Amazing Awesome Arusha

Wildlife Arusha, Tanzania

Head North for adventure and arrive in amazing awesome Arusha, the gateway to Mt Meru, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the best Safaris in Tanzania. Enjoy being in the centre of a thriving city - abuzz with the business of mountaineering and safari adventures. With great accommodation options, excellent food choices, and a vibrant nightlife. You can choose to relax, recover or party, the options are limitless in Arusha.

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Packages at this location

14 Days - Wildlife and Beach Holiday Wildlife

Excitement and relaxation all in the one adventure. Spend 14 Days spreading your time between enchanting Zanzibar beaches and exotic safari adventures. Explore the Northern safari circuit – the superlative Serengeti, the terrific Tarangire, the magical Lake Manyara, and the nadir of the Ngorongoro Crater. Be awe-struck by the outstanding scenery, explosive wildlife, beautiful birds, and rapscallion reptiles. Finish your adventure with rest, relaxation and epic sights in magical, whimsical, zany Zanzibar.

  • Accomodation with our thrird part partners

  • Expert Local Guide

  • Food & Beverages

  • Local Guide

Accommodation will be provided in our carefully selected lodges and hotels.

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Upon your arrival be meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha – Karama Lodge

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park
Start in Arusha - After breakfast with your packed lunch, journey to Lake Manyara National Park for wildlife viewing. Dinner and overnight at Lodge. A major attraction of the Lake Manyara National Park is the tree - climbing lions. Other things to see include - elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffalos, baboons, plains animals as well as huge variety of birdlife, both resident and migratory. At certain times of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos, which form a shimmering pink zone around the lake shore. Other birds found here include ostriches, egrets, herons, pelicans and storks. Also seen are African spoonbills, various species of ibises, ducks and the rare pygmy geese.

Day 3: Manyara To Serengeti National Park
After breakfast journey to Serengeti national park with lunch and wildlife viewing en-route, dinner and overnight Serengeti, Lodge

Day 4: Wildlife viewing - Serengeti Park
After breakfast continue with wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park. Take a hot lunch at Seronera and then journey to Lobo for dinner and overnight, at Lodge.

Day 5: Serengeti South Plains
After breakfast continue with wildlife viewing in the Northern part of Serengeti and back to Lobo for lunch. After lunch drive to the Southern part of Serengeti, experience the endless plains of the Serengeti from the border between Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation. Dinner and overnight, Serengeti Lodge.

Day 6: Olduvai Gorge
After breakfast, take a packed lunch and drive to Ngorongoro Olduvai gorge the archaeological site. Dinner and overnight, Ngorongoro, Lodge.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater To Tarangire National Park
After breakfast descend into the crater with your picnic lunch journey around the unbroken caldera that encloses a spectacular array of wildlife. After lunch is your chance to visit Maasai boma, and then an evening drive to Tarangire for overnight and dinner at Lodge.

Day 8: Tarangire National Park To Arusha
After breakfast begin a wildlife viewing in the Tarangire national park. Hot lunch at the lodge then drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Karama Lodge. One of the most noticeable things on entering the park is the baobab trees with their massive trunks, they are instantly recognizable. There are animals that usually move northwards of the park during the wet season including the wildebeests, zebras, Thompson's gazelles, buffalos, elands and hartebeests. There is a significant elephant population in this park. The number of birds recorded in Tarangire National Park has been estimated at approximately 300. These include migrants that fly south to spend October - April away from the winter of the northern hemisphere. Here, you may spot various species of herons, storks and ducks, vultures, buzzards, sparrow hawks, eagles, kites and falcons, as well as ostriches

Day 9: Arusha to Zanzibar
Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in town (Tembo House Hotel) for overnight stay.

Day 10: Excursion in Zanzibar
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel for any two of the following tours - Spice, Historical stone town, Jozani forest, Prison island or Sunset cruise, also available a dolphin tour on request.

Day 11: Rest and Relax
Rest and Relax in Zanzibar

Day 12: Stone Town to East Coast
After breakfast transfer you to the hotel on the East Coast (Karafuu Hotel).

Day 13: Rest and Relax
Rest and Relax

Day 14: Zanzibar to Dar-Es-Salaam or Kilimanjaro.
Pickup from your East Coast hotel and transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight to Dar-Es-Salaam or Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport) probably in connection to your flight back home.

