About Tanzania

Come with us on a journey to the very beginning of our earthly existence. A place that stood the test of time, a landscape filled with ancient wild scenery, a land of mystery and smiles. Touch nature at its purest.

Tanzania has a treasure chest of hidden bounties. A lot of these remain un- touched by the crowded minibuses and safari vehicles, which tend to be pulled by a hidden magnet, it seems, only to the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

This is great in our eyes as it leaves the real feeling of wild Africa un-cluttered. Her temporary visitors, namely you, experience a place that time forgot and have the chance to immerse themselves in pure nature.

Tanzania by region

On the following pages, we’ll introduce our country to you. The easiest way to navigate is by either first selecting the region, or by simply clicking on the map below…

Tanzania by month

Our country has something on offer for every time of the year though of-course conditions during the – rewarding – rainy periods might be adventurous, to say the least. Going through the year, from month to month…

January & February
Still excellent game viewing to be had – these months are the driest and hottest so plenty of wildlife congregating around water holes and rivers. The grasses are short making it easier to spot the big cats.

March, April and May
Heading into low season can also be very rewarding with the annual migration of the wildebeest that congregate in the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA). These begin to calf throughout April and slowly, as the months get dryer again, move in a Northern direction back into the Western side of the Serengeti before finally massing around central Serengeti from June to remain there as long as there is food and water.

The parks are quieter throughout the low season with very little tourist cars and generally it is very green as throughout April and May you will (normally) experience the rainy season. Track conditions can be interesting and some flights into the smaller bush strips close until June.

June & July
The season officially kicks off again. The grasses are fairly long during these months so some game can be a little harder to see. Migration

August & September
Things begin to warm up again and grasses turn from green to golden brown. Migration.

October, November & December
The second peak/high-season with wild-life plentiful in all areas with even pockets of the migration still hanging around in Northern Serengeti. Lodges however can be very difficult to get – if you are planning a safari for December make sure you book early in the year.

 

North Attractions

Arusha National Park

For those of you that like to explore different area’s in small sections, and not be confined to a safari vehicle for long periods, Arusha National Park and other well kept secrets toward the park and onto West-Kilimanjaro are definitely worth putting some days aside for.

The drive (from Arusha) itself is short; coffee plantations and small towns with busy daily life keep you entertained for the 50 minutes till you turn off onto a gravel road and start ascending towards the park gate.

Little Serengeti will appear out of the trees and is usually very rewarding, slow moving giraffe stride across the open grass land, small herds of zebra graze along with water buck, wart hogs take off at high speed with tail raised as if on an electric wire. It’s the perfect start to any Safari with the added bonus of having the freedom to make a half day walking with an armed ranger.

The park has three distinct zones: Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, which are a group of shallow alkaline lakes fed by underground streams, and Mount Meru, one of the most rewarding mountains to climb in Africa. Full day walks are also possible, a round trip through the lower reaches of Meru are spectacular with the wonderful fairytale like rain forest with hanging mose( Old mans beard). Teracoo flash through the canopy overhead in blazing blues, also black and white colobus monkeys are a common site.

If you are thinking of trekking up the slopes of Mt. Meru to her summit (4566 m.) which is reached along screed knife ridged slops then allow yourself the extra day to enjoy the return through the rain forest. The climb can be done in 3 days but this will leave you feeling tired for a day afterwards as you head to the summit then ascend to the park gate in one day. It’s a lot of down hill for anybody. The 4 day gives you the feedom to drop down part way then continue the following day for a easy descent through the rain forest.

Mout Meru

Mt. Meru’s impressive peak is standing at 4566 meters above sea-level. For those who are in good shape and like a physical work out, this mountain can be climbed as a 3 day option. You reach the summit on the night of day two and descend to main gate on day three!! Although doable, normally leaves a few sore muscles and tired knees from so much down hill in one go, defeats the object if acclimatizing and training for a Kilmanjaro climb. 4 days trekking is for sure what we recommend, allowing time for altitude side trips to Little Meru and to soak in amazing views on the way up from every vantage point – best views ever of Kilimanjaro. Accommodation in mountain huts.

Additional activities

  • Photographic wildlife safaris
  • Half day walking safaris with armed rangers
  • Canoeing safaris around Momela lake, get close to water buffalo, hippo and many types of water birds, including lesser east African flamingo.

