Tanzania safari tours and mount Kilimanjaro

About Tanzania safari tours

Tanzania safari tours are the unparalleled experiences in East Africa. Tanzania is very wild, the massive tourism touches only a small part of this East Africa country. National parks are in different zones, with a Tanzania safari tour you can see the Africa safari top destination.

Tanzania basically information

Denomination: United Republic of Tanzania

Capital city: Dodoma

Largest Town: Dar Es Salaam

National Language: Swahili

Other languages: English

Population estimated: 55 million (2016)

Area: 947.000 km2

Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Drives on the:  Left

Calling code: +255

Neighboring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Ruanda, Burundi, Repubblica Democratica del Congo, Zambia, Malawi e Mozambico.

Did you know?

Tanzania is the fusion of words Tanganyika and Zanzibar. After the independence from British in 1963, the two subjects decide to make a union under the same govern. So, in conclusion, Tanganyika, which was the continental part of the union and Zanzibar archipelago became the United Republic of Tanzania.

Tanzania is a big country, almost a million km2. The central part of Tanzania is characteristic highland while the Northeast is mountains land. The West is the region of great lakes, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and so on wit other dozens of minor lakes.

In the North, between East and West, there is the Mount Kilimanjaro. Especially relevant, with his 5.895 mt is the highest peak of Africa and consequently one of the Seven Summits. The area is Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

The main attractions of Tanzania are the national parks dedicated to the conservation of flora and fauna. In Tanzania, there are Many national parks. Tanzania safari tours are probably the most famous in the African safari.  Is common use to talk about north circuit and south circuit.

The Northern Circuit is considerate the most important in Africa. It includes the parks of Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, and Serengeti plus the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The Southern Circuit includes Gombe, Mikumi, Ruaha, and Katavi National Park. Plus the more famous Selous Game Reserve where is possible even to hunt.

Please considerate the list above not exhaustive, just the more important are listed. In fact, there are dozens of other reserves and someone is even used for trophy hunting. In Tanzania is possible to hunt yet.

Is Tanzania very wild?

Oh yes.. it is, some areas in the south and south-west can be reached in the dry season only. The roads during the wet season are impossible to drive because are absolutely bad. Anyway is possible to go by flight in that remote that places.

Do you think Africa is no more the same of yesterday because of the progress? Try to live in remote and rural areas. You will discover early that even with the phone the local indigenous remain strictly joined at his past. There are some areas not covered by the phone so there is no communication and the life is quite simple then touristic zones.

General suggestions

During Tanzania safari tours if you go on the adventure alone is recommend big attention, some areas are safe others are dangerous. Before to go take all the necessary referral numbers like your Embassy in Tanzania. Another important thing is to pay the fly doctor service, is cheap but the service can do the difference from to die and to survive in some situations.

Check if your country requires vaccinations, that depend on the country from you live and you arrive. For example, if you arrive from Spain directly with international flight nothing is required. If are from Spain but you arrive from Kenya you need the yellow fever vaccine. So check where you come from and from which country you touch before to enter in Tanzania. Again if you are alone and you are in the rural area take info from local about the wild animals presence. Snake are commons, and the kind of snake depends on the place, nobody better than local can tell you about it.

Adventures suggested

The northern circuit, Tanzania safari tours in  Serengeti Ngorongoro Tanrangire Manyara

Tanzania safari tours  Day 1

You will start your Tanzania safari tours with the arrival at the airport in Arusha or Arusha /Kilimanjaro and transfer to Lake Manyara 120 km away.

Accommodation at Camp/Lodge in rooms or tents with private facilities.

Lunch at the lodge and afternoon dedicated to visiting Lake Manyara; return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

Tanzania safari tours Day 2

Transfer after breakfast to Tarangire National Park. Visit the Tarangire park, lunch box during the game drive. after lunch again game drive until late afternoon. Exit from the park and transfer to Karatu for dinner and overnight in a lodge.

Tanzania safari tours Day 3

After breakfast enter in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, cross it and enter in Serengeti National park.

