The ideal route for your 21-day Tanzania impact trip
- Travel with a maximum positive impact
- Safaris in the most densely populated parks: Tarangire, Serengeti & the Ngorongoro Crater
- Unique interactions with the locals
- Relaxing end of your holiday on the tropical island of Zanzibar
During this beautiful Tanzania impact trip, you will visit the most amazing game parks in Tanzania. In a four-wheel drive private safari jeep with a guide you will set off in search of the Big 5 and other wildlife. You will go on safari in the beautiful Sinya, the elephant-rich Tarangire, the Serengeti and in the Ngorongoro Crater. You will end your Tanzania vacation with a few days to relax on the tropical island of Zanzibar where you can enjoy culture, sun, sea and beach.
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What is impact travel?
Better Places Travel is a social enterprise and certified B Corp. This means that we are committed to making a social impact above making a profit. As a social enterprise we find it important that the people in the countries we work with fully profit from tourism. This means, for example, that the people we work with receive a fair wage and have decent working hours and conditions. For you as traveller it means you’ll often stay in small-scale, locally owned hotels and accommodations and take part in local excursions that offer you a truly authentic experience. We also invest a portion of our profits in various social and environmental projects.
Route Tanzania Impact Trip
- Day 1-3: Arusha, cooking workshop and visit to Ilkiding’a Maasai Village
- Day 4-5: Sinya Wildlife Conservancy
- Day 6-7: Ngabobo, West Kilimanjaro
- Day 8-9: Tarangire National Park
- Day 10: Via Mto wa Mbu to Karatu
- Day 11-12: Serengeti National Park
- Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater
- Day 14: Hike close to Ngorongoro
- Day 15-17: Zanzibar, Eastern coast
- Day 18-20: Southeastern coast of Zanzibar
- Day 21: End of your Tanzania vacation
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Day 1 – Beginning of your Tanzania vacation / Arrival in Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! As soon as you exit the airport you will see our driver waiting with your name on a sign. From the airport, it is a good hour’s drive to Arusha. The last kilometre and a half you will receive an ‘African massage’ as you drive along a wobbly dirt road. Tonight you will stay in a beautiful lodge located of the lower hills of the majestic Mount Meru, on the border of Arusha. After a dip in the pool you will feel rejuvenated from your flight.
Day 2 – Arusha, cooking workshop
After a relaxing breakfast you will be introduced to the secrets of the Tanzanian kitchen. You will be greeted by Neema, who will take you to her house located close to the lodge. She will show you how to prepare a variety of Tanzanian dishes that you can eat afterwards of course. In the afternoon you are free to do what you want. The lodge has a gorgeous garden and a nice swimming pool with sunbeds. Surrounding the lodge local life is bustling. It is quite enjoyable to stroll through it and take it all in.
Day 3 – Arusha / hike to the foot of Mount Meru
You will be picked up at your lodge and drive to the Ilkiding’a town at the foot of Mount Meru. At Eliakimu’s house (the chief of the village) you will set off on a beautiful hike. You will hike along the local school, the boma of Sembeo, where the Maasai knives are made, fields where tomatoes and cabbages grow and you’ll pass a small coffee plantation. You will regularly walk past loam huts, where many Tanzanian people still live to this day. The area is calm and beautiful. For lunch you will be served a typical Tanzanian, vegetarian dish.
Day 4 – Sinya Wildlife Conservancy
Time for a safari! Your private driver and private vehicle will be waiting for you early in the morning. You will go to the protected nature reserve called Sinya Wildlife Conservancy. The drive will take about four hours. This area is located between the West Kilimanjaro Maasai country and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. You will now really get off the beaten track and go camping for two nights. Adventure, pure and basic are the keywords for these two days. You will sleep in dome tents on a thin mattress with sleeping bag and pillow taken care of. There is water to clean your face and hands. In two days you will have the chance to properly shower again. There are no other campers, but you will be accompanied by a few Maasai who will set up the tents, cook for you and be your guides.
