Tarangire – Lake Manyara – Lake Natron – Serengeti – Ngorongoro
This is a comprehensive tour of the northern Tanzania safari circuit. We combine game viewing, hiking, cultural heritage and scenic drives, to bring you our most detailed and intimate tour in this region.
The major parks are all covered and the longer times mean that you will get a better feel for the nuances and riches that each place offers; from the famous Serengeti plains to the charming Lake Manyara.
Day 1: Tarangire
The tour gets underway as we leave Arusha and drive to the little known and underrated Tarangire National Park. Often forgotten in the presence of its famous neighbours, this wild and unspoiled park offers excellent dry season game viewing. Between June and November, Tarangire’s large herds of eleph;ant are joined by thousands of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and antelope.
Day 2: Tarangire – Lake Manyara
We make the most of Tarangire, with a morning game drive and head on to Lake Manyara after lunch. This beautiful park is renowned for its scenic setting, large troops of baboon and magical charm. Expect a greener and more gentle landscape compared to the plains and dry baobabs of Tarangire.
A late afternoon game drive here typically reveals elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and superb birdlife. The shallow lake is home to thousands of pink flamingo and the land ranges from acacia forest to grasslands with pockets of dense forest. Keep an eye out for leopards.
Day 3: Lake Manyara
A full day in the splendid surrounds of Lake Manyara.
Day 4: Lake Natron
After breakfast we drive to Lake Natron. It is a hard journey through rough and dusty road but is worth the effort and is made easier by the beautiful scenery en route. In particular, the Ngaresero Escarpment with its water falls and gorge is breath taking.
Natron is a remote location with a real sense of isolation and serenity. The lake itself is exceptionally alkaline, beautiful and home to thousands of flamingos.
Day 5: Serengeti
We continue on to Tanzania’s oldest and most famous national park, the Serengeti. Passing through the Ngorongoro highlands en route, there are chances to see large game and superb scenery and we arrive around lunch time.
In the afternoon we take a game drive, where there will be chances to see elephant, wildebeest, zebra, lion and if you’re lucky, a cheetah or two. In addition to hosting the big five, the Serengeti is home to almost every species of large mammal found throughout Tanzania and its fame is well deserved.
Day 6: Serengeti
A second day in the mighty Serengeti with game drives and guided walks. If your visit coincides with the migrations (around October and April), you could see the greatest wildlife show on earth. 1.2 million wildebeest, 300,000 antelope and 200,000 zebras follow the rains across the plains of Kenya and Tanzania.
Day 7: Serengeti
Another day in the spectacular Serengeti.
Day 8: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
We rise early and visit Olduvai Gorge, famous for the Leakey excavations that established this region as the habitat of some of the earliest species of hominids, with finds dating back 1.8 million years.
Then it is on to Ngorongoro Crater through the splendid highland scenery. This is one of the most scenic journeys in East Africa and another chance to spot a few more animals. Arriving in the late afternoon, we make a brief inspection of the crater, looking down from the rim.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
Today we investigate the famous Ngorongoro Crater World Heritage Site. This small park has a big reputation thanks to its wildlife filled crater floor. Twenty thousand animals are resident within its confines and viewing them is easy. With all of the big five and a greater chance of seeing black rhino than anywhere else, you will certainly be kept entertained.
We enjoy a morning descent to the crater floor and an afternoon exploring the highlands around the crater.
Day 10: Ngorongoro – Arusha
Our last morning involves a second descent into Ngorongoro, before heading back to Arusha, where the tour ends.