Safari is the Swahili word for journey. Yours start here
Here you can find some information below in order to help prepare for your safari.
In case you have any questions which are not addressed below, feel free to reach out and we will answer any questions you may have.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable and easy to wash clothes
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport - JRO (Time: TBD), you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel overnight in Moshi town - Kilimanjaro. (Restaurant recommendations are provided upon request)
Day 1 - 2
- Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast
- Overnight stay at Chanya Lodge
- 1 Night
Day 2Depart & check out after breakfast, and head to the Materuni waterfalls and enjoy a coffee tour too. Afterward, head to Karatu town to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 - 3
- Meal plan: Full Board
- Overnight stay at Ngorongoro Farm House
- 1 Night
Day 3Depart & check out after breakfast, and transfer to Central Serengeti via Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and proceed with your game drive for the Rest of the day. Lunchboxes will be provided to you at the picnic spot. In the late afternoon, you will drive to tour camp for sunset, dinner & overnight.
Day 4After breakfast, enjoy a full-day game drive in the Serengeti plains. Lunchboxes will be provided to you at the picnic spot. In the late afternoon, you will head back to your camp for sunset, dinner & overnight.
Day 5After breakfast, enjoy a full-day game drive in the Serengeti plains. Lunchboxes will be provided to you at the picnic spot. In the late afternoon, you will head back to your camp for sunset, dinner & overnight.
Day 3 - 6
- Meal plan: Full Board
- Overnight stay at Serengeti Sametu Camp
- 3 Nights
Day 6Depart & checkout after breakfast, and enjoy your last day exploring the Central Serengeti NP. Lunchboxes will be provided to you at the picnic spot. In the late afternoon, you will exit the Serengeti NP and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Naabi gate to your lodge for dinner & overnight.
Day 6 - 7
- Meal Plan: Full Board
- Overnight stay at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
- 1 Night
Day 7Depart and checkout after breakfast and drive to Ngorongoro Crater via Seneto gate and enjoy your game drive in the most prominent wildlife crater in the world. Lunchboxes will be provided to you at the picnic spot. After lunch, you will exit the crater via Loduare gate and transfer to Kilimanjaro International for your flight to Zanzibar (EDT - 2020 hrs). Upon arrival at Zanzibar (EAT - 2120 hrs), you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for an overnight. (Restaurant recommendations will be provided to you upon request)
Day 8After breakfast, enjoy your Stone Town tour and visit Prison Island. In the evening, you will head back to your hotel for an overnight. (Restaurant recommendations will be provided to you upon request)
Day 7 - 9
- Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
- Overnight stay at Zanzibar Serena Hotel
- 2 Nights
Day 9Depart & checkout after breakfast, and transfer to your beach hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Day 10After breakfast, spend your full day relaxing at the beach and enjoying other hotel amenities.
Day 9 - 11
- Meal Plan: Half Board
- Overnight stay at Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
- 2 Nights
Day 11Depart & check out after breakfast, for your transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Doha (EDT: TBD).
Visualize your journey
- Day 1 - 2: Chanya Lodge, Moshi
- Day 2 - 3: Ngorongoro Farm House, Ngorongoro Crater
- Day 3 - 6: Serengeti Sametu Camp, Central Serengeti
- Day 6 - 7: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Day 7 - 9: Zanzibar Serena Hotel, Zanzibar
- Day 9 - 11: Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel, Zanzibar
Day 1-2 Chanya Lodge
Day 2-3 Ngorongoro Farm House
Experience & ActivitiesA wonderful stop-off during a safari on the north circuit of Tanzania and a privileged place from where one can visit the crater or enjoy activities such a walking safaris to the volcano or excursions to Lake Eyasi on the Rift Valley still inhabited by the Hadzabe tribe. There are many trekking routes in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 3 Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 3-6 Central Serengeti
Day 6-7 Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Experience & ActivitiesAt Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, the stunning setting on the rim of the ancient Ngorongoro Crater provides a gateway to unforgettable adventures and excursions. Enjoy a wide range of activities, from game drives on the Crater plains to guided nature walks, bush dining experiences, visits to Maasai villages and cattle markets, and much, much more.
Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater
Day 7-9 Zanzibar
Experience & ActivitiesThe hotel is tucked into the Zanzibar seafront, amidst the exotic sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors and bright bazaars of Stone Town. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Stone Town. You will discover the rich cultural heritage of Stone Town, with its unique blend of Arab, European, and African traditions and architecture. The narrow streets are lined with houses featuring large carved wooden doors, historic mosques and shops.
