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Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit Itinerary - Visit 5 of northern Tanzania's top safari parks - Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National Parks, then head to Selous Game Reserve and the beaches in Zanzibar.

Serengeti lion in tree
Offering two styles of accommodation, this comprehensive safari package combines the highlights of Tanzania offering our Simba Safari (a safari by 4x4 vehicle visiting Northern Tanzania's most popular attractions), followed by a fly-in visit to Selous Game Reserve.

You then proceed to Zanzibar's Stone Town, rich with culture and history before ending your holiday with three nights relaxation on sparkling Indian Ocean beaches.

This safari covers ALL the major highlights of Tanzania - with everything taken care of for you.

We include the internal flights to Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar and all transfers starting in Arusha and ending at Zanzibar Airport.

All prices are in US$.
Option A:
Lake Manyara Serena, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Selous Serena Camp & Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
Dates Per Person sharing
Single Room Supplement
01 January to 29 February 2020 6840 1345
01 March to 20 March 2020** 6140 1220
21 March to 25 May 2020 Closed
26 May to 25 June 2020 6310 775
26 June to 31 August 2020 6975 1365
01 September to 31 October 2020 6710 1235
01 November to 22 December 2020*** 5910 1090
Option B: Lake Manyara Serena, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Selous Kulinda Camp (formerly Selous Riverside Camp) & Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa
Dates Per Person sharing
Single Room Supplement
01 January to 29 February 2020 5850 920
01 March to 20 March 2020** 5555 820
21 March to 25 May 2020 Closed
26 May to 21 June 2020 5790 775
22 June to 22 July 2020 5940 940
23 July to 31 August 2020 6035 940
01 September to 31 October 2020 5940 940
01 November to 22 December 2020*** 5555 830
**Travel must end by 20 March due to closure of airstrips
***Travel must end by 22 December
Option A departs on Saturdays and Mondays.
Option B departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday

This safari departs from Arusha in the afternoon on day 1 (about 2pm).

There are high season supplements (and in some cases discounts for certain dates) so please check with us for exact pricing. Over the festive season, additional nights in Zanzibar may be required to meet minimum stay restrictions. These will be payable at an additional cost.

Child Rates
This safari is not appropriate for children younger than 7 years old
One child aged 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults pays50% of safari cost
Two children (under 12 years) sharing their own room pay 75% of adult rate
Children younger than 16 may not be able to participate in bush walks in Selous
Third adult pays the per person sharing (no discount)

An optional balloon safari can be booked at an additional expense for travel whilst in Serengeti National Park.

Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara (approximately 2 hours)
You depart Arusha in the afternoon and pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni you turn North West and continue the journey up through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.

From whichever direction you approach Manyara, the first view is spectacular. From the east, the Rift Valley wall rises several hundred metres to form an impressive backdrop to the lake. From the west, if one is perched at the top of the escarpment, the park lies far below, with a long green strip of water that glistens in the sunlight. The vegetation around the lake’s shores is surprisingly varied and comprises mostly forest, acacia woodland and open grassland. The park covers an area of 330 sq km of which about 230 sq km is the lake itself. You can always find hippo in the Simba River, elephant in the forests and a resident herd of Cape buffalo on the open plains at Mahali Pa Nyati, which means, ‘The place of the buffalo’ in Swahili. In addition, there are approximately 400 species of birds and with some luck you might see tree-climbing lions.
Overnight Option A & B: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (full board)

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara Safari Lodge bedroom
It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

Situated at the edge of an escarpment, this deluxe lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara with its lavish supply of bird life. The birds themselves have provided the inspiration for the lodge's architecture. Graceful, curving and free flowing, it is built in the local circular style and exudes an atmosphere of peacefulness where man and nature co-exist. From the patterns in the reception area resembling bird migration paths, to the soft geometric designs in the bedrooms, there is barely a single straight line in its design. The bar and restaurant offer guests both indoor and outdoor seating at each meal. Sumptuous menus, buffets and barbecues are served to guests alongside authentic African dishes.

Day 2: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast spend the morning exploring and driving through Lake Manyara National Park. About midday return to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you begin spotting wildlife as you approach the entrance gate. Complete the formalities and enter the park with game viewing en route to the lodge arriving for dinner.

In the local vernacular, Serengeti means ‘The endless plains that go up to the sky’. And they do just that. It is therefore easy to understand why this is the most popular and spectacular of all game parks in East Africa. Covering 14,765 sq km, one of the striking features of this park is the series of large granite outcrops that dominate the vast plains, making it very different to the Masai Mara.