Sinya is a beautiful area. The wildlife here is not as abundant as in other wildlife parks but the amazing nature makes it very special. If the weather is clear you will have great views of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. You will go on a game drive in a safari vehicle and climb rocks on the way. At the end of the afternoon you will hike up the Nadosoito hill to watch the sunset, called a sundowner in Africa. An enjoyable experience accompanied by a nice drink. At night there is a campfire and you will dine under the stars. The ultimate African experience!
Day 5 – Sinya Wildlife Conservancy
Today you will also go on safari. Sinya is one of the few areas in Tanzania where old elephant bulls are often spotted, sometimes of more than 50 years old. They have huge tusks. The bulls roam around with the mothers and calves of the herd between the swamps of Amboseli National Park in Kenya and the acacia forests on the other side of the border near Kilimanjaro, in search of food and water. These herds form some of the healthiest and most well-balanced elephant populations of the entire African continent.
Day 6 – off to Ngabobo, West Kilimanjaro
After a relaxing breakfast you will drive to your lodge close to the Maasai village of Ngabobo. This will take approximately 1.5 hours. Once you arrive you can take a long, hot shower. The lodge is located in the middle of Maasai country. You will sleep in Maasai huts and have an amazing view of Kilimanjaro from your room. There is a lovely swimming pool with a sauna. The lodge is run by the Maasai who passionately share their traditions and customs with you.
Day 7 – Ngabobo, West Kilimanjaro
There are many things to do around here. You can, for example, go on a nature walk or go spear throwing with the Maasai. During the sundowner from a hill you can see the Maasai sing and dance. You can also make jewelry with the Maasai women or visit a boma (a group of Maasai huts) or various other projects.
Day 8 – To Tarangire National Park
Today you will drive to Tarangire National Park, which is about a 3.5-hour drive. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the highest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. Especially in the dry season the Tarangire river is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. The park is home to 550 species of birds – nowhere else in East Africa will you find so many species of birds in one area. The landscape in Tarangire is very diverse, ranging from Baobab fields to green and fertile swamps. The parks lifeline is the Tarangire river, where even in the dry season it still provides water for the animals as elephants dig beneath the surface to discover hidden streams. Other wildlife also benefit from this. Apart from the large herds of elephants there are also large herds of buffalo to be found in this park. When they attack all together you can actually feel the ground shaking! Grazers such as impalas, gazelles, zebras and wildebeest can also be found in abundance in the park. The small, brightly coloured love birds stand in pale contrast to the large, black southern ground hornbills. And did you know that the adorable little rock hyraxes are actually related to elephants? Rock hyraxes are the closest living relative to the African elephants. Who would have guessed! You will stay in a tented camp located 5 minutes outside of the park. From the terrace of your tent and from the pool you have a nice view of the Burunge lake.
Day 9 – Tarangire National Park
By spending two nights in Tarangire you can visit different parts of the park. Tarangire is the only place in Tanzania where you can spot antelopes of the drylands, such as oryxes and gerenuks regularly. On the way you will have a picnic lunch. Make sure the monkeys don’t steal your food!
Day 10 – via Mto wa Mbu to Karuta
You will drive to the town of Mto wa Mbu. Mto wa Mbu is a green oasis in the vast Maasai plains. Due to the access to water it’s even possible to harvest rice and bananas here. This fertile little spot has attracted people from all over the country, in Mto wa Mbu people from over 40 different tribes live. On a mountain bike you will go on a bike trip which will last about 2.5-3 hours. You will pass local farmers, a school, a church and a local bar. On the way the guide will probably stop to have you try a red banana. The local mamas have prepared a Tanzanian lunch for you, one that is suitable for Western tourists. Afterwards you will drive to a beautiful lodge with a swimming pool.
