Things to do in Tanzania: Day trips and Excursion from Arusha

Arusha set in the foothills of Mount Meru, bustling Arusha is a rough diamond set amid the glitter gateway to Tanzania’s touristic destinations or the centre of Tanzania’s tourism. This is where most Tanzania Safari starts or finish via the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Here are some of the best day trips to go from Arusha:

  • Arusha National Park Day Trip

This national park, stationed in the northeastern region of Tanzania, is located an easy drive from the center of Arusha, making it a popular stop for travelers to this beautiful and diverse city. Despite its relatively small size, Arusha National Park offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore some of East Africa’s diverse environments, as well as gain access to many of the continent’s most famous mammals. Visitors can explore the Meru Crater funnels in the Jekukumia River, hike to the apex of Mount Meru and enjoy breathtaking views, or embark on a wildlife adventure to the grasslands of the Ngorongoro Crater. Though travelers won’t find the same number of animals in Arusha National Park as some of Tanzania’s bigger reserves, they’ll still get a taste of what makes this one of the country’s most popular destinations. The park may be lion-free, but plenty of wild buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and monkeys roam the land, as well as an impressive number of indigenous birds. Lucky adventurers may even spot one of the rare African elephants known to graze on grassy plains.

  • Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Park Day Trip

Located between 1.5 and 2.5 hours from Arusha, the twin parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire offer the more quintessential safari experience.

Home to four of the Big Five (rhinos being the notable exception), both parks are a terrific place to spot lions, elephants, giraffes, zebra, antelope, and a huge variety of other iconic African wildlife.

Tarangire is most famous for having Tanzania’s largest elephant population, Conversely, Lake Manyara is famous for being one of only two places in the world where you can see tree-climbing lions. It is also a great place to take a canoe safari or a quick walk on the treetop walkway.

  • Kikuletwa Hotspring Day Trip

Visit the crystal clear waters of  Kikuletwa Hotspring in Moshi.

Here you can enjoy a natural spa with underground hot springs that rise to the surface with a pleasant and relaxing temperature for the body. It is not strange to find a type of fish similar to the claw-rufous with whom you will share the bath and with its characteristic sympathy it can contribute to peeling your feet in a moment of confusion. You will find recreational areas where you can jump with a liana and resting areas where you can calm your mind. A bar area where you can drink or eat something if you wish. All this in a very well-preserved natural environment.

  • Kilimanjaro Day Hike

If you’re not inspired, or fit, enough to contemplate summiting the highest mountain in Africa, then enjoy this Mt. Kilimanjaro day hike instead. This one-day Mount Kilimanjaro hike begins just an hour from Arusha. Beyond lies a forested wonderland of towering eucalyptus trees, birds, and colobus monkeys. Adding on a side trip to the Maundi Crater will reward you with fantastic sights of Northern Tanzania and Kenya.

  • Meserani Snake Park

Visit the Meserani Snake Park can feed baboons, hold wild tortoises and get up close with dozens of slithering snakes. Expert guides explain the differences between each of the species protected at Meserani and explore the necessary steps to protect people from their poison.
In addition to lethal black mamba, spitting cobras, and the impressive Afri-can python, Meserani Snake Park is also home to monitoring lizards, crocodiles, and other reptiles. Travelers can wander the grounds, explore the exhibits, and even venture to the nearby clinic that provides free medical services to the Maasai people. A popular cultural museum offers an opportunity to learn more about this iconic culture and the festive Snake Park Bar is a perfect spot to sip a cool drink and catch some serious shade after a day under the African sun.

Lake Duluti where you can take a walk along the path bordering the lake and observe the landscape and the largest concentration of birds in the area. For the more adventurous there is the option of going around the lake by canoe and discovering a more authentic way of discovering the fauna that awaits you there. Then you can enjoy a delicious buffet of African food near the shore of the lake while you can chat with your guide about the secrets of the place and the characteristics of the fauna that can be found there.

  • Visit the Maasai Village on the slopes of Mount Meru

We will visit local people, sing and dance with them and learn about their lifestyle in typical African villages. The local community guide will take us to a huge fig tree used as a place of sacred worship. We will hear stories about these majestic trees and learn how they give offerings to the gods. We will continue the tour to local farms, Maasai homes, herbalists, and midwives who will share their knowledge to identify the right medicine to heal people using local plants. The tour will end with a traditional lunch prepared by the Naramatisho women’s group. The tour also includes a visit to local schools to learn about the educational system and other community projects.