Life in the park centres on the triangular trek of several million hooves. This movement never stops, as the animals constantly seek out new grazing pastures. Every year, after the South’s short November rains, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, eland, topi and hartebeest gather in their thousands on the Serengeti’s southern plains and the Ngorongoro Highlands. Then, around April, they head towards the western corridor of the Serengeti, where many overflow into the Masai Mara around July/August. They remain here until late October/November, when Tanzania’s new rains prompt the move south again, towards Lake Ndutu and Lagaja. This yearly phenomenon also affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of other species, who rely on the migratory herds for their survival. These include predators, gazelles, birds and lowly insects, not to mention the grasses and trees that are fertilised by droppings. Another of the highlights here, is the early morning balloon safari (optional tour – cost not included)
Overnight Option A: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Full-Board)
Overnight Option B: Serengeti Sopa Safari Lodge (Full-Board)

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Serengeti Serena Lodge
The Serengeti Serena reflects both the local culture and the surrounding environment. Set high on a hill with magnificent views of the sweeping Serengeti, the lodge is reminiscent of a traditional African village. Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape.

Rondavals built in the time-honoured hut style, house luxury bedrooms with en suite facilities. Simple in design, yet sophisticated in content, the Serengeti Serena's decor highlights African arts and crafts, including woodcarving, bead making and pottery.

Everything from key tags to headboards for the beds has been specially made. This uniquely African design skilfully incorporates the comforts and attentions to detail that are the hallmark of every Serena Lodge. Therefore, if you wish to stay in a lodge, but want more of an African experience, then you will thoroughly enjoy your experience here.

On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti Sopa Lodge accommodation
Nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, one of the most famous parks in the world, and host to the largest and most spectacular annual migration of the wildebeest. The lodge is set in the Nyarboro Hills, in the South West overlooking the Serengeti Plains.

The lodge offers 69 standard rooms, all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. One entering the room is a lounge with a mini bar.

In the front is a veranda with comfortable chairs and coffee table, with glass windows facing the vast Serengeti plains which extend as far as the eye can see. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and hairdryers.

A veranda extends from the room facing the plains, ideal for relaxing and watching game.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park exploring this famous park and all that it has to offer.

Overnight Option A: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Full-Board)
Overnight Option B: Serengeti Sopa Safari Lodge (Full-Board)

Day 4: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater (approximately 4 hours)
After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, stopping en route for a picnic lunch. Continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater arriving for dinner.

Often described as the ‘Eighth’ Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro crater is so spectacular that it touches all the senses. A volcanic crater of over 259 square kilometres with surrounding walls rising 609 metres above it, the crater is a natural sanctuary for over 25,000 animals, including the black rhino. It is also a conservation area inhabited by the Masai tribe.
Overnight Option A: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (Full-Board)
Overnight Option B: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (Full-Board plus visit Maasai village)

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge exterior
The Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built onto the rim of this amazing natural phenomenon, a stunning plant and local creeper covered stone lodge where guests co-exist in perfect harmony with the surrounding natural environment and wildlife. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, close to some of the earliest dwellings of man in Olduvai Gorge, has taken their cave paintings as inspiration. It is built of stones and boulders and is literally hidden in the vegetation of the crater’s rim, disappearing completely from view from the crater’s floor.

The interiors are filled with exquisite wooden furniture and African artefacts, and stunning frescoes adorn the walls of many rooms and public areas. All bedrooms have private terraces with uninterrupted views across the grasslands, forests, lakes and rivers that make up the crater floor. The hotel has 75 rooms.

It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge view
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.

All of the 91 double bedrooms are very spacious and each two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass fronted veranda, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater The lodge has 6 single rooms, all of which have a queen sized beds and glass fronted sliding doors.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning’s mist and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. A picnic lunch is served overlooking a small lake populated with hippos. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon.

Overnight Option A: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Full-Board)
Overnight Option B: Ngorongoro Sopa Safari Lodge (Full-Board)

Day 6: Tarangire National Park
Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and proceed to Tarangire. After lunch the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive.

