Tanzania Wildlife and Cultural Safari - Northern Safari Circuit Parks
Amazing wildlife viewing in Lake Manyara (or Tarangire), Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti parks, with an extension to Lake Eyasi to visit Hadzabe hunter/gatherer tribe and Datoga tribe.
7 Days / 6 Nights from $2,200 USD
TANZANIA WILDLIFE AND CULTURAL SAFARI
Explore Tanzania's northern circuit Safari parks. You'll start in Lake Manyara National park, right at the edge of the great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Highlands. Or, we can adjust the itinerary to visit Tarangire National park instead of Lake Manyara or instead of Serengeti (prices may vary up or down). Then, explore the famous Ngorongoro Crater, an intact volcanic caldera home to many animals including the elusive rhino. From Ngorongoro you will head to Serengeti for 3 nights with plenty of time to explore the endless plains covered with wildlife. Finally, visit Lake Eyasi for two nights so you can visit and learn from – and maybe even go hunting with – the Hadzabe hunter/gatherer tribe. You'll also visit the DaToga tribe here, a polygamous herding culture. Your cultural safari can be rounded out with a visit to the Maasai tribe at some point during the trip. Return to Arusha to finish your safari and perhaps consider a coast or island extension. Please note the lodging or order of the itinerary may vary based on availability and seasons, and this may impact price.
Depart Arusha and drive about 2 hours to Mto wa Mbu, a colorful village. Here you will find the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park, where you will enjoy your first game drive at the edge of the great Rift Valley. After your game drive, continue further to overnight at Rhino Lodge in Ngorongoro area (other options in the area include Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp – but costs vary). All meals included starting with lunch today. Option to visit a Maasai village today or another day of the trip - entrance fee is extra. Note: Tarangire National Park can be substitute today instead of Lake Manyara if desired but lodging and price may vary.
Today you'll experience an amazing game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Then, continue on through the Ngorongoro Highlands and down onto the Serengeti plains en route to overnight at a tented safari camp central Serengeti. Typically we would use Kisura tented safari camp or similar (other lodging options include Seronera or Lobo Wildlife Lodges, Sopa Serengeti Lodge, Ndutu Lodge, Ang'ata Serengeti or Migration Camp,Chaka Camp) . If desired, option to stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the museum - entrance fee is extra.
Day 3 Today you have the full day to explore the Serengeti. Options include a full day game drive with packed lunches to explore further reaches, or if the game viewing is best nearby then an early morning game drive, hot lunch back at the camp or lodge, and an optional afternoon/early evening game drive. Overnight at the same camp or lodge.
At certain times of year, you may transition to a different area of Serengeti for one of your nights. Game drive en route, wherever you go! Options include Kenzan seasonal tented safari camp in southern Serengeti, or other lodges or camps depending on the season and availability.
Drive to Lake Eyasi overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge. The first part of your journey will have a game drive en route. Then, as you exit the Serengeti, you'll have amazing scenery as you get farther from the game areas. Arrive to this beautiful lake region in time for supper.
Visit the Hadzabe tribe (traditional hunter/gatherers), perhaps with an early morning hunt if desired. You'll also visit the Datoga tribe. Overnight at the same lodge.
Drive three hours back to Arusha area. Safari ends this afternoon (lodging not included tonight). Optional – add a beach extension to the mainland coast or to the islands.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.