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10 Days Classic Safari Tanzania Northern Circuit

10Day Classic Safari Tanzania From lounging lions, the Big Five to night-time animal life like elephant, giraffe, lion, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest. Experience the best of the open road on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure into the Tanzanian wilderness. The journey is in a 4×4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof and can be tailored to your liking as the options are endless. Starting and ending in Arusha, you can design your dream adventure or let one of our safari consultants create the perfect 4×4 safari itinerary according to your specification.

Highlight

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is another captivating wildlife conservation area in Tanzania, known for its unique landscapes, diverse wildlife, and impressive baobab trees. Situated in the northern part of the country, it’s a popular destination for safari enthusiasts and offers a different experience compared to other parks in the region. Here’s some key information about Tarangire National Park:

  • Landscape and Baobab Trees: Tarangire is characterized by its diverse landscapes, which include open grasslands, acacia woodlands, swamps, and the iconic baobab trees. These massive trees create striking silhouettes against the horizon and provide shade for wildlife.
  • Wildlife: While Tarangire may not have the same volume of large predators as some other parks, it is known for its high density of elephants. During the dry season (June to October), large herds of elephants gather around the Tarangire River, making it a great place to see these majestic creatures up close. Other animals commonly seen in the park include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impalas, buffaloes, and various antelope species.
  • Birdlife: Tarangire National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 550 bird species recorded. You can spot various birds of prey, vibrant bee-eaters, and other avian species in different habitats throughout the park.
  • Lesser-Known Wildlife: While predators like lions and leopards are present, Tarangire is also home to less common species like fringe-eared oryx and greater kudu. These unique animals add to the park’s biodiversity.
  • Tarangire River:  The Tarangire River is a lifeline for the park’s wildlife, especially during the dry season when water sources are scarce. Animals congregate around the river to drink and cool off, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
  • Scenic Views: The landscapes in Tarangire National Park are picturesque, with rolling hills, expansive grasslands, and the distinct baobab trees creating a backdrop for memorable safari experiences.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a compact yet ecologically diverse national park located in northern Tanzania. It’s a relatively small park but offers a wide range of landscapes, wildlife, and birdlife. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to experience in Lake Manyara National Park:

  • Lake Manyara: The park is named after Lake Manyara, a shallow soda lake that stretches along its eastern border. The lake is known for its vibrant pink flamingos, which flock to its shores in large numbers. The lake’s alkaline waters support a variety of bird species and provide a scenic backdrop for wildlife viewing.
  • Wildlife: Despite its size, Lake Manyara National Park is home to diverse wildlife. The park is known for its tree-climbing lions, which are a unique sight as they lounge in acacia trees. Other animals that can be spotted in the park include elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, hippos, impalas, and various monkey species.
  • Birdlife: Lake Manyara is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 400 bird species recorded. Along with the flamingos, you can see pelicans, storks, herons, and a wide range of other waterbirds. The park’s varied habitats also attract numerous other bird species, including raptors, forest birds, and more.
  • Ecological Diversity: The park’s landscapes range from open savannah to acacia woodlands and groundwater forests. The diversity of habitats supports a variety of animal species, making it possible to encounter different wildlife as you explore the park.
  • Hot Springs: Lake Manyara National Park is also known for its hot springs, which are found in a section of the park known as Maji Moto. These springs are a result of the volcanic activity in the region.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

One of the most famous and iconic wildlife conservation areas in the world. It is known for its vast savannah landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the annual Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores move in search of water and greener pastures. Here’s a glimpse of the incredible wildlife you can encounter in the Serengeti:

  • Big Five: The Serengeti is home to all members of the “Big Five” — lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros. These animals are some of the most sought-after sightings on safari, and the Serengeti provides excellent opportunities to see them in their natural habitat.
  • Great Migration: The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on Earth. Each year, over a million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and other ungulates, make a circular journey between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of food and water. The migration is a dramatic display of nature’s cycles and survival instincts.

