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What to Experience on Family Holiday Safari, Solo travel, Group travel & Honeymoon

family holiday safari

Serengeti National Park

What to experience on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel, honeymoon and where to go is something many people have on their bucket list. And when thinking about where to go on safari, a trip to the iconic places in Tanzania or Kenya often comes to mind.

Most people have heard of the migration of the wildebeest that happens annually in the Masai Mara in Kenya and in the Serengeti in Tanzania. This vast wildlife area has a different name in the two countries, but it is essentially the same thing with an international border running in between. A border the wildebeest don’t know exists and without a worry about passports they make their clockwise migration every year and you can watch this spectacle either in Tanzania or in Kenya whilst on safari.

Safari Extensions

Popular extension of any safari is some relaxation on one of East Africa’s many pristine seasides, or lakeside, beaches. Giving you the opportunity to indulge in watersports, explore the underwater world, immerse yourself in the culture and history, or simply read a book and chill. But starting with the beaches is also becoming increasingly more popular, with many now opting to relax on the beach first and getting rid of any potential jetlag before chasing the Big 5 and other wildlife.

Many people on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel and honeymoon clients going on safari book a flight to Nairobi in Kenya as this is a bigger hub and more international airlines fly there which means there are more options and cheaper flights available. From Nairobi, you can either book another flight to for example Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania or fly directly to your destination in Kenya with a smaller domestic flight. Driving to your destination in the country of your choice is of course also an option and will help keep the safari cheaper if you are on a budget.

Popular National Parks in Kenya
  • Masai Mara National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Tsavo National Park
  • Aberdares National Park
  • Samburu National Park
  • Mt Kenya National Park
Northern National Parks of Tanzania

In Tanzania some people use road transport if they visit the parks in the northern area of Tanzania, also called the northern circuit. But it is often a lot faster and more comfortable to catch a short flight directly to an airstrip close to your accommodation, avoiding bumpy roads, potentially crazy traffic and long hours in the car.

Parks of the northern circuit are:

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Mkomazi National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Visiting the other national parks in Tanzania

This parks are best best done on a flying safari as it would take a long time to drive to most of them from Arusha in the north or Dar es Salaam in the east. Parks that can be visited with a short flight from either Arusha, Kilimanjaro International or Dar es Salaam are for example:

  • Selous National Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Gombe National Park
  • Mahale National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Katavi National Park

So the most important thing for natureboundafrica is to work out which park or wildlife area you want to visit and where you want to relax before or after your wildlife safari. If you are a first-time safari goer you will most likely want to choose your destination based on the availability of the big 5 and how easy it is to see those animals. Excellent places to see the big 5 are for example the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania.

You can then add one or two more places to get a broader picture of the country or because you have a specific wish like:

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing the many elephants in Amboseli with the impressive Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Trekking with the chimpanzees in Gombe or Mahale
  • Relaxing on the beaches of Lamu (Kenya) or Zanzibar (Tanzania).

If you have already been on a safari before, if it is not as important to you to see the big 5, or if you like the remoteness and wilderness of the less visited parks, you can plan your trip to the other parks and wildlife areas. Many of those offers outstanding opportunities to see wildlife, but you might have to travel a bit further. However, for your effort, you get a totally different, deeply rewarding experience.

After deciding which national park or wildlife area you want to go to and booking your best option for the international flight and your onward domestic flights depending on your destination, you will need to also book your accommodation in line with your budget and then of course any experiences you might want to add to make it the perfect safari for you.

There are a lot of options to personalize your family holiday safari and it all depends on what you enjoy doing on your holiday. Think of things like:

  • A hot air balloon trip
  • A horse riding adventure
  • Some time on the beach before or after your safari for some relaxation time
  • Rafting
  • Scuba diving
  • Yoga retreat
Accommodation

There is so much choice, especially in the popular areas like the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, that deciding what is best for you often comes down to three things; your budget, the availability at the time of your trip and if you want to be in a specific location for example to witness the migration.

Once you know which park or wildlife areas you are going to visit you can narrow the search for accommodation down to that specific location. You can also check if a specific provider offers accommodation in all the areas you intend to visit, they might offer a better deal if you book more nights in several of their lodges.

