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 in Arusha. Hotel and dinner are included the pre-trip night.
This morning after breakfast we will begin driving west. Depending on the day of the week, we will have opportunities to either visit the Maasai cattle market and/or the open-air Arusha food market for a glimpse of everyday life of local people. After the market tour we will begin our drive (50 miles) while having lunch in route. Our camp for the night will be at the Maasai Chief of Esilalei village encampment. The Maasai chief of this district is the local doctor of the Orkisongo zone and is known to have over 40 wives and 100 children. He is a very famous man in this area of Tanzania. He also decided to build his own elementary school, while employing many teachers that educate many of the local children. He will be our host and we will visit a local Maasai hut and experience the local way of life for this pastoral tribe. Our camp for the night will consist of luxury tents, different to the ones used on Kilimanjaro. We will share Maasai stories, have a goat BBQ and enjoy watching traditional songs and dances while sitting by the campfire. There is possibility to see wildlife in this area and we will always have Maasai warriors close by for safety precautions!
We will wake up early this morning, have breakfast and depart camp by 7:30 am.
We will drive to our accommodation for the night in Karatu. Upon arrival we will check into rooms, have showers and a hot lunch. After lunch we will depart to Lake Eyasi, where we will visit and hunt with the Hadzabe bushmen. After our experience with the Hadzabe, we will visit the Datoga tribe before driving back to our accommodation for the night.
After breakfast we will depart for Serengeti National Park. We will have lunch at the park registration point and once we enter the park its game on!!! We will drive around and have opportunities to view Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, etc. We will continue on the game drive until sunset before going and checking into our tented lodge for the night.
Today we will wake up before sunrise (4am) and depart out on our game drive. The morning is the best time to view Wildlife. After 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. We will have our packed lunch again at the registration station before departing to Ngorongoro crater. We will spend all afternoon driving through the crater and exit before 6 pm. After the game drive, we will drive to your accommodation for the evening.
This morning we will have a leisurely start. We will sleep in and have breakfast before departing our accommodation outside Ngornongoro National Park. We will begin our drive back to the Panone Hotel today. There will be multiple stops for souvenirs along the way and we will have lunch in Arusha before driving to the Panone hotel from where you will be transported to the airport.
This morning breakfast will be provided at the Panone Hotel along with a free shuttle to JRO International Airport, and the conclusion of our amazing African safari.
- 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
- Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip at Kilimanjaro Resort
- Luxury tent and lodging accommodations
- All meals from breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on the last day of the tour
- Professional, knowledgeable, certified guides (U.S.-based and local 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 (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost; please tip your USA guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD is recommended.)
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 48 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 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 2-3 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 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