Northern Circuit

Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, along with other National Parks, are part of this popular circuit for safari. It is known for its “endless plains” (Serengeti), the world famous Wildebeest Migration that takes place annually, and the breathtaking view of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Serengeti National Park

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Tanzania safari, Africa trip, Africa destination

Known for its annual animal migration, and for its other alias, “endless plains’, Serengeti is close to—if not already is—the finest game reserve in Africa (15,000 sq. km), due to its high volume of wildlife in its vast plains. There are three major regions in Serengeti:

  • The Seronera & the Southern Plains: its peak viewing season being from December and May, when the rains attract the migrant herds of wildebeest and Zebra, especially concentrating in the Ndutu region during February.
  • Lobo & the Northern Serengeti: With green, rolling hills and beautiful grassland, it offers a quieter game drive compared to the Southern parts of Serengeti. For larger volumes of wildlife, September to October is a great time to visit, when the wildebeest migrate from Kenya to the Serengeti plains.
  • The Western Corridor: With pairs of the Grumeti & Mbalageti river, it offers excellent game viewing with substantial resident populations of lion, giraffe, wildebeest and zebras. The migration in the West occurs between May and July, with the crossing of the Grumeti, in June & July, where major action happens as predator animals such as crocodiles & cheetahs await for the perfect opportunity to prey on the weak.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA)

Ngorongoro crater

Ngorongoro crater

Named after its highlight feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, this is said to be “one of the most extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest large mammal population (Michael Palin, Tanzania with Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia)”, approximately 25,000, with the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa. Also included as one of the 7 wonders in the world, its ecosystem, comprising of a delicate balance of mutually dependent living creatures (herbivores, carnivores & scavengers), allowing the Maasai people and the animals to dwell together. NCA is rarely absent in the safari itinerary, and visits to the Maasai village on the way to Ngorongoro Crater may also be arranged.

Lake Manyara National Park

vast wildlife

vast wildlife

At 330 sq. km, Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake located at the base of Western Rift Valley. It contains a jungle-like groundwater forest, it boasts of large bird population – about 400 different species, notably the beautiful flamingos by the lake, as well as large herds of elephants, and other animals like buffalo, giraffe, olive baboon & blue monkey. A cultural highlight is the Mto wa Mbu, the ethnically diverse market town that is located near the entrance gate. Those who are interested in exploring the Maasai market, often to stop by, before entering the park.

Tarangire National Park

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An area of 2,850 sq. km, its dominant features are: the Tarangire River, the abundance of baobab trees, its large density of elephants (more than 300). Just like Serengeti, Tarangire also boasts of its own migratory movement. During the rain season, the animals move from the park to the Maasai Steppes, and in the dry season (July to November), the river attracts large herds of game.

Lake Natron

Lake Natron, one of the lowest lakes in the East African Rift Valley, near the Kenyan border, offers a surreal & mesmerizing scenery. Its red – orange – pink colors are caused by salt-loving microorganisms in the lake, along with its largest resident population of flamingos, give way to a dream-like landscape. Aside from this scenic factor, we can also arrange an early morning or afternoon swim in the waterfall in a narrow gorge, a enthralling surrounding that will make this experience all the more unforgettable! This extension can be added to your safari, on the way to Ngorongoro Crater (please see here for a sample itinerary).

Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai, which means “Mountain of God” in the Maasai language, is located in the North of Tanzania, and part of the volcanic system of the Great Rift Valley. Its uniqueness is found in its ability to produce natrocarbonatite lava, which is a rare type of volcanic carbonatite. We offer this extension for clients who wish to hike to the peak to get a glimpse of the glowing lava & this can be easily combined with Lake Natron. (please see here for a sample itinerary).

Lake Eyasi

For the avid learners of tribal cultures, we strongly recommend this extension, which can also be found in our 6 days Cultural Safari. A seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake, south of the Serengeti National Park, and southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater, it is also home to the Hadzabe tribe and the Datoga tribe. In our itinerary, we arrange for visits to the Hadazbe tribe, and a morning game hunt with the Datoga tribe. Yes, you will be in for an adventure!