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Visit the best of northern Tanzania’s national parks, staying at a range of safari lodges and camps, including one perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Led by Peter Lindstrom, an outstanding and knowledgeable guide, this small group tour offers a unique experience in northern Tanzania, incorporating three distinct wildlife reserves. 

The tour begins in the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, where amidst mahogany and sausage trees you will find a diversity of wildlife; the area is a sanctuary for hippo, giraffe and impala, as well as remarkable birdlife, including stunning pink flamingos which can be seen in sizeable flocks. During your stay at Lake Manyara, you will also be accompanied by Africa expert Rupert Finch Hatton.

The next stop is Ngorongoro, home to a huge volcanic crater which encloses large concentrations of plains game. Among the 25,000 large mammals that are found in the crater, you may see black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, hippo, blue wildebeest, Grant’s zebra, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, waterbuck or even Masai lion.

The final stop of the tour is the extraordinary Serengeti National Park, known as one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges and site of the Great Migration.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro & transfer to Lake Manyara National Park

    On arrival in Kilimanjaro you will be met by Peter and Rupert, and transferred across the Masai Plain to your accommodation in Lake Manyara National Park, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley escarpment. 

    After lunch at the lodge, you have the option to spend the afternoon at leisure or to join a Masai guide on an ethno botanical walk on the edge of the escarpment. 

    Accommodation: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, 3-nights

  3. Days 3-4 : Lake Manyara National Park

    Two full days are spent exploring the contrasting habitats within Lake Manyara National Park. The lake itself, which stretches for 50 kilometres offers fantastic birdlife with more than 400 species recorded, while the floodplains and groundwater forest are home to a diversity of mammals including baboon, blue monkey, bushbuck, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe.

  4. Days 5-6 : Ngorongoro Crater

    Drive to Ngorongoro to spend two days wildlife viewing on the floor of the volcanic crater. The crater encloses the largest concentration of plains animals in Africa, with up to 25,000 large mammals. During one afternoon, you will be introduced to a Masai guide and armed ranger who will take you on a remarkable walk through the area’s picturesque hills. 

    Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, 2-nights

  5. Day 7: Drive to the Serengeti

    Travel to the short grass plains of southern Serengeti stopping at Olduvai Gorge– one of the world’s most famous fossil and archaeological site - to visit the Leakey Museum, which houses paleoanthropological research and artefacts from the region.  Continue to your camp, wildlife viewing on the way, before arriving late afternoon. 

    Accommodation: Kirurumu Serengeti Camp, 4-nights

  6. Days 8-10 : Serengeti National Park

    The next three days spent in the Serengeti National Park are filled with wildlife viewing activities, exploring the vast, wide open spaces. Visit an array of different habitats, and follow the seasonal movements of the Great Migration.

  7. Day 11: Fly to Arusha and depart

    Transfer to the nearby airstrip for a quick scheduled flight to Arusha. You will be met on arrival and taken to a local restaurant for lunch. There will be time to go sightseeing in Arusha town, and day rooms will be available at a nearby hotel before an evening departure from Kilimanjaro.

  8. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £7,795 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £6,995 pp
  • Single supplement: From £905
  • Group size: 12
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Domestic flight Serengeti-Arusha
    • 5 nights lodge
    • 4 nights tented camp
    • Most meals
    • Transfers
    • Services of tour leaders
  • Activities available:
    • Culture
    • Nature drive
    • Walking

Expert leaders

Peter Lindstrom

Photo of Peter Lindstrom

Born in Kenya, Peter was brought up on a coffee farm in the highlands, before completing his education in England and then returning to Africa to join the hospitality industry.

A founding member of a leading travel company in Tanzania, Peter developed community engaged tourism which involves working with several Masai villages. Peter is a passionate conservationist and is a member of the Conservation Support Committee under the umbrella of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, where he now teaches guides. 

Rupert Finch Hatton

Photo of Rupert Finch Hatton

Rupert moved to East Africa as a teenager, following the family tradition which began in 1991.

At that time, his great great uncle, Denys Finch Hatton – a famous hunter turned conservationist - twice guided the Prince of Wales and Kermit Roosevelt on safari. Denys is recognised as playing the key role in getting the Serengeti its National Park status, although he is better known for his role in Karen Blixen’s story ‘Out of Africa’. 

Featured locations:

Lake Manyara National Park

Often seen as just a stopping off point on the popular Northern Circuit, this small park definitely warrants a visit in its own right. Mahogany and sausage trees are abundant and well laden with fruit for the wildlife to feed upon, and it is a sanctuary for its most famous residents – the tree climbing lion.

  • Where: Manyara District
  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, hippo, leopard, lion, augur buzzard
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheatre and one of the most dramatic settings in Africa. Its swamps, forests and soda lake attract thousands of flamingos and other waterfowl, and the plains enclose the largest concentration of game – the predator prey balance is so precise that animals seldom leave.

  • Where: Crater Highlands Region
  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, African elephant, greater flamingo, spotted hyena, lion
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti supports Africa’s greatest concentration of plains game. Its ranges include wooded highland, grass plains, acacia savannah and rivers. With an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration, you can experience one of nature’s greatest wonders.

  • Where: Northern Tanzania
  • Ideal for viewing: Burchell’s zebra, cheetah, leopard, lion, white-bearded wildebeest
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris
Featured accommodation:

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

On the edge of the Rift Valley, this property is conveniently situated for exploring Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater. There are 27 tented rooms, plus two honeymoon suites and two family cottages; activities include walks with Masai guides, fly camping in the forest and mountain biking.

Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp

This is a small and intimate luxury mobile camp set in one of the most strategic and beautiful areas in the Ngorongoro Highlands, not far from Empakai, famous for its flamingos and outstanding beauty. Accommodation consists of seven customised safari tents, and the level of attention and service is always excellent.

Kirurumu Serengeti Camp

Kirurumu Serengeti is a luxury and intimate mobile camp consisting of just seven well-appointed safari tents, a dining tent and a relaxing campfire area. The camp moves on a seasonal basis, taking advantage of wildlife movements in the vast Serengeti, particularly the great migration.