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Booking Information

Trip Dates
CUSTOM DATES AVAILABLE

June 20-24 , 2017

Pricing
Kilimanjaro Extension $1499/person

 

Additional Information

Tanzania Links:
Tanzanian Embassy CDC Health Information Weather for Tanzania Travel Insurance

Activities: Safari
Difficulty: 1  

There is no better way to see the wildlife that Africa has to offer than by going on safari! You will visit a number of game parks including Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire to see a variety of animals and birds like elephants, giraffe, lions, ostrich, and more. These are some of the only places in the world with such an abundance and diversity of wildlife. A Tanzanian photo safari is a great way to relax following your climb up the continent’s tallest mountain.

• The migrations of nearly 1,500,000 wildebeest and 200,000 Zebra in the Serengeti to find fresh food and water is known as the “Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth”.

• The Ngorongoro Crater is thought to have been inhabited for more than three million years

• The Ngorongoro Crater was once part of the Serengeti National Park

• Maasai inhabited in the park until 1959

Day 1: After an early morning breakfast, then drive in our (photo safari converted) Land Rovers from Moshi to Lake Manyara. Afternoon game drive in the park with lunch boxes. Lake Manyara covers 330 square kilometers, 230 of which are lake. Along its western boundaries is the Rift Valley’s western wall. The park is famous for the birdlife — almost 400 different species. It is also famous for the elephant population and the tree-climbing lions. There is a large variety of tree species within the park. Dinner and overnight at Highview Hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast, we will take a morning tour of a Maasai Village and then drive to Ngorongoro Crater.  We will eat lunch in the crater accompanied by an afternoon game drive.  Ngorongoro Crater truly is one of nature’s wonders and a photographer’s paradise! Ngorongoro is the largest intact crater in the world, covering 265 square kilometers. From the rim to the crater floor is 2,000 feet. The Crater is home to an abundance of wild game including elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, serval cats, jackals, bushbucks, elands, waterbucks, wildebeest, many antelope, and a large variety of birds. This is a sight that you will always remember! Dinner and overnight at Highview Hotel.

Day 3: After breakfast, we have many options including: a game drive with box lunches to Tarangire National Park, drive to Mto Wa Mbu for souvenirs and Tanzanite shopping, and/or return to Moshi via Arusha.

Day 4: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport.

The best way to stay comfortable on any active adventure is going lightweight. Wearing the right versatile layers will insure a system with great ventilation and maximum protection in any conditions. The items on this list are just suggestions, however traveling with these items will give you the best chance for comfort and protection while in Tanzania against any and all conditions. Your local Backwoods employee would be glad to help determine which product is right for you!

As with many high altitude mountain trips, the weather can change very quickly. During the night on the Machame route, temperatures can be quite cold (10-30 degrees) with daytime temperatures ranging between 45-80 degrees. Most days will be clear and enjoyable, however, cool and misty conditions are possible. It’s not uncommon to encounter snow-covered ground near the summit.

Duffle bags carried by porters during the trek can be no more than 15 kilograms (33 lbs.). This is a national park policy. This would be a great time to update your gear with some really lightweight equipment. Travel/city clothing may be stored at the hotel in Moshi during the trek.

Baggage
✓ Day pack – 2,000-3,000 cu. in
✓ Large duffle bag
✓ Luggage tags and luggage locks
✓ Passport pouch or money pouch

Travel
✓ Casual Clothing and lightweight, comfortable items for travel
✓ Valid passport
✓ Airline tickets
✓ Electrical adapter plug
✓ Earplugs
✓ Travel pillow

Clothing
✓ Hiking shorts
✓ Hiking pants – zip offs are great
✓ T-shirts
✓ Long-sleeved shirts
✓ Long underwear
✓ Fleece jacket or wool sweater
✓ Fleece pants
✓ Down / synthetic insulated jacket
✓ Waterproof / breathable jacket and pants
✓ Underwear

Cold Weather Accessories
✓ Gloves – warm and waterproof
✓ Gloves – midweight windstopper
✓ Gloves liners
✓ Ski hat
✓ Balaclava

Footwear
✓ Hiking boots – waterproof, lightweight, broken-in and with ankle support
✓ Tennis shoes or sandals
✓ Gaiters
✓ Hiking socks
✓ Warm socks
✓ Sock liners

Sleeping bag (rated 0 degrees).
✓ Tents are supplied
✓ Foam sleeping pads are provided (However, a Thermarest is highly recommended for optimal comfort)

Others
✓ Water bottles and / or Hydration Resevoir (2-3)
✓ Sun hat with brim
✓ Sunglasses
✓ Bandanas
✓ Money ($800-$1,000 in cash including some small US or Tanzanian bills)
✓ Ski or trekking poles
✓ Pack cover
✓ Headlamp or flashlight
✓ Camera, film, tripod
✓ Batteries – extra for headlamp and camera
✓ Binoculars
✓ Notebook, journal, pencil and pen
✓ Pocket knife or multi-tool
✓ Energy bars, hard candy, snacks and comfort foods
✓ Personal first-aid kit
✓ Insect repellent
✓ Several Ziploc plastic bags
✓ Heavy duty trash bag

Toiletries
✓ Toilet paper (and baggie to put used paper while on trail)
✓ Small towel
✓ Soap
✓ Toothbrush and toothpaste
✓ Handi-wipes (moist towels for cleaning)
✓ Hand sanitizer
✓ Personal toiletry items
✓ Sun block and lip balm

Trip FAQs

What's included?

ALL LAND COSTS INCLUDED!

• 3 days photo safari to Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro crater, Maasai boma, and Tarangire NP
• 2 nights at Highview Hotel or Ngorongoro Crater Wild Camp
• All transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
• All meals, park fees, and all guide and porter fees
• Backwoods Adventures guide

What's not included?

  • All airfare to and from Tanzania (Inquire to learn more about our flight booking service)
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Extras; laundry, massage, internet

Meals

At Backwoods Adventures we know that well fed travelers are happy travelers! We aim to please your palate. These examples may not be the exact fare of the day and may change from day to day, but following are a few examples of our daily meals for the photo safari extension:

Breakfast: Breakfasts are typically eggs, toast, meat, and fruit along with a selection of hot drinks.

Lunch: Lunches will be some combination of bread, cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes, fried potatoes, fried bread, fruit, biscuits, and hot drinks. “Tea” is served mid-to late afternoon with peanuts, popcorn, and/or biscuits.

Dinner: Dinners will be served with soup and bread first, followed by pasta, potatoes, or rice with different sauces, which are often tomato-based with meat, beans, and vegetables.

Note: Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated.

Accommodations

Our accommodations will vary based on our location. However, all hotels are among the highest ranked in the nation for both location and amenities

Health

While the photo safari is a relatively low-intensity adventure, we will be spending long days on dusty bumpy roads. There is no training necessary and most find the photo safari very relaxing. The only health concerns are in country illness mentioned below.

*Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Malaria pills, prescriptions you are currently taking, or should take in case you get sick.

Visa Requirement

U.S. Citizens need a visa for Tanzania. You can get the visa application from the Tanzania Embassy website or call them in Washington D.C. at 202-939-6125, and ask for a visa application. You will need to send:

•Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months beyond entry)
•One application per traveler
•One passport-size photo
•$100 money order for each person (no checks)
•Prepaid return envelope to the embassy

Allow 30 days for processing. You might want to consider sending it certified mail or Federal Express both directions to ensure the safety of your passport. You can also get a visa at the Kilimanjaro International Airport once you arrive. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.

FROM OUR TRAVELERS