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Arusha: Tarangire National Park Full-Day Wildlife Safari

1. 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.

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.

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

3. 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.

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.

Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

5. 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.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

6. 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.

Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

7. Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, you'll head to the Materuni Village. Once there, take a short but challenging hike to the Materuni Falls where you can enjoy the beautiful views. Following that, visit a coffee farm to learn about how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. You will then try your hand at roasting and preparing a fresh cup of raw and local coffee. Once your coffee-making experience has concluded, head to the Materuni village for a local lunch. You will then drive to a warm-water spring, which is one of the best places to swim in the area. At the conclusion of your experience, your friendly driver will return you back to your accommodation.

2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

8. 2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, your driver-guide will collect you and your safari will commence. You will drive from Moshi to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hours. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees, and tree climbing African pythons. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. You will enjoy a day of game viewing, with a picnic lunch looking out over the river to break up the time in the car. After a nice game drive, before it gets dark, you will drive to the lodge or campsite for dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast the next day, you will drive to the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA) - a UNESCO world heritage site. Once in the NCA you will see the Rift Valley and animals like elephant, buffalos, zebra, monkeys, and birds. The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. You will then enter the crater and witness a large concentration of wild animals. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lions. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a wide variety of water birds. Other game commonly sighted included cheetahs, hyenas, and lots of other members of the antelope family. After completing your drive, you will return back to Moshi or Arusha.

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

9. 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.

Arusha National Park: Private Jeep Tour

10. Arusha National Park: Private Jeep Tour

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a half day safari in Arusha National Park. After an early morning or midday hotel pickup, depending on your tour start time, enjoy the drive in a 4x4 vehicle to the famous national park.   Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Common animal sightings include giraffes, buffalo, zebra, warthogs, monkeys, flamingos, elephants, lions, and many. Leopard populations are present, but rarely seen.   Bird life in the forest is prolific, with many species more easily seen here than elsewhere. Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon are both possible highlights for visiting birdwatchers, and there is a range of starling species. After your safari tour with a professional guide, you will be dropped back to Arusha town.

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What people are saying about Arusha

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 14 reviews

My girlfriend and I did a private tour. Both the guide and the driver were very friendly, responded to individual requests in the best possible way and were very punctual when we picked them up at the hotel. The guide had a lot of interesting facts about the Arusha National Park in stock. We felt very comfortable and would book the day trip again.

We had very nice days on safari. We were able to see all the animals up close, Hammer. Our guide was very experienced with the wild animals and also with driving the jeep. We felt very comfortable at all times. Our chef has taken care of us very, very well over the time, nothing was missing. We would do it again anytime.

Had an excellent experience!! The driver was an excellent guide, very authentic and knowledgeable. A clear recommendation to use GetYourGuide to arrange safari trips and trips to explore the Maasai culture!

It was one of the best experiences of my life. Everything was perfectly organized, our guide was very experienced and the chef cooked delicious food for us every day. I highly recommend this activity!

Perfect! Unforgettable experience thanks to our guide Lucas who was super nice and knew how to show us all the animals of the parks