The Perfect Post-Climb Activity
A wonderful way to relax after your Kilimanjaro climb is to embark on a safari through Northern Tanzania’s most famous national parks and conservation areas.
All our safaris use durable, well-maintained Land Cruisers with roof hatches for unobstructed and up-close game-viewing. Our safaris include all park fees, an English speaking driver/guide, meals and accommodations.
Wildlife Parks & Conservation Areas
Tanzania is known as the best safari country in Africa. Home to many national parks and wildlife conservation areas, including two of the most famous safari destinations in the world (Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater), it is no surprise that Tanzania is viewed as the ideal getaway for international tourists.
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.
Nearly 5,700 square miles in area, the giant park sees animals roam freely within its massive borders. A unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large harbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from open grass plains in the south, savannah with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken caldera, and home to more than 30 000 wild animals. The unique topography of the region, whereby one situated at the crater rim can look down onto a vast, circular expanse of grassland, has lead to the Ngorongoro Crater being called the ‘World’s Largest Open Aired Zoo’.
Bordered by a ring of extinct volcanoes, the Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheater where animals tend to remain for the duration of their lives. With the enclosed bowl comprising of a lake, forest and grasslands, there is a rich diversity of species that have come to call this unique environment home – including all of the Big Five as well as hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and an incredible population of birdlife.
Tarangire National Park
Known as the ‘Land of the Giants’ due to the abundance of elephants and Baobab trees, the Tarangire National Park is an undiscovered gem of Tanzania. Not as popular with tourists as the better-known Serengeti, Tarangire National Park offers a superb level of game viewing without the crowds. Named after the Tarangire River, the reserve is situated west of Arusha and is easier to access than both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks.
With the surreal baobab trees dominating the landscape of Tarangire, the silhouetted trees provide breathtaking photographic opportunities. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is two thirds actual lake. This aquatic haven is an expanse of acacia woodland and groundwater forest and was formed by a gigantic fracture in the Earth’s crust millions of years ago. The shallow alkaline waters of the lake support a plethora of wildlife species, and are most famed for its elephant, flamingo and tree-climbing lion populations.
Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with some of the most spectacular views in all of Africa. Ernest Hemingway stated that its landscape was “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a diversity of habitats just 40 minutes from Arusha town. The park is made up of three particular features: lush swamps of the Ngurdodo Crater, changing colors of Momela Lakes and rugged alpine peaks of Mt Meru. Habitat ranges from highland montane forest to lowland swamp.
It is famous for its 575 species of bird life, both migrant and resident. It is the only place on the Northern Circuit where one can easily find the black and white colobus monkey. Other animals frequently seen in the park are baboon, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, hyena, warthog, zebra and many antelope species.
The archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge is located in the eastern Serengeti in northern Tanzania within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Excavations in the early twentieth century by the famous archaeologist, Dr Louis Leakey, uncovered some of the earliest remains of fossil hominids at Olduvai. Seventeen years after the first discovery of human forms, Leakey’s wife, Mary, discovered the unmistakable fossilized footprints of a human ancestor who had walked along a riverbank three million years ago. Since then, excavators have found skeletal remains of a number of ancient hominids.
Old campsites and what is believed to be a butchery site, as well as a loosely built circle of lava blocks was also found suggesting that crude shelters were also built here. Other findings include hunting weapons, basic tools and remains of dead animals once killed by humans.
There is also a museum where visitors can listen to lectures and see visual representation of the discoveries made in the region.
We operate a variety of safaris from 1 to 7 days that visit Tanzania’s best wildlife parks. Here are our safari offerings:
- 1 Day Safari – Arusha National Park
- 2 Day Safari – Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
- 3 Day Safari – Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
- 4 Day Safari – Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti
- 5 Day Safari – Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
- 7 Day Safari – Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Tarangire
We offer three lodging choices to suit any schedule and style: tented camps, lodges or luxury hotels.
Tented camps are are permanent or semi-permanent camps sited in areas of excellent game viewing. These rooms are covered in a canvas tent, and include a bed and a bathroom. Most of our guests choose tented camps to get closer to nature while on safari, and to experience an accommodation style that is very different from what one might find in their home country.
Standard lodges are more typical hotel accommodations in larger buildings constructed with bricks and mortar.
Luxury lodges are the ultimate in terms of location, service and accommodations. These may be bungalow style rooms or part of a building, but they are almost always situated in the best areas with the best view.
2016 Private Safari Prices
All prices are per person, in US dollars.
|Safari Name||1 person||2 persons||3 persons||4-6* persons||single supplement|
|1 Day (Arusha NP)||$395||$285||$275||$250||NA|
|1 Day (Tarangire)||$415||$295||$285||$255||NA|
|2 Day (Tented Camp)||$1150||$840||$760||$715||$90/trip|
|2 Day (Lodge)||$1415||$975||$835||$765||$80/trip|
|2 Day (Luxury)||$1775||$1265||$1125||$1005||$95/trip|
|3 Day (Tented Camp)||$1895||$1300||$1115||$1030||$95/trip|
|3 Day (Lodge)||$2245||$1595||$1425||$1335||$140/trip|
|4 Day (Lodge)||$2835||$2075||$1865||$1755||$160/trip|
|5 Day (Tented Camp)||$3285||$2345||$2095||$1975||$245/trip|
|5 Day (Lodge)||$3395||$2535||$2285||$2155||$200/trip|
|5 Day (Luxury)||$6945||$4975||$4675||$4495||$1295/trip|
|7 Day (Lodge)||$5095||$3745||$3375||$3185||$290/trip|
|Hot Air Balloon Ride**||$550||$550||$550||$550||NA|
**Hot air balloon rides in the Serengeti are optional for 5-7 day safaris only. See video below.
Note: Safaris bookings that start from December 21 to January 1 may have a peak season supplement.
What is Included:
- All Park Fees
- Pick up and dropoff from any hotel in Arusha
- Lodging during the nights of the safari (double occupancy)
- Safari vehicle and personal driver/guide
- All meals during the safari
- Airfare to Tanzania
- Airport pickup and dropoff
- Tips for the driver
- Lodging the final day of the safari