While Mount Kilimanjaro is the magnet which attracts the majority of our clients to East Africa, many trekkers take advantage of spending some time on a wildlife safari either before, or usually after, their Kilimanjaro climb.
Tanzania is considered to be the best safari destination on earth. Therefore it would be a shame to come all the way here and not take advantage of the wildlife viewing opportunities. The country has more protected areas than any other African country. More than 25% of its land is comprised of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas.
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Whether you have a short stay or extended vacation, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® Safaris has an itinerary that suits your desires. From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the savannas of the Serengeti, our expert guides take you to the heart of the action.
Ultimate Kilimanjaro® offers private safaris with one to seven day itineraries. We would be glad to work with you in extending your stay in Tanzania. Our safaris include accommodations in lodges and permanent tented camps, strategically located in the heart of the action in Serengeti National Park and in Karatu, an ideal base for excursions into Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara.
Our clients tour Tanzania in four wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers - the standard for safaris in Africa. We have a fleet of well maintained vehicles with custom pop up roofs for the best game viewing experience. Our Land Cruisers can seat from four to seven passengers, depending on the length of the vehicle. Bottled water and electrical outlets are available in the vehicles.
Staffed by professional safari guides who have intimate knowledge of the National Parks of Northern Tanzania, our experts know where to find the wildlife, either through experience or through a network of communication with other guides. They can spot animals from great distances and do their best to bring you close for an unforgettable encounter with Africa's majestic animals.
Our safaris begin around 8AM on day one. We depart from Moshi when done following a Kilimanjaro climb. We depart from Arusha when done preceding a climb. All safaris end in the midafternoon on the last day in Arusha.
A minimum of three days is recommended, and the five day itinerary is the most popular choice amongst our clients.
1 Day (Arusha
(Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater)
(Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
Note that we do not visit the Serengeti on itineraries less than 4 days. The Serengeti is an 8-hour direct drive from Moshi, and shorter itineraries do not allow time to travel and view game. Our 5 day safari is our most popular itinerary. It visits four parks and is highly recommended.
(Lake Manyara, Olduvai gorge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
(Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
(Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
All safaris are private; we do not operate group safaris. You decide what you want to see and for how long. You can depart on any day, for any period of time. Inside the vehicle, it will be just you, your party and your guide. During game drives, your guide will point out and describe the animals around you. Feel free to ask questions - the more the better. Note that the wildlife are accustomed to the presence of safari vehicles and its human occupants, so the animals will continue to behave normally even when the vehicles are closeby. However, all clients are strictly forbidden to exit the vehicle except in designated areas. There are some proper facilities for restroom breaks. Alternatively, your guide may find a safe area for outdoor relief if those are far away.
The days begin with a hot breakfast, followed by travel to a destination or a game drive if you are already in a park. Driving times between destinations will vary but they typically range between one to two hours. Note that the roads are not paved, so expect a bumpy and dusty ride, known as an "African massage."
A lunch is packed so you may eat while en route or while on a game drive. Sometimes there will be a good outdoor spot to have lunch, while other times it is not practical and thus better to eat in the vehicle.There will be plenty of time for finding new wildlife to observe and taking photographs. Let your guide know what interests you.
Before dark, you will head to the lodge where you can shower and take a rest before dinner. If you have had enough game viewing for a day, you can always ask to retire early. In some places, dinner is buffet style while others are a la carte. Your guide will discuss when to be ready for the following day's events.
Safari Gear List
Below is a recommended packing list for a multi-day safari. Nearly all of these items are already included on our climbing gear list, with the exception of the neck pillow, bathing suit and binoculars.
1+ Long Sleeve Shirt, for protection from the sun
1+ Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1+ Hiking Pants
1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell, for cold temperatures at night
1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
1 - Shorts (optional)
1 - Bathing suit (optional)
2+ Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended
1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 - Bandana, Buff or Dust Mask, for face coverage for dust and sweat (optional)
1 - Hiking Boots or Walking Shoes
1 - Sandals or Flip-Flops (optional)
1 - Sunglasses
1 - Neck Pillow, for napping in the vehicle (optional)
1 - Backpack, small
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
Headlamp or Flashlight
Camera, with zoom lens of 300mm or more (optional)
Visa (available at JRO)
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park, although a rather small park measuring 53 square miles (137 square km), is remarkable for its range of habitats. Located 16 miles northeast of Arusha, between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Arusha National Park features a miniature volcanic crater (Ngurduto Crater), a river (Jekukumia River), a highland rain forest, acacia woodlands and a string of crater lakes (Momella Lakes). The park is a home to Colobus monkeys, velvet monkeys, buffalo, hippos, elephants, and giraffe. Waterfowl is abundant here as well. Arusha National Park offers many beautiful panoramic views, including spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is located 75 miles (125 kms) west of Arusha between the cliff of Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. The park is 205 square miles (330 square kms) and 70% of that is covered by Lake Manyara itself. The park contains a large variety of habitats - such as arift wall, acacia woodlands, and an area of open grasslands. The most famous residents of the park are the tree climbing lions, which are occasionally seen on the branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the area include large herds of buffalo, elephants, giraffes, impalas, monkeys, baboons, hippos, as well as million pelicans and flamingos. A great variety of smaller animals can also be observed in the course of the single day.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Located in the great rift valley, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a gigantic fracture of the earth crust. Within this beautiful and unique landscape lies alkaline soda lakes, a series of peaks and volcanoes, dense rain forests, vast plains, acheological sites and Masai villages. This protected area is the land of the semi-nomadic Masai, who can be seen grazing their vast herds of cattle. Although the Tanzanian government has tried to encourage the Masai to give up their customs and adapt to modern African life, the proud Masai have resisted. During your visit, it is possible to visit nearby Masai villages, called boma, to observe their traditional dance and to go inside their mud and dung huts.
