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.
Day1: Depart the UK
Day2: 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.
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.
Days5-6: 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.
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.
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.
Day11: 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.
Day12: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 daysfrom £7,795 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 daysfrom £6,995 pp
Single supplement: From £905
Group size: 12
Included in the price/package:
Domestic flight Serengeti-Arusha
5 nights lodge
4 nights tented camp
Services of tour leaders
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
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’.
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
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
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
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.
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 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.