12 Days | 11 Nights

This is a comprehensive safari of Tanzania offering deep exploration of the northern circuit. You will view rich wildlife in Tarangire National Park, Lake Natron, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara.

Hike at Ngorongoro Highlands, search for the bushmen at Lake Eyasi, enjoy your dinner under the start with the Maasai at Monduli Mountains. This is a great adventure of a lifetime.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Your Safari driver will meet you in the Kilimanjaro International Airport to welcome you and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha. Rest time.

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara NP

After breakfast, we transfer you in your private 4×4 safari vehicle to Lake Manyara National park. The park has a lovely environment; a thin green band of forest, flanked on one side by the cliffs of the Rift Valley Wall, on the other by the shores of the ancient soda lake. Wildlife here is very diverse. We’ll see many baboons and if we’re lucky – the famous tree-climbing lion. Lake Manyara is also one of the finest parks for birdlovers. Lunch will be taken in a picnic site inside the park. In the afternoon we drive to our lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.

Possibility for optional activity (quoted separately): Cycling in the lakeshore of Manyara or Cultural visit to Mto Wa Mbu
Accompanied by a local guide, enjoy a cycling ride through banana plantations to the Lakeshore of Manyara, or a guided walk to visit a village, interact with the locals, visit their plantations and have a good view of the rift valley escarpment.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 3:Mto Wa Mbu to Lake Natron

After breakfast we drive to Lake Natron, home of millions of lesser flamingos. Hot lunch will be served upon arrival. After some free time relaxing at the camp, we go for an afternoon walk to the Ngare Sero waterfalls (optional swimming). Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Possibility for optional activity (quoted separately): Oldonyo Lengai Climb
We recommend to have an additional overnight in Lake Natron if you like to include this activity. At midnight, we drive to the base of the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain (Mt. of God) and start climbing to reach the crater summit in time for enjoying the sunrise. The slopes up to the top are quiet steep. The climbing takes roughly 10 hours up and down. The descend will be around 10:00am for brunch in the camp.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 4: Lake Natron to Serengeti National Park

At sunrise we visit the soda lake with the beautiful lesser flamingos. A perfect time for photography with the dramatic landscape of the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai in the background.

Then we board on our 4×4 vehigle and proceed to the great Serengeti through Klein’s gate. In the Maasai language, “serenget” means “endless plain”. The park stretches for over 15,000 square kilometers. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Depending on the season, the movements of the migration and the concentration of the animals we will head to the best places for game viewing – there are so many destinations within Serengeti. We will either stay 2 nights in the northern zone and 1 night in the central zone or 1 night in the north and 2 nights in the center.

We will enjoy full day game drive either following the herds of the wildebeests and zebras on their annual migration or spotting the big cats along with many more animals on our way. Lunch in a picnic site. Dinner and overnight in our tented camp/lodge.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Full day game drive exploring Serengeti in search of the “big five”. The Serengeti eco-system is home to the “big five” (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros). The other main species include zebra, wildebeest, various species of gazelles and antelopes, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles and some primate species such as vervet monkeys and olive baboons. It is also an endemic bird area, with a total of 505 species being documented so far. In the evening, we drive to our camp/lodge for dinner and overnight.

Possibility for optional activity (quoted separately): Balloon Safari over the Serengeti plains
The Balloon Safari adventure starts early morning at about 5h00 am when you depart your lodge. It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the Launching site. When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch.

After a thorough safety briefing and demonstration of boarding and landing position you board your balloon and lift off! Rising as the sun rises your balloon floats in whatever direction the winds of the day are heading over this wonderful area. Your pilot will use varying altitudes and layers of air to navigate the balloon over this amazing area spotting the wild animals and enjoying the view around.

We aim to fly for about an hour, depending on conditions. After landing, you celebrate in the traditional way with a champagne toast before heading off to a special breakfast in the bush under an acacia tree.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 7: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Sunrise game drive, searching for big Cats while hunting, they actively hunt during early morning. Then we proceed with en route game drive to Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge inside the conservation area.

The crater and surrounding highlands are one of Africa’s most beautiful regions, with volcanic craters forming stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa. With 600 metre high walls and a rich volcanic floor covering 260km2, the crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera, a crater formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago.

It is estimated that the height of the original volcano ranged between 4,500 to 5,800 metres high.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 8: Ngorongoro Highlands

After breakfast we drive to the highlands of Ngorongoro where we meet with an authorized Ranger from the park. Accompanied by the ranger, you will hike up to the rim of the Olmoti Crater and visit the Munge waterfalls. You will continue to Embulmbul depression following the cattle trails through forests and grasslands. The depression is a level hollow ground, with short grass where animals like buffalos, zebras and gazelles graze.

Then you will board in our vehicle and drive to Empakai Crater. There along with the Ranger you will descend on foot into the crater floor covered with dense equatorial forests, grass and a volcanic lake. Buffaloes, reedbucks and different species of birds can be seen close to the lake. In the afternoon we return to the camp/lodge. Leisure time, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 9:Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Eyasi

Today early in the morning, we depart the lodge and drive down to the crater floor for wildlife game. With its abundant water, excellent grazing and natural protection from the densely vegetated crater walls, the crater provides shelter to over 25000 animals, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros.

Lunch will be taken in a picnic site inside the crater. In the afternoon we proceed to Lake Eyasi area. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 10:Lake Eyasi to Tarangire NP

At sunirse we will meet with our local guide to search for the bushmen. Our guide is very experienced and will interpret what we will get to see. You will then witness how the Hadjabe get ready for hunting for their daily meal and watch them preparing arrows using poison. Then we’ll take off all together for a hunt. They will also show us around where they live – they use caves as a home.

We’ll see how they make fire, where they collect honey and teach us how they cure diseases preparing medicines of nature’s gifts. We will have a break for lunch and rest out on the bush under the shade of a tree. In the afternoon we visit the Datoga tribe. The Datoga are mostly pastoralists and are used to biological food. They move from place to place to find good pastures for their animals. We will visit the Datoga Blacksmith.

He makes jewelry as well as weapons using a local method to melt iron. We’ll watch him making weapons – the Datoga use arrows, spears and knives. After a great day, we board on our vehicle and drive to Tarangire NP.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 11:Tarangire NP to Monduli

Today we explore the Tarangire National park. The park is most famous for its elephant migration, birding and quiet authentic safari atmosphere in a unique surrounding of baobab trees. Lunch will be taken in a picnic site overlooking the Tarangire River.

In the late afternoon we drive to Monduli Mt to join a Maasai family for dinner. Overnight either in a traditional Maasai Boma or in our own tents settled just next to the Bomas.
Accommodation options: Public Campsites and Lodge/Tented Camps

Day 12:Monduli to Arusha or airport

Early in the morning you will take part on the milking activity and prepare the breakfast with the Maasai family. We then start hiking up to the Olekosey hill (1.800m). On the way you will pass villages and the Lake Eliwai, the source of water for the people of the villages and their cattle.

During the hike, you will be accompanied by a Maasai guide who will share his knowledge with you and interpret your conversations with the locals. There is also a primary school for orphans to visit. We’ll meet the kids, have time to play with them and then get ready for the way back.
We will then board on our vehicle and drive back to Arusha or directly to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Book this tour

  • Transfer from/to Arusha
  • Transport with our Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 with pop up roof for game drive fitted with HF radio communication
  • Dedicated Services of Kashengere Safari English speaking guide (possibility for more languages upon request in advance)
  • Ngorongoro conservation and Crater fees
  • Ranger fees
  • Walking fees
  • Government Vat fees
  • Local Maasai guide fees
  • Village fees
  • Donkey fees
  • Camping fees
  • Camping gears (tents, thick foam mattresses, pillows, table, chairs, cooking equipment).
  • Cook and crew to prepare the meals and take care of the campsites
  • Meals as prescribed in the itinerary
  • 1.5 lts of water per person per day
  • International & Domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • For the camping please bring your personal sleeping bags
  • Optional Activity Oldonyo Lengai climb: USD 100 per person (includes Mountain park fees, Guide fees and allowance)
  • Tips and gratuities to the crew/personnel
  • Items of a personal nature – spa treatments, laundry, mini-bars, internet etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question. We are looking forward to hear from you.

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