8 Day Northern Tanzania Circuit Safari
9 Days/8 Nights
Get up close to the nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe known as the Hadzabe Bushmen. They are truly fascinating and enjoy showing you their traditional way of life. Continuing the cultural experience, you will also visit a Maasai boma where the chief will tell you a little about the Maasai way of life. This safari also takes in wonderful game viewing opportunities and the picturesque landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Lake Manyara National Park.
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Lake Eyasi
- Hadzabe Bushmen
- Maasai Village Tour
- Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Site
- Mto wa Mbu village
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
On arrival at the airport you will be personally met and escorted by one of our professional guides to your choice of accommodation. You have the choice to either unwind and relax at your accommodation The Arusha Hotel, or you can explore the small town of Arusha 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: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast you will be greeted at your accommodation by your guide. We will then make our way to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is an amazingly diverse park that is well known for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and 3 species of primates including vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. The park boasts one of the highest concentrations of elephants in Africa and is home to the largest baboon troop ever documented. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals, especially considering its relatively small size. The uniquely lush green jungle habitat of Lake Manyara is nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley, and it’s large lake shimmers like a mirage in the distance. Dinner and overnight Migunga Tented Camp.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
We rise early and enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park returning to camp at lunch time to enjoy a freshly prepared buffet lunch. In the afternoon you have the choice of either relaxing at camp, or heading into Mto wa Mbu Village to meet the local people that call this area home and maybe even try your bargaining skills out at one of the many curio (souvenir) stalls. Dinner and overnight at Migunga Tented Camp.
Day 4: Lake Eyasi
After enjoying breakfast at your accommodation you will then set out for the beautiful Lake Eyasi. Lake Eyasi is a mildly alkaline lake stretching for about 50kms(31miles) to the southwest. To the northeast, as far as your eyes can see, the horizon is dominated by the impressive Crater Highlands, to the north is the plains of the Serengeti. Lake Eyasi lies in one of the oldest parts of the Eastern Rift Valley. This small area is inhabited by the Hadzabe, Datoga and Watindiga, who live in small groups hunting with bow and arrow and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits much as their ancestors did during the Stone Age. Tomorrow you will visit the indigenous Hadzabe who call Lake Eyasi home. Their language consists of a unique clicking sounds and pops. A visit to their camp is like a step back in time that you will find fascinating and informative. They are warm and friendly and believe it or not – they do not believe in chiefs or leaders. Everyone is equal in their tribe.
Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp on the edge of the lake.
Day 5: Lake Eyasi
After enjoying breakfast you will be driven to meet the Hadzabe bushmen who will escort you to bush areas to teach you how they hunt for food in order to survive. In the afternoon you will be driven to Karatu, in the Ngorongoro Highlands for dinner and an overnight stay at the Crater Forest Tented Camp.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
At Sunrise, we descend 600 metres magnificent into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. A breathtaking natural wonder the crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Animals that you may find in the crater include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, and hippo. Large herds breeding herds of elephant can sometimes be seen wandering throughout the forest rim searching for food. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is the dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetah and leopard. Ascend the crater in the early afternoon and return to Crater Forest Tented Camp for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
We will depart early in the morning and drive through the small town of Karatu towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views as we drive around the Ngorongoro Crater rim while game viewing towards the endless plains of the Serengeti. We will stop at Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mark Leakey’s famous discoveries of man’s ancient ancestors, the Zinjanthropus Bosei. After continuing on our safari we also stop at a Maasai Boma(village) where you will get a chance to see the Maasai performing their traditional dances. You may even get a chance to join in! We will then proceed towards the world famous Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and scientific value and has come to symbolize the classic African Safari. With more than 2 million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle, and 250,000 zebra, it has the largest concentration of plains game animals in Africa. Enjoy an overnight stay at Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
You will rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. At sunrise you may encounter animals grazing in the beautiful light of sunrise and predators may still be busy hunting before retiring to rest for the day. Sunrise on the Serengeti is not to be missed and extraordinary photographic opportunities will abound at this magical time of day. You have the option to return to your accommodation for a hot lunch or to opt for a packed lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the various picnic sites found in the Serengeti. After lunch you will continue on a game drive. Around the time of dusk be on the lookout for lion. Cheetah can also be spotted on the plains in the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are not too high. They rely on daylight and speed to catch their prey. Hippo pods can be seen in the bigger pools and rivers while crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the riverbanks. Return to Kati Kati Tented Camp for drinks and an overnight stay.
Day 9: Serengeti National Park/Arusha Town
After breakfast enjoy your last opportunity to witness the mornings sun rays as they kiss this pristine and majestic landscape of the Serengeti. This will also be your last opportunity to observe the Serengeti’s diverse range of animal and birdlife. We bid the Serengeti farewell as we head towards Arusha where you safari concludes. 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
- Single traveller supplements apply
- 7 nights permanent tented lodge accommodation, 1 night hotel accommodation
- Bottled water
- All meals while on safari
- Game drives
- 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
- National Park fees
- Airport Transfers
- Discounts apply for group bookings and accompanying children
Prefer to stay somewhere different? A little more luxurious? Contact us now and we will customise your itinerary
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Tips & gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Holiday supplements may apply (Easter, Christmas & New Years)