The Ultimate Itinerary and Tour


We are all conversant in the time period “once-in-a-lifetime’. Right? It is reserved for these epic bucket checklist experiences that you simply really feel so lucky to have even as soon as throughout your life, you can’t even think about being blessed sufficient to have the ability to do it a second time. An African safari in Tanzania is a type of experiences—and I used to be blessed twice.

The Shadows of Africa crew took me on two unforgettable excursions, on two comparable but nonetheless very distinctive itineraries. From touchdown at Kilimanjaro airport to looking for rhinos in Ngorongoro crater to collaborating within the Maasai’s conventional leaping dance, being on safari in Tanzania might be surreal whichever stops and experiences you select. But, right here’s my final itinerary for a visit you’ll always remember too.

African Safari in Tanzania: The Ultimate Adventure Itinerary and Tour

African Safari in Tanzania: The Ultimate Adventure Itinerary and Tour

About Shadows of Africa

My first time on safari in Tanzania was with Shadows of Africa, and it was insanely AMAZING. So, why would I’m going with anybody else the second time round? I wouldn’t. Shadows of Africa has many years’ value of expertise in designing and executing the last word safaris and excursions. They are a well-rated company which focuses on tailoring a safari to fulfill your needs and funds. Plus, they’ve even been honored with Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, proving that they’re good at what they do.

Their tour choices are various, enjoyable and genuine—there’s one thing for everybody. The corporations adventures aren’t restricted to only Tanzania both, they provide excursions and safaris in additional than ten different locations (how a couple of journey by Rwanda, Kenya or Ethiopia?).

Booking: As all of their journeys will be personalized to fulfill your wants, you can begin reserving your Tanzania safari or different holidays with them by trying out their itineraries on their web site then sending them a free enquiry by their website for any questions or customizations.

Olerai Lodge 

Olerai Lodge is conveniently situated haven about an hour from Kilimanjaro Airport and quarter-hour from Arusha airport for these home flights. After 32-hours of journey time (hopefully your journey might be shorter!) it was the right place to spend the night time after touchdown (and once more earlier than the departing). The lodge, which was opened in 2019, isn’t just a snug place to relaxation your head, it’s lovely too. Originally a house, it nonetheless has that cozy really feel, and the African affect decor solely provides to that—suppose darkish masks hanging on the partitions, beaded chandeliers and chunky Dhow wooden furnishings.

The massive rooms have all the trendy facilities with toasty scorching showers, comfy mosquito-netted beds and recent consuming water at all times out there. Just ensure to maintain the entrance door closed or else the morning monkey guests could discover their method inside!

The meals served on the lodge have been additionally top-notch. One night there was a tomato, cheese and balsamic discount appetizer that I devoured (and I don’t even like tomatoes!). Tender rooster with rosemary cream sauce served with garlic potatoes was the principle course and there was a caramel cream for dessert. A good way to begin our safari! {Book Here}

Nanja Market

There’s at all times one thing attention-grabbing alongside the roads of Tanzania to interrupt up the drive between parks, and hitting up an area market is one among them. There are fairly a number of to select from, however Nanja Market is in Arusha each Monday, and is a pleasant little cease in your solution to Tarangire National Park. So, should you time your Tanzania safari proper you possibly can go to it.

If it’s something like my stopover, inexperienced bananas might be plentiful, plenty of greens might be displayed, the butcher might be hanging his meat inside a shed and rows Maasai sneakers constituted of outdated tires will line the dust floor. It’s simply one other fascinating peak into the Tanzanian tradition.

Tanzania market

Tarangire National Park

From Olerai Lodge, it was a couple of 2-hour drive to the gates of our first sport drive vacation spot. Tarangire is a 1,096 sq. mile National Park full of an ample mishmash of animals, together with 550 species of birds. But, what it’s best recognized for is having Tanzania’s largest inhabitants of African elephants. Besides seeing these light giants of their pure habitat, additionally, you will see proof of  them within the large trunked Baobab timber. Many of those timber have massive holes within the trunk as a result of the elephants wish to eat the comfortable bark.

We didn’t have to attend lengthy after coming into the park to see the very first animal, an Impala. And dozens of others adopted; wildebeest, wart hogs, elephants, baboons, and many others. One of my favourite sights of the day have been the giraffes (and the mongoose, and the warthogs, and the lions—okay I appreciated all of them!)


