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Tanzania Wildlife Safari

12 days |  15 days with Zanzibar extension
Group size618 travelers
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Go where eternal plains stretch as far as the eye can see.

Time seems to stand still in the wilds of Tanzania, yet every day on this small group Safari Tour is thrilling and new. Experience the best of this beguiling country, from untamed Tarangire to glimmering Lake Manyara, and the legendary Serengeti to the “Garden of Eden” at Ngorongoro Crater.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 10 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Shanga River House
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Maasai boma visit
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Anti-poaching talk
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Kilimanjaro today.

Arusha1 night
Day 2: Arrival in Kilimanjaro & transfer to Arusha
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and make your way to Arusha, where you’ll enjoy an included dinner.

Tarangire National Park 2 nights
Day 3: Tarangire National Park via the Shanga Foundation
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, stop at the Shanga Foundation. This organization provides local people with disabilities the opportunity to work and develop new skills, such as using recycled materials to produce crafts that can be sold.

Then, discover Tarangire National Park, one of the best-kept secrets in Tanzania.

  • Enjoy included lunch
  • Set out on a game drive
  • Roam along landscapes that vary from dry scrub to lush swamp
  • Search for leopards and lions on the hunt for prey like kudu, eland, and gerenuk

Tonight, sit down with your fellow travelers to enjoy a welcome dinner with drinks.

Day 4: Tarangire National Park game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin and end your day on thrilling game drives through Tarangire National Park.

  • On a morning game drive, marvel at one of Africa’s largest herds of elephants, and keep watch for over 500 bird species
  • Enjoy an included picnic lunch
  • Spot predators on the prowl on an afternoon game drive
  • Visit a community school to meet local teachers and students

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Manyara Region1 night
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park via Maasai boma & anti-poaching talk
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Immerse yourself in the Maasai way of life with the help of a local guide and journey through Lake Manyara National Park.

  • Tour an authentic boma and discover the history and heritage behind the Maasai tribe
  • Travel through the Manyara region’s acacia woodland and the Great Rift Valley
  • Enjoy an included lunch at your lodge
  • Spy a stunning variety of wildlife, such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, and perhaps even tree-climbing lions on a game drive
  • Glimpse Lake Manyara and its incredible swath of flamingos

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

This evening, meet a local anti-poaching expert from the African Wildlife Foundation.

  • Hear how locals and park rangers work together to protect the wildlife
  • Learn about the anti-poaching efforts in East Africa, with a special focus on capacity-building in boma communities where poaching is most prevalent
  • Ask the expert questions while chatting
  • Hear about how communities and organizations collaborate to train new rangers, avoid human-wildlife conflict, and identify poaching threats
Serengeti National Park3 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the scenic savanna to Serengeti National Park.

  • Enjoy an included lunch at your lodge
  • Head out on a game drive to watch the dramatic dance of predator and prey
  • Keep watch for all of the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo, and rhino

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: Moru Kopjes game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your exploration of the Serengeti’s endless plains on two game drives.

  • Look for the exceedingly rare black rhino on your morning game drive
  • Feast on an included lunch in the open air of the Serengeti
  • Embark on an afternoon game drive to see the Moru Kopjes, stunning granite formations rising out of the plains
  • View ancient Maasai cave art

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 8: Simba Kopjes & Seronera Valley game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set off into the Simba Kopjes area of Serengeti National Park for a morning game drive.

  • Try to spot bohor reedbucks, flamingos, Grant's gazelles, and bat-eared foxes
  • Soak in views of the vast African plains

Enjoy an included lunch at your lodge before heading out on an afternoon game drive.

  • Explore one of the Serengeti’s richest ecosystems, the Seronera Valley
  • Stay on the lookout for lions, cheetahs, and leopards

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Ngorongoro Region2 nights
Day 9: Ngorongoro Region via Olduvai Gorge & Iraqw village
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make several stops as you travel to the Ngorongoro region today.

  • Visit the famed Olduvai Gorge, known as the “Cradle of Mankind”
  • Learn about the 1.25-million-year-old fossils that were found here
  • Discover how the fossils provided insight into human evolution
  • Savor a scenic picnic lunch at your lodge in the Ngorongoro region
  • Stop at an Iraqw village to learn about local communities and culture

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell dinner

Pay a visit to one of the most spellbinding sights in all of Africa: Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Descend 1,000 feet into Ngorongoro Crater, an intact caldera covering over 100 square miles
  • Survey the local wildlife on a game drive, catching sight of one of the world’s densest populations of lions
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch near the region’s gorgeous flora and fauna

Back at the lodge, raise a glass with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive from Ngorongoro to the Kilimanjaro region, where you’ll relax in a dayroom. 

