Suggested Itineraries

Why travel with Viewpoint Adventures? (video)

With Viewpoint Adventures, every safari is a PRIVATE SAFARI. Each safari is specially designed for you and your family/friends. YOU choose the itinerary. YOU choose the exact dates you're available. YOU choose who you will travel with. No group is too small. Our private safari prices will usually beat other companies group safari prices.....where you are locked into their itinerary, their dates, and where you travel with a large group of people you don't know. Your trip can include game drives, hunting with the Hadzabe (bushmen), an exotic trip to Zanzibar, interacting with local people, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, learning about local culture, visiting a Maasai village, interacting with students at an elementary school, walking safaris, or anything else you can imagine. If you can dream it, we can do it. We specialize in specializing!

Safaris can range from 7-16 days or more; it's up to you and your wishes. Weʼve suggested several possible itineraries, but we will work with you to develop just the right trip for you. You tell us what your main interests are, and we will work with you to develop your individualized itinerary. Want to go on a walking safari.....travel to Zanzibar....go deep sea fishing in the Indian Ocean? We can do that! The price of your trip is as individualized as the trip of your dreams. A quote will be provided based on your specific desires and requirements.

Viewpoint Adventures has developed safaris for particular interest groups. For example, listed below is a safari for Agricultural Enthusiasts. This safari tours a variety of farming endeavors, from small local farms to larger plantations. As with all our safaris, this is just a suggested itinerary and changes can be easily made to suit your needs. 

In addition to safaris, Viewpoint Adventures can arrange for you to CLIMB MT. KILIMANJARO. Viewpoint Adventures is also an excellent company for a FILMING SAFARI. Our Director in Tanzania, Idrissah Mshana, has guided a number of tours for National Geographic. He is an expert in Tanzanian wildlife, highly knowledgeable and experienced in wildlife spotting.

To ensure lodging availability, we strongly suggest you book your safari trip 4-6 months in advance. This is particularly important if you want to travel in June, July, or August, as those are the busiest months. You can book up to a year in advance.

Viewpoint Adventures is your PRIVATE SAFARI company.....at affordable prices!

Protect your Travel Investment with Travel Insurance. (click the underlined)

 

Giraffe

Photo by Carol Austin

VIDEO: Watch 2 male giraffes, vying for territory in the Serenget.

Join us on FACEBOOK!

Private Safari for Two: 13 days

Price Per Person: $5,750/  land only

Day 1: Depart U.S.

Day 2: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (at about 8:30 pm). Transfer to lodging at McEllys in Arusha.

Day 3: Breakfast at McEllys. Drive to Tarangire National Park. Game drive. Box lunch.  Tarangire is known for its elephants.   Lodging at Maramboi Permanent Tented Camp, located on beautiful Lake Manyara.      

 

Day 4: Full day game drive in Tarangire. Box lunch. Lodging at Maramboi.

Day 5: Leave Maramboi. Visit a Maasai village in the morning, to take part in and learn about their cultural traditions. Stop for a local lunch in Mto wa Mbu, a bustling village on the way to Ngorongoro Crater. Drive on to Karatu, at the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation. Lodging at Eileen’s Tree Inn.

Day 6: Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater for intense game viewing, including a chance to spot the highly endangered black rhino. Lodging at Ndutu Lodge, where you can spot game right from your room....or while you're eating dinner.

Day 7: Drive to Serengeti, the jewel of all of Africa, unsurpassed for game viewing. Game drive. Box lunch. Lodging at Seronara Wildlife Lodge, set in the vastness of the Serengeti, with more spectacular views.          

Day 8: Full day game drive in Serengeti. Box lunch. Lodging at Seronara. Each day in the Serengeti is a new adventure in wildlife viewing. One day you may visit the Hippo Pool, where perhaps 200 hippose will be lounging in the water. Another day you may find yourself in the midst of tens of thousands of wildebeest or observing a lion pride resting under a tree along the side of the road or spotting the elusive leopard. Expect to see lions, hyenas, giraffes, elephants, hundreds of species of birds, wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, olive baboons, monkeys, cheetahs, leopards, gazelles, impalas, hartbeast, and many other animals.    

Day 9: Full day game drive in Serengeti. Box lunch. Lodging at Seronara Wildlife Lodge.