The Ngorongoro Crater

A natural wonder and one of the most iconic and unique features of the African continent. It is located in northern Tanzania, within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Due to its stunning beauty and incredible biodiversity. Here’s some key information about the Ngorongoro Crater:

  • Geological Formation: The Ngorongoro Crater is actually a large volcanic caldera, formed millions of years ago. By the collapse of a massive volcano. The caldera floor covers an area of about 260 square kilometers (100 square miles), and its walls rise steeply to heights of up to 600 meters (2,000 feet).
  • Wildlife: The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural haven for wildlife. Often referred to as a “natural zoo.” The diverse ecosystems within the crater support a wide range of animals. Including lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, and various antelope species. The concentration of animals in the relatively small area of the crater. Makes it a prime location for wildlife viewing and photography.
  • Big Five: The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places in Africa. Where you can find all members of the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) within a relatively small area.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Arusha is the safari capital of the country and a bustling ‘tourism-driven’ city. You will be met by your driver-guide in Arusha and together you will begin the transfer to Tarangire National Park to start your private safari game drive.

The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River, which crosses the park and is the main source of water for the wildlife. This quiet park is famous for its elephant migration,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania birdlife and authentic safari atmosphere.

You will enjoy a packed lunch during midday and at the end of the afternoon’s game drive, you will make your way to Africa Safari Lake Manyara. On arrival,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania you will have time to refresh before finishing the day with dinner under the stars and a good night’s sleep in one of our comfy canvas accommodations.

Main destination Tarangire National Park

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Lake Manyara

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan: Break first, lunch & dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 2: Lake Manyara National

You only need to open your eyes and walk to the restaurant to enjoy the expansive views of Lake Manyara. Afterward your breakfast, your driver-guide will take you to the entry gates of Lake Manyara,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania an underestimated gem as far as game parks are concerned.

However, the park offers a big ecological variety in a more condensed area. meanwhile, the mahogany and acacia trees are inhabited by the famous tree-climbing lions, if you’re lucky you might spot them lazing on a tree branch. furthermore, as you make your way out of the dense bush land into the open grassy banks of the lake, you will be able to see wildebeests, giraffes, zebras and large buffalos in abundance grazing away.

Similarly, the lake itself is home to a large number of birds thriving by the water’s edge. More than 400 species have been identified and one of the highlights is the thousands of strolling flamingos. meanwhile, lunch will be served at the picnic site. finally, at the end of the afternoon, you’ll drive back to Africa Safari Lake Manyara for dinner and a night of peaceful sleep.

Main destination Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Lake Manyara

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan; Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 3: Transfer through Ngoro Ngoro Area to Serengeti National Park

Nevertheless, today you’ll have a long and rewarding drive ahead of you, as you make your way from Lake Manyara region, through the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area, and into Serengeti National Park. meanwhile, the road will take you through the Maasai homeland, 10Day Classic Safari Tanzania the only tribes people permitted to live in the Conservation Area.

Furthermore, traditionally nomadic, the Maasai people are rich in culture and can often be seen herding their cattle in brightly colored traditional Maasai robes. additionally, they live in complete harmony with the earth, using their long-ingrained family knowledge of plant life as a means for survival.

Along the drive, you will be able to spot giraffes, zebras, and other animals. Prepare to be amazed when you catch your first glimpse of the endless plains of the Serengeti. When you arrive in our Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma Lodge, 10Day Classic Safari Tanzania you will have already had your first taste of game drives in the 14,000+ square kilometers that make up the wonder that is Serengeti National Park.

Main destination Serengeti National Park

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan; Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 4: Game Drive in Greater Serengeti – Ikona Wildlife Management Area

Nevertheless, today you’ll only need to cross the road from Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma to start discovering this well-kept secret. alternatively, Ikona Wildlife Management Area was established in 2003 to spread economic benefits derived from tourism to the 5 villages that form part of this community.

It also creates a buffer zone for the protection of the national park. This area supports a variety of wildlife across 242 square kilometers of pristine wilderness including herds of elephants, waterbuck, black and white Colobus monkeys, shy leopard, and both the Greater and the lesser kudu.

A little-known, but very impressive fact is that this is the assembly point of the wildebeest during their annual migration, when the vast herds move in the direction of the northern Serengeti for the famous river crossings.

Main destination Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

 Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan: 

Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 5: Game Drive in Northern Serengeti National Park

Today is a good day for an early rise because you will head north from Ikoma before crossing into the Serengeti National Park. It’s going to be an action-packed day with the sighting of the great migration as the ultimate reward.

meanwhile, you’ll head to the Mara River, about 3-hour drive from the camp. furthermore, the Mara River is well known for the wildebeest crossing. in the same way, Around 2 million animals gather in search of fresh grazing pastures, and the sights and sounds are sure to leave a lasting impression.

in other words, moving slightly south-east, 10Day Classic Safari Tanzania you’ll come to the Bologonja Springs, where it is easy to spot elephants that are always present thanks to the water sources available. lastly, you will spend the night at Africa Safari Maasai Boma in a comfortable canvas lodging with your ensuite bathroom and king size bed.

