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The Northern Circuit: Luxury lodge Safari & Zanzibar Extension

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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: 2846 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4346 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 Kigongoni 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 Kigongoni 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 Roika Tented Lodge.

Tarangire National Park: The park is 118km (75 miles) south west of Arusha, approximately 2hrs-2:30hrs drive from Arusha town. The size is 2,600 sq km (1,005 sq miles). 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 game drive with picnic boxes or hot lunch. Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

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. Its 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.

Day 5: After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full game drive into the Crater with lunch boxes. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena 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), 264 sq km in size and 610 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 brief explanations about the Gorge. Thereafter game drive en-route to Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena 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 Game drive. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena 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.

Day 8: After breakfast, morning game drive en route to Seronera Airstrip for your local flight to Zanzibar, meet and greet by our representative at point of arrival, then transfer to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon relax at the beach. Dinner and overnight at Dhow Palace.

Zanzibar: Myth or Reality? No doubt, reality: Zanzibar is an archipelago of 1000 square miles located 25 miles east of Tanzania mainland, 6 degree south of Equator. With a total population of almost one million, here three religions live together: Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. The Stone Town is the capital Town, considered the only functioning Swahili town in East Africa and declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

No doubt, myth: The sole pronunciation of its name places our minds in the magic field of dreams, of Arabian Sultans and Princesses, luxury, endless unspoiled beaches and coconut trees. And, as we all know, reality goes always beyond fantasy: The best of the dreams is the real Zanzibar. The name of Zanzibar Zanguebar, Bilad es Zandj (the land of black people) for the first Muslim traders that recalled in these shores, summarizes nowadays the originality and endless relations that over 1000 years have built the complex cultural system that evolves in a privileged natural frame work, at which the strength of colors and smells sharpen our senses: The wonderful blue sea and white sands of the breathtaking beaches, the green of the luxuriant vegetation and the spices. Like Zanzibar people, fauna and flora are also examples of the mixture of element of different backgrounds: The giant Tortoises in Changuu Island are now as local as the Red Colobus Monkeys of Jozanin Forest.

Stone Town: Zanzibar’s old quarter, usually called” Stone Town” is a fascinating maze of narrow streets and alleyways which lead past numerous old houses and mosques, ornate places, shops and bazaars. Overlooking dhows and outrigger canoes moored in the harbor, many buildings date from the 19th Century slave boom. Highlights include the magnificent House of Wonders, the palace Museum and the night market in Forodhani gardens. There are many excursions possible from Stone Town including boat trips, spice tours, diving, fishing, snorkeling and more.

Day 9: After breakfast City Tour, the tour starts from the Stone Town of Zanzibar, where you will visit the most historical and interesting places in town, such as Zanzibar Museum, former slave market, busy food market in the city, House of wonders, Old fort, the Sultan Palace, Old Dispensaries, Dr. Living Stone House, the harbor for Dhows. And finally you will take a leisurely walk through the narrow Street of the Stone Town. Also in this part of tour you will find a lot of exotic small Bazaars, spice and antique shops which offers novelty gift items and attractive materials,(batiks & Saruni). Thereafter transfer to the Spice Farms for spice tour with lunch. The tour takes you the country side to visit some plantations such as Root Crops, spices, perfumes, medical plants, tropical fruits and flowering trees. It is a tour that will prove why Zanzibar is referred as: The Spice Island. The tour is also includes a visit at Maruhubi Palace-Ruins and Gardens, bought by third Sultan of Zanzibar Seyyid Barghashi from an Arab of the Maruhubi tribes. You will also get a chance to visit Kidichi Persian baths-built in1850 by Sayyid Said bin Sultan, (the first Sultan) for his wife Princess Shehrzard (grand daughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia). Dinner and overnight at Dhow Palace.

Day 10: After breakfast snorkeling trip from Nungwi Beach to Mnemba Island. Day trip snorkeling tour with lunch. You will be taken on engine boat to snorkel at the best coral reefs at Mnemba Atoll Coral Garden, one will also enjoy sea food beach BBQ at the best beach. Dinner and overnight at Dhow Palace.

Day 11: After breakfast, morning free at the beach, lunch and then afternoon transfer to the airport for local flights to Dar es Salaam. Meet on arrival by our representative and transfer to the hotel for day room, packing and relax. Early dinner at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price (With flight):
- $ 4,346.00 for one pax in a vehicle
- $ 3,446.00 per person for 2 pax in a vehicle
- $ 2,996.00 per person for 4 pax in a vehicle
- $ 2,846.00 per person for 6 pax in a vehicle

Price Includes
- Full board accommodation
- Park entry fees
- Vehicle 4WD
- Transfers
- Crater fee
- Walking
- Olduvai Visit
- Soft drinks on game drives
- Local flights.

Price Excludes:
- Bar drinks
- All meals in Zanzibar
- Excursions in Zanzibar
- Laundry
- International flight
- Gratuities
- Things of personal nature
- Tips at Lodges/Hotels, Tip for Driver Guide, etc. (You can book all excursions and meals directly at the Hotel and pay direct).