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the northern safari circuit

safari circuit the northern safari circuit

The Northern Safari Circuit is the most frequented by tourists for two reasons:

Most of the destinations are fairly close to each other and many of Tanzania’s most famous sights, such as Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro are all a part of this circuit.

The other is the fact that all the parks, towns and attractions are within easy reach of one another, one can tour this entire circuit by vehicle with only a couple of hours in-between destinations.

Following are a few examples of tailor made safaris we would be happy to organize for you. However, the buck does not end here. We are flexible and would love to give an opinion depending on your likes and budget.

Why Arusha

Arusha is the safari capital of the world but it’s often unfairly overlooked in favour of its more glamorous, better known neighbours – Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. But Arusha has a wealth of experiences to offer tourists from safaris in Arusha National Park, to breathtaking hiking on Mount Meru, cultural tours, the precious and rare Tanzanite jewel and much more.

Arusha National Park rolls out like a patchwork quilt of contrasting landscapes, verdant forest where Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys chatter and play, savannah and moorland, the Momella Lakes with acid pink flamingos, wallowing hippos, delicate herons, and shaggy waterbuck. Giraffe, elephant, and zebra roam the green foothills. Eagles and buzzards soar above Ngurdoto Crater, buffalo and antelope wander through the forest fringed rim. Bushbuck pick their way through the ancient cedar trees, volcanic cones lead the way up towards Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro stands proud and majestic on the horizon.

Mount Meru is Africa’s fifth highest peak, a dormant volcano, once worshipped as a rain god by the Arusha and Meru people. The mountain provides challenging climbing and breathtaking scenery as an affordable alternative to Kilimanjaro.

The town of Arusha grew up from a German settlement on the Boma Road, built by Maasai labour. Plantations of sisal, tea and coffee thrived and the city flourished. Known as the Geneva of Africa, Arusha is home to the International Human Rights Tribunal and several NGOs. The Kilimanjaro airport provides local and international transport links, making Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and remote safari camps only a plane’s ride away.

Agriculture and tourism are the two main components of Arusha’s economy and the two meet in cultural tourism. There are tours of the coffee plantations, Tanzanian cookery courses, workshops in drum making and batik, giving you an insight into local life. Arusha is also home to the Maasai people. With their red shukas, beaded jewellery, spears and nomadic warrior traditions, the Maasai have become one of Africa’s most iconic tribal groups, with an aura of mystery about them. Maasai communities open up their villages to tourists with guided tours lasting from anything from half a day to three days. You can walk through the forests gathering plants with a traditional healer, make cheese and ugali with the women, learn traditional songs and observe their pastoral lifestyle.

If you need to do souvenir shopping, Arusha is a noted crafts centre. The Cultural Heritage Centre in town boasts an array of superb Makonde carvings, Tingatinga paintings, gifts and curios. If you’re looking for a more exclusive gift, Arusha is the best place to buy Tanzanite, a brilliant blue gemstone found in the hills surrounding Arusha and Moshi. The gemstone is used by the Maasai to celebrate birth and gained international prominence after a Tanzanite was featured in the movie Titanic as the centre jewel to the Heart of the Ocean necklace.

There’s a relaxed atmosphere to Arusha in the evenings, with a good choice of restaurants offering Swahili, Indian and international cuisine. There’s live music in the evenings, with everything from jazz and salsa, local hip-hop to traditional music and full moon parties in the bush.

So, if you’re heading out on safari, or returning from days of game driving, Arusha is well worth a visit.

national parks in the north

Each of Tanzania’s national parks offers something unique – from the alpine landscapes of Kilimanjaro to the bush meeting the sea in Saadani. And with excellent transport links within Tanzania, it is easy to combine several national parks in one safari.


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