Tanzania Safaris

Tanzania, a land of spectacular beauty, and one of the largest countries in Africa. Tanzania comprises a coastal lowland, volcanic highlands and the Great Rift Valley and includes within its territory, Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – which is also the 4th highest mountain in the world.

Tanzania is the only country in the world which has allocated at least 25 per cent of its total area to wildlife national parks and protected areas.

The total protected area is equivalent to the size of the Federal Republic of Germany and Belgium combined. The 55,000 sq. km Selous Game Reserve, the largest single wildlife area in Africa, is bigger than Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, Burundi, Israel, Lesotho and Kuwait respectively.

If you are out to see the big five in their natural habitat, Tanzania is most definitely the place to be. You will experience a lifetime adventure. Apart from wildlife, Tanzania has some spectacular beaches in Zanzibar frequented by honey-mooners and people just looking to relax.

Some of the safaris we arrange in Tanzania include the following;

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zanzibarThis 11-day private safari is perfect for honey-mooners, accommodation in luxury lodges with an intimate atmosphere. Explore the Best of Tanzania in this all-inclusive package: you will encounter Tanzania’s most renowned game parks, including the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater conservancy before continuing to Zanzibar for days spent lazing on the white palm-fringed beaches in your beach resort on Zanzibar.

Day 1:Arrival

Our representative will pick you from the arrival point and then take you to the Rivertrees Country Inn or Mountain Village Lodge. Dinner is included.

Day 2: Lake Manyara

After breakfast we depart for Lake Manyara. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and others. Overnight at Manyara Serena Lodge at Lake Manyara. All meals included.

Day 3: Serengeti

After breakfast you start on your way to the Serengeti National Park. A picnic lunch will be provided. On the way you will stop at the Olduvai Gorge where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many significant discoveries, contributing to the theory that human life originated in Africa. After stopping for your picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) in Serengeti you will continue further into the park and go on a game drive. Overnight at Mapito Camp Serengeti at Serengeti. All meals included.

Day 4: Serengeti

You will have breakfast at the Lodge before we embark on an early morning game drive in the park. The Migration, consisting of around 2 million animals, is on the move all year round. Depending on the season you may see this impressive phenomena. Naturally it also attracts a mass of predators and you may be able to see a band of lionesses gather for a hunt. You will return to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch to gather strength for the afternoon game drive. Overnight at Mapito Camp Serengeti at Serengeti. All meals included.

Day 5: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning game drive to see also nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light. After breakfast continue game driving on your way to Naabi Hill Gate and towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After lunch and some rest at your lodge you will go for an afternoon walking safari at the Northern Crater Rim of Ngorongoro Crater inhabited by buffaloes, elephants, baboons, monkeys and different species of birds. Escorted by an armed ranger you follow animal paths through dense bush. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. All meals included.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater – which is often described as one of the wonders of the world.It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2,000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge at Ngorongoro or at a lodge at Karatu nearby. All meals are included.

Day 7: Arusha

After breakfast we will visit a Masai village at Ngorongoro, then proceed to Arusha for your flight to Zanzibar. Overnight at Kasha Boutique Hotel, or Matemwe Beach Village (price difference!). Breakfast and dinner.

Days 8-10: Beach Resort Zanzibar

Relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s paradise beaches around your resort. Overnight at Kasha Boutique Hotel, or Matemwe Beach Village (price difference!). Breakfast and dinner.

Stonetown and Spice Tour

On one of your beach days you will go on a guided tour. After breakfast transfer to Stonetown for our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled StoneTown, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the PalaceMuseum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Afterwards you proceed to the famous Spice Plantations were we invite for an opulent lunch for you to taste the spices and fruits. Afterwards you will do the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we take you back to your hotel.

Day 11: Departure

Transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your departure.

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tz1This 13 days northern circuit safari covers all major parks of Northern Tanzania, furthermore you will have lots of opportunities to meet with local communities. This off the beaten track itinerary will ensure that you get away from the tourist comfort zone, and experience the African bush from the comfort of a tented camp.

