Northern Circuit Driving Safari

Tanzania's northern safari circuit by road. Connecting the dots by road helps keep a lid on costs without missing out on the best that Tanzania has to offer. Plus, you'll have a private vehicle and guide throughout your trip.
8 Days

Northern Circuit Driving Safari - 8 - $4,857

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Katambuga House, Arusha

Day 2-4: Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp, Tarangire National Park

Day 4-5: Ngorongoro Farm House, Ngorongoro Crater

Day 5-7: Hippo Trails Camp, Serengeti National Park

Day 7-8: Ngorongoro Farm House, Ngorongoro Crater

Landmarks potentially visited on Northern Circuit Driving Safari


 The itinerary below is designed to give you an overview of the route. Get in touch with our team for a full travel itinerary, or to create a tailor-made trip.

Day 1-2: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Arusha

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Note: We have a dedicated flight partner in the US who can help you find and book the best international flights for you. 

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge, settling in after your flights. 

Overnight: Katambuga House (1 night)

Day 2-4: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you'll meet your experienced guide for a short briefing, before departing for the Tarangire National Park for a day of game viewing. Head to your camp in the afternoon, with time to settle in before dinner. (BLD)

Overnight: Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp (2 nights)

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Today, you have a full day in Tarangire. You can either set off for a full day, taking picnic lunches with you, or enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive with lunch at the camp.

Day 4-5: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you'll depart for the Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive, stopping at the village of Mto was Mbu for a cultural visit en route. Late afternoon, you'll drive into the Ngorongoro highlands to your lodge. 

Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House (1 night)

Dy 5-7: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you'll continue your journey to the Serengeti plains, and to your camp. You'll enjoy a game drive en route, and settle into your camp before dinner. 

Overnight: Hippo Trails Camp (2 nights)

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Spend today enjoying game drives in the endless Serengeti plains. 

Day 7-8: Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast, you'll retrace your steps to the Ngorongoro Highlands and descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for a thrilling game drive, with picnic lunches. Late afternoon, you'll return to the crater rim and to your final lodge. 

Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House (1 night)

Day 8: Return Home

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Arusha where you'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. You'll then be taken to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight arrangements (flights to be booked after 5pm). We hope you will be leaving Tanzania with some incredible memories and photos of your time here. 

Prices and Inclusions

Prices are per person based on two people travelling together during 2024 high season (July - October). Prices for 2025 may differ. 

No Price Shock Guarantee

Unlike other travel companies, we don't put misleading 'from' prices on our trips. All of the trips on our website are priced at 2024 high season rates which means the price can only go down, not up. 

Limited Spaces Available

We create a maximum of 30 new trips per month. Please enquire about availability.

Simple Booking Process

  1. Talk to our team to discuss this trip or plan a tailor-made itinerary.
  2. Once you're happy, we'll take a 30% deposit to confirm your trip.
  3. The balance will be due 70 days before you travel.

Flexible Payment Options

  • Bank or wire transfers ✔️
  • Visa & Mastercard accepted ✔️
  • Pay in instalments ✔️


All Brilliant trips include:

  • Experienced safari guides
  • All domestic/internal flights
  • All road transfers and airport pickups/drop-offs
  • All accommodation as per the itinerary (accommodation can be amended based on budget and preferences)
  • Fees for guides/scouts/drivers/cooks
  • All entrance and park fees
  • Fees for all activities as per the program
  • Shared or private daily game drives (depending on your route and preferences, please enquire for more details)
  • Meal plan full board unless specified otherwise
  • Select local brand drinks on safari
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Cover
  • Conservation charge

With Brilliant, you'll also get...

  • Brilliant Africa’s Bucket List Safari System: work one-on-one with a dedicated specialist with decades of experience in East Africa. We'll help you cut through the noise, navigate the thousands of options, design the trip that's right for you and have confidence you'll get what you expect (results in 98% 5* reviews)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
  • Highest-rated African travel company on Trustpilot: so you know you'll be in safe hands with our team.  
  • Ground Support Team: our local ground team are on hand to help if you ever need support during your trip. 
  • Dedicated Pre-Travel Support: access to a dedicated customer support specialist to help you with all of your pre-travel questions and help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. 
  • Get Me To Africa Flight Package: we'll connect you with our flight specialist who will find and book the right international flights on your behalf*
  • Personalised Guest Portal & Mobile App: access to your individual guest portal, including video guides to common questions, and everything you need to know to prepare for your African adventure.
  • WhatsApp Contacts: your local support team will be easily contactable via WhatsApp.   
  • Safety Briefing: 1:1 consultations with our specialists to answer any of your questions about safety when travelling in Africa. 
  • Done-With-You Visa Service: we’ll send you step-by-step video guides on how to apply for your visas and required travel documents, saving you hours of time, stress and headaches.

*For customers based in the US only. 

'Life Happens' Postponement Guarantee

If life gets in the way and you need to postpone your trip, we won't charge any fees to postpone your trip and all payments you have made towards the original trip will be applied to the postponed trip.

*T&Cs apply, enquire for details 

No Price Shock Guarantee

Unlike other travel companies, we don't put misleading 'from' prices on our trips. All of the trips on our website are priced at 2024 high season rates which means the price can only go down, not up. 

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