The Ultimate Tanzanian Safari
Tanzania's 'Northern Circuit' safari in exclusive style away from the crowds
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation on a full board basis throughout
- All flights as mentioned in the itinerary
- Private and shared lodge transfers
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
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.
Example Trip Itinerary
Arrive in Kilimanjaro
Private transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha hotel
Lodges and Camps 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.
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.
Private transfer to your lodge in the Chem Chem Private Conservancy
Chem Chem Private Conservancy
Accommodation in Chem Chem Private Conservancy
- Eight luxury tents
- Main lodge with dining room, lounge and library
- Swimming pool
Chem Chem Lodge is located in its own 4,000-acre conservation-focused concession between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks,a fabulous place matched with a spoiling choice of activities. Eight luxury tented suites are widely spaced to ensure absolute privacy, sat on the edge of a palm island overlooking Lake Manyara waters. One is a family suite with two bedrooms. In centre is the main lodge, shaped to reflects the form of a flamingo with its wings spread, which includes a dining room, lounge, library, viewing tower, swimming pool, spa, sundeck and its own spectacular view over Lake Manyara. Expect a very personalised service, and a focus on ‘slow safari’ where you enjoy the wildlife, culture, landscapes of the reserve and national parks at a relaxed and unhurried pace, to really savour and make the most of it.
- 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.
- Three tents, including one two-bedroom family tent
- Lounge tent
- Swing bed
Forest Chem Chem is an exclusive-use camp set within a secluded pocket of fever trees along the Tarangire River within Chem Chem’s 20,000 acres of private land. The camp consists of two vintage-style safari tents and one two-bedroom family tent, all with indoor and outdoor showers. Accommodating up to six adults and two children, it is perfect for families or small groups looking for an intimate safari experience. A soft yellow, grey and black colour scheme is carried throughout the camp, and there is an elegant lounge tent, a fire pit and outdoor swing bed. As well as morning and afternoon game drives, there is the option to zoom in on the smaller details on a walking safari, visit a local Maasai village and join in with cooking around the camp fire. Start the day right with a walk up the hills to watch the sun rise over the entire Chem Chem concession and finish on a high with sundowners around Lake Burunge.
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.
Private transfer to your Ngorongoro lodge
Lodges and Camps in Ngorongoro Crater
- 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.
- Eight domes including a family and a honeymoon suite
- In-room wood-burning stoves
- Dining area
Set high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano, with views all the way to the Serengeti, this camp is far from any other camp in the area, yet guests can get to the Ngorongoro crater floor for dawn. Eight domed perspex-and-canvas suites offer king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings. One is designed to accommodate two adults and two children and the honeymoon suite is a little bit more private with a large elevated deck and an outdoor hot tub. This warm and stylish high altitude camp is redefining the Ngorongoro experience. Deliberately positioned deep in this highland wilderness for maximum privacy, it offers a richness of adventure and range of activities not possible elsewhere in crater area. The camp is perfectly located for great hikes and nature walks, or you can visit the local Maasai communities to get a glimpse into the way of life that has shaped this area of East Africa while sightings of zebra, buffalo, porcupine and even elephants have been reported from the camp.
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.
Private transfer from Ngorongoro to Manyara airport
Flight from Manyara to Grumeti Reserve
Singita Grumeti Reserve
Transfer from to your lodge or camp
Lodges and Camps in the North Serengeti
- Completely private camp
- 6 Luxury Canvas Tents (maximum 12 guests)
- Private guide, camp host, chef and camp staff
- Spa treatments upon request
- Laundry and valet services
Singita Explore is a return to the very essence of safari. This exclusive mobile camp treads lightly on 350,000 private acres of Tanzania’s majestic Serengeti, offering completely private, en-suite canvas hideaways that restore true adventure to days in the wilderness. Luxurious yet uncomplicated, a safari with Singita Explore is pure, distilled Africa. Singita Explore is sold on an exclusive use basis and available all year round. The best location is selected for the camp site in terms of game viewing and scenery for the time of year. Remote parts of Singita Grumeti Reserves have been identified to offer you a true wilderness experience in confident luxury. Singita Explore offers a total of 6 tents and 2 mess areas. This means that two individual mobile camps may be run at the same time.
