If you are not joining us for the trek on Kilimanjaro before doing the Safari, you will need to arrive the day prior to Day 1 by 3 P.M. at the JRO International Airport, where we will pick you up and transfer you to our hotel. Hotel and dinner are included the pre-trip night.
After breakfast, we will leave our hotel at approximately 10 am. We will travel by land cruiser towards the Maasai steppe area. If it is a market day, we will get an opportunity to experience the vibrant Maasai culture. Regardless, we will attend Arusha’s Market along the way. We will stop at the Maasai village of Esilalei where we will enjoy our packed lunch, and experience the Maasai culture and way of life. Our Wildland chef will prepare a BBQ dinner for us in the evening time. After dinner we will enjoy music and dancing with the Maasai tribe. We will camp in the Maasai Boma this night. This is a private arrangement we have with the Maasai chief, uniquely for our guests to experience. We will set up a campsite with large canvas tents for sleeping. Tents will have 6-inch foam mattresses, bed sheets, blankets and pillows.
We will wake up this morning, have breakfast in the campsite and depart at 8.30 am. We will drive to Karatu, to the Bougaineville Lodge where we can drop bags and have a hot shower. After enjoying a local hot lunch, we will drive to Lake Eyasi, where we will visit and hunt with the Hadzabe bushmen (Don’t worry, they will be the ones doing the hunting. We will follow along and observe). After our experience with the Hadzabe, we will visit the Datoga tribe before driving back to our accommodation for the night. Dinner and overnight in Bougainvillea Lodge.
After breakfast we will depart for Serengeti National Park at 8.00 am. We will drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area main gate, where we will have a brief stop to register. During the registration time, we will have a chance to visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area information centre. We will then drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area to the Serengeti National Park. We will enjoy game drive en route. Packed lunch will be served at the Naabi Hill. After lunch, we enjoy the amazing Serengeti Park with game drive until evening. We will overnight in Kati Kati Tented Lodge, where we will enjoy a relaxing dinner. Many of our groups have heard Lions here at night!
Today we will wake up early in the morning around 4.30 am and depart out on our sunrise game drive. The morning is the best time to view Wildlife in the Serengeti. After a couple of hours on the game drive we will head back to our tented lodge for breakfast. We will then pack up and drive one last time through the Serengeti and onto the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. We will descend the crater where we will have our packed lunch on the Ngorongoro crater floor. We will spend all afternoon enjoying a game drive through the crater and exit before 5pm. After the game drive, we will drive to our accommodation for dinner. Tonight we will be staying in Karatu, in the Farmhouse Valley Lodge.
This morning we will have a leisurely start. We will sleep in and have breakfast before departing our accommodation at 11 am. Be sure to pack your swimsuit so you can take advantage of the relaxing outdoor pool in this lodge! We will begin our drive back to Arusha today. There will be multiple stops for souvenirs along the way. We will then drive to the our hotel, where you will stay your last night in country.
After breakfast, you will have time to relax until your international flight today. You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport at a convenient time for check-in. Flights should be booked for departure after 9 A.M.
- A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
- Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
- Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
- Luxury tent and lodging accommodations (Lodging Details)
- All meals from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day of the tour
- Professional, certified Wildland guides
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Transportation to Tanzania (to Kilimanjaro International Airport)
- Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
- Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Gratuity for guide(s) and crew. Tipping is always optional and appreciated. (Industry recommendation is a total of 10-15% of trip cost, not per guide.) Please tip your in-country lead guide separately from your US guide. Any further questions on gratuity can be directed to your US guide or you can call or email us.
Our African Wildlife Safari features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides. Some meals are prepared "in the field" by our guides, and consist of local ingredients and fresh produce.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters
NOTE: See the Packing Lists page
for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.
Ready to register? Simply click here
and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
To join this trip, guests must have a Tanzanian Visa no later than 2 months before the trip start date. Please visit the Tanzania-U.S. Embassy Website
to apply for your visa.
If you're doing this tour as a stand-alone experience, and not hiking Kilimanjaro with us, it's best to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport the day before the tour begins. We will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (near Moshi, Tanzania) on Day 1 and transport you to the first nights' hotel, where we'll meet and prepare for our tour. Your guide will be in contact approximately
4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.
Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional guides (U.S.-based and local) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735)
for more information.
In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website
for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip. We also recommend consulting with your physician before traveling abroad.
Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (U.S.-based and local, click here
to learn more) with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team
page for staff bios.
Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted
for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1-2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735)
and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis
This boutique lodge offers a wonderful lodging experience with spectacular views of Mount Meru, one of the top tallest peaks in Africa, and is surrounded by lush, forested hills.
(A/C, heat, showers)
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is situated perfectly outside the town of Karatu midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, and has warm and welcoming hosts and wonderful accommodations.
(A/C, heat, pool, showers)
Serengeti Tent Lodge
Ndutu Kati Kati is a mobile tent lodge strategically situated south of Serengeti. It features luxury tent accommodations with spacious tents, beds, and wonderful meals.
Farmhouse Valley Lodge
This inviting lodge sits on a 500-acre coffee plantation with views of the Oldeani Volcano from wonderful, furnished terraces. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the hosts gracious.
(A/C, heat, showers)
Africa Tulip Lodge
Our final night is at this elegant and charming luxury boutique hotel. This hotel was designed with safari travelers and elite leisure travelers in mind, and offers modern, luxury accommodations.
(A/C, heat, showers)
* These accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.