Northern Circuit

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro consists of three summits: to the west, the shira plateau, to the east Mawenzi peak and between the two the snow-capped summit of Kibo which reaches 5 894 meters. It’s the roof of Africa. There are several ways to reach the top: Marangu route (to the west) is the most popular, Machame (to the west), Umbwe and Mweka (to the south) are more demanding. You’ll be trekking and mountain climbing.

We recommend an extra day between 4000 and 5000 metres will help you avoid altitudes sickness before the final ascent. This helps you acclimatize very well which in turn increases your chances of summiting.

Best time: Whole year but take into account the rainy seasons which is April, May and November.
How to get there: 2 hour drive from Arusha and 40 minute drive Moshi Town.
 

Arusha National Park / Mount Meru 

The Arusha National Park lies east of Arusha Town. The park is divided into three distinct areas: Ngurdoto crater, Momela lakes and Mountain Meru. The black and white colobus is the mascot of the park, with exception of lions and rhinoceroses; you will see all kinds of wildlife and hundreds of different species of sedentary or migratory birds. Hide-outs have been created for observation.

Mount Meru Trek is another great climb in its own unique way. You trek through a variety of landscapes –a plain, forests, moorlands, and a lava desert-it is compulsory to be accompanied by an armed park warden because of the animals (elephants, buffaloes). From the summit, you will have an impressive view of the crater and 3000 metres below of the eruption cone.
 
Best time: Whole year.The best months to climb are from July to February. Drizzles in November.
How to get there: 30 minute drive from Arusha. The park is on the outskirts of the town.
 
Tarangire National Park
 
Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. During the dry season the river lures herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken, brackish waters. The animals come by thousands, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire’s pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed.
 
Best time: June to November
How to get there: 2 hour drive from Arusha
 
Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park lies about 120 km southwest of Arusha. Entering the park the tall trees surround the ground forest. In many ways it resembles a tropical rainforest - with its verdant foliage and variety of bird life - the difference being these trees are supported by a water supply from underneath rather than by abundant rainfall.  Following the formation of the Rift Valley, streams cascaded down the rocky walls and, because there was no outlet, a lake was formed.

Best time: Whole year
How to get there: 3 hour drive from Arusha
 
Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Land of the Maasai, of their cattle and of the fauna, this protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley, gigantic fracture of the earth’s crust. Volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archeological sites from this magnificent landscape. Enjoy a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater in a Four-wheel drive Vehicle. The floor of the crater is only 100 sq miles but is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators and some of the finest black-maned Lion in Africa.  Rhino can be seen with calves at heel.

Ngorongoro Crater Tour can be included with a Maasai Village Visit on the Crater Rim. One of the family members will give brief talk regarding communication methods in the area.  You will have a unique opportunity to experience their nomadic lifestyle as they are introduced to the Maasai families and welcomed into their homes.

Best time: Whole year
How to get there: 4 hour drive from Arusha.
 
Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti NationalPark is arguably the most famous National Park in the world.  The Serengeti perhaps defines the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabits it. Established in 1951, and covering an area of almost 15,000 sq km –an area comparable to the state of Connecticut or Northern Ireland, the Serengeti hosts a fantastically diverse eco-system. The principal attraction of the Serengeti is the passing of the wildebeest migration, 1.5 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game that follow close behind, stalked by the inevitable predators who make the most of the ‘feast’ close at hand. 

Best time: Whole year. Migration is during the months of December to May in the south of the park and from June to October to the west (Western Corridor) and to the north. During the other months you can still see plenty of game as there are many resident animals.
How to get there: from Arusha, 5 hours drive.

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