Our Safari Destinations

Have you always dreamed of seeing Africa and all it has to offer? Then you are in the right place! Tanzania Outdoor Adventures is a small, boutique outfitter specializing in customized African safaris, and we provide experiences large commercial companies cannot deliver. We will assemble a safari just for you, based on what you want to see, how much time you have, and of course your budget. We can go from rustic to luxurious. All itineraries are created specifically for you, based on your preferences and budget. From the moment you arrive you will be in great hands.  Our driver guides will collect you at your hotel and you will be off to the safari adventure of a lifetime. Here are a few of our favorite destinations:

Each trip can be customized to meet your time and budget but here is a sample to give you an idea of the most popular routes

Day 1  Arrival Arusha, Tanzania

Upon your arrival to Kilimanjaro international airport and after the immigration formalities, you will be met by your guide and transported to your hotel for the evening. Your driver guide will pick you up at your hotel to start your safari adventure. 

Meals & Accommodations: Mountain Village Serena Lodge

Day 2 Arusha National Park

Visit Arusha National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch. Lying between the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Arusha National Park is an outstandingly beautiful area. The lush vegetation and the magnificent views of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro and the looming Mount Meru provide the perfect backdrop for a day of adventure and exploration.  The park has a wide range of habitats, from a string of crater lakes home to a variety of water birds, to a highland montane forest and up to the imposing summit of Mount Meru. The forests contain a wealth of birds and other animals, like the beautiful bushbuck, Red duiker, or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches. The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and cliff face leading to the summit of Mount Meru. Guests will be accompanied by an armed ranger.

Meals & Accommodations: Mountain Village Serena Lodge

 Day 3 Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, we will drive to Tarangire National Park in time for lunch at the Tarangire Safari Tented Lodge.

After lunch, we will go on a game drive into this fifth largest national park in Tanzania which covers an area of 2,600 sq. km and was established in 1970.

Meals & Accommodations: Tarangire safari tented lodge

Day 4&5 Tarangire National Park

The numerous baobab trees will initially catch your eye as will the many elephants! The Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures the herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters during the dry season.

The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared oryx. Tarangire is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed.

Meals & Accommodations: Tarangire Safari Tented Lodge

Day 6   Tarangire Arusha– Ngorongoro

Today we take you to the Ngorongoro Crater. Travelling via towns such as Mto wa Mbu and Karatu we will have the chance to see the Maasai and Irawq villages on the way before stopping for a hot lunch at Gibbs Farm. Originally built in 1929, the historic farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished and offers a welcome refuge after a long day’s adventures on safari.  The main farmhouse features a charming living room, two dining rooms, outside veranda’s, a gazebo and gift boutique. Relax in one of the nooks and crannies with a cup of tea, enjoy the original artwork or sip wine by one of the roaring fires to unwind. Just outside the farmhouse, experience tranquillity as you recline on the spacious patio surrounded by lush, soothing gardens and sweeping views of the valley.   After, we will head to the rim of the Crater to check in at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

The crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals and grazers dominate with zebra and wildebeest accounting for almost half the animals, followed by gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the densest population of large predators, mainly lion – about 60 – and more than 400 spotted hyenas, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest. An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater.

Meals & Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Day 7    Full day in Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning we will drive down in the crater floor to explore the area looking for cats as well as the RARE Black Rhino,Enjoy a picnic breakfast and lunch.

After lunch, we will either continue with game viewing or drive back to the lodge.

Meals & Accommodations: Ndutu Safari lodge                         

Day 8    Ngorongoro / Southern Serengeti

Rise and shine! After a leisure breakfast proceed to the southern plains of the Serengeti and visit a Maasai village and interact directly with these nomadic herdsmen. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.

Meals & Accommodations: Ndutu Safari Lodge                                      

Day 9 Return to Arusha for flight home

 
 
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Ngorongoro Crater

Often described as the "Eden of Africa", Ngorongoro Crater is the most unique caldera in the world. The crater was formed when the volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. The crater is 2000 feet deep (610 meters) and the crater floor is 100 square miles (260 square km)in area. The crater is home to approximately 25,000 large animals, including the black rhinoceros and has one of the densest known lion population in Africa.

 
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Serengeti national park

Serengeti National Park is famous for the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The park is known for its unsurpassed scenery and magnificent wildlife - including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe and hyenas, along with the wildebeest and zebra, For the bird watcher, the park is home to over five hundred species of birds.

 
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Mara River

The Mara River passes through the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and then into the Serengeti in Tanzania. The river is famous for it's wildlife crossings - the great migration crosses the river twice in it's annual trek. Watching the herds of wildebeest and zebras challenging the current and the hungry giant crocodiles is one of the most amazing sights in the world.

 

Gorilla Trek - Virunga Mountains Rwanda

Embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Tracking the gorillas through the mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching these exceptional animals. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth. You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first.

 
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climb mount kilimanjaro

Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, rising 16,000 feet (4900 meters) from it's base to 19,341 feet (5895 meters) at the summit. Our partners at Kili-Treks can show you the wonders of this mountain. We can accommodate groups of any size and will tailor a trek to meet your specific desires. This adventure can be combined with a customized safari.

 
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arusha national park

Arusha National Park encompasses the ash cone of Mount Meru, the second highest peak in Tanzania (after Mount Kilimanjaro) and the surrounding areas. Despite the smaller size of the park, it is very dense with wildlife, including giraffes, flamingos, elephants, baboons and the spectacular black-and-white colobus monkey.

 
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tarangire national park

The name of Tarangire National Park originates from the Tarangire River, which crosses the park, and is the primary source of fresh water for wildlife during the dry season. The park is especially famous for its large elephant populations but visitors will also see plentiful waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala and African predators.  The park is also home to the famous and picturesque baobab tree.

 

Masai Villages and Culture

Our founder, Jombi, is a Maasai Warrior, born and raised in Tanzania.  As part of your safari, you can experience the Masai culture up close and personal, with a visit to a Maasai village that is off the beaten tourist track. You can meet the villagers and they open their home to their new friends.