Tarangire National Park has a delegated lunch spot for folks on an African safari. It’s a spot with a view and the place the monkeys hang around ready for unintentional droppings, or if you’re not cautious they may simply swipe one thing proper out of your plate!

You hear lots in regards to the “boxes lunches” on safari, however Shadows of Africa takes this meal up a notch by offering a scorching lunch (not only a sandwich and bag of chips). On our day within the park, this lunch was a creamy pumpkin soup, curried rooster with white rice, pasta and an choice for a glass of wine (you can think about how completely satisfied I used to be about that!).

Ang’ata Tented Camp

We continued on our sport drive for about eight hours (it seems like a very long time, however imagine me, it flew by!) then we have been taken to Ang’ata Tented Camp that’s proper in the midst of the park. I really needed to be escorted to and from my room in case any wildlife was hanging round!

I’m the primary to confess that I’m not a camper, however glamping (fancy tenting) I can do! My tent had three beds (I slept on the beautiful animal print one), a bathroom, sink and a bathe. Plus, there was sufficient electrical energy to maintain a pair lamps on in case you’re frightened of the darkish.

A pair hundred ft away from my tent, there was one massive gathering tent for wifi, main tools charging, drinks and meals. And you’d be stunned what they will do within the kitchen! On my night there, dinner was butternut squash soup, beef stew and mango with avocado mousse. Yum!

Alternative Safari Lodge: Osupuko Lodge

Osupuko Lodge is a paradise that overlooks Tarangire National Park, and the place I stayed on my first safari. The luxurious rooms are totally outfitted, with a surprising view of Tarangire, and a chance of an elephant to greet you at your door. The Maasai workers appeared to at all times be prepared to assist—strolling every customer to and from their rooms, transporting the baggage, and appearing as safety within the night. You might be in lion and hyena land in spite of everything!

Many of the scrumptious meals at Osupuko’s out of doors restaurant are accompanied by a welcome dance present that includes the Maasai who carried out their conventional dance which featured neck rings, chanting and a bouncing movement.

The resort is run on a generator, so there was no electrical energy after ten, however you received’t thoughts in any respect as a result of one of the best time is within the peaceable night time listening to the animal calls.

hotel rooms on safari in Tanzania

Back to Tarangire National Park

Since the Tarangire park cross lasts 24-hours and never desirous to waste any of our valuable time, we awoke early and did a brief morning drive by the land. It proved to be fruitful—the very first thing we noticed was a lion simply hanging out about 20 ft from us! There have been additionally dozens of elephants, they have been nearly as widespread as temples in Thailand.

Though essentially the most intriguing present on our return to the park was the hyena and vultures preventing over the carcass of a Cape buffalo. The vultures received.

giraffe on safari in tanzania

From Tarangire National Park we headed in the direction of Lake Maynara for the night, which usually is a couple of 3-hour drive straight by, however we broke it up with a number of enjoyable and attention-grabbing stops.

Marango “B” Bar 

You’ll see loads of small Tanzanian bars alongside the route, and you must cease at one for a drink. We popped into Marango “B” Bar the place the drink decisions have been a few native beers, Coke or Fanta. It was additionally a spot the place cows or goats is likely to be sharing an out of doors desk with you.

The music was blaring once we arrived, which added to the native vibe. Our bartender mentioned that it needed to be loud or else no clients will come.

Ol Mesera School 

One of my favourite issues to do in Africa is to go to with the kids. I can’t get sufficient of their smiling faces! Our safari itinerary made a cease at Ol Mesera School, which is among the Maasai faculties that Shadows of Africa sponsors. What does that imply? It signifies that they’re devoted to offering the kids with further instruments, provides and sources wanted.

The kids don’t see too many outsiders, so once we arrived they have been excited (so was I!). They crowded the home windows and spilled out of the doorways attempting to get a peek on the foreigners. They slowly warmed up, joking and laughing, and surrounding me to get a selfie sporting my sun shades.

On our go to we spent a bit of time in every classroom to see what was be studied, and I even realized some Swahili!

Kids in school in Tanzania

Ol Mesera Maasai Village

Living in northern Tanzania and Kenya, the Maasai are recognized to stay a semi-nomadic life-style, usually taking residence close to nationwide sport parks. Their traditions, customs and garments have made them internationally recognized.

