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2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

1. 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 National Park: Private Jeep Tour

2. 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.

Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

3. 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: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

4. 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.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

5. 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.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

6. Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

Depart from Arusha at 7.30 AM and drive to Moshi region for breakfast (at your own cost). Proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park which is home to the highest peak of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is the top roof of Africa, reaching 5895 meters above sea level. It is a world heritage site and its outstanding features reach into 3 major volcanic centers: Shira in the West, Mawenzi in the East, and Kibo in the center (the snow-capped peak).  Check in at the gate and embark on your guided hike through the forest. Experience the landscape, unique native vegetation, and local wildlife including monkeys and different species of birds. In addition to this, the forest contains elephant, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, the endangered Abbott’s dicker, some small antelope, primates, rodents and much more. Depending on your fitness level, arrive at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch after 3-4 hours of walking. After taking lunch, continue on to the Maundi Crater to witness incredible panoramas. Finally, hike back down for 2 hours to Marangu Gate where the van will be waiting for you to return you back to your accommodation in the evening. 

Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

7. 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 at Sopa Lodge (or an equivalent lodge). 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.

From Arusha: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Hike

8. From Arusha: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Hike

Be picked up in Arusha at 7.30 AM and driven to the Moshi region, where you will enjoy breakfast, before proceeding to Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro, you’ll check-in at the gate and begin your walk through the Mount Kilimanjaro forest. As you hike through the forest, you will see the unique landscape and vegetation of the region. Along the way, you might even spot monkeys and a wide variety of birds. The Mount Kilimanjaro forest is home to elephants, leopards, buffalo, antelope, primates, and the endangered Abbott’s dicker, just to name a few. Depending on your fitness level, you will walk for 3- to 4-hours before arriving at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch. After lunch, it’s back on the hiking trail as you head to the Maundi Crater. Afterward, hike for approximately 2-hours to Marangu gate. At Marangu Gate, your van will be waiting for you, and you’ll start the drive back to Arusha.

Arusha: Ngorongoro Crater Day Tour

9. Arusha: Ngorongoro Crater Day Tour

Explore the Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, known as 'Africa’s Garden of Eden’. Discover a variety of African wildlife on a safari. Go on a three-hour journey to see the stunning Ngorongoro with an early morning departure from your hotel in Arusha City. Be accompanied by a Migration Venture Africa driver/guide who will share knowledge and stories with you throughout the day. Have a picnic lunchbox while taking in the beautiful surroundings. After a wonderful day enjoying the spectacular sights and sounds of this truly special place, leave Ngorongoro and arrive back at your hotel in Arusha.

Arusha: Arusha National Park Day Tour

10. Arusha: Arusha National Park Day Tour

You will be picked up from your accommodation early in the morning to be at the gates of Arusha National Park by around 10:00AM. The drive to the park is short, and coffee plantations and small towns with their busy daily lives will keep you entertained for the 50-minute journey. Following your journey, you will turn off onto a gravel road and begin your ascent towards the park's gate. Once having arrived, an armed ranger will join your before your set out across the open plains for a leisurely morning walking safari in the shadows of Mt. Meru. Heading up the route of Mt. Meru will provide you with an interesting perspective on viewing wildlife, as well as provide you with great views of the park below. Once back down at the gate you will drive the short distance to the Momella lakes for a picnic lunch. Here, you can take enjoy a (optional) canoeing safari on the lake, or can continue with some afternoon game drives through the park at a relaxed pace. In the late afternoon, you’ll leave the park to head back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Arusha

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 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.

Julius our tour guide is the best choice. But donnot forget about Amidi, who is the best cook far away in Serengeti. Each day was a great adventure in the Land Rover with Julius behind the wheel.

Mega cool safari !! Well worth it, good cook, good driver, saw all the animals we wanted to see! Definitely recommended!