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Northern Tanzania

Tanzania is still gloriously wild; huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and elephant along with a bevy of other plains-game species and a plethora of predators. Tanzania is vast and offers the discerning safari-goer an uncontrived experience both for wildlife and culture.

Northern Tanzania
Best Months Late June - late October
Shoulder Season Mid December - mid March
Epic Suggests 9-13 Days
  • Serengeti National Park

    The Serengeti is one of the icons of Africa. Short and long grass plains in the south give way to acacia savannah in the central region. The north is hilly and more densely wooded, while the western corridor is made up of extensive woodland. The Serengeti offers great geographical variations and a complex eco-system of millions of animals, birds and plants.

    africa-nt-serengeti-natinal-parkTwice a year, triggered by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands. The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park which is the central zone of the Serengeti eco-system, an area that also takes in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Within these 25,900 square kilometres of varied landscape live thirty-five species of plains game and 500 bird species.

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  • Ngorongoro Crater

    The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken caldera. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 40,000 animals with a high concentration of predators. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest - accounting for almost half the animals - gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest.

    africa-nt-Ngorongoro-craterAn odd feature of the crater elephant is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater.  Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the densest population of large predators, mainly lion - about 100 - and more than 400 spotted hyenas, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lion and hyena will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger.

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  • Tarangire National Park

    A contrasting habitat to the Serengeti and the highlands of Ngorongoro, Tarangire's proximity to both makes it a desirable third safari destination for a safari in Tanzania's north. Tarangire National Park is one of Tanzania's best kept secrets. Covering an area of 2,600 square kilometres, the park is renowned for its concentration of wildlife during the drier months.

    africa-nt-tarangire-national-parkLike the Serengeti, Tarangire should really be viewed in the context of the full eco-system of which it is only a small part. Perhaps best known for its vast herds of elephants and forests of baobab trees, at certain times of the year Tarangire becomes home to impressive concentrations of migratory wildlife species; large numbers of wildebeest, zebra, eland and oryx.

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  • Mount Kilimanjaro

    To summit Mt Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain at just under 6,000 m (20,000 ft), on a breathless, blue sky dawn, surely rates as one of life's great experiences. Epic boasts an enviable summit success rate of over 90%. When you climb with Epic, you can be assured that your endeavours are guided all the way.

    africa-nt-mount-kilimanjaroWe include thorough pre-climb briefings and suggested training programmes, and importantly monitor your progress in advance of your departure. We provide comprehensive gear lists and equipment advice and personally check your kit before you climb. For more information on how to climb Kili with Epic, please see our dedicated Mount Kilimanjaro page.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding guests on safari. The footage you see was taken on activities with the guests. This therefore is something similar to what you might see should you visit Tanzania.

    Tanzania houses some of Africa's most iconic safari areas; the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. A safari to Tanzania is akin to an "Out of Africa" experience; incredible vista's, rich culture and masses of game. With Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya on its doorstep it makes for easy add-ons and include other iconic experiences such as the gorilla's of Rwanda and Uganda or the Maasai Mara.

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    Day 1: Arusha / Tarangire National Park

    Upon arrival in Arusha, you are met and driven to Tarangire National Park, a interesting and beautiful trip of approximately two hours.

    Game viewing begins even before you enter the park, but once inside the area's abundance of game reveals itself fully. After a picnic lunch, take a leisurely game drive to your camp - a journey of roughly 2-3 hours depending on the wildlife along the way.

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    Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park

    You are woken before dawn and enjoy a light breakfast before your morning's drive. This can extend into the early afternoon, depending on what you have seen. You will be searching through the beautiful mix of woodland and plain, viewing the plentiful general game and potentially chancing upon predators such as leopard, lion and cheetah.

    You will return to camp for lunch and a shorter late afternoon drive or perhaps pack a picnic if you would like to explore some of the more remote reaches of the park.
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    Day 4: Tarangire National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

    The morning's game drive takes you out of Tarangire and towards the Ngorongoro Highlands to the west. Drive for two hours through vibrant villages and communities before climbing up the escarpment of the great rift valley. Take in superb views of Lake Manyara before entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    From the park gate it is a short 20 minute drive to the rim of the crater and a further 20 minutes to your lodge. You should arrive in time for a late lunch and an afternoon game drive down onto the crater floor.

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    Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

    Head down into the crater for an extended game drive. Scenically spectacular, the crater's wildlife is abundant and contained. There is never a moment when a large mammal is out of sight and with large flocks of flamingos generally establishing themselves in Lake Magadi it creates the quintessential East African safari experience. There is good potential to witness some of the wildlife interacting - either as predator and prey, or as competitors.

    Enjoy a picnic brunch before continuing your quest for more wildlife and return to your lodge in the mid-afternoon.
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    Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park

    After breakfast you are transferred by vehicle to Manyara Airstrip, a drive of approximately one hour, where you connect with a light plane to take you into the northern Serengeti.

    This flight is also approximately one hour. It is a spectacular flight which gives a wonderful understanding of the scale of the Serengeti eco-system.
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    Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park

    Epic's preferred area of the Serengeti is well north of the busy central areas of the park. It offers a safari experience likened to the Serengeti of 30 years ago; very few tourists. The savannah of the Serengeti transitions into the grassland of the Mara and is effectively the Masai Mara without the crowds.

    Activities include drives, walks and visits to the local Gibaso Village. One of the great benefits of this area is that off-road driving can be undertaken enabling one to get close to game.
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    Day 9: Serengeti National Park / Arusha

    This morning you enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a game drive to the airstrip.

    Here you connect with your flight back to Arusha and continue your journey.
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 600 per person per day.

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    Extension: Rwanda

    There are direct flights from the Serengeti to Kigali, making Rwanda a natural extension to a Tanzanian safari.

    Flying time is approximately 1.5 hours.
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    Extension: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

    The Masai Mara is easily accessed via the Serengeti. It has excellent game viewing year round and is commonly added on to a Tanzanian safari.

    It is best accessed via a flight to Tarime, after which there is a one hour transfer across the Kenyan/Tanzanian border to the Kenyan town of Migori. From here it is a short 20 minute flight into the Mara.
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    Extension: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

    Vast, wild and remote, with excellent game viewing and wonderful boating activities on the Rufiji River, the Selous Game Reseve offers a wonderful contrast to the reserves of northern Tanzania.

    It is a 3 hour scheduled flight from Arusha.
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    Extension: Swahili Coast

    Zanzibar and the Mafia Archipelago provide a beautiful island experience which fits nicely onto the end of a traditional safari.

    Frequent flights operate between Arusha and Zanzibar (approximately 1 hour 30 mins).
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  • 1/13 | Video Highlights
  • 2/13 | Day 1: Arusha / Tarangire National Park
  • 3/13 | Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park
  • 4/13 | Day 4: Tarangire National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
  • 5/13 | Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
  • 6/13 | Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park
  • 7/13 | Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park
  • 8/13 | Day 9: Serengeti National Park / Arusha
  • 9/13 | Indicative Cost
  • 10/13 | Extension: Rwanda
  • 11/13 | Extension: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
  • 12/13 | Extension: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
  • 13/13 | Extension: Swahili Coast
Thanks so much for a truly world class safari experience in the Serengeti. Your deep knowledge and experience of the regional flora and fauna, and the style in which you brought it all together, was just great.

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