WILDLIFE SAFARI EASTERN TANZANIA, This exciting safari tour of Tanzania’s Eastern National Parks begins in Dar es Salaam and ends in Arusha. You will explore less well-known national parks and conservation areas that are rich in wildlife and natural beauty. These parks contribute to Tanzania’s vast biodiversity and provide a variety of chances for wildlife viewing, birdwatching, trekking, and cultural experiences. You will experience boat rides, beach leisure, game drives, village and traditional exploration, and hiking throughout a 6-day period in parks such as Mkomazi, Sadaani, Usambara Mountain, Pangani town, and Materuni village.
The highlights of this wildlife safari eastern tanzania safari
- Wildlife viewing during game drives
- Boat ride
- Beach relaxation
- Exploration Pangani river basin
- Bird watching
- Scenic drives and beautiful vistas
- Hike to Materuni waterfalls
Cultural tour and coffee farm visit at Materuni village
Day 1: Drive to Sadaani National park for afternoon game drive
Embark on an adventure to Sadaani National Park for a game drive. Enjoy breakfast, then get picked up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam. Check into your hotel upon arrival, and have lunch before exploring park routes to observe wildlife such as lions, zebras, and elephants. Return to your lodge for meals and rest.
Day 2: Game drive and Beach Relaxation
After you have breakfast, you’ll embark on a wildlife drive through Saadani National Park in Tanzania. This National Park is unique because it offers a combination of beach and jungle activities. Saadani is the only park in Tanzania that allows game drives along the Indian Ocean’s coastline. This one-of-a-kind adventure provides the opportunity to view wildlife against the backdrop of stunning sandy beaches and turquoise waterways.
Although Saadani is not very large, it is home to a diverse range of animals, such as elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and many different bird species. This variety creates excellent opportunities for game viewing.
After lunch, you’ll take a Saadani Boat Ride safari. Saadani National Park is remarkable because it is the only park that extends all the way to the Indian Ocean, creating an enthralling habitat where land and sea meet. The boat safari follows the Wami River through the park until it reaches the ocean. As you sail along the river, you’ll encounter a variety of wildlife species in their natural habitat, such as hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species that inhabit the riverbanks. Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and other creatures have been spotted drinking from the river.
The boat safari is also an excellent way to see the stunning grandeur of Saadani National Park, which includes rich riverine forests, savannas, and clean beaches. After the safari, you’ll return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay..
Meal plan: All meals are included
Day 3: Game drive and Beach Relaxation
After breakfast, take a drive to Pangani to discover the wonders of the Pangani River basin. The Pangani River Basin in Tanzania is an important area both geographically and ecologically. The Pangani River is one of the most significant rivers in the country, and its basin is home to diverse habitats, communities, and activities. It originates in the eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, flowing through valleys before finally meeting the Indian Ocean in northeastern Tanzania. Spend the entire day enjoying the serene atmosphere, and later have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Usambara Mountain to explore it and Visit the Caves
After breakfast, you will drive to the Udzungwa Mountains to spend the day trekking. When you arrive, you will be greeted by rangers who will accompany you on your hiking adventure.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park is well-known for its hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, and woodland walks. It’s also one of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots. Udzungwa is home to 11 primates, including the Sanje Mangabey (Cercocebus sanjei) and the Iringa Red Colobus (Procobus gordonorum). The hike up to the Sanje waterfalls is the most popular. Hike this trek to see the four tiers of waterfalls while observing monkeys, swimming in plunge pools, and admiring the gorgeous surroundings.
There are also habituated Sanje Mangabeys, a variety of indigenous plant species, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and butterflies to see. Following your hike, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Meal plan: All meals are included
Day 5: Transfer to Mkomazi National Park for game Drive
You’ll have a game drive in Mkomazi National Park. It has a typical dry scenery with old baobab trees, rocky hills, savannah woods with umbrella acacias, and flat grassland valleys.
Mkomazi’s wildlife is sparsely inhabited and also wary. Giraffes, antelopes, little kudu, impala, and Grant gazelles can all be seen. They share the park with elephants, buffalo, and a variety of predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs. A game drive may also allow you to see other creatures such as dik diks, zebras, oryx, wildebeests, eland, and topi.
Mkomazi National Park is also habitat to approximately 450 bird species, making it an excellent birdwatching location. The park’s different ecosystems attract a diverse range of avian species, including raptors, water birds, and a variety of other birds.
Visit the well protected gated portion of the park known as Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary! The rhinos here account for almost 30% of Tanzania’s entire black rhinoceros population. Following that, you return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay
Day 6: Drive to Materuni village at Mount Kilimanjaro to explore it and transfer to Arusha
Start your day with an early breakfast before heading to the beautiful Materuni town located in the Moshi district. This hidden gem is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and you will embark on a 40-50 minute hike to reach the base of the breathtaking Materuni waterfalls. From here, you can see the summit of Kilimanjaro, which is truly a sight to behold. The waterfall itself is approximately 90 meters tall and definitely worth seeing.
As you make your way to the waterfall, you’ll pass by local fruit trees such as avocados, mangos, lemons, and bananas. Your local guide will also share information about the area’s history, traditions, village economy, agricultural practices, and cultural aspects. Once you reach the waterfall, you can take a refreshing swim in the natural pool.
After taking in the stunning views, you’ll slowly descend to the Materuni village. Here, you’ll go on guided tours to learn about the unique way of life and culture of the Chagga people. You’ll even get the chance to visit one of the homesteads and learn how to make a typical Chagga meal, which you can enjoy for lunch.
Following lunch, you’ll visit one of the coffee farms to learn about coffee cultivation, harvesting, and processing. You’ll even get to roast and prepare your own cup of raw, local coffee. Once the tour is over, you’ll be driven back to Arusha and dropped off at your hotel for supper and an overnight stay, bringing your safari adventure to a close.
wildlife safari eastern Tanzania safari Inclusions
- All ground transfers
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the safari.
- A professional driver/guide
- Park entry fees
- All meals as mentioned
- All mentioned activities at Materuni village.
- All Taxes / VAT.
wildlife safari eastern Tanzania safari Exclusions
- Any other activities or excursion not mentioned above.
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Fees
- Personal Souvenirs purchases