Day 9-11 Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel
Experience & ActivitiesZanzibar WaterSports is a highly professional and experienced operator for fishing and diving in Zanzibar, based at Kendwa Rocks Hotel. From diving alongside a pod of dolphins to snorkeling on a colorful coral reef and sipping cocktails while sailing on a traditional dhow, there is something for everyone. The center offers a full range of PADI courses. The spa offers a variety of relaxing massages, facial treatments, hot stones massages, and a beauty corner where you can treat yourself to a pedicure, manicure, fruity scrub, or a gentle wax. The products are all-natural and locally sourced. Healthy drinks and detox juices are served at the spa rooftop lounge.
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Transport during your safari
- Safari game drives and transfers
- Exclusive use of our luxury 4x4 safari vehicle
- One of our top English-speaking drivers/guides with vast knowledge & experience
- Vehicle includes 2 pairs of binoculars, an electric fridge, USB + 3 pin charging ports, Bluetooth connection, reclining chairs, mineral water & pop-up roofs for game-viewing.
- All Park fees and taxes
- Lunch boxes on Day 2
- Materuni WaterFalls & Coffee Tour in Kilimanjaro
- Domestic Flight (e.g. Kilimanjaro International Airport - JRO to Zanzibar Airport)
- Drinks at the lodge (Unless mentioned otherwise)
- Any additional activities such as Balloon Safari
- Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel, and baggage insurance
- Telephone bill, laundry, and any items of a personal nature
- Medical insurance, evacuation coverage, and travel insurance
- Bank transfer charges
- Tips/Gratuities for driver/guide and hotel staff
- We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate similar lodges in case of non-availability.
- Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes, or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.
Day 1-2 Chanya LodgeChanya Lodge is nestled on the outskirts of Moshi town, in Tanzania, at the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. The prime location of the lodge is a 50-minute drive away from Kilimanjaro International Airport, making it an ideal stay for trekkers, safari seekers, business people, and families. Guests are warmly welcomed by the smiles of friendly, helpful staff and accommodated in one of 32 en-suite rooms. The lodge is known for its abundant green carpeted-grass gardens, multi-cuisine restaurant, and its large swimming pool.
Roomshe lodge comprises 32 fully furnished cozy rooms with a mixture of singles, doubles, twins, and triples, in a semi-bungalow style setting. The theme of “Tanzanian culture” penetrates throughout the accommodation, where each guest can experience a hot rain shower in the en-suite bathrooms; or stay-in, relax, and put their feet up on African wooden beds. A veranda extends from every room, providing a personal seating area for guests to rejuvenate with nature’s fresh air.
- Enjoy the tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of Moshi, while being close enough to visit
- Easy drivable access to all Kilimanjaro National Park gates
- Dine at the open-aired restaurant and bar
- 32 rooms
- Swimming pool
- Massage & wellness facilities
- Gift shop
- Equipment rental store
Day 2-3 Ngorongoro Farm HouseNgorongoro Farm House, a small and exclusive hotel built on a 500 acre coffee plantation, all of which has been designed to take you to the comfort and style of past times. Take a walk around the farm to contemplate the daily activities, relax in the fragrant gardens or enjoy the spectacular sunsets with the Oldeani volcano as a backcloth. The main building is situated in the middle of the lodge and consists of a restaurant, lounge and a large terrace with spectacular views of the Oldeani extinct volcano. There’s an outdoor swimming-pool. The restaurant offers market style dishes with locally grown produce on the farm.
Standard RoomChalet type bedrooms situated at ground level with a private terrace or balcony. Overlooking the gardens and/or coffee plantation. Ample and comfortable. Rooms with a double bed or two single beds. The rooms have a bathroom with a shower.
- 500 acre coffee plantation
- Style of the old colonial farms
- Lake Manyara Airstrip 40 min away
- 48 cottage rooms and 3 suite rooms
- Swimming pool
- Massage cabin
- Souvenir shop
Day 3-6 Serengeti Sametu CampSituated in a secluded part of the eastern edge of Central Serengeti, a short distance from the Ngare Nanyuki River, this luxury boutique camp allows guests to enjoy an endless horizon silhouetted by grazing wildebeest, zebra, and various antelope species. From the first sunray that glistens across the grassland to the crackling campfire singing with the nightlife, Serengeti Sametu Camp is the perfect balance between a safari in the wild and the comfort of luxury hospitality. Enjoy the spacious and comfortable lounge and dining areas where you can share photos and stories of your safari with family and friends, spot herds of elephants striding across the area or gathering soulfully to eat and drink under the African starry night. Sametu Camp is made up of eight spacious luxury tents, eight luxury suites, and two-family suites, where you can enjoy nights under canvas, giving you the opportunity to sleep and wake with the music of the wild Serengeti just outside.
