12 Day Adventure Cultural and Wild Camping Safari

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Itinerary Briefing

A12 day safari to Materuni Village, Mulala Village, Kikuletwa Hot Spring, Tengeru Market, Lake Duluti, Maasai Village Monduli, Tarangire National Park, Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.. This is a mixed culture and wild safari program with a lot of adventures

Itinerary Day Description

Day 1: Cultural Experience At Materuni Village.

In the morning after breakfast you will be picked at the hotel in Arusha town and start a journey to Moshi town (2hours), you will pass this beautiful town on the way to Materuni village which is located on the foot of the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Upon arrival you will start a day long hiking to the impressive waterfalls. The beautiful path leading to Materuni waterfalls is located 2500 meters above sea level. To these waterfalls you will be crossing valleys, hills covered by rainforest, coffee, avocado and banana plantations and during the clear days the peak of Kilimanjaro can be clearly seen. Here you will also get time to learn on how to make coffee and taste it. In the evening you will be picked to Arusha and stay overnight at Banana Farm Eco Hostel.

Day 2: Visit Women Projects At Mulala Village.

Soon after breakfast you will be picked from your hotel and start driving for 30 minutes to Mulala Village which is located on the slopes of Mount Meru, the 3rd highest mountain in Africa. Here you will visit Women Group project called Agape, as you arrive you will be greeted by their chants and dance, this is the traditional greeting when entering in the village of Wmeru tribe, experiencing their joy while immersing in a rich cultural experience created by this industrious and dynamic Women group. Today you will also participate in some activities like making handcrafts, processing honey and milk products like Cheese and Butter. These products are sold in Markets in Arusha and other cities to finance the local village, School and water projects. Later in the evening you will be driving back to Banana Farm Eco Hostel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3:  Kikuletwa Hot Spring Tour

After breakfast, picked from your hotel in Arusha town to Kikuletwa hot Spring, a hidden gem along Arusha and Moshi, a beautiful Oasis surrounded by dense vegetation providing a jungle experience and swimming leisure into hot natural water. The waters are really beautiful, warm with a clear aqua-blue; you will be jumping into hot water by using the swinging tree branches and there are some little fish in the water that give your feet a “tackling massage”. You will be staying there to experience sunset as well with served food into a little jungle. In the evening you will be picked back to Arusha town for your dinner and overnight at Banana Farm Eco Hostel.

Day 4:  Visit Tengeru Market And Canoeing At Lake Duluti.

Breakfast at the hotel then drive for 10 minutes to Tengeru village which is located on the eastern part of Arusha town, upon arrival you will visit Lake Duluti for canoeing and birding for some hours then later after afternoon you will visit the local market and the Polish refugee camp during 1st World War. Stay overnight at Banana Farm Eco Hostel

Day 5:  Visit Authentic Maasai Village Of Monduli.

After breakfast you will be picked by your Driver/Guide and start journey for 1 hour to Monduli Mountains for cultural tour at Monduli village, this is the Maasai village found on the slopes of Monduli Mountains. Today you will get time to visit Maasai Cattle Market and Traditional Doctors to learn about traditional medicines and have some knowledge.

Dinner and overnight stay will be camping in the Maasai Village ( Boma).

Day 6:  Game Drive In Tarangire National Park.

After breakfast meet your Driver/Guide at the hotel lounge, after a safari briefing you will start a journey to Tarangire National Park, this drive will take you about 2 hours with sightseeing on the way. After entry formalities at the gate you will start a game drive in this beautiful park famous for its huge herds of elephants, other animal species which are common in this park includes lion, leopard, jackal, hyenas, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and much more. This park is also known as a Baobab Garden because these Africa’s ancient trees are scattered around the park. Picnic lunch will be served at the location inside the park. Game drive will continue till later afternoon for dinner and over night at Wild Palm Campsite.

Day 7:  Game Drive In Lake Manyara National Park.

In the morning after breakfast you will be driving to Lake Manyara National Park (1 hour), arrive at the camp, drop camping gears and cook then drive to Lake Manyara for a game drive in this beautiful park which is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Fig Camp.

Day 8:  Visit Datoga Tribe In Lake Eyasi

After breakfast you will have 2 hours drive to Lake Eyasi South of Ngorongoro, arrive at the camp for lunch, after lunch meet your local Guide who will brief you about the activities in this village, later in the afternoon you will walk to Datoga people to learn more about these Nilotic tribe famous for making jewelry (Blacksmith), then visit Onion plantation and Sunset hill. Dinner and overnight at Bushmen village camp.

