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The Northern Circuit & Usambara Mountain: Luxury Lodge Safari & Hiking

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 16 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2306 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5016 US Dollar (USD)

The Northern Circuit is the most frequented by tourists for two reasons:
- Most of the destinations are fairly close to each other and many of Tanzania's most famous sites, such as Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro are all part of this Circuit.
- Due to the fact that all the parks, towns and attractions are within easy reach of one another, one can tour this entire Circuit by a vehicle with only a couple of hours in-between destinations.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, (KIA) meet and greet by our Driver Guide and then drive to Arusha at Ilboru safari Lodge for dinner and overnight. KIA is about 45km, approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour drive to Arusha.

Day 2: After breakfast briefing to the clients which will be conducted by one of our Office Staff, then drive to Arusha National Park for morning game drive with picnic lunches or hot lunch. Afternoon walking Safaris in the park. Dinner and overnight at Ilboru safari Lodge.

Arusha National Park: The Park lies just 37km east of Arusha, approximately 45minutes drive from Arusha. Arusha National Park is 137 sq km. As it's famous to the black-and-white colobus monkey, it’s the only place on the Northern safari circuit where can be seen. Arusha National Park is the perfect location for an active safari-canoeing on the Momela Lake. The park is the home of the famous mountain known as Mount Meru; (Fifth highest mountain in Africa, 4566 meters, (14,990 feet). Other prominent features found include Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater and Montane forest as well as Waterfalls. It’s a rich tapestry of habitats, teeming with animals and birds, (More than 400 species of birds have been recorded). Zebra, Leopard, antelope, giraffe, bufallo, warthog, waterbucks, dik-dik, spotted hyenas, etc. are part of wild animals which can been seen there. But elephant and Lion are uncommon in Arusha national Park.

Day 3: After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park, arrive in time for morning game drive and lunch at the lodge or picnic boxes. Then afternoon game drives in the park. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire River Lodge.

Tarangire National Park: The park is 120km (75 miles) south west of Arusha, approximately 2hrs-2:30hrs drive from Arusha town. The size is 2,600 sq km. It derives it's name from the Tarangire River. Tarangire National park has more than 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world, and it's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem-herds of up to 300 elephant, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartbeest, eland, antelope, warthog, etc. Tarangire python climb into the shade of the trees that line massive southern swamps and hang there like giant malignant fruit, coil neatly arranged over the branches in a perfect sphere; but very rare to be seen nowadays.

Day 4: After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park for morning game drive with picnic boxes or hot lunch at Mto wa Mbu. Afternoon visit at Makutano Cultural Village Art & Traditional Center-Mto wa Mbu. Thereafter drive to Kirurumu Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.

Lake Manyara National Park: It is 130km/80miles west of Arusha, approximately 2:30hrs drive from Arusha; From Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park is 80km approximately 1hr to 1:30hrs drive. It’s size is 330 sq km (127 sq miles) of which up to 200 sq km (77 miles) is lake when water levels are high. Acacia woodland shelters the park's famous tree-climbing lions, lying languidly among the branches in the heat of the day. The park's dazzling variety of birds,(more than 400 species have been recorded) includes thousands of red-billed quelea flitting over the water, pelicans, carmonants and the pink streak of thousands flamingos. Manyara is the perfect location for mountain biking and abseiling, but this will be conducted outside the park's borders. Lake Manyara National Park has one of the highest mammal biomass in the world. Elephant with a density of six per square kilometer, and buffalo with a density of 18 per square kilometer, comprises the bulk of this biomass. The ground water forest is another attraction as well as a series of hot water sulphur springs, and temperature can reach 70 Degree centigrade enough to boil an egg. Other varieties of wild animals can be seen also; i.e: hippo, blue monkey, bushbuch, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, dik-dik, etc.

Makutano Cultural Village Art & Traditional Center: Makutano is a Swahili word for meeting point. It’s located at Mto wa Mbu near the main entrance gate of Lake Manyara National Park. Is an Actual Village where a collection of authentically constructed dwellings from various part of Tanzania, which display several distinct architectural styles. In Tanzania, a land of superb landscapes and spectacular wildlife, another attraction stands equally tall-the people. Tanzania’s people are among the most welcoming and approachable on earth with a range of fascinating cultures ready to be shared with visitors. from the WaChagga of the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the now world-famous Maasai. Here you can experience a Cultural Excursions of 15 tribes among 125, Guides who are local people born and raised in the area, well trained in their jobs will explain to you everything; i.e: Their culture, way of their lives, their homes, unique ways of dressing including hairstyles, local dances, painting (tingatinga), handcraft, sculpture and gastronomy. Learn about traditional plant an tribal stories. They do also horticulture, fishing, poultry and bee keeping in the village. The tourists get a unique, unforgettable experience, the local people generate income and improve their standard of living, and both parties gain a valuable understanding of another culture which will last longer after the visitors have returned home.

