10 DAYS TANZANIA NORTHERN CIRCUIT LUXURY
This itinerary visits the most remote and wild places of northern Tanzania on this comprehensively private Tanzania safari.
This itinerary will let you experience the great wildebeest migration in the impressive Serengeti view wildlife up close in the magnificent Ngorongoro crater and walk with Masai in the Ngorongoro highland.
This safari itinerary combines luxury tented lodges with permanent wilderness luxury lodges.
All our safaris use well-maintained and extended Toyota Land Cruisers, with roof hatches for unobstructed and up-close game-viewing and private Tanzanian safari guide.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA:
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport. The private transfer from the Airport to the hotel in MOSHI or ARUSHA will be waiting at the airport.
You will stay at the beautiful Hotel for dinner and overnight. BB
DAY 2: GAME DRIVE IN LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK:
Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. In the late afternoon, we make a short journey from the park to our special wilderness lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge: Full board
DAY 3: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING SAFARI:
We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route, there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep-sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here is a small museum; we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch, we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, February and March we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our special tented camp for the night.
Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati tented camp or Sopa Lodge: Full board.
DAY 4: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING SAFARI:
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide-open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top, we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting birdlife, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Acacia Tented Camp or Sopa Lodge: Full board.
DAY 5: SERENGETI WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING SAFARI:
After breakfast, we will take the packed lunch with us and proceed with the game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading to the southwestern direction. Around 1230 and 1300 break for your lunch. After having our lunch we will proceed with our game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approximately 1.3 million wildebeest, 250,000 gazelles, and 200,000 Zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Acacia Tented Camp or Kati Kati tented camp: Full board.
DAY 6: NDUTU WILDEBEEST MIGRATION TRACKING SAFARI:
After breakfast, we will start at 8:30 am for a full day Ndutu area. A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland, which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu – one of the Rift Valley’s soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles. Tanzania is spoilt because of the migration. No other African county has a game like it. In the dry season, the game around Ndutu is much like game viewing in any of the southern African countries. In some cases, it is still better and you can never take away the feeling of space and wonder that the Serengeti evokes.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Ndutu Tented Camp: Full board.
DAY 7: GAME DRIVE IN NGORONGORO CRATER:
We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive-in Ngorongoro, we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally, we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon, we travel just outside of the Crater to our special tented camp.
Dinner and overnight at Bougainvillea Lodge: Full board.
DAY 8: GAME DRIVE IN TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK:
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park that offers some excellent sights. Generally, in the dry seasons, Tarangire comes alive as a wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge: Full board.
DAY 9: TARANGIRE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE TOUR:
Morning breakfast at Tarangire Safari Lodge the rest of the day is free to relax and or explore the Maasai cultural experience, you will go on a walk to visit Datoga tribes. The Maasai live in the areas as well as the Datoga. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from several hilltop peaks in the area.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire RoikaTented Lodge: Full board.
DAY 10: TARANGIRE TO KIA AIRPORT:
This lovely lodge is located near the airport and your accommodations will be in one of the 40 charming bungalows set among the gardens. The open-air bar has a magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Relax the remainder of the day by the pool, or soak in the view from your bungalow. A late dinner buffet for those flying in late is provided.
Dinner and overnight at Kia Lodge: Half board.