Once you have booked your flights, your accommodation and your favourite experiences to personalise your safari, Nature Bound Africa would like to wish you a ‘safari njema’, as we say here in East Africa. This is Swahili for wishing you a safe and good safari!

Maramboi Tented Lodge

Maramboi Tented Lodge

Maramboi Tented Lodge

Relax after a day of emotions in a luxury camp with the best views of the Great Rift Valley

Maramboi Tented Lodge calls at the door of the luxury camp. Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles. You could see them appear between the palm trees from the terrace of your exclusive tent, from the swimming pool whilst enjoying a cool drink after a walk with a Maasai guide or whilst you enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars.

The camp is situated in the ecosystem of lake Manyara, in fields of golden vegetation, Maramboi Tented Camp brings together premium services, exclusive attentions and genuine hospitality in a spectacular scene.

Accomodation

Elegant tents built on raised wood platforms with a private terrace and views of Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley. There is a choice of a king sized bed or two single beds. The bedrooms have a bathroom with shower. The family tent consist in rooms tents interconnected. Book Now

The rooms
wildlife views

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Arusha, Tanzania is a beautiful and picturesque safari adventure hub that lies in the footsteps of Mount Meru. It’s also home to Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park, many exciting attractions, and activities. Shopping spots in Arusha are one of the major activities for tourists and locals in Arusha. The sprawling town offers several shopping spots from speciality shops to streets markets. Here is our list of the best shopping spots in Arusha:

 

1. Aim Mall

The sizeable Arusha Aim Mall makes for excellent shopping and entertainment for the whole family. There is a variety of shops selling everything from clothes, shoes, and electronics to furniture and many restaurants serving a variety of foods at the food court. There is also a kiddies play section, a movie zone and a well-designed supermarket at the mall. Ample parking is available too.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Aim Mall

2. Sable Square Shopping Village

Located just past Arusha Airport, this 4-acres shopping village offers visitors a wide range of shops and restaurants to choose from. Visitors will find arts & crafts, food & drinks, banks, a pharmacy, jewellery shops and a supermarket as well. There is also a fitness centre and travel shops for souvenirs.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Sable Square Shopping Village

3. Njiro Shopping Complex

This shopping complex houses many restaurants, clothes & shoe shops, a pet shop, bars, a disco and a cinema complex. You’ll also find ATMs and a supermarket in the complex. There is a decent open-air food court where visitors can have food and drinks from any of the on-site restaurants and bars.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Njiro Shopping Complex

4. The Arcade

Located in Old Bagamoyo Road, visitors can enjoy food and drinks in one of the many bars, restaurants and cafes at the Arcade. One can also shop for clothes, shoes and accessories at the boutiques available. Facilities like ATMs, barbing and hairdressing salon, a video arcade and travel agencies can be found here.

5. Arusha Cultural Heritage

Centre Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre is the home of antiques, beautiful paintings, incredible pieces of art collected from all over Africa. This centre is well-known for souvenir shopping. It is a museum with artful displays, but one can purchase art pieces from woodcrafts, statues, masks, furniture to utensils. You can also buy the Tanzanite gemstones – only found in Tanzania in jewellery form or otherwise.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Arusha Cultural Heritage

6. Isle of Gems Ltd

On the second floor of Arusha City Complex, Swahili street you find this gems and jewels spot. This spot is best for lovers of jewellery for self and for gifting friends and family. Visitors can shop for coloured gemstones, gold-coloured gemstones, tinted gemstone silver, Tanzanite gold, silver, and gemstones. All this are locally sourced.

7. Mt. Meru Curios & Craft Market

This is a good place to find original handcrafts and souvenirs. The market has a wide selection of locally crafted items from mats to beaded accessories to wood carvings and the works. Don’t forget to bring on your bargaining skills here.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Mt. Meru Curios & Craft Market

8. Kilombero Market

Situated along Sokoine Road, Kilombero Markst is largely a local market, where you will find everything from Maasai handicrafts and jewellery to fresh fruit, spices, carvings, and local textiles.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Kilombero Market

9. Maasai Women Fair Trade

Centre Situated in a small shop along Simeon Road, this trade centre was established to empower Maasai women in the Arusha region. They sell handmade crafts such as jewellery, ornaments, leather products, Shuka (African print) duvets and bathrobes. All proceeds from purchases here go into supporting the Maasai women and girls.