There are loads of Maasai villages in Tanzania, you’ll usually see their grass and adobe huts in the midst of sparse fields. If that doesn’t give it away, then their vibrant crimson and blue wardrobe will. We visited the Ol Mesera Maasai village, a spot the place most of the faculty kids we had simply visited known as house.

smiling kids in Tanzania

In this tribe there was one chief (who has since handed away). He had 8 wives, and a whopping 50 kids! We have been greeted by the chief’s sons and welcomed us into the inside circle of their residing quarters, which consisted of about eight small huts. There was one for every spouse and their kids, plus one for the husband who alternated which lady stays with him every night. Not solely was their polygamist life-style attention-grabbing, however so was their farming capabilities, minimalist residing and tradition.

After a tour of the small village the entire tribe gathered round. We have been instantly welcomed by the residents with a energetic dance, which consisted of chanting together with the boys leaping excessive and the ladies performing in a rhythmic bouncing movement. I used to be introduced into the middle of the group to take part into this custom. There was plenty of singing, dancing and laughing (largely the Massai laughing at my lack of dance expertise!).

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

From the nice and cozy Maasai welcome to the infinity pool to the beautiful views over Lake Manyara, Kilimamoja Lodge is one thing particular. The major lodge actually appears to be like like a film set with its excessive ceilings, zebra patterned couches and crystal chandeliers.

My fairly bungalow room was pure luxurious. It boasted three showers (one among them was outdoor!), a clawfoot tub, cozy mattress and the right patio for watching the sundown over the Rift Valley. My solely remorse is that I used to be not there lengthy sufficient to completely take pleasure in! So, undoubtedly save your self some additional time.

Ngorongoro Crater 

Ngorongoro Crater (aka: Ngorongoro Conservation Area) is the place I grew to become hooked on wild animal selfies. I simply couldn’t imagine how shut they got here to our jeep! In the caldera you’ve gotten an opportunity to identify all of the Big Five, in addition to marvel on the sight of flamingoes by the Lake Magadi. In basic, there are over 120 mammal species will be discovered within the space. The spotlight nonetheless, are the 20 to 30 black rhinos, an endangered species. On my first Tanzanian safari I didn’t see any of those elusive animals, and on the second I noticed 3!

Wildebeest on Safari

Ziwani Lodge 

It’s fairly loopy how one can be on an African safari in the midst of nowhere after which there’s an attractive lodge that additionally pops up in the midst of nowhere! That’s just about what occurs each night time whereas on safari with Shadows of Africa, and a keep at Ziwani Lodge was no totally different. The safari lodge was a complicated oasis on the shores of Tanzania’s Lake Eyasi, and overlooking the Swift Valley. There are 7 cottages that each one seem like little castles and are adorned with a Moroccan affect.

Not solely is it lovely, it’s also environmentally aware. The eco-lodge is run solely by photo voltaic and wind energy, plus it’s 100% plastic free. Even the utensils for picnics are made from sugar cane.

Lake Eyasi Hadzabe Bushmen

One of essentially the most fascinating stops on safari was a go to to the Lake Eyasi Hadzabe bushmen. The Hadzabe, consisting of practically 2,000 people, stay in huts close to Lake Eyasi and proceed to stay dedicated to their rugged hunter-gatherer life-style origins. Each day begins with the boys getting collectively to debate the place to hunt and the ladies figuring out the place to assemble.

It is feasible to get a glimpse of how the tribe’s day by day life is lived, however be ready. While it’s tremendously intriguing, their life-style can also rush a wave of tradition shock by you. When we arrived for our go to the males had simply speared a baboon that they have been cooking for breakfast. We watched as they dissected the animal, placing every half on the grill after which providing us a style. I kindly declined.

Though this monkey was the meal on this specific morning, their eating regimen consists of virtually any animal that may be hunted with a bow and arrow. Some of the boys within the group really tried to show me easy methods to use the weapon, one thing they expertly shoot day-after-day to hunt for his or her meals. It wasn’t a straightforward job—I couldn’t even hit the tree stump goal!

While the boys have been cooking, the ladies sat 100 ft away beading jewellery and making tiny material dolls. They had a small number of items on the market, and I selected two of the little dolls that now sit on my workplace desk at house.

