Recommended safari activities
Activities can be added on to any of the packages or your custom tour. Some the activities can be done as standalone Day Tours. Simply let us know your preferences when completing a booking or information request.
- Arusha waterfall hikes (3-8 hours, depending on trail length) – Located in the foothills of Mount Meru, begin from town and hike up toward the mountain. Leave behind the city sprawl and come to the edge of Arusha National park reserve area, where forests, wildflowers, and cool mountain air stimulate the senses. Descend down a steep ravine to begin an upriver hike to the mouth of the waterfall. Be prepared to get wet!
- Empakai Crater (5-7 hours) – Is a sister crater next to Ngorongoro, where cars are not allowed. Take a walking safari into the crater with a walking guide and a park ranger as wild animals can be close by.
- Karatu waterfalls (2-3 hours) – From town head through the Mwiraq villages to the outside face of the Ngorongoro Crater and hidden waterfalls.
- Lake Natron (1 day) – Hiking to the reflective lake shallows to see flamingos, and afternoon waterfall hike to the all natural ‘washing machine’. Scenery is somehow like being on Mars with Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano, in the background.
- Empakai to Lake Natron (3 days) – Starting from within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, take a hike off the beaten road through the Empakai Crater heading north to arrive at Lake Natron. Camping only, with walking guide and park ranger.
- Mt Meru (3 days) – Hike through the Arusha National Park to reach the peak. See beautiful views of Kilimanjaro on the way to the top of Meru. Camping only, with mountain guide and park ranger.
- Arusha coffee tour (2 hours) – Unknown to many outsiders, Arusha’s speciality is its perfect climate for coffee. As one of the leading areas in East Africa for the production of high quality Arabica beans, take a coffee tour to understand from branch to brew how the perfect cup of coffee is made.
- Arusha cultural and town tour (2-4 hours, flexible) – More than just the safari capital of the world, Arusha’s cultural and political roots run deeply in the city of X million, in transition. As the meeting place of Tanzania’s largest Northern ethnic groups – Masaai, Meru, Chaga – traditions are at an inflection point with the dramatic rise of globalization, and the daily struggle to make it in this world as farmers, hustlers, business people, rap and hip-hop artists, and tour guides.
- Masaai boma (1-2 hours) – Traditional ‘bomas,’ or circular living quarters of the Masaai, continue to house the Masaai way of life as herders, practitioners of polygamy, and traditionalists to the Masaai coming of age ceremonies. Witness for yourself the original Masaai culture preserved in modern life.
- Lake Eyasi (4 hours)- Cultural walking safari with the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes. Is unique experience to go on a walking hunt with one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa.
- Kisongo village walk (1-4 hours, flexible) – On the outskirts of Arusha, Kisongo is the beginning of Masaai lands that is undergoing the spillover effects of urbanization. See the push and pull of Masaai families undergoing transition from a traditional way of life to urban life.
- Karatu village walk (1-4 hours, flexible) – As the last stop before the Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu is the home of the Mwiraq tribe, supposed descendants of Ethiopian peoples. As the long-time guardians of the Crater lands, their agrarian way of life stands in stark contrast to their Masaai herding neighbors.
- Public school visit (1 hour) – Visit the typical Tanzanian public school to experience the learning environment and converse with teachers and students on their challenges and dreams. Public school visits will need to be prearranged in advance, and will depend on regular school schedules and permission from school authorities.
- Lake Duluti (2-4 hours) – A hidden gem of Arusha, Duluti was an ancient crater created from the fiery eruptions of Mt Meru. Natural springs underground filled the crater into a lake. Take a guided boat tour to hear about the geographical history and natural flora.
- Lake Momela (2-4 hours) – Within the Arusha National Park are the tranquil and colourful Momela Lakes. Enjoy a few leisurely hours boating on the lake within the cool shadow of Mt Meru.
- Hot water springs (flexible) – On the outskirts of Moshi town, about a 30 minute drive from the Kilimanjaro Airport, stumble upon a secret enclave with an emerald hot water spring pool. Swim and relax in the naturally heated pools.
- Mto wa Mbu to Lake Manyara (2-4 hours) – Beginning from town, follow your guide on bike past the town homes and through the wooded yellow acacias forest. Lose sight of human development as you come to the expansive lake’s edge.
Into long distance running? Whether an aficionado or a professional, plan your Tanzania travels around two of the biggest East African marathon events happening every year.
- Safari marathon – typically September
- Kilimanjaro marathon – typically February
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