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.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Please arrive by 6:20 AM for a prompt departure at 6:45 AM
Approximately 6:30 PM
.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)
.Zanzibar accommodations and activities
.Drinks at the lodges
.Any other things not mentioned above.
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.