduvai Museum before a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, continue game-viewing in the Serengeti. Undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, the Serengeti is home to the highest density of animals in the world as well as being unrivalled for its natural beauty, diversity and scientific value. During your daily game-drives you’ll witness the annual ancient drama of life, death and rebirth in this primeval wilderness. Three nights in our luxurious Kirurumu Serengeti Camp
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Drive to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano, once as high as present day Mount Meru, for an afternoon of exciting game-viewing and a picnic lunch. Descend 2,000 feet to the floor of this 10 mile-wide ‘caldera’ that teems with a variety of wildlife, including the highest density of lions per square kilometre in Africa, open savannah grasslands, the Lerai groundwater forest and a soda lake tinged pink by thousands of flamingos. Drive back up to the Crater rim in late afternoon for dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After an early breakfast, spend another half-day in the Crater photographing or simply enjoying the animals and landscapes. At lunchtime, relax with a picnic, then leave on a 2-hour drive to the historic and newly renovated Plantation Lodge, in heart of coffee country. Arrive in time for a cool drink and hot shower before a delicious dinner and restful night.
RETURN TO ARUSHA
After breakfast, return to Arusha, stopping for lunch at a popular local restaurant. Later enjoy the benefits of day accommodations at the Kilimanjaro Airport Hotel before a late transfer to the airport for your return flight home.