Explore Africa’s archetype of paradise on our 6-Day Epic Tanzanian Safari through the Serengeti. This journey steeped in both cultural exploration and wildlife immersion takes you through the relatively unchanged land of the Great Rift Valley. ‘Discovered’ 100 years ago by the white man, the Great Rift Valley boasts more than 2 million years of history rich in human, animal, and plant life. Our experienced game drivers may vary the itinerary to follow the movements of the animals.
Surround yourself in stunning scenery, vibrant wildlife, and rich culture. Let us guide you on the adventure of a lifetime today!
TRIP TYPE: Adventure
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
TRIP LENGTH: 6 days/5 nights
Custom Dates Available
Experience Serengeti & Tarangire National Parks
See the “African Big 5:” the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and Cape buffalo
Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater which houses the highest concentration of animals in the world
TREK TIPS: SAFARI
- Hot air balloon ride over the Tarangire followed by a champagne bush breakfast
- Enjoy the spectacular views of the Tarangire while doing a game drive
- Afternoon visit to the Datoga Tribe near Lake Eyasi
- Overnight: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
- Meals Included: B/L/D
- Visit the Hadzabe Tribe (Bushmen) for an immersive cultural experience as you join them on their morning hunt
- Game drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater
- Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
- Meals Included: B/L/D
- Spend the day driving the world’s largest crater enjoying the most dense concentration of animals anywhere on the planet
- We will keep a relaxed, comfortable, and safe pace as we make our tour
- We will drive about 1.5 hours north to the Serengeti National Park – view wildlife from your safari vehicle along the way
- Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
- Meals Included: B/L/D
- Full day of game driving in the Serengeti National Park – This park has some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing in the Great Rift Valley
- Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
- Meals Included: B/L/D
- Breakfast at the lodge
- Morning game drive in Serengeti National Park
- Visit Serengeti Visitor Center
- In the afternoon, we will transfer to the Seronera Airstrip (EDT) for our charter flight back to Arusha
- We will visit the Cultural Heritage Center for lunch and last-minute shopping
- Afternoon site visit at the Kilimanjaro Kids Community with tour of facilities
- Return to KIA Lodge for freshening up in a day room
- There will be time to relax and prepare for your international flight
- Day room: KIA Lodge
- Meals included: B/L
HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN TANZANIA
One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Tanzania that WWTrek guests can get involved with.
The Kilimanjaro Kids Community is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre orphanage sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and currently houses 12 Tanzanian children and 4 full-time staff. HOP has also been working at the Makuyuni Primary School to provide daily school lunches for the school’s 850 children, supporting the Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group in the village of Mto wa Mbu, as well as providing start-up funding to one of our long-time porters for his business, Bima’s Rice and Beans.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:
Our personal favorite time to travel includes mid-May through early August. The rainy season has just ended providing plentiful vegetation and biodiversity with less dust in the air. Additionally, late June through early August offers cooler temperatures. January, February, and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and therefore the busiest months. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:
This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.
International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909.266.0117.
The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.
CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:
Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.
*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.
Enjoy your stay in Tanzania’s most elegant lodges while we make every effort to impress on our exhilarating safari adventures. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. The luxurious lodges offer standard and contemporary amenities including internet, spa services, laundry, swimming pool, and fine dining accommodations.
A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. We arrange all in-country transportation and ensure safe, comfortable, and private transportation for all of our travel needs. Enjoy both land cruisers and charter flights for the best safari viewing experience.
Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. We offer a flexible and accommodating yet flavorful and hearty dining experience shared together at the lodges. Enjoy buffet style breakfasts and banquet style lunches and dinners. The lodges provide two or more options during each course and beverages range from water and soda to beer.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits
In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.
For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801-943-0264 or visit our Trek Tips series on YouTube.
World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have a question about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.
We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group.
As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant, and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.
You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate, be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.
Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool presented as we say our goodbyes.
We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.
Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years man has roamed its regions, savannas to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Drawn to exotic Africa, explorers have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”
East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00
Tribes of Tanzania
Sukuma comprise the largest tribe with three million Tanzanians. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.
Nywamwezi, also known as the “people of the moon,” are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.
The third largest tribe of Tanzania reside on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mosh. The Chaga speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. They were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they hold a strong sense of identity. Known for their advanced farming techniques, trade, and politics, they thrive as a successful tribe.
Descended from Persia, the Shirazi make up the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.
CULTURE & RELIGION:
Tanzanians bear a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). They rarely identify themselves by tribe upon an initial meeting. This collective attitude comes from the Julius Nyerere days and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. This national mindset allows Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting. Christians and Muslims live side by side with minimal friction.
The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling abbreviated TZS. TZS replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966 and is abbreviated TZS. Currency exchangers subdivide the shilling into 100 senti and it is written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.