- 10 Opulent Cottages
- Tennis Courts
- Spa and Gym
- Singita Shop
- Wireless Internet Access
Nominated as the Best Luxury Lodge in the world many times over, Singita Sasakwa is just that. Astounding luxury in a remarkably exclusive game reserve just on the fringes of the Serengeti National Park. Singita Sasakwa has 10 opulent cottages where you can totally relax and feel rather like royalty. Each cottage has a private heated plunge pool with views spanning across the stunning reserve and a private lounge with a fireplace to keep you warm on those chilly nights. Varying between one and four rooms, you will be able to enjoy your own little bit of class on this stunning reserve regardless of your numbers. Swarovski telescopes give you the chance to do some serious game spotting from the comfort of your own room, and with game roaming so freely around the lodge, you’ll have a zoom big enough to count eyelashes. The main house is built in a remarkable likeness to an Edwardian manor house with grand furniture, silverware and high ceilings. As you walk in you will feel quite regal and as the staff do their magic, you don’t have to worry about anything whatsoever. You can simply relax and make the most of your time either out with the game or reading a book by the open fire.
- Nine luxury tents
- Dining tent and library
- Swimming Pool
- Spa and gym facilities are available
- Tennis court
With just nine tents that reflect a time when Ernest Hemingway might have wandered through these beautiful lands, Sabora is a rather romantic place to explore the Grumeti Reserve from with some staggeringly good service to compliment the game. A real explorer’s camp, you have access to huge numbers of birds, healthy packs of lions and, for a few months a year, the famous wildebeest and zebra migration. It isn’t uncommon for the wildlife to stroll casually through the camp and bring you some extra special close encounters that you will remember for life. Canvas tents hark back to the early 20th century, with antique campaign furniture, warm rugs, brass lamps and fabulous four-poster beds making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Of course there are a few subtle modern comforts, including air conditioning, en suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The colonial theme continues into the dining tent with its large communal table and silver tableware. You can also dine out under the stars, a lovely way to spend your evening. As well as the incredible safari for which the Grumeti is renowned for, you can explore on guided walks and bird watching trips, visit the local community and anti poaching unit, play tennis, cool off in the pool, enjoy wine tasting (Singita is recognised as one of Africa’s most influential collectors of wine) or simply relax on the plains where day beds are scattered to provide spots for afternoon naps and incredible game-viewing.
- 8 Luxury Suites
- Luxury Villa
- Luxury Family Suite
- Two Infinity Swimming Pools
- Wireless Internet Access
- Singita Shop
- Spa and Gym
Absolute luxury. Absolutely sublime service. An absolutely unforgettable experience. Faru Faru Lodge is an exceptional place to enjoy some quality time being pampered and with your own concession area of some 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness, your experience will be a special one. It is perfectly placed for you to simply sit back and relax as the migrations come to you and during the months that the wildebeest and zebra have moved on, you will still have a rich variety of game on your doorstep to marvel at. There are 8 pristine and divinely luxurious suites, a Villa Suite that can accommodate two couples travelling together and a dedicated family suite or four. Each of these stunning rooms have their own reading area, picturesque window wall with lovely views and to increase the quality of the game you see, a Swarovki Telescope. The main dining area is unbelievably gorgeous and a great space to share your game experiences. All the modern facilities are available such as a gym and spa, as well a sweet shop stocked full with some perfect souvenirs to take back home. Unusual activities including archery, mountain biking and stargazing are also possible from this unbelievably beautiful lodge.
- Four suites
- Infinity swimming pool (25 metre)
- Wi Fi
Located on the slopes of the Sasakwa Hill within the expansive 350,000 acre Grumeti Reserve is Singita’s exclusive retreat house, with breath taking views of Serengeti’s open plains. The property enjoys picturesque views of a watering hole, from its perch on the south east of the hill slopes. Décor represents a mix of European country designs and African artefacts and the house provides ample space throughout the indoor and outdoor lounging areas, all which offer interrupted views. Within the house there are four spacious rooms; two suites in the main house and two garden suites, situated either side. Each of the rooms has a very unique and homely feel, which contributes to the understated glamour of Serengeti House. Singita Serengeti House encourages a wealth of experiences to make your time in the Serengeti, that extra bit special; from game viewing, memorable outdoor dinners, storytelling, and impromptu celebrations.
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.
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.
Transfer to local airstrip
Flight to Kilimanjaro
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