Tanzania Northern Circuit

Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania


Tanzania Northern Circuit

Tanzania's Northern Circuit is a safari route combining National Parks, wildlife concessions, game reserves and conservation areas. These include the famous Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Highlands, the beautiful Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park. This well-established ‘Northern Circuit' tour of northern Tanzania, offers some of the world’s most diverse safari experiences. The circuit tour starts and ends in Arusha.

This short introductory tour of Tanzania is designed with a relaxed pace. The private tour features the Northern Tanzania safari circuit including; Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The Tarangire National Park is a seasonal destination, defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. A short tour of the park is recommended if you are travelling during the rainy season.

And, experience safari in Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro National Parks.

What We Love
  • In Serengeti, see over two million animals that make up the Great Migration
  • In the Ngorongoro Crater see a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big Five 
  • Around the Lake Manyara National Park, see its tree-climbing lions
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience
Need to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces & 4x4 drives
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday
  • We can arrange other preferred luxury safari properties of your choice
  • Some activities on this tour may be on shared basis


Tanzania Northern Circuit Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti, Ngorongoro
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Tanzania
Arusha Upon arrival into the Kilimanjaro International airport, you are met for your road transfer to your hotel for overnight. The Arusha Hotel.

Days 2 & 3 – Transfer & Safari
Lake Manyara National Park After an early morning breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha Airport to board your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. A representative from Lake Manyara Tree Lodge will meet you at Manyara Airstrip for your game-drive transfer to the lodge. Activities include guided nature walks in the forest, along the perennial river down to the lake shore, escorted by Masai Askari’s. Game-drives and forest birding walks in Lake Manyara National Park are also available.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (B, L, D)

Days 4 & 5 – Transfer & Safari
Serengeti National Park Early morning breakfast, before your game-drive and transfer to Manyara Airstrip, for your flight to Klein’s or Grumeti Airstrip. From the airstrip a short game-drive will bring you to the camp. Spend two night at Klein’s Camp or Grumeti River Camp in a thatched cottage with en-suite bathrooms. Activities include game-drives and nature walks in the Klein’s Camp private concession. The afternoon game-drives extend after sunset with the aid of a spotlight, returning to the camp after dark.
Grumeti or Kleins Camp (B, L, D)

Days 6 & 7 – Transfer & Safari
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area Enjoy an early morning game-drive and breakfast before your scheduled flight to Manyara Airstrip. A representative from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge will meet you for your transfer to the lodge. Spend two nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in a luxury double suite with en-suite bathrooms. Each suite is tended by a butler. Activities include game-drives in the Ngorongoro Crater. If desired, we can arrange optional activities such as excursions to Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands and a visit to a Maasai village. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Airport Transfer
Depart Arusha Enjoy an early morning breakfast. Transfer to Manyara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. You will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax in your dayroom and enjoy dinner before your transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your homebound flight. The Arusha Hotel dayroom (B, L)

Tanzania Northern Circuit Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Recommended Price: 5-star: GBP 400 - £700 per person per day, excl. flights
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are regular flights to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro (near Arusha) from South Africa, Europe and the United States. Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is situated 46km/29mi east of Arusha, the starting point for Tanzania's most popular Northern Safari Circuit. Some domestic flights out of Arusha will leave from Kilimanjaro International Airport, but most flights to reserves leave from the much smaller Arusha Airport (ARK) located 8km west of town. 

From either airport, you can catch an internal flight to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar and most other destinations in Tanzania. Tanzania's main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) located 13km southwest of Dar es Salaam. The latter is the entry-point for visitors to the southern parks and Zanzibar.

When to go January to March: The best time to visit the Serengeti when the grazers are calving. These are also the warmest months. April and May: This is the 'green season' with lush vegetation, full rivers and lakes, and abundant birdlife and wild flowers, as well as baby animals. Best to avoid, as ‘long rains’ can be heavy and can make unsealed road travel difficult.

June to October (dry season): These are the coolest months when the weather is less humid, but still warm. It's a good time for game viewing and ideal for walking safaris, as animals start to congregate around shrinking water sources. The best time to witness the wildebeest migration is from August to October that usually takes place after the long rains. November onwards (rainy season): Things get increasingly wet and sticky. Whale shark season is October to March.