President trip to Tanzania

Tanzania Adventure

Tanzania Safari Tours

Experience the splendor of Africa on your private guided safathrough the rich landscape of Tanzan

Trip Overview

The Serengeti is every adventurer’s ultimate destination. These legendary plains teem with one of the densest concentrations of wildlife on earth. Equally magnificent is Tarangire National Park, where elephants, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and their predators roam the baobab studded landscape. Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area has been designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The crater is 12 miles wide and is one of the largest calderas in the world and the place to see a black rhino, if you are lucky.

You explore it all with your expert guide helping you to find the most elusive game. You have the privilege of visiting and learning about the Maasai, Iraqw tribesmen, Makonde and Hadzabe people. At night you retire in a variety of lodgings (including tented camps in the Serengeti), where delicious cuisine and first-rate service close each day of adventure.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1        Depart from Home

    Flight from home overnight to Africa/Kilimanjaro or Jomo Kenyata Airport.

Day 2        Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

    Flight from Home to Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha

    Arrive in the evening. Your Trip Leader meets you at the airport and assists with transfer to your lodge.

    Overnight stay at Lush Garden Hotel


Lush Garden Hotel Lush Garden Hotel


Lush Garden Hotel

Day 3        Arusha, Tanzania

    Enjoy breakfast and then an orientation briefing by your Trip Leader.

    Visit Shanga River House, a cooperative where physically challenged Tanzanians are trained to create

traditional jewelry and crafts from local fabrics and recycled materials. Watch artists make beads from recycled glass. Relax during a lunch of traditional Tanzanian specialties served at the River House. Then learn about coffee cultivation as we tour the coffee plantation at Shanga.

Next explore the sights of Arusha on a town tour.

Return to lodge to rest before dinner.

Overnight stay at Lush Garden Hotel


Making Recycled Beads At Shanga Relax At The River House At Shanga
Making recycled beads at Shanga

Relax at the River House at Shanga

Day 4        Arusha National Park

Early morning breakfast and then depart with a box lunch for Arusha National Park. you explore the motane forest area looking for black and white colobus monkeys. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, where herds of buffalo and warthogs can be spotted on the marshy crater floor. Animal life in the park is abundant. You can be fairly certain of sighting zebra, giraffe, warthogs, baboons and a variety of antelope.

After a full day return to the lodge for a rest before dinner.

Overnight stay at Lush Garden Hotel


Ngurdoto Crater 
Ngurdoto Crater

Ngurdoto Crater 

Day 5   Overland to Tarangire National Park/Wildlife Viewing in Tarangire National Park

Early morning breakfast and then depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park. Tarangire offers a diverse geological landscape with nine distinct vegetation zones from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. Tarangire supports diverse wildlife including the largest recorded concentration of breeding bird species in the world. Bulbous baobab trees dot the landscape and the valley of the Tarangire River dominates the entire scene.

You stop for a picnic box lunch before going on an afternoon game drive inside the park.

Large herds of zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest and elephants can be found during the season we are visiting. Eland, lesser Kudu, gazelles, giraffe, waterbuck, impalas and leopards can be seen year round. Tarangire is part of an extended ecosystem where animals roam freely.

After a discovery filled afternoon, we drive to our lodge. You stay for two nights at a permanent tented camp in the midst of the wilderness.

Overnight stay at Maramboi Tented Lodge


Maramboi Tented Lodge Maramboi Tented Lodge

     Maramboi Tented Lodge


Tarangire National Park Tarangire National Park


Tarangire National Park

Day 6         Wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park/Walk at Lake Manyara

After an early morning breakfast, depart for a full day of game viewing in Tranangire. The variety of wildlife is excellent. Watch for elephant, lion, cheetah, and buffalo as you travel. The swamp areas, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. Your Trip Leader has extensive knowledge of the behavior of these great animals and teaches you as you encounter them throughout the day.

Arrive at your camp for a late lunch.

