11 Day Ultimate Northern Tanzania

From $3090

About This Route

This wonderful 11-day tour takes you to the most popular Northern Circuit game parks. You will start with Arusha National Park, dominated by Africa’s fifth highest mountain: Mount Meru. This park has a large range of game species represented. A perfect place for your first safari. After Arusha, you will travel further to Lake Manyara National park with its evergreen groundwater forest and amazing bird life. Day four is a cultural day with visits to the Iraqw cultural center. And after that it is time for the well-known Serengeti National Park, famous for the wildebeest migration. You will stay here two days which are filled with game drives. During the last two days of the tour you will visit Tarangire National Park and the immense Ngorongoro Crater.
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Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. After clearing customs, look for your driver. He will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver will transport you to the Hotel on the outskirts of Moshi.
Dinner Included

Day 2: Moshi – Arusha National Park

This morning we drive to Arusha National Park for game viewing. The park is dominated by Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain, 4,565m. There is a good range of animal species represented; you can expect to see hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, waterbucks, and bushbucks, although more interesting sightings such as reedbucks, leopards and hyenas are much more occasional. They are also quite alkaline and therefore provide a year-round breeding area for flamingoes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Arusha National Park – Lake Manyara National Park

This morning we drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Set against the steep escarpment of the Rift Valley, you’ll find Lake Manyara National Park with its evergreen groundwater forest and variety of ecosystems including acacia woodland, grassy plains, a swampy fan delta, and – of course – the expansive lake. This diversity attracts a wide variety of mammal, bird, and wildlife species. Manyara is also home to rare tree climbing lions. The park offers excellent game viewing with buffalo, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, hippos, and lots of elephants roam near the lake. Also look out for blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, and the very active Olive baboon troop.

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu area

Enjoy the day in the Karatu area, nestled between the Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. Karatu is a colourful bustling town and a fun place to visit to buy souvenirs. After breakfast enjoy a hike to the Ngorongoro Forest. On this two-hour hike through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will discover a magnificent waterfall and incredible ―elephant caves‖ created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin-rich soil. You may see buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck and baboons, also attracted by the soil.
During the afternoon visit the Iraqw cultural center. The areas surrounding Karatu town is Iraqw homeland and you can witness their locally developed intensive cultivation techniques. Traditionally in conflict with the Maasai, Iraqw homesteads included underground tunnels – aasimo — in which to hide. You’ll can see these elaborate structures during a visit. During this excursion you can learn more about the Iraqw culture by interacting at the local markets and learn how they run their daily lives..
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Karatu area – Lake Eyasi

We drive to Lake Eyasi, a mildly alkaline lake about 55km long. If seeing hundreds of species of birds excites you, Lake Eyasi is a perfect destination for you to see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, weavers, spurfowls, storks, barbets, egrets and more. The visit includes meeting the Hadzabe people and spend the day observing their ways. The Hadzabe is an indigenous tribe known as the hunter gatherer Bushmen. Visit their homesteads and learn more about their life style. Hunting in groups with bows and arrows, this tribe is able to survive with what the environment provides. The Hadzabe bushmen treat diseases with their own medicines. The Hadzabe speak a very unique click language. Apart from this cultural activity the area offers superb hiking, bird watching and beautifull scenery.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Lake Eyasi – Serengeti National Park

Head out after breakfast for the drive to Serengeti National Park. The word ―Serengeti‖ is derived from the Maasai language, meaning ―endless plain.‖ En-route to the Serengeti you can opt to visit as Masaai Village, a perfect place to explore Maasai culture and even participate in some tribal activities. Or visit Olduvai Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humanity; the Museum is a testament to the long journey that humanity has made from its humble roots in East Africa to its current state as the dominant species on earth. Enjoy a game drive enroute to your camp.

Day 7 & 8 : Serengeti National Park

Relax with two full days in the Serengeti with game drives – unequalled for its beauty and home to the Great Wildebeest Migration. The huge herds of plains game such as wildebeest, zebra and antelope dominate the park while the attendant predators such as lion and cheetah are to be found amongst the many kopjes scattered across the plain. Its landscape varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the center, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy a morning game drive en-route to Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game driving and exploration. The crater is 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor, surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species, can often be seen feeding at Makat Soda Lake as well. Afternoon dive to your lodge for your overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park

This morning you will travel to and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater – a wonderful haven for wildlife. Ngorongoro is unique in that almost all the wildlife lives within the crater walls hence you have the opportunity to find game easily. The crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, elephants and the endangered white rhino. Another bigdraw card to this picturesque crater, is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and occasionally leopard. Enjoy a full day game drive including picnic lunch by the hippo pond. Overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Enjoy a morning at leisure before your transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home. If your flight departs during the morning a night accommodation must be add in Arusha – speak to us to arrange this.

January to March US$ 3410 pp sharing
April and May US$ 3090 pp sharing
July to December US$ 3410 pp sharing
Single Room SupplementJanuary to March US$ 490
Single Room Supplement April and May US$ 440
Single Room Supplement July to December US$ 490


Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari, Bed and breakfast accommodation in Moshi, Transfers to and from the airport, All game drives viewing in a custom built 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser, All park and entrance fees, Transportation with 4x4 vehicles with viewing roofs, Professional English speaking driver/guide during the safari, Bottled water in safari vehicles, Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee, Current Government taxes and levies, 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Moshi.

Internal or International flights, Balloon excursion (US$550 pp), Entry visa to Tanzania, Travel and health insurance, Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters, Meals, drinks and excursions not described in the itinerary, Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage, Item of personal Nature, Masaai village tour & Olduvai Gorge Tour.