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Zebra's on the outskirt of the Serengeti desert

Wildlife Safaris

Safari means ‘travel’ in Tanzania. We love to make your safari to really be YOUR safari with a special touch of Tanzanian local life. Everything we do is tailor-made and can have all components that you wish to have in your trip and as many days as you want. You could choose to only do a trip to the national parks or just climb Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru or even visit one of the pristine beaches on the beautiful islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia or on the Tanzanian mainland. But to get the best of Tanzania, you better combine all of these into a total trip to Tanzania. We will choose our favorite accommodations based on our and previous clients’ experience, but we are open to your own ideas as well. Accommodation is normally on full board basis and drinking water is included. Please, do not hesitate to blow us away with your wishes and questions; we are here to make your safari a lifetime-trip. We have created some itineraries to inspire you from Northern highlights to Southern highlights. Or go for more unique places in our special in West Kilimanjaro and 'The Great Migration'. Besides wildlife you can opt for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and visiting the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. Nothing is impossible under the Tanzanian sun (As Ben always says).

Tanzania Highlights of the North

Serengeti NP is a must see when you travel to Tanzania. Witness ‘the Great Migration’ of the wildebeest, enjoy marvelous sunsets, drive for hours in search of the big five and enjoy fantastic meals of high culinary standards in the middle of nowhere. You can easily take three or four days in this wilderness full of wild animals. Before entering the endless plains of the Serengeti, start your safari in the less visited beautiful Tarangire NP and encounter with large groups of elephants and see the majestic baobab trees. On the way to Serengeti, you will come across Maasai villages. You can ask your guide to bring you to any of the less visited bomas. Finish your trip with a day in the unique Ngorongoro Crater where you will find most of African Wildlife in a small area

Suggestion for itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Tarangire from Arusha or Moshi through the  characteristic African landscape – Game drive in the park and have picnic lunch while watching groups of monkeys play around you – Overnight in Maramboi Tented Lodge after enjoying the beautiful sunset from their pool area

Day 2: Drive to Serengeti with game drive en-route catching a first glimpse of the migration – Overnight in Serengeti Acacia Camp under the most fantastic starry sky ever

Day 3: Full day game drive in Serengeti sighting the ‘Big five’ – Overnight in Serengeti Acacia Camp after enjoying your drinks at the bonfire and hearing the lion roar in the night

Day 4: Early morning game drive in Serengeti to see the ‘Circle-of-life’-sunrise – Transfer to Karatu with game drive en-route – Overnight in Karatu Simba Lodge following a coffee from the highlands

Day 5: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater searching for rhino if you missed it in Serengeti – Transfer back to Arusha or Moshi while enjoying African life besides the road

Easy to extend with Arusha NP, Manyara NP, cultural tours, Zanzibar or any other of the suggestions

Our special: nature & culture of West Kilimanjaro

Go of the beaten track and watch a herd of elephants while a few 100 meters further you see a Maasai in red shuka (cloth) herding his cattle. West Kilimanjaro, or more specific, the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area is the place to be. This area is protected, but not a national park, so human beings may reside here. Here, Maasai and wildlife live in peace with each other. It is truly a hidden gem as it is still undiscovered, you don’t have to follow the roads and the traditional life of Maasai makes this your real African experience. Elephants are a come sight here as it is a corridor between Amboseli NP in Kenya and Arusha NP in Tanzania. Furthermore, you will find giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, kudu and gerenuk. Stay in beautiful lodges in Maasai style and enjoy their great meals, read of long-ago endless wanderers (si: mzungu; pl: wazungu) who came to explore Africa in the library or just sit, back, relax and enjoy the fantastic views of the Maasai plains.

