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    $2065 p/p in USD
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Northern Circuit Adventure

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard


Tour Overview

This safari is designed to focus on and increase your chances of seeing Tanzania’s great Serengeti wildebeest migration. It includes both the Lobo area (north of the central Serengeti National Park) and Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park) where the majority of the wildebeest migration are usually found from August to October, which saves on unnecessary travel time and increases game viewing time.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Activities:
    Game Drive
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Arusha (or Kilimanjaro)

Migration Overview

In July, the wildebeest migration moves north, passing through the Lobo area just north of the Serengeti and the Wagakuria area (remote northern Serengeti National Park along the Mara River) en-route to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration can arrive to the Wagakuria area anytime from July onwards and wildebeest can be seen in the area, crossing the Mara River. In September the wildebeest herds are spread out over the northern Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Several large herds of wildebeest remain behind in the area and sometimes weather changes can bring the herds back into the area from the Mara. In October, the herds move south towards the central Serengeti National Park via the Lobo area of the Serengeti National Park.


1 Person – from USD 2,765 per person
2 People – from USD 2,065 per person
3 People – from USD 1,995 per person
4 People – from USD 1,575 per person
5 People – from USD 1,365 per person
6 People – from USD 1,155 per person

What's Included

  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport
  • 1 night hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha (B&B)
  • Overnight at the Hotels/Campsites according to safari program
  • Meals during the safari (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Park entry and camping fees
  • Ngorongoro Crater service fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Transport in 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop up roof
  • Professional driver/tour guide
  • Chef
  • 1.5 liter of drinking mineral water per person per day on safari
  • Tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, pillow, chairs, table, mosquito net
  • All taxes + VAT

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Tips and expenses of personal nature
  • Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Northern Circuit Adventure
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Northern Circuit Adventure‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

You will meet our professional driver/tour guide at your hotel, who will deliver a short safari info briefing. At 9:00 drive to Tarangire National Park for game viewing. The park 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 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. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa and is also home to three rare species of animals – the greater kudu, the fringed-eared Oryx and a few ashy starlings.

  • Dinner & overnight at Fanaka Campsite located outside the National Park

After breakfast we will head towards the Serengeti National Park. Leaving the highlands behind, 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. We head to the Lobo area which is located just north of the Seronera area (central Serengeti National Park). The wildebeest migration normally passes through the Lobo area every year around July/August en-route to the Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and again in late October/November en-route to the southern Serengeti National Park. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.

  • Dinner and overnight in the Lobo Campsite

After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The area around Lobo and the Grumeti River has good resident game throughout the year. Non-migrating game like elephant, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah can be seen here all year round. The game viewing is very good and you can follow game for long periods without seeing other vehicles – truly one of the forgotten corners of the Serengeti Plains. Magnificent riverine trees can be found along the river lines and bird life such as kingfishers and fish eagles can be found here.

  • Dinner and overnight in the Lobo Campsite

After breakfast we head towards the far northern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and afterwards we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing.

  • Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area

After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Wagakuria area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with prides of lion up to 30 strong. From August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise, the key feature being the Mara River where it’s not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – to actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation and open plains, similar to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve.

  • Dinner and overnight in the Wagakuria area

Our day starts with a morning game drive, the active time of the day when it’s not hot yet, so there is a lot to see out and about until 11:30am when we return back to the camp for brunch. On our way back we will stop at Olduvai Gorge (optional), a fascinating archaeological site we will visit if you are interested in history and the Maasai tribes. We head to our campsite which has stunning views of Ngorongoro and the surrounding highland.

  • Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Simba Campsite on the crater rim

Our last day starts very early in the morning, equipped with a picnic lunch, for the descent 2,000 ft down to the crater floor in our 4×4 vehicle for game viewing. This ‘Garden of Eden’ is a huge, deep volcanic crater where rich pasture, swamps, forest and permanent water are the perfect home for diverse and numerous wildlife. There are up to 25,000 larger animals living here and its one of the best opportunities to see black rhino and many other rare species like the black-manned lion. We will have a fantastic day and you will see wildlife at its best. Late evening we drive back to Arusha and you will be dropped at your hotel.

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