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Tanzanian Safari

Our professionally trained Safari Guides work to provide excellent service and an abundance of knowledge to our guests. We crafted these Safaris with your comfort in mind, so we travel in spacious Land Cruisers that allow guests a window seat and access to a food and beverage cooler. You can relax in your seat, enjoy refreshments while gazing at African wildlife, or stand through the vehicle’s pop-top roof to observe the animals.

Along our Safari route, we stay in gorgeous lodges within the national parks. Each has spacious and comfortable bedrooms and delicious dining options, and most of these lodges having a pool or jacuzzi to relax in!

Our highly trained staff is eager to make delicious meals for all our guests, regardless of preferences or allergies. Expect bountiful plates and delicious local flavors as you trek your Safari adventure, and enjoy the tastes it brings along the way.

Our team of medically and practically trained Guides is here to help you every step of the way. From the first point of contact with the office through the end of your trekking experience with us, World Wide Trekking will work with you to ensure you feel comfortable and prepared to embark on your journey.

Tanzania is a focal point of the Human Outreach Project. Our efforts in Tanzania are some of our most visited and utilized across our projects. We are proud to have an orphanage, two school lunch programs, and offer support to small businesses in the local region.

HOP in Tanzania

We think it’s imperative to offer our guests the ability to hear from one another. This way, guests can get the nitty-gritty details about the trek… like finding out just how challenging that hike really is!

“Comfort was really nice and told us really cool facts. He pointed out stuff that no one else could see. Dean was awesome and really nice too! I liked it because I got to go on the trip with Dean, who is the leader.”- Denny (age 8)

“The wildlife is amazing and so are the guides. I also loved the pasta and hot chocolate (which I had 2 of every morning!)” – Jake (age 12)

Upon booking, you will gain access to a Personal Trip Detail Site. This site contains helpful contact information for your Adventure Specialist and your Guide while also hosting packing lists, flight schedules, and your daily trekking itinerary for easy access. Our World Wide Trekking Representatives are always here to help answer any questions, but we have found these sites to pose very useful to our Guests.

Tanzanian Safari

This classic Tanzanian Safari takes guests on an immersive journey through Tanzania’s ancient culture and landscape to the heart of Africa. From capturing epically close photos of wildlife to learning primitive hunting and fire-making techniques with two of Africa’s oldest indigenous tribes, this trip has it all. Our expert safari guides take you deep into Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, two of Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuaries.

Summary

TRIP TYPE: Safari

ACTIVITY RATING: Easy Active

TRIP LENGTH: 4 days/3 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: Up to 18

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the wonders of an African Safari from the comfort of a Land Cruiser. Each guest will have a window seat and the ability to stand through the open top to view the animals closely. Each vehicle has a cooler containing snacks and drinks for the ride!
 
  • Visit two of Africa’s oldest indigenous tribes, learn their way of life, and experience fire-making in real time.
 
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This region is home to the world’s largest unbroken caldera and the world’s most concentrated wildlife area. 
 
  • Learn about the region you’re in with a trip to the Cultural Heritage Center, experience the local culture by visiting shops, and enjoy local cuisine on your final day.
 
  • Become a part of something spectacular. Visit our Kilimanjaro Kid’s Community (KKC), and meet some of the children within the orphanage.

Double Occupancy

From

$ 2,800

per person

Single Supplement

Add+

$ 850

per person

tanzania-imposed vat tax (2024 treks)

Add+

$ 200

per person

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ITINERARY

  • This morning we will load our Land Cruisers and set off on Safari. These vehicles are great for offering a safe and comfortable experience, while allowing guests to view animals closely through the open top roofs.
  • On our way to the Lake Manyara National Park we will visit the Makayuni School, where the Human Outreach Project’s School Lunch Program feeds more than 1,000 children daily.
  • We will then spend the afternoon on a game drive through the Lake Manyara National Park, and spend the night on the edge of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House or comparable
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Welcome Reception
  • Today we will drive to the remote areas near Lake Eyasi to see the Hadzabe (Bushmen) Tribe, which has less than 300 members remaining. We will learn about their existence, how they make fire, and we may even get to try shooting some arrows from their hand crafted bows. 
  • After this visit, we will head to see the Datoga Tribe and be immersed in even more cultural experiences. Of Tanzania’s 120 tribes, these two have remained especially primitive in comparison to their counterparts.
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or comparable