In the afternoon you have a guided walk along the shores of Lake Manyara. Alkaline Lake Manyara hosts thousands of flamingos, as well as a diversity of other birdlife.

Return to our tented lodge for dinner.

Overnight stay at Maramboi Tented Lodge

Lake Manyara National Park Lake Manyara National Park


Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park Lake Manyara National Park

Day 7  Maasai Village Visit/Discover Mto wa Mbu/Arrive Ngorongoro Highlands

After breakfast in camp you have a visit to a Maasai village where you will meet the Maasai and witness some of their long-standing traditions. The Maasai live in villages surrounded by a thorny corral to protect their cattle at night. Cattle are everything to the Maasai; in fact, they believe that they are the true owners of all the cattle in the world.

Next visit the Makunda people who specialize carving ebony wood.

You eat lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

Continue to the village of Mto wa Mbu for a tour. Have the opportunity to see how the people prepare local banana beer. Perhaps enjoy a sample. You also learn about the variety of crops grown in this region including, bananas, sweet potatoes, and rice. Stop at a local market before continuing to your next lodge.

Arrive at our new lodge and have time to relax before dinner.

Overnight Bougainvillea Safari Lodge


Maasai People Maasai People


Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge


Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Day 8         Travel to Serengeti National Park

Early morning breakfast and then depart with your box lunches to travel through the western corridor of Serengeti National Park to our first camp. Experience a game drive en route as you explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti. Wildlife sightings increase steadily throughout the day. Serengeti is from the Maasai word “Siringet” that means “endless plain”.

Arrive at your tented camp in time for dinner. Your walk-in sleeping tents are complete with en-suite facilities. Spend the night listening to the sounds of the animals in the distance.

Overnight Serengeti Kensington Camp

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Kensington Camp
Serengeti Kensington CampSerengeti Kensington Camp


Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Day 9        Serengeti/Drive to Lake Victoria/Game Drive Kirawira Area

Early morning breakfast and then continue to explore the Serengeti. The Serengeti stretches over 5,700 square miles of plains, riverine bush, acacia woodland, and acacia grassland.

Travel to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. Take a closer look at the lake and its inhabitants on a guided canoe tour. Take opportunity to explore a local fishing village and discover more about the rural way of life along the lake. Take pleasure in bird watching from your canoe.

You return to your camp for lunch.

In the afternoon you depart for game viewing around Grumeti River in the Kirawira area, famous for big Nile crocodiles.

You arrive back at camp for a rest before dinner.

In the evening, sit by the campfire and share stories from our day’s adventures while on safari.

Overnight Serengeti Kensington Camp

Lake Victoria Grumeti River
Lake Victoria Grumeti River


Lake Victoria Grumeti River
Lake Victoria Grumeti River


Lake Victoria Grumeti River
Lake Victoria Grumeti River

Lake Victoria Grumeti River

Day 10        Serengeti/Game Drive in Seronera Area

Early morning breakfast and then depart with your box lunches to the Seronera area of the central Serengeti. The large area of savannah and open woodland of the Serengeti is home to the largest herds of grazing animals in the world. The Serengeti predators are counted at 4,000 lion and 1,000 leopards. Continue to view game as you explore this region of the park.

Visit the Serengeti Wildlife Centre. Follow the hoof prints of a wildebeest along the path to learn about the migration and the history of the National Park.

You arrive at our next tented camp before dinner.

Overnight at Kati Kati Camp

Kati Kati Camp
Kati Kati Camp


Kati Kati Camp


Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park


Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Day 11        Serengeti Game Drives

Early morning breakfast and then depart with your box lunch for morning game drive in the central Serengeti. You have the opportunity to stop at the Retima Hippo Pool to watch the hippos cavorting in the murky water.

You will find a nice site to stop and picnic for lunch.     

