Trip Overview

Lace up your trail-tested hiking boots for an unforgettable 10-day African trekking adventure and wildlife safari on foot in Tanzania with AdventureWomen. Trek on from the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater in Olduvai Gorge, from volcanic lakes to wildlife-rich African plains. This is Africa’s Great Rift Valley!

An African lion roars at dawn, yellow-collared lovebirds call, and hyenas howl to start the hunt as life wakes to greet the sun. Savor the chorus rising from the plains and know it’s going to be another beautiful day in Tanzania! Walk among wildebeest, watch as thousands of flamingos fill lakes with color, and opt for the midnight summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai in the Great Rift Valley. Hiking with other women is always such a joy, and on this Tanzania hiking trip, the magic of the Serengeti draws everyone together to use your eyes, ears, and sense of wonder as you witness scenes of dazzling grace and beauty.

For our Tanzania safari on foot, during the warm-up walks which lead up to the tougher climbs ahead, you may spy birds with exotic plumage, a gentle giraffe arching her long neck to nuzzle her calf, thundering herds of zebra, or lightning-fast antelope. Whenever you see a big acacia tree, look up! You just might see a napping leopard guarding her kill. Inside Serengeti National Park, a full day’s safari game drive will include approaching the Grumeti and Mbalageti rivers to witness moments fraught with danger as gazelles, antelope, and ostriches share the drinking water with top predators, from jackals to lions.

All along your Tanzania trekking route, you’ll observe Maasai bomas (a grouping of mud huts) dotting the landscape. To learn more about this nomadic tribe and their roles as environmental stewards, you will step into a boma to meet some of its colorfully robed members, including female artisans.

After a visit to Olduvai Gorge, you ascend up to view Ngorongoro Crater, where high grassy slopes and the caldera’s floor are host to over 30,000 animals. Watch for prides of lions, baboons, vervet monkeys, flocks of flamingos, and a pool full of adorably plump but fierce hippos. At the rim of verdant Empakaai Crater, you will explore its enormous lake ringed with birds. At the hyper-saline Lake Natron, watch in wonder at the storks and flamingos amassing to feed and walk around to see its cracked, fiery orange basin. At our final campsite, you and your adventurous crew can opt to finish your trekking trip in Tanzania with a roar, ascending at midnight to the 7,750 foot summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai!

Every day in Tanzania will be focused on pulse-quickening sightings and encounters capped by delicious camp dinners and comfortable accommodations, including six nights spent in the rustic luxury of custom designed nyumbas, walk-in bush tents that feature outdoor seating for sketching or writing, and enormous windows that let gentle night winds lull you to sleep. As you depart from Kilimanjaro Airport leaving no trace but keeping Tanzania in your heart and taking memories of trail friendships that helped make this trek an incomparable African experience.

Main Attractions

  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater & hike in Africa’s Great Rift Valley
  • Go on African game drives to view the wildlife of Serengeti National Park
  • Meet local Maasai in their communities and learn about this fascinating nomadic culture
  • Listen to and learn about the diverse wildlife you camp among, thriving in their natural habitat

What You'll See and Do

  • 4x4
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Birding
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Arusha
You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to your lodge.

Meals on your own

Overnight: Mount Meru Hotel

Day 2

Arusha to Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Have breakfast with your group before driving to the small Arusha Airport. Take a short scenic flight from Arusha to the eastern Serengeti ecosystem.

Your guide will welcome your group at the remote airstrip. He will accompany you throughout your safari, offering cultural insights, wildlife spotting expertise, and in-depth knowledge of wildlife behavior.

Enjoy a brief tour and history of the 10,000+ acre refuge as you make your way to camp. Enjoy wildlife viewing along the way, one of the tangible results of conservation efforts in the area. Giraffe, eland, dik dik, ostrich, leopard, and even wild dog can be seen in this unique wildlife haven, dubbed “Giraffic Park” by one enthusiastic guest.