Enjoy an included dinner before transferring to Kilimanjaro Airport for your overnight flight home or continue your adventure in Kenya.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Extension to Zanzibar
Off the eastern coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar sit as one of Africa's most beautiful island destinations. Extend your adventure with a local expert to step inside the Sultan's Palace and visit a natural coral lagoon that's home to endangered sea turtles—those are just two ways you'll tap into the local culture, but you get the idea.
Stone Town3 nights
Day 11: Transfer to Kilimanjaro & flight to Stone Town
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a boxed lunch as you travel to Kilimanjaro. Fly to Stone Town, located on the island of Zanzibar, this afternoon and sit down for an included dinner tonight.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Stone Town
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free morning in Stone Town or add an excursion.

Join a local guide this afternoon for a sightseeing tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO-recognized area of Zanzibar City.

  • Walk through a local fruit and vegetable market
  • Learn about the enslaved East African people who were forced into the Middle Eastern slave trade during a visit to Christ Church, which was built on the site of a former slave market
  • Enter the Sultan’s Palace to learn more about the island’s interesting history
  • Step inside the House of Wonders, which was designed by Second Sultan of Zanzibar Barghash bin Said
  • See the colonial mansions, stroll along the narrow alleyways, and visit the Livingstone House
  • Enter the Old Fort of Zanzibar, a military fortification that’s also the oldest building in Stone Town

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Swahili Cooking Class & Lunch

From $99 per person

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Nungwi Village
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to the northern tip of the island to visit Ngunwi village, which is known for the pristine white-sand beaches.

  • See how local fisherman make their boats from scratch
  • Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium, a coral lagoon that’s home to a variety of endangered sea turtles and fish
  • Enjoy a Swahili-style lunch in the village before heading back to Stone Town

Spend free time in Stone Town or add an excursion.

Dhow Sunset Cruise & Dinner

From $130 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 14: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy an included lunch in Stone Town this afternoon. Then, head to the airport and fly to Dar es Salaam where you’ll board your flight home.

Please note: Depending on the flight schedule, lunch may take place in Dar es Salaam.

Day 15: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Reviews

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5
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    09/10/19 by 2nd-time traveler Charlotte

    It was a trip of a lifetime. Our guide John was excellent. Saw 29 different animals and of course the Big five. My one complaint not having a bathroom after 4-5 hours on the Safari. One becomes miserable and it’s hard to enjoy. There were 3 picnics that was not safe to eat. The food had been...

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    08/06/19 by 1st-time traveler Miriam

    Incredible days of animal sightings. In one extraordinary day we saw at different times 2 male lions, 3 lionesses, 6 cubs, a leopard, cheetah, cerval cat plus a herd of elephants taking a mud bath and hippos. Our guide/driver Emanuel made certain that we had the maximum opportunities for viewing ...

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    08/06/19 by 1st-time traveler Julius

    The Tanzania Safari was a life changing event....

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Mount Meru
    Mount Meru

    This contemporary hotel is located in the city of Arusha’s Sanawari district. Guests enjoy a gym, spa, and on-site restaurants and bars. Nearby, you’l...

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    Tarangire Sopa Lodge
    Tarangire Sopa Lodge

    This lodge-style hotel is located in Tarangire. Guests enjoy a gymnasium, swimming pool, and outdoor dining. Nearby, you'll find Tarangire National Pa...

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    Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge
    Manyara Kilima Moja Lodge

    This luxury hotel is nested on the rim of the African Rift Valley. Guests enjoy a pool, a fine dining restaurant, and lounges. Nearby, you’ll find Ngo...

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    Serengeti Sopa Lodge
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge

    This lodge-style hotel is located in Arusha. Guests enjoy a gymnasium, swimming pool, and outdoor dining. Nearby, you'll find Serengeti National Park.

    Karatu Country Lodge
    Karatu Country Lodge

    This rustic hotel is located in Tanzania’s green belt district in the highlands. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and sprawling gardens of tropical flo...

