14 Days Northern Southern Circuit

Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire - Kondoa Irangi rock Paintings - Ruaha - Udzungwa Mountains - Mikumi - Selous Game Reserve
Tour Overview

Make the most of your trip to Tanzania and combine the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the north of the country with two of the continents largest and most beautiful wilderness areas, Ruaha and Selous, in the south. Explore the historical sites of Oduvai, Kondoa Irangi Rock paintings, and those of the south Kalenga Museum of chief Mkwawa and the Isimila stone Age.

Tour Destinations

Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, Olduvai, Ngorongoro Crater, Kondoa Rock-paintings, Ruaha, Kalenga Museum, Isimila stone age site, Udzungwa, Mikumi & Selous Game Reserve.

Day 1: Arusha town – drive to Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning after your breakfast drive to Lake Manyara with packed lunch.
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. After entrance formalities we head into the Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment.

The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions (rare), as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari lodge – Karatu - (www.bougainvilleasafarilodge.com)

Day 2: Karatu – Serengeti National Park.

After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind and stop by Olduvai George located between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. It is 30 miles from Laetoli, another fossil-rich area. Olduvai Gorge was formed about 30,000 years ago, the result of aggressive geological activity and streams.

We descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. Reach the gate for entrance formalities then game en-route heading to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.
Overnight at Thorn-tree tented Camp (www.thorntreecamp.com/)

Day 3: Exploring Serengeti National park.

Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. We do an after-breakfast full day game drive with lunch at the lodge.

We will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lions and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the Kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink. Dinner and overnight at Thorn tree tented Camp (www.thorntreecamp.com/)

Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater.

After breakfast at the camp, go for a sunrise tour, if lucky enough you may spot the big cats on their morning kills. After lunch, game en route towards Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge (www.ngorongoro.cc/) along the crater rim.

Day 5: Ngorongoro full day game drives – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast we descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a full-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino.

Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its huge population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor and later game en-route towards Tarangire for dinner and overnight at Sangaiwe Tented Camp (www.sangaiwe.com)

Day 6: Tarangire Full day Game Viewing

With packed lunch explore the beauty of Tarangire National Park. It runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. It is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
This African Park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings, overnight at Sangaiwe Camp.

Day 7: Tarangire – Kondoa Irangi rock Paintings – Dodoma

After breakfast with packed lunch drive to the land of Kolo rock paints, (KONDOA) a world class historical heritage site, an ancient rock art remarkable not just for its quantity and quality, but for its astonishing time span — millions of years, Set along the famous Great North Road in Dodoma Region, Capital City of Tanzania.
Dinner and overnight stay at St. Gasper hotel (www.stgasparhotel.co.tz)

Day 8: Dodoma – Ruaha National park.

Drive from Dodoma towards Ruaha across Iringa town where you will stop for your lunch, on your way to Ruaha stop by Overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge. www.ruahahilltoplodge.com)

Day 9. Full day game drive in Ruaha National Park

With packed lunch, have a full day game drives; enjoy the beauty of Ruaha which has all the predators on show, lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog and hyena. Buffalo and elephant herds are found throughout the park. The park's crazy combinations of species from east and southern Africa that excites wildlife and bird watching enthusiasts. It is not uncommon to see Grant's gazelle, greater and lesser kudu in the same area as east Africa's common species such as zebra, defassa waterbuck, impala and giraffe.

Put in the hours and travel across the park to find sable, roan, hartebeest and over 500 species of bird! Overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge (www.ruahahilltoplodge.com)

Day 10: Ruaha – Udzungwa - Mountains national park.

In the morning after breakfast on your way towards Kalenga historical site, the headquarter of Chief Mkwawa. His official residence and military base were inside the stone fort of Lipuli. Chief Mkwawa's fortress was 12 feet high and eight miles long. The fort was built for four years, it is estimated that it was started in 1887 at a time when Chief Mkwawa knew about German activities near the coast. Chief Mkwawa got the idea from seeing other stone forts in Unyamwezi or the building of Arabs and Europeans near the coast.

Proceed to Isimila Stone Age site, an archaeological site that yields very important fossils that enlighten us about the origin of mankind. The majority of important sites are located in the north of the country but in the south, some 20km from Iringa (40minutes) is the important Isimila Stone Age site.

