The names Serengeti and Ngorongoro are synonymous with game viewing. Together they are two of the most famous safari destinations in the world. For many people visiting Tanzania for the first time a safari in the so called "northern circuit" is top of the to-do list. This popularity comes with a cost, in the peak season the parks can be crowded and tours expensive. Permit costs are higher than in other parks in Tanzania making budget safaris more difficult. Below we will unpack what is great and not so great about the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Where: Most tours depart from Arusha with pickups in Moshi often also available at an extra cost
Group size: Usually a max of 6 people for budget operators.
Budget: Around $200 - $250 a day
Duration: Allow at least 3 days preferably 4
A classic bucket list item for many travellers
Serengeti's wide open planes make for easy game viewing
Ngorongoro is arguably the best place in the world left to see rhino in a national park
Ngorongoro in particular can be extremely crowded during high season, there will likely be many cars at every game sighting
Permits for both parks are significantly more expensive than other parks in Tanzania
Tips & Advice:
Safaris are very much dependent on your guide and group. Try to ensure you are going with like minded people, this can be difficult when booking a budget safari as an independent traveller. Try and team up with people before arranging a safari to bring down the prices. Places like The Slow Leopard are designed for this, get in touch and we will work to match you with other guests looking for a similar trip. If you have the time and the money, consider adding Tarangire to the itinerary, a day spent in this beautiful national park known for it's many elephants is often an unexpected highlight for people visiting the northern circuit. If you have a special interest (birds, photography, landscapes) let your guide know, often a guide will appreciate some direction and will be happy to oblige your requests to ensure you get the best trip.
What to bring:
Spare camera batteries (nothing worse than running our of charge on your camera, trust us!)
Alcohol (if you wish to imbibe contact your tour operator beforehand, more up market companies will provide alcohol others will provide a cool box for you to bring your own)
Hat and long sleeves... even in the vehicle the sun can be ferocious, remember to stay sun smart
How to book?
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