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    Flights

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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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    Local weather

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    FAQ

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • In order to enter Tanzania, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
    • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Tanzania. While it is possible to obtain a visa at the border, we strongly recommend purchasing your visa in advance as wait times upon arrival can exceed 2 hours. You can purchase an electronic visa on the Tanzanian Electronic Visa Portal website. You may also submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy or purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Tanzania.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code TWS.
    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk less than 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
    • This tour also includes long bumpy rides in safari vehicles. You should feel comfortable stepping up and down to get in and out of the vehicles, standing for long periods of time, and maintaining your balance while the vehicle is parked and in motion.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Kilimanjaro Airport (or from Dar es Salaam on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • During your game drives, you’ll travel in a specially equipped 4x4 safari land cruiser. The vehicle is open, allowing for panoramic views. Window seats are guaranteed for all travelers. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride.
    • A flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Stone Town, Zanzibar and a flight from Stone Town, Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania are included in the price of the tour extension.
    Baggage allowance
    • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
    • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on safari vehicles.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag. Safari luggage restrictions are strict and strongly enforced. It’s essential that your luggage meet the following requirements:* A soft, flexible duffel bag (absolutely no hard suitcases or bags with hard sides are permitted)
    • Your bags can be no larger than 34” W x 17” H x 15” L
    • The total weight cannot exceed 44 pounds (including your camera equipment and carry-on bag)
    Clothing & packing tips
    • Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.
    • Wear muted colors for game drives, as bright clothing may scare animals away and blue or black clothing attracts tsetse flies.
    • Comfortable closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day.
    • We recommended bringing a cushion or pillow to be comfortable in the safari vehicles during long transfers.
    • Pack a swimsuit as many of the hotels have pools that you are free to use at your leisure.
    • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
    • Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.
    • Mosquito repellent, binoculars, and a flashlight are highly recommended.
    • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
    • The Tanzanian government has a strict ban on plastic bags. As of June 1, 2019, it is illegal to use, sell, or carry plastic bags anywhere in the country under the new law, and violators will face charges including high fines or imprisonment. Please bring reusable cloth bags if you plan to go shopping on tour, and do not pack any plastic bags, including small resealable bags.
    Health
    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
    • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
    • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
    • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
    • Travelers should be prepared for exposure to the elements including intense heat, sun, and rain.
    • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code TWS.
    Cuisine
    • Spicy foods are common in Tanzania, and many dishes are infused with coconut milk. Meals consist of maize, tender grilled meats, maize porridge, and local vegetables. Most restaurants offer curries and other South Asian cuisine brought over by the many Indian immigrants.
    Electricity & air conditioning
    • Tanzania operates on 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
    • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
    • Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
    • Power outages are common. In some of the camps, power is turned off in the late afternoon as well as in the early morning.
    Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi is available in some hotels, though charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or safari vehicles.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
    Time zones
    • Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and eight hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Tanzania does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
    • From November through March, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 8pm on tour. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm on tour.
    Currency
    • You’ll use the Tanzanian shilling on tour.
    • Please note, travelers cannot export more than $5,000 in Tanzanian shillings from Tanzania.
    • We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills printed in 2004 or later).
    • Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted).
    • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
    • We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    Tipping
    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your driver/guide a gratuity in USD. We recommend tipping $8USD to $10USD per person per day.
    • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
    • Gratuities for baggage handling are included in the price of your tour.
    • You can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as $1USD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.
    Tour Director
    • Your guide for this tour will be different than a typical Tour Director. You will be met by a representative from Go AheadTours upon arrival and will then meet your guide the morning of your first full day on tour. He or she will act as both your tour guide and driver for the duration of your tour.
    Shopping
    • You will have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, such as wood carvings and textiles, at outdoor markets and roadside stalls. Some lodges will have boutiques on the premises as well.
    • Prices at most markets are negotiable, so don't be afraid to bargain—it's a great way to strike up a conversation with a local.
    Items to give or trade
    • Many Africans are fond of North American goods, and travelers often bring token items (such as T-shirts, baseball caps, pens, English-language books, small toys, and crayons for children) to offer as gifts or when bartering for souvenirs.
    • When visiting the local school, it is customary to bring small gifts, school supplies, or donations.
    • Offering local children candy or gum is somewhat controversial because of the potential lack of access to dental care.
    • Go Ahead Tours strongly recommends that you don’t bring any goods that will require batteries or chargers.

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