Northern Circuit

This is the best developed tourism route in the country. It is the home of classic “safari” (journey) experience, a spectacularly diverse cluster of eco-system and habitats, linked by the movements of as definitive a cross section of wildlife as is found on the African continent.

From the endless short-grass plains of the Serengeti to the dense riverine forests of Lake Manyara the classic African Savannah of Tarangire to the lushly blended eco-systems of Ngorongoro, there runs a shifting migration of African wildlife that perfectly captures the safari experience.

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Arusha National Park

Formally known as Ngurdoto Crater National Park, but since the Mount Meru was included in 1967  the name changed to Arusha National Park. The park derives its name from Waarusha people who traditionally lived in the area, the park is about 542 km2 including the mount Meru and Meru forest, the park provides the very good habitats for the birdlife and black and white Colobus Monkeys and the spectacular view of mount Kilimanjaro and the Tanzanite’s mining “Mererani” Momella lakes are beautiful too, the lakes inhabited by the number of the beautiful Flamingos.

Things to do:
Birding Safaris, Cultural Tourism, Mountain Climbing, Walking Safaris, Wildlife Safaris


Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park attained it’s status in 1973 to preserve Mount Kilimanjaro outstanding scenic features and it’s flora and fauna. At an altitude of 5895 above sea level, besides the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro with its three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira is also the highest free – standing mountain in the world. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro.Things to do:

Things to do:
Birding Safaris, Mountain Climbing, Paragliding and Microflights, Walking Safaris


Lake Manyara National Park

The park covers an area of 648 km2 230 km2 is covered by water body while the rest is covered by land including the Marang forest. The park is easily reached from Arusha, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. Lake Manyara National Park was declared a National Park in 1960 for preserving the large variety of habitats such as Rift Valley, under ground water forest, woodland forest and the recent added Marang forest. The name Manyara derived from the plant scientifically called Eurphobia Tirucalli which the Maasai people used to fence their herd’s stock. The park is well known for its tree climbing lions.

Things to do:
Birding Safaris, Boating and Canoeing, Horse and Camel Riding, Mountain Biking, Wildlife Safaris

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Ngorongoro Conservation Authority Area

The volcanic crater of Ngorongoro has been listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Abounding with mammal and bird life, its name comes from the Maasai word meaning “gift of life”. It forms a huge (263 square kilometer) natural sanctuary, for almost all the large animals’ native to the East African plains including the rare black rhino, giraffe, cheetahs, leopards, lions, zebras and wildebeest.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the crater is the world’s largest intact inactive volcanic caldera.  It is only 190 kilometer (118 miles) from the city of Arusha, lying just eastern[PM1]  of the Serengeti plains.  Ngorongoro has been a protected area for nearly a century; its only human inhabitants are the pastoral Maasai people. 

Things to do:
Birding Safaris, Cultural Tourism, Mountain Climbing, Walking Safaris, Wildlife Safaris

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Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is the largest and the oldest national park and wildlife sanctuary in northern Tanzania with an area of nearly 15,000 square kilometers. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word meaning “endless plains”, The Serengeti ecosystem includes the Maswa Game Reserve, Loliondo Controlled Area, Grumeti Game Reserve, Ikorongo Game Controlled Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Authority Area and the Maasai Game Reserve in Kenya.

The annual spectacle of the Great Migration of over a million wildebeest and a quarter-million zebra begins in the Serengeti after the birth of up to 300,000 wildebeest calves. A dramatic but natural balance to these numbers is provided by resident predators such as the lions, leopards, and crocodiles which prey on the wildebeest and other animals.

The Serengeti National Park can be easily accessed by road or air from Nairobi, Arusha, Maasai Mara Game reserve, Kilimanjaro Airport, Kampala and Ngorongoro. Hot air balloon rides over the Serengeti plains provide the safari experience of a life time. Things to do:

Things to do:
Balloon Safaris, Birding Safaris, Wildlife Safaris

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Natioanl Park, located only 150 kilometers southwest of Arusha, provides a highly varied ecology “where the giants meet”. Huge baobab tree and large herds of elephants reign over this unique transition zone between the Savannah of East Africa and the Miombo woodland of Central Africa. During the dry season (June – September, The Tarangire River attracts wildlife of all kinds. The swamps of the Tarangire never completely dry up and they host over 500 species of breeding birds, more than any other habitat in the world. Huge termite mounds dot the park’s approximately 2800 square kilometers.  A hot air balloon ride over the Tarangire can provide a thrilling climax to a visit to this park.

Things to do:
Balloon Safaris, Birding Safaris, Wildlife Safaris

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