10. Schwari

For visitors looking for unique home goods, clothes and accessories for men, women and kids this is that spot. From wall hangings, cushions, purses, hand-dyed textiles, African fabrics as well as leather, Schwari has it all. Schwari is located at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

11. Collectors Corner

In this shop you will find one of the most beautiful blue colour gemstones –the Tanzanite. It is located inside Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha. They have a wide range of gemstones (Tourmaline, Tsavorite, and Spinel) and jewellery which are all sourced from Tanzania. This is an ideal shopping spot for collectors and gemstones lovers.

Collectors

Collectors Corner

12. Shanga (Shoprite Centre)

This shopping spot houses eccentric jewellery, unique glassware, home décor items and a range of other accessories. Shanga brings the African design touch to recycled paper, aluminium and glass bottles and it’s all done by a group of disabled Arusha men and women at the Shanga workshop in the Burka Coffee Estate.

13. Uru Diamonds

Are you crazy about accessories? Rings, pendants, and cufflinks? Bracelets with straps made from natural leather and hand knotted threads in many different colours? All crafted with gold, silver, rough diamonds and gemstones? This is absolutely your spot. It is located at the top floor of Middle Building Arusha.

Uru

Uru Diamonds

14. Maasai Craft Market

Located on Fire Road, a short walking distance from Clock Tower, Maasai Craft Market is a good place to buy inexpensive souvenirs. The market and the traders can be a bit overwhelming but you’ll find a good selection of things from statues to paintings and accessories and fabrics of good quality. Prices of the items are negotiable; you may get a good deal if you have good bargaining skills.

Maasai

Maasai Craft Market

15. Sidai Workshop

This small hidden spot presents a rather calm and peaceful shopping experience. The shop stocks handmade household items but mainly beaded jewellery. Visitors also get to see and chat with the craftswomen at work.

Shopping Spots in Arusha

Sidai Workshop

Indulge in Some Retail Therapy

Shopping is one of the best forms of therapy. So if you are feeling in need of a boost, head down to one of these fine spots and pick up a few pieces to make your heart happy.

We’d love to hear from you If you have anything to add to our list or would like to tell us about your experience give us a shout!

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

An Aromatic and Sensory Experience at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any East African safari.

PLANTATION COTTAGES – A HAVEN FOR RELAXATION

Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses that radiate out into the evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home that dates back to the early 1900’s.

NEVER FAR FROM THE AROMA OF COFFEE

The theme of coffee permeates throughout Arusha Coffee Lodge, reflecting in the colours and textures of the delightfully comfortable accommodations with beautifully appointed en suite bathrooms.

THE MAIN PLANTATION HOUSE – AN IDYLL OF WARMTH

The homely feel of the Lodge is by no means accidental as the origins of the homestead continue to emit glimpses of times-gone-by. The friendly and personable staff help create an ambiance that continues to draw appreciation from all those who visit and stay.

Within the main Plantation House reside an ‘a la carte’ restaurant, an intimate cafe bistro and a cozy lounge, all of which have inviting open log fires to warm you from the cool night air.

With an enclosed, intimate swimming pool, a popular garden terrace, and acres of lush coffee plantation, Arusha Coffee Lodge encourages exploration and discovery at every turn.

THE PERFECT BEGINNING AND END TO ANY AFRICAN SAFARI

From the industrious coffee pickers gathering in the harvest to the aromas of the morning brew emanating from the main Plantation House as breakfast is being prepared, Arusha Coffee Lodge is full of sensory experiences that revitalizes the body and soul for the adventures and excitement that lie ahead.

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

Nature Bound Africa is not a general tour operator or travel agent, we do not sell every destination available on the globe. We carter for those that want a true African experience and seek advice of our portfolio of safari destinations.

At the heart of what we do is a common passion for sharing our love and expertise of our portfolio of safari destinations in Africa. With many years of experience in the East African tourism industry.

We are proud to say that we have specialised in a select portfolio of only 5 safari destinations in Eastern Africa and South Africa.

With our headquarters based in Nairobi, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania, we will be welcoming you personally upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Other Safari destinations

Uganda Safari Tours, Rwanda Chimp Tracking and South Africa Safari Adventure Tours, we have established a relationship with very professional and trustworthy partners in every country.