Tipping on a Tanzania Safari; when, who and how much to tip?

Tipping on a Tanzania Safari; when, who and how much to tip?

A regular question we always receive from guests traveling to Tanzania is that of who to tip when to tip and how much to tip on safaris in Africa.

Tipping on a Safari, while not compulsory, often contributes a substantial amount toward ensuring that those working in the service industry earn a living wage and also is an admirable way to share your satisfaction with your guide and varied staff service but also expected as a custom. On your Tanzania Safari Tours, tipping your guide, hotel staff, cook, or anyone who serves you during your stay is expected.

A regular question we always receive from guests traveling to Tanzania is that of who to tip when to tip and how much to tip on safaris in Africa.

  • Who to Tip

The most important is who do we tip? Here are the people who make sure your Safari goes smoothly and go an extra mile just to make sure you have a memorable Safari.

  1. Tipping guides

Tipping Safari Guides In Tanzania is very essential as they are your go-to persons while on a game drive in Tanzania. A good safari guide is essential for a successful safari in Tanzania. Safari guides keep you safe in the wild, is chock full of interesting information about the wildlife and region, and point out the often near-hidden animals that you traveled all this way to see.

  1. Tipping the staff

A lot of people work behind the scenes to ensure that your trip is a success, including the chefs, the kitchen team, the maids, and the housekeeping staff.

  • when to tip

Another frequently asked question is the best time to give tips. There are three options:

After each activity
At the end of each day
At the end of your stay

The best practice is always to tip just once, and always at the end of your stay at each safari lodge or camp.

For the guides: your guides won’t expect you to tip after each activity, mostly the guides are tipped at the end of the Safari as they are your crucial part of your Safari since they are the ones taking care of you and making sure you are fine throughout the Safari.

  • how much to tip

How much to offer as your tip depends on how much you were satisfied and enjoyed the given services and also currency for tipping in Tanzania tipping with US$ is generally acceptable, although even there, for smaller amounts, the local currency is preferred.

Here is your guide through a brief of who and how much to offer as a tip.

  • Safari Guides as the crucial part of your Safari we recommend  US$15-20 per person per day, handed directly to the guide at the end of your stay.
  • For the staff at the lodges and Camps US$5-10 at the end of your stay or to include all of these ‘back of house’ people, many camps have a ‘general staff tip box’, with the proceeds divided equally between the staff.
  • Also, Gifts as tips are also acceptable

Giving material things instead of cash is also an acceptable and charming gesture whether it is to a child who just helped you or lead you the way (you can give the “tip” in a form of a gift instead of money) or to your Kilimanjaro crew – climbing gears, useful climbing attires, gloves, etc. will be highly appreciated.

Mind you that the above brief is just a guide through you can always tip as long you wish according to you are own wish.

How much does a Tanzania Safari Cost?

How much does a Tanzania Safari Cost?

How much can a safari cost?

Safari prices are difficult to find on the internet, and once you find them it is difficult to compare them from one site to another.

A safari in Tanzania can vary greatly in price. The cheapest safari is the “Camping Safari” mode where you will sleep in tents within the national parks; This can cost from $ 198.00 per person per night (the average is $ 280 per person per night). A luxury safari (“Luxury Tented Camp Safari”, “Lodge Safari” or “Hotel Safari”) is offered from $ 600 per person per night.

Other costs to consider are items of personal choice such as alcoholic beverages or cigarettes, tips for workers, or other things not included as indicated in each itinerary.

  • Economic Safari (Camping Safari)

Accommodation with tents in a camping area within the national parks.

Included are 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) provided by our chefs, served at the table or in take-out format, and eaten in picnic areas depending on the itinerary.

At all times our guides will be close by and the camp is always protected by a ranger.

“An experience you will never forget”

  • Mid-range Safari (Tented Camp Safari, Lodge or Hotel Safari)

Mid-range accommodation can range from basic camp-like accommodations with tents and tents with a slight touch of luxury, to cabins or hotels.

Food is offered in a buffet or à la carte. Indian or African dishes are served and always delicious fresh fruit from the land.

“Comfort in the middle of nature”

  • Luxury safari

    High-end and exclusive accommodations, from luxury tent camps with first-class amenities to hotels with a private lounge, private pool, and hot tubs; butler service can also be provided.

    SAFARI PRICES WITH SENSATION OF AFRICA

    From Sensation of Africa, we explain exactly why you are paying and the different factors that influence the cost of your safari.

