NORTHERN CIRCUIT SAFARI
in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport
The Northern Circuit, often called
“The Gold of the African Safari Circuit”, provides safariers with an
opportunity to explore the most famous places in East Africa.
Included are the vast Serengeti plains, the incredible caldera of
Ngorongoro, the unique Rift Valley escarpment, the “Cradle of
Civilization” known as Olduvai Gorge, awesome Mt. Kilimanjaro and
the tropical paradise with the sinister history: Zanzibar. This is
the African Experience you have always dreamed of.
travel in 4 or 6 passenger open topped 4X4 land rovers with a
guide to passenger ratio of 1:3.
incredible opportunity to photograph and enjoy the prolific
wildlife and observe the stunning topography of Tanzania.
opportunity to experience the cultural diversity of the 4 major
indigenous racial and language groups in Africa – the only
place where they all come together.
No-cost option to visit and hunt with primordial Hadzabe people.
Quality accommodation based on
double occupancy. (Single rates available.)
Virtually all meals + bottled
Park fees, game drives, local
guides and gratuities.
All Tanzanian domestic travel and
sightseeing per itinerary.
Air Travel to and from Tanzania,
including taxes and airport fees
Passport, Tanzanian Visa; excess baggage charges, “shots”,
health and flight insurance
Optional events, souvenirs and personal expenses including
beverages and laundry
of $1500. Cad will hold a place on this trip. $500 is non refundable
Tour at a Glance
1: Travellers will be picked up in Arusha
or at Kilimanjaro Airport and driven to a Hotel near the village of
Marangu on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Dinner is not
DAY 2: By foot and
vehicle our relaxing Cultural Tour today will provide us with
a glimpse of the day-to-day life of the Chagga people who live in
this region. Visits will include churches, schools, markets, local
industries and points of interest. Before dinner, join Chris and
Catriona for a get-together drink in the lounge.
Option: For the
energetic, a one-day (Optional) guided hike to and from "First Hut”
the famous Kili summit track is an alternative.
DAY 3: After breakfast,
drive westwards to the busy town of Arusha. Time for both
lunch and shopping before setting off again with our experienced
driver/guides. The bustle of Arusha gives way to coffee plantations
and soon thereafter to the drier savannah lands to the west. The
Maasai people live in this area and we will often see them from our
vehicles during our drive to a hotel atop the famous the African
Rift Valley Escarpment.
DAY 4: We will descend
the Rift Escarpment and spend our day in Lake Manyara
National Park where wonderful birds, elephants, giraffes and
baboons are only some of the animals we will see at close quarters.
In the evening, we'll return to our hotel on the cliff top above.
DAY 5: After breakfast,
we'll drive westwards to Olduvai Gorge where we'll have time
to marvel at the plaster casts of footprints of hominids born 3.6
million years ago and we'll see where the Leakey Zinjanthropos and
Homo Habilis discoveries were made. We'll explore the mysterious
Shifting Sands and then drive across country to Naabi Gate,
entrance to famed Serengeti National Park. There may be time
for a game drive before arriving at our hotel in mid-park around
DAY 6: A full day in the
Serengeti with the options of three game drives or an early morning
Balloon Ride (a worthwhile but expensive option) followed by two
game drives. No promises, but we will see lots of gazelles,
antelope, warthog, hyena, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra,
cheetah, elephant and lion plus birds of every sort, kind and
description. We may be lucky to see a leopard devouring its kill in
a tree or a croc, sleeping on a riverbank. While in the Serengeti,
we will hopefully drive through the amazing wildebeest migration.
DAY 7: Another full day
on the Serengeti. Depending on the location of the wildebeest
migration, we may tour as far north as Lobo.
DAY 8: We retrace our
steps with a game drive across the Serengeti and stop to visit a
Maasai Boma (village) before traveling on to reach our hotel
overlooking the world’s most famous and beautiful caldera,
DAY 9: After breakfast,
we'll descend 600m. into the crater for a full day of game viewing
to observe the myriad of non-migratory birds and animals (including
rhino) that have made the Crater their home. We'll return to the
lodge late afternoon.
DAY 10: Today we have a
short drive to Tarangire National Park. There will be
opportunities to enjoy afternoon and evening game drives prior to
relaxing at our hotel.
DAY 11: A full (final)
day of game drives in Tarangire. This park is home to many different
animals but is particularly famous for Bao Bab trees, elephants and
DAY 12: After breakfast,
we’ll drive back to Arusha where we will catch an 11:00 am flight to
Zanzibar. In Stonetown we will have lunch followed by
a walking tour in the afternoon. We will explore the ancient and
historic Arab town and visit the Sultan's Palace, the site of the
old Slave Market, the famous Zanzibar doors and the market. We stay
at the Dhow Palace Hotel.
DAY 13: After a free
morning to shop, explore, or relax, we will have lunch, visit a
Spice Farm then drive to a beach hotel.
DAYS 14, 15: Two
relaxing beach days – time to unwind before the long journey home!
Or for the energetic, there are opportunities to explore a nearby
fishing village, snorkel, dive, visit nearby reefs or rent a dhow
for a short sunset cruise (all optional).
DAY 16: Drive to
Stonetown then fly to Dar es Salaam, de facto capital
of Tanzania. Here we have time to have a drive around the town and
do some final shopping for souvenirs and crafts. Evening meal and
chance for a shower and change for those who will depart tonight..
NOTE: An optional
“no-extra cost” side trip will be offered if numbers warrant
ON DAY 10: Rather than
going to Tarangire National Park, we will head to Lake Eyasi.
It’s a rugged drive but we’ll enjoy the oasis of our tented camp by
A very early rise will enable us to visit and observe one of the
few, small remaining family groups of the Hadzabe tribe whose
lifestyle differs little from Stone Age people. If we are lucky, we
may be able to hunt with them. Participants must be prepared
to walk across country at a fairly reasonably pace for up to 5 kms.
We will also visit a nearby Datoga Village. After a hearty
brunch, we drive to Tarangire National Park with a late
afternoon game drive on the way to our hotel. Here we’ll rejoin the
rest of the group.