Signature Tanzania Northern Safari
A 10-day action packed safari adventure through some of Tanzania's most iconic national parks and game reserves concentrated in the country’s north
Personalised journeys from start to finish
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- All internal flights
- All accommodation with breakfast (some may include other meals and activities)
- All private ground transfers
- All meals, drinks, and game drives at your chosen safari lodges
At a glance
This is an action-packed safari adventure through some of Tanzania‘s most iconic national parks and game reserves concentrated in the north of the country.
You will track herds of Elephants through the Tarangire’s vast open woodlands, observe large Lion prides in the Jurassic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater, then follow the migration and wildebeest herds stalked by predators across the northern Serengeti plains. This is a trip that will deliver you some of Tanzania’s signature game sights and thrilling animal encounters in style and with expert guiding throughout.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha lodge
Lodges in Arusha
- 6 Luxurious Garden Cottages
- 1 Family Cottage:2 rooms
- 2 Luxury Rooms in the Old Farmhouse
A very private experience on the outskirts of Arusha, the Legendary Coffee Lodge is situated on its own genuine coffee plantation with views of Mount Meru spanning behind. Each of the six garden cottages has their own private veranda and is beautifully decorated with a colonial feel. They have large and extremely comfortable beds and a lounge area with a fireplace to take the chill off the cooler African nights. The family cottage has two bedrooms and a private garden which is a superb way to spend some time relaxing in absolute luxury during your stopover in the bustling city pre- or post-safari. Two cosy en-suite rooms in the Old Farmhouse provide a comfortable retreat from which to explore the grounds of this genuine coffee plantation. After roughly an hour’s drive through Arusha, you will arrive onto this working coffee farm and will have the chance to either relax and spend time in the well kept grounds, or venture into the city to see some of the museums and markets on offer. The service is excellent due to the small number of people you will actually be sharing the ground with, and serves as a perfect stopover if you need to stay over in Arusha.
- 18 Plantation Rooms
- 12 Plantation Suites
- Swimming Pool
- Wireless Internet Access
Quite ideally situated on the outskirts of busy Arusha, this lodge is a brilliant spot to stay either before or after your safari in Tanzania. It is quite a surprisingly long drive through town to reach from Kilimanjaro International Airport (roughly 90 minutes) but as it is hidden on the grounds of one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, the distance is worth it. Yes, you might be exposed to a busy city and hard traffic but once you arrive, the plantation houses offer you a homely space to either relax after a long international flight, or to flick through your photos before you head home again. In the main lodge you can enjoy the warmth of open log fires while sipping a well-earned gin and tonic or spend time out on the garden terrace breathing in the smells of the plantations around you. The plantation itself can be explored on a 2 hour guided walk which is a superb insight into the methods of coffee harvesting and ends with an excellent brew of the local beans at the end. You have the chance to venture into Arusha if the need takes you, but otherwise you can just make the most of the large grounds which are very popular with locals and expatriates alike. If the midday heat gets a bit much, they also have a pool that is great for dipping your toes into and topping up your safari tan.
Enjoy a restful overnight stay in your chosen accommodation in or just outside of Arusha.
Private transfer from Arusha hotel to Arusha airport
Light Aircraft Flight from Arusha to Kuro Airstrip
Tarangire National Park
Private Transfer to Tarangire Camp
Lodges and Camps in Tarangire
- 12 Luxury Tents
- Infinity Swimming Pool
A little bit of modernity in the middle of the bush, Swala Camp has a luxurious and exclusive feel about it. Located in a rather private section of Tarangire National Park, you will be able to experience some quality game viewing here without the overwhelming numbers of some of the other key honeypot locations in Tanzania. With just twelve luxurious safari tents, each within sight of a waterhole that attracts the odd pride of lion and some more timid leopards, you will be well looked after here. You have the choice of an indoor or an outdoor shower and the beds are extremely comfortable. Each tent has a personal attendant who will ensure you have everything you need to make your stay as wonderful as possible. You should really make the most of being in this exclusive part of the park and Sanctuary Swala help you by offering superbly guided game activities including night drives and incredible walking safaris. The details that you can see of the African wilderness while strolling with your guide and ranger is exceptional and you feel a little bit like you could be David Attenborough as you slowly stalk game and point out fresh tracks. Don’t forget to ask your guide about the many incredible traditional uses of the Baobab trees.