Day 1: Arrival

You will be met at the airport in Arusha (JRO) by your driver/guide and our representative. We will take you to the Mount Meru Game Lodge (or similar) at Arusha for a free day of leisure, with your safari starting the next day. Dinner is included.

Day 2: Lake Manyara

The driver/guide will pick you up at 9am, then you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. This beautiful park with it’s lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai word for “euphorbia tirucalli", a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippo’s. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis" tree. The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species. Overnight at Ol Mesera Tented Camp. All meals included.

Days 3-4: Lake Natron

In the morning drive to Lake Natron, passing the active volcano Oldonyo Lengai! At Lake Natron check in in the Lake Natron Tented Camp, then we’ll visit the lake with its flamingoes. All meals included.

Day 5: Serengeti

After breakfast you start on your way to Serengeti National Park, crossing Loliondo Game Reserve. Overnight at our Mapito tented camp Serengeti in the Serengeti. All meals included.

Day 6: Serengeti

In the morning walking tour, then return to the Serengeti, for another full day game drive (may be close to the migration depending on the time of year). Overnight at our Mapito tented camp Serengeti in the Serengeti. All meals are included.

Days 7-8: Lake Victoria

Game-drive to Lake Victoria. In the afternoon drive into the nearby hills to take a look at rural Africa, passing through the small villages of the Sakuma people, who grow cotton, ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here, simply as it has done for centuries, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th Century! See the local school and take a stroll to the top of a small kopje. Overnight at Speke Bay Lodge. All meals included.

Day 9: Serengeti – Ngorongoro

Return to the Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the location of the migration herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species. Your driver/guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro. All meals included.

Day 10: Ngorongoro

After breakfast we depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Upon arrival at late morning, you will spend the day game driving in the crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and many other species. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farmhouse. All meals included.

Day 11: Ngoronogoro – Lake Eyasi

From Ngorongoro you proceed to Lake Eyasi – home to the hunter-gathers, an ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen bearing similar characteristics to those of Bushmen in Southern Africa. The small people of this indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and have a wealth of Fauna and Flora knowledge to share with us. The two days are filled with tours and game walks guided by bushmen taking you on their traditional hunting tracks. Overnight at a Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp. All meals included.

Day 12: Tarangire

After breakfast we depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. Overnight two nights at Maramboi Tented Camp. All meals included.

Day 13: Arusha

One final morning game drive before leaving. In the afternoon we will reach Arusha and you will stay in a day room at Mount Meru Game Lodge or similar. Departure transfer to airport for your onwards journey. Breakfast and lunch included. This safari is also available as a camping safari, or if you like we can extend your holiday with a stay in Zanzibar.

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tz2Day 1: Arrival

You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by your driver/huide and our representative. We will take you to the famous Hatari Lodge once home of the German Actor Hardy Krueger. On arrival, you will be met by the lodge manager for a warm welcome and to discuss your safari programme for the following two days. The Hatari Lodge is picturesquely located at the foot of majestic Mt Meru with breathtaking views over Arusha National Park. Overnight at Hatari Lodge. Dinner included.

NB – If you arrive into another airport than Kilimanjaro, then we’ll arrange a connection flight to Arusha either on arrival or the following day (at extra cost). From Nairobi also road transfers in private or shared vehicles possible.

Days 2-3: Hatari/Momella/Arusha National Park

Spend two days at Hatari Lodge and on safari activities are arranged by the lodge, including game drives at Arusha National Park, walks at the forest at Mt Meru and around the lodge. Also local communities, Momella village or Masai Villages are usually visited. 2 x Overnight at Hatari Lodge. All meals included.

NB – on request one night at the lodge owned Shu’mata can be arranged if one wish to spend one night in complete wilderness. There is a supplement of approx 250 USD per person.

Day 4: Marangu

After breakfast we depart from Mt Meru towards Kilimanjaro. After a drive of around 2 hours you will reach Marangu, a small friendly mountain town in a lush green surrounding. After lunch you will go on a walking tour at the foot of Kilimanjaro. Together with a Chagga guide you visit the Chagga Museum, walk through fertile valleys with great waterfalls, densely planted coffee and banana plantations to panoramic viewpoints ideal for photographing Mount Kilimanjaro. You experience culture, traditions and daily life of the local Chagga people. Overnight at Marangu Hotel. All meals included.

