Tanzania Wildlife SafariAwe-inspiring animals in the Savannah

Tanzania
Tanzania
5 Days
5 Days
Intensity
1/10
18+
$2,395
$2,495 non-peak member
About the trip

Spot the Big Five in Africa

Imagine yourself on the vast plains of Serengeti amidst a herd of wildebeest, zebras and antelope as lions choose their prey from the multitudes before them. You are a close observer as the drama of predator versus prey unfolds before your eyes. Your adventure takes you through three of the most spectacular parks in Tanzania with a chance to see "the big five" and so many more stunning and majestic creatures. Your local guide will share a wealth of knowledge about each creature you see from leopards in the treetops to the massive elephants on the plains. At night, retire to your luxury camp where you can enjoy a drink with a delicious homemade dinner. Sleep comfortably at night, the sounds of wild Africa around you.

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Itinerary

Arrive in Moshi

After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted and transfered to your hotel in Moshi. For those on the Mount Kilimanjaro trek, you will be returning to Moshi on this day. Tomorrow, we will begin our Wildlife Safari. 

Lake Manyara National Park

Today, we'll depart Machame and begin our drive into the wilderness in our private jeep. As we ride, we'll see the landscape slowly change from bustling cities, to small villages, and eventually to the unique landscape of the Rift Valley. We'll enter Lake Manyara National Park this afternoon, and be treated to our first views of the stunning animals that call it home. This park boasts both dense wooded areas and wide open plains around the lake. Animals gather for the life-giving water of Lake Manyara and we'll soon be surrounded by elephants, water buffalo, hippos, and babboons. Tonight, we'll retire to a beautiful camp with comfortable beds for a delicious dinner and sleep.

Ngorogoro Crater and Serentgeti

Begin with an early morning departure to head to Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which lies between the Lake Manyara National Parks the Serengeti, boasts the largest unbroken, inactive, and unflooded caldera in the world. Perhaps having once been about the same size as Mount Kilimanjaro, when the volcanic activity subsided it collapsed inward, resulting in a crater 11 miles across. You’ll have a picnic lunch at the bottom of the Ngorongoro crater in mid afternoon, before beginning your ascent back up the sides of the crater.

Deemed the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is about 68 square kilometers in area and the floor lies over 700 meters below its rim from which there are breathtaking views. Its enclosed area affords guaranteed views of game, including the endangered black rhino. Its soda lake hosts a large flock of lesser flamingoes.

The crater is one of the most densely crowded game areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals. Supported by year round supply of water and fodder, the park supports a vast variety of animals, which include vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland warthog, hippo, giant elephants and a small population of black rhino. Another big draw to this picturesque park is it dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.

From here, you'll drive into the legendary Serengeti National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania, which covers 14,763 square kilometers at an altitude of 1,737 meters. It is true to its Maasai name, Siringet, meaning endless plains. Keep your eyes peeled for predators getting their last meal before the night sets in. Our home will be in a stunning camp with views of the plains.

Serengeti National Park

Today, spend the whole day exploring Serengeti. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. 

As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.

This evening, enjoy a drink fireside, perhaps watching the rains roll by miles and miles in the distance, imagining the millions of birds and beasts among the plains, refreshed by the evening storms.

Serengeti, Return to Machame

Awake early for one final game drive, perhaps to spot leopards sleeping in their treetop beds or see the Hyenas scavenging after the night's hunt. We'll say goodbye to the endless plains and begin the drive back to Machame. Stopping one last time for views of the Ngorogoro crater from above, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on to our final night in Africa, back at our hotel in Machame.

Final Day in Tanzania

After an amazing experience in wild Tanzania, today is your chance for last-minute shopping before being transported to the airport.
Planning

Here’s what you need

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Long sleeve shirts in earth tones
  • T-shirts and/or tank tops (synthetic preferred)
  • Fleece or warm jacket for cool evenings
  • Rain jacket
  • Pants or shorts in earth tones (hiking pants are great)
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Scarf or buff
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Running shoes or hiking boots
  • Sandals for around camp
  • A warm hat for cooler evenings

