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
AccommodationLemala Ewanjan Tented CampArusha 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.

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.

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.

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 Ewanjan Tented Camp

Central Serengeti’s Seronera Valley teems with game making this an excellent safari destination all year round, but things get even more exciting twice a year, when the annual wildebeest migration passes through. Lemala Ewanjan brings you the best of all safari worlds: it has staggering views across the game-filled plains but is thoughtfully sited at the end of a blind valley to maximise privacy. The ambience is one of low-key luxury, with all the traditional safari comforts you could expect in the African savannah plains. The 12 tented suites are the epitome of safari luxury, with spectacular views of the…

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Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Lemala Ngorongoro captures the age-old romance of traditional African safaris, with airy wooden-floored canvas tents beautifully draped and furnished with timeless appeal. The 12 large canvas tents have been designed for minimal environmental impact and to ensure maximum privacy for each guest. Each mosquito-proof tent includes two queen-size beds with warm winter duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters for cooler nights, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a dressing area, flush toilet, roomy safari-style shower and plentiful running water. Wooden storage cabinets, 24-hour solar lighting and outside deck loungers from which to enjoy early morning tea or coffee…

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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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