Days 5-6: Mkomazi Game Reserve

Leave in the morning from Marangu and drive to Mkomazi Game Reserve. It serves as a buffer to the adjacent Tsavo National Park in Kenya. The Pare and the Usambara Mountains form the boundary in the south. The two mountain ranges in the background scenery, alternating from sparse tree savannas to grassland, are the reason for a such an imposing and breathtaking landscape; and due to protection measures put in place, the number of animals has increased substantially.

Although there are not as many animals as in some of the more well-known national parks, the wonderful landscape more than compensates for this.

Besides a multitude of other game, it has the largest population of Gerenuk antelope in Tanzania. Bird enthusiasts can observe approximately 400 different species of birds there.

Mkomazi is also famous for it’s breeding projects of African wild dogs, and the rare black rhino run by the George Adamson/Tony Fitzjohn African Wildlife Preservation Trust. If possible you can visit the project and see the wild dogs and rhinos. If you wish, you gan easily go on a night game drive on that evening or a guided walk around the camp. 2 x overnight at Babu’s Camp at Mkomazi Game Reserve. All meals included.

** Please Note: During April-May Babu’s Camp at Mkomazi National Park remains closed. Therefore we replace the visit to Mkomazi with a visit Ndarakwai/Western Kilimanjaro with accommodation at Ndarakwai Camp.

Day 7: Mkomazi-Usambara

After breakfast you return to Same – the buzy market town at the sole of the Pare Mountains. If you wish, you can visit the lively market (Sunday is the market day) or the church, before you proceed along the majestic landscape of the Pare/Western Usambara Mountains and large sisal plantations to Soni/Lushoto at the heart of Usambara Mountains to a small but very friendly Farmhouse. Overnight at Maweni Farms or Mullers Lodge. Breakfast and dinner included.

Days 8-9: Western Usambara

Spend the following two days in a lush green, un-spoilt surroundings in a small eco-friendly lodge. Your hosts will arrange various walking tours to the next surroundings, taking you to Sakkarani Mounastry, to small villages, to Mazumbai Rain Forest, Irente Viewpoint etc. If you wish, you can attend the service at one of the numerous churches at Lushoto or nearby. The walks will be designed at your preferences. 2 x Overnight at Maweni Farms or Mullers Lodge. All meals included.

Days 10-11: Usambara-Pangani

After breakfast your taxi will wait for you and take you to the remote beaches of Pangani close to the Indian Ocean (Driving time of around 4-5 hours) partly on tarmac, partly on unpaved dirt roads. When you reach the beach around midday/early afternoon, it is time for some resting and relaxing, laying in the sun and enjoying a long un-spoilt beach. 2 x Overnight at The Beach Crab a small friendly beach guest house with spacious clean coconut wood bungalows – under German management. Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 12: Pangani-Saadani

Depending on your private schedule, you will travel again by taxi from Pangani along the coastline of the Indian Ocean to Saadani – the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the Sea – here, ‘bush meets beach’ and you can relax in a very unique, un-spoilt nature with the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean at the front and African Bush at the back. Overnight at A Tent with a View Lodge. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 13: Saadanu National Park

Full day of game driving and safari activities at Saadani National Park, which offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascination setting including savannahs, ocean and river, forests and shrubs. Species to be seen are elephants buffalos, hartebeests, waterbucks, reedbucks, warthogs, numerous giraffes, wildebeests, rarely lions, hyenas, genets, porcupines and different baboons. In the morning you will go on an exciting game drive. After lunch at the banks of Wami River you go on a boating safari to Wami River where large groups of hippos live and nile crocodiles can be seen as well as kingfisher, fish eagles and many species of wading birds. Overnight at A Tent With a View or Saadani Safari Lodge. All meals included.

Day 14: Departure

Departure transfer to Saadani or Mkwaja Airstrip for your charter flight to Dar Es Salaam. Breakfast and lunch included. This trip can be easily extended with a visit to Zanzibar.