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Soft duffel bag
  • Daypack or tote which you will use daily
  • Head lamp with extra batteries and extra light bulb
  • Water bottles (2 L capacity recommended)
  • Towel
  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • Medications and copies of prescriptions
  • Sunscreen and lip ointment
  • Toiletries
  • Converter and chargers
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with plenty of memory and batteries
  • Leisure reading
  • Headphones and downloaded music or podcasts for long drives

Trip Package

Included
  • Hotel before and after safari
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Accommodations in luxury camps throughout safari
  • All park entry fees
  • Ranger fees
  • All vehicle costs in a 4WD custom safari vehicle
  • Services of fully qualified, experienced, English-speaking driver/guide
  • Meals on safari
Not Included
  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your driver/guide/cook/porters
  • Soft drinks or alcohol

Flights

Flights should all be booked through Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transportation from the airport to the hotel is included for any flights arriving between 9AM and 5PM on day one of the itinerary. Transfers outside of that window will be arranged for a small additional fee. You should plan to arrive on day one of the itinerary and depart on the final day, however if you wish to extend your stay on either end, we will happily help you arrange additional accommodations.

Destination

Traveling to Tanzania

Health Precautions

For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Tanzania, consult your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.  

It is best to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations for Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and treatments for malaria.  Also be sure that your diphtheria-tetanus vaccination is up to date.  

One of the most common health risks for visitors to Tanzania is “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses transmitted through food or water.  Despite precautions taken at our hotels and in all the food preparation, you can expect to experience one or more days of “discomfort” while in Tanzania due to your body’s unfamiliarity with local bacteria.  There are many over-the-counter remedies and antibiotics available in Moshi to relieve upset stomachs, but it’s also a good idea to bring some with you.

It is risky to purchase food from street vendors unless the food has been cooked and is still hot.  However, if you purchase fruit or vegetables from street vendors, we recommend buying products that you can peel or wash in purified water, and always wash your hands before eating.

Safety

Tanzania is generally a safe and pleasant place but as with any destination, it’s important to be aware of possible hazards.  Violent crime is almost unheard of in the regions we visit.  In the rare instances crime does occur, it’s usually petty theft.  To limit your susceptibility, we suggest you always travel with at least one other person when going out, and that you avoid flaunting jewelry, cameras, expensive watches and other items that may be tempting to a thief.

Money

The standard unit of currency in Tanzania is the shilling. As of October, 2017, 1 US Dollar is the equivalent to 2,245 shillings.  The shilling can fluctuate, however, so we suggest you check the online Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com or with your bank for the most up-to-date information close to the time of your departure.

Credit cards are accepted in Moshi and ATMs are available though can have limits on cash you can withdraw. Please consult your bank for their policies regarding international travel, credit card and ATM use.

Time Zone

Tanzania is seven hours ahead of New York.

Electricity

Electricity in Tanzania is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Tanzania with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.

Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.

Outlets in Tanzania generally accept 2 types of plug: Three round pins arranged in a triangle, and two parallel flat pins with ground pin

Travel Documents

A valid passport, along with evidence of return or onward flight, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.  A visa can be purchased at the airport for $100 US.

Lodging

Before and after Safari

Clean, comfortable and environmentally conscious bed and breakfast with spacious grounds and tropical garden. Rooms are double occupancy. Single occupancy may be added for additional cost.

During Safari

During the safari, you'll be staying in luxury camps. Camps are made of semi-permanent, double occupancy canvas tents. Each tent as two full sized beds and most have running water and full western bathrooms. Camps also include a common area for dinner and relaxation.

Meals

Three meals most days are provided including delicious vegetarian options. We provide a variety of foods to permit varied meals. Breakfasts will include foods such as eggs, sausage, toast or pancakes, hot cereal, fruit and juice, tea or coffee. Dinners will include meat dishes of beef, chicken or fish, fresh vegetable dishes, pasta, rice, potatoes, homemade soups, fresh fruits, desserts, juice, tea, coffee.

Weather

Moshi in February has an average high temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 60. The weather on your safari will be similar to Moshi. Pleasantly warm during the days, cool in the evenings.

Dates and Prices

The right trip,
at the right time.

Start
Finish
Availability
Price From
Sunday
Feb. 17, 2019
Thursday
Feb 21, 2019
Available
$2,395
Thursday
Sep. 5, 2019
Tuesday
Sep 10, 2019
Available
$2,245

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