There is the possibility to visit Olduvai Gorge during the trip. Olduvai Gorge is a paleoanthropological interesting site. Anyway, the direction is the Seronera area, it will depend on the Lodge/Camp you choose. Check in at the camp and lunch. After lunch in the afternoon another game drive in Serengeti up evening when you’ll return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Tanzania safari tours Day 4

After breakfast game drive in the park looking for Lions, cheetah, leopards, elephants, rhino and many other wild animals. At lunchtime, you go to the camp for lunch and at the end small resting. in the afternoon start the game drive till evening when you come back to the Camp for dinner and overnight.

Tanzania safari tours Day 5

After breakfast starts for game drive whole day long. Lunch will be with packed lunch on the road. the game drive will be in south direction because we need to exit from Serengeti. In the afternoon, we go out from Serengeti and we go back to the Ngorongoro Conservation area in the rim of the crater. Overnight and dinner in the Lodge/Camp you choose.

Tanzania safari tours Day 6

After breakfast will start the emotional descending to the Ngorongoro crater.  When in the base of the crater start the game drive in this surreal place unique in the earth. Looking for Elephants, lions, zebras, wildebeests, rhino, buffalo, gazelles and in the lake, the seasonal arrive of flamingos. Picknik lunch in the crater and afternoon game drive. Late afternoon exit from the crater end from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and stop in Karatu for dinner and overnight.

Tanzania safari tours Day 7

The program of the last safari day can be modulated in relation to your plans. If you have a flight all depend from the time of the flight. In case the flight is in the afternoon late or evening you can stop on the road to visit maybe a typical village. Or you can go directly to Arusha and have a sightseeing of Arusha.

End of safari.

Suggestions for your Tanzania safari tours

Before to book any safari is a good idea to check all the details included eventually transfers if you need. So when the company chooses will give you the final price you will know is the real total. You will have not surprises during your Tanzania safari tours.

If you need more information don’t hesitate to write an email, our safari experts will be happy to help you, it is free of charge. Contact Us.

For more information about the parks in Tanzania, we recommend to visit the Tanapa official site, is the authority of the Parks

Tanzania safari tours can be even Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Climbing suggestions

Mount Kilimanjaro is quite simple as climbing. technical difficulties are absent or null. But if you think is simple you do a mistake, beyond 3000 mt altitudes is starting the risk of AMS o acute mountain sickness. All will depend on your body and the acclimatization you have during the climbing.  Is easy to understand more time you employ to go up more probability you have to reach the summit. Unfortunately, this has a cost, more days more money. Mount Kilimanjaro ascending you’ll do one time in your life, so is better you take the better chance, sometimes is better to wait one year and go using the route with the better chance of success for you.

We publish a program with one of the highest probability of success.

Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is an unspoiled, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. It can either be used to gain the Western Breach route or followed by the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 1

Lemosho Route

Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport / Moshi You are met at the Airport or in Arusha City, drive to Moshi. Overnight: Hotel in Moshi

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 2

Lemosho Route

Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m) Hiking time: 3h Habitat: Montane forest
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Moshi (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes).

You will have a lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours). Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite. Overnight: Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 3

Lemosho Route

Mt Mkubwa camp (2750m) – Shira 2 camp. (3840m) Hiking time: 6.5h Habitat: Moorland
You rise early at Mti Mkubwa camp and, after breakfast, you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m).

By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Overnight: Shira Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 4

Lemosho Route

Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco camp (3950m) Hiking time: 7h Distance: Approximately 15 km Habitat: Semi-desert
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far.

It is normally at this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch, you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. Overnight: Barranco Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 5

Lemosho Route

Barranco camp (3950m) – Barafu camp (4550m) Hiking time: 7h Distance: Approximately 13kms Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up to the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.

The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.

The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep. Overnight: Barafu Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 6

Lemosho Route

Barafu camp (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m) Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka Distance: Approximately 7 km ascent. 23 km descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

For many climbers, the 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared as well as drinking water.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 7

Lemosho Route

Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m) Hiking time: 3h Distance: Approximately 15 km Habitat: Forest

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Visit the tips page for more info. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.

Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village, you will have a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight: Hotel in Moshi.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day 8

Lemosho Route

Moshi /Arusha City or Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight or to Arusha to follow your Tanzania safari tours.

Are you not expert of climbing and hight quote? Don’t worry, our climbing experts can help you to understand how to prepare the adventure, choose the better route for you, and any other information you need.  Contact us now

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