The Complete Northern Circuit Safari
The concept of ‘safari’ summons ideas of exploration, vast plains of the savannah and wild animals. The Complete Northern Circuit Safari captures the magic of Africa by combining brilliant landscapes with spectacular wildlife. Giant is the word that best represents the Tarangire National Park from the numerous herds of African elephants to the colossal termite mounds and the ancient baobab trees. The Lake Manyara National Park was blessed with phenomenal biodiversity of habitat and wildlife and Arusha National Park is home to the infamous Mount Meru. We have two of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders – the lush caldera that contains the Ngorongoro Crater and the ultimate safari destination, the Serengeti National Park. The national parks and conservation areas of the Northern Circuit Safari will surpass every expectation that you have set for this trip.
Day One: Moshi to Arusha National Park
We will commence the Northern Circuit Safari by traveling to Arusha National Park. The game drive will travel along the shores of Lake Momella and through the bronzed bush where the Ngurduto Crater Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and Gazelle reside throughout the year. The elusive leopards and elephants tend to be shy at Arusha but there is a chance of spotting them. Renowned for flawless memories, the Northern Circuit Safari offers more than the exquisite game drives. Education and exploration are on the agenda, we will set out on foot. The stroll is a chance to feel the sensation Africa’s vibrant pulse through the soles of your feet and experience the bush at its core. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the walk. He will guide you through the luscious forest up to the crystal waterfall and lead you to the area for viewing the black and white colobus monkeys. Overnight at a camp close to Arusha National Park.
Day Two: Arusha National Park to Tarangire National Park to Mto wa Mbu
The Tarangire National Park is a scenic haven that contains a high diversity of bird species. The African elephant is the largest mammal on land and the herds in the park are a remarkable sight. Tarangire’s wildlife includes elephants, lions, giraffes, warthogs, ostriches, impalas, cheetah, mongoose, buffaloes, and baboons. We will drive to Mto wa Mbu and reach the campsite in the late afternoon.
Day Three: Mto wa Mbu to Serengeti National Park
You will continue your journey to Serengeti National Park. It contains the world’s largest concentration of wildlife including zebra, gazelles, lions, wildebeest, elephants and giraffe. The seasonal migration of the masses of wildebeest is a magnificent sight. Serengeti means ‘The Land that Moves on Forever’ and the splendid plains of savannah validate this. We will stop for lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) and then the game drive will journey further into the park. Once the game drive is over we will proceed to the Serengeti Camp where an appetising dinner and comprehensive camping facilities will be provided.
Day Four: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
Our early morning game drive is exhilarating. The calls of the animals are clear and scents of crisp air linger. Tracks left by predators on the prowl are untouched and could lead us to their den. The splendid rays of orange, pink and purple start to emerge on the horizon as the birds’ melodies begin to harmonize. The park is home to leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, elands, wild dogs, crocodiles, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos and various antelope. A delicious lunch will be served at the park. In the afternoon, we will depart for the Simba Campsite located at the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Day Five: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara National Park
We will drive to the Ngorongoro Crater early in the morning. We will have a scrumptious picnic lunch and go on a game drive. The large amount of wildlife as well as the fauna and flora are traits that attribute towards the title of ‘Africa’s Garden of Eden’. Due to the lofty structure, few animals migrate in and out of the crater, so there is a big chance of seeing every member of ‘The Big 5’ in one day. You could also encounter vultures, zebra, hippo, wildebeest and hyenas. The alkaline lake attracts flamingos, geese and storks. Our dedicated, skilled, experienced guides will ensure that you discover all the glorious wonders of nature. We will drive to Fanaka Camp and they will provide comprehensive camping facilities.
Day Six: Lake Manyara National Park to Moshi
Extending for miles along the emerald base of the gold flecked Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park, can only be described as an array of vistas. Giraffes that are so dark in coloration, they appear to be black from a distance and the tree climbing lions roam the savannah plains. Monkeys cling to the canopies of the forest whilst the hippos disguise themselves in the waters of the soda lake. With over four hundred species, Lake Manyara is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the wildlife includes buffalo, zebras, wildebeest, mongoose, klipspringer and bushbuck. A lovely picnic lunch will be served in the park and after the game drive. We will drive back to Moshi. Transfer to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport can be arranged on request.