Datoga Tribe 

After the Hadzabe go to we make a fast cease to a small Datoga village. The ladies greeted us of their fairly rust coloured attire that had a rainbow of beads flowing down the again, indicating they have been married. The group are farmers, however are also called “the blacksmith” folks, and for good cause. Using just a few warmth, a mildew and an historic method they will flip hunks of steel into lovely bangles. The ladies put on these copper and bronze bracelets as safety towards evil.

On our go to, we have been invited inside one among their wooden and dirt huts to see how they lived. There have been two very sparse dirt-floored rooms. In one was a make-shift kitchen and a mattress made from sticks. In the opposite have been a number of lengthy benches and a office the place two stones may flip grains of dried corn right into a finer flour.

After this village go to, we headed again to the Olerai Lodge in Arusha. This was an excellent place to catch some relaxation earlier than heading to the Arusha airport for the hour flight to Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

Over 90,000 vacationers go to Serengeti National Park and there’s no doubt why; it’s beautiful with its seemingly countless dusty plains which are noticed with wildlife. Tanzania’s oldest and hottest nationwide park is a spot that simply earns a spot on many individuals’s bucket checklist. It will not be solely an UNESCO world heritage website, but additionally house to one among nature’s grandest spectacles—the biggest migration of mammals on the planet. The annual wildebeest migration is when greater than 1,000,000 land animals stomp the dry-grass plains in the hunt for greener pastures. The wildebeest don’t journey alone; a whole lot of hundreds of Thompson’s gazelle and zebras be part of them on this trek, plunging by crocodile-infested waters of their effort to flee demise from starvation, thirst, and predators.

Besides the migration, the 5,695 sq. miles of Serengeti is blessed with an abundance of animals, plus you possibly can pay a go to to the hippo pool the place a number of dozen are clustered collectively sloshing about. And that is the place we not solely noticed our first hyena on my first journey, but additionally noticed the biggest flying hen on this planet, the Kori Bustard.

Serengeti national park entrance

Osupuko Camp

After spending an extended day with cheetahs, gazelles and lions we headed to our Shadows of Africa lodging for the night time, Osupuko Camp, tented tenting at its most interesting. This is a cell campsite the place the wild animals are residents too. I usually don’t take pleasure in tenting, it simply looks like an excessive amount of work. But, this was totally different. Staff ready all of the meals, arrange the campsite and cleaned your residing quarters. And my tent had a flushing bathroom.

glamping tent in serengeti

Going on a safari in Tanzania is each bit as unimaginable as they are saying it’s, however what makes it even higher is selecting the best tour firm and placing one of the best locations to cease in your itinerary.

Essential Tips for a Safari in Tanzania, Africa

Getting There: The Kilimanjaro International Airport, is a serious airport in Northern
Tanzania that serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi, and most airways will fly into it. You can
simply examine for one of the best fare fare offers at Skyscanner, which additionally has the choice to decide on
‘cheapest month’ because the departure to search out the bottom priced dates to fly to your
vacation spot. The best solution to get from the airport to town heart is by taking a taxi. The
experience will take roughly 45 minutes and prices $50 (USD). However, many airways run a
shuttle service which ranges from free to $10 (USD). Keep in thoughts that if you’re beginning your safari upon arrival then the tour firm will decide you up on the airport.

Where to Stay in your African Safari in Tanzania: If you’re searching for a resort in Arusha that gives an airport shuttle service, the Olerai Lodge is a good alternative. To add an expensive tenting expertise to your African safari, try the Ang’ata Tented Camp. For a resort with a bit of extra extravagance, guide a room on the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge in Mto wa Mbu. If you’re searching for one thing off the crushed path, try the Ziwani Lodge at Lake Eyasi. Or search some nice offers on accommodations of your alternative at If you’re searching for extra of a house environment (or are touring with a gaggle of individuals), head over to Airbnb that has homes, flats and even only a room for lease in each value vary.

Insurance: It’s at all times a good suggestion to journey totally insured so you’re protected in case of journey cancellations or medical emergencies. You can try pricing at Travelex Insurance.

Safari Tips:

  • Bring bathroom paper, 50% of the time you will want it.
  • Big breasted women, in contrast to me, put on a sports activities bra. The roads are past bumpy and your ladies might be bouncing uncontrollably.
  • Photographers, don’t neglect to deliver your longest zoom lens. Many good finds, particularly the birds, are from afar.
  • Layer your clothes, the climate can fluctuate relying on the park and time of day.
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