Features

Mt Meru, lakes, rolling hills, lush forest, ngurdoto crater, little serengeti, zebra, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, wild pig, giraffe, dik dik, elephant, buffalo, hippo, hyena, leopard, sykes ( blue) monkey, vervet monkey, baboon, black and white colobus, bush babies. Great birding, butterflies, chameleons and smaller reptiles. Lodge accommodation, public camps in park.

Best time to visit

Year round for game activities – for climbing Mt Meru same as Kilimanjaro July – early Oct and Dec – March

Tarangire National Park

Perfectly located for that short 2 or 3 day safari. Only 2 hrs leisurely drive from Arusha on good sealed roads will see you in the park gates. The permanent water supply of the park is a natural magnet and during the dry season, the animal population here rivals that of the Serengeti.

Prime months to visit are between September and December, Manyara starts to struggle a little for good water and grazing. The elephant population in the Tarangire is very concentrated in these months and if self driving precaution should be taken at all times.

It’s a great park to visit with some nice suprises, lion can also be seen taking a lazy nap in the limb of a tree, birding is also exceptional. There are many posibilities after visiting Tarangire to continuue into one of the Tulashashe safaris combined safari.

Walking through palm bush land in the direction of Manyara, passing by many traditonal villagers(the real thing), feeling the earth shake as a heard of Zebra disappear into a cloud of dust. Walk up through the rift valley then from the comfort of a fully equipped mountain bike, take a tour through the Mbulu area, it’s hard to believe you are in Africa.

Features

Tarangire river, plains, woodland, baobabs, swamps, view massive herds of elephant, along with buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild cat, hyena, leopard, greater and lesser kudu, wild hunting dog, eland, thomson, grants, impala gazelle, zebra, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, wild pig, giraffe, dik dik, sykes ( blue) monkey, vervet monkey, baboon, mongoose, bush babies python, excellent birding: Tented camp accommodation and lodges in the park.

Public camping both in and out of the park boundaries, for more information see our Hotels & Lodges section..

Best time to visit

August – through to February, elephants mass in the dry season due to the continuing water source from the Tarangire river.

ake manyara
Hemingway described Lake Manyara National Park’s magnificent hunting country in “The Green Hills of Africa”. Mahogany, sausage tree and croton are alive with blue monkeys and vervets. Elephants feed off fallen fruit while bushbuck, waterbuck, baboons, aardvark, civet, the shy pangolin and leopard as well as the black rhino, all make their home in the forest.

Manyara is sanctuary to elusive buffalo and hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra and the famous residents – tree climbing lions. Lake Manyara itself is a magnet for birdlife and a kaleidoscope of different species can be found around its shores, including huge flocks of flamingoes.

Excellent for photographic safaris, night game drives, walking safaris outside the park boundaries, cultural safaris. Exciting night drives! Follow hippo from the safety of a safari vehicle, experience the milky-way with the song of the night chorus…

Features

Lake Manyara, impressive views of the Great Rift valley, acacia woodland, baobabs, mud flats, resident elephant, buffalo, lion, hyena, leopard, zebra, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, wild pig, giraffe, dik dik, very large primate numbers sykes ( blue) monkey, vervet monkey, baboon, excellent birding.

Best time to visit

Year round

Ngorongoro Cater

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a huge area containing active volcanoes, mountains, archeological sites, rolling plains, forests, lakes, dunes and of course, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge.

The views at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains – all a heaven for wildlife, including the densest predator population in Africa.

The crater is home to up to 25,000 large mammals, mainly grazers – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. You will not find giraffe as there is not much to eat at tree level, or topi, because the competition with wildebeest is too fierce, nor will you find impala. The crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There are a small number of black rhinos here too. The birdlife is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.

In the northern, remote part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will find Olmoti and Empakaai Craters, Lake Natron and Oldoinyo Lengai, Mountain of God, as named by the Maasai. Lake Natron is the only known breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes.

The ruins of a terraced stone city and complex irrigation system lie on the eastern side of Empakaai – the Engakura Ruins. Their origins are a mystery as there is no tradition of stone building in this part of Africa. Olduvai Gorge Olduvai, more accurately called Oldupai after the wild sisal in the area, is the site of some of the most important fossil hominid finds of all time – “Nutcracker Man” or Australopithecus boisei who lived 1.75 million years ago – by Leaky There is a small informative museum located at the visitor center. The gorge is a treasure trove of archeological sites filled with fossils, settlement remains and stone artifacts. Lecture tours are offered.

