4-Day Northern Circuit Safari: Wildlife Safari

4 Days

Trip Facts

  • Landcruiser, Minivans
  • 5-50
  • Moderate
  • Hotels, lodges, tented camps
  • Fully Guided
  • 15-99 yrs
  • Instant Booking
  • June-October
  • Private & Group


Embark on a mesmerizing 4-day safari through Tanzania’s Northern Circuit, a journey that promises to immerse you in the beauty and wildlife of East Africa. From the vast plains of Serengeti to the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, this expedition offers an unforgettable experience in some of Africa’s most renowned national parks.

As you embark on this adventure, you’ll be greeted by the stunning landscapes of Tanzania, from rolling hills to expansive savannahs. Your safari will be filled with wildlife encounters, including the chance to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park, where thousands of wildebeests and zebras traverse the plains in search of fresh grazing lands.

In Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll descend into the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, home to an incredible array of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and rhinos. The crater’s unique ecosystem provides a breathtaking backdrop for your safari adventure, offering unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Throughout your journey, you’ll be accompanied by experienced safari guides who will share their knowledge and passion for the African wilderness. You’ll also have the chance to stay in comfortable lodges and camps, where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploration.

As your safari comes to an end, you’ll return to Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport, filled with memories of incredible wildlife sightings and the beauty of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. This 4-day safari promises an enriching and unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the large elephant herds of Tarangire National Park
  • Experience the unique tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park
  • Explore the vast plains of Serengeti National Park, home to the Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy scenic drives through the Tanzanian countryside
  • Encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including the Big Five
  • Stay in comfortable lodges or tented camps amidst the wilderness
  • Enjoy picnic lunches surrounded by the beauty of nature
  • Learn about the local ecosystems and wildlife from experienced safari guides
  • Relax and unwind in the tranquil ambiance of Tanzania's national parks



Your adventure begins with your arrival in Arusha, Tanzania, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by your safari guide. After a brief orientation and introduction to your itinerary, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to Tarangire National Park.


Arrive at Tarangire National Park, known for its large elephant herds, ancient baobab trees, and diverse wildlife. Stop for a picnic lunch at a designated spot within the park, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.


Set out on your first game drive in Tarangire, exploring the park’s diverse habitats and searching for wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, lions, giraffes, and various antelope species as they roam the savannah.


Check in to your lodge or tented camp in Tarangire, where you’ll enjoy dinner and overnight stay, relishing the day’s adventures amidst the tranquility of the Tanzanian wilderness.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, depart Tarangire and journey to Lake Manyara National Park, renowned for its tree-climbing lions and diverse birdlife. Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside, passing small towns and rural landscapes along the way.


Arrive at Lake Manyara and begin your game drive, exploring the park’s varied ecosystems, including woodlands, grasslands, and the alkaline lake. Keep an eye out for elephants, hippos, buffaloes, and an array of bird species as you traverse the park.


Pause for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot within Lake Manyara National Park, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Continue your safari adventure with another game drive, seeking out the park’s resident wildlife and enjoying the beauty of its natural surroundings.


Check in to your accommodation near Lake Manyara, where you’ll enjoy dinner and overnight stay, recounting the day’s sightings and experiences with your fellow travelers.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, depart Lake Manyara and journey to Serengeti National Park, one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations and home to the Great Wildebeest Migration. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Serengeti plains, with opportunities to spot wildlife along the way.


Stop for lunch at a designated picnic site or lodge restaurant, enjoying a delicious meal amidst the stunning landscapes of Serengeti National Park. Take some time to relax and soak in the beauty of your surroundings before continuing your safari adventure.


Enter Serengeti National Park and embark on an afternoon game drive, exploring the park’s vast plains and searching for the Big Five and other iconic African species. Keep your camera ready for incredible wildlife sightings as you traverse the Serengeti wilderness.


Check in to your lodge or tented camp in Serengeti, where you’ll enjoy dinner and overnight stay, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Wake up early for a sunrise game drive in Serengeti National Park, maximizing your chances of encountering wildlife during the cooler hours of the day. Witness the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti plains as the sun rises over the horizon.


Return to your accommodation for breakfast and check-out, bidding farewell to Serengeti National Park as you embark on your journey to Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a scenic drive through the highlands of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with opportunities to spot wildlife along the way.


Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s most iconic natural wonders. Enjoy a game drive in the crater floor, surrounded by the towering walls of the caldera and encountering a diverse array of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and rhinos.


After your game drive, begin the journey back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you’ll bid farewell to your safari guide and board your onward flight, marking the end of your unforgettable Northern Circuit Safari.

Breakfast, Lunch



  • Accommodation: Hotels, lodge or tented camp, (depending on package)
  • All Meals as per Itinerary
  • Transportation: Airport transfers, transfers between destinations
  • Professional safari driver/tour guide
  • Bottled water during activities
  • All park entrance fees and taxes


  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and drinks not specified (available to purchase)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary (available to purchase)


What is the best time to go on a safari in Tanzania's Northern Circuit?

The best time for a safari in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is during the dry season, from June to October, when wildlife viewing is at its peak. However, the Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park is best witnessed from November to July.

What wildlife can I expect to see on this safari?

You can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros), as well as giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and a rich diversity of bird species.

Are bush walks included in the itinerary?

Bush walks are not typically included in this itinerary, but they can be arranged as an optional activity at an additional cost, depending on the availability and park regulations.

What type of vehicles are used for the safari?

The safari is conducted in 4×4 safari vehicles, either open-sided or with pop-up roofs for optimal wildlife viewing. The vehicles are equipped with comfortable seating and are driven by experienced safari guides.

Are meals provided during the safari?

Yes, all meals are included during the safari. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at designated times and locations, with options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets.

Is camping included in this safari?

Camping is not included in this safari itinerary. Accommodations are typically in lodges or tented camps, offering comfortable amenities and a close-to-nature experience.

What should I pack for the safari?

It is recommended to pack light, comfortable clothing in neutral colors for the safari. Essential items include sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, and a good pair of binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Is there a chance to interact with local communities during the safari?

While the focus of the safari is on wildlife viewing, there may be opportunities to visit local communities and learn about their culture and traditions. However, these visits are subject to availability and may require additional arrangements.

Can I extend my stay in Tanzania after the safari?

Yes, you can extend your stay in Tanzania before or after the safari. There are many attractions to explore, such as visiting other national parks, relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar, or experiencing the local culture in Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Our customer support team can help arrange any additional trips or activities.

What is the currency in Tanzania, and should I bring cash or use credit cards?

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). While credit cards are accepted in larger hotels, restaurants, and stores in major cities like Arusha and Dar es Salaam, it’s advisable to carry some cash, especially for purchases in smaller shops, markets, and remote areas where cards may not be accepted. ATMs are available in major towns and cities for cash withdrawals, but it’s recommended to notify your bank before traveling to ensure your cards will work internationally.

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