Day 9: Discover The Life Of Bushmen.

Wake up very early in the morning, get a cup of Coffee/ Tea then drive to the Hadzabe people, these are one of the most primitive tribe in Africa, still living by hunting and gathering.

You will get time to join their hunting expedition for few hours before driving back at the camp for brunch. After brunch you will start a long drive to Serengeti National Park having game drive en route, Stay overnight at one of Seronera Campsites.

Day 10: Full Game Drive In Serengeti National Park.

Get up early for breakfast at the camp and soon after having your continental breakfast you will catch your safari jeep and leave for sunrise game drive in this vast land, the mission today apart from seeing beautiful sunrise your guide will take you to the best terrain to see Big Cats e.g. Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs plus thousands of ungulates like Buffaloes, Zebras, Giraffes, Gazelles, Hippos and much more. Lunch will be served at private location in the heart of Serengeti. In your tour you will be able to get cup of hot Coffee/Tea all the time. After lunch you will continue with game drive till sunset when you will be heading back to the same camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Half Day In Serengeti Then To Ngorongoro.

Leisurely breakfast at the camp, check out then with picnic lunch start a game viewing in this park, depending on the movement of the animals but your guide will take you to the places you didn’t touch the previous day. Lunch will be served at the location in the park, soon after lunch you will be heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area with an option of visiting Maasai village for cultural experience! Arrive at Simba Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 12:  Game Drive In Ngorongoro Crater Then Back To Arusha.

Another day in Africa! After an early wake up, you will start a drive to Ngorongoro Crater; this is the biggest unbroken caldera in the world with size of 610 meters deep a 19 km wide. This area is dived into several vegetation zones namely Open grassland, Soda Lake, Swamps, Marshes, Forest and the Hill. Here there are about 25,000 different species co-exist. This is also the home of the most endangered species in Africa the Black Rhino. Breakfast will be served at Ngoitoktok picnic site which overlook the hippo pool. After breakfast you will continue with game drive for more hours then heading out of the area, Lunch will be served at the location outside the park, today you will have an option to stop at the curio shops for shopping. After that you will continue with your journey back to Arusha town for your private arrangement.

Included Services

  • All Road transfer as per trip itinerary including airport pick up and drop off transfers.
  • 05 days, 4 nights private trip package
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English-speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees as per trip itinerary
  • All game drives as mentioned
  • All accommodation during safari
  • 2 ltr mineral waters per person / day during game drives
  • Domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar ONE WAY

Excluded Services

  • International Flights & All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari in Serengeti
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation on Zanzibar

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Covid-19 Travel Requirements

Traveling to and from Tanzania during Covid-19

The information on this page will be updated regularly as requirements and protocols change. Date of last update: 25/Oct/2021. The information found in the government Travel Advisory No. 8 of 14 Sept 2021 is summarized below:

[ All our Moak Tanzania safari guides have been vaccinated against Covid-19] in brackets

Leaving Home

Your international airline may have pre-boarding testing requirements. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Most of our guests travel through Amsterdam and currently if you have a transfer in Amsterdam you do not need to show a negative NAAT (PCR) test result or rapid test result on arrival in the Netherlands. A transfer is when you change planes and continue your journey within a few hours, and in any case within 1 day without leaving the airport where you transfer. Please make sure to check the entry requirements of your final destination.

Arriving into Tanzania

Tanzania recommends all travelers to fill out a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours prior to arrival. Follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ to get the form.  Once completed the traveler will receive a completion notification from the Ministry of health containing their Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will show upon arriving. 

[If arriving directly onto Zanzibar, please use this link instead.] In grey background 

[Also, all travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, with the sample tested within 96 hours of departure to Tanzania.] GREEN COLOR

All travelers arriving from countries experiencing variants of concern/interest or who have traveled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken, will be subjected to Rapid tests at their point of entry at their own cost.  The Rapid test cost is $10 per traveler  (or $25 per travel if arriving directly onto Zanzibar). This cost can be pre-paid online when you complete your online Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form.

