Tanzania's Northern Circuit safaris, tours & holiday packages
Perfect for first-time safaris in Tanzania
Experience the best Tanzania has to offer in six must-see conservation areas of the north, either in a small group or on a private guided safari
The northern tourism circuit is by far the most popular safari circuit in Tanzania, comprising most of the must-see destinations in the country. If you're a first-time visitor to Tanzania, this is where you want to be. The circuit starts in Arusha and includes, from east to west: Arusha National Park at the foot of Mount Meru, Tarangire National Park 110km southwest of the town of Arusha, Manyara Ranch between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara National Park at the bottom of the Gregory Rift, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (which includes the Ngorongoro caldera, the Empakaai Crater and the southern Serengeti plains of Lake Ndutu), and the Serengeti National Park that stretches north to the Tanzania/Kenya border.
Popular Tanzania Northern Circuit safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Tanzania
Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Serengeti National Park
This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.
From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration
Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration
Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival
The movement takes place in Tanzania, which covers Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha and Tarangire National Park
There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti
Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever
The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!
'If you plan your northern circuit safari well you can still experience an authentic safari, even during peak times; it is possible to show you lions and the migration without many vehicles present. It's important to start planning early so that you have as many lodge options as possible.'
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A combination of these parks and reserves will give you the best possible first-time safari experience in Tanzania and there are enough lodges and camps to suit your budget. We can provide you with all three different safari options into Tanzania’s Northern Circuit: group departures, fly-in safaris and private guided safaris. The latter two can include activities such as walking and a hot air balloon ride. We're experts at getting you to see the annual wildebeest migration, the crossings of the Mara River and the birth of a new generation on the southern Serengeti plains.There are variations and ways to keep you from the masses that gather in the central Serengeti during July and August or the busy Ndutu area during February.
Tanzania Northern Circuit Map
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tanzania Northern Circuit
A Grumeti safari is rewarding throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve is during the migration months of June and July - when massive herds of wildebeest arrive to cross the crocodile-infested Grumeti River… go there.
December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. However, Mount Kenya National… go there.
The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos… go there.
June to October is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park. During the dry season - when the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.
July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes. go there.
Reviews on our Tanzania Northern Circuit safaris
Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…
Jates and Hil Oettle
from South Africa
Start to finish Discover Africa was wonderful crafting the perfect safari tailored for us! Karl was attentive and responsive from the very first email. He worked with us to find us EVERYTHING we wanted within our budget! He kept in touch the…
Our dream Tanzanian Safari was perfect magic; endless unique animal viewing, fab guide, great camps!
After initially contacting Discover Africa, Karl Svendsen contacted me and we started the process of getting a quote and defining an itinerary for a safari to Tanzania. Karl was extremely professional and timely in his responses and in short…
Fantastic safari and excellent logistics!
from United States
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…
We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…
from South Africa