Northern Circuit - Tanzania
Through our location in the heart of Northern Tanzania, we have specialized on Safaris in the world famous and unique northern National Parks. Without any doubt those parks are among to the most stunning and beautiful places in Eastern Africa.
Arusha National Park
The various habitats and eco systems of this small national park, the closest to Arusha town, are of a special interest as they can be discovered within a few hours.
The 552 sq.km big Arusha National Park is a beauty and often overlooked by safari goers as you will usually not find lions or cheetahs here. Therefore you can explore so called Ngorongoro ndogo (“the small Ngorongoro”) and Serengeti ndogo (“the small Serengeti”) watching plenty of giraffes, buffalos, zebras and a huge number of birds and monkeys like the rare black and white Colobus monkey. Kilimanjaro’ s small neighbor Mount Meru (4566 meters) is the heart of the park and the pride of the Meru people. Arusha National Park is the starting point for climbing the mountain.
The park offers opportunities for an extended walking safari additional to car game driving. On your forest walk and visit of the gigantic waterfalls falling from Meru Mountain numerous picnic sites will treat you to rest. Planning a day at Arusha National Park besides going to the “big ones” is a decision you will definitely not regret.
Tarangire National Park
The Tarangire River which is running miles long through the valley gave the 2.850 sq.km big park its name. Especially in the dry season it is the source of life for thousands of wild animals.
The Tarangire National Park is the first park you will pass on the route from Arusha to the Great Rift Valley, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Nowhere else in Tanzania you will find such a huge number of the big and famous Baobab trees that are forming the characteristic landscape of grassland and savannah. Furthermore Tarangire is known for the numerous elephants that live here. As soon as you have passed the park entrance the first giant will likely cross your way.
Of course there are animals like lions, giraffes, zebras, oryx antelopes, kudu, wild dogs, 550 bird varieties and more domiciled at Tarangire as it has the largest concentration of wildlife after the Serengeti. But still the huge elephant herds and especially their young will be one of the greatest attractions.
Lake Manyara National Park
From the western Rift Valley along the road to Ngorongoro and Serengeti you will behold what Ernest Hemingway once called “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Lake Manyara and its grassland and forest around are without doubt a place you should not miss on your safari.
The forest is home to hundreds of baboon families, Tanzania’s biggest elephants and the rare tree climbing lions furthermore zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, crocodiles and more. Through the leaves of the large green trees you will have a breathtaking view on the lake shimmering in the heat haze.
The 325 sq.km big Manyara National Park is an excellent place for bird watching.
From the hot springs that are known to heal people from diseases if they wash themselves in the hot water, with the lake in the background, you can watch huge wildlife herds, thus like zebras, buffaloes and elephant families, in the distance. Even the hippo pool and several other places offer plenty of great photo motives and inspiration. Truly Manyara is a vivid and lovely part of Africa!
Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
When three million years ago the volcano of Ngorongoro, once as high as Mount Kilimanjaro, through a volcanic eruption collapsed back upon itself a giant caldera arose.
Today the Ngorongoro Crater is with 3000 sq.km, a length of 19 kilometers and a depth of 600 meters the largest not fluted caldera on this planet. Because of its diversity in different eco systems (a mixture of forest, prairie, gorges, lakes and moor in the whole area) and its almost unlimited food supply it offers a home for up to 25.000 mammals throughout the year.
A visit in the Ngorongoro Crater is indispensable for a Safari through the Northern circuit of the Tanzanian National Parks. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, founded in 1959 and 8300 sq.km at all, is a prime example for balancing tourism, nature protection and grazing management. The crater floor itself is worth a visit throughout the year. Wild animals like hippos, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, spotted hyenas, around fifty lions, leopards, buffaloes, wildebeest, ostriches, antelopes and the endangered last black rhinos can be found here.
The beauty of the gigantic countryside of the Crater makes Ngorongoro definitely to one of the most impressive places to be on your Safari. The Ngorongoro Crater is not without reason commonly called the 8th wonder of the world.
Serengeti National Park
The world famous Serengeti National Park, “the endless land” in the Maasai language, ranges with an area of 14.763 sq.km from the crater highlands of Ngorongoro in the east to the Maasai Mara in the North and Lake Victoria in the west. It is the biggest National Park in Tanzania.
The Serengeti is the scenery of the annual great migration of 1.5 million wildebeest and 300.000 zebras, countless antelopes and gazelles that are following the rain and the sprouting grass. They cover a distance of thousands of kilometers from the Maasai Mara in the south of Kenya up to the Ngorongoro Crater and even Tarangire National Park to find almost endless water supply at the Tarangire River.
In January the young zebras will be born in the Serengeti, the wildebeests follow in March. With the beginning of the rainy season end of March the wildebeest and zebras slowly start their journey to the north western territory again wandering to the Masai Mara from where they will migrate back in the time around November.
Mainly the Park is divided into three corridors, the Central Seronera Valley with the Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern Lobo Area that extends northwards through the Lamai Wedge to the Maasai Mara. You will usually enter the Park through the southern Naabi Hill Gate to the Seronera Valley. The wide open grassy plains, rock kopjes and a huge number of rivers make this part to the heart of Serengeti with a high wildlife concentration throughout the year, due to endless water and food supply. In March it is also the calving place for the wildebeest.
Throughout the year a Safari to the Serengeti is a non recurring experience. Beautiful sunrises, the characteristic acacia trees, an unimaginable greatness and diversity of species offer inexhaustibly inspiration, photo motives, adventure and the compelling feeling of being far away of any civilization and part of an almost untouched eco system. In the Serengeti there are grassland plains and savannah as well as riverine forest and woodland offering a home to the big five –elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard- wildebeest, zebras, cheetahs, gazelles, giraffes, spotted hyena, jackal and many more. About 1.6 million herbivores, countless carnivores and more than 500 different bird species can be found here.