RoomsThe camp consists of single, double, triple, and family luxury rooms with ensuite hot showers, flush toilets, bathrobes, and mosquito netting.
- Located in a secluded part of the eastern edge of Central Serengeti
- Accessed by Seronera airstrip
- 18 luxury rooms and tents, including 2 family suites
- Ensuite showers
- Flush toilets
- Laundry service (extra cost)
- 24H electricity
- Power points for charging
- Separate dining area
- Lounge & bar area
- Beverage supplement (extra cost)
- Special dietary consideration
- Sundowner (extra cost)
- Nightly campfires
- Radio communication in each tent
Day 6-7 Ngorongoro Serena Safari LodgeNestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Framed by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its torch-lit walls are adorned with stylized cave paintings. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Rooms are looped around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below. Tanzania’s prehistoric Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, has yawned heavenward for millennia. Deep within its immense walls is a breath-taking blue-green landscape dotted with plains, lakes, and forests; an eerie, otherworldly “land that time forgot” thick with massive bull elephants, rhinos, wildebeests, and the highest concentration of lions in Africa.
Standard RoomStandard rooms at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge feature elegant interior spaces infused with locally inspired décor and private stone balconies overlooking the crater.
- Wonderful dramatic sights
- Gracious service
- 5-star amenities
- Unmatched setting
- 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
- Rock-built dining room and bar with central fire
- Extensive viewing terraces
- Game drives into the Crater daily
- Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
- Gift shop and business centre
- Tented conference centre
- Extensive selection of sports and activities
- Cultural dance and music
- TV room with satellite TV
- Safe deposit box in room
- Coffee/tea maker station
- Telephone in room
Day 7-9 Zanzibar Serena HotelOpened in 1997, Zanzibar Serena Hotel was created by restoring and rehabilitating two historic buildings. The original architectural integrity of the buildings and their decorative finishes both exterior and interior were meticulously protected and where necessary, restored. These interior and exterior spaces reflect a blend of early 19th century cultural influences typical of the Sultans of Zanzibar. In Zanzibar Serena Hotel, guests thus experience and connect with the history, culture and lifestyle of what is today recognized as the "Zanzibar Style". The hotel boasts a stunning oceanfront setting, interiors adorned in Arabic and Swahili opulence, warm, gracious hospitality and alluring culinary journeys. An ambience of relaxed sophistication has been created in each of the 51 rooms and suites, with wood-framed louver doors opening onto private balconies with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. Cool, white walls, high-ceilings and crisp royal blues and whites give a sense of Zanzibar coastal serenity and charm.
Executive SuiteSpacious and elegant, the Executive Suites offer a magnificent bedroom with four-poster bed, a sumptuous bathroom (with bath and shower) and a relaxing sitting room (with TV and mini bar), which opens onto a magnificent L-shaped balcony with panoramic ocean views, its own al fresco cocktail area and a double hammock.
- Located in the historic Stone Town
- Offers the spice tour, visits to the Sultan’s baths, slave caves and slave market
- One of the most renowned diving sites in the world
- 51 rooms
- Dhow trips and idyllic island escapes, dolphin, turtle and whale watching
- Swahili feasts with Taarab music
- Conference and event facilities
- Swimming pool and pool deck
- Live music nightly
- Treatment rooms
- Business center, travel desk, taxi service
- Wedding planning service
- Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk
- Baby-sitting, children's dining/menus
Day 9-11 Kendwa Rocks Beach HotelWelcome to a beach hotel where the tide never leaves the shore and the glowing sunsets are an everyday thrill. Unwind on the white coral beach and in the clear turquoise waters. The relaxed atmosphere at Kendwa Rocks will mellow you down in no time. Kendwa Rocks offers an unforgettable beach holiday, with swinging palm trees above your sunbed and tropical gardens surrounding your bungalow.
Pool BungalowThe pool bungalows are the most luxurious option. They have a sundeck and a jacuzzi or a dipping pool and are stylishly appointed with carved wood and shades of blues. Among them are two family-sized bungalows that can accommodate large groups.
- Enjoy the water sports center based at the hotel or indulge in a treatment at the spa
- The restaurant specializes in Indian Ocean cuisine and also offers Western favorites
- Monthly full moon parties feature entertainment and attract a big crowd
- Swimming pool
- Water activities
- Night club
- Air conditioning and fans
Frequently Asked Questions
Passports & VisasEntering Tanzania requires both a valid passport and a Tanzanian visa. While the information below is up to date at the time of writing, it is advisable to always check ahead to ensure visa processes or charges have not changed.
