Kilimanjaro Safari Extension

Trip Length 6 Days
Group Size 4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,999 for REI Members
$4,399 for non-members

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Get a front row seat in the Serengeti on this 6-day safari adventure.

Follow up a tremendous experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with an epic wildlife safari. This trip showcases the natural beauty and magnificent animals of Tanzania’s great wildlife parks. A classic destination for wildlife viewing, our exceptional guides will keep us on the lookout for prides of lions, flocks of pink flamingos, packs of elephants, prowling leopard, more than 400 species of birds, and much more.

We fly directly into the world's most famous wildlife reserve, Serengeti National Park. Slumber in large canvas-sided tents, true to traditional safari style. Then it’s on to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact crater in the world and home to more than 30,000 animals. Last, we visit Lake Manyara National Park, a serene spot where a vast alkaline soda lake meets the dramatic rise of the Great Rift escarpment. An unforgettable trip in and of itself, this safari adventure is the perfect ending to an already memorable adventure in Africa.

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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

Activities

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.

  • Wildlife Safari

What's Included

Double occupancy accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; park fees; airfare from Moshi to the Serengeti, 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; enrollment in Flying Doctors; taxes and tolls.

Accommodations

Traditional tented camps, 3 nights; Lodges, 2 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

After our Kilimanjaro climb, we have a day of rest with optional city touring.

After summiting Kilimanjaro, we deserve a bit of rest. Also, a chance to get some laundry done before setting off on safari. After a slow breakfast, we have the option of joining a guided city tour of the quaint, yet bustling mountain town of Moshi. Here we can explore the markets and do a little shopping. Or choose to take the day off and relax at our accommodations. All meals included.

Day 2

Fly to the heart of the Serengeti and begin our safari adventure.

A morning flight gives us a bird’s eye view of the rift valley and takes us deep into the heart of the Serengeti. After landing we meet our guide and set out on safari. Our safari camp is in the center of the park close to the Seronera River. This are is excellent for game viewing. The riverine forest of yellow-barked acacias is an ideal biosphere for spotting leopards, lions, hippos and elephants. The area is also the principal source of shade for the wildlife wandering the short grass plains. We overnight in comfortable canvas sided tents with en suite bathrooms, attached safari showers, and full beds with fresh linens, comfortable mattresses and pillows. All meals included.

Flight: 1–3 hours; Game Drive: 3–4 hours.

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. The Maasai called this region the "Siringitu", meaning, "the place where the land moves on forever." This is 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. All meals included.

Game Drive: 6–8 hours.

Day 4

Serengeti safari and hike along ​the Ngorongoro Crater rim.

We spend the full morning searching for wildlife on the plains of the Serengeti. After lunch we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Our route takes us past Maasai villages and up along the crater rim (7,600'). On the western flanks we take a guided walk with a Ngorongoro Conservation ranger. This allows us to stretch our legs while taking in the full grandeur of this World Heritage Site. Our tented camp is located nearby, perfectly poised on the crater rim. Here we enjoy a fireside seat to an unforgettable sunset. All meals included.

Game Drive: 3 hours; Transfer: 3 hours; Hiking; 1 hour.​

Day 5

Explore the varied wildlife of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at first light.

From our camp on the crater rim, we have direct access to the expansive Ngorongoro Crater. 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 and the only one with a self-contained ecosystem. The rim lies under a thick canopy of lichen-covered tropical forest, often shrouded in mist. At the heart of the crater is a 10-mile wide grassland plain and soda lake that attracts vast numbers of flamingo and teams with wildlife. Visitors to Ngorongoro are almost sure to see rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, zebra and many species of antelope! This afternoon, we go to a comfortable lodge set in the Ngorongoro highlands for our final night in Tanzania. All meals included.

Game Drive: 6 hours; Transfer: 2.5 hours.

Day 6

Enjoy Lake Manyara National Park and views of the Rift Valley, depart for home.

Our last day of adventure before catching our departing flights this evening! We descend down the dramatic Great Rift Escarpment to Lake Manyara National Park. Here we’ll spend the morning enjoying the diverse wildlife of this small, verdant park. Manyara has a tropical feel to it, supporting a huge amount of birdlife near the lakeshore as well as hippos and forest dwellers. We stop at a nearby village for a delicious lunch before heading back to Arusha town. Group transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport this evening for our departing international flights. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on your own.

Transfer: 2.5 hours.

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.

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

Contact Us

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