7 Days Northern Circuit Tanzania Safari
6 nights, 7 Day northern Tanzania safari
Discover Tanzania’s four iconic national parks found in the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Places to visit on this safari include; Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater, and an optional tour to Zanzibar islands to relax.
Over 30,000 animals including black rhinos and the famous Big 5 mammals can be seen on a game drive in Ngorongoro crater. The highlights of this tour include; tree-climbing lions, buffalos, elephants, and a boat trip to see hippos and flamingos in Manyara National Park.
Serengeti National Park offers the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, which is the wildebeest migration. Statistics of wildlife population indicate how immense the Serengeti is: 1,500,000 wildebeest, 700,000 Thompson gazelles 200,000 zebras, 65,000 Topi, 2,000 lions, 800 leopards, 4,000 hyenas, 200 wild dogs, 500 cheetahs, 50,000 Grant gazelles, 500 species of birds, more than 30 species of large herbivores…among others.
Dry seasons in Serengeti push over 1.5 million wildebeest moving in circles in remarkable huge herds along with zebras, elands, and gazelles looking for greener pastures.
A variety of wildlife also found in Serengeti includes; bat-eared fox, rock hyrax, zebras among others, and over 500 bird species. Large predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas take advantage of hunting and can be seen in action.
Although this is a wildlife-focused trip, it can also include cultural visits to the Hadzabe tribe in Lake Eyasi or Maasai village which will give you a memorable experience while benefiting the local communities you visit.
Before the tour starts our team will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to your hotel of residence in Arusha town or close to Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 1: Pick Up From Arusha And Travel to Lake Manyara National Park
You will be met by our Oree Safaris’ driver guide and after briefing start your journey from Arusha at 08 am via Rift Valley Landscape to Lake Manyara National Park.
you will arrive at your lodge in mid-morning and spend the rest of the day out in the African bush for a game drive in search of the common mammals the park will have to offer at that time.
Lake Manyara National Park contains a variety of habitats such as lush acacia, fig trees, groundwater forests, hot springs, and the alkaline lake. As a result, there is abundant wildlife in this park including tree-climbing lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, impalas, and over 400 birds including pink flamingos. Be sure to Witness the large flock of flamingoes descend on Lake Manyara with very stunning views.
You may take advantage of the optional boat ride excursion on Lake Manyara to view hippos and birds. You may have dinner and an overnight stay at Manyara Tree Lodge/ Manyara Serena camp or Manyara wilderness camp.
Journey time: 3 hours
Day 2: Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater (8thWonder of the World)
After an early morning game drive and breakfast in Manyara, you will transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation arriving at your lodge on time for lunch.
Later in the afternoon, you will descend to the crater which covers an area of 256 sq km and contains different habitats such as grassland plains, rivers, salt lakes and swamps.
Ngorongoro crater is a natural 8th world wonder home to about 30,000 animals the highest density of wildlife in the world including the big five notably the black rhinos.
It is located west of the Great Rift Valley, which runs from the Red Sea to Lake Nyasa in southern Tanzania. It was an active volcano some eight million years ago, its cone collapsed, leaving a crater. It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, the second largest extinct crater in the world, and today it shelters the most beautiful untouched wildlife concentration of wildlife and stunning views of over 500 birds including ostrich.
You will spend an evening in the crater, return to your lodge for dinner, and overnight
Lodge: Pakulala Camp/ Rhino LodgeJourney time: 5 hours
Day 3: Transfer to Seronera Valley Central Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, You will transfer to the land of endless plains approximately a 3-hour drive. You will pass through the highlands where a clear view of Ngorongoro crater to Seronera Valley in the central Serengeti. The word Serengeti means “land of endless plains” in the local Masai language.
The park covers 5,700 sq miles of rolling savannah plains that merge with Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve. The highlight in this ecosystem is the wildebeest migration featuring over 1.5 million wildebeest which move to central Serengeti between April to May. A variety of wildlife found in Serengeti includes the big five mammals and over 500 bird species.
The best lodges are booked for you to guarantee a nice stay and viewing of the wildebeest migration. Lodge: Ndutu lodge/ Kilima valley lodge/ four seasons lodge.
Journey time: 3 hours
Day 4: Full-day Game drive central Serengeti National Park
The game drive will start early morning after breakfast while following the trail of the wildebeest movements. You will return back to the lodge for lunch or have an option of packing lunch and spending more time in the wild.
At the end of the day, you will return to your lodge for dinner and relaxation.
Day 5 and 6: Spend 2 days following the wildebeest migration
Based on your travel month, you will drive either to the south, north, or west following the wildebeest migration. June the animals can be seen west of Serengeti crossing the crocodile-infested Grumeti River. January to March the herds gather south of Serengeti to give birth.
You will have the time and freedom to spend 2 nights in one of the areas following the migration wherever it will be.
Day 7: Back to Arusha
After breakfast in the morning, you will check out and transfer to Arusha town for a city tour. Once you reach the city, you will have lunch before departure at Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight back home.
You may add another day or 3 dedicated to relaxation in the Zanzibar islands at an extra cost. This itinerary can be tailored to your interests.
This safari Includes
- Ground transportation throughout the trip in a 4WD vehicle
- Services of English-speaking driver guide
- Free bottled drinking mineral water in the vehicle
- Meals on a full board basis
- Activities as stipulated in this itinerary
- All park entry fees and government park fees
- Accommodation in the chosen lodges.
- Visa fees
- International and domestic flight fares
- Personal expenses such as tipping, shopping, airtime to make calls