Travel the Classic Northern Route


Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Tanzania.

9 Days in Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the vast Serengeti

The classic northern circuit of Tanzania, that includes Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Experience these prime wildlife viewing areas with a private guide and safari vehicle. The guides we use are some of the best in Tanzania, and know each area intimately. Accommodation is in fabulous luxury tented camps, plus the stunning Lemai Serengeti Lodge to end. With the wildebeest migration being so dynamic, we can adapt the schedule to suit the season.

Day 1

Arrive in Arusha and overnight at one the many lodges or hotels. Including Mt Meru Hotel, Arumeru River Lodge.

Day 2

You will be met this morning by your guide. Depart for Manyara Ranch in your private customised 4×4 safari vehicle.

Manyara Ranch breakfastManyara Ranch Conservancy is situated within the wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks. It offers a superb wilderness area with an excellent cultural mix for the active visitor to Tanzania.

In the heart of Tanzania’s northern circuit, the Ranch stands apart from the country’s National Parks by offering guests a completely exclusive experience in a unique wilderness.
The six luxury East African style tents provide comfortable and private accommodation, perfectly located for ample wildlife viewing from the tent’s deck.
Amenities include: ensuite bath room with hot and cold running water and showers, and flush toilets, insect proof screens, electric lighting. All the tents are placed under acacia trees for shade and all command panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. There is also a dining tent which includes a bar and small library.

For a more sophisticated option, Chem Chem is ideal.

Day 3

Explore the private conservancy or a day trip to Tarangire National Park.

Day 4

After breakfast this morning, drive to Ngorongoro highlands and the rim of the crater. Enroute you can visit Lake Manyara National Park.

Arrive in the late afternoon at one of the tented camps on the eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, and close to the descent road. Camps we use are Lemala Ngorongoro and Lions Paw Camp.Tents at Lion's Paw

Located on the eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, Lion’s Paw Camp is a  mere 10 minutes from the Crater floor, providing a sense of privacy and  intimacy with nature in contrast to the large lodges that sit on the rim  of the Crater. The camp  consists of seven large canvas tents with spacious sleeping quarters, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets as well as running water, and 24 hour  electricity. There are 4 tents with king size beds, 2 tents with twin beds and 1 family tent that features 2 bedrooms, one with a king size bed  and the other with two twin beds, making it ideal for two adults and one to two children. In addition the  camp is staffed year round with a gracious team devoted to meeting  your every need as well as a chef who delights in winning over your  culinary senses with his own famous dishes.

Day 5

With easy access to the crater floor; the strategy this morning is to be the first vehicle down, to allow for quality time in the early morning light. Hopefully you are the first to find lions still moving, or a rare black rhino.
After a picnic brunch, you drive to Dunia Camp in the  central Serengeti.

Leopard at Dunia CampDunia is a small, intimate camp with eight spacious tents, slightly elevated on the slope of Nyareboro Hill, each feature an en-suite bathroom and veranda from which magnificent views of the Serengeti plains. Canvas chairs and coir mats adorn the private verandas, while hurricane lamps provide a flicker of vintage charm as the sun dips behind the region’s iconic granite outcrops. Weathered wood, sturdy canvas and fine linen.

Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the south west corner of the Central Seronera Valley – the heart of the Serengeti.

Alternative camp to Dunia is Serengeti Safari Camp.

Day 7

Today you continue your journey to the northern Serengeti, and the spectacular Lamai Serengeti Lodge.Lamai Serengeti dining

Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from the Mara River.

Lamai Serengeti has just 12 rooms in all. These are split between two entirely separate lodges, the Main Lodge of 8 rooms and the smaller Private Lodge of 4 rooms.
All rooms have their own private and roomy verandas with spectacular views.
Each lodge has its own private bar and dining area, with adjoining library and map room and a natural rock swimming pool. cheetah at LamaiAll rooms have 24-hour power and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and powerful showers.
Each site has been carefully thought out. Firstly and most importantly, with the elements in mind, to take maximum advantage of the view, the sun, the wind and even the rain, welcome when it comes.
Activities include game drives, guided walks (additional cost), bush picnics and sundowners.
Lamai is a great area to visit throughout the year, though becomes more popular when the migration herds are heading south from Kenya.

Day 8

Explore the northern Serengeti.

Day 9

Today the safari ends, or can be extended. Extension ideas includes, gorilla tracking in Rwanda, Chimpanzee experience in the mountains near Lake Tanganyika or beach time on Zanzibar.

Further details

The schedule outlined above, is an example of the many types of trips we can put together for you in Tanzania. For more details on customising the ideal trip, and costs, please contact us.