This itinerary is a perfect introduction to Tanzania taking in the main highlights of the Northern Safari circuit of Tanzania.
This 7-day scheduled departure tour takes you to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara. Properties included are from lodges to permanent camps.
The Tanzania Trails is a scheduled tour that departs every Saturday and guaranteed with a minimum of just 2 people. You visit all the 4 main parks of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. The properties are a good 3+ star quality. It can also be combined with the Kenya set departure
- Serengeti – the most famous wildlife park in the world
- Ngorongoro 8th Wonder of the natural world
- Tarangire and Manyara Diversity of game viewing
- Day 1: Transfer to Mount Meru Game Lodge
- Day 2: Drive to Tarangire National Park
- Day 3: Drive to Serengeti National Park
- Day 4: Game Drives Serengeti National Park
- Day 5: Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Day 6: Game drive Ngorongoro Crater
- Day 7: Game Drive Lake Manyara National Park
After clearing with customs and Immigration formalities at the airport, you will be met by your driver guide for the short transfer to your Lodge, nestled between the peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or visit the Game Sanctuary that has for many years provided a safe haven to African plains game.
Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa river and the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. Conveniently located 25 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), our lodge is an ideal base for your travels. The lodge & sanctuary was established by Dr. Von Nagy in 1959 and remains in family hands till today. The lodge has grown in popularity over the years, and our visitors have included numerous presidents as well as members of European Royal families. We look forward to offering you a memorable experience during your stay in Arusha.
Overnight at Mount Meru Game Lodge (Bed and breakfast)
This morning, wake to the views of Mt Meru before heading down to breakfast. After collecting your packed lunch, you will join your Albatros Travel driver guide as you head to Tarangire National Park. On clearing the paperwork at the entrance you will head into the park for a full day game drive.
Tarangire National Park extends over some 2,600 sq km (1,615 square miles) in the Rift Valley. Arid and studded with giant termite mounds, it is here that you can witness massive herds of elephant with some reaching as many as 500. During the dry season the park becomes a haven for many migratory species and this is the best time to see animals as they cluster around various water sources. When the rains arrive the animals become more widely distributed once more and the region’s swamps are alive with bird life. The many herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, impala, gazelle and eland feast on the green shoots, eventually depleting them and being forced to return to the river systems once more.
As the afternoon begins to end, you will make your way out of the park and towards your camp, located on the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. On arrival, you will be assisted with check in and shown your tent.
The Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is located at the edge of the Rift Valley and offers breath taking views over the Masai veld and Lake Manyara. Through its elevated location, the Lodge offers a fantastic panoramic view over the plains of the African escarpment. The 27 safari tents have their own en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet, a wash basin and shower. Warm water and power are available day and night.
Directly behind the lodge starts the fertile highland of Ngorongoro and the whole lodge complex is surrounded by lush green vegetation. There is a fully equipped bar on a wooden sundeck – a perfect place to enjoy a sun downer after a full day of safari adventures. Freshly prepared meals are served in a partly-open dining area with a makuti (thatched grass) roof. Friendly and attentive service will make your stay a pleasant and comfortable safari experience.
Overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge – Tent (Full Board)
After breakfast and check out, depart to the Serengeti with a packed lunch. On arrival into the park, game drive towards your camp. The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. Its name means 'endless plain' in the Masai language. It is from here that massive concentrations of wildebeest, zebras and other animals commence the annual Great Migration in search of pastures new, providing one of the greatest natural spectacles to be found anywhere in the world. You can watch golden-maned lions stalking the migrating herds, spot leopards at rest in trees at dusk and take a hot-air balloon tour at dawn as the sun’s golden rays illuminate the land.
As the afternoon begins to end, you will make your way towards your camp. On arrival you will be assisted with check in and shown your tent.
Kati Kati is a traditional mobile tented camp with just 10 tents, it is strategically located in the Central Serengeti to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two-hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cosy mess tent is located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.
Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp - (Full Board)
Enjoy a full day, with morning and evening games drives in Serengeti National Park. Enjoy quiet evenings by the camp fire and the exclusivity of absolute comfort combined with the authenticity of a night spent in the African bush, an extraordinary experience for all nature lovers.
Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp - (Full Board)
After breakfast and check out - depart with a packed lunch and drive towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way you will one of the world's most important prehistoric sites, Olduvai Gorge, for a tour and lecture. Learn how the gorge was vital in establishing the African origin of humankind and in turn, why it is referred to as the 'Cradle of Mankind'. Proceed on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on clearing the paperwork you will drive through the Crater Rim from where you will have the opportunity – weather permitting – to see the Crater, in all its glory. Drive onto your Lodge, located in lush grounds within the Karatu Area. On arrival you will be assisted with check in and shown your room.
Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic country Lodge nestled in an active mixed farm located high on the spectacular Great Rift's escarpment area with commanding panoramic views of the amazing Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area. The Lodge is strategically located between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side and the Serengeti - Ngorongoro ecosystem on the other side. Each of the 28 luxurious chalets has a comfortable lounge and en suite bedroom all with a mini bar, coffee making facility, air-conditioning, satellite television, WIFI and other modern and appropriate amenities plus a private balcony with sweeping views of the farm. A swimming pool, well-appointed and creatively designed public areas ensure a wonderful stay for every guest.
Overnight at Acacia Farm Lodge (Full Board)
Get up early to make the most out of your day in the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world, measuring about 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area. The high walls of the crater itself, serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. There is a large resident population of varied ground game with the very real chance of you being able to see the "big five'. Among the notable birds are Lammergeyer, Vereaux's Eagle and Egyptian Vulture, which make their home in the highest of the crater wall, the beautiful Rosy-breasted Longclaw, which appears on the plains after rains and flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos which are spasmodic visitors to the crater lakes.
Return to your lodge before dusk, and in time to freshen up before dinner.
Overnight at Acacia Farm (Full Board)
After breakfast and check out and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is small compared to Tanzania’s other parks. At only 330 km2 it fits neatly into the Great Rift Valley, it is the real Cinderella of Tanzanian parks. This park is often overlooked and underrated but this gem was described by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the loveliest place I have ever seen’. The shallow alkaline lake is often covered by resident flamingos and whatever the park lacks in size it makes up for in diversity. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is an expanse of tropical jungle filled with troops of baboons and other occupants of the rainforest. Large herds of buffalos and zebras wander on the plains and in the distance are the ever-present jagged peaks of volcanoes.
At a time, convenient to you, you will depart from the park and make your way to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, and depending on your international flight details, you will be transferred either to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight home.
From $4,144 per person sharing
- Safari Price includes:
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Arusha
- Airport transfer from JRO to Mt Meru Lodge on day 1
- Airport transfer to Arusha Airport on day 7
- A safari briefing at the start
- All game drives viewing in a custom built 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English-speaking driver guide.
- Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees throughout
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- I litre of water per person per day while in safari vehicle
- Current Government taxes and levies
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- JRO airport transfer on day 7
- Laundry services
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD525 per person)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage.