Northern Explorer: Arusha-Lake Manyara- Serengeti-Ngorongoro-Tangire Circuit


The Northern Tanzania circuit epitomizes the true spirit of a classic and thrilling safari in some of the world’s most beautiful and serene wildlife areas.

Whether you’re discovering the ‘lost world’ of the Ngorongoro Crater or roaming the Serengeti plains among herds of wildebeest, this circuit promises a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that is rich in undiscovered experiences and some truly unforgettable moments.

Day 1: Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your Arusha hotel. A small and charming East-African city, Arusha is situated beneath the towering peaks of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

Depart for Lake Manyara National Park, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. A late afternoon game drive takes you across this richly diverse landscape where the lake’s shores are brightly encrusted with pink flamingo and the dense woodlands provide shelter for the park’s iconic tree-climbing lions.

As the sun sets across this surreal and awe-inspiring setting, return to your lodge for sundowners, dinner, and an overnight stay.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park, arriving in time for lunch. You will then embark on an afternoon game drive on these vast and endless golden plains, where lions roam, wildebeest graze freely, and the crocodile and hippo filled river promises plenty of drama and excitement.

At dusk, your first adventure in this magical paradise ends and you’ll return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

As the pink rays of sun extend over the golden plains of the Serengeti, you’ll set out with a picnic lunch to explore what the Maasai call ‘‘Siringitu’ - a place where the land moves on forever.

An encounter with the Serengeti is truly something unforgettable, whether it’s due to its awe-inspiring vastness, the rocky kopjes, it’s teeming with the life and sound of hundreds of animals, all following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s wild. Return to your lodge at dusk for dinner and an overnight.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, drive out across the Serengeti towards Ngorongoro. Pass via the ‘Cradle of Mankind,’ the Olduvai Gorge, where the remains of the earliest humans were found, before heading to your lodge.

Head on to the Ngorongoro crater rim and enjoy the beauty of this truly magnificent and ancient caldera. An evening at leisure, followed by dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Set out for a full day of exploration of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, also known as Tanzania’s Garden of Eden. With remarkable views from the ridge above, to joining in the real action on the crater floor below, your day will be filled by a constant stir of wildlife and stunning scenes that will stay in your memories forever.

Following a picnic lunch under the yellow fever trees, continue your exploration of the crater into the afternoon, you’ll return to your lodge for sundowners, dinner, and overnight.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park

After an early breakfast, you’ll depart from Tarangire National Park, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch, after which you’ll embark on a late-afternoon game drive.

Go hunting for the park’s rich wildlife along the sandy banks of the meandering Tarangire river, set against the stunning backdrop of majestic baobab trees and twisted acacias. As the sun descends on the horizon, you’ll return to your lodge for sundowners, dinner, and overnight.

Day 8: Tarangire National Park - Arusha

After breakfast, enjoy the absolute peacefulness of a pink African morning as you take one last game drive through Tarangire park. Depart for Arusha, arriving into the city at lunch time, before catching your onward flight at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Not ready for the magic to end?
Talk to a Let’s Go Travel Expert about adding a beach holiday to your safari itinerary, where you’ll be able to unwind and relax from your adventures on the pure white sands of Zanzibar.

Itinerary Costs

The rates for this itinerary have expired. Please contact us for more details. 

The rates for this itinerary have expired. Please contact us for more details. 

The rates for this itinerary have expired. Please contact us for more details. 

SEASON: (01January 2019 – 31 December 2019)

Our safaris are carefully planned to give you the most exciting and luxurious experience possible. Our prices are per person, based on shared occupancy.

The fee includes:

  • Ground transportation in a customized 4X4 vehicle
  • Game Drives and a private safari experience
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Select house drinks while on Safari
  • All park fees, government taxes and service charges
  • 1 litre bottled water per person per day
  • 1 pair of binoculars in the vehicle
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide


Our prices exclude park entry fees, beverages at the lodges, tips/gratuities/laundry, and any optional activities such as a hot air balloon safari or cultural visit.