Why compromise? Get the best of all and enjoy a breath taking mix of wildlife, nature and traditional tribal culture in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit.
Day 1: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast your driver guide will pick you up at the hotel and we head to Tarangire National Park. We spend the afternoon on a game drive. With its gigantic Baobab trees, Tarangire National Park offers a breath taking scenery and along our journey we are likely to encounter antelopes and elephants.
Overnight we stay at Tarangire Osupuko Lodge outside Tarangire National Park.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
We spend the full day on game drives in Tarangire National Park. This will allow us to enjoy the beautiful scenery and observe animals that roam through the bush, like zebras, wildebeests and antelopes. At the same time we can discover Tarangire National Park’s incredible variety of birds.
Overnight we stay at Migunga Tented Camp at MtoWaMbu.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
While close to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park is very different. On our game drive through the scenic park on the edge of the Great Rift Valley we explore the unique ecosystems such as the groundwater forest, open forests, grassland and the soda lake and observe animals like elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos, and with some luck even lions.
Overnight we stay at Tindiga Tented Camp at Lake Eyasi.
Day 4: Hadzabe and Datoga
This day is clearly a highlight of the tour, bringing us close to Tanzania's native tribes. Early in the morning, even before breakfast, we head out into the bush with the Hadzabe, the last hunter gatherers in East Africa. They show us how they find fruit, berries and other staples and hunt animals. After a break back at the hotel, we visit the Datoga. We encounter the blacksmiths, the traditional Datoga handicraftsmen, who produce various tools, arrowheads and jewellery.
Overnight we stay at Bougainvillea Safari lodge at Karatu.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning, we drive to the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater. We enjoy the abundance and diversity of wildlife in the crater – among them all Big Five. Expect to see zebras and wildebeests, meet some lions and with some luck glance at the rare rhinos.
Overnight we stay at the NgorongoroSopa Lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 6: Trekking in the Ngorongoro Highlands
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From Nainokanoka, a typical Maasai village, we walk through the Embulbul Depression, a fertile plain in the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Along the way, we see Maasai villages and encounter Maasai herdsmen guarding their livestock with wild animals grazing in the same area. At a pre-arranged point, our driver guide picks us up and drives us to Empakaai Crater where we enjoy a stunning view from the rim of this forested crater and observe flocks of flamingos in its lake.
Overnight we stay at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
We leave the highlands and continue our journey to the Serengeti plains. Along the way, we visit Olduvai Gorge where some of the oldest hominid remains were discovered. From there it is only a short drive to Serengeti National Park. We focus on observing wildlife and enjoy the vast plains of the Serengeti.
Overnight we stay at Serengeti Savannah Camp at the heart of the Serengeti.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
From the heart of the Serengeti we continue our exploration of the vast park and spend our full day on game drives in the savannah of the Serengeti plains. The endless plains are the preferred feeding grounds for animals like zebras, wildebeests and antelopes. With luck we will find lions enjoying the view from a kopje.
Overnight we stay at Serengeti Savannah Camp.
Day 9: Return to Karatu
Early morning is the best time for a game drive and we make use of the early hours for a last exploration of the Serengeti and observe its fascinating wildlife. On close observation, we discover how different herbivores share the same feeding grounds, or have the luck to spot some well hidden predators like cheetahs, leopards. In the afternoon we commence our return to Karatu via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Overnight we stay at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge in Karatu.
Best Time to Travel
Generally, the best times to travel is from June to February with occasional rains in November. January and February are good months to travel, if you are keen to see the wildebeest in the Serengeti. During this period the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains of the southeastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period.
In case you would like to make use of the option to visit Zanzibar, there are direct flights from Seronera airstrip to Stone Town. Please talk to us if you would like to further explore this option.
With 260 tribes, 125 ethnic groups and more than 100 spoken languages Tanzania is the linguistically most diverse country in Africa.