Day 10: Game drive in the morning. Drive to Karatu. Visit Shalom Orphange, supported by Viewpoint Adventures through Positive Outlook Association. Lodging at Eileen's Tree Inn.

Day 11: Visit Bashay Primary School in the morning. Bashay is a K-7 school with over 900 students. Viewpoint Adventures provides support to this school through Positive Outlook Association. Interact with the students and staff. You will be given the opportunity to purchase basic school supplies at a local store to donate. Drive to Mto wa Mbu for a walking Cultural Tour to visit ebony carvers, tinga tinga painters, and to learn about the cultural significance of banana beer. Drive on to Arusha. Lodging at McEllys Hotel. 

Day 12:  Visit Cultural Center. Lunch at Idrissha Mshana's home, where his wife, Vivian, will cook a traditional Tanzania meal for you. Idrissah is co-owner of Viewpoint Adventures, and he welcomes you to his home. Fly home.

Day 13:  Arrive U.S.

• Pricing includes all meals, all lodging, full access to safari vehicle with pop up shade roof for wildlife viewing, water/ soft drinks/ beer in the safari vehicle,  transfers to and from airport, all activities, highly knowledgeable & experienced safari guide, park fees, concession fees, activity fees.

  • Pricing does not include airfare, drinks with evening meals, or tipping (service at lodges and tour guide).
  • Itineraries can be adjusted during the actual trip to meet the needs of the clients. Lodging cannot be changed, but activities can be added or changed.
  • Priced for High Season, not Peak Season. The cost is higher during Peak Season. In the Serengeti, High Season runs from March 1-31, November 1-December 20. Peak Season runs Januray 1-February 28, June 1-October 31, and December 21-31.

baby_hyena
Photo by D. Baumgartner 11/2009 

 

Private Safari for Six

16 days 

Price per person: $5,000/ land portion only

 

Day 1: Depart US

 

Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport (evening). Meet Idi, your guide. Transfer to Mt. Meru Hotel in Arusha. 

 

Day 3: After breakfast at Mt. Meru, drive to Tarangire National Park, known for its elephants, for a game drive. You may also see zebra, wildebeest, impala, olive baboons, lions, ostriches, cape buffalo, giraffes, and gazelles, to name a few, as well as hundreds of species of birds. Lodging at Maramboi Permanent Tented Camp, located next to Lake Manyara, where you may spot wildlife from your tented room.

 

Day 4: After breakfast, drive to a Maasai village for an unsurpassed cultural experience. Learn and take part in many of their cultural traditions. Drive on to Mto wa Mbu, a bustling village, for a walking tour to visit local artisans (tinga tinga painters, ebony carvers)....maybe learn about banana beer and its   importance to their local culture. Lodging at Farmhouse Lodge, set in the midst of a working farm. Farmhouse grows all their own fruits and vegetables as well as coffee, which is used in lodging all over northern Tanzania.

 

Day 5: Drive to Serengeti National Park, which is the jewel of Africa for wildlife viewing. Wildlife viewing in the Serengeti is unsurpassed in the world. It is the last remaining place on earth where wildebeest continue to migrate each year (between the Serengeti of Tanzania and the Maasai Mara of Kenya). You will likely see lions, cheetahs, wildebeest, elephants, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, giraffes, hundreds of species of birds, hippos, and perhaps the elusive leopard. Lodging at Serengeti Serena, set amidst the vastness of the Serengeti, where you will find spectacular views and impeccable service and attention to detail from the staff.

 

Day 6: Full day game drive in the Serengeti. Lodging at Serengeti Serena.

 

Day 7: Full day game drive in the Serengeti. Lodging at Serengeti Serena.

 

Day 8: Morning game drive. Drive to Ngorongoro Crater Rim. Lodging at Ngorongoro Serena, located at the top of the rim, overlooking the Crater. The view from your room is fabulous.

 

Day 9: Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, where the game is highly concentrated and varied. If you're lucky, you'll spot the rare and endangered black rhino. Drive out to Karatu. Lodging at Eileen's Tree Inn in Karatu, a small locally owned intimate lodge with lovely grounds and a nice swimming pool.

