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3 Days Northern Circuit Special Safari


Our three day Northern Circuit Special takes you through three of Tanzania's famous Northern Circuit Parks: Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and the real treat - the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From Manyara's tree climbing lions and Tarangire's large elephant population to the stunning environment and wildlife diversity of the World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you'll have the time of your life chasing the Big Five in these three fantastic parks.

Itinerary (summary)

  Activities, Hotel & Meals
Day 1

Arusha - Tarangire National Park

  • A game drive across Tarangire
  • A picnic lunch with a view of the Tarangire river
  • Wildlife: lions, leopards, cape buffalo, and a huge variety of antelopes
  • Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Lodge or similar
Day 2

Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro

  • Depart for Ngorongoro Crater; the 8th Wonder of the World
  • Attractions: the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Wildlife: Big Five, endangered black rhinoceros
  • Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar
Day 3
Ngorongoro - Lake Manyara National Park - Arusha

  • Depart for Lake Manyara National Park
  • Wildlife: tree-climbing lions, huge variety of birds
  • Drive back to Arusha
  • End of tour (no accommodation)

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the approximately two hour drive to Tarangire National Park. Along the way you'll pass bustling Masai villages and the vast, open plains that have become synonymous with images of Africa.

Once you've entered Tarangire, you'll begin your game drive across a rich vista of endless golden savannah that surrounds the Tarangire River. The river itself runs throughout the year and is a vital source of water for the animals of the region during the dry season. Lined with acacia and Baobab trees, the river is regularly visited by the park's large elephant population as well as other herbivores such as zebras and antelopes.

A picnic lunch with a view of the river is a great way to take it all in, but you'll have to keep on your toes as the local monkey population does its best to separate you from your lunch!

Driving through the park you'll also have the opportunity to see lions, leopards, cape buffalo, and a huge variety of antelopes. If you're particularly lucky, you might even see endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx.

Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; sometimes considered as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar.

Day 3: Ngorongoro - Lake Manyara National Park - Arusha

After breakfast, you'll depart from your hotel for Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed.

Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.

In the afternoon, you'll head back to Arusha.

(End of tour).

Included in tour:

  • Accommodation as per the above safari description
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary above
  • All transfers and transport, park fees, hotel accommodation
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide

Not included in tour:

  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry into Kenya or Tanzania
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratitudes to safari staff

Accommodation for this Safari

  • Tarangire Safari Lodge

    Tarangire Safari Lodge

    Tarangire Safari Lodge is renowned for its panoramic views of the savannah and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep.

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  • Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

    Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

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Tarangire National Park

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