Activities

  • Vehicle photographic safaris,
  • Walking safaris through out the conservation area,
  • Visit the Elephant caves in the NCA forest reserve,
  • Walk through the crater rim, lake Ndutu, crater highlands walks guided by Maasai, cultural safaris.

Features

Ngorongoro Crater, Gol mountains, Nasera rock cave paintings, Olduvai gorge the cradle of mankind, crater highlands, Oldmoti crater, Empakaai crater, woodland, grass land, plains and bush, resident elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, warthog, wild pig, giraffe, dik dik, sykes ( blue) monkey, vervet monkey, baboon, birding, python.

Luxury lodge accommodation around the crater rim, luxury tented camps and lodges in Ndutu area, public camping on the crater rim and B2B mobile camps with donkey or vehicle support for walking safaris through out the NCA.

Best time to visit

Year round for the crater, for walking safaris, June – early Oct and Dec through to March, Nov – Dec in areas surrounding the NCA good chances of coming across the migration and many plains game wildlife.

Olduvai gorge
The name Olduvai originated from a European misspelling of Oldupai, the correct Maasai word for this region of great historical importance – named after the wild sisal plant fiber growing in abundance in the gorge.

The archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge is located in the Eastern Serengeti in Northern Tanzania within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The gorge is a steep sided 4 to 8- kilometers (30 mile) long ravine, which forms part of the Great Rift Valley. It is situated on a series of fault lines which, along with centuries of erosion, has revealed fossils and remnants of early humankind.

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 working in Olduvai have found skeletal remains of a number of ancient hominids – Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Australopithecus Boisei. 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 a museum and regular interpretive talks about the history of the gorge as it has slowly been unraveled up to this present time.

Make sure you include a visit to this historical site, often called “The Cradle of Mankind”, on your safari of the North!

 

Itineraries

PART 1 ARUSHA / TARANGIRE / SERENGETI / NGORONGORO / LAKE MANYARA

(7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS)

Arrival. Pick clients from the Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha for meals and overnight to the impala hotel.

Day 1. After breakfast, enroute to Tarangire National Park for full day game viewing  with a lunch box ; Later , checking in to Sopa Lodge for overnight n’ dinner.

DAY 2. After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park with Picnic lunch – enroute game viewing. Late evening arrive to Seronera Wildlife Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3. After breakfast , Leave the camp / Lodge with lunch box for full day game drive in serengeti, evening stay at camp/lodge for leisure

Day 4. Early, after breakfast, Leave the camp/Lodge enroute to Ngorongoro crater, with lunch box. Dinner n’ overnight to Sopa Lodge.

Day 5. After breakfast, early in the morning descend into the Ngorongoro Crater base;  half day game drive with  lunch box. Dinner n’ overnight to  lake Manyara seronera lodge.

Day 6. After breakfast leave the lodge to Lake Manyara park, full day game drive; with lunch box. Later, depart to Impala hotel.

Day 7.After tea ,visit  the Ilkiding’a water fall &  tradition culture , later visit the Mt. meru curio shop.At the evening take flight

End of safari.

 

 

PART 2 MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBS VIA MARANGU ROUTE
(7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS)

Arrival:  pick clients from Kilimanjaro Airport  to Weruweru river Lodge / Nakara Hotel in Marangu. Dinner and overnight.

Day 1. After breakfast, depart to Marangu gate. Register and commence the climb, walking through the rain forest to Mandara Huts (2,700 masl). Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mandara Huts.

Day 2. After breakfast, leave the forest glades and walk through the open moorlands to Horombo Huts (3,700 masl). Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Huts.

Day 3. After breakfast, ascend past the last water point to the saddle of the Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo Hut (4,700 masl). Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 4. After an early breakfast, climb to the summit passing through Gilman’s Point (5,681 masl) and finally to Uhuru Peak-the highest point in Africa (5,895 masl). Descend to Horombo Huts past Kibo Hut, for meals and overnight.

Day 5. After breakfast, descend to the gate. Here successful climbers are awarded “Certificates”. Transfer to Kibo Palace in Arusha for meals and overnight.

Day 6. After breakfast, tour of Arusha City. Lunch at the Hotel. Late evening drive to the Kilimanjaro Airport for departure.

End of services

  1. Climbing through other routes including Machame, Umbwe, Mweka, Shira and Rongai, can be arranged on request.

 

PART 3 DAR ES SALAAM / BAGAMOYO / SAADANI

(5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)

Arrival: pick clients from the Julius K. Nyerere International Airport to the Parkwest Apartments . Dinner and overnight.