South of Lake Manyara and just over 100km from Arusha, this is a delightful, untamed gem of a park. Covering 2,600 sq km, it abounds with game and the numerous wide-bowed baobab trees create a lasting impression. Tarangire is at its finest during the dry seasons, from between June to October and December to March. This is when the Tarangire River and the various swamps attract the highest concentrations of game, providing a lifeline to thousands of species. This area is best for oryx, kudu, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and eland but leopards and massive pythons are also found here.
Overnight Option A & B: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (Full-Board)

Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire Sopa Lodge accommodation
Tarangire is recognised as one of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season and Tarangire Sopa is ideally placed to experience this. The lodge welcomes guests to its vast marble-floored reception area with cold flannels and iced juice.

In the pretty gardens a large circular pool with a central island, a pool bar and elegant wooden loungers demonstrates the lodge's commitment to comfort.

Delicious barbecue lunches are often served here. A broad veranda wraps itself around the lodge and gives prime viewing for the waterhole below, which is filled during the dry season and becomes a magnet to wildlife.

The rooms at the lodge are simple, comfortable and spacious and arranged in groups of four, in African-style buildings. Large sliding doors open to a private balcony.

Day 7 Selous Game Reserve
Depart after breakfast and head north east to Arusha. The journey will pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations.

On arrival in Arusha you are transferred to Arusha Airport. Fly by scheduled flight to Selous Game Reserve (flight booked by us) departing 12h45 arriving 17h35 with a layover at Dar es Salaam’s J K Nyerere Airport. A picnic lunch is provided. You are met by the shared camp’s vehicle for game viewing en route to the camp. Dinner and overnight.

This must be the largest unspoilt game reserve in Africa. The reserve is named after the late Captain Frederick Courteney Selous, a famous elephant hunter who was killed by a German sniper in 1917. General accessibility to the 55,000 sq km reserve used to be difficult; however, there are now flights, a limited train service from Dar es Salaam and a convenient dirt road linking the park with other southern Tanzanian attractions. The reserve is immense, remote and wild and no human habitation is allowed within its boundaries, apart from within camps and lodges. Today it boasts some of Africa’s finest virgin bush, unchanged through centuries and inhabited by three quarters of a million wild animals. The river systems and gorges are fascinating, as are the swamps, woodlands and savannahs, all home to hippo, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe, waterbuck, baboon, leopards, lion, wild dog, eland, sable and roan, to mention just a few of the species. The bird-life is also extremely rich. There are a number of camps in the northern sector of the park, offering a mix of rustic and exotic accommodation. Game drives are by open four-wheel drive vehicle or by boat, a wonderfully peaceful way to view game.

Overnight Option A: Selous Serena Camp (Fully Inclusive)
Overnight Option B: Selous Kulinda Camp (formerly Selous Riverside Camp) (Full-Board)

Selous Serena Camp
Selous Luxury Lodge Tent interior
Selous Serena Camp is located in the Selous game reserve in southern Tanzania. The camp lies under shady forests on the banks of the Simbazi River in the north of the Selous Game Reserve. The camp comprising just 12 tents, a dining area, lounge, viewing deck and infinity pool overlooking a watering hole. This serene tented camp is the ultimate in luxury safari camping.

Selous Serena Camp is owned and operated by Serena Hotels. The charming tents are positioned under individual thatch roofs with fabulously rustic, yet luxurious interiors that include wooden, colonial bathrooms, chandeliers, four poster beds and luxurious rugs. Remotely located to the west of the main areas, this camp has a dozen comfortable rooms set either side of public areas with a two-tier pool. The lavishly appointed camp consists of 12 tents positioned under individual grass-thatched shelters. Each is decorated with a mixture of luxury fittings and charming rustic features, four poster beds, armchairs, chandeliers and lovely local textiles. The rooms have stunning colonial bathrooms with claw-foot baths. Outside, a private deck overlooks the river channel. Some of the tents also overlook one of the waterholes that attracts game animals, especially elephants.

The charming central area - dining room, lounge, library and bar - is connected to the tents by broad wooden walkways. The attractive deck area, overhung by Tamarind and Sausage trees, offers excellent views of the hippos as they wallow in front of the camp. Alongside, an ‘infinity’ pool and sundeck make the perfect spot to relax. The Spa offers aromatherapy and a wide range of entirely natural massages, scrubs and body wraps are offered.