Who needs a visa?With the exception of Hong Kong, Jamaica, Barbados, Malaysia, and roughly a dozen African nations; everybody entering Tanzania is required to have a tourist visa.
PassportTo enter Tanzania, you’ll also need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining. If you are planning to apply for a visa upon arrival, you will also need two free, adjacent pages remaining in your passport.
How to obtain a visaVisas are available upon arrival* in Tanzania, whether you’re landing at the airport or are making a border crossing. *For all Countries except for those which require a referral visa. The cost of a visa upon arrival is $50 for non-US citizens and $100 for US citizens. This should be paid in USD. Other currencies are not accepted. Furthermore, it is also possible to get the Tanzanian visa online. In order to do this, visit the eVisa Website and Under New Application you can set up a new account and fill in your application. If you have any further questions about the visa process, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Health & VaccinesAs a developing country, Tanzania has issues with a number of potentially harmful diseases. Thankfully, many of these can be vaccinated against before you travel. Before departing for your trip, it is advisable that you speak with your physician about getting vaccinated against the following:
- Hepatitis A & B
COVID-19Please visit https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ for the latest updates regarding COVID-19 set by the Ministry of Health in Tanzania.
Cash & CardsThe official Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. They have coins for 50, 100, and 500 shillings; and notes for 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10,000 shillings. The US Dollar is widely used, as well as Euros and British Pounds, but may not be accepted in some establishments. It is also important to note that most businesses that do accept foreign currency will not do so if it is torn or wrinkled. Notes must not be older than 2006, as local businesses & banks will automatically reject these due to a past counterfeiting problem.
Banks & Currency ExchangeBanks in Tanzania are open from 9 am until 3.30 pm Monday to Friday, and from 9 am until 11 am on Saturdays. Most banks have bureau de change services possible!
ATMsATMs that accept both Visa and MasterCard are available in most cities. You will be able to withdraw from your accounts in local (Tanzanian shillings) currency by entering your PIN. The daily withdrawal limit amounts to roughly $300 USD. Be sure to alert your bank that you will be traveling to Africa. Many banks will deem transactions made out of your native country as suspicious and may lock access to your accounts if you have not forewarned them.
Credit CardInternational credit cards (particularly Visa & MasterCard) are accepted in most stores, restaurants, hotels, camping sites, lodges, car rental companies, etc. Many smaller stores will not have EFTPOS facilities, so it is generally better to carry cash. Credit cards typically attract a 5-15% service charge tax.
Dress Code On SafariCasual, comfortable and easy to wash clothes are recommended. There is no specific attire or dress code to wear as safaris are informal and its entirely up to you. Choose something comfortable as you will likely be wearing the same outfit for the most part of your day on game-drive. Always ensure to dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes as early morning game drives can be quite cold depending on the time of year while daytime temperatures can get quite warm. Stick to neutral or khaki colours and avoid wearing dark blue or black clothes as these colours tend to attract Tsetse flies. Wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent are a necessity. After sunset, we recommend that you wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks and spray insect repellent to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Suggested Packing List
- T-shirts and tank tops
- Long-sleeved shirts (for protection from sunburns)
- Light long pants or convertible long-short pants
- Warm fleece pullover or jacket (for cold early mornings and evenings during dinner time) & Light rain jacket
- Swimming costume (if you decide to go for a swim and if your accommodation offers the service)
- Cotton socks and underwear
- One pair of comfortable walking shoes/boots
- One pair of sandals or flip-flops (for use in and around the camps/lodges and showers)
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Bandana (for dust)
- Gloves & Beanie (Particularly for the cold weather between June - August)
- Lip balm/Chapstick
- Insect Repellent
- Antihistamine Cream
- Preferred Toiletries
- Contacts or eyeglasses if needed
- Camera, spare batteries, dust proof case, cleaning equipment & memory cards
- Universal Travel Adaptor
GratuitiesTipping is customary in Tanzania and plays a huge role for the income of many people in the hospitality and tourism industry within the country. As a general rule of thumb, tipping for satisfactory service is recommended as per below:
- $20-$30 per day for your safari guide per group (private group)
- $3-$5 per person per day for the hotel staff (normally a tip box is present at the reception in camps and lodges)
Safety Tips On Safari
- Most camps and lodges are unfenced, so carefully listen to your guide and obey it
- Don’t go out of your safari vehicles unless asked or guided by your guide
- Don’t disturb the animals unnecessarily which might put you in danger
- Don’t plan any trips to the wild bushes at night