MAT 05: 7 Nights/ 8 Days Northern Circuit Tanzania Safari

A Tanzania wildlife safari taking you to Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara, covering the Northern Circuit. Each of these game parks is unique. Tarangire, famous for its dense wildlife population. Ngorongoro Crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. It is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. Serengeti, probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, is a big game haven that also hosts over 3 million large mammals! Lake Manyara National Park, an ornithologists’ paradise that is also noted for the elusive tree-climbing lions and birdlife.

Day 1: JRO-Arusha
Our Tanzania driver/guide will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to Impala Hotel for overnight.
Meals: Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation:  Impala Hotel

Day 2: Arusha- Tarangire
After breakfast, you depart for Tarangire National Park. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge.

After lunch relax for a short while and later go for an afternoon game drive.
Tarangire is a park of giant baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia parkland.

It is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular in the dry season between June and September. It is during this period that thousands of animals- wildebeest, zebra, eland, harte beest, buffalo, and onyx migrate from the dry Masai steppe to the Tarangire River in search of water. The predators -lion, leopard and others- as is the custom in the savanna follow closely by. Birds are also abundant here and over 550 species have been recorded.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tarangire Sopa Lodge


Day 3: Tarangire-Ngorongoro
After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will have lunch at your lodge. The lodge sits on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater from where you get awesome views of the collapsed volcano.

After a short rest break, proceed for an afternoon tour of the crater. The drive commences with the 600 m descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater. Covering 260 sq. km, the crater is an attraction in its own right and is one of the wonders of the natural world. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many species of plain animals- wildebeest, zebra, reed buck, Thompson gazelle and many more.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 4: NGORONGORO - SERENGETI
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of Homo habilis ( ’Handy man’ ) regarded as mankind’s first step on the path of human evolution. You arrive in time for lunch at your lodge.

Later in the day afternoon game drives in the park. The Serengeti is probably the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. Within its 15,000 sq km area it hosts 3 million large mammals. More than 35 species of plain animals- zebra, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, and others are found here. And so for the big five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

The park is the staging zone for one the most spectacular events in the natural world- the annual migration of wildebeest. This commences around June when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The Serengeti also has over 500 species of birds.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge


Day 5-6: Serengeti National Park
0630 hrs- depart for an early morning game drive. Return for breakfast, collect lunch boxes and proceed at 1000 hrs for a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti. You will have a picnic lunch in the course of the day. Return to the lodge at 1700 hrs.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Day 7: Serengeti-Lake Manyara
0630 hrs- depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. After breakfast, drive at 1000 hrs to the Ngorongoro Highlands. You will have lunch at Gibbs Farm, formerly a working coffee farm. Then proceed for an afternoon visit of the waterfalls en-route to Lake Manyara to arrive in time for dinner at your lodge.

You will spend the night at Kirurumu Tented Lodge. The lodge is perched on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and has great views of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara itself.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Kirurumu Tented Lodge


Day 8: Lake Manyara-Depart Home
After breakfast, depart at 0830 hrs for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. The park covers 330 sq. km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lake shore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five -lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the Rift Valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of birds.

Return to the lodge for lunch. 1400 hrs- Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your international departure flight.

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