6 Day Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari

6 day serengeti safari

Overview

This 6 Day Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari offers you an opportunity to visit all the major parks of the northern circuit. Visit Tanzania’s Northern best parks with breathtaking wildlife (Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park) in the midst of some of the most diverse landscapes and the variety and volume of wildlife we see are unforgettable. Epic, in the true sense of the word!

Parks Visited

  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater

Itinerary

Day 1
Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, our Safari Guide will collect you with a Tanzanian smile from your lodgings for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Manyara, a relatively small but diverse park 120km west of Arusha, is so named for the shallow salt lake that occupies a good seventy percent of the park’s lands. Flooding and drying seasonally, this soda lake is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species. On our exploration of the park, we see monkeys, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffalo, elephants, and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. The park is known for its diverse landscapes, not only open grassy plains but also primate-filled woodlands and baobab dotted cliffs. After our full day in the park, we drive to our lodgings, where we will be afforded the opportunity to relax and enjoy a sumptuous meal with our comfortable quarters awaiting us.

Day 2
Lake Manyara to Serengeti National park

After breakfast, we journey on heading up towards the fertile highlands where wheat, coffee, and corn, are grown by the Iraqw people. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we will be afforded a view of the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater before traveling onwards to the Serengeti National Park which we will reach by midday. The Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania covering an astounding 15,000 km squared with diverse landscapes and habitats such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannah, and mountains. Here the great migration of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope takes place, and depending on the season, we may have the opportunity to witness thousands of animals on their search for food and water.
After an extensive game drive, we drive to the Seronera Valley for an evening meal and overnight stay.

Day 3
Full Day Serengeti National Park

The next two days are set aside for full-day game drives upon the Serengeti. The Serengeti harbors an abundance of wildlife such as impala, buffalo, crocodile, and hippo, is more well-known for its great migrating herds of zebra, antelope, and wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December, the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they return to the north. Apart from the migrating herds, we may have the opportunity to see the resident predators, leopards, cheetah, and lions, fulfilling their role in the circle of life.
After an unforgettable day, we will return to our accommodation for relaxation, dinner, and our overnight sleep on The Endless Plain.

Day 4
Full Day Serengeti National Park

This is yet another day to explore Serengeti’s varied zones on unbeaten game drives. Should your travel dates be in the months between December to April, you should come well braced for the thrilling migration as it happens in the central and southern part of Serengeti National Park. We can have a full day to track the herds, lions hunts are also not uncommon during this time of the year. After an unforgettable day, we will return to our accommodation for relaxation, dinner, and our overnight sleep on The Endless Plain.

Day 5
Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will drive from Serengeti National Park to the Ngorongoro Crater.
When you first see Ngorongoro Crater, it looks like a forgotten world. Concealed by the steep volcanic walls is a pristine wilderness including sweeping savannah, pockets of acacia woodland, and glistening lakes and swamps. The Crater was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself two to three million years ago.
The drive down into the Crater is an adventure in itself and when you reach the Crater floor, you quickly find yourself amongst large numbers of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and more than 500 bird species. The Crater provides you with the best chance of seeing the endangered black rhino, which can sometimes be spotted in the open grasslands.
After a full afternoon inside the Crater, you will head to your accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay in Karatu.

Day 6
Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, we make the short drive to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire, well known for its large elephant herds, consists of a diversity of landscapes, from seasonal swamps to savanna with the Tarangire River wending its way through the parklands. From the open top of our safari land cruiser, we seek to encounter many animals including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and giraffe. It is possible that we will have the experience of seeing Simba stalking his prey or leopards watching whilst relaxing in the trees above. After lunch in the park, with our adventure at an end, we return to Arusha replete with our cache of images of the African wilds to take home with us and carry through our life’s mysterious journey.