Activities / Itineraries

CLIMBING 
MOUNT MERU (4566 METERS) - 3 DAYS

A fairly sporting climb to the high summit, after observing the black and white Colobus living in the very lush forest of Arusha National Park.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO (5895 METERS) - 5 TO 7 DAYS

A dream for most of us! But easily accessible for any person who exercises regularly and is in good health. It is the most accessible, the most exotic and the most do-able climb on Earth.

Kilimanjaro is:
  • The highest free-standing mountain (i.e. distance from the bottom of the mountain to the top) in the world.
 One of the Seven Summits, the seven highest and most sought-after peaks on each continent on the planet.
  • Is as high as you can go without requiring oxygen or specialist technical mountaineering skills.
  • Is located in Northern Tanzania, bordering Kenya, in East Africa.
  • Has five different, non-technical routes up the mountain that take between five and seven days, not including rest days. These routes are Marangu (Five days), Machame (Six days), Shira (Six days), Umbwe (Five days) and Rongai (Five days).
  • Has four camping routes (Machame, Shira, Umbwe and Rongai) and one route (Marangu) with hut accommodation provided by the National Parks.
  • Has five distinct ecological zones: montane, forest, Hagenia, heathland, alpine desert; making it one of the most beautiful and varied peaks on Earth.

HOT AIR BALLOONING IN THE SERENGETI

A delightful experience, floating over enormous herds of wildebeest and zebras, glimpsing cheetah, lion, and leopard. Champagne bush breakfast after landing.
ACCESS: 
Based at Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Serena Lodge, Sopa Lodge, and Mbalageti tented camp.
TIME: 1 to 2 hours.

BUSH WALKS AND HIKES

Most of the walks can be arranged in what we call the Crater Highlands. This range of old extinct volcano comprises the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Oldeani Mountain, Olmoti Crater and Empakai Crater.

OLMOTI CRATER

A fairly steep 45 minutes climb to the Crater rim for a view of the scenic beauty of the river and Olmoti waterfall escorted by Park Rangers. A guide will talk about the lush vegetation and the numerous animal prints. Return by the river trail.
ACCESS:
Drive from the eastern Ngorongoro Crater Rim
TIME: 2 to 3 hours

MOUNT MERU

From Arusha it is possible to spend a day hiking on Mt. Meru, with arrival at Mariakamba Hut where the group will meet their vehicles waiting with picnic lunches.
ACCESS:
Arusha
TIME:
Approximately 4.5 hours: sometimes steep hiking.

EMPAKAI CRATER

Facing Oldonyio Lengai, this is the remotest of the craters. The road is quite difficult during the rainy season and rough during the dry season, but it is a nice destination for the adventurous types.
From the rim, the path descends in the crater, passing through a very dense forest, and ends by the shores of a big lake. Thousands of flamingoes are there, giving a deep pink color to the shores. A good day for the wild at heart. The hiking group size is limited to 6 clients per armed Ranger escort.
ACCESS:
4 hours drive from Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge to Empakai.
TIME:
3 to 4 hour hike

GIBB’S FARM WATERFALL

A fairly steep walk that is often a welcome break after long drives in a minibus.
A guide accompanies walkers.
ACCESS:
From Gibb’s Farm
TIME:
1.5 hours

LAKE MANYARA HIKING TRAILS

The trail will start at the lodge and take guests down a beautiful river valley where they would have the opportunity to swim in a fresh mountain stream.
ACCESS:
From Lake Manyara hotels
TIME:
5 to 6 hours or 2 to 3 hours

OLDEANI MOUNTAINS

A range of walks to satisfy any level of fitness, up to a four-hour climb to the summit for a view of Lake Eyasi and its flamingos.
ACCESS:
From Ngorongoro Wildlife/Crater/Serena Lodge
TIME:
1.5 hours

LAKE DULUTI

A relaxing 1.5 hour walks around this charming lake, observing its very rich birdlife from the shade of the shoreline forest.
ACCESS: 10 km east of Arusha

MOUNTAIN-BIKING

A trail down to the Rift Valley into the farmland of Manyara accompanied by an experienced biking guide and naturalist.
ACCESS: From Lake Manyara hotels
TIME: Half day

SIDE TRIPS
DAR ES SALAAM
Stay in the capital city for a guided tour.