The well-established ‘Northern Circuit’ safari of northern Tanzania offers some of the world’s most diverse safari experiences, consisting of National Parks, game reserves, conservation areas and private concessions. Among these are the world-famous and iconic Ngorongoro Crater, and of course their less well-known neighbours, Tarangire National Park, Mkomazi National Park, Arusha National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park and Lake Manyara National Park.
These National Parks exist for one general purpose and that is to protect the amazing variety and abundance of wildlife in them, both resident and seasonal – and most of all, the world’s largest annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Although this part of the world has become increasingly busy as a result of its reputation, it is still possible to escape the crowds and find a quiet corner if you know where to go.
A northern circuit safari should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater floor of the extinct volcano at Ngorongoro are a game viewing environment that has no equal. Towering above it all is Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain and arguably Africa’s toughest challenge. Away from the tourist hotspots, quieter parks such as Tarangire National Park offers superb game viewing yet often overlooked to their more famous neighbours. The Rift Valley Lakes of Eyasi and Natron are the home of Hadzabe tribes and the breeding grounds for the largest flocks of flamingo on earth. For many people, a Northern Tanzania safari is the very best safari of all.
Tanzania’s northern circuit safari is the most celebrated safari area in Africa. Home to the world-famous Ngoro Ngoro Crater, and the lesser known parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire, the sheer concentration of Africa’s big game in this area is phenomenal.
Most itineraries to this northern circuit are designed around the Ngoro Ngoro Crater, with the Serengeti’s Wildebeest Migration and immense predator concentrations as the main attraction, not to mention the Ngorongoro’s big five experience. The area is also home to a variety of different cultures including the Maasai and the Hadzabe, as well as being one of the most scenically striking and diverse parts of the continent.