Tanzania Classic Northern Circuit- 8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS Luxury Flying Safarifrom
COMBINING TARANGIRE, NGORONGORO AND THE SERENGETI
Travel through northern Tanzania’s iconic national parks, home to some of Africa’s best wildlife densities as well as the changing landscapes of The Great Rift Valley and the rich culture of the Maasai. Enjoy game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater looking for rhino, watch herds of elephant in the verdant swamps of Tarangire and explore the vast savannah plains of the Serengeti on this experience-rich safari.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Group Size Small Group
2 nights Little Oliver’s, Tarangire
- Wildlife: Elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, hyena
- 550 bird species
- Safari activities: Game drives, walking safaris, night game drives and seasonal fly-camping (additional cost)
- Varied ecosystem to explore: Baobab forests, rivers, grassy plains and lush green swamps, which are a magnet for wildlife
- The perfect first stop on safari
2 nights The Highlands, Ngorongoro region
- Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most unique safari destinations in Africa, where wildlife lives on the floor of a dormant volcano
- Wildlife: Lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest
- Visit authentic Maasai communities
- Walk on or around the other lesser-known craters nearby
- Altitude in the region varies between 1,700 and 3,300 meters above sea level, so night-time temperatures drop significantly — pack warm clothes for the evenings and early mornings.
3 nights Dunia, Serengeti National Park
- Tanzania’s first and only all-female-run camp
- All tents have en suite bathrooms
- Located near the Moru Kopjes — home to a population of black rhino
- Prime location in the central Serengeti
- 15,000 km2 of vast savannah plains
- One of Africa’s most wildlife-rich and iconic national parks
- Part of the larger Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, where the 2-million-strong herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their Great Migration year-round
- Wildlife: Lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, hippo
- More than 300 bird species
- Safari activities: Game drives and hot-air ballooning (additional cost)
DAY 1: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will proceed to the Coastal Aviation desk for your light-aircraft flight to Tarangire National Park, just 20-minutes away (15 kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary). Your guide from Little Oliver’s will meet you here and game drive you back to camp, where you can settle in and enjoy some lunch. Relax during the heat of the day before afternoon tea is served, and then go out on an afternoon game drive to explore this varied and wildlife-rich park. The large elephant herds in the drier months are a real highlight here, but the wildlife and bird life are excellent year-round.
This charming, small camp occupies a prime position in the heart of Tarangire, near the Silale Swamp, which is a magnet for wildlife year-round. With just five guest tents, the atmosphere is intimate and welcoming. Each tent has a deck overlooking the floodplain below, and an en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower. Furniture has been hand-crafted from old dhow timber (traditional sailing boats found off the coast of Tanzania). There is an open-sided lounge with thatch roof where you can relax between activities, and it’s not uncommon to see a herd of elephant wandering nearby. Expert guides are there to showcase the best of this diverse national park, on game drives, walking safaris and night drives.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Set off this morning on a guided walking safari, learning to look for signs of wildlife nearby, from bird calls to tracks in the earth. You can approach smaller creatures such as warthogs, small antelope species and birdlife, all of which are less skittish when approached on foot compared to a vehicle. Return to camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of the day. After tea and cake, head out on a late-afternoon game drive, stopping for sundowner drinks in a scenic spot. The adventure continues with a night game drive, seeking out nocturnal species such as mongoose and nightjars, as well as predators such as lions on the move. Return to camp for a late dinner.
DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER REGION
Depart after a leisurely breakfast for the airstrip. From here, you will fly over Lake Manyara to the Manyara Airstrip. A guide from The Highlands will drive you through coffee plantations towards the Ngorongoro Crater, a journey of 3 hours to reach the property, enjoying a packed lunch on the way. Stop at the viewpoint overlooking the crater to soak in the spectacular landscape and continue your drive around the rim until you reach the Olmoti Crater, where you will stay for the next two nights. If you feel like stretching your legs, you can opt for a guided walk from the camp up to the rim of Olmoti Crater, passing through dense forest and waterfalls on the way.
