Complete Northern Circuit (14 days)

Our 14-day Africa wildlife safari specifically includes all the national parks of the Northern Circuit (except for Kilimanjaro NP): the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National park, Arusha National Park, Mkomazi National Park and Lake Natron with Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano. This specific African safari and travel itinerary has been designed for visitors who want to see it all! This trip is also ideal for photographers who like to see a lot of wildlife and stunning panoramas.

Highlights

Highlights

  • Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Mkomazi  and Serengeti  National Park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
  • Very good chances of seeing the Big Five: Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo
  • The best large game viewing in the world on the endless savannah plains of the Serengeti, with the Big Migration, with over 2 million zebra’s and wildebeest
  • One of the eight Wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater with outstanding wildlife, including the endangered Black Rhino
  • The tree climbing lions and spectacular views in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Fantastic scenery with Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro in Arusha National Park
  • A stretch of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park in Mkomazi National Park, including the rare  Gerenuk, the Giraffe Antelope
  • Lake Natron has a huge soda lake with Flamingos. Walk up to the waterfall with natural shower
  • See the Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano with spectacular panoramas
  • Meet the Local People like the Maasai and Hadzabe (Bushmen) and see their local way of living
Photos

Photos

Route

Route

Day 1
Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi Town
Day 2
Moshi Town – Mkomazi National Park
Day 3
Mkomazi National Park – Arusha National Park
Day 4
Arusha National Park – Tarangire National Park
Day 5
Tarangire National Park – Lake Eyasi
Day 6
Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro Crater
Day 7
Ngorongoro Crater
Day 8
Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area)
Day 9
Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area) - Serengeti National Park (Seronera area)
Day 10
Serengeti National Park (Seronera area)
Day 11
Serengeti National Park (Seronera area) - Serengeti National Park (Lobo area)
Day 12
Serengeti National Park (Lobo area) – Lake Natron
Day 13
Lake Natron – Lake Manyara National Park
Day 14
Lake Manyara National Park - Kilimanjaro Airport
Map Complete Northern Circuit (14 days)
Day to day program

Day to day program

Day 1

Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Pick up and meet your guide, then drive to Moshi Town, almost 30 min drive from the airport for overnight.

Day 2

Moshi Town – Mkomazi National Park

Wake up in Moshi with a splendid view of Mt. Kilimanjaro (on a clear day). After some shopping in this nice town we drive to Mkomazi National Park.

Mkomazi National Park is set below the slopes of the spectacular Usambara Mountains and supports several dry specialists species (rare elsewhere in Tanzania) including the fringe eared oryx, lesser kudu and gerenuk. Mkomazi is contagious with Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park.

Day 3

Mkomazi National Park – Arusha National Park

Early morning game drive in Mkomazi National Park. Transfer to Arusha National Park afterwards. Part of Arusha National Park is Mount Meru, the smaller brother of Kilimanjaro.

Arusha National Park is the closest national park to Arusha town. The park has a great diversity in habitats and animals and the landscape is very beautiful, overlooking Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Day 4

Arusha National Park – Tarangire National Park

Early morning game drive in Arusha National Park. Transfer to Tarangire National Park afterwards. Game drive in the afternoon in this beautiful National Park, with chances of seeing lions, elephants, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and many more.

Tarangire National Park stretches south east of Lake Manyara around the Tarangire River. It is most spectacular in the dry season from June to November, when several thousands of animals migrate to the last remaining pools of the Tarangire River.

Day 5

Tarangire National Park – Lake Eyasi

In the morning we drive to the beautiful Lake Eyasi, home of the bushman (Hadzabe). Today we visit the Datoga tribe and see their local way of living.

Day 6

Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning adventure with the Hadzabe (Bushman). Visiting them is like stepping into a movie (like “The gods must be crazy”). We spend time with them hunting and visit their village. The Hadzabe are hunter gatherers and are the last remaining bushman of Tanzania.

Afterwards we drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning adventure in the Ngorongoro Crater where there are high chances of seeing THE BIG FIVE. The crater also includes a spectacular Soda lake with flamingos. Afternoon lunch at Hippo Pool Picnic site is unforgettable experiences before afternoon ascend the Crater but remain in the scenic view above it.

The Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife, inside a self-contained world teeming with animals, with very good chances of seeing THE BIG FIVE.

Day 8

Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area)

On this day we will drive through Ngorongoro Highlands to the endless plains of the Serengeti. On this day it is possible to visit a Maasai Boma (kraal) to get more familiar with their daily life activities (optional). Afterwards we proceed to Lake Ndutu, which technically borders between Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

This place is rich in various types of birds in both water bodies and savannah and also for the large animals of the savannah.

Day 9

Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area) - Serengeti National Park (Seronera area)

Driving through the corners of Serengeti in Ndutu area, one of the best opportunities to see the rare African bat eared foxes and Genet Cat. Afterwards we drive to Seronera Valley for a full day tour.

Seronera is in Central Serengeti, the heart of wild Africa, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where every day brings a new landscape and a new adventure.

