Tanzania Northern Circuit - 8 days
Tanzania undoubtedly has some of the finest wildlife
viewing in Africa. This Safari journeys through four of the
country's most exciting parks. Small group guarantees everyone a
window seat in the safari vehicle. Weekly departures on Fridays.
Day 1: Arusha
You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport by our
representative and transferred to your hotel located just a
short drive from Arusha town centre in the midst of a working
coffee farm. Overnight Serena Mountain Village.
Serena Mountain Village
in multi-colored tresses of tumbling bougainvillea, Mountain
Village is hidden in the depths of a beautiful coffee plantation
just outside the hustle and bustle of Arusha, Tanzania's premier
"Safari Town'. Strung like a necklace around the shores of an
idyllic wooded lake, a haven of calm and serenity is found here.
Set in the flowered gardens of a coffee planter's farm house and
surrounded by rolling groves of wax-green coffee bushes,
Mountain Village offers wide timbered decks with panoramic views
over Lake Duluti and a selection of ethnically-styled "Rondaval'
village-cluster rooms. Each of these is neatly thatched with "Makuti'
stems, lavishly embellished with "Makonde' carvings and
comfortably furnished in traditional safari style. It's a great
location to simply relax and enjoy strolls around the farm or
gentle canoeing trips on the lake.
Day 2: Lake Manyara
Morning nature walk around Lake Duluti with Serena Active
naturalist followed by lunch. After lunch you depart Arusha and
pass through the Maasai Steppe filled with many picturesque
African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana
plantations. At the town of Makayuni you turn northwest and
continue the journey up through a scenic escarpment that brings
you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with
stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara. Overnight at Lake
Manyara Serena. All meals.
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake
Manyara Serena Lodge. Situated at the edge of an escarpment,
this deluxe lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which
formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of
Manyara with is lavish supply of bird life. The birds themselves
have provided the inspiration for the lodge's architecture.
Graceful, curving and free flowing, it is built in the local
circular style and exudes an atmosphere of peacefulness where
man and nature co-exist. From the patterns in the reception area
resembling bird migration paths, to the soft geometric designs
in the bedrooms, there is barely a single straight line in its
design. The bar and restaurant offer guests both indoor and
outdoor seating at each meal. Sumptuous menus, buffets and
barbecues are served to guests alongside authentic African
From whichever direction you approach Manyara, the first view
is spectacular. From the east, the Rift Valley wall rises
several hundred meters to form an impressive backdrop to the
lake. From the west, if one is perched at the top of the
escarpment, the park lies far below, with a long green strip of
water that glistens in the sunlight. The vegetation around the
lake's shores is surprisingly varied and comprises mostly
forest, acacia woodland and open grassland. The park covers an
area of 330 sq km of which about 230 sq km is the lake itself.
You can always find hippo in the Simba River, elephant in the
forests and a resident herd of Cape buffalo on the open plains
at Mahali Pa Nyati, which means, "the place of the buffalo' in
Swahili. In addition, there are approximately 400 species of
birds and with some luck you might see tree-climbing lions.
Canoeing safaris are also available here.
Day 3: Lake Manyara
After breakfast enter your safari vehicle and spend the
morning exploring Lake Manyara National Park. About midday
continue to Mto wa Mbu Village for lunch provided by Serena
Active. Afternoon explore the local market, including
interaction with the Local Tribes People. There is then an
opportunity to explore the local area with visits to homes,
farmland, church and a kindergarten. Following this cultural
experience you return to your lodge. Overnight Lake Manyara
Lodge. All meals.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast enter your safari vehicle and depart for
Ngorongoro Conservation Area and stop at Olduvai Gorge with a
short visit of the museum. You then continue into Serengeti
National Park with a game drive en route to your lodge located
in Seronera arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon is spent
exploring and game viewing across the plains of the Serengeti
National Park returning to your lode for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge. All meals.
Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti Serena reflects both the local culture and the
surrounding environment. Set high on a hill with magnificent
views of the sweeping Serengeti, the lodge is reminiscent of a
traditional African village. Rondavels built in the time-honored
hut style, house luxury bedrooms with en suite facilities.
Simple in design, yet sophisticated in content, the Serengeti
Serena's decor highlights African arts and crafts, including
woodcarving, bead making and pottery. Everything from key tags
to headboards for the beds has been specially made. This
uniquely African design skillfully incorporates the comforts and
attention to detail that is the hallmark of every Serena Lodge.
Therefore, if you wish to stay in a lodge, but want more of an
African experience, then you will thoroughly enjoy your
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.
Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge. All meals.
Serengeti National Park
In the local vernacular, Serengeti means "the endless plains
that go up to the sky'. And they do just that. It is therefore
easy to understand why this is the most popular and spectacular
of all game parks in East Africa. Covering 14,765 sq km, one of
the striking features of this park is the series of large
granite outcrops that dominate the vast plains, making it very
different to the Maasai Mara. Life in the park centers on the
triangular trek of several million hooves. This movement never
stops, as the animals constantly seek out new grazing pastures.
Every year, after the south's short November rains, wildebeest,
zebra, gazelle, eland, topi and hartebeest gather in their
thousands on the Serengeti's southern plains and the Ngorongoro
Highlands. Then, around April, they head towards the western
corridor of the Serengeti, where many overflow into the Maasai
Mara around July/August. They remain here until late
October/November, when Tanzania's new rains prompt the move
south again, towards Lake Ndutu and Lagaja. This yearly
phenomenon also affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of
other species, who rely on the migratory herds for their
survival. These include predators, gazelles, birds and insects,
not to mention the grasses and trees that are fertilized by
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park
exploring the famous reserve and all it has to offer. Overnight
Serengeti Serena Lodge. All meals.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro viewing game across
the vast Serengeti plains with a picnic lunch. On arrival
immediately descend into the park for game viewing. Return to
the lodge as the sunsets for dinner and overnight. Overnight at
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. All meals.
accommodation is at the stunning Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Built
of stone and covered with a profusion of flowering plants, the
lodge feels as if it's actually part of the rim of the
Ngorongoro Crater. The walls and terraces were designed around
the existing contours of the site, making this beautiful lodge
appear to be absorbed into the very earth on which it is built.
The result is a unique accommodation with unhindered views of
the wealth of animal and bird life that fill the vast crater
Day 7: Tarangire National Park
Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and drive to
Tarangire National Park, arriving in time for lunch. In the
afternoon you will go on a game drive and explore this diverse
ecosystem. Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge. All meals.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
is recognized as one of the best parks on the northern circuit
for elephant viewing during the dry season and Tarangire Sopa is
ideally placed to experience this. The lodge welcomes guests to
its vast marble-floored reception area with cold flannels and
iced juice. In the pretty gardens a large circular pool with a
central island, a pool bar and elegant wooden loungers
demonstrates the lodge's commitment to comfort. Delicious
barbecue lunches are often served here. A broad veranda wraps
itself around the lodge and gives prime viewing for the
waterhole below, which is filled during the dry season and
becomes a magnet to wildlife. The rooms at the lodge are simple,
comfortable and spacious and arranged in groups of four, in
African-style buildings. Large sliding doors open to a private
Tarangire National Park
South of Lake Manyara and just over 100 km from Arusha, this
is a delightful, untamed gem of a park. Covering 2,600 sq km, it
abounds with game and the numerous wide-bowed baobab trees
create a lasting impression. Tarangire is at its finest during
the dry seasons, from between June to October and December to
March. This is when the Tarangire River and the various swamps
attract the highest concentrations of game, providing a lifeline
to thousands of species. This area is best for oryx, kudu,
wildebeest, zebra, elephant and eland but leopards and massive
pythons are also found here.
Day 8: Depart
Depart after breakfast and head northeast to Arusha. The
journey will pass back through the scenic Maasai Steppe. On
arrival in Arusha you will be provided lunch followed by a
transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure
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