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Co-create Your Safari With Us

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

Number of Days

Most safaris are built with a number of days in mind and then the options for what parks to visit or cultural experiences to include become much clearer. We help you see your options. You get to choose.

Sights To See

The national parks are the main game drive locations where you will see the animals. The distances, sizes and costs vary by park. Cultural experiences with the Maassai, the Bushmen or natural history are also spread around. We help you decide your best options.

Accom­modation

Three levels of accommodation are available. Budget is camping in the park campgrounds. Luxury is also camping in the parks, but in luxurious private tents with tented buffet meals. Standard accommodation is in the local or park lodges-your typical hotel stay. Choose your best option.

Choosing The Number of Days

Safari Possibilities
  • Shorter Safaris - 1 to 3 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.

  • Classic Safaris - 4 and more days

    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.

  • Bucket List Safaris - More than 7 days

    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 safari come from?

    Safari companies in Tanzania have significant costs to meet just to get you into a park. Transportation costs are also quite high. Just so you have some idea of the base costs of getting you out on a safari, we are including a little information about those costs.

    The majority of costs on a safari come from the conservation fees to enter the parks, which are quite expensive. Tarangire and Manyara parks cost about $54 USD per person per day. Serengeti National Park charges $71 USD per person per day. In addition to the entry costs for Serengeti, it costs about $30 USD per person per night to camp there in the public campgrounds, and about $290 minimum double occupancy luxury tent per night for a luxury tent camp. To enter Ngorogoro Crater, it is also $71 per person per day, but with an additional vehicle charge of about $295 per day-at least this one charge is not per person! Running costs for a safari van are more than $250 per day with the driver/guide because fuel and maintenance costs for vehicles is also quite high.

    Accommodation charges vary considerably. Budget safaris (tenting) are the least expensive, but still rack up charges of about $30 per day per person. Standard safaris are usually in a lodge, but still a building. The most expensive way of traveling is to stay in one of the $250 to $1900 USD per night luxury tented camps in Serengeti. The Serengeti is very large and getting to the real game drive areas takes several hours, so timing a stay in the park is essential. The smaller parks have available accommodations around them which are usually less expensive.

    Planning your safari is critical for maximizing your time enjoying the wildlife and nature without spending more than necessary.

Choosing The Sights To See

Parks and Cutural Sites
  • Best Times To Safari

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Lake Manyara

    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.

  • Tarangire National Park

    Tarangire National Park is located in the Manyara region of Northern Tanzania, just a few hours drive from Arusha. It is the ninth largest wildlife Park in Tanzania covering 2600 sq km.  During the dry season (August – October) Tarangire has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife, all seeking the waters flowing through Tarangires river, which is one of the only permanent water sources available at this time of year.  In addition to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, Tarangire has spectacular landscapes of rolling hills, ravines, and forests of the ancient African Baobab trees, and arcadia woodlands. In addition to the larger animals, it is also home to three rare bird species – the fringed -eared Oryx, the Greater Kudu and the Ashy Starling.June to March are the dryer months with June to October the prime time to visit.The Park is home to a wide variety of animals’ year - round, including African elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, leopards, giraffes, zebras, hyenas, a wide range of antelopes and warthogs. Migration The first migrating animals start to arrive in the park during early June, and will remain in the park until November – just before the start of the short rainy season – when the migration moves north again. This annual wildlife Tarangire migration makes for fantastic safari game viewing in the dry season.Don’t fret if you cannot coincide your trip with the annual migration period – many animals including African elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, a wide range of antelopes and warthogs – stay in the park all year - round.  Although the park offers many animals to be seen during the rainy season – you will however have to contend with lush vegetation, rain and the plentiful insect population.

  • Serengeti National Park

    Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage site, and considered Africa’s most popular safari destination, famous for the annual wildebeest migration and excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year.  It is located 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west. It covers 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles) with a variety of scenery from spectacular grassland plains in the southeast, the valleys and rivers in the west and the hilly and rocky scenery in the northern region.  Wherever one visits in the Serengeti the scenery is stunning. Serengeti's scenery is renowned for its grassland plains in the southeast. The northern part is more hilly and rocky. To the west, valleys, rivers and forest can be found. The scenery is stunning and feels like untamed wilderness.To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.

  • Ngorongoro Conservancy

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area.  The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa’s most beautiful regions.  Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa.  It is home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including all the big five and plenty of predators.  Ngorogoro is justifiably one of the continents most famous safari destinations.  It is the best place in Africa to see the black rhino along with some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa.  While there are a few limited areas in the park where it is possible to get out of the vehicle to picnic, just outside the park, where there is a wide range of activities on offer, including walking, trekking, excursions to Olduvai Gorge and visiting the Maasai and other tribes.  Visitors should include a visit to the Hadzabe Bushmen, the Backsmith Tribes, Maasai.Since the wildlife mainly stays in the crater all year - round, there is really no good or bad time to visit.  However, given that the crater floor does get busy with vehicles, it can be more pleasant to visit during low season.  Higher water levels in Lake Magadi (in the centre of the Crater) also result in higher concentrations of flamingos.  Whenever you visit to Ngorongoro, you are guaranteed excellent safari action.

