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Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

1. Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Enjoy breakfast that is served at the hotel of your choice and meet your driver-guide for an introduction and a short briefing. Collect your packed lunch and drive to Mikumi National Park for an afternoon game drive.  Mikumi National Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains, and the Rift Valley escarpment to the southwest as part of the Selous ecosystem. This area offers the highest game density of the entire conservation area that lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107 km from the nearest town named Morogoro located on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230 km².  Marvel at the big diversity of animals and observe lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and many more with different bird species. Have some lunch en route to the Park and enjoy afternoon game drives in the park till sunset. Savor dinner and have your overnight sleep at Camp Bastian.  Day 2: Mikumi National Park – Dar es Salaam Wake up and have some breakfast at the Camp, followed by early morning game drive in the Park. Discover animals on their morning moments searching their breakfast After a hot lunch served at the camp, you will drive back to Dar es Salaam and be dropped off at the hotel of your choice or the airport for your onward flight.

Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

2. 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 at 8:00 AM. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Serengeti National Park 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 Serengeti Seronera Campsite. 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 Wake up at 6:00 AM for early-morning game drives in Serengeti. Return at 9:00 AM to the campsite for breakfast.  Then, check out and set off for 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 mammals and birds. 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 will 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 breakfast and then drive off at 7:30 AM 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, get in some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

Arusha: Tarangire National Park Full-Day Wildlife Safari

3. Arusha: Tarangire National Park Full-Day Wildlife Safari

We will collect you from your hotel in Arusha and following a 2-3 hour drive, you will arrive at the Tarangire National Park. In this region, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of the national parks in 1970, they turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that one sees today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras thankfully have replaced the elephant guns. The Tarangire National Park has the highest density of elephants in North Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round in which the herds often can reach an impressive number of 300 animals. The Tarangire River has water all year round and during the dry season, between July and October, many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river for drinking. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you can observe wonderful creatures such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests and zebras as well as various types of antelopes and gazelles and with a little luck, you can also spot a python! This area is during the dry season also a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Masai Ostrich -the world largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place before the afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching. Before sunset, you will be taken back to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi.

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

4. 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.

Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

5. Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

After a greeting and short briefing, you will be heading to the old fort which is also known as the Arab fort, the house of wonders, and then to Forodhani Gardens, a darajani fruits and spice market, and the Zanzibar ferry terminal. The tour also includes visits to the Freddie Mercury house, Zanzibar Curio Shop, Jaws Corner coffee shop, and more. Visit the Anglican cathedral, also known as the former slave market which was used for centuries as a hub for the East African slave market, whereby slaves were hunted and abducted from Malawi, Congo, Zambia and other parts of east Africa. With your guide you will have enough time for some leisure time to explore the narrow streets alongside the curio shops. The tour will end after 3 hours.

Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

6. Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

Visit an organic spice farm on this 3-hour guided tour to learn about one of Zanzibar’s most popular industries: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. See why the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands".   When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. You’ll be able to touch, smell, and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants—you’ve never smelled spices as fresh as these before. Along with these fragrant plants, there will also be some fresh tropical fruits to see and taste.     Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Then, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop.

Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

7. Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers. On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too. Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search for colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral reef. After you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, relax on the sandbank with a delicious lunch including a seafood BBQ, Swahili cuisine, cheese, tropical fruit, and more.

Dar es Salaam: City Tour

8. Dar es Salaam: City Tour

This tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Village Museum, Mwenge Carvings Market, Tingatinga art Gallery, Slipway Shopping Centre, The Fish Market, City Centre, Historical Building, and many other sites. The name Dar es Salaam means "the house of peace" and is an exciting mix of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated contemporary present.  Learn about interesting facts of the city as well as some incredible historical sights that are all part of the adventure of the full-day tour.

Zanzibar: Jozani Forest, Local Zoo and Swimming with Turtles

9. Zanzibar: Jozani Forest, Local Zoo and Swimming with Turtles

Visit the famous Jozani Forest National Park, Zanzibar's only National Park, to see local wildlife and natural habitats, including African rock pythons, red colobus monkeys, and crocodiles on a guided day tour. Explore Zanzibar's luscious groundwater forest at the national park and see rare animal species only found on the island, such as the cheeky red colobus monkey. Walk through the park's mangroves as you make your way to your lunch spot, a restaurant nestled in the middle of the jungle. Listen to the sounds of the jungle surrounding you as you tuck into a delicious local meal. Enjoy a cooling dip in the pool after lunch before heading to the north of the island for a visit to the local zoo to see a number of other local animals, including chameleons, bushbabies, tortoises, ostriches, elephant shrews, and more. End your day out with a relaxing swim with turtles, which you have the chance to feed.

Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

10. Prison Island: Private Half-Day Tour

This private guided half day tour can begin any time from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Meet your well-trained guide and boatman as your board your steam-engine wooden boat. Head to the prestigious island and enjoy the 30-minute journey.  Listen to the history of the island and discover the past centuries through the historical buildings, which have served many purposes over the years including a prison, chapel, and hiding place for slaves after the abolition.  Enjoy a swim or snorkel around the colorful coral rocks and turquoise waters. Play with giant tortoises and you may take photographs with these old precious creatures. If you do not have much experience or confidence in the water, you will be provided with a life jacket. 

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What people are saying about Tanzania

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The tour was perfectly organized. Great experience with the dolphins, snorkeling, staying on a big sandbar. BUT: The booking page contains incorrect information. The tour lasts 6 hours instead of the specified 3 hours. The tour was only booked for us, without other passengers. The pickup location options on the map are also incorrect. They pick you up from anywhere in Stonetown. The map entry where the boat starts is also wrong. Correct: North of Matemwe Beach. Who is responsible for the presentation of the booking page on Getyourguide? Conclusion: Everything was much nicer than described on the booking page.

We had a wonderful evening with Abw! He picked us up from our hotel, showed us the buzzing local food market, shared insights to zanzibari culture, people & life, we had our sundowner on a lovely rooftop and the highlight: delicious and freshly prepared local foods on the night market! He reassured us several times, that the products we tried are fresh, met our preferences & were super tasty. We can only recommend this tour through lively Stone Town by night! HAKUNA MATATA!

Thank you for this great tour. Our guide Haji was great. Unbelievable what he knew and made the tour very interesting. We could always bring ourselves into the tour if we wanted to see something. Haji always responded to everything. That was really great Haji We can only recommend this tour with Haji. We are definitely planning our next tour with Haji right away

Haij was the best tour guide! He was knowledgeable and explained everything so perfectly to us. He tailor made this private tour to suit our needs and was prompt, honest and was excellent value for money. We would recommend Upendo tours and Haij when visiting Zanzibar!

We had the most incredible experience, every part of the trip was amazing, people, food, information and the snorkelling!! Highly recommended