 

Day 10: Visit Bashay Primary School, a K-7 school of 900 + students which Viewpoint Adventures supports through Positive Outlook Association. Interact   with students and teachers. You are given the opportunity to purchase school supplies from a local store to donate. If time allows, also visit Shalom Orphanage, where a dedicated staff cares for about 58 children. Positive Outlook Association also provides support to Shalom. Drive back to Arusha. Dinner at Idrissah Mshana's house (co-owner of Viewpoint Adventures). His wife, Vivian, will cook you a traditional Tanzania meal. Lodging at Mt.Meru Hotel.

 

Day 11: After breakfast, visit the Cultural Center in Arusha before catching your flight to Zanzibar. Fly to Zanzibar. Transfer to lodging at Mtoni Marine.

 

Day 12, 13, 14: Enjoy the sights of Zanzibar. Perhaps take an all day snorkeling trip on a traditional fishing dhow. Or go swimming with the dolphins. Or tour the ancient and fascinating Stone Town. Or simply relax by the pool. 

 

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and fly back to Arusha. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport to fly back to US.

 

Day 16: Arrive US.

• Pricing includes all meals, all lodging, full access to safari vehicle with pop up shade roof for wildlife viewing, water/ soft drinks/ beer in the safari vehicle,  transfers to and from airport, all activities, highly knowledgeable & experienced safari guide, park fees, concession fees, activity fees.

  • Pricing does not include airfare, drinks with evening meals, or tipping (service at lodges and tour guide).
  • Itineraries can be adjusted during the actual trip to meet the needs of the clients. Lodging cannot be changed, but activities can be added or changed.
  • Priced for High Season, not Peak Season. The cost is higher during Peak Season. In the Serengeti, High Season runs from March 1-31, November 1-December 20. Peak Season runs Januray 1-February 28, June 1-October 31, and December 21-31


 

S1210054

                 Ngorongoro Serena


Private 11 Day Safari for Two

Price Per Person: $5,350 each, land portion

Day 1: Depart US.


Day 2: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to lodging at McEllys Hotel.

 

Day 3: Drive to Tarangire National Park. Game drive. Picnic lunch. Lodging at Maramboi Permanent Tented Camp.

 

Day 4: Visit Maasai Boma. Walking tour of Mto wa Mbu with Cultural Heritage guide. Lodging at Farmhouse Lodge.

 

Day 5: Drive to Lake Eyasi to hunt with the Hadzabe (bushmen). You will join 3 or 4 hunters as they hunt for local game using handmade bows and arrows.You may walk from 2-5 hours with them, over rocky hilly terrain. There are only a small number of Hadzabe remaining in Tanzania, and some are still living the basic hunter-gatherer life. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go back in time and experience an ancient culture. Lodging at Farmhouse Lodge.

 

Day 6: Drive to Serengeti.....game drive along the way once in Serengeti. Lodging at Serengeti Serena.

 

Day 7: Full day of game drive in the Serengeti. Lodging at Serengeti Serena.

 

Day 8: Drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Game drive in the crater. Lodging at Eileen's Tree Inn.

 

Day 9: Visit Bashay Primary School and Shalom Orphanage in the morning. Drive to Arusha. Lodging at McEllys Hotel in Arusha.

 

Day 10: Visit the Cultural Center. Walk the local markets. Traditional lunch in a private home (home of the owner/guide). Fly home.

 

Day 11: Arrive US.

 

Pricing does not include airfare, drinks with evening meals, or tipping (service at lodges and tour guide)

 • Itineraries can be adjusted during the actual trip to meet the needs of the clients. Lodging cannot be changed, but activities can be added or changed.

 •Priced for High Season, not Peak Season. The cost is higher during Peak Season. In the Serengeti, High Season runs from March 1-31, November 1-December 20. Peak Season runs Januray 1-  February 28, June 1-October 31, and December 21-31

Outside_wkids


 

Special Private 12 Day Safari 

 for Agricultural Enthusiasts

Price Per Person:

With a group of 2: $4,975 each, land portion

With a group of  4: $4,025 each

With a group of 6: $3,750 each

 

Smaller_farmer_ad

 

Day 1: Depart US for Tanzania

 

Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport in the evening. Transfer to McEllys Hotel in downtown Arusha for the night. 

 

Day 3: After breakfast, visit local farms in the Arusha area, including Maasai villages, where they keep cattle. These are small local farms, where people are farming just a few acres of land. The Maasai are known for their cattle. You will have a local lunch, and evening meal at McEllys Hotel.