  • Other Parks and Areas

    Lake Natron
    Located just seventy miles northwest of Arusha is the alkaline Lake Natron bordering Kenya. A small part of the lake is also accessible from the Shompole wilderness in southern Kenya. As you plan your Natron lake tour of northern Tanzania, you may discover the great myth surrounding the lake -- that it has the ability to turn animals into stone. Lake Natron a prime destination for bird lovers on an avian holiday in Africa. Ol Doinyo Lengai is a volcanic attraction here at Natron.The scenery around Lake Natron is what attracts visitors to the region during their active-adventure travels in East Africa. In addition to these activities, you may also trek to the southern shores of the lake to see human footprints that date back 120,000 years, and the camp also offers trekking by camel, a very exciting adventure for your wilderness trip to Lake Natron.

    Oldoinyo Lengai
    "Oldoinyo Lengai" means “The Mountain of God” in the Maasai language. The summit of this strato-volcano is 2962 metres above sea level, and affords direct views into the caldera of Tanzania’s only officially-certified active volcano, and the world’s only carbonatite volcano; records of eruptions have been maintained since 1883, the largest of which deposited ash 100 kilometres away in Loliondo on the Kenyan border to the north west.

    Lake Eyasi
    Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. Seasonal water level fluctuations in the lake are dramatic, though the northwestern shore is constrained by the cliffs of the Serengeti Plateau. During the dry season the lake may dry up almost entirely, especially in drier years, so that Datoga herders and Hadza foragers will cross the lake on foot, but in El Niño years it may flood its banks and attract hippopotamus from the Serengeti. It is a seasonal stop for migrating flamingos. The lake supports minor local fishing in wet years, but more often catfish and lungfish are taken from the streams and springs that feed the lake. Even during wet periods, lake depths typically remain less than one metre.

    Olduvai Gorge & Laetoli
    Over the last thirty years or so, it has become increasingly apparent that Africa is probably the "Cradle of Mankind". From Africa they spread out to populate the rest of Earth. Remains of the earliest humans were found in Oldupai Gorge.Olduvai Gorge is a site in Tanzania that holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. Paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years, leading them to conclude that humans evolved in Africa.Olduvai is a misspelling of Oldupai, a Maasai word for a wild sisal plant that grows in the area. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley, between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. It is 30 miles from Laetoli, another fossil-rich area. Olduvai Gorge was formed about 30,000 years ago, the result of aggressive geological activity and streams.The steep ravine is about 30 miles (48.2 km) long and 295 feet (89.9 meters) deep, not quite large enough to be classified as a canyon. A river cuts through several layers to form four individual beds, with the oldest estimated at about 2 million years old.At Laetoli, west of Ngorongoro Crater, hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 millions years old and represent some of the earliest signs of mankind in the world. Three separate tracks of a small-brained upright walking early hominid. Australopithecus afarensis, a creature about 1.2 to 1.4 meters high, were found. Imprints of these are displayed in the Oldupai museum.More advanced descendants of Laetoli’s hominids were found further north, buried in the layers of the 100 meters deep Oldupai Gorge. Excavations, mainly by the archaeologist Louis and Mary Leakey, yielded four different kinds of hominid, showing a gradual increases in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools. The first skull of Zinjanthropus, commonly known as ‘Nutcracker Man’ who lived about 1.75 millions years ago, was found here. The most important find include Home habilis, Zinjathropus and the Laetoli footprints.

  • The Mountains

    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)

  • Cultural and Heritage Areas

    The Hadzabe are the indigenous inhabitants of the lake. They are found along most of the perimeter, though camps are few along most of the Serengeti, which is Maasai territory. The Datoga inhabit the Yaeda Valley to the southeast, the Isanzu the south, and the Sukuma across the Sibiti River in the southwest. The Lake Eyasi region is unique for the stone age, iron age and modern human cultures coexisting within the same space. It is an often overlooked cultural jewel of East Africa.

Choosing The Accommodation

From Down-To-Earth To Ultra-Luxurious
  • Budget Tenting

    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.

  • Standard Lodge Accommodations

    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 nearly $2000 USD per night. A typical standard lodge would be comparable to a larger chain hotel room in North America or Europe.

  • Luxury Accommodations

    Luxury Accommodation
    Permanent Tented camps
      This type of accommodation in considered one of the most luxurious experiences while on safari.  Tented camps are located within the National Parks and provide guests with spacious canvas tents, furnished with comfortable beds, and often have on-suite bathrooms.  Morning and evening meals are often served in a beautifully appointed mess tent located in the centre of the camp.  In some camps, it is possible to enjoy meals in the privacy of one’s own tent balcony.  This type of safari accommodation provides a comfortable and an exquisite experience right in the African bush.

    Luxury Lodges
    Savour that which is unique and luxurious, for these accommodations are truly magnificent.  Bold yet unassuming, creative and exquisite in architecture and location. Serena Hotels are located in: Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Serena Hotels are well-known, but there are many luxury lodges that include rooms in permanent structures and spacious canvas tents that are the same luxuriously appointed rooms, just with canvas walls. The luxury lodges usually have swimming pools and a variety of services to help your stay really be luxurious. These 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