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken caldera which is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. The crater is 610 meters deep, hosts breathtaking views, and over 25,000 larger mammals, mainly zebra and wildebeest. The crater is also home to the BIG 5: Elephants, African Buffalo, Leopards, Black Rhinoceros’, and Lions, as well as Cheetahs, Hippos, Hyenas, and a variety of other wild animals in their natural environment. This unique environment is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • During our full day drive in the crater we will stop for a scenic picnic lunch.
  •  Overnight: Ngorongoro Farmhouse or comparable
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Celebration Dinner
  • After arriving in Arusha we continue on to the Cultural Heritage Center. You will have plenty of time to explore the Cultural Heritage Center and art gallery, then we will regroup to have lunch.
  • We will pay a visit to the Human Outreach Project: Kilimanjaro Kids Community in the afternoon where you will be given a day room to rest and freshen up before international departures. (JRO)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Pre-trip planning, customization, and consultation
  • Transportation throughout
  • 3 nights lodging
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 Dinners
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance, and excursion fees described in the itinerary
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • Services of local English-speaking, professional safari driver(s)/guide(s)
  • Gear List
  • International airfare other than as described in itinerary
  • Passports and visas
  • Immunization costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal safari gear
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, bottled beverages, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of WWTrek’s control
  • Gratuities for safari driver(s)/guide(s)
  • Tourism Taxes When Applicable

Trip Add-Ons

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TRAVEL NOTES

The best time for wildlife viewing is during the two dry seasons (June – October, and January-February). Animals head to the grasslands to feed and congregate around water sources, enticing predators to stake out the watering holes. If you’re lucky, a dramatic chase may develop. June and July are the best months to catch Serengeti’s Great Migration, a spectacular sight of over 2 million zebra and wildebeest traveling together.

If you’d like to avoid the crowds during the popular dry season, you will still find plenty of fascinating wildlife viewing during the wet season. The wildebeest calving season (January – February) is a great time to see young, which can also lead to predator action. The wet season also offers spectacular green scenery and a kaleidoscope of migratory birds.

This safari is most often done following a Kilimanjaro climb. 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 leave after the scheduled itinerary to go on Safari, Gorilla Tracking, or to visit Zanzibar Island. We are happy to help you make these arrangements. Additional charges for transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

International airfares are not included in program pricing. When booking international travel, we recommend working with an experienced travel agent. One that World Wide Trekking is proud to coordinate with is Brian Mei from Eastern Travel. You can reach Brian directly by calling 801.792.1721 or by email at brian@easterntravel.com. Additional support is always available by calling the Eastern Travel Office at 801.466.8811 or by emailing Michelle at michelle@easterntravel.com.

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.

Our preferred flight route: Home airport – AMS – JRO (one direct flight daily on KLM airlines.) Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. 

We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact AIG Travel Guard to get more information.

We always recommend safeguarding your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with AIG Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit AIG Travel Guard

Before your arrival in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs.

Contact G3 Global Services for more information on how to receive your visa prior to your arrival.

*Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

At WWTrek we understand how much the fine details matter. We make every effort to impress and provide the small comforts that make a big difference. Find postcards and bottled water on your bed awaiting your arrival. All the lodges in our itineraries are chosen with care.

Luxury: Enjoy your stay in best lodges Tanzania has to offer. These luxurious lodges offer amenities including internet, spa services, laundry, swimming pool, and fine dining.

Classic: Most equivalent to 4-star accommodations, these elegant lodges offer all the services and comforts to help you relax and rejuvenate along our exhilarating safari.

Wildlife: These carefully chosen lodges, though simple, live up to our high expectations. They offer all standard amenities, are clean, and comfortable.

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.

*Please contact us if you  have any special dietary needs or food restrictions. We can accommodate any special diets. We are happy to help!

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 a medical kit and satellite communicator.

In addition, we recommend visiting your local International Travel Clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, Yellow Fever, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can schedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs. Visit our Trek Tips series on YouTube.

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups. 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 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.

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detailed tipping recommendations on your ‘Trip Detail’ site once you sign up.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff 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.

*During your safari, you will be staying in luxury lodges where you can settle any incidentals you have with a credit card before you check out.

ADD ONS

Many guests prefer to leave late so they can add more adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.”

49.25 million

Tanzania operates on East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00, putting it 8 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) and 11 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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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.

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.

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