This 6 day lodge & tented camp safari allows you to experience the highlights of the Northern Safari Circuit. You will experience breath-taking wildlife in the midst of some of the most diverse landscapes; monkeys in the forest, lions in trees, elephants amongst acacias and a huge variety of animals inside a collapsed volcano. You will also visit the world famous Serengeti National Park. The landscapes are jaw-dropping and the variety and volume of wildlife you will see are unforgettable.
- This tour starts and ends in Arusha
Day 1 Arrival Arusha
You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 2 Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, your safari guide will collect you from your accommodation and drive you to Lake Manyara National Park. Manyara is a relatively small but diverse park, 120km west of Arusha. The park’s namesake is a shallow, salt lake. It covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons and is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species.
On your exploration of the park you will see monkeys, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. The park is known for its diverse landscapes; not only open grassy plains, but also primate-filled woodlands and baobab dotted cliffs.
After a full day in the Park, you will drive to your accommodation, where you will be able to relax and enjoy dinner.
Accomodation: Eileens Trees Inn
Day 3-4 Serengeti National park
After breakfast drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a specatcular view of the Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing as far as the eye can see is the vast Serengeti. Serengeti mean “endless plain” and this 6900 sq. mile (18000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million wildebeest. From January to April is the season when wildebeest give birth to their calves and also hundreds of thousands of plains zebras and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboons and African hares also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. After the game drive, we will return back to the tented camp.
Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp
Day 5 Serengeti to Ngorongoro
Today you will wake up very early to do an early morning safari before breakfast, to spot the animals when they are more active and also to have a fantastic sun rise in front of you. The sunrise in the african Savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. You will then travel to Ngorongor Crater, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. In fact, the crater has the greatest concentration of wild life in the planet. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake that, from the top, looks like steam, full of flamingos, a forest and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusks, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses.
After a full day, you will return to a lodge in Karatu for dinner and an overnight stay.
Accomodation:Eileens Trees Inn
Day 6 Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you will make the short drive to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle you will experience the seasonal swamps, savanna and Tarangire River in search of many animals including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and giraffe. It’s possible that you will catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards watching and relaxing in the trees above. After lunch in the park, you will return to Arusha where your safari ends.