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Northern Tanzania Safari

Northern Tanzania Safari is the classic safari and will start in Arusha National Park, then depending on the number of days booked for this classic safari, take you to Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Ideally if you can spend 8-12 days visiting this area, you will come away with an immersive wildlife and cultural experience that will have you falling in love with Tanzania.

If you don’t have that much time to spare, you can still have a wonderful experience with around five days on safari and perhaps a few days on Zanzibar. An overview of places and experiences that you can see while visiting the northern Tanzania safari areas are below. From casual camping and lodges to classic bush safari or luxury all the way, we will create a trip just for you. Even if you are here for just a few days, a great adventure can be had!

Your first full day will often be spent in Arusha as you catch up from your travels and the difference in time zones. Often a half day excursion to Arusha National Park is part of that first day – a beautiful introduction to Tanzania in an incredibly beautiful park. Other parks that can be part of a short or long safari include Tarangire National Park, famous for its thousands of elephants and majestic baobab trees. Large herds of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, baboons, various antelope, lions, leopards, cheetah, hundreds of bird species – Tarangire has just about everything!

Lions napping after a meal in the northern Tanzania safari

Not to be missed is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ngorongoro Crater, considered the eighth wonder of the world. Descending into the crater is like entering the land that time forgot. This unique, large “bowl of nature”, created 2.5 million years ago by the implosion of an active volcano, harbors almost every species of African plains mammal, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa.

The iconic Serengeti National Park along with Ndutu area encompass almost 40,000 square kilometers. The Serengeti plains are dotted with rocky outcrops, called “kopjes”, that provide sensitive micro-habitats for many varieties of wildlife. You’ll most likely encounter large and small cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs, serval cats, etc), and possibly witness the annual herd migration of over 2 million terrestrial mammals, like wildebeest and zebra. Hippos, crocodiles, ostriches, hyenas, jackals, Marabou Storks, Marshall Eagles, elephants, giraffe, buffalo and more inhabit these lands. During February and March the calving season takes place in Ndutu as thousands of wildebeest and zebras give birth.

In addition to the incredible game viewing and stunning landscapes on the northern Tanzania safari, cultural activities are available as part of your travels. Consider visiting the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, a stop at a Maasai boma, an afternoon visiting Olduvai Gorge, and even a visit to a local village school to get another glimpse of the Tanzanian way of life. These cultural stops will add great enrichment to your travels.

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Hippos bathing and or yawning in lake in Serengeti