Days: 7 Starting Price: $xxxx
If you’re looking to spend one week exploring the wilds of Tanzania while retiring each day in comfort, this safari package is for you. Complete with several days in the legendary Serengeti, a stop in the elephant’s paradise of Tarangire, an incredible day in the Ngorongoro Crater, and cultural immersion with a pair of local tribes, this trip will leave you wishing you had another week to stay and a hefty list of fantastic memories.
Starting from Arusha, the Northern Circuit’s hub near the foot of Tanzania’s second-highest peak, Mt. Meru, you’ll take a scenic two-hour drive through the countryside to your first destination: Tarangire National Park.
Known as the elephant’s paradise, Tarangire hosts a population of between 2000-3000 elephants—more than one for each of its 2,840 square kilometers. As you explore the park, the animals, and environment, your guide will regale you with information about their interesting lives, from their food and habitat to their unique habits.
Around midday, you’ll stop to enjoy your lunch with a beautiful natural backdrop before embarking on another game drive to see more of the park’s wildlife, including many lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals, giraffes, buffaloes, mongooses, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, Dik-dik, baboons, monkeys, and over 450 different species of birds. In the evening, you’ll head to Tarangire Simba Lodge or Sangaiwe Tented Camp for a delicious dinner and an overnight stay.
After enjoying breakfast, you’ll travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on your way to one of Africa’s most famous and incredible locations: Serengeti National Park. You’ll arrive at the main gates around midday—enjoying your lunch shortly before or after your arrival—then spend the rest of the day on a game drive through the park.
Named by the Masaai for the seemingly endless plains, the Serengeti is home to over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles, which comprise the Great Migration. However, there are plenty more animals to be found, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, topis, Hartebeests, elands and many species of birds.
In the evening, you’ll head to Mbugani Tented Camp or Thorn Tree Tented Camp to enjoy a tasty dinner, then relax before turning in for the night.
After an early breakfast, you’ll hit the road to enjoy a sunrise game drive in central and eastern Serengeti—the perfect time to spot the area’s earliest risers and predators who hunt for food in the cool morning.
Around midday, you’ll stop for a peaceful and scenic lunch—the plains and its incredible wildlife surrounding you—before embarking on another fantastic game drive, during which you’ll also see many of the famous kopjes that seemingly rise up out of the plains. These large rock outcroppings are often used by predators for shelter, breeding grounds, and to gain a vantage point over their surroundings and prey.
In the evening, you’ll head to Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp or Mbugani Tented Camp where you’ll have dinner and sleep for the night.
After another early rise and breakfast, you’ll be off to a location many may have seen in wildlife documentaries: the Mara river. It is here during the Great Migration that millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles attempt to cross the crocodile-infested water on their way to finding more fertile feeding grounds.
Around midday you’ll enjoy lunch before continuing to explore more of the northern Serengeti, well-known for the Bolongonja and Nyamalumbwa Hills that create a beautiful natural backdrop. In turn, you’ll see many more animals that follow the migration, including cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, buffaloes, elands, dikdiks, and many species of birds. In the evening, you’ll head back to Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp or Mbugani Tented Camp for dinner and sleep.
On your fifth day, you’ll begin with a morning game drive after breakfast as you head out of the northern region towards your next destination: Ngorongoro Crater. After a morning of taking in more fantastic landscapes and wildlife, you’ll stop for lunch before continuing on your way back through the central and eastern parts of the park.
By evening, you’ll be headed to Karatu to enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at either Marera Valley Lodge or Eileen’s Trees Lodge.
On your sixth day, you’ll be up for another early breakfast before embarking on a gorgeous sunrise game drive in the crater. Making your way down from the rim, you’ll quickly see why it’s commonly referred to as a small zoo—with over 20,000 animals, there’s something to see every direction you look. Around midday, you’ll stop at a scenic picnic spot in the heart of the park to enjoy lunch while overlooking the animals in a nearby watering hole.
From there, you’ll take another game drive through the park, seeing plenty of animals, including lions—many of which you may even see up close—as well as cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, monkeys, baboons, hippos, gazelles, warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, many species of birds and one of the park’s biggest attractions—the elusive black rhino, which is rarely seen elsewhere in the region.
Towards the evening, you’ll head over to Lake Eyasi Lodge, where you’ll enjoy dinner and sleep for the night.
On your final day, you’ll begin with another early breakfast before heading to visit two nearby tribes: the Hadzabe and Dagota. Upon arriving at the village, join the Hadzabe for a bow-and-arrow hunting expedition before returning to the village to enjoy their traditional dance.
From there, you’ll travel just a short distance to visit with the Dagota, well known for their blacksmithing abilities, livestock, and beautiful handmade jewelry. Here you will join in several cultural activities before heading back to camp, enjoying a hot lunch, and relaxing before taking your final scenic drive back to Arusha.