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Tanzania Wildlife Safari

12 days Safari 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.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

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! Arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, 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

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Tarangire National Park, one of the best-kept secrets in Tanzania. 

• En route, stop to see the work at Shanga River House, a project that provides local people with disabilities the opportunity to work and develop new skills

• After an included lunch, set out on an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park

• Roam along landscapes that vary from dry scrub to lush swamp

• Search for leopards and lions on the hunt for 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

• After lunch, embark on a walk through the savanna to a Masai village with a guide

• Keep an eye out for 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 though 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 plains of the scenic Rift Valley

• Spy a stunning variety of wildlife, such as giraffe, zebra, hippos and perhaps even tree-climbing lions on a game drive 

• Glimpse Lake Manyara and its incredible swathe of flamingos

Serengeti National Park 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop at a Masai village to meet the community before entering the Serengeti.

• After a picnic lunch, 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: lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

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, including one of the world’s densest populations of lions

• Picnic among the region’s rich 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 Zanzibar.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 12: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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 Town 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Stone Town

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive from Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro Airport, and then fly over the glimmering Zanzibar Channel to the isle of Zanzibar.

Zanzibar’s East Coast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Stone Town & Zanzibar

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wander the narrow alleys of Stone Town, a place that has remained largely unchanged for 200 years. 

• Visit an old Anglican church, colonial mansions and an old slave market

• Discover the House of Wonders, Palace Museum, Dr. Livingstone’s House and the Arab Fort 

• Stop at a nearby spice plantation to learn about the spice trade and the varieties grown on the island, including cloves, vanilla and cardamom

Later, make your way to the isle’s east coast beaches.

Day 13: Free day in Zanzibar

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the local beaches on your own.

Day 14: Flight to Dar es Salaam & departure

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 15: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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  • Tarangire, Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Ngorongoro, Tanzania
  • Stone Town, 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.

Transportation

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.

Tipping

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.

Clothing

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.

Health

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.

Luggage

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.

Cuisine

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.

Electricity

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.

Currency

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.

Shopping

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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

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!