Northern Circuit Safari in Tanzania Safari Overview
Migration Venture Africa invites you in this 5-day safari to fulfill your curiosity about the wildlife in Tanzania. You will get a chance to discover the animals’ life such as buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, impalas, etc. in the well-known Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. You will also visit Olduvai Gorge to know more about the archeology. Join this safari and treat yourself a good experience!
- Game drives
- Birdwatching safari
- Visit to the famous Olduvai Gorge
- Service of knowledgeable driver / guide
- Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
- 4 nights’ accommodation
- Airport transfer
- 4 nights’ accommodation as mentioned
- All meals during safari (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Destinations transfers (airport transfer)
- Drinking water
- Entrance fees to national parks, Ngorongoro Crater fee, and birdwatching
- Game drives fuel
- Knowledgeable driver / guide
- Private 4x4 custom built vehicle
What’s not included
- International flight
- Maasai Boma entrance fee
- Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, and other things like clothing
- Tips for guide and personal expenses such as laundry and communications
- Visa for Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park
You will depart after breakfast and drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Although only 205 square miles in size, this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalos, giraffes, elephants, impalas and a Hippo Lake, where large numbers of hippos usually gather. Well known for its birds (over 400 different species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places where you’ll be able to see the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.
This park has become famous for the climbing lions and the flamingos in the lake shore. The landscapes of these parks are absolutely stunning, very different from the Serengeti for example. The game drives are done along the shore of the lake, providing incredible views of giraffes and buffalos in the foreground with the lake, flamingos and flat plains in the horizon. It is great photo opportunities! Then you will return to the camp or lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Serengeti National Park
Today you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration. Your drive today is spectacular as you drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on, as you crest the hillside, spread out before you, as far as the eyes can see, is the vast Serengeti.
Serengeti means “endless plains” in Kiswahili and this 6,900 square miles (18,000 square kilometers) park is inhabited by more than two million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrates throughout the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboons, and African hares also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds.
On the way into the Serengeti, you will stop at the famous Olduvai Gorge, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first man that walked the earth. After attending a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge, you’ll have time to visit the small museum. After enjoying lunch, you will depart on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. Overnight will be at Seronera Campsite or lodge.
Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, you will have a full day in Serengeti National Park (morning and afternoon game drives). Overnight will be at Seronera Campsite or lodge. (There is an option for early morning balloon safari for extra cost)
Serengeti - Ngorongoro
Today you will wake up very early to do an early morning safari before breakfast, to spot the animals when they are more active and also to have a fantastic sunrise in front of you. The sunrise in the African Savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. After the game drive, you will return to the camp for brunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Ngorongoro, the eighth natural wonder of the world. With walls 2,000 feet high and a crater floor that spreads for 102 square miles, the crater is a virtual Noah’s Ark, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino.
In fact, the crater has the greatest concentration of wildlife on the planet. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake that, from the top, looks like steam, full of flamingoes, a forest, and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have an extremely large tusk, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They are the most incredible elephants you’ll ever see in your life. Overnight will be at Simba Campsite - a beautiful campsite on the rim of the crater with amazing views of it. It also has a very modern toilet and shower facilities.
Very early in the morning, you will descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most incredible places on earth. After a stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo lake, and more wildlife viewing. In the afternoon, you will drive up the steep road out of the crater and return to Arusha or Moshi at your lodge.