All year round

You will need to provide your own final flights from Zanzibar to Dar-Es-Salaam or Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport) these can be booked with us.

Please bring extra spending money for tips and drinks, plus any optional activities.

If you wish to take a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Serengeti, book with us for USD 449 per person.

We can arrange Flying doctors insurance for USD 50 per person.

6 Day Vintage Safari Wildlife

Pop the cork on a vintage safari. Enjoy a classic wildlife adventure, take in the best and most select Tanzanian locations, with an exquisite palette of colour and light. Explore the Northern safari circuit – the superlative Serengeti, the terrific Tarangire, the amazing Arusha National Park, the magical Lake Manyara, and the nadir of the Ngorongoro Crater. Be awe-struck by the outstanding scenery, explosive wildlife, beautiful birds, and rapscallion reptiles.

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

  • Transport on 4WD vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier.

  • All park entrance fees, and crater fees.

Accommodation will be provided in our carefully selected lodges.

Day 1: Arusha National Park
In the morning drive to Arusha national park with your packed lunch for wildlife viewing. Dinner and overnight at Karama Lodge or similar. Full board. The compact Arusha National Park is remarkable for its range of habitats. There are numerous hides and picnic sites throughout the park, giving travellers an opportunity to leave their vehicles. Arusha National Park contains many animals including giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffalos, rhinos, colobus monkeys, bushbucks, red forest duikers, reedbucks, waterbucks and warthogs. In fact, Arusha is supposed to contain the highest density of giraffes in the world. There are no lions in the park although you may see a leopard. Birds found in the National Park include cormorants, pelicans, ibises, flamingos and grebes.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast journey to the Tarangire national park with your packed lunch for wildlife viewing. Dinner and overnight, at Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge or Similar. One of the most noticeable things on entering the park are the baobab trees with their massive trunks, they are instantly recognizable. There are animals that usually move northwards of the park during the wet season including the wildebeests, zebras, Thompson's gazelles, buffalos, elands and hartebeests. There is a significant elephant population in this park. The number of birds recorded in Tarangire National Park has been estimated at approximately 300. Here, you may spot various species of herons, storks and ducks, vultures, buzzards, sparrow hawks, eagles, kites and falcons, as well as ostriches.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast transfer to Lake Manyara national park for wildlife viewing and lunch. Dinner and overnight at Kudu lodge or similar. A major attraction of the Lake Manyara National Park is the tree - climbing lions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will spot them. Other things to see include - elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffalos, baboons, plains animals as well as huge variety of birdlife, both resident and migratory. At certain times of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos, which form a shimmering pink zone around the lake shore. Other birds found here include ostriches, egrets, herons, pelicans and storks. Also seen are African spoonbills, various species of ibises, ducks and the rare pygmy geese.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast transfer to Serengeti national park via Ngorongoro conservation area, with lunch en route. Dinner and overnight, Seronera Wildlife Lodge or similar. Serengeti is perhaps most well known for the annual migration that takes place across the great savannah plains. The Serengeti is also famous for cheetahs, leopards and lions, some of which migrate with the wildebeests while others remain in the central plain. Birdlife is prolific in the National Park and includes various species of kingfishers, sunbirds and rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills and ducks. Birds of prey include Ruppell's vulture and the hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks and harriers. There is also a hippo pool where you can have clear views of the hippopotami and even crocodiles.

Day 5: Serengeti / Ngorongoro
After breakfast with your packed lunch drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Pass by Olduvai Gorge a historical site where pre-historic humans lived. For an extra cost, you can choose to visit the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture. Enjoy your lunch en-route to the crater rim for your dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or similar.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, with packed lunch descend into the crater for a full day game viewing. The conservation area encompasses Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Olduvai Gorge - famous for its palaeontological relics - and Lake Masek. The Crater is a home to a small number of black rhinoceros, sustains a huge population of ungulates and has a concentrated number of lions. There are an estimated 30,000 animals living in the crater. Encounters with animals are frequent. These include lions, elephants and rhinos as well as buffaloes, Thompson's gazelles, wildebeests and zebras. You are also likely to see ostriches and Lake Magadi, at the floor of the crater, is home to thousands of flamingos. There are also dive - bombing kites which are recognized for their skills of snatching visitors' food. Evening journey back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at your Hotel. End of Tour.

