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Serengeti Safari

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Mountain Gurus Serengeti Safari

After our Kilimanjaro climb Mountain Gurus offers three and five day safaris in the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, known for their abundance of wildlife and unforgettable landscapes. In addition we offer custom safari planning for those seeking a longer or private experience. Learn about our climb

Ngorongoro Safari • 3 days

Our Kilimanjaro climb continues the adventure with this classic and unforgettable three day safari. You’ll visit three remarkable National wildlife parks including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire.

Serengeti Safari • 5 days

The legendary Serengeti… the Ngorongoro Crater… a million stampeding wildebeest… an ancient land where mankind began. Combine an ascent of Kilimanjaro with one of the most outstanding safaris in all of Africa. You’ll discover amazing wildlife and enjoy luxury wildlife lodges and tented camps within Northern Tanzanian’s National Parks. We recommend flying one-way into the Serengeti to minimize drive time.

Day 1 • Lake Manyara
Day 2 • Ngorongoro Crater
Day 3 • Serengeti National Park
Day 4 • Serengeti and Tarangire National Park
Day 5 • Arusha • Depart

Custom Safari “sample itinerary” • 9 days

Are you climbing Kilimanjaro and your spouse or family doesn’t climb? Many of our customers include their families and friends on an extended Tanzanian safari adventure before or after the climb. Or add a trip to Zanzibar Island or Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania and spend a few days on beautiful white sand beaches following the safari. Mountain Gurus knowledgeable staff can help plan the right trip for you. We have options for active travelers including walking safaris, family safaris, a Serengeti hot-air balloon ride, canoeing on Lake Duluti, visiting Arusha NP or climbing Mount Meru, Olduvai Gorge and a Masai village tour.

Day 1 • Arrive JRO, Airport pick-up, overnight hotel
Day 2 • Drive to Tarangire NP, overnight lodge
Day 3 • Morning walking safari in Tarangire, afternoon Lake Manyara NP, overnight lodge
Day 4 • Ngorongoro Highlands, Masai walking safari, overnight lodge
Day 5 • Ngorongoro crater, overnight lodge
Day 6 • Serengeti NP, Olduvai Gorge and Masai Village along the way, overnight tented camp
Day 7 • Morning balloon ride in Serengeti NP, afternoon game drive, overnight tented camp
Day 8 • Fly out Serengeti, kayak on Lake Duluti or visit Arusha town, overnight hotel
Day 9 • Arusha NP, Airport drop-off, Depart JRO

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti NP

Serengeti NP

Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage site with more than 2 million animals and one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. The park is home to the great migration where over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of plains zebra roam from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November. After grazing they then move west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.

The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is also home to large predators, including lions, cheetahs, and leopards. They are drawn to the area by the abundance of prey migrating throughout the park. In Serengeti it is common to see giraffe, impala, Grants and Thompson gazelle, hyena, crocodile as well as elephant, hippopotamus, rhino and Cape buffalo. Over five hundred species of birds, various monkeys and baboons make Serengeti National Park one of world’s most remarkable wildlife destinations. We’ll have a chance to explore this rich and diverse landscape from the grassy plains to the rocky outcrops and the beautiful lush vegetation.

On the way you’ll have an opportunity to experience the culture of the Maasai people, who continue to graze their cattle on the vast grassy plains. For them it is Siringitu – “the place where the land moves on forever.” We will stop briefly at the famous “Olduvai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their acclaimed discovery of early man.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Crater has often been called the earth’s “Noah’s Ark”. The twelve mile wide crater, formed by a caldera, was once a massive volcano that collapsed. This world wonder is now teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife.  As we slowly descend by land rover into the crater, down it’s nearly 2000 foot high walls, you will have a chance to gaze out over this majestic landscape. The crater is home to the rare and endangered black Rhino, which are recovering due to strict environmental and anti-pouching laws. After the day’s safari we will return to our beautiful lodge for dinner and to relax overlooking the crater. In the Ngorongoro Highlands area you’ll have the opportunity to visit a traditional Massai village.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire NP