Visit cave paintings in the Moru kopjes. A short walk up one of the kopjes at Moru leads to a series of Maasai paintings. A shield, elephants and people are painted on the walls in colors that are seen on Maasai shields. Presumably the artists were a band of young Maasai warriors (called il-moran) who wandered for several years before settling down to their pastoral life. A couple hundred feet away from the paintings is gong rock, a large rock that when struck by hand held stones made a “gong sound.” It may have been used as a communication device in the past.

After a full day of game viewing you arrive back at your tented camp before dinner.

Overnight at Kati Kati Camp

Retima Hippo Pool
Retima Hippo Pool


Retima Hippo Pool

Moru Kopjes
Moru Kopjes


Moru Kopjes

Day 12        Depart Serengeti/ Oldupai Gorge/Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning after breakfast you leave the Serengeti and set out for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On your way you stop at Oldupai gorge. Oldupai is a 30 miles long and 295 foot deep ravine that has become one of the best known archaeological sites in Africa. The gorge features exposed deposits of fauna fossils, hominid remains and stone tools. The most famous of the fossils is the 1.8 million year old skull discovered by Mary Leakey in 1959. Visit a small museum and travel down into the gorge with a guide to view fossils. To be so close to where mankind may have begun is an inspiring experience, especially when you see the famous Laetoli footprints, made by early humans some 3.6 million years ago.

You dine on a box lunch along the way.

Continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater. Approximately 3 million years ago Ngorongoro volcano (which was probably the size of Mt. Kilimanjaro) erupted, covering the Serengeti with ash, leaving a large crater in the center of the mountain. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, 172 square miles with a diameter of about 12 miles. The steep crater ridge is more than 1968 feet at its highest point. You descend to the floor of Ngorogoro for game viewing. The crater floor is an earthly paradise and, with about 30,000 animals, one of the most populous wildlife areas in the world. The flat crater floor is mainly open grassland; it is a stronghold of endangered species, including the black rhino and the cheetah. There are no giraffes, topi or impala in the crater, the rocky areas are difficult and there is insufficient grass for large herds of antelope. The main prey animals are wildebeest, zebra and buffalo and the main predators are the lions and spotted hyenas.

You arrive at your next lodge in Karatu in time to relax awhile before dinner.

Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Oldupai Gorge
Oldupai Gorge


Oldupai Gorge

Day 13        Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Empakaai Crater Visit

Early morning breakfast and then depart with a box lunch for Empakaai Crater. The Empakaai Crater is located 25 miles northeast of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the crater rim you have a fantastic view into the craters’ green paradise. The caldera is about 3.7 miles wide and nearly half of its floor is covered by a lake. The lake water is alkaline and the depth is about 280 feet, unusually deep for soda lakes in East Africa. The steep walls of the caldera, clothed in forest, rise in some places to almost 980 feet above the crater floor. The cliffs around the caldera are lushly forested, and home to buffalo, hyena, occasional elephant and an assortment of birds.

We hike down the eastern rim on a well constructed path through the montane forest. The views along the trail are spectacular at every point. Study the thousands of flamingos that line the lake shore. There are often waterbucks and elands at the shore of the lake. It is a joy to walk around the lake shore, experiencing the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot.

Enjoy a box lunch during our travels today.

You arrive back at our lodge in time to relax before dinner.

Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater


Ngorongoro Crater

Empakaai Crater
Empakaai Crater


Empakaai Crater

Day 14        Ngorongoro Highlands/ Karatu Village Visit

Breakfast at your lodge and then you explore the village of Karatu. We may visit the local hospital to see a typical regional facility. Make a visit to the local elementary school and talk with the children and school principal. Browse in a local market. Perhaps enjoy some local banana beer and dancing at a favorite bar in the village. Visit a family of the Iraqw tribe to learn some of their traditions and to see how they live.

Return to your lodge for lunch.

You have leisure time to explore and discover more about the Karatu area.

Dine at our lodge this evening.

Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge


Iraqw Tribe
Iraqw Tribe
Iraqw Tribe


Iraqw Tribe
Iraqw Tribe
Iraqw Tribe


Iraqw Tribe

Day 15        Lake Eyasi /Hadzabe Village Visit

Early morning breakfast at your lodge, then travel about 25 miles, over an hour, southwest to Lake Eyasi. Over 100 years ago when the stronger Masaii tribes moved into the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, the Datoga and other indigenous bushmen living there were pushed south. Many made Lake Eyasi and its surrounding bush and forests their home. The language of the Hadzabe people resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south in the Kalahari. The tribe resisted the forcible settlement policies of Julius Nyere and now most of their children have never seen a doctor or school – the bush provides for all their needs. We have the opportunity to visit with the Hadzabe and see their way of life. They live entirely off the bush and from hunting, generally small antelopes and baboons, although in rainy seasons gazelles and antelopes come down from the Ngorongoro or Serengeti. The string on their lethal bows is made from giraffe tendons and the arrows are coated with a strong poison made from another tree. A few hours spent with the bushmen makes the apparently un-hospitable bush country come to life and to watch them hunt is a unique experience.

You picnic along the way from box lunches.

Return to your lodge for dinner this evening.

Overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Lake Eyasi Hadzabe
Lake Eyasi Hadzabe



Lake Eyasi Hadzabe

Day 16        Drive to Arusha

After breakfast at your lodge begin your trip back to Arusha. You make stops along the way to enjoy interesting discoveries, including The Cultural Center for some shopping. You arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight at Lush Garden Hotel

Day 17        Arusha/Flight back to home

After breakfast at your hotel, you have a day of leisure to do that last adventure around Arusha and to pack for the flight home. Depart for the airport in the late afternoon for an overnight flight to Amsterdam and back to Seattle.

Our Resident Trip Leader

Your professional trip leader and guide, George Killas, will accompany you for the duration of your trip in Tanzania. He is fluent in the languages spoken in Tanzania, as well as in English, Spanish and Italian. He possesses the skills, certification, and experience necessary to enrich our experience in his country. He will be dedicated to supporting you 24 hours a day, as both a leader and a friend.

George’s father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become an engineer but George always had a curiosity for understanding the behavior and habits of wild animals. His ability to interact with a variety of people and his love for the outdoors and the wild animals of Tanzania persuaded him to pursue a career as a trip leader/guide.

George has been a registered guide in Tanzania for 6 years. He is certified in safari/expedition driving and wildlife knowledge. He initially worked with Kudu Safaris as a field guide and trip leader for large groups. He also worked with Leopard Tours and Overseas Adventure Travel. He is currently one of Directors for Straight to Africa Tours and Safaris
. George has impressed past travelers with his patience, kindness, knowledge and expertise. His intimate familiarity with the African wilds makes him a superb guide and host for y

our Tanzanian adventure.


Tour Guide
Tour Guide

$3500.00

What’s Included

Airport Transfers

Baggage handling

Lodging for 15 nights in safari lodges, permanent tented camps and mobile tented camp

Meals: 15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners

Daily explorations and unique cultural activities including:

Game Drives, Nature walks, Maasai Village visit, Makunda woodcarvers, Market tours,

Lake Victoria canoe trip, Iraqw Village visit, Hadzabe Village visit

Services of expert Trip Leader/Guide

Private safari vehicle (Closed sided 4 x4 vehicle with a roof hatch)

Park Fees and Entrance Fees

2 bottles of water per person, per day

What’s Not Included

Round –Trip Airfare (Approximately $1850.00 from Seattle to Killimanjaro, Arusha)

Tips

Visa fees, foreign departure tax

Laundry service

Tipping Guidelines

Trip Leader/Guide: $10 per person per day

Local Guides: $2-5 per person per day

Serengeti Camp Staff: $10 per person per day, to be shared among the staff

Lodge Staff: $5 per person per day. Envelopes and tip boxes are provided at the lodge

Housekeeping staff at hotels: $1-2 per room per night