Day 11 – To Serengeti National Park
Today you’ll go to Serengeti National Park, one of the most famous and most impressive national parks of Africa and probably one of the highlights of your Tanzania vacation. The park has a large abundance of wildlife, such as elephants, giraffes, zebras and buffalo. If you’re lucky you can spot cheetahs, leopards, rhinos and hippos. Apart from that there is also the chance to spot smaller wildlife, such as birds and lizards. The name ‘Serengeti’ comes from the Maasai word ‘Siringiti’, which means ‘vast plain’. As soon as you drive into the Serengeti you’ll see why that is an appropriate name. A vast plain with only wildlife, rocks and a tree every once in a while. During the Great Migration, these plains are not even visible any more, as every inch is filled up with wildebeest and zebra looking for green grass and water. It is one of the largest mammal migrations in the world. However, Serengeti National Park has a lot more to offer than ‘just’ the Great Migration. Large herds of buffalo, various antelopes, such as the topi, hartenbeest, the Thompsons and the Grant’s gazelle and the dikdik. And… the best chance of spotting lions! The vast plains are also very suitable for hunting grounds for the world’s fastest land mammal: the cheetah. In the afternoon you will drive to the central part of the Serengeti. You will spend the night in a tented camp with 12 large tents, a comfortable lounge tent and a mess tent.
Day 12 – Serengeti National Park
You will wake up in the early morning and enjoy a lovely breakfast. Your driver is waiting for you, ready to show you all the beauty the park has to offer. He will again take you in search of cheetahs, lions and leopards. And how about the large amounts of hippos in the parks’ pools? Enjoy the acrobatic stunts of the velvet monkeys and baboons. Giraffes elegantly stroll over the plains and tear leaves of trees with their long and rough tongue. Eagles soar gracefully through the sky and vultures circle around looking for carcasses to devour. As you can see, another day filled with adventure awaits you.
Day 13 – Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will wake up early and go to one of the most special places in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the world’s largest caldera that is still in tact. Before descending down to the crater, you’ll have a great view of this world wonder from the crater line.
Inside Ngorongoro the variation of landscapes and wildlife is unprecedented. On the bottom of the crater all members of the ‘Big 5’ can be spotted (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalos). Today you can also spot the rare black rhino. At Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, there are many flamingos. In the sweet-water pools and streams, hippos cool down after their nocturnal adventures. In the Lerai woods, the elephants eat from the trees with their huge tusks. On the plains wildebeests, zebra and gazelle are grazing. Lions like to sleep in the shade, sometimes even under that of vehicles! All in all, it is an amazing experience to visit this national park. In the afternoon you will drive to your tented lodge for the night.
Day 14 – Ngorongoro / hike
Today a fun hike is planned for you. With a guide you will walk past farms, a school, a church and past several villages. After about two hours you will reach a beautiful viewpoint in the valley. And, you’re in luck as amazing coffee is served here. In the afternoon the driver will take you back to the hotel where you can take the rest of the day to relax.
Day 15 – Flight to Zanzibar, to Bwejuu on the Eastern coast
In the morning you will drive for around 2.5 hours to Arusha airport from where you will fly directly to Zanzibar. Once you arrive in Zanzibar a driver will be waiting for you. After a short 1 hour drive you will reach the East coast of the island, in a place called Bwejuu. You will stay in a small, cosy hotel in your own bungalow very close to the beach. The restaurant is widely known for its delicious dishes and there is a nice swimming pool.
Day 16 & 17 – Bwejuu, East coast Zanzibar
These two days are completely free for you to decide what to do. If you like kitesurfing, or if you’ve always wanted to learn how to do it, now is your chance. But you can also relax on the beach on a sunbed under a parasol. Stonetown is an hour’s drive away from your hotel and is certainly worth a visit. You can wander through the streets, visit the slavery monument or take the famous spice tour. It is also a good place to shop.
Day 18 – To Jambiani on the Southeastern coast of Zanzibar
After breakfast you will be picked up and brought to Jambiani on the Southeastern side of the island in half an hour. Jambiani is an authentic little fishing town, far away from the mass toursim and the big resorts. Here you will again stay in a small-scale hotel. There is no pool, but the hotel is located directly by the sea. Apart from the idyllic beaches you can also experience local life here. Children play on the beach, villagers work on the boats and women collect seaweed at low tide.
