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Tanzania Wildlife Safari

with Kenya extension
  • Duration: 12 or 16 days
  • Group size: 6-18
  • Reviews: 19
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 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.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 10 dinners, select meals with beer
  • 8 game drives
Included highlights
  • Shanga River House
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Masai boma visit
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
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Day-by-day itinerary
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: 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 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.

• 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 Masai boma
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

• 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.

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 Masai 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, 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 Kenya

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.

Amboseli2 nights
Day 11: Transfer to Amboseli National Park & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive from the Ngorongoro Crater to Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

• Enjoy an included picnic lunch

• Set off on an afternoon game drive

• Stay on the lookout for lions, baboons, hippos, and more animals that flock to the park’s oasis-like swamplands

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 12: Amboseli National Park game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the landscapes of Amboseli National Park today.

• Rise early for a sunrise game drive as many animals are more active during the cooler morning hours

• Return to camp for breakfast

• Relax at the lodge and enjoy an included lunch before setting out on an afternoon game drive

• Drive through swampy plains and the hilly savannah

• Try to spot elephants and baboons

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Great Rift Valley2 nights
Day 13: Transfer to Lake Naivasha
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 Lake Naivasha.

Then, enjoy an included lunch before joining camp naturalists on a game walk to discover the area's diverse animals and plants.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 14: Lake Nakuru game drive & transfer to Great Rift Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set off on a morning game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, prime territory for spotting rhinos, baboons, and giraffes, as well as flamingos and other types of birds.

Enjoy an included picnic lunch before traveling to the Great Rift Valley.

Then, sit down for an included dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Arrive Home
Day 16: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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Reviews
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4.8 average
Tremendous Tanzania tour
by 2nd time traveler 

Thanks to our tour guide, and our tour drivers for working hard to make sure we had great wildlife views and fun down time at our fabulous lodges. We learned from our visits with tribes and their schools. The museums were amazing, exhibitng craftsmanship and pride in their country. All good Go Ah...

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by 2nd time traveler 

Excellent tour leader, excellent guide

traveling with the dream team in tanzania
by 2nd time traveler 

i must congratulate Go Ahead Tours for making this the adventure of a lifetime. I was traveling solo and met the most amazing fellow travelers from Canada, Louisiana and California. Our tour guides, Emanuel, Joseph and Baraka were the dream team in taking care of us and I truly believe that they e...

Amazing bucket list experience
by 2nd time traveler 

The Tanzania guided Wildlife Safari was more spectacular than we had even imagined. Our very experienced guide Emmanuel was so knowledgeable about every animal and the geology that we came away with a much higher understanding than we expected. He found all of the big 10 animals for us including th...

Fantastic Trip and must also do extension to Kenya
by 4th time traveler 

All in all it was once again a really great experience with Go Ahead. The guides were all very well trained, The hotels/lodges were really very nice and the food was very good. The only thing was the breakfast boxes from SoPa lodges left something to be desired. Good food but odd choices. Potato chi...

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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.

The Arusha Hotel

This boutique hotel is located in Arusha. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, spa, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Lake Amboseli Serengeti National Park, and...

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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FAQ
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. 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 may submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy. You can also 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.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Kenya on the tour extension. You may purchase an e-visa online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairsor 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 by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Kenya.
  • 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 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 Nairobi 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.
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 & Kenyan 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.
  • If you’re traveling on the tour extension to Kenya, you’re required to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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 (and Kenya on the tour extension) is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and eight hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Tanzania (and Kenya on the tour extension) 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
  • The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Tanzanian shilling (and the Kenyan shilling on the tour extension).
  • Please note, travelers cannot export more than $5,000 in Tanzanian shillings from Tanzania (and cannot export more than $100,000 in Kenyan shillings on the tour extension).
  • 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 AheadToursupon 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. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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18 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Jul 8–Jul 19, 2019
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Sep 9–Sep 20, 2019
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Sep 23–Oct 4, 2019
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Nov 4–Nov 15, 2019
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Dec 2–Dec 13, 2019
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Feb 17–Feb 28, 2020
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Mar 23–Apr 3, 2020
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May 4–May 15, 2020
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Jul 13–Jul 24, 2020
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Aug 3–Aug 14, 2020
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Sep 7–Sep 18, 2020
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Sep 14–Sep 25, 2020
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Oct 12–Oct 23, 2020
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Nov 16–Nov 27, 2020
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Dec 14–Dec 25, 2020
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Feb 15–Feb 26, 2021
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Mar 22–Apr 2, 2021
$4,799
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