Tanzania Safari Adventure

See the "Big Five" on this Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari

Elephants crossing road in front of Wilderness Inquiry Land Cruisers. Tarangire National Park. Tanzania is known for its wild animals – elephants, big cats, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and so many more. Join Wilderness Inquiry guide Donatus Gadiye to experience some of the last remaining true wilderness in the world. Travel by four-wheel drive to places like Tarangire National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Empakai Crater, and Serengeti National Park. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, the eighth wonder of the world, where Donatus knows every rhino by name. Visit Olduvai Gorge to see the bones and footprints of our ancestors who inhabited the area two million years ago. Experience a day of traditional hunting and gathering with the Hadzabe Bushmen, a nomadic tribe. You will enjoy trying to learn the names of plants and animals in their click language. Meet extraordinary people and see ‘the Big Five’ on this exciting African adventure.

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1: Your guide will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer to your hotel in Arusha for a night of rest.

DAY 2: After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park. See animals, especially elephants, as well as spectacular birds, giant baobab trees, and incredible landscapes. Tarangire is a true wilderness containing greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Large herds of elephants roam freely here.

DAYS 3 & 4: Travel to Karatu, the home village of our guide, Donatus. In Karatu, visit Kilimatembo school where you’ll have a chance tvisit about Tanzania's education system and interact with the students. Karatu also provides the opportunity to visit a traditional Iraqw home and learn about the tribe's unique culture from one of their elders. Your group may also hike to a majestic waterfall in the Ngorongoro northern highland forest reserve. Along the way, experience cave-like structures created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the mineral-rich soil. Stay at Eileen’s Trees Inn.

DAYS 5 & 6: Visit Tatoga Blacksmiths and a Tatoga village in the afternoon on the way to Lake Eyasi. Early the next morning, visit the Hadzabe (Bushmen). This nomadic tribe still lives through hunting and gathering and resides without permanent shelter. Take time to learn about their culture and hunting practices, then return to camp for brunch. In the afternoon, take an easy walk to the shores of Lake Eyasi. Stay at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.

DAYS 7 & 8: Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the eighth wonder of the world, Ngorongoro Crater, for a full day of game viewing. This unique 'bowl' of nature is home to four resident prides of lions and your best chance of seeing rare black rhino in the wild. On the second day in Ngorongoro, you may choose to hike down into Empakai Crater or hike along the North Rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Stay at Rhino Lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro crater.

DAYS 9 & 10: Travel down the flank of Ngororgoro Crater, pass through the scenic Maasai village of Endulen and proceed to Serengeti National Park, world famous for its endless plains and abundant wildlife. Spend two days on the Serengeti Plains, searching out big prides of lions, leopards, migrating herds, giant elephants, antelope, and more. Stay at established "tent" camps in the park.

DAY 11: Take in an early morning game drive and then leave the Seregenti for the return to Karatu via Oldavai Gorge, where Mary and Louis Leakey discovered Australopithecus boisei and early hominin footprints that have been fossilized in volcanic ash. If excavation is in progress, we’ll visit the Zinj site, followed by shifting sands. Final night at Eileen's Trees Inn in Karatu.

DAY 12: Relax at Eileen's Trees Inn in the morning, have lunch, and then drive back to Arusha and on to the Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home. The group will stop at one or two local markets for the opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family at home.

Travel, Terrain, Etc...

TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Tanzania has an incredible variety of ecosystems, ranging from desert plain to fertile rain forest to snow capped mountains. Land outside major cities is largely undeveloped and thus, we'll travel on some bumpy roads and hike on some uneven terrain that will involve moderate elevation changes.

TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: East Africa is a welcoming escape for travelers of all levels of experience. We will use vans and/or other four-wheel drive vehicles to travel from place to place. For the wildlife safari sections, we'll open the roofs of these same vehicles for excellent viewing and photo opportunities. A moderate level of physical fitness is required to participate in the hiking sections.

WEATHER: Due to the higher elevations, it can get hot when the sun reaches its peak during midday but cools dramatically at night (45º - 90º F). "Rainy Seasons" are roughly mid-March through May and October to December, but rain is possible year-round.

ACCOMMODATIONS: This will be a mixed lodge-based and tent camping trip. Typically there are 2-4 people per room, matched by gender or requests to room together. In most rooms, solo travelers have single beds and couples share beds. Bathroom facilities at lodges are luxurious with hot showers and everything you are used to at home. While camping, bathroom facilities will range from permanent campground bathroom facilities to portable commodes that we set up in a privacy tent. We make every effort to ensure privacy and cleanliness.

MEALS: Kick back and relax while all your Tanzanian meals are prepared for you. We’ll enjoy a variety of fresh, healthy options that include poultry, beef, fish, vegetables and fruit. We pride ourselves on offering good tasting breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. While we’ll enjoy sharing happy hours together, the purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.

YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 5 to 12 participants, plus several local guides. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities.

EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Packing for the mild weather of Tanzania is very straightforward, and we will send you a detailed equipment list upon confirmation of your trip. You need not spend a lot of money on gear. Wilderness Inquiry will provide all necessary group and camping equipment.

SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone, you will feel at home with a welcoming group. When rooms are shared, we match same gender solo travelers. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip, you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option.

HEALTH: We encourage you to see your doctor or a travel nurse at least 4-6 weeks before travel. This allows for adequate time to get new immunizations, if required, and ensure that others are up-to-date. You will also need a prescription for an anti malarial medication. We also encourage you to check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website for the most up-to-date recommendations.

PASSPORT/VISA: U.S. citizens need a passport to enter Tanzania, and it must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned departure. One blank passport page is typically required for entry stamp and visa. U.S. citizens must obtain an entry visa, which can be obtained at the Kilimanjaro airport for a fee of approximately $100 USD or before traveling. We encourage you to check the State Department website for the up to date entry requirements for Tanzania.

A note about the itinerary: Our trips are real adventures in the outdoors. While we'll make every effort to follow the itinerary listed here, elements may change due to weather or reasons beyond our control.
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 the “Roof 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.

The government of Tanzania through its department of tourism has embarked on a campaign to promote the Kalambo water falls in the southwestern region of Rukwa as one of Tanzania’s main tourist destinations. The Kalambo Falls are the second highest in Africa and are located near the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika. The Menai Bay Conservation Area is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area.

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. Waterbuck (a type of antelope) occur mainly near Lerai Forest; servals (a medium-size cat) occur widely in the crater and on the plains to the west. 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.

For more information, visit these links:

Tanzania National Parks

Tanzania Tourist Board

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Maasai people - Wiki

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2/14-2/25/16  $4500 Register Now
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This trip officially begins in Arusha, Tanzania. The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International airport and WI will meet you there (Airport code: JRO). There are daily flights from various European cities, South Africa, and sometimes New York. The most popular flights arrive in the evening. We plan to meet outside baggage claim and leave once everyone has made it through. This is usually around 8pm but rest assured we won't leave without you even if you have a later arrival. Custom pickups outside this meeting time can also be arranged for a small fee. To make your travel arrangements for this trip we recommend that you consult with our travel agency, Travel One, at (800) 247-1311. They are very familiar with our trips and can help you make the best flight connections at the best prices. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip.

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  • A lion is perched on a rock in the African Serengeti.
    Simba on Pride Rock in the Serengeti. photo by: Walz, A
  • Male lion laying on ground in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
    Lion in Ngorongoro Crater, one of Tanzania's many wildlife parks photo by: Gadiye, D
  • A mother and baby rhino gallop across the plains of central Tanzania.
    Rhino sighting on the Ngorongoro Crater Floor photo by: Gadiye, D
  • Giraffes necking during a Tanzania safari through the Selous Game Reserve.
    Giraffe "necking" is a sign of affection. photo by: Walz, A
  • A large elephant's silhouette in an open plain, with a striking sunset in the background.
    Evening sunset. photo by: Walz, A
  • Tanzania's rugged terrain requires using 4x4 Land Cruisers to get around. photo by: Walz, A
  • Rhino
    Rhino in the Ngorogoro Crater. photo by: Gadiye, D
  • A black, red, yellow, and white bird stands tall in a grassy plain.
    Ugandan National Bird photo by: Walz, A
  • A leopard lounges on a tree branch in Serengeti National Park.
    "The leapard was so close I took this with my iphone!" - Judy F photo by: Fahl, J
  • Blue monkey with baby. photo by: Lais, G
  • Elephants crossing road in front of Wilderness Inquiry Land Cruisers. Tarangire National Park. photo by: Lais, G
  • Young elephants sparring and having fun. photo by: Lais, G
  • photo by: Lais, G
  • Datoga children in their boma. These kids were making necklaces out of beads. photo by: Lais, G
  • Tent camp in the Serengeti photo by: Lais, G
  • photo by: Lais, G
  • Baby zebra getting up to be with mom. photo by: Lais, G
  • At the rim of Ngorogoro Crater photo by: Lais, G
  • Look who is joining us for lunch! photo by: Lais, G
  • Mama Cheetah. She jumped up on the hood of our Land Cruiser to have a better view. photo by: Lais, G
  • Who says the lion is King? This fellow is massive, and feeding quite a few Oxpecker birds. photo by: Lais, G

Quick Trip Facts:

  • 11 days in Tanzania
  • Local Wilderness Inquiry safari guides, expert in wildlife and culture
  • All park entrance fees
  • All hotel, lodge and tent camp accommodations
  • All meals and snacks
  • New Land Cruisers
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro Airport included
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