Ngorongoro Conversation Area houses one of the world's greatest natural spectacles - the Ngorongoro Crater, home to almost 30,000 animals. Once an active volcano, Ngorongoro Crater collapsed leaving a caldera 12 miles (20 kms) in diameter. With no breaks at all in its steep walls, this is the largest intact caldera in existence. The bottom of the crater is 165 square miles (265 square kms) and is dotted with watering holes. It shelters an abundance of animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The crater is famous for viewing black rhinos, for which there are very few left. Other animals that can be seen include elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, monkeys, and ever hungry predators including lions and hyenas.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park, covering an immense 9,170 square miles (14,763 square kms), is Tanzania's largest national park and undoubtedly the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Over three million large game animals inhabit these rolling grasslands, known as the 'endless plains'. Here one can witness the unique migration of almost 1.5 million wildebeest undertake a circuit of 600 miles (1,000 kms) in search of new pastures, from the central plains to the permanent water holes at the park corridors. About 35 species of plain animals can be observed including the 'big five' - elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalos - and large herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra.
Gorge is known as the 'cradle of mankind'. Through the excavation of Dr.
Louis Leakey and his wife Mary, the gorge has yielded numerous remains dating
back almost two million years. The remains of the earliest human were found
in this area which revolutionized theories of how man evolved. The historical
findings of the famous skull, other fossils and stone artifacts have strengthened
the belief that Africa is the birthplace of prehistoric man. There is a
small museum here which displays some of the finds from this region. Olduvai
Gorge lies between the great wildlife sanctuaries of the Ngorongoro Crater
and Serengeti National Park, and is a common rest stop during the bumpy
ride between these parks.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park park covers approximately 2,600 square miles (6,700 square kms), and lies to the south of a large open grass plain in southern Masai land, 70 miles (115 kms) from Arusha. It is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and is home to Tanzania’s largest population of African elephants. The park is named after the Tarangire River, which is a permanent water source for its inhabitants. The river draws large herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and hartebeests as well as the lions, leopards and other predators who prey upon them.Other animals that can be seen include buffalo, giraffe, elands, warthogs, greater kudu, gernuks and impalas. Huge magnificent baobab trees and volcanic mountain ranges add to the scenic splendor of this unique national park.
Lake Natron is a salt lake in Tanzania's Rift Valley, located north of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the Kenyan border. Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano, dominates the landscape here. The surrounding area is semi-arid and dusty. Though millions of flamingos make their home on the lake, feeding on algae, not much else is supported by this hot, harsh habitat. The only fish in these waters is the alkaline tilapia. The lake is 170 square miles wide and less than 10 feet deep, but the size of the body of water varies depending on the precipitation and evaporation. Between July and October is the flamingo's breeding season and the best time to visit. However, visitors to this place come more for the scenery than for the wildlife.
The meadows along the shores of the mildly alkaline Lake Eyasi are not only home to a wide variety of wildlife including leopard, hippo, monkeys, birds, flamingos, storks and pelicans, the area is also home to the Hadzabe bushmen, the last tribe of hunter-gatherers in East Africa. Some 200 to 400 Hadzabe Bushmen still live much as they have for tens of thousands of years. Their simple shelters are built from grass, branches and earth. During the rainy season they still live in caves. During your visit to Lake Eyasi, you may visit with the Hadzabe Bushmen to witness their primitive way of life, and even accompany them on a early morning hunt.
Our safari extensions
utilize standard hotel lodges and permanent tented camps. The lodges are
located in the towns of Arusha and Karatu. The permanent tented camp is
located in northwest Serengeti, near the Grumeti River, a perfect spot for migration viewing.
hotel lodges feature nice, clean rooms with double beds and private bathrooms
with hot showers. Linens are included as well as mosquito netting. Breakfast,
lunch and dinner are served in an indoor communal dining hall.
at standard hotel lodges include:
|^ Telephone||^ Mosquito netting||^ Swimming pool|
|^ Wifi internet access||^ Fireplace||^ Storage room|
|^ Laundry services||^ Desk and chair||^ Bar|
The Milimani Lodge is a boutique lodge situated in Arusha - a major international city and the safari capital of northern Tanzania. The lodge is comprised of 12 rooms, a business center, and a rooftop terrace with clear views of Mount Meru.
Country Lodge is located in the quaint town of Karatu, which is the center of northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is comprised of 11 cottages with 22 rooms on five acres surrounded by coffee farms and the forests of Ngorongoro.
tented camps are spacious, canvas tents set on a solid base. The primary permanent tented camps our guests visit during a safari are Serengeti Heritage Camp and Angani Serengeti Camp. Both are quiet, comfortable settings
with private bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Each tent is furnished with two
beds, tables and chairs, linens, mosquito netting and a covered
porch, with electricity and wifi. Meals are served in a dining tent.
Upgraded luxury accommodations are available for our safaris. Serena Hotels and Sopa Lodges provide extensive amenities and unrivaled warmth of personal attention in Tanzania's most beautiful places. Please inquire for more information.