Rich with an abundant game packed National Parks and home to highest African Mountain, with some of the most spectacular beaches on the Earth, Tanzania is a dream destination for all dreaming of an African Adventure. Tanzania has so much to offer that cannot be explored during a single tour. Yet with so many easily accessible areas from the North of Tanzania, you can gain a broad range of experiences to discover what this exciting country has to offer.
Ngorongoro Crater: One of the most magnificent National Parks in Tanzania that is known for its grand scenic beauty and density of wildlife, Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera in which creates a thousand miles of fertile lands to support millions of herbivorous and an abundance of predators.
Arusha National Park: Easily reached within a short drive from Arusha and Moshi, which are often the starting points to Northern Circuit Safaris. In Arusha NP you can enjoy walking and canoe safaris with the possibility of viewing a variety of wildlife. Despite being less densely populated with animals compared to some neighbouring national parks, Arusha National Park has one of the most famous backdrops in the country – Mount Kilimanjaro. Home to the world’s largest population of giraffes, it is a great day trip to kick off or end an amazing adventure in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park: In the Northern circuit of Tanzania, just a short 2-hour drive from Arusha town, Tarangire is famous for its spectacular elephant migration and abundance of birdlife. Tarangire offers you a close view of the animals and to experience the African bush due to its density of wildlife, giant Baobab trees and changing landscapes, for those in a hurry, or who want to add it to a trip of a lifetime – don’t miss this magical safari experience.
Marangu Day Trip: Marangu is considered to be the oldest route on Kilimanjaro popular with hikers. Experience the iconic mountain’s foothills by taking a trip to its waterfalls and take in local farming life by visiting coffee and banana plantations. This well-rounded trip provides you with a wealth of natural landscape and culture to take in.
Mount Meru Waterfalls: Find your way through a number of small agricultural villages with lush landscapes, purchase products sold by locals that include coffee, maize, bananas and other types of fruits and vegetables. Take in the vast beauty of Mount Meru Waterfalls creating everlasting memories.
Lake Duluti: A perfect add on for those visiting Arusha National Park, or simply with spare time in Arusha. Situated close to Mount Meru, the lake is a fantastic place for those interested in bird watching and looking for a relaxing walk through the lakeside forest. Take in the hour-long walk around the lake or explore the water on with a calming canoe ride.
Day Trips Overview
ARUSHA DAY TRIP
8 am departure from Arusha city center to Arusha National Park. The 137 square kilometer park offers multiple terrains including open savannahs, Acacia Scrublands, Afromontane clouds, rain forests and Afro-Alpine vegetation similar to that of Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition, there are several alkaline lakes as well as the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater. The mammal species include: elephants, buffalo, various primates, giraffes and leopards. Hiking is allowed (if accompanied by an armed guard) and the climb up Mount Meru is superb, often giving the best available views of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 4556 meters, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa and is also situated in the heart of Arusha National Park. Lunch will be served at a picnic site in the park and the tour will end in Arusha city-center around 5 pm.
NGORONGORO CRATER DAY TRIP
Depart from Arusha with picnic lunches and head for a tour of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area and descend 600 meters into the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. If that is not impressive enough it is one of the only places where you can spot the big 5 in one day (if you are lucky!). Other animals found here include: Zebras, Warthogs, Wildebeests, Hyenas, Jackals, Cheetahs, Elands, Gazelles and Hippos. Additionally, there is an abundant array of birdlife including: Pelicans, Flamingos, Crowned Cranes, Fire Finches and Kori Bustard Geese. In the late afternoon, after enjoying the crater tour, you will ascend the crater walls and drive back to Arusha for dinner and an overnight at your hotel.
