2016_Tansania_4184 Serengeti NP, Seronera Area

12 Days Lodge Safari – Northern Circuit


The Northern Circuit features some of the most famous and remarkable sights in the entire world. These include the annual Wildebeest Migration and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Certain locations are very popular and early bookings are recommended to ensure that you have your ideal safari and are able to visit every place that you wish to.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Lodge, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the 12 Days Lodge Safari – Northern Circuit.

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 Arusha and includes, from east to west: Arusha National Park at the foot of Mount Meru, Tarangire National Park 110km southwest of the town of Arusha, Manyara Ranch between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara National Park at the bottom of the Gregory Rift, 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation in Arusha town;
  • Full board accommodation on safari;
  • All park  entrance fees;
  • Professional Tanzanian safari guide;
  • Outfitted Land Rovers with roof hatches, fridge, charging sockets, and Bluetooth radio for music;
  • One bottle of mineral water per day;
  • Daily safari briefing;
  • Airport transfers.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance;
  • International flights;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Tips;
  • All items of a personal nature;
  1. Day 1 Arrival

    You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha (JRO) by your Driver/Guide and our representative. We will take you to Arusha. Dinner and overnight

  2. Day 2 Arusha - lake Manyara

    The driver/guide will pick you up at 8 a.m., and then you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. Arrive in time for lunch at the camp. Depart for Afternoon game drive at the Manyara National Park. This beautiful park with its lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai word for “euphorbia tirucalli”, a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippos. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis” tree. The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species. Dinner and overnight

  3. Day 3 Manyara NP - Lake Natron

    After breakfast, drive to Lake Natron, passing the active volcano Oldonyo Lengai. At Lake Natron check in to camp for lunch, then we’ll visit the lake with its flamingoes. Dinner and overnight

  4. Day 4 Lake natron

    After breakfast, full day in Lake Natron (Activities – Lake Shoe walk / Waterfalls / Natron Ruins / Local Village, dinner and overnight

  5. Day 5 Lake Natron - Serengeti

    After breakfast you start on your way to Serengeti National Park, crossing Loliondo Game Reserve in the Serengeti. Dinner and overnight

  6. Day 6 Full Game Drive - Serengeti

    After breakfast, the vast Serengeti plains cover an area of over 14,763 square kilometers and during the months of the migration, is the habitat of huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle with estimates of up to 1.5 million. The Serengeti “Kopjes” (massive boulder islands of granite), standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik. Dinner & overnight

  7. Day 7 Serengeti NP Full Game

    A full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds. Dinner and Overnight

  8. Day 8 Serengeti - Ngorongoro

    After breakfast we depart for Ngorongoro. On the way you will stop at the Olduvai Gorge where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many significant discoveries, contributing to the theory that human life originated in Africa. Proceed to your lodge for Lunch. Afternoon at Leisure or visit Maasai village (optional). Dinner and overnight

  9. Day 9 Crater Tour

    After breakfast we depart to the Ngorongoro crater floor for a full day game drive. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, to name a few. Return to the lodge for Dinner and overnight

  10. Day 10 Ngorongoro - Tarangire

    After breakfast we depart to Tarangire arriving for lunch, and afternoon game drive. Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, and cheetah and up to six thousand elephants. Dinner and overnight

  11. Day 11 Tarangire - Arusha NP

    After breakfast, check out and drive to Arusha for lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge. After lunch drive to Arusha National Park. Afternoon game drive at the park. Transfer to lodge for dinner and overnight

  12. Day 12 Departure

    Breakfast at the lodge; depart to the airport for your outbound flight back home (or Zanzibar extension)