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Kilimanjaro Bliss leads exclusive tours that are custom designed with you, at prices close to group tour rates. Explore the possibilities.

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Co-create Your Experience With Us

You create your plan with us. We do the logistics and support, you do the experience and the fun.

All-inclusive Tour

From pickup to return, we cover everything you need to have a great experience. We can take you to and from the airport, and feed you well along the way. We can arrange the type of accommodation to suit your needs, and we give you some extra, unexptected touches.

Knowledge­able Guides

Our guides are expert safari and mountian guides in Tanzania. They know the ins and outs of your trip and provide exceptional interpretation of flora, fauna and natural history. You'll know more after you leave.

Supportive Preparation

We give you an entire packet of information on how to prepare, what to bring, how to pack, and a plan for training so you can fully enjoy the trip. Our care for you starts before you even arrive and we work directly with you to plan your best experience of Tanzania.

Choosing The Number of Days

Acclimatization is Key
  • Shorter Climbs - 5 to 6 days

    Shorter safaris visit the parks that are nearer to Arusha, but those parks are not disappointing. Arusha National Park offers a surprising diversity of wildlife, and includes Mt. Meru. Tarangire is also within driving distance of Arusha for a day safari. Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater take a little more time, so 2 or 3 days work for these areas.

    1 Day (Arusha National Park, Tarangire)
    2 Days (Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara)
    3 Days (Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire) 

    Those wishing to visit the Serengeti should plan a safari of 4 or more days, as the driving time to Serengeti from Arusha is 9 hours, and shorter itineraries do not allow time to travel and view game. However, the Serengeti can be visited for 2 or 3 days if it is a fly-in safari.

  • 7-Day Climbs

    The classic Tanzanian safari lasts from four to seven days because it allows a meaningful visit to the Serengeti. The Serengeti does hold something special with the massive migrations that occur there, but the other parks are also stunning for the wildlife that is present. If your time is limited, you should still have a stunning experience in the other parks, but with four or more days, a visit to the Serengeti is almost a must. With more time, you also have the chance to experience more of the culture and diversity of Africa by visiting heritage sites and some of the tribes that still live rich, but simple lives. Here is a sample list of features for various numbers of days for your safari.

    4 Days (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater)
    5 Days (Lake Manyara, Cultural option, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
    6 Days (Lake Manyara, Cultural Option, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
    7 Days (Lake Manyara, Cultural Option, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)
    Cultural Options:

    Olduvai Gorge Museum and World Heritage site, home of "Nutcracker Man".
    Cultural visit to the Hadzabe bushmen
    Cultureal visit to the iron age Datoga Blacksmith tribe)
    Cultural visit to a Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy Area.

    If you are planning on getting as much of the East African experience as possible, you may want to think about a "bucket list" safari lasting more than seven days.

  • 8 and 9-Day Climbs

    If you are committed to getting as rich and diverse of an experience as possible, then consider one of the longer safari arrangement. The longer you can stay, the more you will see. We have included some sample itineraries below.

    8 Days (Lake Manyara, Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, Ngorogoro, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Concervancy & Maasi village, Tarangire)

    9 Days, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Karatu, Serengeti (central and northern circuits), Ngorogoro
    Cultural Options:

    Olduvai Gorge Museum and World Heritage site, home of "Nutcracker Man".
    Cultural visit to the Hadzabe bushmen
    Cultureal visit to the iron age Datoga Blacksmith tribe)
    Cultural visit to a Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy Area.
    There are also some interesting parks and sites in more southern areas of Tanzania, and don't forget about Zanzibar and the East Coast.

    With such a rich diversity of options, it is easy to have an extended stay in Tanzania and see more of the land, animals and peoples that form the heritage of all humans.

  • Mt. Meru Pre-climb Advantages

    If you are committed to getting as rich and diverse of an experience as possible, then consider one of the longer safari arrangement. The longer you can stay, the more you will see. We have included some sample itineraries below.

    8 Days (Lake Manyara, Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, Ngorogoro, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Concervancy & Maasi village, Tarangire)

    9 Days, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Karatu, Serengeti (central and northern circuits), Ngorogoro
    Cultural Options:

    Olduvai Gorge Museum and World Heritage site, home of "Nutcracker Man".
    Cultural visit to the Hadzabe bushmen
    Cultureal visit to the iron age Datoga Blacksmith tribe)
    Cultural visit to a Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservancy Area.
    There are also some interesting parks and sites in more southern areas of Tanzania, and don't forget about Zanzibar and the East Coast.

    With such a rich diversity of options, it is easy to have an extended stay in Tanzania and see more of the land, animals and peoples that form the heritage of all humans.

  • Where does the cost of a Kilimanjaro Expedition come from?

    Park Fees

    Porters, Guides and Cooks

    Transportation

    Food

    Equipment

    Accommodations

Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru

Parks and Cutural Sites
  • Best Times To Climb Kilimanjaro or Meru

    The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the dry-season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception, since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the dry-season as well. 

