Ultimate Northern Circuit

Arusha, Tarangire/Manyara, Mwiba, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

TASTE local flavours, IDENTIFY the big bull elephants, INTERACT with nature, DANCE with the Da'toga, MIGRATE with the herds, HIKE to the Crater Rim. Start and end at Kilimanjaro.

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- Access to some of the best privately protected areas in Tanzania, away from crowds
- Options of day and night game drives, big game walking safaris, signature sundowners
- Bush picnic lunches and bush dinners
- Rich and diverse cultural interaction


We love this time of the year in Tanzania. Between the short rains in November and the long rains in April/May, it is the warmest time of the year with beautiful days. This was traditionally the high season before the 'migration fixation' and now offers great value and wonderful weather. The wildebeest are in the southern parts of the Serengeti to give birth to their young and Lake Manyara is full of flamingoes.

Too often travellers want a guarantee of no rain! But for those who are not afraid of a few showers, this is a lovely time to travel. Please note many camps are closed during April and May.

We are aware this time of the year fits in with many annual holidays, especially families with school children, and it combines perfectly with a wonderful time to be on safari. Days are lovely and warm with cooler nights and normally very little rain. This makes for our peak safari season and therefore we do suggest making your bookings well in advance. Safaris in private concessions such as Mwiba and Chem Chem are highly sought after as other areas become overcrowded.

One of our best seasons to visit Tanzania and it is the perfect time for travellers who are not bound by school holidays. These are wonderful months and can be getting hot and dry before the November short rains.


MOVE: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Road transfer to Legendary Lodge.

STAY: 1 night Legendary Lodge.

PLAY: A beautiful, tranquil coffee plantation in lush gardens. Perfect place to regroup before safari.

MOVE: Fly from Arusha Airport to Chem Chem's private airstrip with Northern Air.

STAY: 2 nights Little Chem Chem or Forest Chem Chem.

PLAY: A private big game safari experience within elegant yet authentic tented safari accommodation. Explore the private concession by 4x4 or on foot or head out on a conservation safari with the anti-poaching team.

MOVE: Safari transfer to Chem Chem Lodge.

STAY: 2 nights Chem Chem Lodge.

PLAY: Interact with nature at this beautiful lodge and home to their “slow safari” concept – get out of the vehicle and touch the earth. Signature experiences include walking with the giraffe and sundowners on the edge of Lake Manyara, not to mention game drives in the Tarangire National Park, tracking with the Maasai, cultural visits and bush breakfasts.

MOVE: Fly from Chem Chem's private airstrip to Mwiba airstrip with Northern Air.

STAY: 3 nights Mwiba Lodge or Mila Tented.

PLAY: Mwiba Lodge offers an unmatched experience in luxury adventure with Mila being an authentic canvas safari, both with diverse safari activities including 4x4 day and night game drives, bush walks, bush sundowners and a rich and authentic cultural interaction with Hadza and Da'toga.

MOVE: Fly from Mwiba airstrip to the nearest airstrip of where Legendary Serengeti is at the time.

STAY: 3 nights Legendary Serengeti

The location of either Legendary Serengeti depends on the time of year:


  • 15 Dec - 31 Mar: South Serengeti (Maswa area). Best airstrip is Mwiba or Makao.
  • 01 Apr - 30 Jun: Closed
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep: North Serengeti (Lamai area). Best airstrip is Lamai.
  • 01 Oct - 14 Dec: Closed
  • 01 Dec - 15 Jul: West Serengeti (Nyasirori area). Best airstrip is Kirawira.
  • 01 Apr - 15 May, 16 - 31 Jul & 16 - 30 Nov: Closed
  • 01 Aug - 15 Nov: North Serengeti (Wogakuria area). Best airstrip is Kogatende.

PLAY: A beautiful, traditional tented camp that moves with the migration within the Serengeti eco-system ensuring prime locations to witness the migration throughout the year. Guests enjoy a private safari vehicle and local guide to witness the beauty of the Serengeti eco-system.

MOVE: Fly to Manyara Airport and road transfer to Gibb's Farm.

STAY: 2 nights Gibb's Farm

PLAY: The perfect place to unwind from the fast pace of safari with the soothing rhythms of the farm. Experience a sense of place as you recline on your private verandah, walk in the Ngorongoro Forest or explore the back roads of Karatu. Also a perfect base to venture into the Ngorongoro Crater (rates apply).

MOVE: Road transfer from Gibb's Farm to Manyara Airport and fly to Arusha, or road transfer directly to Legendary Lodge.

STAY: Day room at Legendary Lodge

PLAY: Use the day room, relax and get ready for international flight home.

MOVE: Road transfer from Legendary Lodge to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport on international flight.


For assistance with availability and logistics, please contact us.

journeys@classic-portfolio.com | +27 21 876 2153 or +27 21 201 3869

Little Chem Chem

Bordering Little Chem Chem is an acacia forest within the typical landscape of the Tarangire National Park and its impressive Baobab trees. The camp overlooks the freshwater Lake Burunge with the Babati mountain range as a magnificent backdrop on the south-west. The north east faces the hills of Tarangire in the distance. Known as the sunrise camp, Little Chem Chem is home to early morning displays of glory. Set on the earth, the five vintage tents have a large bedroom with rocking chair and study desk, a vanity area with dressing room and an en suite bathroom with running hot water shower and flushing toilet. The atmosphere at Little Chem Chem is welcoming, elegant and oozing authenticity of a bygone era. The luxury of sharing ..



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