The Northern Circuit comprises all the well-known and oft-visited places; Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park and the Arusha National Park. The following are brief descriptions of these key tourist attractions.
MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Famous for its tree climbing lions, Manyara National Park is surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 meters from the crater floor this natural amphitheater covers an area of 260square kilometers. It is home to 25000 larger mammals species of which over half are zebra and wildebeest.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Huge baobab trees and large herds of elephants can be seen once your at Tarangire National Park. It is famous for its dense wildlife population in the dry season (June /October) where animals congregate at the Tarangire River looking for water. The park also has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife which include elephants, large herds of zebras, wildebeests, hartebeests, elands, lesser kudus, gazelles, giraffes, waterbucks, impalas, sporadic leopard or rhino and a variety of birds. You can enjoy guided walking safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, and visit the hundreds of ancient rock paintings.
NGORONGORO NATIONAL PARK
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the largest area in the northern part of Tanzania; the largest unbroken caldera in the world which is unflooded. Once was volcanic terrain: from the rift valley escarpment and lakes, and still active Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain. Ngorongoro comprises of several great Archaeological sites like the Olduvai Gorge where you find the remains of hominin fossils, geological and natural topographical features attract many tourists, blended with cultures of the tribes (Maasai, Tindiga and Hadzabe) living in and the surrounding areas. The Ngorongoro Highlands - there are walking trails/expeditions from Olmoti Crater to Oldonyo Lengai/Lake Natron through Empakaai and Ngare Nairobi, which involves culture interactions with Maasai people and wildlife viewing
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.