Suggestion for itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Enduimet through the greener lower slopes of the Kilimanjaro – Game drive in the area with picnic lunch at a beautiful spot – Overnight at Shumata Camp on a hilltop overlooking the plains

Day 2: Drive to the Kenyan boarder to witness herds of elephants – Lunch at the camp – Have a walk to a Maasai village in the area – Overnight at Shumata Camp after a beautiful sunset

Day 3: Drive slowly in the direction of Mount Meru while going off road to see the animals closely – Enjoy the infinity pool at Maasai Lodge – Participate in the spear game, Maasai sunset dance and barbecue. Overnight in your luxury Maasai Hut

Day 4: Wake up with the most beautiful sunset with Mount Kilimanjaro at the foreground watching from your bed – game drive in Arusha National Park with a backdrop of Mount Meru – overnight in Maasai Lodge after a lovely meal

Day 5: Enjoy a nature walk in the morning with your Maasai guide -  shop your souvenirs in the Maasai souvenir shop – drive to your next destination after lunch

Easy to combine with the Northern Highlights or other safaris

The Great Migration

You will find wildebeest everywhere in Eastern and Southern Africa, but there is no place where you will see millions at once and even crossing rivers while crocodiles are waiting to crush them. Every year again, the wildebeest migrate in a circle through the Serengeti Ecosystem that contains Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. During November till June, the wildebeest reside in South and Central Serengeti. From July, they start migrating towards Maasai Mara and they will return to Tanzania around October/November. Nothing guaranteed of course, as the whole cycle depends on the weather. However, during their migration, they have to cross rivers. A true spectacle can be found, especially in the months of July/August/September, in Northern Serengeti, where they have to cross the Mara River. National Geographic is nothing when you have witnessed these crossings in real life.

Suggested itinerary

Day 1: Drive or fly to the so-called Mara Region in the Northern Serengeti – Get in a car and your guide will bring you to one of the crossing points – You may wait for hours, but once the wildebeest and zebra cross, you will see how some wildebeest are drowning or caught by crocodiles, but the majority manages to reach the other side – overnight under the African sky in Chaka Camp while hyenas are laughing in the distance

Day 2-3: Find more crossings and search for other game in the area – rhinos are no rarity in this area - overnight in Chaka Camp after having enjoyed your dinner in the beautifully decorated mess tent

Day 4: Drive or fly to your next destination

Great to do as a stand-alone safari or in combination with any of the other trips

Mount Kilimanjaro: once-in-lifetime experience

The roof of Africa, the highest single-standing-mountain in the world and the tropical everlasting snow. Mount Kilimanjaro is it! Kilimanjaro is no piece of cake. Despite the stories that it is easy to climb, you need to be well trained and be resistant to altitude sickness. Several routes may bring you to the top, but they are not all having the best chances of getting you there. The ‘coca-cola’-route or Marangu-route is the quickest and most affordable option, but certainly not the route with the highest success rate. The ‘whiskey’-route or Machame-route is a much better option with more days for acclimatization. The first days of this route can be exchanged by the quieter Lemosho route. If you book with us, our team of guides, cook and porters will take the most care of you and assist you to their level best to reach the top. Even if you won’t reach there, you will remember Kilimanjaro as a great experience.

Suggestion for itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Lemosho gate – Arrange all necessary formalities – Climb through the rainforest to mti mkubwa camp (2800 meter)

Day 2: Climb through moorland to the second camp at the Shira plateau with Great views of Mount Meru (4000 meter)

Day 3: Slowly ascend to 4600 meter and have lunch at lava tower – descend back to 4000 meter to Barranco Camp from where you will see the lights of Moshi well in the night

Day 4: Start the day with the only place to really climb, Barranco wall – walk through a moon landscape to Karanga camp (4000 meter) with great views towards Kibo slope

Day 5: Walk over a steady path to the last valley to go down and up again before the base camp of Barafu Hut (4700 meter) – relax for the rest of the day to prepare for summit night

Day 6: Wake up at midnight and start ascending to Stella’s point from where you will watch a marvelous sunrise – continue to Uhuru Peak (5895 meter) where you will take your victory pictures – descend to Mweka Hut at 3000 meter in the rainforest