Tarangire NP

Tarangire National Park covers an area of 525 square miles and is Tanzania’s third largest park. You’ll find the geologic landscape as diverse as the wildlife. The countryside, with its nine distinct vegetation zones, ranges from grassland to woodland. The park is scattered with rocky hilltops alternating with open acacia woodland, grassy plains, bush, rivers, swamps and palm trees. Here the Ancient Baobab trees dot the landscape dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River meanders throughout the park attracting an abundance of wildlife, from black rhino, hippo, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of birds. The park is known for its Elephant herds.  Over 2000 live in the area, with up to 6000 in the dry season. On clear days one can view Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro in the distance. We will use this opportunity to learn more about the nomadic Maasai culture.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara NP

Lake Manyara NP

Lake Manyara National Park is situated between the savanna grassland of the Maasai Steppe and the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees. It is home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The park is an ornithologist’s paradise, known for over 400 species of birds and is one of the few places you will see the comical Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, hammerkops and the migratory flamingoes which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake. The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park, one of the most picturesque in Tanzania and is situated a short distance from Arusha town. This often overlooked park is a “little gem” with Natural Momella Forests, the Momella Lakes, the Ngurdoto Crater and the Meru Crater with its ash cone. It is also home to 14,979 foot Mt. Meru with its imposing summit. Guided climbs can be arranged by Mountain Gurus. In the Ndurdoto Forest you will have a chance to observe the rare black & white Colobus Monkey.

The Massai people

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Masai traditional jumping dance

The area surrounding the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Tarangire is home to the Masai people. On safari you’ll have the opportunity to visit a traditional Massai village and observe their tribal jumping dance and music. Watch the local tribesmen’s dance to find a mate. The woman sell locally made handicrafts, traditional handmade jewelry and Masai blanks. The Masai, a historically nomadic people have traditionally relied on local materials and indigenous construction techniques to build their homes. The Inkajijik (houses) are constructed by able-bodied women. Traditional Maasai lifestyle centers around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. The measure of a man’s wealth is in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is respectable, and the more children the better. A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered to be poor. A Maasai religious belief relates that God gave them all the cattle on earth.

Olduvai Gorge

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Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge, or Oldupai Gorge, in Tanzania is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. A steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that stretches across East Africa, it is located in the eastern Serengeti Plains not far from Laetoli, another important archaeological site of early human occupation. The British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archeologist team Mary and Louis Leakey established and developed the excavation and research programs at Olduvai Gorge which achieved great advances of human knowledge and world-renown status. It is thought Homo habilis, probably the first early human species, occupied Olduvai Gorge approximately 1.9 million years ago.

Wildlife Lodges and Luxury Tented Camps

Mountain Gurus stays at a variety of hotels, wildlife lodges and luxury tented camps during your stay in Tanzania. Accommodations vary depending on season, itinerary, budget and availability.

Mount Meru Hotel

Mount Meru Hotel

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge

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Ngorongoro Farmhouse

The Arusha Hotel

The Arusha Hotel

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Tarangire Osupuk Lodge

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Serengeti Serena Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge

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Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

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Serengeti Wildlife Lodge

Lake Duluti Serena Lodge

Lake Duluti Serena Lodge

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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Kigongoni Lodge

Kigongoni Lodge

Lake Duluti Lodge

Lake Duluti Lodge

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Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm

What’s a luxury tented mobile camp?

Ernest-HemingwaySleeping out on the plains of the Serengeti is a once in a lifetime experience. Hear the laugh of hyena and the lions roar! Tented mobile safari camps are available in Serengeti NP. This is a pure Ernest Hemingway “Out of Africa” type experience. These camps provide excellent fresh cuisine, luxury sleeping tents with comfortable beds, table & lantern, hot shower upon request and toilet room within the sleeping tent. A watchman keeps vigil over camp though-out evening for your comfort and safety.

In the summer of 1933, Ernest Hemingway a great American novelist traveled to Africa for a three-month safari, inspired by the legendary hunts of Theodore Roosevelt. He then wrote “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” a short story published in Esquire in 1936. Hemingway’s life of adventure and image influenced later generations of Americans.

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Dining Tent Safari Camp

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Morning Breakfast

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Serengeti Balloon Ride

Luxury Sleeping Tent

Luxury Sleeping Tent

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Serengeti Tented Camp

Safari Cuisine

Fresh Cuisine

Why Safari with Mountain Gurus?

Our director has been planning world-class safaris in Tanzania since 2000. We know Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding National Parks of Tanzania’s Northern circuit and the great rift valley. Like our Kilimanjaro climbs, we only provide small group safari adventures with professional driver guides, high quality meals & lodging as well as safe-well-maintained safari equipped vehicles. Learn about our climb dates and cost!

