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Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

1. Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Start your safari and camping adventure with hotel pickup from Arusha in the morning. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Discover Serengeti National Park, known for its abundance of animals and the great wildebeest migration. It's a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife and is home to lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, eland, wild dogs, gazelles, crocodiles, and many birds, including Eurasia migrant birds. Have dinner and stay overnight in a tent at the Serengeti Wild Camp. Day 2: Full Day at Serengeti After breakfast, you will go on wide-ranging morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Your guide will locate the flocks of migrant birds and the herds. Spot carnivores like big cats and hyenas. See the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra in action. Learn about the park as you drive and see why the Maasai gave the park the name Serengeti, which means “endless plains”. Break for lunch and dinner at the campsite and spend one more night at Serengeti Seronera Campsite. Day 3: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Enjoy breakfast and check out of your accommodations before taking a game drive as you make your way toward the Ngorongoro Crater. Eat lunch and view game en route to the largest unbroken caldera in the world, which serves as a protected habitat for thousands of birds and mammals. Spend a full day on the crater floor spotting lions, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, black rhinoceros and many species of small antelopes. Use this unique setting at one of the few places in Africa to stand a good chance of seeing the Big Five in the course of a game drive. Your guide will explain the formation of the crater and the immense eruption that caused it. You may also see Maasai cattle and buffalo grazing together with lions mere meters away. Have dinner and spend the night at Ngorongoro Simba “A” Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Floor – Arusha Have an early breakfast and head to Ngorongoro Crater, where you will descend to the crater floor for game drives. See flamingos on Soda Lake and geese, storks, and vultures in the surrounding area. Then, break for lunch at the scenic Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. After lunch, enjoy some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

2. From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

Get first-hand insights into Maasai village traditions from community members on this day trip from Moshi. Visit the stunning Kikuletwa hot springs and try to spot monkeys and turtles. Have a delicious lunch. Be picked up directly from your accommodation in Moshi and travel to a Maasai village. Walk around the mud-thatched buildings and see the cattle. Discover the secrets of how the locals prepare fires and food. See local craftsmen weave necklaces and bracelets. Continue to the turquoise waters of the Kikuletwa hot springs. Swim in the crystal clear water that is surrounded by lush fig and palm trees and winding root systems. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like monkeys as you explore the hot springs. Catch the sunset on your drive back to your accommodation in Moshi.

From Arusha: Mount Meru 3- or 4-Day Summit Trip

3. From Arusha: Mount Meru 3- or 4-Day Summit Trip

Scale the second highest mountain in Tanzania in this thrilling and challenging climb. Mount Meru, a dormant volcano that measures 4566 meters (14,979 feet) tall, is the perfect climb for those wanting a taste of high altitude trekking without going too high. Meru is centred in Arusha National Park, with fertile slopes that rise above the surrounding savannah and are home to a variety of wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, buffalos, leopards, giraffes and different species of monkeys. After a check of permits at the Park Headquarters, your tour starts with a drive to the Momella Park Gate with an armed Park Ranger to protect against wild animal threats. Follow the trail through montane forest, past waterfalls and oddly formed trees until you reach Mirakamba Hut. On day 2, feel the air cool and thin as you ascend over 1000 meters to Saddle Hut. In the afternoon, embark on an acclimatization hike up to little Meru, and enjoy the picturesque views of Kilimanjaro over 80 kilometers away. Day 3 starts at 2 a.m., following a path through scrubland to Rhino Point. Traverse the demanding narrow crater ridge until you reach the summit. From Socialist Peak, watch the sunrise over Kilimanjaro and explore Meru's crater and ash cone. Your descent retraces your steps back down to Momella Gate, where you will be transferred to your hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.

Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

4. Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

Day 1: Your day will begin as you are picked up early in the morning from your Arusha-based hotel. Following a brief introduction, your guide will direct you to your awaiting jeep in which you will begin your memorable African safari. You will drive for 4 hours, passing through the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Park and getting a glimpse of its famous crater. You will then proceed to Serengeti National Park, enjoying your packed lunch in the park itself. Following lunch, you shall proceed with more game drives until late the afternoon, at which point you will check-in for dinner before your overnight stay at either Sopa Lodge or Wildlife Lodge Serengeti, depending on availability Day 2: Your second day will begin with an early-morning breakfast before you depart with a packed lunch for some early game drives. You will enjoy game drives until noon, at which point you will depart Serengeti for Arusha City via the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area. You will enjoy your packed lunch on the way, before you eventually arrive back in Arusha at around 7:00PM.

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

5. From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire Start your day with pickup from your hotel at 7:30 AM. After meeting your guide, chef, and other clients, begin your 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its diverse landscape. The park is particularly known for its abundance of Ancient Baobab trees and for having the largest concentration of elephants in the entire country. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and others. Later on, go to the Tarangire River picnic site and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and animals. After lunch, proceed with the game drive and exit the park around 4:30 PM, where you will head to your accommodations for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife park known for its beautiful crater landscape and for being a prime spot to see wildlife. After an early breakfast at 6 AM, head to the Ngorongoro view point and admire the breathtaking view. Then, descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhinos, the hardest animals to spot in the crater. After lunch, take a game drive, ascend the crater, and return to your accommodations in Arusha.

Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

6. Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

Embark on a three-day, private or group tour with a maximum of six guests. Ride in a custom safari jeep with pop-up roof accompanied by a driver-guide and a chef. Discover the most popular wildlife destinations in the world in a short timeframe. These destinations are home to a wide variety of animals including wild cats; it’s no wonder the famous “Lion King” was based on Serengeti National Park. Take the chance to see thousands of wildebeest during their migration time and discover the beauty of Ngorongoro Crater. • Day one: Arusha - Serengeti  After breakfast, drive eight hours from Arusha to Serengeti through the Ngorongoro Conservation. Enjoy a 20-minute stop at Ngorongoro Crater for a breathtaking view. Then, choose to make another 20 to 45-minute stop at Maasai Village and discover the culture of the Maasai tribe, known for chasing and hunting lions to gain status as a warrior, and then drinking the animal blood.  Arrive to Serengeti National Park in the late afternoon and set off on a game drive in Seronera (the center of the park) until the late evening. Experience the sunset over Serengeti while getting a close-up view of the wild animals. If you’re lucky, you may witness a predator hunting or on a kill. Later, head to Seronera campsite for an overnight. Note that in the campsite you’ll still be able to see animals, mostly hyenas, but that the site is actively protected by rangers throughout the night. Meals included: lunch, dinner • Day two: Serengeti  After an early breakfast, set off on a sunrise game drive through the park. In the afternoon, head back to the campsite for lunch and to pack up. Enjoy another game drive as you exit Serengeti for a two-hour drive to Simba campsite, near the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Note that animals may be spotted on the campsites here as well. Overnight at Simba campsite.  Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner  • Day three: Ngorongoro Crater Wake early for breakfast and descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhino, the most difficult to spot in the beautiful crater. Spend a maximum of six hours in the crater. After lunch, enjoy another game drive as you ascend the crater back to camp. Pack up your things and head back to Arusha for hotel drop-off. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

From Arusha: Ngorongoro Crater with Nature Tour and Lunch

7. From Arusha: Ngorongoro Crater with Nature Tour and Lunch

Following a 7 AM pickup from your hotel in Arusha, sit back and relax on the 3-hour drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Experience the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy a picnic lunch in this truly special place. Your expert guide will take good care of you throughout the day and share their knowledge of the region. On a 4x4 safari dirve, see the wildlife and breathtaking beauty of the conservation area. The animals take advantage of the year-round water supply at the crater and there's a chance you might even spot a rare black rhino. Ngorongoro is not just home to the wildlife; The iconic Maasai people choose to graze their cattle here, too. This happy cohabitation of man and beast is what makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania. Depart Ngorongoro Conservation Area at approximately 3 PM for the 3-hour return journey to Arusha for the drop-off at your hotel.

Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

8. Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

On day 1, you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town and driven to Tarangire National Park for a mid-morning game drive. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you’ll be able to admire the views of seasonal swamps, grassy savannas and the Tarangire River.  Look out for many animals including zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants and giraffes. You may catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards relaxing in the trees. Around midday, enjoy a picnic lunch. Enjoy further game viewing in the afternoon before driving to the Karatu area, where you will check into the Country Lodge hotel and enjoy dinner.  On day 2, enjoy breakfast at the lodge and depart with a packed lunch to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater is inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a lake, a forest and open plains. There are said to be over 30,000 animals living in the area that is naturally enclosed by the slopes of an old volcano. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at your hotel.  After breakfast on day 3, depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to a range of wildlife including baboons, blue monkeys, over 350 species of birds and tree-­climbing lions. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha or Arusha Airport.

Mount Kilimanjaro: 5 Nights & 6-Days Climb via Marangu Route

9. Mount Kilimanjaro: 5 Nights & 6-Days Climb via Marangu Route

This package provides everything you need for your hike, such as experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, accommodation in huts, and nutritionist-designed meals. Before and after the adventure you will stay in a comfortable hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant, and swimming pool. Only guides with a Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and  two compulsory medical check-ups per day. Your progress is tracked with GPS device and the link can be shared with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in real-time. Schedule: Day 1: Arrival Day 2: Trekking from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut Day 3: Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut Day 5: Trekking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Day 6: Trekking to Uhuru Peak and descent to Horombo Hut Day 7: Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Day 8: Departure

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

10. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

Take a day trip to mighty Mount Kilimanjaro on a guided journey to one of Tanzania’s most majestic sights. Follow your experienced guide up to Mandara Hut and enjoy the views from 2,700 meters above sea level. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the national park to meet your guide. At Marangu Gate your guide will give you a brief introduction before you enter the park. You’ll spend the rest of the morning trekking through the rainforest, giving ample opportunity to see monkeys and exotic birds. After 3 or 4 hours of trekking you’ll reach Mandara Hut for a well-earned rest and lunch. Take the time to learn more about the park and the wildlife from your guide as you enjoy sandwiches, fruit, groundnuts and juice. Following lunch, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater, from where you can enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania and Kenya. From there you’ll take a leisurely 2-hour walk back down to Marangu Gate, where your transport will be waiting to return you to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Arusha (Region)

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 33 reviews

We did a multi-day mountain hike at these heights for the first time and it was really a great experience. The care was great right from the start. What is needed, what can you borrow, all the necessary information came early by email so that we could prepare. We then only borrowed the sleeping bags. The team (guide, cook, porters) then picked us up at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner were always served to us by our cook in each hut. It was always good and too much, amazing what food our porters carried up. On the individual tours, Habibu, our guide and a replacement guide, were there to be on the safe side in case someone had to turn back. The hike itself should not be underestimated. You don't have to climb, but long stretches are sandy and it feels like walking up dunes. Thanks again to Habibu and Alfred from "https://africapathways.com" Rita and Jürgen

I don `t know where to start. It was the best we have ever experienced. Our guide was able to see the animals from such a distance, it was really incredible. We were really lucky and were able to see the big five + babies. The best was even a baby rhino. The food was delicious and we were really spoiled. I recommend everyone to book this tour because who can say that you stayed in the middle of the Serengeti National Park. We have seen over 20 countries and this was the best vacation ever.

Ismail and julian the best ever Julian our guide always knew where to see which animals. Are also some of the few who have seen the big 5. Ismails eat better than any restaurant tent clean sleeping bags clean. It was a really great experience and I would recommend it to anyone

We had a great day, Andrew, our guide was very good, the waterfalls were stunning, we were never in a rush from one point to another. The people on the materuni area were very welcoming, the food was very yummy. Thank you!!!

It was a great experience! Such beautiful environment and animals to see.. it's clearly a life experience everyone needs to do once! Alidi our guide and Freddy the cook make the trip even more great! Big thanks to them