Selecting one from these five safari destinations is your first step to an amazing journey, take your time to look at the careful selection we have made of only the best destinations Africa has to offer.

Feel free to contact us at any stage to help you with your decision. We will tailor-make your safari adventure exactly as you want it based on your requirements, flexible travel dates, choice of destination and accommodation.

K E N Y A SAFARI ADVENTURE TOURS

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

R W A N D A CHIMPS TRACKING

rwanda chimps

S O U T H  A F R I C A FAMILY SAFARI TOURS

Our portfolio of Safari destinations South Africa

T A N Z A N I A SAFARI ADVENTURE

Tanzania Serengeti Lion

U G A N D A SAFARI TOURS

uganda Our portfolio of Safari destinations

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Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Safari Experiences in Arusha

Undoubtedly, Arusha Safari Adventure Experience  are magical. It’s a dream for an outdoor adventure enthusiast, dotted with vast landscapes, abundant wildlife, and natural attractions. The town is the gateway to a wide variety of national parks in Tanzania; thus, it provides a unique type of safari experience, which you can truly get immersed in when exploring the ecosystem.

1. Walking Safari

While walking seems like a basic activity humans do daily, a walking safari comes with many exciting promises. You would be walking down wonderful terrains of natural greenery and be able to sight some animals. If you were on a walking safari at the Arusha National Park, for instance, you are likely to spot some buffalos, zebras, baboons and other monkey species. It is important to obey the ranger’s instructions to stay safe. Don’t get carried away with taking pictures and overstep. The walking safari in Arusha is so ideal because most parks do not have an artificial feel of caging animals within a space to them. You get to see the animals in their natural habitat.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Walking Safari 

2. Biking Safari

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience walking safari, bike safaris are guided and usually organized by a tour agency. Indulge in a bicycle tour across the Tanzania Northern Safari circuit, through the Arusha mountain and forest biking trails. Arusha is a mountain bike paradise as it is perched at the altitude of 4,600 feet (1400m). You can expect an adventurous time biking through the wild and natural environment of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. You should expect a game drive first which familiarizes with you with the terrain of the park where the bike safari is to be held. Then, you would be led to the bike trail. It is important to remember that even though this is about biking, it is not a competition and you should not try to lose others in your company especially your guide in a bid to win. The biking safari is more about discovering the fauna and flora around you at close quarters. As with most physical activities, you should try to stay hydrated especially since it can get pretty warm in Arusha depending on the season.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Biking Safari 

3. Game Driving Safari

This involves driving around the parks and conservation centers in Arusha Safari Adventure Experience in a Jeep or any other vehicle compatible with such a trip. This kind of safari is best suited for older persons who may not be able to indulge in higher impact activity such as biking or walking long distances. You would have a guide to take you close the animals and to give you interesting information about areas you visit. However, the Jeep safari can also be a self-drive if you are up to it. But it is still advisable to procure the services of a guide to avoid getting lost or missing out on some important locations and activities.

4. Horseriding Safari

This is another adventurous safari that takes you the closest to the wildlife as you can ride in more closely and observe. You can start your horse riding tour from the horse base on the outskirts of Arusha Town. The area offers a perfect environment for horse riding and offers a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru from the stables. Exploring the remote African wilderness from the back of the horse is quite exciting and fascinating. Obviously, this kind of safari is only for skilled horse riders and not amateurs. Thus, it is not an occasion to learn horse riding as any little mistake made when riding in the wild could be costly.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Horseriding Safari

5. Birdwatching Safari

Arusha is a great destination for bird watching as Tanzania is home to over a thousand species of birds. This kind of safari differs from the rest and is only for people keenly interested in birds and not generally other mammals. A bird-watching safari in Arusha would likely take you through the Acacia forests and savannahs of Sinya to the mountainous woodland of the Arusha National Park down to Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and possibly ending at the Serengeti plains. You would likely spot birds such as parrots, plovers, turacos, flamingos, weavers, sunbirds and starlings. Depending on your package, some bird watching safaris can be up to 4 to 14 days.

