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Tanzania Wildlife Safari Northern Circuit Tour - 12 Days

Tanzania Wildlife Safari Northern Circuit Tour
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Wildlife Safari in Tanzania visiting the Northern Circuit

This is a Tanzania Wildlife Safari tour, visiting the ‘northern circuit’, is a new offering from Lawson’s. Africa is the stage for the world’s best wildlife viewing. After all, the continent holds a staggering 25% of the world’s mammal species! East Africa holds a prime spot on the continent in terms of the wildlife spectacular. The great Wildebeest migration. Elephants or Giraffes on the plains with a snow-capped peak as a backdrop. Ancient volcanic craters packed with plains game… For the Africa-enthusiast East Africa is a must. And nowhere is the safari experience more dazzling than in the great parks of Tanzania.

Our wildlife safari in Tanzania starts at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After a night to settle in the safari experience begins. We have two nights in Tarangire National Park. From there it just gets better and better. Next up is the Ngorongoro Crater. Moving on, we explore the Ndutu area. Finally, we end off with three nights in the central Serengeti. The tour concludes with either a night in Arusha, or a drop off at the airport. This will depend on outbound flight times.

In conclusion, our Tanzania Wildlife Safari will probably be the safari experience of a lifetime. Mind you there is a saying about Africa. Visit once and you are bound to return again… If you want to see some of the best wildlife in all of Africa, then this tour is definitely for you. For those who want to add on, we can arrange for a Masai Mara extension. Contact us for more info.

Top 5 Highlights:

  • See the Elephants and iconic Baobabs of Tarangire.
  • Take in the incredible views from the rim of Ngorongoro crater.
  • Experience some of Africa’s densest concentrations of predators in Ngorongoro.
  • Experience the wild, wide-open spaces of Ndutu.
  • Spend 4 nights in the central Serengeti, with unlimited game drives allowing exploration of the ‘endless plains’.

Please note: this tour is listed in ZAR (on the Blue Sky Wildlife website only), but will be charged in US Dollars: USD $5 025 per person sharing for a full group of 5 participants; USD$ 5 480 pps for 4 participants; USD $ 5 970 pps for 3 participants; USD $625 single supplement option. Please contact us for a price for 2 participants.

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Alternative Tour Name: Tanzania Wildlife Safari: the Northern Circuit
Day 1
Day 1 - Arusha

Today we'll meet up at Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, before getting a private transfer through to Kahawa House, where we can relax, have a chance to get acquainted and discuss the in's and out's of the exciting safari to come.

Day 2
Days 2 & 3 - Tarangire National Park

Today we'll have an early breakfast before departing for Tarangire. Although not as well known as the likes of the Serengeti, Tarangire National Park offers some great game viewing and is a perfect start-off point for our Tanzania Wildlife safari. Baobab trees and large herds of Elephants are some of the hallmarks of the reserve, which is around 2 850 square kilometers in size. The park is linked to the other large reserves of Tanzania's 'northern circuit', and species such as Wildebeest and Zebra move into Tarangire in the dry season, adding significantly to the park's large mammal biomass.

Other species we'll be looking out for include Olive and Yellow Baboons, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Lion, Wild Dog, Lesser Kudu, Eland, Masai Giraffe, Fringe-eared Oryx, Bohor Reedbuck, Coke's Hartebeest, Gerenuk and many others. The park boasts over 500 species of birds, including some species endemic to Tanzania. We should arrive in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive as a great way to get the game viewing under way.

Day 3
Days 4 & 5 - Ngorongoro Crater

Today we'll have an early breakfast before departing for the Ngorongoro Crater, where we are staying at Ngorongoro Farm House, located on a 500 acre working coffee farm. On our full day we'll make our way down into the crater, stopping for views on the rim of the largest intact caldera in the world, overlooking the crater bottom far below. An estimated 25 000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a large population of Lions. Cheetahs move in and out of the crater, while Leopards are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest.

Among the smaller carnivores, both Golden and Black-backed Jackals are abundant, while normally shy and nocturnal Servals are frequently seen during daylight hours. Vast numbers of Buffalo, Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle can be seen grazing the crater floor, unwittingly providing the food base for the predators of the area. The crater is home to some of the densest Lion and Spotted Hyena populations on the continent, while the wide array of general game and jaw-dropping views will keep us entertained, and our cameras working very hard indeed! I

t's also one of the best places in East Africa to see wild Black Rhinos, this being the michaeli subspecies. In the afternoon we'll make our way back to the lodge for sundowners, before dinner and drinks at the lodge restaurant.

