Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park
Safari, Family, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Budget
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Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
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The northern tourism circuit is by far the most popular safari circuit in Tanzania, comprising most of the must-see destinations in the country.

If you're a first-time visitor to Tanzania, this is where you want to be. The circuit starts in Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport and includes, from east to west: Tarangire National Park 110km southwest of the town of Arusha, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (which includes the Ngorongoro caldera, the Empakaai Crater and the southern Serengeti plains of Lake Ndutu), and the Serengeti National Park that stretches north to the Tanzania/Kenya border.

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Tarangire National Park

We’ll pick you up at either Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport. Your safari guide will brief you about your next adventure and afterwards begin an approximately 2-hours drive from Arusha or 3 hours’ drive from JRO Kilimanjaro.

You will arrive at the Tarangire National Park where Giant baobab trees; bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve.

The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places to view elephants up close. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. Enjoy your game drive at the Tarangire, before break for lunch at 1PM, afterwards proceed with Game drive until 5PM then you’ll be on your way out of the park to Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge in Karatu for Dinner and Overnight.

Includes: lunch, dinner
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Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge

Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge

Serengeti National Park

Wake up as early as 7AM for breakfast before departure to Serengeti with picknick lunch. This park is the largest in Tanzania and has a diversity of habitats and landscapes – short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. The Serengeti is famous for the yearly migration when hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water. Embarked to one of nature’s flabbergasting experience enjoy your Serengeti experience before checking to your hotel at Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Tented Lodge for dinner and Overnight.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Featured Accommodation
Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Tented Lodge

Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Tented Lodge

Full Day Serengeti Game Drive

The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. Predators usually follow closely behind the trekking animals and include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees) and cheetahs. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June they return up north. As the migration is completely dependent on the yearly rainfalls. Overnight at this day is at Serengeti Safari Lodge.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
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Serengeti Safari Lodge

Serengeti Safari Lodge

Serengeti to Karatu (game drive en-route)

Be awake around 6 AM for preparation and breakfast. Afterwards start your early Morning game drive in Serengeti. On your outward journey to the park gate, you will enjoy some more game viewing before you leave the Serengeti National Park in the early afternoon to continue your journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Break for Lunch then proceed with game en-route. As soon as you reach the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, you will see the giant caldera below – a breath-taking view. You will leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and drive to Karatu in the Ngorongoro highlands. Overnight at Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge in Karatu.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Featured Accommodation
Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge

Pamoja Olea Farm Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up is as early as 6AM for preparation and breakfast; After breakfast we drive back to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area before descending down into the crater. The massive collapsed volcano is home to over 29,000 mammals ranging from the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – to spotted hyenas, rare wild dogs and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an extensive game drive and a picnic for lunch, you will leave the caldera in the afternoon to Arusha for Overnight or Airport for departure.

Includes: breakfast, lunch

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

All nights in quality-assured safari lodges

Included Guided excursions

Safari game drives & birdwatching with expert guides in Toyota Landcruisers with pop up roof, 6 window seats & power adapters.

Included Ground transfers

All airport collections, hotel transfers and ground connections

Included All meals

All meals & drinks provided while on safari

Included Support

24/7 support while in country


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