Your safari & beach adventure

Each year, 1.5 million animals perform an annual migration around the plains of the Serengeti eco-system, driven by the need for water and the necessity of giving birth. There are two very specific times of the year when the action reaches a climax of spectacular proportions: From July to October, and from December to February. During these periods the herds regroup and swell, making for some of the best wildlife experiences any enthusiast could possibly hope for. This “Ultimate Tanzania” itinerary has been designed to showcase the very best that the Northern Circuit of Tanzania has to offer. Aptly named, it provides the perfect balance of opportunities for adventure, scenery unlike anything you have seen before, and wildlife viewing that will almost certainly have you returning for more.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$7750 - $10000
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
12 days
Best months:
January - March, June - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Night drive safaris Night drive Camping safaris Camping
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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After a night in Arusha, the hub of the Northern Circuit, your itinerary kicks off in the wilderness of Tarangire National Park and the luxury bush camp that is Oliver’s Camp. Adventure waits in the form of bush walks and night game drives amongst ancient baobab trees and spectacular herds of buffalo and elephant.

Next stop: the Ngorongoro Crater. A full day game drive in the World Heritage site is going to be an experience you will not forget! Down on the crater floor with the walls of the unbroken caldera towering above you on all sides, you will have the chance to marvel at the abundance of wildlife that calls this fascinating landscape their home.

Journey on to Ubuntu Camp – a luxury mobile camp following the movements of the Migration. From July to October, Ubuntu Camp is located in the Northern Serengeti. Here you wait in rapt attention; poised with camera waiting for the moment the herd decides it is time to cross the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River.

From December to February, Ubuntu Camp is located inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area overlooking the open plains. During these months, the herds congregate on the lush grass to give birth to the next generation of wildebeest – which quickly turns into a feeding frenzy of easy pickings for the resident cats and scavengers.

For the final leg of your itinerary you can relax, unwind, and let the “hardships” of safari wash away as you lounge in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and rejuvenate in the oasis that is Matemwe.

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge, overnight Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha

Highlight: Touchdown in Tanzania!

Day 2

Transfer to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive, overnight Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire NP

Highlight: Baobab Trees & Elephants

Day 3

On safari – walking and game drives, overnight Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire NP

Highlight: Walking safari’s & night game drives

Day 4

Transfer to Gibb’s Farm, via Lake Manyara National Park, overnight Gibb’s Farm, Karatu

Highlight: Flamingo’s & tree climbing lions

Day 5

Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, overnight Gibb’s Farm, Karatu

Highlight: The Ngorongoro Crater

Day 6

Drive or fly to Ubuntu Camp and the Great Migration, overnight Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti NP

Highlight: 1 million Wildebeest

Day 7

On safari – game drives, overnight Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti NP

Highlight: The Great Migration

Day 8

On safari – game drives, overnight Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti NP

Day 9

Fly to Zanzibar, transfer to the North East coast, overnight Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar

Highlight: Welcome to paradise…

Day 10

Relaxation time, overnight Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar

Day 11

Relaxation time, Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar

Day 12

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to reality (Own arrangements)