[We strongly recommended to pre-pay to avoid unnecessary queue upon arrival.] RED COLOR

Traveling in Tanzania

While traveling in Tanzania, standard Covid-19 protocols (masking, social distancing, and sanitizing) will be adhered to by your guide and those working in the tourism industry, while in public settings, airports/airplanes, and the common areas of accommodations. All full time Moak safari guides have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Much of your time on safari, social distance from other travelers and when outside will be our paramount goal. However, if you plan to travel in a more populous area like in city or towns, we suggest you wear a mask when social distancing from other people cannot be maintained.

Departing Tanzania

Prior to departing Tanzania, Covid-19 testing (PCR and/or Rapid Test) will be required for most travelers. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Covid-19 testing costs (PCR Test $50+facility fees pp / PCR Test on Zanzibar $80 pp / Rapid Test $10 pp) are the responsibility of the traveler. 

As your tour operator, we will help coordinate proper test timing, location, and test payment.

PCR Test Procedures (General):

  • PCR Tests should be administered no more than 3 days prior to your scheduled departure. 
  • Your Final Summary Schedule will indicate the date when your test should administered.
  • Testing sites will vary based on your specific travel itinerary
  • Testing Fee Payment (Mainland) – Once your appointment has been made, our staff in Arusha will receive your testing payment Control Number (unique number for each traveler). We will make the payment on your behalf and you will reimburse this cost to your guide ($50 per person – cash). Since test requirements are subject to change, reimbursement on site will be the most accurate approach.
  • Testing Fee Payment (Zanzibar) – Once your appointment has been made we will prepay for the test and then forward your test scheduling confirmation on Zanzibar. The location of the test will be based on where you are staying on the island. There are facilities on the east coast as well as in Stone Town. The cost of the test on Zanzibar is $80 per person.
  • Facility Fee Payment – You will be responsible for the facility fee that will be paid on site. This fee will range from $10-20 per person depending on the testing facility.
  • Testing Procedure (day of) –
    • Masks are required at the testing sites.
    • Have your passport available for check in as well as payment confirmation (provided by your guide).
    • Sample collection will take place in the morning. Test collection hours vary at each site.
    • Please expect the process to take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Results – Once the testing process is complete and the certificate is ready, a notification with your results and certificate will be sent from the National Public Health Laboratory – Tanzania () to the email address used during registration (usually your safari consultant’s email unless otherwise specified). You may also check https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/booking (for mainland / northern safari circuit locations) or  https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz/app/home (for Zanzibar) for updates using your passport number to pull up your results. Please note that once the sample leaves the testing site, the testing site will not receive information about results. Should you have any concerns please ask your guide to contact the Regional Laboratory Technologist at +255 713 819 450 (Warda) or +255 715 361 518(Nangai).
    • For travelers departing JRO, a printed copy of your test result will be given to you in Arusha. We will also email you a PDF of the certificate.
    • For travelers departing DAR or ZNZ,we will email you a PDF of the certificate.

Note for travelers returning to the United States :

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show one of the following:

If you are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated: A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

This regulation goes into November 8, 2021. We will inquire as to your vaccination status so that we can help you coordinate your testing accordingly.


Rapid Test Procedures (updated August 23, 2021)

  • If you are departing on an airline that requires a Rapid Test prior to boarding you need to arrive at your international airport of departure 5 hours prior to departure.
  • All international airports (JRO, DAR and ZNZ) have Rapid Test capacity.
  • Pre-registration is not required
  • Payment of $10 can be made in cash by depositing into the on-site bank.
  • Results are provided within 15 to 20 minutes of taking the test.
  • UPDATE: currently a Rapid Test is NOT required if you are just transiting through Amsterdam (AMS). You still need to be traveling with a valid NEGATIVE PCR test.

Common PCR Testing Sites in the Northern Circuit

  • Arusha Region
    • Arusha Lutheran Center Referral Hospital – daily
      • $25 USD (cash)
      • You can request to have someone come to you to administer the test (this should be pre-arranged)
    • Mt. Meru Regional Referral Hospital – 8 am – 3:30 pm daily
    • FAME Medical Health Center – 8:30 am – 11:30 am daily
      • $15 USD (cash or credit accepted)
  • Mara Region
    • Seronera Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 7:00 – 10:00 am daily
      • 20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)
    • Kogatende Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 8:00 – 10:00 am daily
      • 20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)
  • Zanzibar 
    • Global Hospital (Stone Town) – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun
    • Testing sites on East Coast of Zanzibar  – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun
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