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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Tanzania Northern Circuit

This itinerary takes you to some of the wildlife capitals of the world; the best known being the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Summary

Tanzania Northern Circuit

This itinerary takes you to some of the wildlife capitals of the world; the best known being the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. If you are free to choose when you go, ensure that you are in the Serengeti when the wildebeest and zebra migration is there. But this is an itinerary that has a feast of wildlife, bird life and stunning scenery practically all year.

Day 1: Mount Meru

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Day 9: Lake Manyara National  Park

Day 11: Kilimanjaro

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Description

Description

This itinerary takes you to some of the wildlife capitals of the world; the best known being the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. If you are free to choose when you go, ensure that you are in the Serengeti when the wildebeest and zebra migration is there. But this is an itinerary that has a feast of wildlife, bird life and stunning scenery practically all year.

Day 1: Mount Meru

Begin with a stay not too far from Kilimanjaro, in MountMeruNational Park. Here there is a chance to see those animals that like the forest areas such as the black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo and the occasional elephant. The scenery is stunning especially the small but perfect Ngurdotu Crater. The flora is special with red hot pokers being a feature as, hopefully, good views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

One night Mount Meru

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Today, arrive into the TarangireNational Park for two night stay. This Park is famous for its giants – big herds of buffalo and some of the biggest herds of elephants in East Africa and groves of Baobab trees. The river that flows through the length of the Tarangire is a lifeline to the animals during the long dry seasons. Game drives will be early morning and then again after the heat of the afternoon. Perhaps elect to travel further afield by taking a picnic and heading deeper in to the Park.

Two nights Tarangire National Park

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

The next destination is the World renowned SerengetiNational Park. Aim to be there at the right time of year, and in the right part of the Park, to see the huge wildebeest and zebra migration. With up to a million and half animals on the move, the vast plains will be filled with ungulates. This in turn attracts the hunters and the river crossings are something that we have all seen on our televisions. This truly one of the must see sights in nature. The Park is still very good at all times of the year and has good numbers of all animals, particularly the Big 5. Spend three nights here, or more if time allows.

Three nights Serengeti National Park

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Start the return towards Arusha with the next stop being the Olduvai Gorge to see where palaeontologists found evidence of the earliest man. Then continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater and a lodge overlooking the caldera. Two nights here will provide a full day down on the Crater which is full of wildlife and with a good chance of seeing all of the Big Five. Flamingo may well be found on the lake in the centre of the Crater.

Two nights Ngorongoro Crater

Day 9: Lake Manyara National   Park

The final stop of the safari will be at LakeManyaraNational Park located right beneath the edge of the Rift Valley and home of tree climbing lions. The lodges overlook the Park and are perched on the edge of The Rift Valley. Two nights here will provide time to take some final game drives and to relax.

Two nights Lake Manyara National Park

Day 11: Kilimanjaro

Drive back through Arusha and then on to the airport for the onward or homeward flight.

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

Photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Gems

Little Gems

Aim to be in Serengeti at the right time of year, and in the right part of the Park, to see the huge wildebeest and zebra migration.

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