In the late 1950’s archaeologists unearthed some of the most significant Stone Age finds ever identified. Most of these finds were tools, estimated to be between 60 000 and 100 000 years old. They also found fossilized bones of mammals; an extinct hippopotamus and something similar to the modern day giraffe but with a shorter neck.

Later proceed to Udzungwa for dinner and overnight at Hondo-Hondo Tented Camp (www.udzungwaforestcamp.com)

Day 11: Udzungwa – Mikumi National park.

With an armed ranger early in the morning, explore the natural beauty of Udzungwa Mountain by hiking, feel and get surrounded by nature, with a rewarding waterfall at the top, and a short scramble over the rocks to the start of the path down.
As a result, it is common to see many troupes of monkeys and in particular you stand a better chance of seeing the endemic Sanje Crested Mangebey. You may also see red duiker, squirrels and other rare forest mammals. After lunch en route towards Mikumi for its evening game drives until sunsets,
Overnight at Mikumi Wildlife Camp (www.mikumiwildlifecamp.com)

Day 12: Mikumi National Park – Selous Game Reserve.

An early morning sun rise game drive in Mikumi, one of the popular parks in Tanzania and is an important centre where students study ecology and conservation. The Mikumi floodplain with its grassland, dominate the park together with mountain ranges that border the park on two sides a wide range of wildlife inhabits its 3,230 sq km area.

Lion is commonly see, as are packs of wild dog, rare elsewhere in Africa, other animals frequently observed are buffalo, civet, eland, giraffe, impala, kudu, reedbuck and many more. After lunch, en route towards Selous for dinner and overnight at Ndovu Camp (www.ndovulodgeselous.com)

Day 13: Selous Game Reserve full day game drives.

With packed lunch, after breakfast, explore the Reserve with a full day game drive. Selous is the UNESCO’s world heritage site, uninhabited area larger than Switzerland, the largest Game Reserve in Africa, boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephant and lion, leopard, African hunting dog, buffalo and hippo. The Reserve gets its name from the hunter – explorer Fredrick Courtney Selous, whose books were best seller in Victorian England.
Dinner and overnight at Hippo Camp (www.selousrivercamp.com)

Day 14: Selous Game Reserve – Dar es salaam.

After breakfast you participate in a boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River or a walking safari. After lunch drive towards Dar es Salaam for your flight or hotel.

NOTE: This tour can have an extension to Zanzibar beaches and the spice tour, from 3 – 7 days.

Park fees (For non-residents)
All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
All Taxes/VAT
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinking water (On all days)
International flights (From/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

This tour starts and ends in Dar Es Salaam
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A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

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Northern and Southern Safari Circuts of  Tanzania

Tanzania has so much to offer! To make it easier to plan your trip. It has regional circuits all offering breathtaking landscapes, intriguing wildlife and a plethora of exciting safari activities. The two main Tanzania safari circuits are Northern and Southern circuits, with additional of Western and Coastal Safaris circuits. Therefore, If you ever to tempt a one safari in your life, the Tanzania Northern safari circuit would be your perfect choice of destination, unlike its counterpart the Southern circuit.

But, if you would like to get away from the crowds and enjoy a massive wilderness almost all to yourself, then the southern safari circuits may be your best shot. To say hello to the primates, go to the western circuit. Of course, if you want to spend time in a tropical paradise, the coastal circuit of Tanzania will always amaze you. Plan and organize your safari with experienced operator OkaySafars.

Northern safari circuit encompasses not of Africa’s but the World’s most iconic parks and reserves. Including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park. Lake Manyara National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Arusha National Park, and the Great Rift Valley lakes Natron and Eyasi. Due to the popularity of these parks, the northern safari circuit harbors more tourists than any other circuit in Tanzania. Sometimes, especially during high seasons, it is not uncommon to see plenty of vehicles in one area.

Main Gateway

The main gateway to this circuit is the city of Arusha, which is served by Kilimanjaro International Airport. Direct flights to Kilimanjaro are available. Tourists coming from UK, US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia usually fly directly into JRO from Amsterdam via KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Other options are connecting flights via Nairobi in Kenya, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia or Dar es Salaam.

The great thing about the northern safari circuit is, parks are accessible by roads and so it’s easy to drive from one park to another. The pop-up roofs and large windows allow excellent game viewing while maintaining safety and comfort throughout the trip.

The world-famous Big Five is also a common sighting all year-round. And a lot of accommodation options ranging from budget camps to luxury lodges and exclusive tented camps are widely offered.

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