Serengeti & Northern Circuit
The parks in the north of Tanzania are some of the most popular safari destinations in the world; partly because of the opportunity to view the annual Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya.
Visitors to the northern safari circuit are attracted to the plains of the Serengeti, the vast volcanic bowl of the Ngorongoro Crater, the tree climbing lions and flamingos of Lake Manyara and the enormous elephant herds of the Tarangire National Park.
The Serengeti is classic safari country whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is teeming with wildlife and this conservation area is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Covering only 260 km2, the 600 metre-deep volcanic crater is home to 30,000 animals and is one of the only places in Africa where you stand a very good chance to see all of the Big Five in the course of a game drive.
Lake Manyara National Park is home to over 400 species of birds including thousands of flamingos inhabiting the shallow waters of the lake. Tree-climbing lions are a peculiar sight in this relatively small park. Tarangire National Park teems with wildlife in the dry season and is strewn with giant baobab trees.
Highlights during any trip to Tanzania’s Northern Circuit include:
- Drift above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon for a ‘silent’ safari experience.
- Visit a local Masaai village and school for a deeper understanding of this unique culture.
- Sign up for a rather unique safari experience – a horse-back safari on the plains of the Serengeti.
Serengeti & Northern Circuit Accommodation
Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
This mobile tented camp moves between three different locations as it follows the Great Migration across the Serengeti - putting you in the thick of the action, close to thousand-strong herds of wildebeest. Along with fantastic game viewing experience an authentic under canvas safari, staying in one of 10 comfortable tents each with a hot bucket shower.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
This small tented camp sits tucked under a canopy of acacia trees close to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Staying here you’re well placed to be one of the first vehicles down on the crater floor. A great choice for more adventurous travellers wanting to combine a big game safari with evenings around the campfire and nights under canvas.
Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
AndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is set in the remote Western Serengeti. The camp is situated on a by-water of the Grumeti River, known for its dramatic wildebeest crossings and enormous Nile crocodiles. Rustic yet sophisticated, the tented suites have whimsical and quirky interiors. All 10 feature shaded private decks overlooking the river.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Set on the rim of the world’s largest intact crater, the luxury Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is something truly unique. The handcrafted mud and thatched suites are set up on stilts and look down on the crater floor, which is home to more than 30 000 animals! Besides the chance to see the Big Five and many more, this outstanding destination offers a luxury stay with elegant decor and decadent amenities.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Guests can spend their days searching for tree-climbing lions, spotting herds of buffalo and giraffe as well as cheetah and hippo at the luxury Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Their nights will be spent relaxing in luxury tree houses ‘floating’ in a forest with views of the Rift Valley. An incredibly diverse natural setting, abundance of game and outstanding service and cuisine are what sets Lake Manyara Tree Lodge apart.
Singita Grumeti Reserve
Private Singita Grumeti Reserve, Serengeti
Singita Grumeti Reserves Located along the Western corridor of the Serengeti in Tanzania, exclusive Singita Grumeti Reserves is distinguished by its eco-philanthropic ethos. An award-winning safari destination covering 340 000 acres of private land, its three distinctive lodges, flagship Singita Sasakwa, Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru offer supreme privacy and exceptional luxury. Singita’s newest offering is Singita Explore, an exclusive mobile camp.
Sanctuary Swala Camp
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Sanctuary Swala is located in an exceptionally private section of Tarangire National Park, offering visitors a very exclusive safari experience. Twelve luxury tents, exquisitely furnished with traditional materials, surround the main dining area, deck and library which are lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. A stunning infinity swimming pool overlooks the busy waterhole. Unashamed luxury in the heart of nature!