Selous Kulinda Camp (formerly Selous Riverside Camp)
Selous Riverside Safari Camp tent exterior
Hidden amongst dense forest and on the banks of the Rufiji River, Selous Riverside Safari Camp provides the most breath-taking view as dawn arises and a whole new adventure is about to begin. Overlooking the Rufiji River, Selous Riverside Safari Camp consists of ten of the most largest and luxurious tented chalets in Tanzania. Its spacious tents have been carefully placed to provide privacy and blend into the nature’s surrounding, overlooking the Rufiji River and its hippos and crocodiles.

Lavishly furnished, the Camp provides comfort, luxury but also a feel of arguably the most untouched bush anywhere on the African horizon. Attention has been paid to every detail to make sure you experience the true essence of an adventurous safari for a lifetime. With its most striking features, the diner and the deck provide you with the most sumptuous of African cuisine and sundowners. Be it a boat safari or a full day game drive, with a pool deck that stretches all the way on to the River it provides the perfect place to relax and cool off after a long day full of adventure.

Surely Selous Riverside Safari Camp takes you into the Africa of a bygone era.

Day 8 Selous Game Reserve:
Morning and afternoon game activities, walking safaris and boat trips.

Overnight Option A: Selous Serena Camp (Fully Inclusive)
Overnight Option B: Selous Kulinda Camp (formerly Selous Riverside Camp) (Full-Board)

Day 9 Selous Game Reserve
Morning and afternoon game viewing activities with meals and overnight at the camp..

Overnight Option A: Selous Serena Camp (Fully Inclusive)
Overnight Option B: Selous Kulinda Camp (formerly Selous Riverside Camp) (Full-Board)

Day 10: Zanzibar
Shared morning activity and early lunch at the camp. Transfer to the airstrip. Fly by scheduled flight to Zanzibar (flight booked by us) departing 1.15pm arriving 2.20pm. You are met on arrival and transfer to your resort where you spend the next 04 nights.
Overnight Option A: Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort in Superior Room (full board basis with soft drinks, drinking water, juice, local beer, house wine & non-premium spirits)
Overnight Option B: Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa in Cottage Room (half board)

Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort:
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is located on the North Shores of magical and the exotic Zanzibar, a picturesque island hideaway combining modern comforts with unspoiled natural beauty.

This attractively designed resort has a lively and friendly atmosphere and offers an "All inclusive concept'.

It has a unique blend of buildings designed in Swahili / Zanzibar architecture and has the most spectacular virgin sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

The Royal Zanzibar comprises of 80 Superior rooms and 16 suites, set on a 20 acres tropical garden.

Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa
40 cottages located on a small hill just behind the Junior Suites. Most offer a partial view of the sea through the palm trees. Entrance through a private garden, large bedroom, dressing room, bathroom in Carrara marble, veranda with breath-taking with two chairs and table, mosquito net, fan, air conditioning private hot and cold water, hair dryer, telephone, television, minibar, tea and coffee, safe and WIFI.
The Dive Centre is directly managed by Karafuu Hotel with a completely dedicated team who have the best equipment at their disposal. The excellent quality and reputation of the dive centre distinguish Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa as one of the best and favourite dive spot in Zanzibar.

Day 11 - 13: Zanzibar (Beach)
Time at leisure with optional activities provided by your resort.

Overnight Option A: Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort in Superior Room (full board basis with soft drinks, drinking water, juice, local beer, house wine & non-premium spirits)
Overnight Option B: Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa in Cottage Room (half board)
Day 14: Depart
Today you’ll transfer back to Zanzibar Airport to connect with your departure or onward arrangements.

Sole Participant
Participants traveling alone cannot be confirmed unless at least three other participants are already booked on the departure. Supplements may be payable for transfers in Arusha and Zanzibar.

Child/Third Adult Rates
• Children younger than age 7 are not permitted on our seat in vehicle safaris. We welcome young children on private safaris.
• One child aged 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults pays 50% of safari cost
• Two children aged 7-11 years sharing their own room pay 85% of adult rate
• Third adult rate, same as per person sharing

Cost Includes
Meet and Greet services
Seat in shared 4x4 vehicle with photo roof (maximum 7 clients per vehicle)
Services of a bilingual English speaking driver-guide
Guaranteed window seat
Game drives and crater tour
All accommodation and meals as specified
All park fees and government taxes
One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives

Cost Excludes
International flights
Airport tax (pay direct)
Driver guide or local escort gratuities
Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature

Additional remarks
We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.

Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger Information
Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris.
All the passengers must have Identification Card/Passport with them for internal flights.
Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in.
Passengers arriving to Tanzania may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

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