Tanzania: Safari, The Big Five, Kilimanjaro

Tanzania is a world-class destination with amazing wildlife, fascinating culture, and spectacular landscapes. From Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro to the plains of the Serengeti your experience here is truly the trip of a lifetime. You will see elephants, lion, giraffe, zebra, rhino, and pink flamingos up close. Even more, you’ll visit and get to know the Maasai, Datoga, and Hadzabe bushmen. The Hadzabe are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer societies on earth.

Join Wilderness Inquiry and superb Tanzanian guides Donatus Gadiye and Loserian Laizer to hike and explore some of the most amazing wilderness in the world. Donatus is the head of elephant conservation for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and co-author of the assessment for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read stories about Tanzania from our blog.
  • Amazing photography opportunities of the Big Five: lion, rhino, elephant, cape buffalo and leopard
  • Excellent food and lodging at every stop
  • Comfortable Toyota Land Cruisers and safe drivers
  • Visits to authentic villages and markets
  • World-class guides with extensive local environmental and cultural knowledge

Tanzania has become one of our most popular international destinations because of the incredible local guides and carefully vetted lodging. We're able to run world-class safaris because of our years on the ground exploring some of Africa's most iconic landscapes – from Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro to the plains of the Serengeti. You will see the "Big Five" game: elephants, lions, leopards, cape buffalo, and rhinocerors. Even more, you’ll visit and get to know the Maasai, Datoga, and Hadzabe bushmen in authentic and off-the-beaten path settings.

See dates and details for our scheduled Tanzania trips:

  • Always rated as one of our can't-miss trips, take in an immersive African cultural experience as you explore the Serengeti and visit numerous African tribes. Our highly trained staff includes Donatus Gadiye, a native of Karatu and one of the world's foremost elephant researchers. When you are not observing herds of antelope, cape buffalo, or prides of lions, you will visit local communities and learn about the cultural customs from elders and other specialists. With 12 full days on trail, you will enjoy every second that these iconic Tanzania safari destinations have to offer. 12 Days: Trip Fee $4950
  • This incredible journey will take you up the face of Mount Kilimanjaro for seven full days before reaching Uhuru peak, the highest point in all of Africa. While testing your limits as you make the 5895m ascent, enjoy cooked meals in checkpoint huts every night along the way. At the peak, witness the horizon's arc, looking out over sites such as the Kibo Crater and the Great Rift and Karanga Valleys. This is one of Earth's great mountaineering adventures. 9 Days: Trip Fee $2995

Here are all current Tanzania trip offerings sorted by date. You can register for them right from this page or click on the trip name to see a detailed itinerary, photo gallery, and more.

Trip Name 2016 Dates Fee Registration
Tanzania Safari Adventure with Paul & Sue Schurke more» **Important Trip Message** 9/9-9/20/16 $4950
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Climb Kilimanjaro more» 10/9-10/17/16 $2995
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Trip Name 2017 Dates Fee Registration
Tanzania Safari Adventure more» 2/12-2/23/17 $4950
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Tanzania Safari Adventure more» 7/2-7/13/17 $4950
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Climb Kilimanjaro more» 7/15-7/23/17 $3450
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Climb Kilimanjaro more» 10/8-10/16/17 $3450
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The East African nation of Tanzania offers visitors opportunities to witness the fabled wildlife of the African Serengeti – elephants, the famous cats, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, pink flamingos, and much, much more – in one of the most remarkable and renowned wilderness areas of the world. Visitors to Tanzania can also see or climb to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest peak and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

The modern nation of Tanzania formed in 1964, with the combination of countries of Tanganyika and the island nation of Zanzibar. The name “Tanzania” also came from a combination of the two previous names. Tanzania lies in East Africa, and borders Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other nations, as well as the Indian Ocean. The official capitol city since 1996 is Dodoma, though the previous capitol of Dar es Salaam on the coast remains the major seaport and principal commercial center of the country.

Tanzania is mountainous in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, stands. To the northwest lie the Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish). Central Tanzania comprises a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore offers a hot and humid climate, with the island of Zanzibar lying just offshore.

Tanzania contains many large and ecologically significant wildlife parks, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park in the north, and Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the south. Gombe National Park in the west is known as the site of Dr. Jane Goodall’s studies of chimpanzee behavior.

Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak towers over the Great Rift Valley. Rainforest, tarns, alpine meadows, exotic high-altitude vegetation, sunbirds, hyrax, and soaring eagles make a trek on this peak one of the most unique mountaineering experiences in the world.

But it is the wildlife preserves that make Tanzania famous. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, for example, is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera, lies within the area. Aside from herds of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater shelters the “big five” of wildlife species: rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The crater plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25,000 animals living within the crater. In the summer, enormous numbers of Serengeti migrants pass through the plains of the reserve, including 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra, and 470,000 gazelles. Also common in the reserve are lions, hartebeest, spotted hyenas, and jackals. Cheetahs, although common in the reserve, are scarce in the crater itself.

Tanzania’s world-famous archeological site of Olduvai Gorge has shown that early hominid and human habitation in Tanzania goes back three million years.

Today, about 38 million people live in Tanzania. The people of the country come from a rich cultural blend of over 120 ethnic groups. As a former British colony, English is widely spoken here today, along with Swahili.

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  • Close-up of an African leopard lounging on a tree branch in Serengeti National Park.
    "The leapard was so close I took this with my iphone!" - Judy F (photo: Fahl, J)
  • A grey crowned crane, a grey, white, and brown bird with a red, black, and white head and a crown of thin, tan feathers, stands tall in a grassy plain.
    A stunning grey crowned crane. (photo: Walz, A)
  • A large elephant is silhouetted in an open plain, with a striking sunset in the background.
    Evening sunsets are like no other on safari in Tanzania. (photo: Walz, A)
  • A mother blue monkey carries her baby while moving across tree branches in a jungle.
    A mother blue monkey carries her baby through the Tanzanian jungle. (photo: Lais, G)
  • People peek out of the tops of two safari Land Cruisers to take photos of an elephant crossing the road in front of them.
    Elephants crossing road in front of Wilderness Inquiry Land Cruisers in Tarangire National Park. (photo: Lais, G)
  • Two young elephants lock tusks as they playfully spar.
    Young elephants playfully sparring make for a great photo in the Serengeti. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A group of local men in traditional dress of red, green, and blue cloths demonstrate a dance.
    Our adventures in Tanzania include cross-cultural experiences, too. (photo: Lais, G)
  • Close-up of a chameleon with mouth agape grasping onto guide's hand.
    Have you ever held a wild chameleon? (photo: Lais, G)
  • Six Datoga children in their boma smile for the camera.
    The Tanzania Safari Adventure is a great opportunity to learn about both nature and culture, as it includes wildlife viewing and visits to local villages. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A series of safari tents in a line in the Serengeti with a gorgeous pink sunset in the background.
    Tent camp in the Serengeti on a Tanzania Safari Adventure. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A cheetah passes in front of a Wilderness Inquiry Land Cruiser as participants watch from the vehicle's open top.
    Close encounters are an exciting aspect of our adventures in Tanzania. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A baby zebra tries to stand up next to its mother.
    Baby zebra getting up to be with mom. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A group of participants stands together for a photo on the edge of Ngorogoro Crater with the plains of the crater and the bright blue sky behind them.
    The rim of Ngorogoro Crater affords expansive views and great group photos. (photo: Lais, G)
  • Five giraffe and a few zebras look curiously towards the photographer.
    Look who is joining us for lunch! (photo: Lais, G)
  • A close-up of a cheetah lounging on the ground.
    Mama Cheetah. She jumped up on the hood of our Land Cruiser to have a better view. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A large hippo stands with many Oxpecker birds perched on top of her.
    Who says the lion is King? This fellow is massive, and feeding quite a few Oxpecker birds. (photo: Lais, G)
  • A couple poses with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance.
    In the shadow of Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. (photo: Walz, A)
  • Two giraffes standing near each other in the bush of the Selous Game Reserve.
    Giraffes are easy to spot thanks to the contrast between their patterns and the landscape on a Tanzanian Safari Adventure. (photo: Walz, A)
  • Male lion laying on the ground in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
    Lion in Ngorongoro Crater, one of Tanzania's many wildlife parks. (photo: Gadiye, D)
  • W rhino walking across the grassy plain in the Ngorogoro Conservation Area.
    Rhino in the Ngorogoro Crater. (photo: Gadiye, D)
  • Three lion cubs among the tall grass of the Serengeti.
    Lion cubs in Mikumi National Park in southern Tanzania. (photo: Walz, A)
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