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Tanzania Wildlife Safari

12 days Safari Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
The timeless plains stretch as far as the eye can see. Herds of animals roam as they did before humankind. The mighty Masai endure as they have for centuries. Time seems to stand still in the wilds of Tanzania, yet every day on this safari tour is thrilling and new. Experience the best of this bewitching country, from wildlife-rich Tarangire to glimmering Lake Manyara, from the legendary Serengeti to the “Garden of Eden” at Ngorongoro Crater.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 10 three-course dinners with beer or wine on Days 3 & 10

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 10 game drives

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

On your overnight flight, begin imagining Tanzania’s timeless savannahs and wondrous wildlife.

Arusha1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you’ll be escorted directly to your hotel in Arusha where you’ll enjoy an included dinner.

Tarangire National Park2 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Tarangire National Park

Connect & Conserve: Shanga River House

The adventure begins today as you travel to Tarangire National Park, one of the best-kept secrets in Tanzania. On your way, you’ll be inspired by the work at Shanga River House. The project provides local people with disabilities the opportunity to work and develop new skills, including jewelery-making. After an included lunch, it’s off to the wildlife wonderland of Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. With landscapes that vary between dry scrub to lush swamp, this park offers great game-viewing year round. Leopards and lions may be on the hunt for kudu, eland and gerenuk, the famed long necked antelope. Recount the day’s exploits at an included dinner tonight.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Tarangire National Park

As you rumble across the baobab-dotted plains on your game drive this morning, the wildlife comes in waves: zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo and one of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. The park also has 500 recorded bird species, including the majestic bataleur eagle and the quirky white-bellied go-away bird (so named because its distinctive call sounds like “go away!”). Before your included lunch, you’ll embark on an invigorating walk through the savannah to a Masai village, and your Masai guide will explain the tribe’s conservation efforts, which are built on a deep connection to the land and wildlife in this region. Another game drive awaits in the early evening. (Please note: Depending on the season, the nature walk may be replaced with an extended game drive.) As the savannah comes alive again, keep an eye out for predators on the prowl. Later tonight, enjoy an included dinner set to the soundtrack of the nightly chorus of the bush.

Manyara Region1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Connect & Conserve: Lake Manyara National Park, Masai boma visit

Immerse yourself in the Masai way of life on a tour of an authentic boma. In the heart of a local village, your local guide will illuminate the history and heritage behind this enduring tribe. Afterward, travel through the Manyara Region’s acacia woodland and the grassy plains of the steep and scenic Rift Valley. On your game drive through the region, you’ll spy the park’s stunning variety of wildlife, such as giraffe, zebra, hippos and perhaps even elusive tree-climbing lions. You’ll also glimpse beautiful Lake Manyara, described by Hemingway as the “loveliest in Africa,” and its incredible swathe of flamingoes. At your included lunch and dinner, you’ll have time to relax.

Serengeti National Park3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Serengeti National Park

Connect & Conserve: Masai village visit

Stop at a Masai Village to meet the community before entering the Serengeti. A mix of sweeping grassland, tree-lined streams and open woodlands, the Serengeti is world-famous for its diverse wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on a game drive to watch the dramatic dance of predator and prey. You’ll pass the striking Moru Kopjes—stunning granite formations rising out of the plains—keeping watch for all of the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Serengeti National Park

On a day-long game drive, explore one of the Serengeti’s richest ecosystems: the Seronera Valley. The network of rivers running through the valley ensures a year-round supply of water, making it a hot spot for viewing wildlife—especially the ever-elusive leopard. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the wilderness before returning to the lodge, where you’ll be treated to an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Serengeti National Park

The name of the Serengeti region comes from the Masai word serenget, meaning “endless plain.” Continue your exploration of this vast landscape on another game drive. The plains practically ripple with life: giraffe, antelope, jackals, colobus monkey, ostrich and, of course, the big cats. You could also have a chance encounter with the exceedingly rare black rhino, one of the Serengeti’s most formidable creatures. After your included lunch, you’ll set out on an afternoon game drive to see the Moru Kopjes, as well as some ancient Masai cave art. Dinner is included at the lodge this evening.