Day 7: Take the last lap towards Mweka Gate – return to your accommodation in Moshi town

Perfect to do before a safari or trip to any of the beaches

Highlights of the South

Southern Tanzania has some less visited destinations with great sightings. Explore the Selous Game Reserve where the Great Rufiji River lingers through the African landscape. Hippos’ noises are everywhere. Another beautiful park is Mikumi also called the Savannah of light. Animals are lightened by a bright golden color. Close to there, you will find a totally different experience of the Udzungwa mountains. Waterfalls alternated by green forests form a perfect destination for trekking a few hours up to a few days. Lastly, the biggest national park of Tanzania, Ruaha NP, is very remote, but is another great destination.

Suggested itinerary (from Dar es Salaam)

Day 1: Drive to Mikumi National Park – Game drive on the Savannah of light – Overnight in Mikumi Wildlife Camp after dinner with the elephants

Day 2: Drive to Udzungwa – Climb to the top of Sanje falls for a fantastic view over Kilombero – Drive back to Mikumi Wildlife Camp and enjoy the night

Day 3: Drive through the Tanzanian landscape to Ruaha – Sleep at the pretty Mdonya Old River Camp

Day 4-5: Full day game drive in Ruaha where you will find a wide range of animals and birds around the Great Ruaha River - Overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp

Day 6: Fly to Mtemere Airstrip in Selous by small Cessna with fantastic views over the African landscape – take a boat for a sunset cruise on the Rufiji river and watch the sunset from a sandbank in the middle of the river – sleep in a mud hut banda in Selous River Camp

Day 7: Full day game drive in Selous where you can see a wide range of wildlife and birds especially many greater kudus – overnight in Selous River Camp after a lovely dinner on the riverside

Day 8: Make a boat safari over the Rufiji river into the park and to the lakes – picnic lunch on one of the lake shores – Overnight in Selous River Camp

Great for the traveler who has already seen other parts of Tanzania such as the Northern Highlights and easy to combine with the beaches

Spices and beaches of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the other Tanzania and a perfect destination after your wildlife safari or mountain trip. With a large influence from the Arabic world, it gives you a sense of thousand-and-one-night fairytales. Wander through the alleys of Stonetown, enjoy anything from the ocean at Forodhani Night’s food market, dive into the waters at the reefs around the island, enjoy lovely spicy meals, visit the authentic villages such as Jambiani or get on a traditional dhow boat for a barbecue at one of the uninhabited small islands nearby or just drop down on the beach to read a book or enjoy a massage with spicy oils. Zanzibar has it all. In Stonetown, you will find a wide range of hotels in traditional Zanzibari style, while at the beaches accommodations vary from simple laid-back bungalows on the beach to Italian style hotels to luxury resorts with all amenities you can think of. You can fly to Zanzibar from any airstrip in the national parks with small chartered planes or from the bigger airports with bigger airliners.

Suggested itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Tanzania mainland to Zanzibar – Endulge yourself with the mystique atmosphere of Stonetown – Eat barracuda, octopus or kingfish at Forodhani – Overnight in Kisiwa House

Day 2: See the highlights of the town with a professional guide – Have lunch at Mercury’s restaurant at the port of Zanzibar – Visit the Persian baths – Overnight in Kisiwa House after drinking a cold beer at Livingstone’s bar

Day 3: Transfer to Jambiani Beach – Drop down on the beach with your book while watching Zanzibari women fetch seaweed, octopus or lobster during low tide – Enjoy a spicy coconut fish curry – Overnight in Mwezi Boutique Resort

Day 4-6: Stay at Mwezi Boutique Resort while enjoying the beach – Do several excursions such as Jozani Forest to see the Red Colobus Monkey of Zanzibar, a dhow tour, diving or snorkeling, a spice tour and or a kite-surfing workshop

Day 7: Transfer to Stonetown airport for your flight to your next destination

The best endpoint after any destination in Tanzania or other African Country

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