Tanzania Wildlife Safari

12 days Safari
Time seems to stand still in the wilds of Tanzania, yet every day on safari 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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 6 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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 included at welcome and farewell dinners

  • 8 game drives, 6 Connect & Conserve Highlights

  • Expert Tour Director (your wildlife guide and driver)

  • 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle, guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tanzania today.

Arusha 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Arusha

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and make your way to Arusha, where you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Tarangire National Park 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Tarangire National Park via Shanga River House

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, stop at the Shanga River House. 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. 

• After an 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

Day 4: Tarangire National Park

  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

• Visit a community school to meet local teachers and students

• Spot predators on the prowl on an evening game drive

Manyara Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Masai boma & Lake Manyara

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Immerse yourself in the Masai 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 Masai tribe 

• Travel through the Manyara region’s acacia woodland and the Great Rift Valley

• 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

Serengeti National Park 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the scenic savanna to Serengeti National Park.

• Head out on a game drive to watch the dramatic dance of predator and prey

• Pass the striking Moru Kopjes—stunning granite formations rising out of the plains

• Keep watch for all of the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo and rhino

Day 7: Seronera Valley

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore one of the Serengeti’s richest ecosystems, the Seronera Valley, on a day-long game drive. Take in the scenery during a picnic lunch.

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

  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, as well as some ancient Masai cave art

Ngorongoro Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Travel to Ngorongoro

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your way to Ngorongoro, visit the famed Olduvai Gorge. Known as the “Cradle of Mankind,” it is home to the 1.25 million-year-old fossils that provided insight into human evolution. Then, savor a scenic picnic lunch before stopping at an Iraqw village to learn about local communities and culture.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 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, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive from Ngorongoro to the Kilimanjaro region, where you’ll relax in a dayroom before transferring to Kilimanjaro Airport for your overnight flight home or continue your adventure in Kenya.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 12: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Add Kenya Starting from $1,499 pp

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

Continue your safari adventure in the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya. You'll witness elephants bathing at the foot of Kilimanjaro, take in stunning views of the Great Rift Valley and search for flamingos by Lake Nakuru.

Amboseli 2 nights

Day 11: Amboseli National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive from the Ngorongoro Crater to Amboseli National Park in Kenya. You’ll arrive in time for an afternoon game drive where you might spot lions, baboons, hippos and more animals that flock to the park’s oasis-like swamplands.

Day 12: Amboseli National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for a sunrise game drive—many animals are more active during the cooler morning hours. Return to camp for breakfast, then enjoy free time and lunch at your leisure before this afternoon’s game drive.

Great Rift Valley 2 nights

Day 13: Kigio Wildlife Conservancy

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take in stunning views of the Great Rift Valley, part of the intracontinental ridge system that runs from Madagascar to Syria, en route to the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy. Then, join camp naturalists on a game walk to discover the park’s diverse animals and plant life.

Day 14: Lake Nakuru Game Drive

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set off on a full-day game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, prime territory for spotting rhino, baboons and giraffes, as well as flamingos and other species of birds.

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Drive to Nairobi, where you’ll relax in a dayroom before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 16: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Ngorongoro, Tanzania
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Tanzania (and Kenya on the tour extension), 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 on the tour extension. It is not possible to obtain a visa at the border. You may purchase an e-visa online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy (Please note: The consulates in the U.S. and Canada have no jurisdiction over the e-visa process). You can also purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral.
  • On the tour extension, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Kenya. You can purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival. You may purchase an e-visa in advance through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy (Please note: The consulates in the US and Canada have no jurisdiction over the e-visa process). You can also purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 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.
  • 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 arrive in and depart from Kilimanjaro Airport (or from Nairobi on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative 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. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • The tour extension also includes a flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Nairobi.
  • 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.    

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 Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches, safari vehicles and internal flights.
  • Please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • 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 (hard suitcases or bags with hard sides are not permitted)
  • No larger than 10" W by 12" H by 24" 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. 
  • Blue and black clothing has been known to attract tsetse flies, so we recommend packing lighter colored clothing for game drives.
  • Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day. 
  • 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.
  • Insect repellent, binoculars and a flashlight are highly recommended.

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.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication and any prescription medications in your carry on luggage. 
  • 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 at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team. 

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. 
  • On the tour extension in Kenya, cuisine in your game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial influence—you may find that many locals pause for afternoon tea. Most restaurants offer curries and other South Asian cuisine brought over by the many Indian immigrants. Maize, sweet potatoes and pineapple were brought over by the Portuguese; and beef has been a staple since the 1600s.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Tanzania operates on 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins. 
  • Kenya (on the tour extension) operates on the British standard 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.   

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 (and Kenya on the tour extension) is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and eight hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8pm in Arusha.