6. Balloon Safari

The Balloon Safari is often a side-safari for most people since the hot air balloon actually takes you high up in the sky away from the close view of the wildlife and natural foliage you want to observe. You can enjoy a Balloon safari in two of the most spectacular wildlife parks in the world – Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park. From Arusha, you can organize a trip to these parks for a lifetime experience in the wilderness. It gives you a bird-eye view of everything that you would not notice while on the ground. You would notice some birds and other animals perched in trees. The balloon safari is quite expensive in comparison with the other kinds of safaris. If you are in the balloon during the migration period, you would be able to get excellent views.

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Balloon Safari

7. Camping Safari

Camping safari will give you an opportunity to be immersed in the wildlife parks around Arusha as you explore the mesmerizing landscapes, travel on jagged roads and see abundant wildlife. This type of safari is more extreme but exciting as you will be camping in the middle of the wilderness – experiencing nature at its peak. You’ll sleep in tents with hundreds of dazzling stars above your head and wake up amongst the beautiful scenery. It’s an ideal way to experience East Africa’s nature in an affordable and comfortable way. Camping safaris are perfect for those who love nature and looking for a break in the East African wilderness.

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Camping Safari 

In the end, whichever safari you decide to choose in Arusha, it will be worth it. As the wildlife experience in Tanzania is one of the most authentic across the world.

Enjoy Your Tanzanian Safari

Arusha has so much to offer so we have no doubt you will find the perfect safari experience for you. All that’s left for you to do now is choose and book!

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

At a Glance

A 5 star colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated with 360 degree views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. The property is set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens and local vegetation with over 130 species of birds.

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite
All 50 Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite have infinite views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5 star luxury lodge. The spectacular stone main house has all the luxuries including main lounge, grand central hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, media (TV) room, outside fire place, rim flow pool, billiards room, internet café and children activity room.

Ngorongoro Oldeani

Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Activities & Excursions

While a short one night stay is spectacular, it is recommended at lodge for 2, 3 or even for nights. The lodge is more than just a safari stop over, due to its location and design it is a destination too and it offers several interesting safari game drives and excursions that start early and end at the lodge just before the magical sundowner at the lodge. The sundowner at the Lodge is one of it kinds. The ever inviting fireplace pit by the swimming pool where the Swahili lessons with fun are offered by our staff.

Masai culture

Ngorongoro Oldeani Masai dance

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is located 130kms from Arusha, 9kms from Ngorongoro Gate, 54kms from Mto wa Mbu Village, 43kms from Lake Manyara Airport

KatiKati Tented Camp

KatiKati Tented Camp

Immerse yourself in nature at KatiKati Tented Camp.

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Mobile Tented Camp

KatiKati Tented Camp is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real camping safari adventure experience. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.

Katikati Tented Lodge is an original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa, with all the commodities of today.

Located a two hour drive along a panoramic route from the Olduvai Museum and the river Grumeti, two of the indispensable visits for all travellers to Tanzania.

The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. All of the infrastructure is mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind.

Katikati Accommodation

The tents are situated at ground level with a private porch. They overlook the savannah. Ample and comfortable. There is a choice of one double bed or two twin beds. The tents have a bathroom with a bucket shower. The family tent consists of two tents interconnected and a shared bathroom and private porch.

KatiKati Tented Camp

Safari Styles Experiences

Safari Styles Experiences

When thinking about African safari holidays, you probably think about seeing plenty of wildlife in big reserves from a 4×4 vehicle, luckily there is many options of safari styles experiences to chose from.

But a safari can be so much more and organising a good safari can be daunting.

There are so many safari styles experiences and destinations to choose from.
That is why Nature Bound Africa exists.
We will help you put together the ultimate safari experience all according to your needs and desires.
Once you’ve made your choice, we will make sure everything is booked and organised exactly as you want it.
As you will see when you scroll down this page, we have something to choose from for everyone and even interesting specials.

FAMILY SAFARI

Safari Styles & Experiences

F L Y – I N S A F A R I

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W E L L N E S S S A F A R I

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We are delighted to offer bespoke safari options for those who wish to create their own golf and safari holiday.

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A variety of optional supplements are available, all of which can be added on to any golf safari. These include:

  • Helicopter flights

  • Horse riding

  • Polo lessons

  • Golf lessons

  • Cultural tours

  • Community tours

  • Private conservancy tours (to the Maasai Steppe Conservancy)

  • Spa treatments

  • A visit to the Shanga workshop