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Giraffes on the savanna surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Spend 7 memorable days in Tanzania on this easy-paced small-group tour. Explore the famed savannah of the Serengeti National Park, visit the Ngorongoro Crater in search of the Big 5, and spot tree-climbing lions around Lake Manyara. This program is an ideal introduction to a Tanzania safari, featuring the highlights of the Northern Circuit while maximizing time for adventure and wildlife viewing. This is a scheduled tour that departs every Saturday. 
Flamingos gather in TanzaniaEnjoy a guided game drive to look for wildlifeZebra herd on the SerengetiGiraffes on the savanna surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro
Highlights
  • Explore the game-rich Serengeti National Park
  • Stay in traditional mobile safari camps
  • Search for the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Experience rural life in Tanzania
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania | Mount Meru Game Lodge

Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania on the flight of your choice today. Arusha is a lively, bustling town and operates as a major base for those headed out to safari or to hike Kilimanjaro. After clearing customs you meet your transfer and make your way to the scenic Mount Meru Game Lodge. Enjoy a restful evening and dinner on your own. You embark for the Northern Safari Circuit first thing in the morning! 

Day 2: Honeyguide Tarangire Camp, Tarangire National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early for breakfast, taking in the beautiful views of Mount Meru before meeting your driver and guide and setting out for Tarangire National Park. After the Serengeti, Tarangire boasts the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania, including large herds of elephant, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and predators. Tarangire is likely most famous for its spectacular baobab trees, which dominate the expansive landscape. Stop along the way to Honeyguide Tarangire Camp for a picnic lunch in a scenic location. 

Your first day on safari concludes at the Honeyguide Tarangire Camp, set high above the Great Rift Valley. Settle in for the evening and enjoy a good night's rest before the Serengeti tomorrow. 

Day 3: Kati Kati Tented Camp, Central Serengeti

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out early for the famous Serengeti National Park. Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Serengeti is home to the renowned Seronera Valley and is widely recognized for its prime wildlife viewing opportunities. This impressive landscape is characterized by endless stretches of savannah, interspersed with rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands and covered by a network of rivers, streams and waterholes. The great wildebeest migration passes through the Central Serengeti, which is home to giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. The Serengeti also offers popular activities such as cultural tours, horse riding safaris and hot air ballooning (please inquire if interested). 

Arrive at your traditional tented camp just before dinner. Enjoy the solitude of the camp's location, relaxing under the starry sky.

Day 4: Kati Kati Tented Camp, Central Serengeti

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you spend a full day exploring the vast wonders of the Central Serengeti. After your morning and evening game drives, return to your tented camp to spend a quiet evening in the African bush, a memorable experience for even the most seasoned of travelers. Sit around the campfire, sharing stories of your game drive and connecting with your guide or other travelers from around the world.

Day 5: Acacia Farm Lodge, Karatu

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you leave the Serengeti for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Stop along the way at the Olduvai Gorge, one of the world's most important prehistoric sites. Here you learn the fascinating story of the gorge's significance to the origin of humankind, and why it's called the "Cradle of Mankind". You then proceed to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, where a stunning first view of the crater awaits (weather depending). You soon arrive at your lodge, situated in a lush area just outside the lively town of Karatu. Karatu is a popular stopover for the safari circuit, boasting a bustling marketplace, local brewery and small tours to homesteads or into the Ngorongoro Forest. Enjoy an evening in town before settling in to your comfortable country lodge. 

Day 6: Acacia Farm Lodge, Karatu

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early to make the most of your day in the Ngorongoro Crater. Known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's most popular safari destinations. You quickly see why! This UNESCO site is said to be the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, and the scenery is absolutely stunning.  Perhaps more notably, the Ngorongoro is home to the famed Big Five and a host of other wildlife species. Spend a full day exploring the crater before returning to your lodge in Karatu. 

Day 7: Departure from Arusha

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today is your last day of safari, and you spend it exploring the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. This small yet lively park supports 400 species of birds and the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Other species include giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, warthog, the Cape clawless otter, and Egyptian mongoose. Highlights include sitings of thousands of flamingos gathered on the lake, the renowned tree-climbing lions and large families of elephants roaming through the forest. 

Return to Arusha on time to catch your flight home (please note: transfer included to Arusha Airport, additional cost if going to JRO). Or, opt to extend with a relaxing beach vacation to Zanzibar! 

Accommodations

Mount Meru Game Lodge

Mount Meru Game Lodge in Tanzania
Mount Meru Game Lodge in Tanzania

Kati Kati Tented Camp

Kati Kati traditional bushcamp in the Serengeti
Kati Kati traditional bushcamp in the Serengeti
Kati Kati traditional bushcamp in the Serengeti

Acacia Farm Lodge

Enjoy a restful stay at Acacia Farm Lodge
Enjoy a restful stay at Acacia Farm Lodge
Enjoy a restful stay at Acacia Farm Lodge

Honeyguide Tarangire Camp

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$2,894 2-3 travelers

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Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners, 5 Box Lunches
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • Government fees and taxes
  • All game drives viewing in a custom-built 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English-speaking driver guide
  • 1 liter of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Arusha
  • Airport transfer from JRO to Mt Meru Lodge on day 1
  • Airport transfer to Arusha Airport on day 7 (JRO airport transfer is a $150 per vehicle supplement)
  • A safari briefing at the start
  • Flying doctor’s medical evacuation cover
  • House wines, local beers, local spirits, soft drinks - Honeyguide Camp
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Entry Visa Fees
  • Tourist Visa
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer & non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Laundry services 
  • Balloon flight in the Serengeti (additional charge USD 681 per person)
  • JRO airport transfer on day 7 ($150 per vehicle supplement)
  • Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above

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