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Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania
  • Located on the outskirts of Arusha and hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, this Lodge is the perfect place to relax and relieve stress before or after an exciting but possibly tiring safari. The lodge is full of sensory experiences as you can enjoy the aroma of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, or simply watch the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest.
  • The location and design of the 30 ‘Plantation Houses’ (ie, rooms), including 12 Suites all embrace the ‘coffee theme’, this is particularly evident in the suites where ‘bean partitions’ have constructed and divide the main bedroom from the remainder of the suite. The styling continues into the bathroom, where even the wash basin has a ‘bean theme’ - a delightful resin basin which features coffee beans infused.
  • The Main Plantation House hosts an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate bar and a cosy lounge. Furthermore all areas possess fire places which create a warm and comforting ambience at night. Other amenities include an intimate swimming pool and a garden terrace. The warm atmosphere within the Lodge is further supported by the friendly and personable staff that help creating a memorable experience.
  • Arusha Coffee Lodge's website:
  • Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania
  • Located around 2-3 hours game drive away from the main gate into Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp is located in the exclusive southern region and offers a prime safari experience. This area is known for its large elephant herds and baobab trees, but also houses large quantities of lions, cheetah and leopard.
  • The 10 tents, which are well spaced out ensuring a feeling of intimacy, offer a large deck overlooking the Minyonyo floodplains below and wonderful outdoor showers with running hot and cold water. Inside, the tents are spacious and offer plumbed toilet and bathroom facilities.
  • The main lodge is brimming with history and is very cosy, yet maintains that rustic, ‘bush’ feel.
  • Each night, the bar is shifted down by the boma (fire area) where guests regale stories of their daily experiences over a G+T. As described by experienced safari-goers "Oliver’s is the real Africa”.
  • ‘Fly-camping’ is also possible at Oliver’s Camp, whereby guests will hike out to their very own ‘fly camp’ where they’ll spend the night under the African night sky.
  • One of best things about Oliver’s is the walking safaris and night game drives (complete with night vision goggles!) which you can do here. This is definitely a highlight of any East African experience.
  • Oliver's Camp's website:
  • Gibb’s Farm, Tanzania
  • Located around 2.5 hours drive away from Arusha, and conveniently nearby to Lake Mayara National Park, Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Gibb’s Farm is the perfect stop-over for any Northern Circuit safari.
  • Gibb’s is still a working coffee farm and has been for well over 80 years. Guests can explore the farm, the beautiful, expansive gardens or the nearby area with guided walks. Or enjoy the original artwork in the Zawadi Boutique which is located on the property.
  • Relax in one of the nooks and crannies with a cup of tea, enjoy the original artwork or sip wine by one of the roaring fires to unwind. Just outside the farmhouse,
  • Offering 17 gorgeously decorated guest cottages featuring a unique theme, they are all richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, open fireplaces and a verandah. Furthermore, there are beautiful outdoor showers (in addition to those inside - much more suited for those chilly mornings!) that lead to Gibb’s being a rustic, yet luxurious getaway in the Tanzanian countryside.
  • The dining on offer at Gibb’s is also a treat – with hearty, country dishes, largely made using produce from the farm itself.
  • Gibb's Farm's website:
  • Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
  • The seasonal Ubuntu Camp has just 8 tents and follows the Great Migration through the plains of the Serengeti, spending a few months in the southern Ngorongoro Conservation Area between December and February, and then relocating further north into the Northern Serengeti from July to November. The intimate camp is designed to reach key migration areas and is lightweight enough to relocate seasonally, but doesn’t lose any of the luxuries you’d expect from this type of camp.
  • The meaning of ‘Ubuntu’, being generosity, consideration and humane-ness towards others as human characteristics, is reflected by the camps’ personalized and warm hospitality.
  • Each tent is either a double or a twin and features a plumbed toilet and a ’bush shower’ at the back of the tent (a bucket shower); each has a spacious verandah for guests to enjoy the African vista. Ubuntu Camp is great in either location - in the north, it’s located in a prime wildlife viewing area with fantastic views over the renowned Mara River and when it’s in the south, it’s set up on top of a ridge, offering spectacular views out onto the plains below.
  • Ubuntu is a real gem when it is located in the south due to the number of activities visitors can do in the region, including walking safaris, as well as scenic walks to nearby waterfalls or to a lookout point over nearby Lake Eyasi.
  • Ubuntu Camp's website:
  • Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
  • This is an intimate lodge, with just 12 luxury suites, is perched on a coral rock out-crop, surrounded by some of the best and most pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Located on the exclusive North-East coast, Matemwe is easily accessed by transfer from either Zanzibar Airport or Stone Town. Snorkeling, diving, guided reef walks and other activities can be organized by the Lodge’s staff; otherwise, Matemwe is perfect for lounging in and admiring the expansive views of the Indian Ocean or the occasional dhow (traditional wooden sailboat) which floats by. The white sandy beaches which are adjacent to Matemwe’s lodge are perfect for relaxing and whiling away a sunny afternoon. The rooms are luxuriously decorated in Zanzibari style, and feature outdoor sofas and hammocks, perfect for enjoying the view while sipping a tropical cocktail. In room massages can also be arranged.
  • We suggest that if you can spend a day away from the beach, that you take the time to visit Jozani Forrest, which is the only place on earth you’ll see the Red Colobus Monkey, native to Zanzibar, or undertake a ’Spice Tour’ through one of the many spice farms that are dotted across the island.
  • Matemwe Lodge's website:

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Bat-eared fox
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Bird watching
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