- 20 Luxury Tree Houses
- Infinity Pool
- Wireless Internet Access
Rather uniquely designed, this lodge sits in its own private game reserve on the fringes of Tarangire National Park. The main area is built around a remarkable 700 year old Baobab tree, and is warmly decorated to fit in with the African bush that surrounds the lodge. Each of the 20 open-fronted tree houses (yes, tree houses!) are enormous and offer a luxury that is rather bizarrely perched up high with views spanning the Tarangire’s splendour. The large deck in front of your house is ideal for bird watching or simply enjoying an ice cold drink after some great game experiences. You have prime access to the National Park itself and can spend the day driving through the park, but due to restrictions of the Park you would have to return for the evening. You will not miss out of night drives however, as the lodge has access to the private reserve that it is located within and this affords you opportunities to see nocturnal animals on their moonlit strolls. You are also able to participate in some excellent guided bush walks to witness some of the finer details of the bush.
- 10 Luxury Tents
- Curio Shop
Located in a wonderfully rich wildlife area, Oliver’s Camp overlooks a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools (part of the Tarangire River) which attracts dense concentrations of game. Exclusively placed, the ten spacious and tastefully decorated tents offer you the chance to while away your afternoon listening to the typical Mourning Dove calling in the distance. Each tent has a view over the permanent water resource they are situated along and are covered by traditional thatch to cool the tents down in the midday heat. If you don’t want to be left to your own devices in your beautiful tent, you could choose to make use of the extremely comfortable dining and lounge areas instead, and chat with other guests about the sightings of the day. A variety of activities will keep you busy and completely immersed in the game experience this camp has to offer. Wildlife in the area is prolific and during the dry months congregates around the pools, desperate for the cooling splash of the waters. Lions, cheetah and the elusive leopard can be seen in this park as well as huge herds of elephants wallowing in the muddy waters.
- Six vintage safari tents
- Dining tent
An off-shoot of Chem Chem Lodge, Little Chem Chem is an intimate camp on the eastern side of the private reserve that embraces the elegance and simplicity of a more traditional safari. Six tents are far from basic, with en-suite shower rooms housing hot-water bucket showers and flushing toilets, a study desk, rocking chair and a dressing room. Outside, find a private fire pit whose crackles twinned with the sound of the African wilderness at night evoke a prehistoric notion of place. Meals are served in the mess tent, although private dining is available too, where guests can dine by their campfire. For lunch, you can disappear for a private picnic lunch in the African bush. Of course, game drives and walking safaris are the order of the day here at Little Chem Chem, and there’s also the option to embark on a sunrise drive or night safari – a perk of staying on a private reserve. Around the camp, you’ll find elephants, lions and cheetahs, with wildebeest and zebra calving during the wet season (December to March). For adventurous guests, there are hot air balloon rides available, too.
Explore the the incredibly diverse landscape of Tarangire National Park. Famous for its magnificent Baobabs and high numbers of elephants and with the largest populations of animals migrating here between June and September, the dry season provides an awe-inspiring spectacle of wildlife. Spend your days on both day and night game drives out into the African bush tracking and witnessing the variety of predators and mammals such as dry-country antelope; this is the one place in Africa where the fringe-eared oryx and long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Private Transfer from Oliver's Camp to Kuro Airstrip
Light Aircraft Flight from Kuro Airstrip to Manyara Airstrip
Before transferring to your lodge, spend a brief amount of time being introduced to the Manyara Region by your personal guide.