Day 5: After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full game drive into the Crater with lunch boxes. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater: Its 190km from Arusha, approximately 3hrs-3:30hrs drive. From Lake Manyara National Park to Ngorongoro Crater is about 60km approximately 40minutes to 1hr drive. Ngorongoro is a huge Caldera (collapsed volcano), 304 sq km in size and 600 m deep. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 predominantly grazing-animals. These include wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, eland, kongoni, warthog, hippo, elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, bushbuck, baboons, vervet monkey, dik-dik, jackals, lion, leopard, cheeter, serval cats, hyenas, etc; Including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, lakes and marshes provide habitats for a wide range of birdlife. The most numerous and recent inhabitants of the Ngorongoro area are the Maasai, who arrived about 200n years ago. Their strong insistence on traditional custom and costume interests many visitors. As today there are approximately 42,000 Maasai pastoralists living in Ngorongoro with their Cattle, goats and sheep. Their presence is the main difference between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tanzania’s National Parks, which do not allow human habitation. Cultural ‘bomas’ or Maasai village give visitors the chance to meet Maasai people on their own terms and learn more about this complex and interesting culture. 

Day 6: After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunches along the way and stop at Olduvai Gorge, where local Guide will give a brief explanation about the Gorge. Thereafter game drive en-route to Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Mapito Tented Lodge.

Olduvai Gorge: The earliest signs of mankind are at Laetoli, where hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 million years old. Excavations, mainly by the Archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey, yielded four different kinds of hominids showing a gradual increase in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools. The first scull of Zinjanthropus commonly known as ‘Nutcracker man’, who lived about 1.75 million years ago, was found here.

Day 7: After breakfast, morning game drive, lunch at the lodge and afternoon walking safaris. Dinner and overnight at Mapito Tented Lodge.

Serengeti National Park: It's 350km (208 miles), approximately 6hrs-7hrs drive from Arusha. Stretching North to Kenya and bordering lake Victoria to the west. It's size 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles). Tanzania's oldest and most popular National Park, also a world Heritage site and recently proclaimed a world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for it's annual migration when some six million hooves pound the open plains as more than 200,000 zebras, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migrations is quite, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillation game-viewing in Africa; Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant, giraffe, eland, topi, kongoni, impala, gazelle, lion prides, leopards, cheeters, hyenas, etc. But there is more to Serengeti than large animals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surface of the park's isolated granite kopjes full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species.

Day 8: After breakfast, morning game drive en route to Seronera Airstrip for your local flight to Arusha which will depart at 11am. Meet at Arusha by our Driver and transfer to the hotel for lunch, then shopping if you would like, etc. Thereafter drive to Moshi at Kindoroko Hotel for dinner and overnight. From Arusha to Moshi is about 80km, approximately 1hr drive.

Day 9: After breakfast drive to Marangu for Chagga cultural tourism, walking and local lunch or lunch boxes, then drive to Lushoto for dinner and overnight at Muller’s Lodge. From Moshi to Lushoto is about 320km, approximately 3-4hrs drives.

Marangu Cultural Tourism: Why not combine a hike up the world’s most impressive Mountain with a visit to its people, the historically progressive WaChagga? See traditional and modern Chagga Art, Culture and their homes.

Day 10: After breakfast full day at Usambara Mountain for hiking, lunch at  the Cheese Farm. Dinner and overnight at Muller’s Lodge.

Usambara Mountains: The Mountains include Lushoto (West Usambara) and Amani (East Usambara). This mountains are part of the Eastern Arc chain in the Nort-Easternnpart of the country. Their western and Eastern ranges are divided by a 4km wide valley of small villages and farms, and hiking trails cover the foothills and larger peaks. Day walks and overnight trek take visitors through some of the most concentrated areas of biodiversity in Africa. Bird watching is especially rewarding, and the views from the mountaintops stretch over the Maasai steppe and, on a clear day, as far as the Indian Ocean. A place where you are directly connected the nature. Walking and hiking through the forestry is the main attraction.

Day 11: After breakfast drive to Dar es Salaam, lunch along the way at Njuweni Hotel. Arrive in time for early dinner at the beach Hotel and relax. Thereafter evening transfer to the Airport for your flight back home. It’s about 400km, approximately 4hrs drives from Lushoto.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price (With flight):
- $ 5,016.00 for one pax in a vehicle
- $ 3,534.00 per person for 2 pax in a vehicle
- $ 2,793.00 per person for 4 pax in a vehicle
-$ 2,546.00 per person for 6 pax in a vehicle.

Price (With no flight):
- $ 4,776.00 for one pax in a vehicle
- $ 3,294.00 per person for 2 pax in a vehicle
- $ 2,553.00 per person for 4 pax in a vehicle
- $ 2,306.00 per person for 6 pax in a vehicle.

Price Includes:
- Full board accommodation
- Park entry fees
- Vehicle 4WD
- Transfers
- Crater fee
- Maasai Boma or Cultural Visit
- Walking
- Olduvai Visit
- Shifting sands
- Soft drinks on game drives
- Local flight
- Lunch and dinner on the last day.

Price Excludes:
- Bar drinks
- Laundry
- International flight
- Gratuities
- Things of personal nature
- Tips at Lodges/Hotels
- Tip for Driver Guide, etc. 

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