Day 4
Days 6 & 7 - Ndutu

Today we'll have an early breakfast before departing for our next destination, the Serengeti ecosystem, to the west of Ngorongoro Crater. With a name that means ‘endless plains’ in the Masai language, the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches along a vast plateau between the eastern arm of the rugged Rift Valley and the huge expanse of Lake Victoria.

The park covers an immense 1.5 million hectares and is famous for its vast, open grasslands, which allow for excellent sightings of abundant wildlife, and indeed, it must rank as one of Africa's greatest conservation areas. For this reason we have devoted a total of six nights to the area, divided between two camps. Our first is Ndutu Safari Lodge, on the far west of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, close to the un-fenced border with the Serengeti. November is late dry season, around the time when the short rains start (though as elsewhere this is becoming more unpredictable) and the area's marshes will attract large numbers of animals. These attract predators and Ndutu is well-known for great sightings of the full spectrum, from Lions to Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Serval, African Wild Cat, Caracal and others.

There's a wide range of habitats to explore, from the short grass plains to Acacia woodlands, soda lakes and marshes, and we'll have en exciting stay here indeed as we explore the area on unlimited game drives, ranging far and wide in search of animals and landscapes. It honestly doesn't get much better than this!

Day 5
Days 8 to11 - Central Serengeti

Today we'll have an early breakfast before departing for our next destination, the Serengeti ecosystem, to the west of Ngorongoro Crater. With a name that means ‘endless plains’ in the Masai language, the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches along a vast plateau between the eastern arm of the rugged Rift Valley and the huge expanse of Lake Victoria. The park covers an immense 1.5 million hectares and is famous for its vast, open grasslands, which allow for excellent sightings of abundant wildlife, and indeed, it must rank as one of Africa's greatest conservation areas.

For this reason we have devoted a total of six nights to the area, divided between two camps. Our first is Ndutu Safari Lodge, on the far west of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, close to the un-fenced border with the Serengeti. November is late dry season, around the time when the short rains start (though as elsewhere this is becoming more unpredictable) and the area's marshes will attract large numbers of animals. These attract predators and Ndutu is well-known for great sightings of the full spectrum, from Lions to Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Serval, African Wild Cat, Caracal and others.

There's a wide range of habitats to explore, from the short grass plains to Acacia woodlands, soda lakes and marshes, and we'll have en exciting stay here indeed as we explore the area on unlimited game drives, ranging far and wide in search of animals and landscapes. It honestly doesn't get much better than this!

Day 6
Day 12 - Departure

Today we'll have time for a last drive on the plains of the Serengeti before we make our way to Seronera Airstrip for our hop back to Kilimanjaro Airport. This flight goes via Arusha, where those who have departures the following day can spend a last night before leaving Tanzania. This is at extra cost.

During the safari we’ll be looking for these species plus many more: Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Striped Hyena, Serval, Black-backed Jackal, Golden Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Wild Dog, African Elephant, Eastern Black Rhino, African Buffalo, Lesser Kudu, Eland, Masai Giraffe, Fringe-eared Oryx, Bohor Reedbuck, Coke’s Hartebeest, Gerenuk, Plains (Grant’s) Zebra, Thomson’s Gazelle, Blue Wildebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Topi, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Olive Baboon, Yellow Baboon, Common Warthog, Hippopotamus and other species. Charismatic birds we may see include dÁrnaud’s Barbet, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Lilac-breasted Roller, White-throated Bee-eater, White-bellied and Bare-faced Go-away Birds, Fischer’s and Yellow-collared Lovebirds, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Crested Guineafowl, African Fish Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle and many others (although this is primarily a wildlife safari, we’ll still pay some attention to the more colourful and photogenic bird species we may encounter).

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available at extra cost (single supplement)
  • All meals (except lunches and dinners on first and last days)
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Provincial Reserves and other sites / attractions on the specified itinerary
  • Ground transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser
  • Flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi on the last day
  • Bottled water in vehicle whilst travelling
  • Personalised bird / mammal checklists and itinerary
  • Specialist guide fees (professional English-speaking birding and wildlife guide)

What is not included?

  • Travel and medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • All airfares unless otherwise indicated
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • All drinks
  • Optional excursions where applicable
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (incl. laundry and telephone charges)

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Why book with Lawson's?