 

Day 4: Travel to Mto wa Mbu, a small bustling village on the way to the Serengeti National Park. Visit local banana and rice plantations. Eat a local lunch. Drive on to Farmhouse Lodge where they have a working farm as part of the lodge. Farmhouse grows their own fruits and vegetables, as well as maintaining a coffee plantation. They grow and roast their own coffee, which is used at the Farmhouse Lodge as well as at a number of other lodges in northern Tanzania. At certain times of the year, you can purchase this locally grown and roasted coffee.

 

Day 5: After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to tour the farming areas of Farmhouse Lodge. You will also visit a local school, Bashay Primary School, and Shalom Orphanage, both of which are supported in part by Viewpoint Adventures. Lodging again at Farmhouse Lodge.

 

Day 6: Visit a local wheat farm, Gibb's Farm, and Elephant Cave. Gibb's Farm is a small working farm close to Ngorongoro Crater. The farm is totally organic and has a huge and wonderful vegetable garden that supplies the lodge. They grow and export coffee and are self sufficient with most meat. Gibbs also has a nursery where they grow indiginous trees to replant to stop erosion and counterbalance the charcoal trade. Visiting the Elephant Cave is a popular hike with bird watchers and those interested in the flora and fauna of this part of the Great Rift Valley. Lodging at Farmhouse Lodge.

 

Day 7: Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park. Game drive. Lodging at Serengeti Serena. The Serengeti is the jewel of all of Africa for game viewing. You will likely see wildebeest, zebras, elephants, lions, gazelles, warthogs, ostriches, hyenas, cheetahs, monkeys, hippos, giraffes, possibly a leopard, and hundreds of species of birds. In certain times of the year, the Great Migration is in the Serengeti, with over 6 million wildebeest and almost 2 million zebra. This last great migration is only found in the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and Maasai Mara of Kenya. Every year, the wildebeest and zebra follow the rains and migrate between these two parks. This is the last place on earth for this migration.

 

Day 8: Full day game drive in the Serengeti. There are endless possibilities for game viewing in the Serengeti. Every day brings something new and exciting, whether it is observing hundreds of hippos in a hippo pool.....watching a pride of lions (perhaps with some cubs) lounging under a tree....driving through wildebeest and zebra during the migration and seeing animals as far as the eye can see, in all directions.....or spotting a leopard in a tree. There is no place on earth where you will find more intensive and varied game viewing. Lodging at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

 

Day 9: After breakfast and some morning game drive, drive on to Ngorongoro Crater Rim to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. This lodge has the most incredible views of the Crater, right from your room. Each room overlooks the Crater, with a small balcony to enjoy the view. Enjoy a delicious dinner, then head to bed in preparation for an early rise to visit the Crater.

 

Day 10: Get up with the sunrise to head down to the Crater for excellent game viewing. After a picnic breakfast, enjoy a full day of game viewing. (Picnic lunch). Game viewing is varied and extensive. If you're lucky, you'll spot a rare and endangered black rhino. After game viewing, drive to Karatu for lodging at Eileen's Tree Inn. Relax and unwind by the swimming pool.

 

Day 11: Sleep later. Have a leisurely breakfast, then head back to Arusha. Visit the Cultural Center, where you can learn more about Tanzania and its culture. Have a local lunch at the private home of the co-owner of Viewpoint Adventures. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.

 

Day 12: Arrive US.

• Pricing includes all meals, all lodging, full access to safari vehicle with pop up shade roof for wildlife viewing, water/ soft drinks/ beer in the safari vehicle,  transfers to and from airport, all activities, highly knowledgeable & experienced safari guide, park fees, concession fees, activity fees.

  • Pricing does not include airfare, drinks with evening meals, or tipping (service at lodges and tour guide).
  • Itineraries can be adjusted during the actual trip to meet the needs of the clients. Lodging cannot be changed, but activities can be added or changed.


 


 

Cultural Tourism Itinerary

A Tanzania Cultural Safari addition will compliment your safari and complete your experience in Africa. All Tanzania Culture Safaris are organized with gentleness and respect for the cultures, villagers, and homes we visit. Our hope is for you to meet the diverse cultures first hand and to experience what makes Tanzania so special. Each safari is organized directly with the communities we will be visiting.

Day 1: Leave Arusha at 8:30 am for Maasai visit north of Arusha (Moduli).