Private transfer to Ngorongoro Accommodation
Lodges at Ngorongoro Crater
- 18 Cottages
- African Living Spa
- Working Farm
This is a wonderfully comfortable and charming lodge, set in a working farm within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. A short drive from the famous Ngorongoro Crater surrounded by forest and gardens Gibb’s Farm gives you some peace and quiet away from the bustling traffic that congregates around the busy crater rim. This interesting working farm is a great place to get out of the safari vehicle and walk the 95 acres of farm and forest that make up Gibb’s. The farmhouse itself is surrounding by rather charming English gardens and where you can simply relax and enjoy the organic coffee that is processed and roasted just outside the door of the lodge. Each of the 18 cottages is very interestingly decorated with names and themes relating to different aspects of the farm and surrounding communities. Each cottage has its own unique story which certainly adds a certain charm to the place. The warm main dining area is perfect to relax with a good book, or you could simply enjoy a turn about the gardens. Activities around here are plentiful and either take in the surrounding farm and village or you could go further afield and explore the Conservation Area that the lodge sits adjacent to. Either way, Gibb’s Farm offers you the chance to relax within a beautiful area before you explore the Crater itself.
- Ten Manor Cottages (twenty suites) and One Stable Cottage
- Riding stables
- Dining room, conservatory and bar
- Massage facilities
- Swimming Pool
- Library, Billiard room, TV/cinema room
Echoing the style of an elegant farm home, The Manor is Ngorongoro Crater’s answer to luxury country living. Designed with Cape Dutch architecture, this is a sumptuous and indeed homely property found in a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, right next to the renowned Ngorongoro conservation area. Accommodation comes in the form of charming, private manor cottages and one larger stable cottage. All enjoy bundles of comfort, lavish amenities and lush hill views, though the two-storey stable cottage features an impressive three bedrooms, dining and lounging areas and an upstairs playroom for little ones. Besides witnessing the awesome game of the crater, your time here can be spent feasting on delicious cuisine, relaxing with a massage or dip in the pool and horse riding and cycling around the surrounding area.
- 12 suites in North Camp
- 12 suites in South Camp
- 6 suites in Tree Camp
- Private Butler Service
Perched up high on the edge of this remarkable natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has prime place among many other lodges in the area. With views spanning the spectacular caldera, you can enjoy a relaxing visit to this otherwise bustling attraction and dip into a world that is the permanent home to roughly 25,000 animals. The large swarms of game that find sanctuary here roam over 20 kilometres on the crater floor and this allows for some excellent game viewing opportunities. Prides of bachelor lions are sometimes seen spanning the landscape, on the hunt for their own families and dotted in among the plains game you might spot a rhino rump in the distance. Morning and afternoon game drives are taken by highly experienced guides and if you want to visit the nearby Olduvai Gorge that is also available when vehicle occupancy allows. The crater can get quite busy but with three potential areas within the lodge to hide away, you will not really notice the thirty suites that make up the lodge. North and South Camp both have twelve beautiful suites and the Tree Camp, slightly set apart from the others, has just six. Raised up on stilts, these rooms are all tastefully decorated with Tanzanian hardwoods and silk curtains which make the room nice and warm; the ridge can get quite nippy, after all! The dining areas have lovely viewing decks and extremely comfortable indoor lounges which are ideal for catching up on some midday afternoon reading, or ticking off the birds that you might have seen so far. You could also decide to have a relaxing massage in your room, and completely pamper yourself.
Alongside your personal guide, explore the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Magnificent geography and fertile soils lure huge herds of plains game and predators in what makes for a multi-coloured and thrilling amphitheater of wildlife. The Big Five are all present here and you can spot flamingos on the central soda lake, zebras grazing along the plains, lions lazing in the tall grass and leopards in the trees of the crater rims.
Private transfer from Ngorongoro to Manyara airport.
Flight from Manyara to Kogatende
Private transfer from Kogatende airstrip to Northern Serengeti Lodge
Lodges and Camps in Northern Serengeti
- Eight Safari Tents
- Curio Cabinet
Kimondo Camp is a camp of just eight tents, in a prime location overlooking the river. Watching the sun rise over the Mara river in front your tent in the morning is a special experience. With just eight luxury tents, you will receive some excellent service and delicious cuisine right in the heart of the bush. The tents are spacious and comfortable but simply decorated due to the mobile nature of the camp. You will not miss your creature comforts here however, with flush toilets and proper sinks, it is a rather adventurous way to spend your safari with sights of the roaming animals around you. Being a seasonal camp that moves twice a year in order to base itself in the best possible location for wildlife and the Migration. From 15th November to 15th March in the Southern Serengeti, Kimondo will be to the south east of the Kusini area, about an hour’s drive south west of Ndutu, one of the most peaceful parts of the Serengeti. The short grass plains play host to just three other camps, so other vehicles will be a rare sighting.
