HighlightsTanzania's classic northern safari reserves: Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti
Timed to coincide with Serengeti Migration in the north and south
See Tarangire's elephants and Ngorongoro Crater's Big 5
Full-day game drives and amazing scenery throughout
Travel by 4X4 with a pop-up photographic roof
OverviewA classic itinerary that will appeal to first-time safari travellers, wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers, this overland safari blends the big game of Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater with the raw drama of the Serengeti wildebeest migration.
Available only in the best game-viewing, dry-season months of June to October and over the end-of-year festive season during January and February, this tour focuses on wildlife and makes use of well-located accommodation to deliver a comprehensive and rewarding experience. You begin with the friendly charm of Rivertrees Country Inn, a guesthouse located between the airport and Arusha, thus giving you time to relax after your journey. Led by your experienced driver/guide, you then sit back and let northern Tanzania unfold from the windows of your 4X4; in the parks, the roof comes off to give you unfettered views of the wildlife.
Tarangire – home to giant elephant herds and great examples of the enormous baobab tree (the ‘upside-down tree’) - is your first destination. It is a place best visited during this dry June – October season, assuring you excellent game viewing at permanent rivers and waterholes. Then it is Big 5 viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, returning from a full-day safari to your lodge, perched on the rim of the crater itself and with immense views as the backdrop for sunset drinks and safari stories. Finish off with three nights on the Serengeti plains, enjoying sensational wildlife watching from a camp that moves with the Wildebeest Migration to catch it at its most dramatic moments.
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SummaryTour Duration: 9 DaysStart: ArushaEnd: ArushaDestinations Visited
Rivertrees Country Inn
Tarangire Ndovu Camp
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
'This itinerary is great if you want to have your own private vehicle while visiting key wildlife areas in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. Affordable accommodation mixing mobile camping and comfortable lodges allows for a great combination experience.'Emma HillAfrican Safari Expert
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Day to dayItineraryarrowBack to MapDay 1: Relax in ArushaArusha, TanzaniaDetailed breakdownDay 1: Relax in Arusha | 1 NightUp arrowArusha, TanzaniaAfter arriving at Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Rivertrees Country Inn for your first night. Located halfway between the airport and the town of Arusha, this restored farmhouse has a riverside setting and makes the perfect place in which to relax and recharge after a long journey. There is a swimming pool and massage room as well as a sundeck with views over the Usa River, flanked by tall trees in which you may see blue vervet and colobus monkeys.
Day 2-3: Travel to Tarangire | 2 NightsUp arrowTarangire, TanzaniaFamed for its dry-season game viewing, Tarangire National Park is one of northern Tanzania's less-visited but most rewarding destinations. Your accommodation is Tarangire Ndovu Camp, a mobile tented camp set up at this time of year to take advantage of its location on an elephant migration path. Great numbers of elephants, their grey hides often coloured red with dust, move into the area around camp and provide fantastic photographic opportunities. Game viewing begins as soon as you enter the park and the roof of the 4X4 comes down, and your next day here is a full-day drive in the park. At camp you have all the comfort you need in your spacious, walk-in tent complete with private bathroom. There are battery-recharging points at main camp where you find the lamp-lit dining table and convivial campfire.
Day 4-6: See Ngorongoro | 3 NightsUp arrowSerengeti, TanzaniaLeaving Tarangire, you pop in at Esilalei Maasai Village to visit the school and take a short walk to the nearby bomas (traditional cattle enclosures) to understand the daily life of the pastoral Maa people. Your accommodation will be the comfortable Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for two nights. Friendly and welcoming, it is one of the few lodges located on the rim of the crater and indeed the only lodge with its swimming pool also set on the edge, giving it perhaps the finest views of any pool anywhere! The lodge is a large, hotel-style resort with plenty of facilities including Wi-Fi - in the main building and by the pool, and your room is equipped with two queen-sized double beds and central heating for cold nights as well as a balcony with stunning Crater views. A setting on the eastern means a quieter route down into the Crater and fewer visitors as you make you way to the more popular western side of the crater on safari.
The next day, it is time for one of Africa's biggest spectacles: the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. You have been staying on the rim but today you venture onto the Crater floor for some of the easiest and most fulfilling Big 5 game viewing in the world. The Crater's 30 000 animals live amid its springs and lush grazing, benefitting from the fertile land creating millions of year ago when Ngorongoro last erupted.
Day 6-8: Front-row Seats to the MigrationUp arrowYou are on the road again, the Rift Valley landscape flattening out as the great savannahs of the Serengeti come into view. Home to millions of Africa's large mammals, it is also the scene of the Wildebeest Migration and your accommodation - Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp - is one that follows the rhythm of the Migration. It is set up in just the right places at just the right time to bring you epic sightings of the raw, unedited nature of nearly two million animals - and their predators - on the move. There is time for an afternoon drive after your arrival and then you can look forward to two full days out on the Serengeti, complete with picnic lunch. There are also opportunities for cultural interactions and even an optional hot-air balloon safari, putting you high above the savannah at dawn for an unforgettable safari experience.
From December to March, the wildebeest will be in the south while from June to October, they will have headed north. The camp moves with them and the general game viewing is splendid throughout the year.
Day 9: The Journey EndsUp arrowAfter breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for a flight back to Arusha where this tour will finish.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Go2Africa