Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari 9 nights from £4715 per person including scheduled flights and sharing a double room.
Tanzania has more land devoted to national parks and game reserves than any other wildlife destination and historically has been one of the most pro active nations in setting aside land for wildlife conservation. With its superb game viewing and white sandy beaches, Tanzania safari holidays are ideal to combine game viewing with a beach holiday in Zanzibar.
This unique country has many natural wonders including Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa; the rich game sanctuaries of the Serengeti, Selous, and Ruaha reserves and the marine park off Mafia Island.
During May and June, you can see the annual migration of vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle trekking across the Serengeti Plains, an awe-inspiring spectacle and a highlight of many of our tailor-made Tanzania holidays. This continual quest for food takes them across the border into Kenya for four months only to return to the Serengeti Plains later in the year where they foal and breed.
Equally inspiring is the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken crater in the world, which forms a vast natural amphitheatre and is home to huge numbers of animals. Another unique safari sight on a Tanzania holiday are the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park, which is also home to large herds of elephant, hippo and buffalo along with over 400 bird species.
Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park.
Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate, Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from your safari.
Day 1: Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Kilimanjaro via Nairobi (alternative flights available at supplements)
Day 2: Arusha Coffee Lodge
Bed and breakfast is included.
On arrival at Kilimajaro Airport, you will be met after you have cleared immigration and transferred to your accommodation.
Arusha Coffee Lodge is a delightful sanctuary of aromas, gourmet food and vibrant gardens located on the expansive grounds of a verdant coffee plantation. Take residence in one of 30 luxury rooms – 12 Plantation Suites and 18 Plantation Rooms – all to be found within the 15 wooden chalets nestled amongst the surrounding gardens.
A large wooden deck opens up to a main area incorporating a restaurant, a café bistro, various boutiques, a spa and a swimming pool. The restaurant, Bacchus, and café bistro, 3° South, are open to the public as well as guests.
Both boast menus to satisfy the most discerning of palates, successfully fusing international culinary prowess with locally-sourced ingredients. The café bistro also has a wood-fired pizza oven. Other culinary delights include a 4-course alfresco buffet hosted daily in the garden.
Tarangire National Park
After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south.
Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.
Day 3-4: Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire National Park
Full board and activites are included.
After breakfast, meet your Ranger Safaris representative for a short safari briefing and introduction to your driver guide. You will depart Arusha for Tarangire National Park arriving late morning. As you enter the park you game drive en route to Tarangire Sopa lodge where lunch is then served. After some time to relax you board your safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive within the park continuing to your lodge in the late afternoon.
On the path of an annual elephant migration, Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a 312km2 private wildlife area bordering Tarangire National Park, amid a landscape of rolling and baobab-studded hills. The elevated “treehouse” suites are perched high up with views over the adjacent baobab and marula trees, giving Tarangire Treetops an adventurous and exotic feel.
Twenty suites, each 65 sq metres with a private balcony, are lavishly furnished. Natural materials are blended with contemporary Africana décor, to provide guests with a unique and most memorable safari experience.
Encasing an impressive baobab tree, the spacious and tranquil dining room, reception and lounge overlook the swimming pool and a waterhole that sees a steady flow of wild animal visitors.
With the natural beauty of the hills and dry river beds begging to be explored, guests can enjoy guided walking safaris, day or night time game drives and the enchantment of bush dining.
On day 4, enjoy a morning bush walk with the camp’s naturalist. There is an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park in your private safari vehicle and a shared night game drive in the camp’s vehicle. Meals and overnight at the camp.
Situated in the shadow of the Ngorongoro Crater the area around Karatu is perfect for exploring two of Tanzania’s gems, the Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 5-6: The Manor at Ngorongoro
Full board and activities are included.
Depart after an early breakfast and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Continue to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon nature walk and dinner and overnight.
The Manor at Ngorongoro, with its luxurious cottages and magnificent Manor House, brings “old-world” opulence to a green and lush setting. Think cigars and brandy, elegant fine dining, and post dinner snooker. The Manor is one of the most lavish properties to enjoy on an East African safari; the rooms are cottage suites within manicured gardens, and each suite has a sitting room, fireplace and enormous bathroom. There is nothing like returning from a day out on safari to a hot bubbly soak in your Victorian bathtub.
A luxurious sanctuary, The Manor has a full spa, an inviting swimming pool, and a stable of horses by which to explore the surrounding coffee plantations and countryside.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most breathtakingly impressive sights to behold in Africa. Eighteen kilometres in diameter, the crater is a caldera formed at a time of volcanic eruption, and now home to an abundance of wildlife. Whether standing on the lip or driving through the grassy-plains inside, Ngorongoro Crater is magnificent from any angle.
The rim of the crater is lush, dewy mountain forest, met by leafy green coffee plantations sweeping up the slopes. The Manor is nestled into one of these coffee plantations, very close to the entrance to the Ngorongoro conservation area.
On day 6, experience a game view on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. This 102 square mile paradise was formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano more than twenty-five million years ago. The resulting rich fertile soil has produced lush vegetation that has attracted more than 30,000 resident mammals and a delicate balance of predator and prey. There is a good chance of seeing the Big Five of African wildlife during your day of game driving on the crater’s floor. You travel with a picnic lunch, served near a hippo pool. In the afternoon, you return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.
Day 7-8: Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Central Serengeti
Full board and activities are included.
You will arrive to Serengeti National Park. Visit Olduvai Gorge en route and continue to your camp for lunch. After lunch, you participate in a game drive in Serengeti National Park.
Located in the Southern Serengeti (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.
Each of Elewana Collection’s camps and lodges has its own individual style and feel. Serengeti Pioneer Camp continues this tradition. Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.
A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti.
Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us. The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.
On day 8, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park and enjoy all that the area has to offer.
Day 9: Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha
Bed and breakfast are included.
Enjoy your final game drive as you transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Arusha departing at 0950 hrs arriving at 1215. Upon arrival you are transferred to Arusha Town Centre you will be transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge for your overnight stay.
Day 10: Departure
You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro in the early hours for your return flight via Nairobi to London Heathrow where you arrive late afternoon the same day.
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