- 15 Luxury Tented Suites
- Swimming Pool
A larger scale of luxury based in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari has 15 permanent raised-deck tents with wide deck verandas that overlook the bushy scrubland around the camp. The tents are palatial, with very comfortable beds and a large bath, ideal for sinking into after a great day of sightseeing. The camp has a rather grand feel to it with spacious decking and intricately decorated areas that you can lounge in and relax when you aren’t out on game drives. Service is of a high standard and this is definitely one of the most luxurious camps in the North Serengeti.
- 12 Rooms in total
- Bar and lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Private Lodge with 4 Rooms and Swimming Pool
Lamai Serengeti Lodge has a pride of place up on a kopje overlooking the vast open Serengeti plains towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya. With just 12 delightfully stylish rooms all perched in, around and on top of the rock, you will be extremely well catered for and feel heartened by this little bit of paradise. Ideally placed to catch sightings of the migration as it attempts to cross the Mara River (July to October), this lodge offers you an experience that is highly sought after in relation to the epic journey of these fantastic beasts. The northern Serengeti, which is where Lamai is perfectly located, is a rather different world to the southern part of the park. With a continuous supply of lush foliage to munch on, the plains game in this area rarely needs to move on in search for greener pastures. This in turn means that the predators don’t have to leave the sanctuary of their territories to hunt and they remain rather smug in the areas around the lodge. Although leopards have a larger territorial space to traverse, they don’t need to exhaust themselves and can sometimes be seen elusively stalking among the kopjes that are so typical of this part of the Serengeti. Not far from the main lodge is a smaller, more private and exclusive lodge which has four rooms and neither lodge has any idea they exist. Each camp has its own pool, dining and lounge areas. Both are classically designed and made to completely fit in with their surroundings. Making use of the rocks they are built on, the rooms are a mix of canvas and more sturdy materials and have spectacular views from on high. Each has its own private viewing deck and veranda for those spectacular sundowners.
- Plunge pool
- Childminding services
- Laundry services
Singita Mara River Tented Camp is located on the northern banks of the world-renowned Mara River in the Lamai triangle and is celebrated for its annual wildebeest migration crossings. The Lamai triangle covers 40,000 hectares (98,000 acres) of the northern most tip of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, neatly slotted between the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya in the north, and the Mara River in the south. The Lamai triangle is a unique area of Tanzania due to its distinctive soil composition resulting in one of the highest year round concentrations of wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. Singita Mara River Tented Camp consciously seeks to eliminate the use of unnecessary energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this concept, the camp is truly ‘off the grid’ and relies entirely on a custom designed solar power array and uses recycled and natural materials.
- 12 tents and 1 Family Tent
- Individual dining mess tent
- Hot tubs
- Wine Wall
This is one of the most luxurious and opulent tented camps in Tanzania. With first-class comfort, space and style throughout. The extremely large tents are built on raised wooden platforms on the hillside (ensuring they all have a good view of the landscape). There is an inner, closed part to the tent comprising of the bedroom and bathroom and an extremely large covered outdoor veranda outside of the this, with a seating area and jacuzzi from which to enjoy the surrounding landscape in style. The large hotel restaurant allows individual dining and plenty of relaxation space. Service is professional and helpful, with butler service. Another perk of staying here is the complimentary massages, included in your package. The excursion vehicles include a spotter (for a better chance of finding the big game) and the guides here are excellent.
Spend your days mostly exploring the northern section of the Serengeti on safari tracking the great array of game and wildlife that this vast area offers. If you're there at the right time for the great migration (depending on the season), this is the region where the herds are at their most concentrated because the North Serengeti forms the border with the Famous Maasai Mara of Kenya, and it’s where (if you’re lucky) you’ll see the infamous river crossings. It’s also an area of untamed natural beauty, of rolling hills, rivers, forests and open plains.
Private transfer from Northern Serengeti Lodge to Kogatende airstrip
Light Aircraft Flight from Kogatende Airstrip to Kilimanjaro Airport
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