Tours and activities: Experiences are the essence of any journey
Tanzania is a multi-faceted country which offers – apart from a rich diversity of cultures, landscapes and wildlife – a wealth of activities that can be added to your individual safari. Whether you would like to drive, ride, walk, trek, or snorkel/dive; the options for activities are endless. Photographers will be amazed by the enormous diversity of landscapes and wildlife.
Find below a small selection of the best-known activities in Tanzania. If you have a particular interest in an activity that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We will do our best to accommodate your special interest.
Riding in a hot air balloon is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you should seize upon during your Tanzania safari. Floating over the endless Serengeti plains and watching wildlife from above is an indescribably magical experience. Get up early and rise with the sun as your balloon floats in whatever direction the winds take you. Your flight will last an hour and, after landing, you can enjoy a sumptuous bush breakfast before proceeding with your daily activities.
For the more active travelers, we recommend getting out of the vehicle and hopping on a bike. There are various tracks with different degrees of difficulty and different lengths to explore (either half-day or full-day). All routes are designed to let you experience Tanzania’s cultural diversity and watch the wildlife from a different perspective. Biking is available in Arusha (farming villages or inside Arusha National Park) and in Manyara (village of Mto wa Mbu or Great Rift Valley tour down to Lake Manyara).
Tanzania is a birders’ paradise and birds can be observed in various parks throughout the country! Many birds are of exceptional beauty with splendid songs and astonishing rituals. Owing to Tanzania’s diverse geography and its various climates, it is possible to view birds throughout the year. However, birding is at its best from September to April when many resident birds are nesting and breeding, and when the migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere are present.
A boat safari is a great addition to your game drive safari. It is a fantastic experience and gives you the unique opportunity to view wildlife from a different perspective. Watching elephants playing in the water or crocodiles sunbathing on the lake shore; getting up close to hippos or coming across various water birds will be a truly fascinating experience. Boat safaris are offered on the mighty Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve only. Half-day or full-day boat safaris are possible.
For the more active travelers we recommend getting out of the vehicle and jumping into a canoe. A canoe safari is a unique adventure for experiencing Tanzania’s landscapes and wildlife from a different perspective. Each canoe ride varies between two to three hours in length. Canoe safaris are possible in Arusha National Park and Lake Manyara National Park if the water level allows. A fabulous chance to view buffaloes, hippos, giraffes and various water birds plus breathtaking scenery.
The Mahale Mountains National Park on Lake Tanganyika lies in the western part of Tanzania. It is a completely remote park, far away from any civilization. For any traveler who is keen to observe chimpanzees in the wild, Mahale is a must. And it is certainly worth the long ride and the price. More than 1000 chimpanzees live in 20 families within the park. Half-day activities include a guided trek during which visitors can get up close of these wonderful animals.
Tanzania and its Kilimanjaro region are well-known for splendid coffee. Visit one of the many coffee farms on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and learn everything you need to know about the cultivation of coffee during a half-day excursion. A local farmer will guide you through the coffee farm and explain every step of the coffee-making process. Learn how seedlings are planted, harvest mature beans and enjoy a delicious cup of hot brew.
Tanzania is home to over 120 different tribes. One of the joys of traveling is to experience other cultures and traditions. Take the time to visit one of the various tribes and get a sense of the local heritage. The interaction on a personal level will be an extraordinary experience. It is also possible to visit a local market or take a village tour to come into contact with the locals.
The most famous tribe in Tanzania are the proud Masai people. Despite western influences they have managed to hold onto many of their traditions. In the past, they moved nomadically in search of water and pasture for their herds, whereas nowadays they have established permanent settlements. Many of them live within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and coexist with wildlife.
One of the last remaining bushmen tribes are the Hadzabe who live in the dry woodlands of Lake Eyasi. Over the last few decades, they have been pushed deeper into the bush as the try to preserve their unique culture of living in harmony with nature. To this day, they have preserved their tradition of hunting for game with bows and arrows, gathering berries and honey, and digging for roots and tubers.
Tanzania and its islands of Zanzibar and Mafia are real treasure troves for divers. The various marine parks and reserves offer a rich diversity of astonishing corals and fishes and are varied enough to suits all skills and abilities. An average water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and exceptional underwater visibility provides the perfect diving conditions. For hardcore divers and anyone keen to swim with the whale sharks, we recommend Mafia between October and March.
Fly-Camping is an adventurous, intimate and unique experience. You will leave the main camp and explore the wonders of the bush by foot as you walk to your special campsite for the night. What a great adventure! You will overnight under a mosquito net with the stars sparkling down on you and an armed ranger close by. It is an absolutely authentic bush experience without electricity or running water. A tasty meal is cooked on an open camp fire.
Safari = Game Drives. On a classic game drive safari, you will see wildlife in their natural habitat. Together with your driver/guide you will explore the surroundings, always in search of wildlife. Being out on a game drive is an unforgettable and quintessential safari experience. Expect to encounter large numbers of animals all year around – from big and small mammals to a wide variety of predators. If you are very lucky, you will be able to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration.
A walking safari through the African bush is a thrilling safari experience. It will open your eyes to a new and fascinating world while immersing yourself – with all your senses – into the life of the bush. On foot you become a participant in the world of wildlife rather than observing the animals. You will also appreciate smaller wildlife which are usually tricky to see from a vehicle. Everything becomes more real and exciting as you get up close on a personal level with nature and wildlife.
Workshop at Shanga
Explore your creative side and support the Shanga Workshop in Arusha. This income-generating initiative employs over 55 disabled, mute and deaf people who create unique, handmade jewelry, glassware and home ware using recycled materials. Shanga is the Swahili word for “bead” and artistically-minded travelers can make their own necklaces from recycled powder glass beads. A great experience with memories to take home!