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NORTHERN TANZANIA HIGHLIGHTS

12 Days & 11 Nights | Tanzania

Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro National Park & Serengeti National Park

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Migration safaris – The herds move through the Central Serengeti to the Northern Serengeti from about March to July

Honeymooners – Everything from fireplaces and outdoor tubs to large daybeds overlooking the plains

Families – Perfect for those who love the great outdoors and enjoy camping

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Game drives

Night drives

Hot-air ballooning (extra cost)

Canoeing

Birding

Sundowners

Hiking

Nature walks

Coffee tasting (extra cost)

Cultural tours

Bicycling

Kids’ club

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June

OVERVIEW

The beauty of a fly-in itinerary – in which you take light aircraft flights between lodges or camps – is that you can see more in a shorter space of time. Distances in Africa can be vast and roads unreliable so flying makes your safari smoother, seamless and more comfortable.

This travel idea takes you on a classic Northern Circuit safari with extraordinary accommodation: think space-age geodesic tents in the Tanzanian Highlands and lodges built into rocky escarpments with glorious views. Starting in Arusha, you will wing your way to Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Then you touch down in the birthplace of safari – the inimitable Serengeti National Park where you will hopefully see the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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THIS ITINERARY WAS DESIGNED BY ADELE

Tanzania is almost a second home as I’ve spent months at a time exploring it. There’s nothing like seeing the first wildebeest calves being born in the Southern Serengeti or being the only vehicle at phenomenal sightings in Nyerere or Ruaha. Chimpanzee trekking in Africa should definitely be on your bucket list!

TRIP SUMMARY

DURATION

11 Nights / 12 Days

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Arusha, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Ngorongoro National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

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Legendary Lodge is a welcome sight after leaving Arusha Airport. During summer, the gardens are filled with birdsong and the jacaranda trees are packed with purple flowers. Your home for your first night in Tanzania provides a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Arusha: as the gateway to the popular Northern Safari Circuit, it is always on the go.

At Legendary, you can hit the pool, disappear to the spa or retreat to your private cottage for some R&R.

Why we love Legendary Lodge:

  • Freshening up after a long flight with spa treatments
  • Wide verandas with panoramic vistas to Mount Meru
  • Cosy rooms in the expanded old farmhouse
  • Large swimming pool in a manicured garden
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It’s back to Arusha Airport for your flight to Tarangire’s Kuro Airstrip. Although it’s small by Tanzania’s standards, Tarangire still punches above its weight. The Tarangire River supports breeding herds of elephants that can be up to 200 strong, while big cats and birds also make a strong showing.

Your lodge for two nights is Mpingo Ridge. High up on the escarpment, you can look out for game on the plains below from the azure swimming pool built into the cliff.

Why we love Mpingo Ridge Lodge:

  • Stunning vistas from the infinity-edge swimming pool
  • The sunken outdoor lounges convert to siesta daybeds
  • Close to the Tarangire River for superb game viewing
  • Enjoying an outdoor bath as the stars come out
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Wave goodbye to Tarangire and say hello to the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area as you land at Manyara Airstrip. Located just outside Lake Manyara National Park, your driver might have time to show you this seasonal lake – which is a birders’ paradise – before heading to your accommodation.

The Highlands is one the country’s most unusual lodges. Geometric tents dot the landscape, their geodesic domes punctuated by large glass windows. From here, you enjoy a full day exploring the magical Ngorongoro Crater.

Why we love The Highlands:

  • A remote part of Tanzania that sees only adventurous travellers
  • Geodesic tents built into the mountainside forest
  • In-room fireplaces to ward off the high-altitude chill
  • Unusual activities like hiking dormant Olmoti volcano
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Today it’s back to Manyara Airstrip for your flight to Seronera in the Central Serengeti. This is a key part of the Wildebeest Migration, which rumbles through from around October to May. Even if you don’t visit in Migration season, the Serengeti has some of the most fulfilling game watching in Africa.

Namiri Plains, where you rest for three nights, is an elegant camp under Bedouin-like stretch tents. A favourite spot is definitely the private tub on every tent’s secluded deck.

Why we love Namiri Plains Camp:

  • Understated, elegant design that allows the bush to shine
  • Bubble baths outdoors, looking over the plains
  • Seasonal Wildebeest Migration game viewing
  • A family tent for small groups to be together
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A different part of the Serengeti awaits you as you fly from Seronera to Kogatende, an area known for its massive boulders and rocky outcrops. On the savannah below, the wildebeest move through from about July to October as the Mara River is not far away.

Savour your last few days of game drives, sundowners and maybe even a spectacular hot-air balloon trip to understand how the Serengeti ecosystem works. Your lodge is Kuria Hills, where every suite has a plunge pool.

Why we love Kuria Hills Lodge:

  • Special age-appropriate programme for children
  • Glass doors and windows allow for uninterrupted vistas
  • Do touch-ups in the spa before heading home
  • Spend siesta unwinding at your private pool
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INCLUDED

  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners
  • Laundry

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

PRICE IS IMPORTANT

This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.
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