A safari is all about viewing the incredible East African wildlife in their natural habitats. Beyond this breathtaking experience, you may choose to add a variety of other activities to your itinerary to enhance your visit to Tanzania. Below you will find a list of available activities, including walking safaris, exposure to some of Tanzania’s local tribes rich in traditional culture, and side trips to some of the more off-the-beaten-track locations.
Hot Air Ballooning
Duration: 4 hours
Get ready for a unique and majestic view of the Serengeti! After an early pickup you will be ready for a sun-rise launch to float slowly over the beautiful savanna. You will enjoy the vistas and wildlife from above. You will rise high enough to see the beautiful plains but also skim the treetops so that you can get an up close and personal view of the animals. After the flight, you will be served a full English style breakfast in the bush before continuing your safari with your Globetrotters Safari guide.
Duration: 1-3 hours
Enjoy a ranger-led bush walk at various parks. Explore the area on foot discovering plants, animals, and birds that are often harder to spot from a vehicle.
Night Game Drives
A great opportunity to explore Tanzania at night when many different types of species are most active. You will set off with a guide and an animal spotter to find those hard to see animals. Keep your eyes looking for the leopard, genet, serval cat, honey badger, bush babies, owls, and many other nocturnal animals. Don’t forget to use this opportunity to look up to that breathtaking night sky unpolluted by light.
Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands
Duration: 2-3 hours
Touted as one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, famously known as the Cradle of Humankind, the Olduvai Gorge is a fascinating stopover during your safari. It is located within the Ngorongoro conservation area on the route between Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Visit the museum of Mary and Louis Leakey who established and developed excavation and research programs here on the origins of earliest human history dating back millions of years.
From Olduvai Gorge, you can head to the mysterious Shifting Sands ash dunes. These crescent shaped dunes are created from magnetic, volcanic ash from an active volcano known as Oldonyo Lengai. Learn about how these dunes move an estimated 17 meters/55 feet per year due to local winds.
Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano
Duration: 1-2 days
Lake Natron is a soda lake (an alkaline lake) located at the base of the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. It is stunningly beautiful and one of the most important breeding sites in the world for Lesser Flamingoes as there is ample cyanobacteria to eat in the lake. Walk around the lake to nearby streams and waterfalls for a unique off-the-beaten-track adventure.
If you want a more active trip, you can trek to the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai (9,718 feet/2,962 meters above sea level) to enjoy a beautiful and memorable sunrise. An active volcano, this mountain known as the Mountain of God is a sacred site to the Maasai. You would begin this challenging trek around midnight, reaching the summit before dawn for beautiful 360-degree views as the sun rises.
Hike the Foothills of Kilimanjaro
Duration: Day trip
Are you interested in visiting Kilimanjaro National Park but don’t have an entire week or more to devote to summiting the tallest mountain in Africa? Join us for a day trip where we enter in the Marange route. You will experience the tropical forest that flank the lower ranges of the mountain and have the opportunity to spot monkeys and other birds and animals along the way. This route has several waterfalls to make for many scenic photographic opportunities. You will hike 2-3 hour to have lunch at the first overnight camp. From there you can ascend another 20-30 minutes to walk through a crater and experience the heather and moorland areas of the mountain.
Kilimanjaro Animal Center for Rescue, Education and Wildlife
Duration: 2- 3 hours
This sanctuary takes care of many orphaned and injured animals. The goal of this rescue is to release the animals back into the wild unless injuries require these animals to become permanent residents.Your guide will tell you about the animals and how they may have arrived at the rescue center. You may even have the opportunity to help feed some of the animals. Inhabitants may include elephant, cheetah, several different species of monkeys and birds to name just a few.
Duration: 1-4 hours up to full day experiences
Whether you are an experienced horse person or you just enjoy riding, we have a variety of options for you. You may want to take a short ride through local coffee plantations where you will get to explore the local area, villages, flora, and fauna. It is a great way to explore a region where the locals live and work with a guide that will be able to tell you about the area. Or if you have time, take a half day or full day ride on the slopes to Mt. Kilimanjaro and around Arusha National Park where you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and hopefully spot animals such as giraffe, zebra, buffalo, antelopes, Sykes and Vervet monkey, and baboons.
Duration: 2-5 hours
The Hadzabe bushmen are one of the world’s last remaining hunter/gather tribes. The Hadzabe culture focuses on living in harmony with each other and nature. You can visit with the Hadzabe to learn about their time-honored hunting techniques, survival skills, food preparation, and cultural norms. You will also have the unique opportunity to accompany them on a morning hunt to see the traditional ways that they use to feed themselves.
Duration: 2-3 hours
The Datoga are a pastoral tribe that lives in central Tanzania. Meet with a local tribe to learn about their customs and daily life. You will get to meet with the women, tour their house and see the craftsmanship in their clothes that they make from animal hides. You can also learn about how the men live and their responsibilities with livestock and farming. Lastly, you will visit with the blacksmith who makes arrowheads for trading with hunters and jewelry for the women which is an important aspect of their culture.
Duration: Varies from a 1-2 hour visit to an overnight stay deep within Maasai country
Visit a Maasai village to learn about their semi-nomadic, communal lifestyle. The Maasai are one of the most famously known East African peoples. Traditional dress and jewelry are customary of Maasai people in the most rural villages as well as of those who live in big cities. Visit the kraals (village) to learn about the communal duties and lifestyles of tribal members. You will be greeted by the Maasai with a welcome dance, an example of the graceful dances that are such an ingrained part of tribal ceremonies and culture. Other opportunities include watching the women do beading and jewelry making, taking a walk to learn about how different plants are used for medicinal purposes, or learning how to throw a spear. You will be fascinated learning about the social/family structure, marriage, roles and responsibilities, daily life, and customs of this tribe.
Beading Class With the Maasai
Duration: 2 hours
Begin by touring a workshop where jewelry is created based on Maasai designs. Then enjoy a beading class surrounded by a beautiful garden. Here you will create your own jewelry piece take home while learning about Maasai culture and traditional beading techniques.
Arusha Town Tour
Duration: 3-4 Hours
Relax after safari and enjoy a half day wandering the streets of Arusha to see how the everyday citizen in Tanzania lives. A guide will accompany you to the Cultural Heritage Center or the Old Boma Museum where you will learn about the some of the 100 plus tribes, the culture, and the history of Tanzania. You may also visit the Maasai market and shops where the locals do their shopping. This tour can be customized to meet your specific interests.
Coffee Plantation Tour, Shanga Center, and African Lunch
Duration: 4-5 hours
Tanzania is known for some of the best coffee in the world. Tour a local plantation to learn how coffee is grown, harvested, roasted, and prepared for use. You will get to actively roast your own beans and taste a variety of roasted coffees. Afterwards, visit the neighboring Shanga Center for arts and crafts that supports people with disabilities. You will see how craftsmen dye, spin, and make their own thread and how they then use traditional looms to weave textile products. You will also see how they recycle aluminum and glass to make artwork for purchase if you choose. Lastly, you can try your hand at beading and weaving to take home a special keepsake that you have made. To finish this lovely tour you will be treated to a special African lunch on the beautiful grounds of the coffee plantation for a special taste of true local delights.