Active Safari Tanzania
Duration: 10 Days
Destinations: Kilimanjaro, Monduli, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Price: $3550 per person
Accommodation Type: Mid-Range Lodges & Tented Camps
Are you looking for an active safari? Mix a visit to the best wildlife parks in northern Tanzania with some active adventure. This itinerary combines classic game drives with the thrill of exploring Tanzania on foot, by bike or from the air. Add some spice to your safari, with a variety of great activities that get you out of the safari vehicle. From a hike on the base of Kilimanjaro to a balloon flight over the endless plains of the Serengeti. This safari is ideal for those looking for a more active safari adventure.
Day 1: Arrival – West Kilimanjaro
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the House of West Kili, a lodge on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari journey proper in the morning.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro
Today you set off towards Mount Kilimanjaro for an awesome hike. Drive to the Moram Barrier, where your hike to the spectacular Shira Plateau starts. It will take about 1.5 hours to reach the Shira Plateau, which is located on the slopes of the Kilimanjaro. This plateau stretches out over 13 kilometres and shows the remains of a volcanic crater. This hike on the base of Kilimanjaro will give you an excellent view of this highest mountain in Africa. Later that day you will hike back to the Moram Barrier and return to the House of West Kili for dinner and overnight. Read more about Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Monduli
This morning you drive early to Tengeru coffee farm in Arusha for a coffee tour. Coffee is one of the main cash crops in Tanzania and here you will get detailed explanation about coffee from growing it in the farm, processing it until you can get to taste it. Later you continue your journey to Meserani Snake Park in Monduli, where you can see and learn about snakes and other reptiles that live in Africa. You will then visit a Maasai museum then take a camel ride to the nearby Maasai village. The Maasai people will welcome you with a special dance which is normally sung during circumcision ceremonies. You will then visit a Maasai school and a traditional Maasai medicine man (Most Maasai will still use herbs to cure lots of different diseases. In the late afternoon you will continue to Kibo Palace hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park with packed lunch for a game drive. This lovely park boasts the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx and Gerenuk. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators who prey upon them. Later in the afternoon you drive for dinner to Tarangire Safari Lodge. After dinner you will enjoy 2-hour night game drive in the park. This is great opportunity to discover the nocturnal animals like porcupines, pangolin, aardvark and others. Overnight will be at Tarangire safari lodge. Read more about Tarangire National Park.
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you drive to the farming town Mto wa Mbu for a bike ride to Lake Manyara. Cycle to the lake shore where there are stunning vistas of the lake, the Rift Valley and small herds of wildlife. After 2 to 3 hours you hop in the safari vehicle to continue for a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon you drive to Marera lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast you drive to the famous Serengeti National Park. Upon arrival in the Serengeti, you first have a picnic lunch and then continue with a beautiful and exciting game drive in the park. Serengeti is famous for the abundance of lions, leopards and cheetahs that can usually be seen quite easily. Game viewing in this central area of Serengeti is spectacular all year round. Enjoy the views of endless plains and stunning wildlife like hyenas, jackals, elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, ostrich, aardvark, pangolin and many more. In the late afternoon you will continue to Serengeti Osinon camp for dinner and overnight. Read more about Serengeti National Park.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Today you will have a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti national park with picnic lunch, with early departure looking for active predators and other wildlife. Enhance you safari experience by flying in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti plains at sunrise . Spot wildlife below when you float over the beautiful African savannah. A magical experience with wonderful panoramic views (this can be arranged at an extra cost). If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, then Serengeti is the best places for that. In the late afternoon you will return to Serengeti Osinon camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park (central)
Today you will depart at 06:00 am for early morning game drive. You will later have picnic breakfast saved in the bush, then continue with another morning game drive. You will return to the camp for hot lunch and a little siesta, then depart for afternoon game drive. You will return to your camp for shower, then meet again with your guide at the fire place for a drink and a short history about Tanzania. In a clear night, this is the great opportunity to learn about African night sky. Dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Osinon camp.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for your last game drive. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon you drive to Marera lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about the Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 10: Departure
On your last safari day you go a 2-hours walking tour in farming town Mto wa Mbu. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colorful mix of languages and customs. Your walking guide will take you to rice and banana plantations, a local beer factory, a school and a carving factory. Discover the traditional way of life of the villagers. You will later drive to Arusha for lunch, then continue to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure.
- All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
- A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
- A highly experienced safari guide
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- Kilimanjaro tea/coffee during game drive
- All park fees for all the national parks
- Kilimanjaro day hiking fee
- Kilimanjaro Mountain guide
- Night game drive in Tarangire national park
- All cultural activities (Monduli juu Maasai tour, Mtowambu walk, bike ride)
- All transfers
- AMREF Flying doctors emergence rescue
- International flights
- Zanzibar accommodations and activities
- Drinks at the lodges
- Any other things not mentioned above.
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.