The Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit of Tanzania averages 11–14 days. 

You'll be immersed in the spectacle of the great animal migrations and a variety of animal habitats, from open savannas, to the world’s largest volcano caldera, to the shores of lakes and rivers where animals gather.

You’ll see:  zebras and wildebeest as far as the eye can see, giraffes and elephants gracefully making their way to the river for a morning drink, and flocks of pink flamingos rising from sunset colored water.

You'll visit tribes living their traditional lifestyles, and the site of man’s origins.

My eyes are full.
— NG
Our guide said to us,

‘Whatever we see, we are lucky.’

And we saw so much that it seemed as though providence blessed us every day.

Every morning, the anticipation was explosive inside me.

Each night I felt my heart growing bigger.
— AB
Standing over Olduvai Gorge where Mary Leakey discovered fossils of our most ancient ancestors seemed almost transcendental.
— AB

The Northern Circuit may include:

  • Game rides in Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Eyasi, Karatu District, and other areas.

  • Cultural experiences with local tribes, such as visiting a Maasai village, or a hunting expedition with the Bushmen.

  • Bustling Arusha, with shopping and cultural experiences.

  • Karatu school, with an interactive lesson by a tribal elder in the history and culture of the Iraqw tribe. Learn about dances, marriages, and the life in these villages almost untouched by time.

  • A nature walk identifying native and non-native plants, their role in the ecosystem and their value as medicine to local tribes, guided by a plant expert.

I don’t think we will ever experience a morning like we had today! From 6:00 on, a large group of elephants had gathered behind our bungalow to drink from a water tank – tons of trumpeting – right out our back window.

As we were getting ready for the day one of the staff came running to tell us to hurry up and come outside. About 100 yards past our bungalow (last one in our compound) three lionesses were sitting with five cubs and they were looking right at us. All of a sudden one of the lionesses started to roar and charged us. After being told to never run from a lion, I ran like a maniac.

The elephants then went crazy and started charging the lions who then moved on to protect their cubs.

As we left our bungalow to head to breakfast (escorted) we saw that the lions had killed a zebra right near the water tank so we knew they would be back soon. Since our luggage was packed to move on to our next setting, we were told NOT to return.

The owner’s son moved the zebra away from our camp by throwing it into his truck. As we left in our little caravan we stopped to watch animals approach the dead zebra – warthogs and water bucks – knowing full well that the lions would soon be returning to munch on their “catch of the day”.
— J & MH