    And to better understand the variability of prices between safaris, here are the most important aspects to take into account:
    • Type of accommodation and quality level (hotel, lodge, camps, campsites …)
    • Means of transport to access the parks (off-road vehicle, plane …)
    • Expenses are derived from the 4 × 4 vehicles designed for safari (it depends on the number of people who share a vehicle, expenses are shared between 2 and 6 people).
    • Individual entrance and overnight fees to national parks *
    • Traffic fees inside the parks for each vehicle *

    * Variable rates from one park to another according to the official annual government amendment

    • Government taxes
    • A living wage for our guides and cooks
    • Benefit for Sensation of Africa to be able to exist and pay government taxes.
    •  Costs for optional activities (balloon safari, visit Maasai-Datoga-Hadzabe, the Olduvai Gorge …)
    • The season (influences the price of accommodation and price of flights):

    Many of our Sensation of Africa clients tell us what their budget is and the details of the safari they want to do, this is always a good start. After specifying these details and a brief explanation of what the expectations and objectives of the trip are, we will advise you to choose a safari itinerary, a vacation package or we will help you customize your safari.

How to Get to Tanzania? Everything you need to know about.

How to Get to Tanzania? Everything you need to know about.

There are many questions like how do I get to Tanzania? Can you fly direct to Tanzania? What Airlines do fly direct to Tanzania?  What is the best Airport flying into Tanzania? What about the Visa? Are there any other entry requirements to Tanzania?

Here is everything you need to know when traveling to Tanzania.

  • What Airlines do fly direct to Tanzania? Can you fly direct to Tanzania? 

The various airlines flying to Tanzania such as Ethiopian Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch airline, Qatar Airline, and Turkish airline.

From Europe to Tanzania,

We have only two direct flights which are from Amsterdam via KLM Royal Dutch airline to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Istanbul to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport via Turkish Airlines. There are no direct flights from the UK to Tanzania, although connections are straightforward. Travelers from the UK can either choose to go to Amsterdam and connect a direct flight or take Kenya Airways from London Heathrow taking under nine hours overnight from London to Nairobi, Kenya and then either take a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport.

From North America

Also, there are no direct flights from North America to Tanzania. Travelers have to either make two stops en route; or a single stop in Istanbul or Amsterdam and connect with Turkish Airlines to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport or Amsterdam via KLM Royal Dutch airline to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

From South America

The most direct route from South America to Tanzania uses a South African Airways direct flight from São Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg, South Africa before connecting to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport.

 

  • What is the best Airport flying into Tanzania?

Tanzania has three international airports; Kilimanjaro International Airport, Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport, and Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport is the most common entry point, as it is nearest to the major travel destinations and Arusha, gateway to Tanzania’s major tourist destinations such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, etc.
  • Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport This is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s center business city, and closest to the southern circuit travel destinations such as Saadani, Mikumi, Ruaha National Parks, and Selous Game Reserve, etc.
  • Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport This will take you straight to Zanzibar Island and mostly advised to book your exit to Tanzania flights from Zanzibar.
  • So what is the best Airport to land in Tanzania? This depends on the type of Safari you’ve booked the most popular route or what we advise mostly you should take is if you’re having a wildlife Safari + beach holiday, we advise you to take Kilimanjaro Airport then take a Safari to the Serengeti and other northern circuit destinations and then transfer to Zanzibar via Serengeti/Arusha Airport on a domestic flight to Zanzibar for a beach holiday then exit Tanzania via Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport or Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport depending on your next destination flight.
  • You are also welcome to arrive at any airport at your convenience cause once you’re in the country, a good domestic flight network connects the major travel routes, and there is an ever-improving road network for ground travel.

 

Tanzania Best Safari Destination in Africa

Why Tanzania is the Best Safari Destination in Africa

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs. At Sensation of Africa, we have all these and more wrapped up in one adventurous, welcoming package.

There are a million reasons why you should visit Tanzania and why Tanzania is the premier Safari Destination in Africa but here are some of them.

  • Serengeti Park and the Wildebeest Migration
    Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and home to the greatest wildlife spectacle. Enjoy the Worlds greatest show “The Greatest Serengeti Wildebeest Migration” The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise 1.5 million ha of savannah. The annual migration to permanent water holes of vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras), followed by their predators, is one of the most impressive natural events in the world.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro

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  • Zanzibar Beaches
  • Wildlife and parks
  • People & Cultural Experience
  • Accommodations options & its food