Currency

  • The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Tanzanian shilling (and the Kenyan shilling on the tour extension). 
  • All African countries have strict exchange regulations. Their currencies are not interchangeable. 
  • 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). 
  • It’s important to keep a receipt whenever you convert foreign currency. U.S. citizens are not permitted to take local currency in or out of the country. Travelers who are not U.S. citizens should consult their consulate regarding this policy.
  • Major American credit cards are accepted in Tanzania. 
  • 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 local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day.
  • 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 the equivalent of $1 USD/CAD 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 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. 

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. 
  • Offering local children candy or gum is somewhat controversial because of the potential lack of access to dental care. 
  • Go Ahead strongly recommends that you don’t bring any goods that will require batteries or chargers.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Life Time

Third trip with GoAhead Tours and my FAVORITE! From arrival to departure the people were wonderful, the safari guide John, and the fabulous areas we visited Taragire National Park - Lake Mangara National Park (5 star accommodations) - Serengeti National Park- Ngorongor Crater!!!! Love the animals and can't wait to return to Africa!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous Tour Guide!

Where do I begin!!!! Our tour guide John could NOT have been better! Knowledgeable, patient, humorous, and warm! We saw EVERYTHING! 11 lions in a tree in the Serengeti! A rhino in the Ngorongoro! Elephants! The vast wonder and beauty of Tarangiri and Serengeti! People say "It was the trip of a lifetime" and this truly was! Accomodations ranged from amazing and luxurious in Manyara and Ngorongoro Endoro Lodge to basic "Holiday Inn" in Serengeti Sopa Lodge. The people everywhere we went were warm and friendly.

 

Hi Katherine! We can’t tell you how pleased we are that you would describe this as the trip of a lifetime. That’s really saying something! We’re glad you enjoyed your Tour Director and that you were able to see so many animals on safari. We appreciate your feedback very much and will be sure to share it with our teams internally. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Big 5... and hundreds more!

Had an amazing time and saw more than I could imagine. We saw lion cubs eating a zebra hoof. We heard a lioness call her babies - and watched her babies come running. I wrote down every animal we saw, and the list was over 200 animals long! We saw SO MANY ELEPHANTS including a week-old baby! We saw zebra, warthogs, wildebeests, hartebeests... a cheetah, leopards, lions, rhinos, hippos, jackals, cape buffalo, hyenas... yes, t it was crazy! We had a great guide who was also a great driver. He had an eagle eye and a lot of experience. The tour was limited in size which was amazing. We were lucky enough to travel in a small group of 10. On this one trip I saw more beauty in the world than I knew existed. I very highly recommend this tour! Suggestions: Pre-treating clothes with permethrin can greatly reduce bug bites. Getting a visa at the Tanzania airport was fast and only cost $100. Everywhere we spent money, good-condition USD were accepted. Don't overspend on trinket buying at any Maasai Villages - it's really nice to buy things, but they'll overcharge you for things you can get at rest-stop shops for less. Bring along medications that you might need... like Imodium or cough drops... you're going to the Serengeti (etc) after all... drug stores simply don't exist. Don't eat trail mix on your porch at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge... learned this one the hard way... the vervet monkeys come running and will scare the crap out of you as they try to get a snack! If you have one, bring a back up camera - in the group of 6 people in our truck, two cameras and one pair of binoculars broke... it's bumpy/dusty conditions for intricate equipment! Bringing Dr Seuss ABC Books, crayons, balls or balloons for the Maasai visits is a nice idea.

1 / 5

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

All Inclusive Safari

It was everything I expected and more. Much much much much more. Not many vacations are like that - when you exceed expectations. Saw thousands of animals - 96 lions, 4 leopards, 8 rhinos, thousands of elephants... if you're a birder, it's a birder's paradise. Our guide was INCREDIBLY knowledgable about EVERY aspect of the safari and about the people of Tanzania. The order of parks was perfection... each day got better, even though I didn't think each day could get better - it did - every day we saw so many amazing things, and thought, "it can't possibly get any better" - but it did. Each day we saw new and incredible things. Honestly, I thought I'd be lucky to see a dozen lions - we counted them. I can not believe that we actually saw 96 lions. Many up close. Every park, in some aspect, will blow your mind. From Tarangire's elephants to Lake Manyara's tent accomodations, to the incredible vastness and difficulty of the Serengeti, and to the sheer abundance of animals and beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater. Go Ahead Tours has hit a home-run with this one! Tanzania will not disappoint.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director/Driver

Wolfugan was the greatest Tour Director/driver a person could have. Completely in unison with nature he never failed to provide answers to any questions a person might have. He was a pleasure to be with. I can only highly recommend him to anyone going on a safari in Tanzania. Outstanding service!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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!