Ngorongoro Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Olduvai Gorge Museum

Connect & Conserve: Iraqw village visit

On your way to the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy a stop at the famed Olduvai Gorge. The fossil Homo Habilis (the handy man) was discovered here, and you’ll visit this “Cradle of Mankind” to see some of the finds firsthand. More than 1.75 million years old, this fossil ranks as one of the most important in the history of archeology and has provided unprecedented insight into human evolution. After a picnic lunch, make your way to the Ngorongoro region, home to the namesake crater, the celebrated “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Dinner is included this evening.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Connect & Conserve: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

It’s among the most spellbinding sights in all of Africa: the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater. An intact caldera covering over 100 square miles, the crater is regularly referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden.” As you descend 1,000 feet into its depths, you’ll quickly see why. Over 25,000 species are spread across the open grasslands—including one of the densest population of lions in the world. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an afternoon game drive before returning to the lodge for your farewell dinner.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your safari draws to a close as you drive from Ngorongoro to Kia. If you’re not joining our tour extension, you’ll have time to relax in a dayroom before your included dinner. Afterward, a Go Ahead representative will help you transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home. If continuing on to Zanzibar for the extension, you’ll fly to Stone Town in the afternoon.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 12

Arrive home

Add Zanzibar’s Stone Town & East Coast $1,099 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

This “Isle of Spices” was once a trading center and has long been a crossroads of cultures; today it is known as a quintessential tropical getaway. From the cobbled-street charm of Stone Town to the exquisite white-sand beaches, the allure of this Indian Ocean isle is legendary.

Stone Town1 night Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After driving from Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro Airport, fly over the glimmering Zanzibar Channel to the isle of Zanzibar. This is the Isle of Spices, a destination that has captivated bygone explorers and modern-day travelers alike. Savor an included dinner at your hotel in Stone Town, the World Heritage-listed center of Zanzibar.

Zanzibar2 nights Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: House of Wonders, Palace Museum, Dr. Livingstone house, Arab Fort

This morning, wander the narrow alleys of Stone Town, exploring the intriguing corners of a place that has remained largely unchanged for 200 years. Visit an old Anglican church, colonial mansions and an old slave market. Even more intriguing sights await: the House of Wonders, Palace Museum, Dr. Livingstone’s House and the Arab Fort. After a quick stop at a nearby spice plantation, you’ll make your way to the east coast beaches, where you’ll spend the next two nights. This area evokes visions of paradise: beaches of powdery sand, placid turquoise waters and coconut palms swaying. This picture-perfect setting is ideal for soaking in the sun or simply unwinding. Enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue to bask in the sunny surroundings of Zanzibar’s beaches. If you wish, take advantage of the island’s opportunities for sailing, snorkeling and fishing. Dinner is included tonight.

Dar es Salaamfor a day

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly across the waters of the Zanzibar Channel to Dar es Salaam, where you’ll sit down to a final dinner with your group before your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 15

Arrive home today.

Shanga River House

“Kindness is a language that blind people see and deaf people hear” is the tenet that drives Shanga to make a difference in the lives of Tanzania’s disabled community members. Outside the organization’s River House establishment in Arusha, you’ll see these words sprawled in colorful paint, while inside you’ll find local Tanzanians learning new handicraft skills while fashioning unique, high quality products from recycled materials. Every day, Shanga works to build a community that supports and empowers those who have been cast aside because of their disabilities. Within the safe haven that the organization has created, the disabled are able to realize their potential and improve their own lives by discovering how to make sustainable products designed to generate personal income.

Lake Manyara National Park

Masai boma visit

Masai village visit

Iraqw village visit

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

As vast as it is diverse, the 20-kilometer wide Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera. The crater belongs to the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), which also encompasses the Serengeti plains and the wildlife that makes up the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Comprised of seemingly endless stretches of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests, the NCA’s one-of-a-kind landscapes have been named both a UNESCO World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve. Since its establishment in 1959, the NCA has worked with the aim of protecting the natural, cultural and archeological resources unique to the Ngorongoro area. In addition to serving as a home to the indigenous Masai people for over 200 years, the region supports a wide array of creatures—25,000 large animals in total, which includes the world’s densest population of lions. Ngorongoro also hosts the annual migration of over two million wildebeest, 72,000 zebras and 350,000 Thompson and Grant gazelle into the region’s northern plains.

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  • Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Passport & Visa Requirements

If you’re a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you’ll need a passport to enter Tanzania. Make sure that your passport has an expiration date that extends 6+ months beyond the last day of your trip. A visa is required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Tanzania. You have the option to purchase your visa when you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, or you may obtain it in advance using VisaCentral. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the Tanzania consulate of for your entry requirements.

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total cost of your trip and printed on your final invoice.


International Flights—Your round-trip international flights will arrive in and depart from Kilimanjaro Airport. The extension includes a flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Zanzibar and a flight from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam on the return.

