Tanzania - Northern Circuit Wildlife

Overview

With the most diverse range of wildlife, visit 3 of Tanzania's national parks to observe birds, lions, giraffe and more in the beautiful lush landscapes. Boutique Safari specialises in small group tours. This allows us to customise the experience to what you are most interested in.

Itinerary

Day 1


Arrive into Tanzania

You step off the plane and you have arrived in Tanzania. Your arrival airport is Kilimanjaro and you will be met by your personal guide for your stay in Tanzania with Boutique Safari. Take your private transfer from the airport to the city centre of Arusha for your first night.

Jambo, welcome to Tanzania!

Accommodation: Arusha Serena Hotel

Arusha Serena Hotel

Set among the woodland slopes of Mount Meru at the edge of Lake Duluti, there’s no better destination for soaking in the beauty and magnificence of the Tanzanian “Northern Safari Circuit". The property reflects it's origins as a colonial era coffee farm, beginning with the welcoming stone-built reception area and extending to cottage-style rooms neatly arranged among landscaped lawns and the colourful banks of Bougainvillea. Traces of our heritage present themselves in elegant, country-manor interiors featuring unique artefacts, leaded windows and French doors opening to extensive lake view gardens. Social areas within our Arusha hotel include a library, a lounge and a restaurant offering an enchanting wood fireplace and lake and garden views.

Day 2


Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a relaxed start to your morning in Arusha with a beautiful breakfast in your hotel. Upon check out, your guide will meet you with your safari vehicle and you will head off to visit your first national park in Tanzania, Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park covers 2,600 square kilometers and is on the migration route (April) to Lake Natron. During the great migration, you have the opportunity to see wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and buffalo. The marshy shores of the lakes are home to flocks of birds: green wood hoopoes, fisher lovebirds, tallish herons, white bellied go-away birds and giant kingfishers. Tarangire is noted for its baobab trees and splendid vistas of rolling savannah and acacia woodland. While visiting you will also have the opportunity to to observe resident lions, giraffe, elephant, and black rhino.

Your lunch today will be a beautiful picnic lunch under the baobab trees. While enjoying your lunch, soak in the majestic landscapes and observe the wildlife in nature.

Meals Included: B |  L |  D

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

The lodge is set in a peaceful location amidst the rich wildlife and unsurpassed tranquility of Lake Manyara National Park. The lake is home to over 300 migratory birds including flamingoes, long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfisher; our lodge is designed to mimic this extraordinary birdlife, with an architectural motif featuring swooping avian curves and vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depicting the intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

Accommodations are in circular two-storey “rondavels”, pays homage to tradition.

Day 3


Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro

Absorb the local wildlife that call Lake Manyara home while enjoying a freshly made local breakfast at your lodge. You may even find time to take a nature walk before jumping back into the safari vehicle and heading to Ngorongoro National Park.

While travelling, your guide will point out wildlife and share information about migration patterns, animal interactions and flora in the landscapes you are passing through. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you watch the wildlife graze.

Meals Included: B |  L |  D

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Nestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Framed by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its torch-lit walls are adorned with stylized cave paintings. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Rooms are looped around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. It is a place that feels as ancient as the Crater itself, yet no modern comfort has been spared in an effort to bring you the best safari adventure in Africa and one of the most unique travel experiences in the world.

Day 4


A day in the Ngorongoro Crater

Descending into the crater, you will be able to see the vastness of the crater and truly appreciate why it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the world’s largest intact crater, covering an area of 304 square kilometers. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains – all a haven for wildlife, including the largest predator population in Africa. The volcanic crater is jam-packed with wildlife, including all the big 5 game. Its pride and joy, however, is that it remains the last great wild refuge for black rhino.

Meals Included: B |  L |  D

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 5


Ngorongoro National Park to Serengeti

After a day in the crater yesterday, you will have the opportunity to circle the crater and travel to the center of the Serengeti National Park. Along the way your guide will show you pockets of wildlife and beautiful vistas.

Meals Included: B |  L |  D

Accommodation: Serena Serengeti Lodge

Serena Serengeti Lodge

Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds. Here, you will savour the ancient stillness and serenity of one of the most magnificent destinations on earth. Discover the warmth and cosiness of stone-built, traditionally thatched “rondavel” lodging.

Day 6


The day in Serengeti National Park

Head off today with your guide to experience Serengeti National Park. The Park offers the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth. A unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the center, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west.

The Serengeti plains are host to a dramatic annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and numerous other species of animals indigenous to the area.

Meals Included: B |  L |  D

Accommodation: Serena Serengeti Lodge

Day 7


Serengeti and Lake Manyara

Today rise early to get in a morning safari in the Serengeti. At sunrise you will see a vast array of wildlife ending their day or just starting. After a late breakfast, head through south through Serengeti national park on the lookout for more wildlife and different fauna. You will end you day in Lake Manyara.

Meals Included: B |  L |  D

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Day 8


Lake Manyara to Arusha

After an enjoyable breakfast, take your last game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park before driving back to Arusha for your evening flight.

Every imaginable East African animal is found in Lake Manyara in abundance and is the perfect memory of Tanzania to be left with. There are great herds of buffalo,
zebra, wildebeest and several varieties of gazelle. Mahogany, sausage tree and croton are alive with blue monkeys and vervet monkeys. Some of the most amazingly large pods of hippos congregate at the rivers emerging into the lake, and the birdlife are plentiful.

Meals Included: B |  L

In every season in Tanzania there is wildlife to experience. Talk to your Boutique Safari representative today to plan your Tanzanian adventure with Boutique Safari.

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