Tanzania's 'Northern Circuit' safari in exclusive style away from the crowds

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

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  • Luxury accommodation on a full board basis throughout
  • All flights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private and shared lodge transfers
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Experience Tanzania’s most captivating landscapes and wildlife, while staying in some of the most luxurious and comfortable accommodation East Africa has to offer on this extravagant eight-night safari.

After a short stay in the shadow of Mount Meru in Arusha, drive to the exclusive Chem Chem Reserve, idyllically located between the Tarangire National Park in the east and flamingo-favourite Lake Manyara to the west, and a two-night stay at a stylish lodge or romantic camp. The wildlife and cultural experiences here are the perfect initial immersion into Tanzania.

Next up is the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater, a vast caldera whose walled-in plains and wetlands contain a fascinating array of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’ as well as a whole host of excellent plains game. You’ll be based out of one of our favourite lodges or camps, some of which enjoy incredible views from up on the crater’s edge.

End with three nights in one of the best safari landscapes in all Africa – the legendary Serengeti – eschewing the crowds of the national park for the adjoining Singita Grumeti, the largest private reserve in Tanzania at 350,000 acres and home to just a handful of exquisite lodges and camps, some of our favourites in all Africa. The reserve rumbles to the hooves of the great migration as it trundles across the reserve in June and July, but the reserve is a privileged place for a safari with excellent game viewing all year round.

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Days 1-2


Flights & transfers


Arrive in Kilimanjaro


Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha hotel

Lodges and Camps in Arusha

Overnight in Arusha Overnight in Arusha

Enjoy a restful overnight stay in your chosen accommodation in or just outside of Arusha. Arguably the 'Safari Capital' of East Africa, Arusha is a bustling city in northern Tanzania and the main hub for those who are going to be embarking on a safari in this extensively game rich country.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your lodge in the Chem Chem Private Conservancy

Days 2-4

Chem Chem Private Conservancy

Accommodation in Chem Chem Private Conservancy

Two nights in Chem Chem Private Concession Two nights in Chem Chem Private Concession

Explore Chem Chem’s private concession, which sits within the Burungwe Wildlife Management Area, and its surrounds in ways that allow you to get closer to the African bush than within national parks, such as on bush walks and cultural visits as well as guided day and night game drives. Activities include learning to track animals with the Maasai, visits to a local school or day trips to other attractions outside the concession such as Lake Manyara.

Days 4-6

Ngorongoro Crater

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your Ngorongoro lodge

Lodges and Camps in Ngorongoro Crater

Rhino, African elephants, zebra and game in the grassy plains of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Two nights in the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area Two nights in the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area

Spend your days exploring all the dramatic scenery and wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area. The largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, its magnificent topography and fertile soils attract a wide variety of plains game and predators in what makes for a thrilling amphitheatre of wildlife viewing. The Big Five are all present here including Black Rhino and you can spot flamingos on the central soda lake, zebras grazing on the plains, lions lazing in the tall grass, leopards lying in the trees, as well as big "tuskers" in the forests.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Ngorongoro to Manyara airport


Flight from Manyara to Grumeti Reserve

Days 6-9

Singita Grumeti Reserve

Flights & transfers


Transfer from to your lodge or camp

Lodges and Camps in the North Serengeti

Three nights in the Grumeti Game Reserve Three nights in the Grumeti Game Reserve

Bordering the west of the Serengeti National Park this huge private concession has all the big game highlights of the park in a more intimate and exclusive wilderness shared between only three lodges and two camps. This means your daily game drives here are almost guaranteed to be private and without another vehicle in sight.

Hot air balloon flight over the Grumeti Hot air balloon flight over the Grumeti

Wake up early before being driven to the launch site to meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch in eager anticipation as the balloon is inflated. At dawn, the balloon takes off, rising with the sun floating in whichever direction the winds of the morning are moving. The pilot can precisely control the altitude of the balloon – sometimes at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. At other times the pilot will ascend to 300m (1000 feet) or more in order to view the enormity and wonderful panorama of Singita Grumeti Reserves. From time to time he may put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns there is absolute silence apart from the natural sounds of the Serengeti landscape. The flight lasts for about an hour, depending on the conditions of the day, and you'll be back at your lodge in time for a lavish breakfast and the start of the day’s activities.

Flights & transfers


Transfer to local airstrip


Flight to Kilimanjaro

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