What can I expect on my Safari Adventure?

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Wildlife viewing in safari equipped vehicles

Everyday on safari is diverse, you’ll travel to different National Parks and Conservation Area’s which offer their own distinct landscapes. You’ll also encounter abundant wildlife including many types of mammals, reptiles & birds as well as the indigenous Masai people, their villages, goats and cattle. Depending on the day you’ll have the opportunity to do an early morning or late evening game drive. Many animals are usually more active during the cooler periods of the days, or periods of low visibility when they can easily stalk their prey. Breakfast and dinners are provided at lodges but we normally carry a lunch basket for meals while out on safari during the day. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase snacks and beverages in small towns along the way, but not available inside the game parks (so plan ahead). If you’re wary from driving all day, take a break from game viewing and the safari lodges provide a comfortable relaxing atmosphere with many opportunities for taking in spectacular sunsets or sunrises. Many of the lodges offer a cocktail bar, a garden walk, as well as swimming pools.

What does my Safari Adventure include?

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Mountain Gurus safari driver and guide

Once you’ve summited Kilimanjaro, your descent will find you enjoying a three or five day African safari – the stuff legends are made of! Choose the Ngorongoro Safari or the awe inspiring Serengeti Safari on the plains where early man took his first steps. Once down the mountain, you’ll enjoy luxury hotel accommodations and a wildlife experience that’s like no other.

Our safaris include national park entrance fees, skilled driver guide, ground transportation in equipped 4×4 safari vehicles with pop-up-top for game viewing, wildlife lodge and/ or luxury mobile-camp tented accommodations based on double sharing and full-board (meaning all scheduled meals). A single supplement fee is available for those travelling alone or unable to be paired. Additional costs can include entrance fees to Olduvai Gorge and Masai village tours, additional services such as balloon rides, walking safaris, etc. as well as bottled beverages and alcohol.

Mountain Gurus always plans their adventure with you in mind, but we also respect local customs and traditions of our host country. We minimize the environmental impact of your tour so you’ll take away many memories, but leave only boot tracks – and not a carbon footprint on the majestic peaks or plains of Africa we traverse with you.

What wildlife will I see on my Safari Adventure?

Lots! Aside from the Big Five predatory animals which include the African bush elephant, black rhinoceros, cape buffalo, lion and leopard. The leopard being the most elusive of the five. Other predatory wildlife within Tanzania’s Northern Circuit include hippos, white rhino, cheetah, hyena, jackal and wild dog.

You’ll also be sure to see many grazing animals such as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hartebeest, grants gazelle, thomson gazelle, antelopes, dik diks, gerenuk, elands and kudus, many of which take part in the great migration

Other notable and interesting wildlife include abundant bird species, ostrich, flamingo, warthog, crocodile, crowned crane, baboons, blue monkey and colobus monkeys.

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Lion

Cape-Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Elephants

African Elephant

Leopard

Leopard

Black-Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

Hippo

Hippopotamus

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Zebra

Zebra

Giraffe

Giraffe

Hyena

Hyena

Wart-Hog

Wart Hog

Baboon

Baboon

Flamingo

Flamingo

Ostrich

Ostrich

Grants-Gazelle

Grants Gazelle

The Great Migration

The annual wildebeest “great migration” of the Northern Circuit begins in Kenya’s Massai Mera National Reserve and heads south onto the vast plains of the Serengeti and the edge of the Tarangire NP. Tanzania offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. The best chance for seeing the wildebeest migration is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving in the Serengeti is late January to February. The dry season (late June to October) is generally the best time for game viewing throughout. At this time the bush is less dense and animals tend to congregate around waterholes. The wet season (November-May) is often more beautiful when the parks are green and tourist numbers are lower. Throughout the year there are always plenty of animals to see, Kilimanjaro climbers often choose the best time to climb based on the best trekking months, avoiding the rain season months.

Ready for your African Adventure? Contact us!

To view Mountain Gurus’ detailed itineraries and available dates for Kilimanjaro and Safari, click here. If you have more questions about a Kilimanjaro excursion or an of our other adventures in Asia, South America, Russia, Nepal or the Pacific Northwest, contact us. Come explore and experience a Mount Kilimanjaro climb and Serengeti safari with us.

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