TARANGIRE DAY TRIP
Tarangire is one of the most famous National Parks in the northern circuit of Tanzania, offering a wealth of wildlife and unique flora and fauna all within easy proximity to Arusha and Kilimanjaro airport. The park is surprisingly large, providing superb game viewing and a must-see for its elephant migration, birding and authentic safari atmosphere. During the dry season high concentrations of animals can be seen on the riverbeds, offering a spectacular scene.You can find a range of large mammals such as the zebra, buffalo, and gazelle, mingling with rare species such as eland and Oryx, all within reach of waiting predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas. Python can be seen climbing into the shade of the trees that line Tarangire’s massive southern swamps and hang like giant malignant fruit, coiled neatly over the branches into a perfect sphere. Tarangire comes under the Serengeti eco-system with a vast array of baobab trees, flowing river and feisty young bulls and tiny, stumbling calves are ever present to fascinate visitors with their will, intelligence and majesty. The best time to visit Tarangire for wildlife viewing and walking safaris is the dry season, from June to October.
MARANGU DAY TRIP
Enjoy breakfast and then drive to Marangu village for walking tour of the waterfalls located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then, tour the local coffee and banana plantations. The most interesting aspect of the trip is the tour of the Chagga caves which were used by indigenous Tanzanian tribes to protect themselves from Maasai warriors looking for food, water and cattle during dry season. In the afternoon, enjoy African cuisine in a local restaurant. In the evening, drive back to Arusha for dinner and an overnight.
MOUNT MERU WATERFALL DAY TRIP
After breakfast, your guide will arrive at your hotel and transport you to a walking safari of the Sapuk Waterfalls. The waterfalls are located under the slope of the second highest mountain in Tanzania, Mount Meru. This day trip tour will take you through banana and coffee plantations and will also give you the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of the local people who live on the mountain. Your experienced guide will be there every step of the way to provide details about the local culture. After enjoying the beautiful surroundings, your guide will then provide a lunch box for you before beginning your journey back to Arusha.
LAKE DULUTI DAY TRIP
Conveniently located close to Arusha town, perfect for those with spare time before catching a flight. Your day will involve a leisurely breakfast before driving to Lake Duluti . Enjoy canoeing with your local guide taking in the beautiful landscape, vegetation and surroundings. The lake offers spectacular views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you can bird watch while eating a picnic lunch. In the evening, drive to Boma Ng’ombe for dinner and an overnight.
KIKULETWA HOT SPRING DAY TOUR
Kikuletwa Hot Spring Day Trip features hot springs enveloped by fig trees, in an area covered with precious stones all in the midst of a semi-dry scene. Here you may find an assortment of striking birdlife amongst an abundance of vegetation, and neighbouring indigenous families. The ride to the hot springs takes around an hour, as you enjoy the views of dried conduit beds, baobab and acacia trees.The Hot Springs Of Kikuletwa which also bears the name of Chemka Hot Springs are close to the town of Rundugai and is among the most excellent places to relax after a Tanzania Safari. Surrounding the hot springs you will likely see blue monkeys playing cheerfully in the branches, the water isn’t as hot as the name suggests, as it is supported by the ice sheets of Kilimanjaro, however the water is warm and inviting, exhibiting shades of blues and emeralds, creating a jungle scene from the low hanging trees. Enjoy your day plunging in and out of the springs, lazing in the sun, snoozing, or conversing with locals and fellow travellers at the little bar – you choose the course of this day. Enjoy a delicious lunch, before returning to Moshi before sunset.
MATERUNI WATERFALLS DAY TRIP
Materuni Waterfalls Day Trip is the perfect balance of nature and culture, offering chance to view Moshi town life. The stroll around Materuni Waterfall will set you up nicely if you are planning on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or if you simply want to take in the views and have enjoy some gentle exercise. The visit begins in the settlements of the Chagga clan’s coffee plantations, where the townspeople will demonstrate the process of producing coffee beans, before making your own one of a kind brew.After enjoying the plantations you will proceed to Materuni Waterfall, where you will pass more plantations, this time growing avocados, mangos, lemons and bananas, whilst being greeted by friendly locals picking fruits to be taken to the nearby markets. Arrive at Materuni for a dip in the crystal waters and enjoy a delicious lunch in the midst of the miracles of African nature, depart back to your hotel to wrap up the visit.