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    $1150 p/p in USD
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Marangu Treks & Safaris

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping, Luxury

Tour Overview

On this spellbinding adventure get a taste of Tanzania’s North Circuit in some of the country’s premier wildlife parks. Hold your breath as you look out for wildlife such as the elusive leopard, tree climbing lions, wildebeests and much more, as they frolic around in front of your eyes. This northern circuit safari takes in world renowed Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Balloon Safari
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Start/end in Arusha


From USD 1,150 per person for 1-3 people

From USD 1,200 per person for groups of 4 or more

Extra activities

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Serengeti – USD 550 pp
  • Maasai village tour

What's Included

  • Transport (4×4 Land Cruiser) with pop up roof
  • Camping & park fees
  • Tent & mattress
  • Professional English speaking safari guide & cook
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 1.5 bottle of water per day
  • Tea and coffee with meals

What's Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Personal items
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for safari guide & chef
  • Soda and alcoholic beverages


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

Day by Day Overview

Meet our professional tour guide/driver in Arusha town, who will deliver a short safari info briefing. Travel to Lake Manyara National Park, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge, after which you head into the park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas. It consists of a huge shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) 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, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Overnight: As per the standard and type of accommodation option requested
Travel: Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours | distance: 130 km 

After breakfast head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, 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. Head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River. This river provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.

Overnight: As per the standard and type of accommodation option requested
Travel: Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours | distance: 205 km

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). Float silently above the awakening bush, spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, over rivers and numerous small villages. Head for an after breakfast game drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River and is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings.

Visit the Visitor Centre close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites after the morning game drive. This nicely designed centre offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The centre also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. Enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees. In the afternoon follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, usually attracting a number of lion 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.

Overnight: Seronera area, as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested
Travel: Game viewing

After breakfast at the lodge, depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Make a stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and afterwards, descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari. Witness 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 dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Visit Lake Magadi, a large shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.

Overnight: As per the standard and type of accommodation option requested
Travel: Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours | distance: 145 km

After breakfast, you depart for Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. 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 mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Bbobab 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 national park contains some of the largest elephant herds in Africa and is also home to three rare species; the greater kudu, fringed-eared oryx and a few ashy starlings.

Overnight: As per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Travel: Non game-viewing travel time: 3½ hours | distance: 155 km

Enjoy breakfast then head back to Arusha where you have lunch before your African safari adventure ends.

Overnight: Own arrangements or onward travel
Travel: Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours | distance: 120 km

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