5 Day Northern Circuit Safari
5 Days/4 Nights
Want to experience the sounds of Tanzania’s wilderness under the stars but want to do it in comfort and style? This permanent tented safari to some of Tanzania’s signature safari destinations is a must do safari. You will take in the some of the most exciting destinations in Africa. Accommodation will be in small and intimate ‘Out of Africa’ style permanent tented camps that bring you up close and personal with the landscape and its animals.
- Tarangire National Park
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Maasai Boma
- Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Museum
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha Town
On arrival at the airport you will be personally met and escorted by one of our professional guides The Arusha Hotel located in Arusha. You have the choice to either unwind and relax at your accommodation, or you can explore this bustling small town at your own leisure. We recommend a visit to the Arts and Crafts Market, where you can pick up local handicrafts made by local artisans.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast you will be greeted by one of the SafariHQ professional guides who will brief you on the activities of the day before heading off on the first day of your safari. The briefing will familiarize you with our vehicles, give you some helpful tips about safety in the National Parks and will ensure that you have everything you require for your day in the Park. We will then depart for your first day of safari and make or way to the picturesque Tarangire National Park for an adventure packed day of game driving. This park has some one of the highest densities of elephants in Tanzania, and it’s sparse vegetation is dotted by baobab and acacia trees making it a beautifully unique landscape. The park owes its name to the perennial Tarangire River and photographic opportunities abound when the many mammals of the park make their way to the water to drink. You may be lucky enough to encounter a herd of elephants frolicking in the mud and coating themselves to protect their skin from the sun, or giraffes reaching high into the acacia trees for a feed. You will enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation at Tarangire River Camp.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast, enjoy an early morning game drive, before departing at mid morning through the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands to visit a traditional Maasai village. Here you will be greeted by the Chief who will guide you around the boma and explain the culture of the Maasai people. After saying goodbye to the Maasai people, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge to visit the museum. This world famous archaeological site containing fossils of our early human ancestors, thought to be over 2 million years old. From here, you will continue on a game drive that will take you over the majestic plains of the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, also a world heritage site and proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder. The park is famed for its annual migration, when some 6 million hooves pound the open plains in search of fresh grazing. The Serengeti offers amongst the most scintillating game viewing in Africa. Expect to see great herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, topi, eland, hippo, leopard, wildebeest, zebra and much, much more. Dinner and overnight stay at Kirurumu Serengeti Camp.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Enjoy a morning game drive in the Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on earth. Expect to spot a large variety of wildlife including cheetah, wildebeest, lion, giraffe, dik dik, impala, gazelle, buffalo and hippo. It is not uncommon to encounter an elusive leopard, playful lion cubs, friendly and inquisitive elephants and galloping herds of zebra. As enduring as the game viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. After an early lunch you will continue onto the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will stay at Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha Town
Enjoy a stunningly picturesque drive as we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a day of game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of approximately 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep, it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point it is possible to see the tiny shapes of animals below making their away along the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is home to the very last few black rhino left in captivity. Chances of encountering leopard and cheetah are good, and the always majestic black maned lion. Many flamingos can also been seen on the soda waters of Lake Magadi. Expect to see wildebeest, zebra,eland, gazelle and lions. Higher up on the rim of the crater is where you may be able to spot leopard, elephant, mountain reedbuck, buffalo, hyena, jackals and cheetah. Ascend the crater in the early afternoon as we make our way back to Arusha where the wildlife safari ends. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. Maybe a gorilla trek or you may just like to spend a couple of days relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
Cost and Availability
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- Prices are in $USD
- Prices based on twin share
- 1.5L bottled water per day per person
- All meals and accommodation as per itinerary
- Game drives in 4×4 with driver/ guide
- National Park fees
- Airport transfers
- nb: In low season accommodation will be at the Ngorongoro and Seronera Wildlife Lodge due to closure of Kirurumu Tented Camp.
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips for guides & safari staff
- Holiday supplements may apply (Easter, Christmas & New Years)