All year round

Please bring some personal spending money for incidentals such as drinks, tips and the Olduvai Gorge fees.

If you wish to take a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Serengeti, book with us for USD 449 per person.

You can book with us accommodation for The first night on your arrival and last night after your safari, these are not included in the price.

We can arrange Flying doctors insurance for USD 50 per person.

5 Days The Best of Maasai Cultural Walking Safari Wildlife

Walk into the light of a new day, as you climb the ‘Mountain of God’ Ol Doinyo Lengai. Hike into the very heart of Maasai culture as you climb their sacred mountain. Enter into the inner life of the Maasai people as you explore their lands and their lives. Enjoy fabulous views of the salt flats of Lake Natron, the crater highlands of the Ngorongoro Reserve, the western slopes of the Rift Valley and the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro. Heat it up on this semi-active volcano with unique views of lava pools and steaming vents.

  • Accomodation with our hand picked third party partners

  • Expert Local Guide

Accommodation will be provided in our carefully selected campsites.

Day 1: Safari To the Camp
Start early in the morning drive from the town of Mto Wa Mbu, then follow the Rift Valley escarpment north to the village of Engaresero where we will camp before taking the next steps for our walking safari.

Day 2: The Volcano
Start early in order to gain as much altitude up the volcano as possible in the cool of the morning. Your hike follows narrow ridges of scree and volcanic dust and ash which run between steep gullies. You will set up camp in the south crater, a safe distance from the active north crater. The north crater itself offers a unique opportunity to view an active volcano with recent streams of molten lava, steaming vents and open lava pools. The lava on this mountain has the distinction of being black during the day and a dull orange at night due to its relatively cool temperature.

Day 3: Maasai Steppe
Trek to the summit this morning and enjoy the sunrise over the Maasai Steppe. From the summit enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Mount Meru, the extinct volcano Kerimasi, Lake Natron and even Mount Kilimanjaro. After lunch, we will descend the mountain and return to our camp at Engare Sero village by early evening.

Day 4: Lake Natron
Visit Lake Natron and the local Masai village where you will meet the locals who make this area with its harsh environment their home

Day 5: Arusha
After breakfast drive back to Arusha.

All year round

Please bring spending money for incidentals such as tips and drinks.

About the location

Accommodation

Arusha is a modern thriving city, with plenty of options for accommodation, including choices for all budgets. Accommodation ranges from backpackers through to luxury hotels with plenty in between. During your safari or adventure, accommodation will usually be provided - check the details of accommodation in the package information.

Location

Centre yourself in Arusha for the best of the Northern Tanzanian Adventures. Find yourself on, the doorstep of Mt Meru and within striking distance of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Arusha National Park. Enjoy a temperate climate with an altitude of 1300 metres bringing some much needed cool air. Ideal weather for visiting the many local markets. There is the Central Market in the centre of the city and the larger Kilombero Market just west. For some local colour try the Ngaramtoni Market or the Tengeru Market both a short distance out of town. For international travellers, the main route to Arusha is via the Kilimanjaro International Airport (IATA: JRO). Kilimanjaro Airport is approximately 45 minutes (60km) from Arusha. Taxi rides are available but many airlines run a shuttle service to Arusha.

Food

See the details in your package for meal options. Whilst in Arusha take advantage of the fabulous local eateries with plenty of local Tanzanian delicacies on offer. You will also find a full range of other cuisines - with plenty of options for different diets, budgets and preferences. For carnivores, you really should try Nyama Choma whilst in Tanzania. Usually, goat, chicken or fish, grilled over charcoal served with grilled banana or ugali. Also, make sure you get a taste of a particularly Northern Tanzania dish Mchemsho, a meat-based stew or broth, usually made for special occasions as the ingredients are not cheap. Vegetarians should enjoy some Ndizi Kaanga, fried plantains, usually unsweetened, but some people like to sprinkle a little sugar on top.

Activities

Excellent safaris to Tanzania’s top locations: Cultural excursions, Hot Air Ballooning, Trekking, Mountaineering and Zanzibar Beach Holidays.

Amenities

  • Guides

  • Airport Transfers

Available activities

  • Excursions

  • Hiking