Day 1. After breakfast, city tour, visiting the Magogoni fish market, Kariakoo market, the museum, Makumbusho, Mwenge, the University of Dar es Salaam and the Mlimani city (Shoprite) shopping malls. Return to the Parkwest Apartments for lunch. After lunch, a short rest and thereafter drive to Bagamoyo, 75 km away for dinner and overnight at the Paradise Hotel.

Day 2. After breakfast, tour  to the Bagamoyo historical town, including the Kaole ruins, and the Catholic Church where the body of Dr. Livingstone was laid to rest before shipment to Europe. Lunch at the Resort. PM at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Resort.

Day 3. After breakfast, drive to Saadani National Park-with picnic lunch-for game. PM return to Bagamoyo for dinner and overnight at the Paradise Resort.

Day 4. After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam for lunch at the Parkwest Apartments. PM at leisure. After an early dinner, transfer to the Airport for departure.

End of services

 

PART 4. DAR ES SALAAM / MIKUMI / UDZUNGWA / RUAHA

(10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS)

Day 1. Meet and greet clients at the Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and transfer them to the Parkwest Apartments for meals and overnight.

Day 2. After breakfast, drive to Mikumi National Park for lunch at the Mikumi Tented Camp. Afternoon game viewing. Dinner and overnight at the Mikumi Tented Camp.

Day 3. After breakfast, half day game drive in the Park. Return to the Camp for lunch. Afternoon day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 4. After breakfast, drive with lunch boxes to Udzungwa National Park, home of the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje crested mangabey. PM drive to Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5. After breakfast, drive to Ruaha National Park with a stop over at Iringa town for an early lunch. After lunch drive to Ruaha. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Camp.

Day 6 & 7. Full day tour-with lunch boxes-in the vast park. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 8. After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam with an overnight stay at Mikumi. Dinner and overnight at Mikumi Wildlife Lodge.

Day 9. After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam for meals and overnight at the Parkwest Apartments.

Day 10. Day at leisure. After an early dinner, transfer to the Julius K. Nyerere International Airport for your flight back home.

End of services

 

PART 5 HISTORIC ZANZIBAR

(7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS)

Day 1. Meet and transfer clients from the Zanzibar International Airport to Tembo Hotel which is located in the periphery of the Old Stone Town for meals and overnight.

Day 2. After breakfast, tour of the Old Stone Town. The walking tour from the hotel will include the market, slave market, National Museum, High Court building, Slave chambers, Old German Consulate, Tip-Tippu House, Sultan Palace etc. This guided tour will enable you to see and buy tropical fruits and spices as well as feel the pulse of Zanzibar and hear different dialects being spoken by the people at the market place. Return to the hotel for lunch. PM at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Tembo Hotel.

Day 3. After breakfast, spice tour. The spices and other rare plant species are among the different plants to be seen in this guided tour. It is not only a tour, but a rare experience to prove why Zanzibar is referred to the “Spice Island”. After lunch tour of the Prison Island. Late evening return to Tembo Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4. After breakfast, drive to the North Coast. This guided full day tour will take you to Nungwi via Mvuleni where you can visit the ruins of the Portuguese Barracks. There is an excellent beach where one can swim and relax. During the tour, you will visit a place where traditional dhows are built. After taking lunch in one of the hotels, you will return to Zanzibar for dinner and overnight at Tembo Hotel.

Day 5. After breakfast, visit the Dunga ruins, the East Coast, and the Jozani Forest National Park. Lunch to be taken in one of the Resorts on the East Coast. The East Coast is popular for its excellent deserted beaches and seaweed farming. On your way back to Zanzibar, you will pass through the Jozani Forest National Park-popular for the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Late evening, return to Zanzibar for dinner and overnight at Tembo Hotel.

Day 6. After breakfast, drive to Fuoni on the outskirts of Zanzibar town. Here you will see a number of activities incorporating the Swahili Culture:

  • Weaving
  • Pottery
  • Local dances
  • Grinding millet with mortar pestles etc.

Return to your hotel for lunch. PM shopping in the crowded narrow streets of Zanzibar. The shopping list should include spices to remind you of Zanzibar. Dinner and overnight at Tembo Hotel.

Day 7. After breakfast, transfer to Zanzibar International Airport for departure

End of services

NB: The Zanzibar stay can be extended by any number of days. There is the beautiful Chumbe Island Coral Park, a unique nature travel destination which is also a thriller. It is located 6 km South West of Zanzibar town from Mbweni beach.

