Kilimanjaro Safari Extension

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Activity Level and Qualifications

This trip is rated Relaxed [1]. Safaris are not physically demanding but they are in remote locations and driving is often over rough terrain. This trip is perfect for active people in good health and with the spirit of adventure.

Total Days: 6

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Trip Highlights

  • Camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact crater in the world boasting 30,000 animals
  • Witness the drama of predator versus prey on the vast plains of the Serengeti
  • Enjoy ample opportunity to see the "Big 5"—lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo—in addition to many other animals and birds
  • Visit Lake Manyara, a vast alkaline soda lake, home to flocks of pink flamingos and tree climbing lions

Perfect for travelers wishing to continue their Tanzanian travels after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, this wildlife safari showcases the natural beauty & magnificent animals of Tanzania's great wildlife parks.

We venture into the Ngorongoro Crater, home to a fantastic spectacle of big game including elephants, lions and rhinos. Then it's onto the world's most famous wildlife reserve, Serengeti National Park, where we sleep, true safari style, in walled tents. Last, we visit Lake Manyara National Park, a serene place where a vast alkaline soda lake, home to flocks of pink flamingos, meets the dramatic rise of the Great Rift escarpment. Be on the lookout for its tree climbing lions! As we end this wonderfully varied trip, odds are you'll think: "just how soon can I come back again!"

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Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - After our Kilimanjaro climb, we begin our safari adventure in the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Day 2 - Explore the Ngorongoro Crater before arriving in the Serengeti for two nights of bush camping.
  • Day 3 - Discover the abundant wildlife on the savannahs of the Serengeti.
  • Day 4 - Enjoy Lake Manyara National Park and views of the Rift Valley.
  • Day 5 - Spot flamingos and tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park before visiting a local village.
  • Day 6 - Return to Arusha and depart for home.

Activities:

  • Wildlife Safari
Group Size: 4-16

Accommodations:

Safari camping, 3 nights; Hotel, 2 nights; Day room, 1 day.

Weather

Our departure dates coincide with the dry seasons of East Africa. Temperatures are typically in the 70s - 80s during the day, cooling off to the 50s - 60s in the evening. Departures from December through February can expect daytime temperatures to be about 10 degrees higher on average. The Ngorongoro Crater is over 7,500'+ high, so expect cool mornings and evenings regardless of the season.

Trip Itinerary and Details

  • Day 1 - After our Kilimanjaro climb, we begin our safari adventure in the Ngorongoro Crater.

    After breakfast and saying a final good-bye to departing climbers, we set out on our wildlife safari, an equally rich experience that requires much less physical effort! We depart Arusha around 9:30 a.m. and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the natural wonders of the world. Our route takes us up along the crater rim (7,600'); we often spot wildlife before we arrive at our camp on the ridge. We overnight in very comfortable tents with cots, foam mattresses and pillows. All meals provided from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 6.

    Driving time: 5 hours.

  • Day 2 - Explore the Ngorongoro Crater before arriving in the Serengeti for two nights of bush camping.

    We depart our camp at 8 a.m. so we can spend a half day exploring the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, 2,000' below the rim. The roads in and out of the crater are steep and require 4-wheel drive. Some regard the Crater as the original Garden of Eden; the Maasai consider it "the footprint of God." It is the largest intact crater in the world. The high ground around the rim lies under a thick canopy of lichen-covered tropical forest, often shrouded in mist, while the floor of the crater teems with all kinds of wildlife. At the heart of the crater's 10-mile wide grassland plain there lies a soda lake that attracts vast numbers of flamingo and other water birds. Visitors to Ngorongoro are almost sure to see rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, zebra and many species of antelope! This was once the home of the Maasai and they are still allowed to take their herds of cattle into the crater at certain times of the year for grazing and watering. Our next destination is the Serengeti, where we camp for two nights in the bush. Our safari camp is situated deep in the very heart of the park close to the Seronera River. The riverine forest of yellow-barked acacias is an ideal biosphere for leopards, which are seen quite often here along with lions, hippos and, occasionally, elephants. This area is the principal source of shade for the wildlife wandering the short grass plains, which makes game viewing here excellent.

    Driving time: 3 hours to the Serengeti plus time for game drives.

  • Day 3 - Discover the abundant wildlife on the savannahs of the Serengeti.

    A full day in the Serengeti, we set out to explore the most famous wildlife park in the world, unsurpassed in the number of mammals. The Maasai called this region the "Siringitu" meaning "the place where the land moves on forever." This is most certainly a reference to the constant movement of the huge numbers of animals that live in the vast savannahs of the Serengeti. This is one of the largest and last remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Discovering areas with abundant wildlife, we witness the drama of predator versus prey played out in front of us. Have your cameras and binoculars ready, but take time to soak up the smells, sounds and sights with all your senses unencumbered. We spend a second night at our safari camp, trading stories and listening to the sounds of the bush.

    Game drives approximately 2-3 hours each.

  • Day 4 - Enjoy Lake Manyara National Park and views of the Rift Valley.

    We bid our camp staff farewell before heading to Lake Manyara National Park. We plan to arrive in time for a late lunch at our night's lodging, which offers a lovely view of the Rift valley and a swimming pool that's perfect for cooling off. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool, enjoying a cool drink on the veranda, and taking some time to truly savor the moment. Dinner and overnight on the outskirts of Lake Manyara.

    Driving time: 6 hours

  • Day 5 - Spot flamingos and tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park before visiting a local village.