  • Mt. Meru and Arusha National Park

    Arusha National Park is a small park measuring only 53 square miles (137 square km), but it has a  remarkable range of habitats. 16 miles northeast of Arusha, this national park is one of the most easily accessible. Located between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this park features a miniature volcanic crater (Ngurduto Crater), a river (Jekukumia River), a highland rain forest, acacia woodlands and a string of crater lakes (Momella Lakes). Wildlife found in the park includes Colobus monkeys, velvet monkeys, buffalo, hippos, elephants, and giraffe. Waterfowl is abundant here as well. Arusha National Park offers many beautiful panoramic views, including spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park

    Lake Manyara is a lovely scenic park on the road from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, famous for its tree climbing lions, good elephants and baboons. The lake itself takes up much of the park, and is home to huge flocks of flamingos.  While very beautiful it serves best as a break in the drive on route to one of the more famous parks, such as Ngorongoro and Serengeti.According to the regional migration pattern, Manyara's official peak season is from July to October.  However, for such a small park this should not be a deciding factor; if you are in the area and have time, Lake Manyara is consistently good as a soft game viewing park at any time of the year.

  • Safaris and Other Sights In Tanzania

    Mount Meru
    At 4566m, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250 000 years ago, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the characteristic and distinctive appearance it has today. Last eruption: 1910At 4566m, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250 000 years ago, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the characteristic and distinctive appearance it has today. The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region gives way to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into a scrubland. Towards the top of the mountain, the vegetation consists of heath and moorland and is then finally replaced by the stunning baron alpine deserts. As the flora changes the wildlife does so too, which is diverse and equally impressive. During the ascent, you will regularly come across large game such as elephants and buffalos but you may also come across leopards. Due to this, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on any tour.

    Kilimanjaro National Park
    Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575 ha protects the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah.Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. With its snow-capped peak and glaciers, it is the highest mountain in Africa. The mountain has five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point:  Lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species.  For this combination of features but mostly its height, its physical form and snow cap and its isolation above the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered an outstanding example of a superlative natural phenomenon. (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/403)

Choosing The Accommodation

From Down-To-Earth To Ultra-Luxurious
  • Tenting On The Mountain

    Public Campsites-Down-to-Earth Accommodation.

    For those on a budget, or looking for a more down to earth style of safari, we supply a safari tent and cook, along with your safari guide.  Your guide and cook put up your tent in the public camp site, and the cook cooks all your meals in the covered cooks’ area.  I am sure each of the cooks tries to out cook the other, because I have always been amazed at the quality of meals served.  These meals are usually served in a covered communal eating area.  These camp grounds are similar to public campsites around the world, where there are communal showers and washrooms.  Camp grounds are located either on the outskirts of the wildlife parks, or nestled within them.

  • Before And After The Expedition

    Standard Lodges  Lodges are often located on the edges of Parks, allowing some wildlife viewing from the lodge. Many lodges have a variety of room standards, from solid structure to tented cabin styles. Many lodges have swimming pools, Wi-Fi in lounge area, restaurants and bars. In our standard accommodations, we usually pick the best available accommodation in the lower lodge price range. Prices for lodge rooms (double occupancy), overall, can range from less than $200 USD to $400 USD per night. A typical standard lodge would be comparable to a larger chain hotel room in North America or Europe.

    Luxury Lodges and Hotels
    Savour that which is unique and luxurious, for these accommodations are truly magnificent.  Bold yet unassuming, creative and exquisite in architecture and location. These hotels and lodges range from $475 to nearly $2000 per night, double occupancy.

Some Of Our Most Popular Safaris
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Natural History Explorer
5-day Safari
From $2789 USD
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Kilimanjaro Rongai
7-day Expedition
From $3235 USD
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African Dream
8-day Safari
From $3269 USD
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho
8-day Expedition
From $3569 USD

What Our Guests Say

  • Very nice trip with Ari, on recommandation from a friend we went with him for a safari after our climb to Uhuru peak, and it was a pleasure, very nice, very professional, and also very friendly. A safari very close to the animals, where he took time to explain all about everything, and provided all the confort, picking us at the hotel, and even bringing us to the airport in the middle of the night.

    Adrien, France
  • My two friends and I had an incredible time on the safari with our guide ari and our driver (“lion”)!! We would highly recommend this safari. We did a three day safari and three parks and an incredible hotel and food was all included! Our guides were very knowledgeable and helpful and allowed us to have so much fun and adventure along the way. We were able see all the animals we wanted to (rhino!) and it was a wonderful experience out in the parks. Such an incredible and magical place, full of life and wonder. The resort hotel we stayed at was also wonderful and relaxing. Thank you Ari and “Lion”!

    Keisha
  • I was impressed by Aristarick, one of our gides. He was very helpfull, motivating and knows a lot. Thanks to him we made it to the top.

    Bregje
  • We enjoyed amazing safari's in Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park, thanks to Kilimanjaro Bliss & Ari. Guide & driver Ari was very flexible and accommodating for our family (5people). Every day again, we were amazed by the beauty of the country, the hospitality of the people and the guidance of our guide & driver.

    Marijke, Belgium
  • Ari of Kilimanjaro Bliss was an amazing host. We had signed up to do our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro with Kilimanjaro Bliss and got so much more than we expected...Ari and his crew took great care of us on the seven days that we took to get to the top and back down again. The food was incredibly delicious and the crew were awesome. It was an amazing adventure and we made it back a day early, so we decided to do a safari to Tarangire National Park. We ended our day with a visit to a Masai village. A truly incredible experience with exceptional service by Ari.

    Gabe, Minnesota, USA
  • The most incredible adventure, with the most amazing people! Two women, aged 55 and 59, apprehensive of the gruelling journey, but hoping for bragging rights of reaching the top; we anticipated sacrificing all comfort to get there. Instead, we were blown away with the great lengths the team went through to, not only make us comfortable, but make us feel like royalty. Meals were better than I have had in 5-star restaurants. Although summit day was tough, the journey getting there will be what I remember best. I miss the team already!

    Brenda, Ontario, Canada