On Safari— During your safari, you’ll travel in a specially equipped safari land cruiser. The vehicle is open, allowing for panoramic views during game drives. Window seats are guaranteed. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride.

Tour Director

Your guide for this tour will be different than a typical Tour Director. You will be met by a Go Ahead representative 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.


We’ll handle the gratuities for baggage handling on your safari. However, it’s customary to tip the guide and transportation staff at the end of your journey. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $8USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day. Tips can only be paid in cash. Given the culture in Tanzania, you can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as the equivalency of $1USD/CAD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.


Since you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors, we recommend packing lightweight cotton clothing that can be layered as temperatures change throughout the day. For game drives, we recommend muted colors, as bright clothing can scare animals away. You should also bring comfortable shoes that don’t expose the skin, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. As you’re preparing to go, make sure you label your baggage and pack any valuables, medications and documents in your carry-on luggage.


Before traveling to Africa, it is important that you check with your healthcare provider to determine what immunizations are recommended for you. Upon arrival, you may be asked to present a valid International Certificate of Vaccination (“yellow card”) or statement of medical exemption regarding the yellow fever vaccination. Your healthcare provider can advise you about receiving the yellow fever vaccination and/or any additional recommended immunizations, including malaria medications as some areas in Africa still carry malaria.

Important Health Tips

To stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following:    

  • Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications. 
  • Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent.


Safari luggage restrictions are strict and strongly enforced. Due to limited space in the vehicles on your tour, it’s essential that your luggage meet the following requirements:

  • You must pack in a soft, flexible duffel bag (rolling duffels are okay, but absolutely no hard suitcases are permitted)    
  • Your bags can be no larger than 34” W by 17” H by 15” L

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 detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on internal transfers.


Spicy foods are common in Tanzania, and many dishes are infused with coconut milk. Some prevalent foods on the country’s mainland include: ugali (maize porridge), chapati (bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef) and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). You’ll also find that many dishes draw heavily from the staples of popular Indian cuisine.


Tanzania operates on 230 volts.

Time Zones

Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or eight hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8 p.m. in Dar es Salaam.


The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Tanzanian shilling. All African countries have stringent exchange regulations, and their currencies are not interchangeable. We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible, and small amounts of the U.S. dollar for small purchases. (Please make sure that you only bring U.S. dollars printed in 2004 or later.) It’s important to keep a receipt whenever you convert foreign currency. No local currency can be taken in or out of the country. Major American credit cards are accepted at some lodges in Tanzania. 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.


You’ll have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at outdoor markets, small shops and tribal roadside stalls, as well as elegant boutiques at some of the lodges. Prices in Tanzania are almost always negotiable with bargaining, providing an excellent way of meeting the Tanzanian people.

Items to Give or Trade

Many Tanzanians are fond of North American goods, and travelers often bring token items to offer as gifts or to use when bartering for souvenirs. Inexpensive items include: tee shirts, baseball caps, pens, cosmetics and toiletries. Offering Tanzanian children candy and gum is not recommended because the availability of dental care may be negligible. Instead, offer English-language children’s books or crayons.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 4/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Lions, Leopards and... Wildebeasts

The African company that runs the tour in Tanzania is highly professional and did a great tour. They clearly know what they are doing. Kevin and Emmanuel, the guide and the tour director respectively, were terrific and went out of their way to make sure things went according to (above and beyond, actually) expectations. All of the locations were good and the guide went out of his way to make sure we saw every animal one could hope for. The Serengeti and Ngorogoro are amazing places and well worth making the trip for. Seeing the "Big Five", including the sadly disappearing Black Rhino is amazing.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

This Tanzania safari was the adventure of a lifetime. Our guide was amazing, and was able to find some incredible sights for us. From the very start of our trip we began having encounters with the Big Five. Our first sighting was of elephants (including several babies) crossing the road just in front of us at Tarangire National Park, not even half an hour into the first safari day, and the luck and amazing sightings continued throughout the entire trip in all of the parks. We saw all of the Big Five, and so much more, including giraffes grazing by the side of the road, and even drinking (which is a rare sight indeed!), two cheetah resting in the heat of the day, several trees loaded to the gills with resting lions, leopards with cubs, wildebeest everywhere, lions hunting in Serengeti, flamingos in such numbers that the lake at Ngorongoro Crater appeared completely pink, hyena, gazelles, elan, waterbuck, dik-dik, and thousands of zebra. The hotels were all extraordinary, with friendly staff and good food. I could not have asked for a more incredible journey. Truely an amazing experience! I can't wait to go back to East Africa!