Wild Africa Safari
- Wonderful follow-up tour after Kili
- Great stand-alone African experience
- Classic African Wildlife
- Mix of luxurious camping and lodges
- Maasai, Datoga, & Hadzabe cultures
- 3 of Africa's most spectacular national parks
- Fresh, local and organic cuisine
- Amazing natural and cultural history
Make the most of your time in Africa with this Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour! 6 days in length and all-inclusive, our Wild Africa Safari tour is an opportunity to experience Africa's amazing wildlife and unique, colorful cultures. We immerse ourselves in the African tribal cultures of the inhabitants of the Maasai Steppe and learn of their traditional and current ways of life. The days are filled with exploration and a healthy mixture of safaris in three of Tanzania’s best national parks, cultural activities and relaxation in top notch accommodations with wonderful cuisine. All of this is done in comfort with safari Land Cruisers.
We will have opportunities to see and photograph lions, leopards, African buffalo, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, wildebeests, hippos and much more. We will visit with three different tribal communities; the Hazabe, Datoga and Maasai. The natural beauty of the areas we visit is impossible to describe, but we will just leave it at "breathtaking!"
Special Note: This Safari tour is a perfect way to make the most of your trip to Africa by adding it onto the end your Kilimanjaro Trek. If you're not joining us on a Kilimanjaro Trek, you will need to arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) the day before the start date by 3pm. Our team will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Dinner and lodging for this night are included in the stand-alone rate.
Trip Dates & Booking
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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 at the hotel your guide and driver will deliver a short orientation meeting and safari briefing. You will then depart towards Lake Manyara National Park for today’s game drive. Upon our arrival at the Park we will have our picnic lunch in the company of Olive Baboons welcoming us in large groups. Be careful not to let them get your lunch! The great alkaline Manyara Lake is a paradise for bird lovers, being famous for its large flocks of flamingos, yellow-billed storks, herons and numerous other species of birds.
We will enjoy the amazing views of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment and the famous hot spring known as “Maji Moto” while searching for wildlife during our drive within the Park. This area is well known for being the home of tree-climbing lions. It is also famous for having a large number of elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, warthogs and more. If we get really lucky, we might see the elusive leopard in the forested areas of the Park.
In the late afternoon, after we have done are best to see as much wildlife as possible, we will head to the Bougainvillea Safari Lodge in the town of Karatu for our accommodation for the next 2 nights. We'll enjoy a relaxing, delicious dinner and a welcome night's rest.
Today, after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we we will shuttle to Lake Eyasi. Today is all about getting to know the people of this region and learn about their traditions, customs and cultures. Our first step is to rendezvous with a local guide to help us find the Hazabe, who roam the African savannah. Being nomadic bushmen, they rely on hunting and gathering. You can try out their handmade weapons and join them on a short local hunt. Don’t worry, they will be the ones doing the hunting; we will only follow along and observe. After our amazing experience with the Hadzabe, we will visit different groups of the Datoga Tribe known for different cultural specialties and aspects. After visiting with the Datoga we will enjoy a hot lunch at a small restaurant nearby before driving back to our accommodation in Karatu. Dinner and another relaxing evening in the Bougainvillea Safari Lodge will bring an end to this incredible day full of unique cultural experiences. Get some rest; tomorrow we head to the Serengeti!
After breakfast we will depart for Serengeti National Park. We will drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area main gate, register and continue to Serengeti National Park. There is plenty to see on our drive as a variety of wildlife can be seen throughout the day. We will serve you a picnic lunch at the Naabi Hill area near the main entrance to the Park. After lunch, it's all about enjoying the amazing Serengeti Park with a dramatic game drive until evening. We stay in the unique and luxurious Embalakai Tented Camp tonight, where we will enjoy a fresh, wonderful dinner. This one of a kind luxurious camping experience is often cited as the highlight of the trip, and many of our groups have even heard lions at night!
Today we wake up early and depart for a sunrise game drive. Morning is the best time to view wildlife in the Serengeti. After a couple hours on the game drive we will head back to our tented camp for breakfast. Then we're off for one last drive through the Serengeti to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Descending into the crater we'll enjoy our picnic lunch on the Ngorongoro Crater floor. We will spend all afternoon enjoying a game drive through the crater, which creates a surreal home for both year round and migrating species of animals and birds. After our full day of game drives, we will go to our accommodation for dinner and relaxation. Tonight, we will be staying at the elegant Marera Valley Lodge.
This morning we will enjoy a leisurely start. You can sleep in and have a later breakfast before we depart the lodge. Today we will travel through the agricultural market town of Mto Wa Mbu near the Lake Manyara National Park. We will stop for souvenirs at the city center, which also has a large, outdoor market with fresh produce. This is a souvenir hunter's paradise, with locally owned shops and an abundance of small treasures to purchase and bring home. The market is a wonderful cultural experience, whether or not you choose to purchase anything. We will then drive out of town for a visit to a traditional Maasai Boma. Here we will meet the inhabitants of a small Maasai home, who dance and sing for us, and where we enjoy a lunch of traditional African style BBQ (Western cuisine options will be available as well). After experiencing the Maasai way of life, we will drive to the Kibo Palace Hotel in the city of Arusha for our last night and a final, celebratory dinner.
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
- Professional, certified Wildland guides who are expert with local knowledge, culture and language, as well as first aid, risk management, wilderness skills and customer service.
- Kilimanjaro International Airport pick-up and drop-off (days 1 & 6 for add-on; days 0 & day 6 for stand-alone)
- Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
- All national park and activity fees
- Luxury tent and lodging accommodations (Lodging Details)
- Drinking water for the duration of the tour
- Use of a day pack
- All meals for the duration of the tour (breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 6, also dinner day 0 for standalone 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Gratuity for Guide(s) and Drivers. Specific details are in our trip information packets.
Our Wild Africa Safari features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by our staff (lunch day 5). We'll have breakfast & dinners at our carefully selected accommodations, as well as box lunches while on our game drives consisting of local ingredients and fresh produce.
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, 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 ($100).
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
Applicants of Visa are strongly advised to apply for Visa through the Official Tanzania Immigration Services Website (click here) ONLY and NOT through any other links; For additional information you can also use this link to the Tanzania Embassy in the US.
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 then pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel (included) in Moshi, Tanzania. Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days 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 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) 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 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) 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
The temperatures on Safari are usually warm and dry with temperatures varying between 60° - 80° F., however due to the vast area of land we travel during our itinerary weather can vary greatly. The short rainy season is between November to January and the long rainy season is between March to May.
The average temperatures and precipitation on Safari are:
|Jan||84° F||61° F||3 in|
|Feb||84° F||61° F||4 in|
|June||81° F||59° F||1 in|
|July||79° F||57° F||1 in|
|Aug||81° F||59° F||1 in|
|Sept||82° F||59° F||2 in|
|Dec||82° F||61° F||4 in|
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.
Embalakai Tented Lodge
This entire camp is comprised of luxury canvas tents with all of the comforts of a premier hotel. The tents are big, bright and allow in lots of natural light. All tents are classic safari style each with en-suite bathrooms.
Marera Valley Lodge
This lodge is very close to the village of Karatu and is a modern, lovely accommodation. Its spacious rooms - with wonderful bathrooms and large showers - are situated around a lush garden and huge, beautiful swimming pool.
Kibo Palace Hotel
Nestled in the town of Arusha, this stunning hotel is located near the gateway to some of the most enchanting safari destinations in Tanzania. The property has all the amenities and access you would expect in a modern city right in the wild.