Day 2: After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing.

Day 3: After breakfast, visit the Bushmen of Lake Eyasi.

Day 4: Cultural tourism visit to the Datoga people of Lake Eyasi.

Day 5: After breakfast, depart for Serengeti, passing through Olduvai Gorge, the archeological site of the Leakey family.

Day 6: Depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Day 7: Descend into the Crater. This 100 square mile natural amphitheater is host to an astonishing array of wildlife. Drive back to Arusha.

Usambara Mountain Area Tours

Usambara Mountain is situated in the northeastern part of Tanzania between Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean region of Tanga. It has been dubbed the ʻGalapagos” of the plant world. This incredibly beautiful and lush area is a welcome retreat from Tanzaniaʼs game park and cities.

Because of its pleasant climate, the mountains were favored by the Germans and the English during colonial times, as is evidenced by the numerous historic buildings. The mountain region is ideal for hiking as well as for some spectacular driving.

From a distance, the mountains are a colorful mosaic. On the fertile slopes around Soni and Lushoto, farmers cultivate small plots, but further away from the towns large areas are still covered by dense tropical forests.

The viewpoints on the southern and western side of the Usambara are well known for the spectacular views of the plains of Mkomazi and Handeni. Kilimanjaro can be seen on the horizon and at the end of the day, the sunset turns the area into a tremendous palette of unforgettable colors.

Suggested walking tours:

Irente View Point Tour (4 - 6 hours)
This most famous viewpoint in the Usambara mountains is just an hourʼs walk from Lushoto. From the viewpoint, you see the village of Mazinde almost 1,000 meters below you. On the way back, you pass the village of Irente Juu, where you will visit the crossbreeding and soil conservation projects at Mr. Mwindadiʼs hamlet. The trip can be extended with visits to a nearby waterfall and the viewpoints of Kambe and Kwa Mkeke.

Usambara farm and flora tour (4 - 5 hours)
Starting from Lushoto, you walk through one of the most fertile parts of the Usambara mountains to the village of Vuli. On your way, you will visit a cheese factory and learn about the different trees and plants in the area. In Vuli, you visit some farms where people are just starting soil conservation and irrigation projects. After an extensive explanation about farming in the Usambara Mountains, you return via another route to Lushoto.

Growing rock tour (4 - 5 hours)
Starting from Soni, you walk through the villages of Shashui and Kwemula to the foot of Kwa Mongo. In half an hour, you can climb this mountain which has a colorful variety of butterflies and oversee the southern Usambar Mountains. From here, you descend to Magila, situated on the foot of the growing rock, where you visit two irrigation projects and the tree nursery of the primary school. The farmers and schoolteachers will tell you all about their development projects and explain why the rock is ʻgrowing.ʼ

Usambara Mountain Area Tours

Bangala River Tour (5 - 7 hours)
Walking along river valleys, sometimes wading through the water, you descend to the village of Bangala. On your way, you have a beautiful view over the Maasai plains; you will see a traditional irrigation system and can visit a Wasambaa farm. In Bagala, you can visit the tree nursery at the primary school and afterwards take a bus back to Soni or walk back via Vuga Hill.

Western Usamabara Mountains Tour (3 - 5 days)
Via the villages of Kukozi, Manolo, and Sunga, you reach the former German settlement of Mtae. On the way, you pass through tropical forests, trek over mountains, go to several superb viewpoints and visit various development projects. If time permits, you can also trek past Mlalo.

Mazumbae Forest Reserve Tour (4 - 5 days)
Via Kwa Mongo and Magila (irrigation and soil conservation projects) you go to Bumbuli mission, and historic German settlement. From there, you make a tour through the Masumbae Forest Reserve, famous for its many birds, and return to Soni.

Potter Traditional Adventure Tour
Via Magamba tripical rain forest, trek towards Klaizi village. Located near Mloala village lies the village of Kilieti, where you can find Namisfueli Nyeki giving pottery workshops. Visitors can observe and participate in the age old tradition of pottery making.

Your guides are all former students of the Shambalai Secondary School in Lushoto. All speak English, are very familiar with the area, and can tell you many interesting stories about the history and daily life in the Usambara Mountains. They earn income through their work as guides and, at the same time, promote village development to improve the living conditions of the Shambaa people.