Enjoy lunch at your Nyumba, possibly spotting giraffe from the dining table!

Immerse yourself in the semi-nomadic culture of the Maasai by visiting a boma, which is a settlement of circular mud-and-dung Maasai homes. Learn more about their extraordinary culture as you tour the boma and take in the scenes of village life.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Day 3

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Enjoy a light breakfast before heading out on a morning hike. The terrain will be fairly mild, but make sure that you’ve got comfortable shoes with good traction. Being out on the plains on foot at this time of day is magical.

Visit a school, teachers’ housing, or medical dispensary to learn how tourism can impact the community in positive ways through collaboration and understanding.

Enjoy wildlife viewing this afternoon in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Be on the lookout for rarer species, such as the bat-eared fox and the smaller animals that are sometimes overlooked, such as the mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, and klipspringer.

Hop in the vehicles after dark for a night drive in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Night drives offer thrills and possible sightings of nocturnal creatures, such as spring hares, aardvarks, and porcupines. More than anything, the night drive offers an adventure few travelers in Tanzania have the chance to experience.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Day 4

Serengeti National Park
Enjoy the journey to your next Nyumba camp, as there will be plenty to see along the way. Perhaps you will come across a chase between predator and prey; maybe you will spot a wake of vultures; or maybe you will be lucky enough to find a leopard relaxing high in the limbs of an acacia tree.

Enjoy a boxed lunch along the way to maximize your time with the wildlife.

Spend an afternoon wildlife viewing in the Serengeti. The big cats often spend these hours lying drowsily about the plains and up in the trees while many antelope and other animals continue to graze.

Enjoy your Nyumba, whether you get in a workout with a Keep Fit Kit, learn a traditional Tanzanian game from your guide, write in your journal, or simply put up your feet and relax with a drink by the campfire.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Central Serengeti Nyumba

Day 5

Serengeti National Park
Those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.

For those who opt not to take the balloon excursion, there is much to discover within arm’s reach of camp; learn how to identify animal footprints and bird calls with your guide.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic spot. This afternoon, spend more time seeking out wildlife and exploring the Serengeti’s rich landscapes. The so-called Big Five and the Great Migration are the most well-known of the Serengeti’s offerings, but there is much more to see. Thousands of equally fascinating dramas of a smaller scale play themselves out on these endless plains.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Central Serengeti Nyumba

Day 6

Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today is a long but worthwhile travel day. You’ll drive all the way across the Serengeti Plains, but these areas are some of the best to spot lions.

Make a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years. Take a tour of the excavation site guided by an archaeologist. A brief lecture and small museum tour are included.

Enjoy the eco-friendly comforts at your Nyumba this evening. Set on the crater rim, the campsite offers stunning views of the highlands surrounding Ngorongoro. After dinner, enjoy a warm fire as well as the company of your guide and fellow travelers as you gaze up at the stars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Day 7

Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife. Over a full day of wildlife viewing, you might even see rhinoceros. The diversity of species often inspires awe.

To maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.

Enjoy a traditional Tanzanian dinner this evening. Rich with spices and fresh local vegetables, this is a chance to sample the best of local cuisine. (Please note that this does not include game meat.)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Day 8

Ngorongoro Crater to Empakaai Crater
The steep terrain into and out of Empakaai crater may require some physical effort, but it’s worth it! This secluded oasis feels like a place that time forgot. Enjoy the peace and beauty before making the arduous but scenic trek back up to your camp.
Trekking time: 3-5 hours

Spend the night by the crater’s rim in 2-person, walk-in dome tents complete with cot, sleeping bag, and fleece liner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Empakaai Crater Rim Camp

Day 9

Empakaai Crater to Leonotis Camp
Even though the trek is mostly downhill, it still requires moderate strength and endurance. Being prepared makes all the difference. Trekking poles, good hiking shoes that you’ve broken in before arriving, a few bandanas, and a good pair of gaiters to keep dust out of your shoes will help you enjoy the trek to its fullest. (Please note that sneakers are not appropriate.)
Trek time: 3-5 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Leonitis Camp

Day 10

Leonotis Camp to Lake Natron
Leave Leonotis Camp and trek to the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. You’ll be picked up and driven to Lake Natron Camp. Trekking time: 4-6 hours

This afternoon, hike up to a group of waterfalls near your camp. Take a dip in the pools under the waterfalls to cool off from your day of trekking.