Day 19 & 20 – Jambiani, Zanzibars’ Southeastern coast
You still have two days left to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and beach. At low tide you can easily walk along the beach to other bars, hotels or restaurants for a drink or a bite to eat. Your hotel can help you organize fun tours on the island. For example, you can cruise in a traditional wooden sailboat, called a dhow.
Day 21 – End of Tanzania vacation
Unfortunately, your Tanzania vacation has come to an end. You will be brought to Zanzibar Airport for your flight back home. We wish you kwa heri (farewell) and Karibuni tena (you’re always welcome back) (in Kiswahili).
Camp in the wild
During this Tanzania vacation you will spend the night in ecolodges and tented camps in the wild. This might sound a bit scary, but a tented camp has little to do with camping. You sleep in a tent of canvas, but in the tent there are normal beds, a toilet and a proper shower. There is a good chance you will hear hyenas howling through the night, but it is completely safe in the tent. After dark, a guard will guide you to your tent. There is a whistle in every tent, so you can call your guard if there is a problem. Sleeping under the canvas in the game parks is a unique experience and really gives you that “Out of Africa” feeling. For two nights you will really go back to basics and sleep in a dome tent in the middle of nowhere. A very special experience!
Ilkiding’a is one of the small villages surrounding Mount Meru. Eliakimu, the village chief, invites you to get to know the Maasai culture. Together with him you will walk through the village where he will explain all about the customs and practices of the Maasai. Afterwards you can enjoy a lovely local, vegetarian lunch.
For the coming 10 days you will have a safari jeep with a driver at your disposal. The driver is well-educated and passionate about his country. He can give you lots of information about the country and the wildlife you will spot. He will tell you exactly what you will do the coming days. The safari jeep has either 6 or 8 window seats, including for the driver. When you’re inside the game parks you can open the roof to get an even better view of the animals. It is also possible to charge phones and cameras in the jeep.
A stay with the Maasai
Close to the village of Ngabobo lies a special lodge that is run entirely by the Maasai. The main goal of the lodge is to empower locals and generate revenue for social, educational, conservational and medical projects. The lodge was built by the villagers of Ngabobo with local materials and offers a unique and in-depth Maasai experience. The Maasai people regard this lodge as an essential part of their village and they love to welcome tourists to their home. Together with the Maasai community, a protected area was created to foster undisturbed passage for wildlife.
Mto Wa Mbu
In the village of Mto Wa Mbu you will go on a fun bike tour where you will come into contact with local people. You will visit farms, schools, a church, a market, a local bar and you will enjoy the sights and sounds of this lively village. A large part of the villages’ inhabitants are part of this excursion which means that many of the locals profit from your participation in it. The tour ends with a lovely local lunch.
An Extraodinary Tented Lodge
Close to the Ngorongoro crater you will find an extraordinary tented lodge, set up by a couple of Dutch doctors. After their retirement they bought a piece of land with two hills. On the first hill they began an orphanage and on the other a lodge. The profits from the lodge are used to finance the orphanage. By staying in the lodge you are thereby contributing to the management of the orphanage. You can visit the orphanage every day to help the children with their homework or to play football with them. The lodge itself has a nice swimming pool with comfortable sunbeds.
A Lovely Stay on Zanzibar
On Zanzibar you will stay in two different places on the East coast and on the Southeastern coast. In both places you will stay in a lovely, small-scale hotel. Both hotels are very close to the beach. In Bwejuu you will stay in a private bungalow located higher on a rock, about 80 metres from the beach. In Jambiani there are elegantly furnished rooms built around a peaceful courtyard under the shade of trees. The restaurant on the top floor of the hotel gives you an amazing view of the sunrise and moonrise above the sea. Enjoy the freshly caught fish, exotic fruits and traditional Zanzibar cuisine.
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