With flourishing ecosystems and huge concentrations of wildlife, Tanzania’s Northern Circuit offers a Big Five African safari adventure like no other.

Tanzania is profoundly beautiful and remarkably unspoilt: almost a third of the country is protected, with 14 national parks preserving a range of ecosystems that support almost an astonishing concentration and diversity of game. Home to almost a fifth of Africa’s large mammals – from elephant and hippo to lion, wildebeest, zebra and more – it is easy to understand why safari is a way of life in beautiful Tanzania.

Tune into the spirit of Tanzania at Arusha Coffee Lodge, where you can catch your breath after your flight. The next morning, experience a part of Africa untamed by time in Tarangire National Park, the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania. This untouched paradise – particularly famous for its massive baobab trees, enormous elephant herds and tree-climbing lions – offers a superb, authentic safari in a remote, uncrowded wilderness. Next up is iconic Ngorongoro Crater, the floor of which supports an astonishing concentration of wildlife, including 25 000 large mammals. Round off your Tanzania safari with the unmissable Serengeti plains, a vast grassland savannah that plays host to the astounding Great Migration, with thrilling predator action as over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra search out seasonal grazing in an age-old cycle ­– a profound and life-changing spectacle.

Itinerary overview

Duration9 days/8 nights
AccommodationArusha Coffee LodgeTarangire Treetops LodgeLemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
Suited ForFamily & friends; adventure; romance
HighlightsBig 5 game viewing; Great Wildebeest Migration; remote, uncrowded safari; predator action

Itinerary in detail

Image of Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha

This beautiful lodge tucked away among the coffee plantations that cover the gently rolling foothills of Mount Meru is the perfect place to settle into African time ahead of your upcoming big-game safari. Designed around the original homestead that dates from the early 20th century, the 30 plantation houses scattered through the lush garden are spacious and inviting retreats among the coffee trees.

Image of Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire National Park

In a magical setting in a private reserve bordering Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Treetops is an airy delight. The 20 spacious, beautifully crafted treehouse suites are elevated above the ground, with an open-fronted design and expansive private decks that give you spectacular views over the tops of the marula and baobab trees all the way to the Tarangire plains. The lodge is well situated to get you into Tarangire at first light for an exhilarating game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicles. The park is famous for its huge concentration of elephant, its magnificent and ancient baobab trees and its tree-climbing lions, as well as a host of other wildlife species and over 550 bird species. After a rewarding day’s viewing, enjoy a lantern-lit dinner in a traditional boma or dine poolside by candlelight while keeping an eye out for the wealth of wildlife that comes to drink at the lodge’s waterhole.     Activities

  • Guided safari drives in open-top 4x4 game-viewing vehicles
  • Guided night drives at Tarangire Treetops
  • Walking safari
  • Maasai village tour
  • Bush dinner under the African night sky
  • Bush lunch to extend your game-viewing hours
  • Sundowner cocktails on magical Sunset Hill

Image of Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Crater

Ideally located in an ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater under 5 minutes from the quiet Lemala access route, Lemala Ngorongoro is a luxurious, authentic and intimate camp that gives you first-light access into the Ngorongoro Crater and a good hour’s headstart over other visitors – ideal for serious wildlife photographers and seasoned safari-goers. Its views of the cliffs plunging down into Africa’s Eden below have to be seen to be believed. This beautiful, low-key tented camp conjures up the romance of the classic safari. Each of the nine spacious canvas tents has a roomy en-suite bathroom with dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower, while the beautifully furnished, atmospheric mess tent is superbly comfy with deep sofas, Persian carpets and relaxing home comforts. Delicious meals around the campfire are the perfect time to exchange stories of the day’s game-viewing drive or game walk into the forest and along the crater rim in the company of an armed ranger and a Maasai. Activities

  • Guided Ngorongoro Crater safari in 4x4 game-viewing vehicle
  • Guided walking safari along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Cultural experiences & community interaction

Image of Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park

The game-rich Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti is an essential safari destination. An abundance of water means that this part of the Serengeti is famous for the quality of its year-round game viewing and large population of big cats. But from April to June and November to January, these plains thrum with the beat of a million hooves as the annual wildebeest migration passes through, bringing with it the biggest wildlife spectacle on the planet as the big cats spring into action. Lemala Ewanjan has been thoughtfully sited at the end of a blind valley to maximise privacy and staggering views across the plains. The 12 tented suites are the epitome of safari luxury, with spectacular views of the Serengeti wilderness from each doorstep. Each solar-lit tent boasts two queen-size beds, flush toilet, large safari shower with plentiful running water, and outdoor loungers. The communal mess tent is elegantly decorated: leather sofas, chandeliers, side cabinets, rugs and chests make this a place in which you can really relax. At night meals are served under the chandeliers or outdoors under the African stars. Activities

  • Game drives
  • Bush dining and sundowner drinks
  • Wildebeest migration viewing twice a year far from the crowds
  • Year-round big cat sightings
  • Lemala Cubs kids’ programme

Accommodation in Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge

On the outskirts of the bustling city of Arusha, Arusha Coffee Lodge is a perfect haven of relaxation before or after any East African safari. Located about one hour from Kilimanjaro Airport and a 10–15 minutes’ drive from small Arusha Airport, it’s a beautiful, serene place with magnificent gardens surrounded by evergreen coffee fields and a backdrop of Mount Meru. Just 30 gracious plantation-style bungalows radiate out from the original homestead, which dates back to the early 1900s. Each spacious bungalow is well appointed, featuring beautiful African decor and is warmed in winter by an atmospheric open fireplace. An excellent…

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Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Set on the edge of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, very close to the Lemala access route, the Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is set in a centuries-old acacia forest and ensures an authentic, intimate stay. The nine large canvas tents have been designed with the environment in mind and ensure maximum privacy for each guest. Each tent includes two queen-size beds with warm winter duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters for those cooler nights, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a dressing area, flush toilet and roomy safari-style shower.   The mess tent is decorated with sumptuous sofas, rugs,…

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Tarangire Treetops Lodge

If you’re enticed by the idea of a treehouse safari, the Tarangire Treetops Lodge, nestled in a beautiful, private reserve just outside the Tarangire National Park, is the place to visit. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by the Maasai locals and ushered into the exquisite main lodge, which is built around an ancient baobab tree. The lodge offers a communal lounge with comfortable sofas for all guests to relax in, as well as an upscale bar and dining area, which looks out across the inviting swimming pool and beyond over the vast grasslands. Guests can also opt to…

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Thanks for making this trip so special - it was an excellent safari and I will recommend Ashworth Africa to everyone.

Ms Dzierzanowski – USA


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