Sleep a couple of hours before your midnight wakeup call. Have a snack and drive about an hour to the trailhead, starting your hike around 2:00am. You do not need special climbing skills, but you do need to be fit and very determined to do it. The terrain is steep and exposed, and it’s a rigorous 1,700m+ alpine adventure route. Once you reach the edge of the crater rim on the active north crater, you walk along that rim and up to the true summit, which sits on a ridge which separates the active north crater from the south crater. The 30 minute climb to the summit affords you panoramic views toward Ngorongoro, Empakaai, and the Highlands to Lake Natron, and you might even get to see Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
Trekking time: 7-10 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Lake Natron Camp

Day 11

Great Rift Valley and Depart
A shopping mainstay in Arusha, the Cultural Heritage Center attracts many travelers each year with its abundance of wooden carvings, artifacts, apparel, and crafts. The center also has Tanzanite and other gemstones for sale. While the center caters mostly to tourists, they also have wonderful cultural displays and a separate wing that displays some of the finest African art in Tanzania.

Enjoy a day room in Arusha, resting up and readying yourself for departure. Enjoy a nutritious snack, including a variety of nuts, fruit, vegetables, and other treats to enjoy now or on your flight home.

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport with your group. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM departures.

Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

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Traveling to Tanzania



Arrival/Departure Information

Delta/KLM via Amsterdam is the recommended route. Transfers are included for Delta/KLM arrivals; private transfers would be at an additional cost.

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha, Tanzania on June 4, 2020.

Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on June 14, 2020.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank-facing pages. You must apply for an Tanzania visa. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

AdventureWomen will send you the necessary documents and instructions to apply for a visa, but please do not apply before March 2020!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to India, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Tanzania.

Money

Bring cash in US dollars. US dollars are accepted throughout Tanzania, so there is no need to exchange US dollars for Tanzanian Shillings. Local vendors and markets may not be able to provide change for larger bills, so it is advised to use small bills ($1, $5, $10) for small purchases. Bills should have no tears, no marks, and should have been issued in the last ten years.

Credit cards are accepted at some lodges and some high-end shops; however, usage some with surcharges from 6% to 15%. Please do not plan on using ATMs in Tanzania.

Suggestions for Gratuities:

  • Head Guide: $8-10 per day
  • Support Guide(s): $7-8 per day
  • Camp Staff: $15 per day

We will provide recommendations specific to your group size in your final packet.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer).

Final Payment Date: March 6, 2020

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • All park fees
  • Activities as noted in itinerary
  • Safari briefings throughout your trip
  • Services of professional safari guides and drivers
  • Services of Nyumba camp staff
  • Land transportation in a customized, 4-wheel drive safari vehicle
  • Guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles
  • Unlimited mileage in safari vehicles
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water in your vehicle throughout your safari
  • Keep Fit Kit at each Nyumba camp
  • Airport transfers for Delta/KLM flights on scheduled arrival and departure days
  • Baggage handling
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Tanzania
  • Domestic airfare
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, and camp staff

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Accommodations

Mount Meru Hotel
An Arusha mainstay near the busy downtown area, the Mount Meru Hotel sits on a 15-acre garden and provides comfortable, modern accommodations. Amenities include cable TV in all rooms, internet access, currency exchange facilities, concierge, massage services, babysitting on request, playground for children, outdoor swimming pool, sun bed, a volleyball court, and a nearby golf course. The Themi Grill serves both international and African cuisine.

