Journey through Tanzania’s northern safari circuit on this 8 day safari tour and marvel at the fantastic scenery and wildlife along the way. Visit the often-overlooked gem Tarangire National Park, spot wildlife on the fertile crater floor of the Ngorongoro caldera and in wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park stay in a private concession area in the north, far from the crowds. Your accommodation will be on a coffee plantation in Arusha, in a luxury tree-house style lodge in Tarangire, a colonial-style farm house in Ngorongoro and a luxury-tented camp in the Serengeti. You will travel with a private driver-guide in a 4×4 safari vehicle, apart from the Serengeti which will be on shared game drives using the camp’s own vehicles.
Including international return flights with Ethiopian Airlines, internal flights, private transfers, the services of English-speaking representatives and guides and all accommodation on full board basis except at your hotel in Kilimanjaro.
Away from the crowds in a private concession in the Serengeti with night game drives when you may see genet and serval cats, striped hyenas on the prowl and lions hunting; bush walks spotting the small creatures, from colourful agama lizards to hard working dung beetles and an opportunity to meet and learn about the way of life and customs of a Northern Serengeti Maasai tribe.
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro.
Be met by your private, English-speaking driver-guide at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred Arusha and your hotel nestling in one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations. Arusha is a small town at the base of Mount Meru and the gateway for safaris in Northern Tanzania. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and relaxing before the start of your adventure. Stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge for 1 night with breakfast included on Day 3.
Enjoy breakfast before setting off for Tarangire National Park and your safari lodge arriving in time for lunch and then head out on your first game drive in the afternoon. The Tarangire Treetops boutique lodge which will be your luxury home for the next two days comprises fabulously roomy accommodation, each elevated above ground with expansive, private balcony and views over the tops of the surrounding baobab and marula trees. Stay at Tarangire Treetops for 2 nights on a full board basis.
Spend the full day on game drives through the park, enjoying a picnic lunch and return to camp late in the afternoon. The sixth largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire is known for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree-climbing lions. This often-overlooked national park is quieter than the more renowned Serengeti and Ngorongoro. You can expect to see wildebeest and zebra, waterbuck, giraffe and baboon and, home to more than 500 species of birds it is a haven for the bird enthusiast. The park’s swamps attract the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world and the Tarangire River is a magnet for a large number of animals, especially in dry season as this is the only permanent water for wildlife in this area.
After breakfast cross the Rift Valley for Lake Manyara National Park, a small, scenic park best known for its tree-climbing lions, although sightings are becoming rarer. On a half day game drive you might spot herds of elephants, wallowing hippos, shy dik-diks, a large number of baboons and pink flamingos. Continue on to Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to settle in to your luxury manor lodge. The Manor at Ngorongoro is a truly luxurious safari lodge set within an Arabica coffee estate and reminiscent of an elegant colonial-style farm house. Stay at The Manor at Ngorongoro for 2 nights on a full board basis.
Today you will explore the breathtakingly beautiful Ngorongoro Crater and its wildlife on a full day, private game drive, with a picnic lunch. The floor of the caldera holds the most densely packed concentration of wildlife in Africa, with over 25,000 large animals including black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, eland and Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle and it has the densest population of lion. In the rainforests of the crater rim are leopard, elephant, mountain reedbuck, more than 4000 buffalo, spotted hyena, jackal, rare wild dog and cheetah. The legendary annual migration of wildebeest and zebra for which the Serengeti is famous also passes through the Ngorongoro. Return to the lodge for a delectable dinner and a restful night in your sumptuous cottage suite.
Transfer to Manyra airstrip for a flight to Serengeti National Park where you will be met and taken on a game drive en route to your luxury-tented camp for lunch, with a further game drive in the afternoon. Your lodge nestles within a private concession area on the northern edge of the Serengeti ensuring a less crowded experience. During your two day stay you can enjoy a number of shared game drives and as the concession is situated outside the national park, there are thrilling night drives included when you may spot hyenas on the prowl or lions hunting. Stay at Taasa Luxury Lodge for 2 nights on a full board basis.
Enjoy a full day of safari activities on a shared basis. There are game drives along with a guided walk learning about the African bush and a visit to a small Maasai boma village to gain an insight into the life and culture of the Maasai tribe. It is also possible to experience the Serengeti from the skies on an optional* hot air balloon ride today. The Serengeti National Park is one of Africa’s most famous and renowned wildlife parks, with the northern area offering game viewing away from the crowds. Its landscape of green rolling hills, acacia woodlands, granite outcrops and open savannah is home to a large number of elephants, big cats and resident animals such as hippo, eland and giraffe, with vast herds of migrating wildebeest and zebras making the dangerous, crocodile-infested, Mara River crossing in the north during the Great Migration in June and July and again in September to November.
After breakfast, transfer to Lobo airstrip for your flight to Arusha. You will be met and taken to a hotel for lunch before transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight to the UK. Remove Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
Add a beach stay to your tour and make the most of the powdery white sand beaches of Zanzibar