    Our safari takes us to the dramatic Great Rift escarpment, which provides superb vistas along the way, to Lake Manyara National Park. We spend the morning enjoying the diverse wildlife of this small, verdant park. Unlike the Serengeti, Manyara has a bit of a tropical feel to it and supports a huge amount of birdlife as well as larger animals such as giraffe, buffalo, elephant and the famed tree-climbing lions. We will stop at a nearby lodge for a delicious lunch before departing for Mto Wa Mbu village (literally "mosquito village"). This small village on the outskirts of Manyara has a truly wonderful crafts market showcasing the artistic wares of many of Tanzania's 120 tribes. Bargain hard—have fun! Then it is back to our lodge for an afternoon of leisure at the pool.

  • Day 6 - Return to Arusha and depart for home.

    After breakfast we depart for Arusha, arriving in time for an early lunch. For those departing from the Kilimanjaro (JRO) airport, we provide a day room in Arusha and one group transfer to the airport. Please book departing flights after 6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own.

    Driving time: 3 hours.

Notes on Itinerary

Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

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From: $3,899 per person dbl occ

2016 & 2017 - $3,899 (REI Member); $4,299 (Non-member)

Deposit

See Special Payment section below.

Options
  • Single supplement - $499

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Price Includes

Double occupancy accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; park fees; airport transfer when departing with the group; skilled safari guide/driver, cook and camp staff; all group camping gear including tents; private safari vehicles with guaranteed window seat; taxes and tolls

Not Included

Airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport; 1 breakfast and 1 dinner; optional gratuities to your safari driver/guide and safari support staff; excess baggage charges, airport taxes and items of a personal nature; cost of obtaining a passport, visas and immunizations; insurance of any kind.

Kilimanjaro Safari ExtensionKilimanjaro Safari Extension - Dates

When joining our African Safari Extension from a Kilimanjaro climb, Day 1 of our extension begins on the final day of your trek itinerary. Please review the dates below and select the date that aligns with the end of your trek when registering for the safari extension.

2016 Safari Dates

(post Marangu trip):

Jan 18–23
Mar 14–19
Jun 20–25
Aug 22–27
Oct 3–8

(post Lemosho trip):
Jan 6–11
Feb 3–8
Feb 24–29
Jul 6–11
Sep 14–19

2017 Safari Dates

(post Marangu trip):

Feb 12 – 17
July 9 - 14 
Aug 13 - 18
Sep 17 - 22
Oct 15 – 20
Dec 29 – Jan 3

(post Lemosho trip):
Feb 22 - 27
July 19 - 24
Aug 23 - 28
Sep 27  - Oct 2
Oct 25 – 30
Jan 3 - 8 (2018)

Consider as you sign up

  • Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
  • Travel insurance - To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Please contact us or see details.
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Additional Information

Special Payment, Cancellation, and Transfer Policy

A deposit of $400 per person must be paid at the time of signup; the deposit is fully refundable up to 91 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. At 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the land cost is non-refundable and non-transferrable. At 30 days or less prior to departure all costs are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Single Accommodations

There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations with a same-gender roommate. If you are willing to share but we are unable to pair you with a same-gender roommate, you will not be charged the single supplement fee. If you do not wish to share and request single accommodations, you will be required to pay the single supplement fee. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available. For more details about traveling solo, see our Solo Travelers page.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. Additional trip information will be provided upon sign up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Kilimanjaro Safari Extension Gear List

The key to staying comfortable on safari is layering.  To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation.  This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary, as this helps you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Recommended

Optional

Travel Documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • International Health Card (Immunizations Listed)
  • Valid Passport

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Accommodations
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  • Our Guide Wilfred
  • Quality Equipment Provided
  • Well Organized Itinerary

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    Comments about REI Adventures Kilimanjaro Safari Extension:

    Even though we were very close to the animals, the best photos were taken using a telephoto lens. Make sure you have a good camera with a telephoto.

    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
    • Why did you choose this trip?:
    • We wanted to hike Kilimanjaro and decided to do a safari after the climb. We figured since we were travelling so far, we should try and do more than just the hike. We are so glad we did. The hike followed by the safari was a perfect balance and gave us a great introduction to Tanzania.
    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
    • The highlight of the trip was the number of animals we saw. We couldn't believe how many animals we ended up seeing and how close we got. The other highlights were the luxury camps and our amazing guide - Wilfred. Wilfred was incredibly knowledgable about the area and the animals and he was patient, flexible, funny and had excellent English. We learned so much from him.
    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
    • Combine the hike and the safari. The contrast is perfect and the safari is a great way to recover from the hike.

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    Kilimanjaro Safari ExtensionKilimanjaro Safari Extension - Dates

    When joining our African Safari Extension from a Kilimanjaro climb, Day 1 of our extension begins on the final day of your trek itinerary. Please review the dates below and select the date that aligns with the end of your trek when registering for the safari extension.

    2016 Safari Dates

    (post Marangu trip):

    Jan 18–23
    Mar 14–19
    Jun 20–25
    Aug 22–27
    Oct 3–8

    (post Lemosho trip):
    Jan 6–11
    Feb 3–8
    Feb 24–29
    Jul 6–11
    Sep 14–19

    2017 Safari Dates

    (post Marangu trip):

    Feb 12 – 17
    July 9 - 14 
    Aug 13 - 18
    Sep 17 - 22
    Oct 15 – 20
    Dec 29 – Jan 3

    (post Lemosho trip):
    Feb 22 - 27
    July 19 - 24
    Aug 23 - 28
    Sep 27  - Oct 2
    Oct 25 – 30
    Jan 3 - 8 (2018)

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