 

PART 2 MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBS VIA MARANGU ROUTE
(7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS)

Day 1. Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Nakara Hotel in Marangu for meals and overnight.

Day 2. After an early breakfast, transfer to Marangu gate. Register and commence the climb, walking through the rain forest to Mandara Huts (2,700 masl). Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mandara Huts.

Day 3. After breakfast, leave the forest glades and walk through the open moorlands to Horombo Huts (3,700 masl). Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at Horombo Huts.

Day 4. After breakfast, ascend past the last water point to the saddle of the Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo Hut (4,700 masl). Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Hut.

Day 5. After an early breakfast, climb to the summit passing through Gilman’s Point (5,681 masl) and finally to Uhuru Peak-the highest point in Africa (5,895 masl). Descend to Horombo Huts past Kibo Hut, for meals and overnight.

Day 6. After breakfast, descend to the gate. Here successful climbers are awarded “Certificates”. Transfer to Kibo Palace in Arusha for meals and overnight.

Day 7. After breakfast, tour of Arusha City. Lunch at the Hotel. Late evening transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure.

End of services

  1. Climbing through other routes including Machame, Umbwe, Mweka, Shira and Rongai, can be arranged on request.

 

 

PART 3 DAR ES SALAAM / BAGAMOYO / SAADANI

(5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)

Day 1. Meet and transfer clients from the Julius K. Nyerere International Airport to the Parkwest Apartments for dinner and overnight.

Day 2. After breakfast, city tour, visiting the Magogoni fish market, Kariakoo market, the museum, Makumbusho, Mwenge, the University of Dar es Salaam and the Mlimani city (Shoprite) shopping malls. Return to the Parkwest Apartments for lunch. After lunch, a short rest and thereafter drive to Bagamoyo, 75 km away for dinner and overnight at the Paradise Hotel.

Day 3. After breakfast, tour of the Bagamoyo historical town, including the Kaole ruins, and the Catholic Church where the body of Dr. Livingstone was laid to rest before shipment to Europe. Lunch at the Resort. PM at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Resort.

Day 4. After breakfast, drive to Saadani National Park-with picnic lunch-for game. PM return to Bagamoyo for dinner and overnight at the Paradise Resort.

Day 5. After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam for lunch at the Parkwest Apartments. PM at leisure. After an early dinner, transfer to the Airport for departure.

End of services

 

PART 4 DAR ES SALAAM / MIKUMI / UDZUNGWA / RUAHA

(10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS)

Day 1. Meet and greet clients at the Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and transfer them to the Parkwest Apartments for meals and overnight.

Day 2. After breakfast, drive to Mikumi National Park for lunch at the Mikumi Tented Camp. Afternoon game viewing. Dinner and overnight at the Mikumi Tented Camp.

Day 3. After breakfast, half day game drive in the Park. Return to the Camp for lunch. Afternoon day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 4. After breakfast, drive with lunch boxes to Udzungwa National Park, home of the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje crested mangabey. PM drive to Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5. After breakfast, drive to Ruaha National Park with a stop over at Iringa town for an early lunch. After lunch drive to Ruaha. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Camp.

Day 6 & 7. Full day tour-with lunch boxes-in the vast park. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 8. After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam with an overnight stay at Mikumi. Dinner and overnight at Mikumi Wildlife Lodge.

Day 9. After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam for meals and overnight at the Parkwest Apartments.

Day 10. Day at leisure. After an early dinner, transfer to the Julius K. Nyerere International Airport for your flight back home.

End of services

 

Luxuary Itinerary. (4 Days / 3 Nights)

Arrival: Pick clients from Kilimanjaro Airport to the Impala hotel .

Day 1: After break fast, enroute to Ngorongoro crater base /caldera 260 m in diameters with lunch box picnic; full day game

drive. Dinner n’ overnight at Serena Lodge / Hevennature camp.

Day 2: After breakfast drive to Lake manyara National Park With lunch boxes ,full day game  viewing

  • · Dinner n’ overnight at Serena Lodge / Hevennature Camp.

Day 3: Depart from the Lodge / Camp early morning for full day game drive with lunch boxes, to Tarangire Nation park. Meet

some hundreds of Huge Elephants,nice coured birds. At the evening, drive to Arusha town. Dinner n’ overnight to the

Impala hotel / Lodge.

Day: 4: Afterbreakfast, Leave the Hotel / Lodge for half day game drive to Arusha Nation park; with some lunch.

then return to the Hotel / Lodge, At night depart to kilimanjaro Airport back at home.