Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit: Tarangire, Ngorongoro, the Serengeti & Lake Manyara

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Total Trip:

10 Days

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Places Visited:

Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area,  Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Reserve, Lake Manyara National Park

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
The northern Tanzanian safari circuit encompasses the epitome of an African adventure. Expansive savanna, vibrant wildlife, intriguing cultures and quintessential landscapes are incorporated into each moment on this adventure. Travel from the remote Tarangire National Park, through the Ngorongoro Crater and out towards the famed and incomparable plains of the Serengeti, as vibrant wildlife escorts you the entire way. Marvel at


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Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania! Drive From Arusha Into the Heart of the Tranquil Tarangire National Park

Having arrived in the city of Arusha yesterday, today you will be able to get an early start on the day as you hop in a private vehicle and drive into the bush. Moving out of the shadows of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, you will drive towards your first destination: Tarangire National Park. As baobab trees become more prevalent along the roadside, you will know you are nearing this remarkable, yet rarely visited national park. Upon passing the park gates, you will drive alongside the Tarangire River, which sustains much of the resident wildlife. Stop for a picnic under the shade of a prehistoric-looking baobab tree, soaking in the beauty of this wild landscape. Stretch your legs as you scramble up the behemoth branches of the baobab, before returning to the truck to continue with the adventure.

Herds of ungulates dot the roadside as you gradually drive up a slight rise leading you towards the Tarangire Sopa Lodge. Tucked between kopjes (rocky outcroppings) with expansive views of the surrounding plains, this will be your first of many unbelievable African safari lodges. Having spent much of the day in the car, you might enjoy spending the remainder of the afternoon unwinding on the various levels of the lodge. The pool is a perfect spot to close your eyes with a cocktail in hand, while spending time on the lodge’s upper deck may just give you your first elephant sighting! Walk through the elaborate marble-floored main lodge, looking at the local art and artifacts that decorate the lodge. Join the lodge guests on the expansive outdoor patio for a dinner under the starry night sky, before gathering round the fire for a few celebratory arrival drinks. When you can no longer keep your eyes open, wander back to your private suite with a guarded escort, keeping your ears open for the sounds of grazing buffalo or cackling hyenas. Located on an unfenced property, wildlife is free to roam throughout the grounds as guards ensure your safety.

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Day 2

Set Out on Your First Day of Safaris Through Tarangire National Park

Day 3

Depart Tarangire for the Ngorongoro Crater, Stopping at Mto-Wa-Mbu Village on Route

Day 4

Spend a Full Day Exploring the Floor and Surrounding Plateaus of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 5

Drive Through the Olduvai Gorge as you Leave Ngorongoro on Route to the Famed Serengeti

Day 6

Spend a Magical Day Exploring the Serengeti, Searching for Africa’s Big Five

Day 7

Explore the Northern Serengeti From Yet Another Unbelievable Safari Lodge

Day 8

Spend a Final Full Day Traversing the Serengeti, Searching for the Great Wildebeest Migration

Day 9

Leave the Serengeti and Drive Towards Lake Manyara National Park

Day 10

Squeeze in a Final Morning Game Drive in Lake Manyara Before Returning to Arusha
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