Located in an unspoilt and rarely explored area on the edge of Olmoti Crater, The Highlands offers guests the opportunity to enjoy spectacular walks and authentic Maasai community visits, as well as game drives in the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The lounge and dining areas, as well as the eight guest rooms, offer a unique modern architectural design in the form of geodesic domes dotted throughout the forest, offering a stylish retreat in this wild landscape. Each guest dome has a wood-burning stove, sheepskin rugs and balcony, as well as a wood-panelled en suite bathroom. When you’re not out exploring, enjoy breakfast on the deck overlooking the vast and untouched Ngorongoro highlands, indulge in afternoon tea beside the central fireplace, or head to the Olmoti bar for a whisky.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO CRATER REGION
After an early breakfast, depart with your guide for the Ngorongoro Crater, a drive of around an hour until you reach the descent road. Spend the morning game-driving on the crater floor in search of the varied wildlife that lives here. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch during the heat of the day in a shady spot before driving back to The Highlands, where you can relax a little. In the late afternoon, a guide will take you to one of the nearby Maasai villages, where you can learn more about this rich culture and take part in their afternoon activities, which often include rounding up cattle into the boma for the night.
DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Depart by road for the Manyara Airstrip, 3 hours away, where you will catch a flight to the central Serengeti, just 45-minutes away. A guide from Dunia will meet you at the airstrip and game drive you back to camp, stopping at any wildlife sightings along the way. Settle into your tent before going on an afternoon game drive to fully explore your final national park. The Serengeti is impressive in terms of both the diversity and density of wildlife found here, so there is plenty to discover each day. Return to camp in the early evening for drinks around the campfire and dinner.
DAYS 6 & 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Safari activities at Dunia take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is most active. You will explore with expert guides on game drives, looking for the big cats that have made the Serengeti famous as well as hippos wallowing in muddy pools and giraffe browsing the fresh shoots of an acacia tree. In between, you will return to camp for a delicious lunch, and to have a siesta or catch up on a good book. Evenings are spent sharing stories of your day’s adventures with other guests around the dinner table.
DAY 8: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a final breakfast in camp before a short drive to the airstrip for your late-morning flight back to Kilimanjaro Internation Airport in Arusha. The flight will likely stop a couple of times on the way to drop off/pick up passengers, and the total journey will be approximately two and a half hours. You will land at the international airport so you can simply collect your luggage and check-in for your international flight home.
1 Apr – 31 May 2022
Per person Sharing = US$5,053
Single Room = US$5,627
Triple Room = US$4,821
1 – 30 June 2021: 1 Nov – 19 Dec 2021
Per person Sharing == US$6,667
Single Room ====== US$7,893
Triple Room ====== US$6,271
6 Jan – 28 Feb 2022
Per person Sharing == US$7,033
Single Room ====== US$8,580
Triple Room ====== US$6,613
1 Sep – 31 Oct 2021: 20 – 31 Dec 2021: 1 – 5 Jan 2022
Per person Sharing == US$7,347
Single Room ====== US$ 9,133
Triple Room ====== US$6,897
1 Jul – 31 Aug 2021
Per person Sharing == US$7,547
Single Room ====== US$ 9,400
Triple Room ====== US$7,071
END OF OUR FLYING SAFARI
- All logistics starting and ending at Kilimanjaro International Airport,
- All light-aircraft flights within Tanzania including airstrip transfers,
- Full board accommodation with limited laundry service,
- All house drinks (except champagne)
- All park fees and taxes including Ngorongoro Crater descent fee,
- Maasai cultural visit (The Highlands),
- Shared safari activities includes, scheduled game drives, guided walking safaris and short walks (where applicable),
- Night game drives (where applicable),
- All meals and house drinks on safari.
- Flying doctors/ Emergency medical evacuation insurance within Tanzania.
- International flights to Tanzania,
- Tanzania entry visa, vaccinations, gratuities,
- Additional activities (e.g. hot-air ballooning in Serengeti), meals and drinks.
- Rates do not include the use of a private vehicle.
- Private vehicles with driver/guide can be booked at $410 per vehicle per day (min. 2 days)
If, due to connecting flights, you require an overnight or day room in Arusha, Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, we can arrange this as an addition to the core package. However, changes to the core package are not permitted.