Kilimanjaro Tanzanian Safari
Over the years International Mountain Guides has adapted our safari experience to keep pace with the interests of our clients by running unique, quality safaris in both traditional lodges and mobile tented camps. We offer these safaris in conjunction with our Kilimanjaro climbs as a way to celebrate a job well done on the mountain and provide an opportunity to experience the "wild" side of East Africa with world-class game viewing. Please be sure to visit our Kilimanjaro Climb page as well as the Kilimanjaro FAQ page for more information. Feel free to get in touch should you have questions. We look forward to you joining us for a Tanzanian adventure!
UNIQUE "HYBRID" STYLE The traditional "bush" experience plus luxury lodging
We spend four days, three nights on an especially designed "hybrid" itinerary. Our teams will stay two nights in a traditional "bush" safari with deluxe tents (except for the December trip, see below). Following our evenings under the stars, we stay a final evening at one of Tanzania's
SPECTACULAR GAME PARKS Serengeti and Ngorongoro
During our "hunt" to photograph the "Big 5" (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and White/Black rhinoceros), we'll spend time in some of Tanzania's most popular National Parks and Conservation Areas. We'll start by flying to the Serengeti from Arusha, touching down in the heart of the grass plains. With the Seronera River close by, our safari drivers will bring us in close to the action. During our first afternoon game drive we typically see at least 3 out of 5 of the "big ones!" Our experienced and knowledgeable drivers work hard at spotting wildlife. Most teams easily get great views of their favorite game animals. Remember to bring a good camera! Because our itinerary is progressive and flows with the seasonal migrations, we may then move toward the Ndutu area where we'll see even more new sites and animals. As we travel, we'll visit the Olduvai Gorge and learn the rich history describing the ancient people who once lived there. If teams are interested, they may choose to add a visit to a local Massai village (additional cost). Each day is a true adventure! Finally we'll head to the Ngorongoro Crater to visit this World Heritage Site and the teaming wildlife that thrives year round in the midst of this giant and breathtaking caldera. (Safari plans are subject to change.)
THE SERENGETI MIGRATION When to safari?
We choose to visit Tanzania when there is optimal climbing weather for Kilimanjaro, but that doesn't mean that you'll be missing out on great times to view game in the bush. January to March, the days are hot, sunny and fairly dry. You'll find that the wildebeest are calving in the Southern plains and that the "Great Migration" will be passing near the Ngorongoro area setting us up for spectacular photos of these immense herds. The herds will follow a clockwise rotation and by June and July will have moved west and north. We'll continue to be in the heart of the action as the wildebeest and other herds of elephants and zebras continue their annual pilgrimage. August and September are much drier, but there is still excellent game viewing in the Central Serengeti and year-round in the Ngorongoro Crater. When we return to Tanzania in December, the herds will again be circling towards the Southern plains and the entire cycle will begin once more!
ECO-FRIENDLY & COMFORTABLE "Glamping" leaves a small footprint but has top comforts
Mobile safaris have continued to be a huge hit for our clients! We think you'll truly enjoy this genuine African safari as much as we do. What's great about these seasonal camps is that we'll be moving camp to prime locations as the herds migrate. This is the type of flexibility that you want. "Glamping" allows us to choose the best places to camp in the parks; right in the middle of (yet safely away from) the action.
Our tented camps are an eco-friendly alternative and low-impact way in which to responsibly travel. As on Kilimanjaro, your IMG guide will encourage "leave no trace" philosophy while at camp and in the
Each two person tent has an "en-suite" bathroom. There are two
At camp there is a daily "bag shower" for each person. The camp staff warms water for each person (about 30 liters) and fills a shower bag that hangs outside of your tent "bathroom." The shower head is manual. It is easy to have a nice shower by turning on and off the water between soaping up and rinsing off. There is plenty of water with this method, so it is easy to get clean after a long day in the safari vehicles!
Nighttime is unique in the bush. You'll hear the quiet sounds of many animals in the distance, but this should not be alarming. The camp feels secure and the predators would rather stay away than come near. The camp staff puts out kerosene lamps in the front of each tent so it is easy to find your way inside. This also keeps the animals away. After dinner the staff is happy to escort you the short distance from the dinner tent to your sleeping tent. Many times there is a campfire going in the evening and this too is a deterrent. Our safari staff has never had a problem with predators. With the abundant number of gazelles and other prey, there's little reason for these animals to enter camp. Under the canvas of a starlit night and the far-off animal calls, you'll rest easy and enjoy the tranquility that this type of authentic safari offers.
As with the rest of the creature comforts at camp, the food is not "typical" to camping. There is a first class meal service in the dining tent with plenty of food. Dinner generally consists of three delicious courses, each with an African flair. The lounge area also affords a well-stocked bar, maps and reference books, and a selection of board-games to peruse during your free time. If given advanced notice at sign-up, our chef can accommodate many dietary restrictions. Please let us know if you have any special dietary concerns.
International Mountain Guide's December trip will continue to use the
GENERAL SAFARI NOTES
Casual, loose, cool and comfortable clothes are perfect. You will get hot and dusty. Cotton is OK. Our safari camps are deluxe, so leave your "mountain" clothes behind. We don't have much time to do laundry between the climb and safari so bring enough clothes for both. You'll be able to leave a duffle at the hotel with your extra climbing gear. A light jacket or sweater can come in handy during the evenings. Our longtime African outfitters use 4WD Land Rovers or Land Cruisers for the safari, with "pop top" roofs, that allow participants to stand up for viewing and photography. The drivers do a great job of finding the critters for some world-class game viewing. For the airport transfers, our local operators often use a Coaster type bus. Seat belt use is uncommon in Africa, and they may not be available on these vehicles.
AVAILABITY AND PRICING
Be sure to plan ahead and book your climb (and safari!) early. Space is limited and we aim to keep our group sizes reasonable. If you're climbing Kilimanjaro with us, but your spouse or partner isn't interested in the climb, we'd still be happy to have them join the team for the safari. Please visit the Kilimanjaro main page for program dates and pricing details.