In 2020 we celebrated our 30th year of running birding and wildlife safaris in Africa. So we have plenty of experience in the game, and pride ourselves in creating incredible wildlife holiday experiences for our clients from across the globe. We offer quality wildlife experiences through set-departure and custom safaris, guided by fun and experienced birding and wildlife guides. Like our motto says, "you'll want to return to Africa with us time and time again!" See more on our website.

How does the payment process work?

A deposit will secure your place on the tour, with full payment due 8 weeks before the tour starts. Terms and Conditions apply, we'll give you all the info during the inquiry process.

Is this tour for me?

This tour has wildlife (and mammals especially) as the central focus, so it will suit anyone keen on a traditional East African safari experience. However, there will be some wonderful birds to be seen, and we will pay some attention to these, especially the more colorful and charismatic species. Birds (and other fauna and flora) are great for filling in the gaps between major mammal sightings!

What does a tyical day on the tour involve?

On days we aren't moving location or camp, we usually meet up for a cup of tea / coffee before heading out on a long morning activity, usually taking a packed breakfast with us to maximise our time in the field. At some locations we may have an early breakfast before departure, or alternatively have a morning activity before a late breakfast. We will factor in down time to allow for some rest and relaxation and enjoyment of the camp environment, and will keep the overall pace manageable.

Is the tour suitabe for children?

There generally aren't any age limits on the tours, so children are welcome. However, given the nature of the tours (long periods spent in vehicles looking for birds / animals, and not always finding our target species, despite the effort put in), our set-departures probably aren't suitable for children. For families we'd rather recommend a custom-safari, where you can dictate the pace and level of interest, and include more child-friendly accommodation venues. Speak to one of our consultants for advice.

Credit cards or cash?

In general credit cards are widely accepted, though Diner's Club is the exception (Visa and Master are better options). It is a good idea to have some US Dollars on hand for smaller purchases or times when card machines may not be working, and to have small-denomination notes on hand for tipping porters etc. Speak to one of our consultants for more info.

Can we arrange pre-tours and extensions to our set-departures?

Most certainly! We usually recommend coming in a day early to acclimatize and reduce the risk of missing out a day or two due to flight delays or other travel problems, and we are happy to arrange this accommodation for you. And if you would like to extend your time in the country, our consultants are happy to help with suggestions and bookings.

What should I pack?

We send out more detailed packing lists as part of every safari info pack, but basically you'll need comfortable clothing, preferably in neutral colors. In general clothes dry quite quickly for self-washing, and most private places have laundry services, so it's not necessary to over pack. We do recommend some warm gear for all safaris, just in case of cooler weather coming through, and especially for safaris entailing open-vehicle drives. Even at 20 degrees Celsius it can start getting a little chilly on a moving vehicle when you are exposed to the wind. Hats and sunglasses are essential. A torch / flashlight is also essential, and we strongly recommend socks and closed shoes after dark. Adapters - make sure you have the right adapters to be able to charge your devices.

What level of fitness is required?

Unless otherwise stated, our set-departures do not require any advanced degree of fitness, as most of the activities are vehicle-based. Where there is any walking involved this is normally an optional activity so you are welcome to sit it out, and for the most part birding walks are slow and involve frequent stops, more like strolls than hikes.

Can we cater for special dietary requirements?

In general yes - when using restaurants you are able to order whatever item on the menu suits you. When using lodges doing their own catering then advanced warning will usually enable them to cater for your needs. Please indicate any special needs to us well in advance. Note that the food is very good in general on our trips so you don't need to indicate that you are vegetarian just because you are worried about what meat may be served - for the most part it's beef, pork, lamb and chicken, though game meat may be available as an option. Speak to our consultants if you have any specific questions.

What are the expected weather conditions?

Generally warm to hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms occurring regularly.

What's the tour tempo like?

Medium to medium-plus; some long travelling days and some full days out on safari.

What's the mammal viewing and birding like?

Mammal viewing: Outstanding! Unbeatable for multitudes of plains game and predator action. Birding: generally low key, but if anyone has a specific interest in birds our guide will do his / her best to accommodate varied interests (without compromising the overall aim of the tour).

What's the accommodation like?

It's of a generally high standard, comprising private guest houses, lodges and mobile safari camps.

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This tour is operated by: Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris
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Tour Facts

  • Tanzania
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Set Departure
  • Wildlife
  • 5 pax
  • Moderate
  • +10 years
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport