7 Day Lodge Safari - Baboons fighting inside Ngorongoro Crater

7-day Private Camping or Lodge Safari in Northern Tanzania – Best of Tanzania

Explore the well-known parks of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit with Tanzania Safari Bug on this classic 7-day private camping or lodge safari. Learn more about Tarangire National Park and its famous baobab trees; discover the scenic Manyara National Park with its tree-climbing lions; let yourself be overwhelmed by the seemingly endless grass plains of Serengeti; and visit the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater with its high concentration of game.

This safari covers all the major parks of Northern Tanzania and can be done all year around. It is ideal for nature enthusiasts, couples, families and friends traveling together. If you are a photographer we would recommend adding additional nights so you can explore the parks in-depth. We can also customize this safari with a special focus on the Great Wildebeest Migration that moves around Serengeti National Park in search for fresh grassing grounds and water.

Overview:

  • Private camping or lodge safari in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit
  • Starting & ending in Arusha
  • Flight connection to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Departure Day: Day of your choice

Activities:

  • Game drives

Highlights:

  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Rift Valley Escarpment view point
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater

Additional Extras:

  • Accommodation pre/post safari in Arusha
  • Cultural activity in Mto wa Mbu or Ballooning in Serengeti available
  • Trip extension to Tanzanian coast, Mafia & Zanzibar can be arranged
 7 day lodge safari - giraffe with baobab tree in Tarangire National Park
 7 day lodge safari - lion walking inside the Ngorongoro Crater  7 day lodge safari - agama lizard
 7 day lodge safari - hippo in Serengeti National Park  7 day lodge safari - elephant inside the Ngorongoro Crater

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast and the safari briefing in Arusha you will depart with your professional guide to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is part of a larger ecosystem and its wildlife density changes with dry and wet seasons. The park is very well known for its large elephant herds and its epic baobab trees. Ask your guide to explain the African story about the baobab tree and why it seems like the tree is standing upside down! You will stop for a picnic-lunch and, after an intensive game drive, continue to your accommodation located either inside the national park or on its outskirts.

  • Meals: Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Tarangire Safari Lodge, Oliver’s Camp
  • Lodge options outside: Burunge Tented Camp, Maramboi Tented Camp, Chem Chem Safari Lodge
Day 02: Tarangire – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu

Continue to Lake Manyara National Park – located directly below the Rift Valley Escarpment. The park is squeezed in between the steep sloping Rift Valley Wall and the shallow, alkaline soda lake. The dry season from June to October is best for viewing large mammals such as elephants, giraffes, zebras and cats, while the wet season, from November to May, is ideal for the observation of birds. In the afternoon leave the park and drive-up the Rift Valley with a stop at the viewpoint to enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the lake below. Continue to your accommodation for overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options Rift Valley: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge
  • Lodge options Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, Plantation Lodge, Gibbs Farm, The Manor
Day 03: Karatu – Serengeti National Park

Get an early start and drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands on the way to Serengeti National Park, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. Serengeti is Tanzania’s most famous park and well known for its wealth of wildlife. Enjoy a first game drive in the Seronera Valley during the afternoon and look for resident game such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, leopards, lions, warthogs, wildebeests and zebras. The park landscape is equally outstanding – so be prepared for a magical golden horizon of endless grass plains as soon as the sun sets! Drive to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Serengeti Under Canvas
Day 04: Serengeti National Park

Are you ready for your Serengeti adventure? Spend the day in the heart of Serengeti National Park and explore its richly diverse wildlife with more than 3 million animals! Get close to buffalos, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles and hippos. Try to spot cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, lions or servals. Depending on the time of year, one can witness the Great Migration, which will cross Central Serengeti and is usually joined by large herds of gazelles and zebras. But Serengeti also offers a large bird variety – with more than 500 bird species – for ornithologists! Return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge, Serengeti Under Canvas
Day 05: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Rim / Karatu

Enjoy an early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park before making your way back to Naabi Hill Gate. While your guide takes care of the park formalities, take a walk on top of the Rocky Hill kopje and enjoy a breathtaking view over the endless Serengeti plains. Watch out as agama lizards cross your path! The dominant male lizard is one of the most colorful reptiles: its head color varying from orange to red and its body color appearing in an intense blue. Continue to the crater rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or to Karatu Town for dinner and overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options Ngorongoro Crater Rim: Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
  • Lodge options Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, Plantation Lodge, Gibbs Farm, The Manor
Day 06: Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast depart (with picnic-lunch) to the western side of the crater rim and descend to the crater floor for an intense game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is an intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for wildlife. It is one of the few places where you can witness the highly endangered black rhinoceros in its natural habitat. But also expect to see prides of lions, elephants with huge tusks due to the rich volcanic soil, plain game, hippos, birds and many more. In the afternoon leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and drive to Karatu Town for overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options Karatu: Karatu Country Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House, Plantation Lodge, Gibbs Farm, The Manor
Day 07: Karatu – Arusha

After breakfast return to Arusha with arrival in the early afternoon and drop-off in Arusha Town or at Arusha Airport (ARK) / Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your onward journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch

This safari is the perfect match for anyone wishing to cover the highlights of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. Spectacular game drives await you in Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s Eden. If you are travelling during the green season in April, May or November, you will benefit from low season rates and get a chance to explore the parks with fewer tourists. During these months, it’s also possible to come across the Great Wildebeest Migration in the heart of Serengeti. We recommend adding a day or two to fully engage in this epic event. Another option is to change the routing and end your safari in Serengeti with a flight back to Arusha or onwards to the beach. Contact us today for a customized safari itinerary and welcome on board!

Includes:

  • Full board lodge accommodation or camping in 2-Person-Tents
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Mineral Water (3 liters per person / per day)
  • Transportation in private 4×4 Safari Vehicle
  • Professional / Multi-lingual Driver/Guide
  • Camping includes professional safari cook
  • National Park Fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Game Drives as outlined in the itinerary
  • Camping Equipment (Tents, Sleeping Mattress, Tables, Chairs, etc.)

Excludes:

  • International Flights to/from Tanzania
  • Domestic Flights within in Tanzania
  • Visa Fees to enter the country
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Drinks (Soft Drinks & Alcoholic Drinks)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tips