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba
Sitting on a slope of Moruga Hill, your Eastern Serengeti Nyumba overlooks a sweeping valley of wooded savannah, wide-open plains, and a remote wilderness like no other in Tanzania. With its signature style, the campsite provides the perfect place from which you can explore the Eastern Serengeti’s rolling hills and woodlands by foot or by vehicle and engage in authentic Maasai cultural programs. After your adventures, the Nyumba offers exquisite, environmentally responsible comforts and personalized care. En-suite bathrooms have water-saving safari showers and self-contained, pump-flush toilets.

Central Serengeti Nyumba
Your signature Serengeti Nyumba is the perfect balance of luxury, comfort, and wilderness. In the spacious, walk-in tents, you will find all the comforts you need out in the bush: artfully crafted furnishings, cozy bedding with fine linens, solar-powered, eco-friendly lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with shower and self-contained pump-flush toilet.

Oversized, fine-mesh windows allow the breezes to circulate while keeping insects out. At the front of your tent, enjoy a private seating area with a stunning view of the vast Serengeti plains. Meals are taken in a custom-designed dining tent and are made with fresh, local produce by skilled chefs.

Ngorongoro Nyumba
This Nyumba is located at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater where it is poised for optimal access not only to the nearby cultural treasures, but also to the crater floor where you will experience exceptional wildlife viewing. The air here has a heavenly fresh scent, though the high elevation (about 7,200 feet) makes for potentially chilly nights; it will be important to bring warm clothes, per your packing list. The exceptional camp crew will make sure you have everything you need to stay comfortable.

Empakaai Crater Rim Camp
Set beside a great lake-covered crater, the Empakaai Camp has stunning views among the wide-open grassy highlands, where you will truly feel like you have entered whole new extraordinary world. These are the wildlands inhabited by Maasai for the past two centuries. You may be lucky enough to spot some mammals over the grassy hills; the forest-lined shores of the soda lake also attract an abundance of birdlife. Your large campsite has spacious domed tents. With comfortable dining, toilet, and shower spaces, you will have everything you need to relax the wilderness after a day’s hike.

Leonotis Camp
This is a truly special location nestled in the Great Rift Valley; the camp is below Empakaai crater and on the route to Lake Natron in a grove of magical Acacia trees. This camp, accessible only by foot, is part of an amazing journey and conservation effort to protect this endangered forest.

Lake Natron Camp
Lake Natron Camp is a unique, ecological camp set in one of the most visually dramatic locations in the world. Home to the Maasai, abundant wildlife, and over a million flamingos, the camp is perfectly situated for amazing adventures!

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What to Bring

Luggage Weight Allowance:

Due to aircraft and vehicle restrictions, your checked luggage must be a soft-sided duffel bag, no larger than 30”L x 15”W x 15”W, without a rigid structure - you should be able to squash your bag into a ball. Your baggage allowance for any internal flights within Tanzania is 15kg (33lbs) for your duffel bag.

A spare, very light duffel bag or day pack rolled or folded into your main duffel bag is useful for transporting souvenir items home.

Use your daypack as your carry-on bag for your flights. Your carry-on should have all valuables and essentials: money, passports and important documents, medications, cameras and memory cards, a full change of clothing, and toiletries.

You will be able to do laundry at the safari camps, for a small fee, weather permitting, so this should encourage you to pack light!

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag (soft-sided)
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Medium-weight, waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 1 pair gaiters
  • 1 pair trekking poles (pack in your checked bag)
  • 5 short-sleeve shirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of convertible, light-weight zip-off pants
  • 1 pair khaki pants or casual skirt
  • 7 pairs underwear
  • 3-5 bras/sports bras (good for bumpy roads!)
  • 1 fleece or insulated jacket
  • 1 waterproof windbreaker
  • Wide-brim, tie-on sun hat
  • Sleepwear
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • Second pair of shoes or sandals (slip-off for the vehicles)
  • Water shoes/teva style sandals (required for waterfall hike)

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686