Face to Face With Some Great Adventures
Don’t get us wrong, we love our Land Cruisers as much as our clients do. And there is little that can surpass the adrenaline rush of clients on safari witnessing their first sighting of a male Lion standing proud in all his glory.But it gets better. Clients no longer have to remain within the confines of the safari cruiser for the entire duration of their safari. There are some great adventures that can be had by dedicating a few hours in the itinerary to exit the comfort of the vehicle… and go face to face with nature.
Arusha National Park Canoeing
Enjoy a peaceful and scenic canoeing safari following the shorelines of Momella Lake, under the shadow of Mt. Meru. View buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos and many water birds living in and close to the water.
Lake Manyara Cycling
An easy cycle ride down the Great Rift Valley wall; into the farming village of Mto Wa Mbu. Experience local cultures from the bike, ride through some of the Manyara ground water forest and between small herds of wildlife on the lake shore. We can include a local lunch for your guests, prepared by a lady in the village.
Waterfalls & Elephant Caves
On this two hour hike through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will discover a magnificent waterfall and incredible elephant caves created by elephants digging up the earth and ingesting the mineral rich soil. You may see buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck and baboons, also attracted by the soil.
Walking safaris in Serengeti and Arusha National Park
Walking is a wonderful way to get close to nature and to learn about some of the smaller species and ecosystems. The walk is slow paced, stopping under shade to hear interesting facts from your knowledgeable guide. Walks are offered to guests aged 16 and over.
Village Walk in Mto wa Mbu / Karatu
Visit Mto Wa Mbu village for a great cultural experience with an experienced English-speaking guide who grew up in the village! Visit local farms, schools, a kindergarten, local homes, the market and milling machines. A similar experience can be arranged in Karatu, popular for overnight stays before visiting the Ngorongoro Crater.
Night Game Drive in Lake Manyara / Serengeti / Tarangire
A unique perspective on the National Parks with an opportunity for sighting nocturnal animals. Lion sightings are more common and where lions are mostly sleeping in the day time, at night they are almost always active! At Lake Manyara the drive is done inside the park, whereas other parks is in private concessions on the border (available from select camps).
Erosion Control Tree-Planting
Hundreds of young tree saplings (predominantly native species) are grown at Gibbs Farm in Karatu, as part of an effort to help control erosion and reforest the environment. Over the last 15 years, much of the farm’s estate forests have been restored through this program. Join in on an excursion to transport young trees from the farm nursery and plant them in community schoolyards and other environments.
Coffee Tour in Arusha
Offered from select hotels in and around Arusha
This tour on the foothills of Mount Meru will allow your clients to witness first hand the process of washing and drying coffee beans on the farms. The guide explains how the bean is nurtured, harvested, dried and finally roasted to produce a myriad of different blends that sate the taste of the most ardent of coffee connoisseurs.
Hiking Empakai Crater
Located in northern Ngorongoro, Empakai is a mysterious crater with a lake below where flamingos can be sighted throughout the year. With no road access, exploration is on foot only for those seeking a thrilling hike in the Crater Highlands. This can be done as a half day excursion from various Ngorongoro properties.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Serengeti and Tarangire
Although this is a popular and well known excursion, what many are unaware of is that this excursion is available in central, south, north and western Serengeti in various seasons, as well as in Tarangire. Regardless of where your clients are staying, this is a great way to offer them a birds eye safari!
Current global travel trends indicate an increased preference in soft adventure. The above ideas offer great short experiential travel add-on’s while ensuring authentic and responsible tourism practices.