Main destination Northern Serengeti National Park

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Maasai Boma

Mid-range bungalow

Meals plan; 

Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 6: Game Drive North – Central Serengeti National Park

After break first at Africa Safari Maasai Boma, you will depart on your adventure back towards Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma. Meanwhile your driver-guide will take you exploring, following the movement of resident wildlife, while heading towards your accommodation in Ikoma.

meanwhile, there will be a stop for a nice picnic lunch along the way. In the afternoon,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania you will reach the exit gate of the park, and just 2 km further, you will find the staff of Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma welcoming you back. However, here is your place to relax, and a beautiful ‘canvas home’ for a good night of sleep is awaiting you.

Main destination Central Serengeti National Park

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan:

Break, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 7: Afternoon Walking Safari – Night Game Drive and Sundowner

Enjoy a bit of a sleep-in and an easy morning around the campgrounds. in the same way, read a book on the patio or just make the most of having some downtime. Then this afternoon, you will have a walking safari. Eventually, it’s a unique experience where you will have the opportunity to explore new territory and follow the animals on foot, accompanied by your very own armed ranger.

However, the walking safari takes about 2 hours and ends with a sundowner overlooking the Serengeti. lastly, you’ll get back to the accommodation for a quick dinner as you join in on a thrilling adventure, a night game drive. A spotlight is fitted to the vehicle and before you know it, you catch the first reflections of the animals’ eyes.

The night is another world with interesting actions of the nocturnal animals,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania different shades, shadows, and unknown sounds. however, typical animals of the night are bush babies, civets, genet cats, a rare aardvark or porcupine, and others. On your return, have a nightcap to warm up before retiring to your room for a good rest.

Main destination Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan;

Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 8: Central Serengeti to Mto WA Mbu through Ngoro Ngoro Area Classic

Today you will traverse from Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma across the national park and exit via the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area, before arriving at Lake Manyara region. meanwhile, the journey of roughly 6 hours is an impressive car drive, allowing extensive coverage of the Serengeti and a chance for game viewing enroute.

However, covering an array of terrain along the way,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania this road trip displays the true colors of Tanzania. Cruising dirt tracks while passing open plains, bush lands, mountains, an abundance of wildlife, the Maasai tribes people herding their cattle, this journey brings the sights, sounds, beauty, and culture of Africa together.

Tanzania boasts stunning countryside,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania you’ll experience it in its entirety while reflecting on your experiences in the wilderness. meanwhile, you’ll look out for the ever-changing landscapes, wind in the air, and leaving dust in your wake from the safari jeep. It’s impossible not to be present with nature and all the beauty that is offered in this wonderful world we live in.

Main destination Central Serengeti National Park

 Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Lake Manyara (comfort tent)

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 9: Ngoro Ngoro Crater

Be sure to wake up early today, so there is no delay on your descent into the famous Ngoro Ngoro Crater. As soon as you arrive in the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area,10Day Classic Safari Tanzania amazed by the beauty around you.

Even more so when you arrive at the edge of the crater, and take in the amazing view over one of the Natural Wonders of this World. alternatively, the crater of this inactive volcano is about 3 million years old, 20 square kilometer in size. And the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world.

Due to its natural borders, the wildlife in the crater is amazing. However, the crater is home to the Big Five and offers a good chance to spot the rare black rhino. Throw hyenas, zebras, buffalo, as well as elephants into the mix, and you’ll have the perfect canvas for a pretty awesome safari experience.

lastly, at the end of the afternoon, you’ll head back to the lodge, Africa Safari Lake Manyara, for a well-deserved nights’ sleep.

Main destination Ngoro Ngoro Crater

Accommodation option:

Africa Safari Lake Manyara (comfort tent)

Mid-range tented camp

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch and dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 10: Transfer to Arusha

All good things end! Enjoy your last meal at Africa Safari Lake Manyara before checking out, ready for your journey to Arusha. Afterward meeting your driver guide at the reception, you will head off on an easy two-hour drive, back to where it all started. while, the heart and camera filled with memories of your African safari adventure. Thus the end of tour.

Main destination  Arusha (City)

Accommodation option: No accommodation(end of tour)

Meals plan;

Break first(lunch and dinner excluded)

Water and fruits throughout

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