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Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit is one of the most popular safari routes and one that comes highly recommended for both the opportunity to view game and for seeing Tanzania geographical wonders, including Kilimanjaro and the extinct volcano at Ngorongoro.

Given its popularity, the northern circuit is the busiest route so don't expect to be the only jeep there. But don't let that put you off. It is popular for good reason - the sheer volume of wildlife available means that you are very likely to see animals in their thousands.

The preferred starting point for most safaris on the Northern Circuit are from either Kilimanjaro or Arusha. Both are easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. The route you take from there is entirely dependent on time and budget.

For those with deep pockets you can fly between the various 'stopping points' - Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti with the added benefit of viewing the incredible landscape from the air. More usual is to travel by road, this takes a little longer, but affords you more opportunities to observe the spectacular wildlife the region has to offer.

Distances vary, but if you follow the usual stopping points you would expect approximate drive times as follows:

Kilimanjaro to Arusha - 1 hour
Arusha to Tarangire - 2 hours
Arusha to Lake Manyara - 2 hours
Arusha to Ngorongoro - 4 hours
Arusha to Serengeti - 4 hours

Northern Circuit
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Mahale Mountains