Day 10

Serengeti National Park (Seronera area)

Full day game drive in central Serengeti. One of the best places to see lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Optional ballooning (not included) to see the animals from the air.

Day 11

Serengeti National Park (Seronera area) - Serengeti National Park (Lobo area)

Early morning game drive in Seronera to catch up with the African wild sunrise with active animals in the morning, like lions, leopards and cheetahs, before breakfast.

Before we leave Seronera we shall have a brief tour in the Serengeti Migration Centre for information and updates of the park. We can also make a stop in Olduvai Gorge (famous and interesting place where our ancestors have been found). Game drive on the way to the Lobo area.

Day 12

Serengeti National Park (Lobo area) – Lake Natron

Early morning game drive in Lobo area. Afterwards we leave the park through the northern gate while having a game drive on our way.

On this way we shall be able to see the connectivity of Serengeti and Maasai Mara landscape as we proceed to Lake Natron in the basin of the Great Rift Valley, a land where the Maasai stay close to their famous active volcano, Oldonyo Lengai.

In the afternoon we make a walk to a natural shower (waterfall). It is also possible to drive/walk to the lake to see the flamingos.

Day 13

Lake Natron – Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning we can drive/walk to the lake or visit the Maasai. Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park in the afternoon.

Lake Manyara is Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife area, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree climbing lions.

Optional night game drive in the evening.

Day 14

Lake Manyara National Park - Kilimanjaro Airport

Early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park if time allows. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your outbound flight afterwards.

Accommodations

Accommodations

Medium Budget
High Budget
Day 1
Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi Town
Medium Budget: Impala Hotel (HB)
High Budget: Sal Salinero Hotel (HB)
Day 2
Moshi Town – Mkomazi National Park
Medium Budget: Elephant Motel (FB)
High Budget: Babu’s Camp (FB)
Day 3
Mkomazi National Park – Arusha National Park
Medium Budget: Meru Simba Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Arumeru River Lodge (FB)
Day 4
Arusha National Park – Tarangire National Park
Medium Budget: Whistling Thorn Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Maramboi Tented Camp (FB)
Day 5
Tarangire National Park – Lake Eyasi
Medium Budget: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 6
Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro Crater
Medium Budget: Endoro Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 7
Ngorongoro Crater
Medium Budget: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 8
Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area)
Medium Budget: Ndutu Safari Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Masek Tented Camp (FB)
Day 9
Serengeti National Park (Ndutu area) - Serengeti National Park (Seronera area)
Medium Budget: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (FB)
Day 10
Serengeti National Park (Seronera area)
Medium Budget: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (FB)
Day 11
Serengeti National Park (Seronera area) - Serengeti National Park (Lobo area)
Medium Budget: Lobo Wildlife Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Lobo Wildlife Lodge (FB)
Day 12
Serengeti National Park (Lobo area) – Lake Natron
Medium Budget: Lake Natron Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Lake Natron Tented Camp (FB)
Day 13
Lake Natron – Lake Manyara National Park
Medium Budget: Migunga Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 14
Lake Manyara National Park - Kilimanjaro Airport
Medium Budget: Flight (End of service)
High Budget: Flight (End of service)

Legend: BB = Bed and Breakfast / HB = Half Board / FB = Full Board

Prices

Prices 2017

Prices on request

 

Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Private 4x4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • All entrance fees to the National Parks and Ngorongoro Crater fee (valid for 6 hours)
  • The following activities: bird watching, game drives, visit Datoga tribe, adventure with Hadzabe, walk to waterfall in Lake Natron

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
Travel info
Health Tanzania

A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

On arrival

On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.

Visa Tanzania

Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country. Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. The price for a single entry visa is USD 50 per person.

It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you.

Note: This information is subject to change! Always consult the Tanzanian embassy in your country if you are not sure.

Money

In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.

Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.

Currency Tanzania

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

AMREF Flying Doctors


We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.

AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.

Language in Tanzania

The national language of Tanzania is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.

Climate Tanzania

Tanzania is a tropical country, with high temperatures along the coast and at lower altitudes (especially in the Southern Part). The Northern part is at higher altitudes (except for Lake Natron and Tarangire).

Areas around the Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Arusha are generally cooler.

When to visit Tanzania

Tanzania can be visited at any time, though some places might be more difficult to visit in the rainy season.

The climate is tropical; the coastal areas are hot and humid with an average day temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights. In the area around Arusha and Ngorongoro, the climate is temperate and cooler (especially) between June and September.

The rainy seasons are from March to May and from November to half December. Rainy season means it rains more often, but not every day and not the whole day.

What to wear Tanzania

Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at higher altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too.

Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket. During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies). For hiking and walking safaris Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.

If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.

To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.

Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful

Electricity Tanzania

We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Tanzania is the British system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.

Driving Tanzania

Driving in Tanzania is on the left-hand side.

Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4x4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.

All our guides are well trained in "Defensive Driving".

Stopover Points

Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.

Facilities and accommodations

Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be more basic when traveling on a medium to low budget. In the eco lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.

Tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

Further information Tanzania

The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Tanzania. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt ‘East African Wildlife’. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.