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4×4 Safari Vehicle from Tanga

4X4 Safari Vehicle from Tanga | Safari to Mkomazi | Safari to Saadani National Park | Ngorongoro | Tarangire | Serengeti | Lake Manyara

Serengeti Trips safari fleet of cars for hire in Tanzania consists of Toyota Land Cruiser.Land Rover and Toyota RAV4 vehicles – both reliable 4×4 cars widely used in Tanzania and perfect for self-drive tours. Be aware that these are in a very good condition, well maintainied and are just right for the bush!

Each car is serviced at our workshop after every trip and we have a close network of upcountry workshops for minor onsite repairs. In the unlikely event that you have a breakdown, rest assured that we offer 24/7 safari car hire assistance and always have a replacement vehicle ready.

Tanzania is a great country for camping as there are so many campsites, ranging from basic bush sites inside the national parks to private campsites that come with a restaurant and swimming pool.

We can equip the Landcruiser with a rooftop tent and/or electrical fridge, or you can hire a dome tent. Both options come with fully equipped quality camping gear, including sleeping bags, headlights, cooking equipment, table, chairs and everything else you’ll need on your camping tour of Tanzania.

Rent a Car with a Driver

All of our drivers are experienced, helpful and most of all pleasant company. He will also do the game drives in the parks. The cost of hiring a driver is $45 / day – this also covers his meals and accommodation. You don’t need to arrange accomodation for him, as the lodges have facilities for the driver-guides. When you travel into a national park with a driver, you will also have to pay their entrance fee of $3 to 4 / day, depending on the park.

The driver is responsible for the wellbeing of the car, and the security bond will no longer apply.

If you’re taking a driver with you into the national parks, the Tanzania National Parks Authority requires you to have your entrance permits paid in advance, so you won’t be able to just decide on the fly. 

If you book a car with a driver, Serengeti Trips Tanzania will help by arranging the required park entrance permits for you in advance.

Lunch in Serengeti National Park

Tanga Safari to northern Tanzania national parks

Safari, Kilimanjaro & Culture

The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Migration involving wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place here is the largest ungulate migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic animals such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti is a majestic natural landscape.

“Serengeti shall not die” is the title of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s academy award-winning 1959 documentary and represents Frankfurt Zoological Society’s (FZS) goal and vision to this day; the Serengeti remains at the core of our conservation work in Africa.

Wildlife of Serengeti

The Serengeti is considered Tanzania’s best park. Big herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many antelope, such as eland, topi, kongoni and impala are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lion are often found on a kill. Cheetah are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopard can typically be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.

The Serengeti has more than 500 bird species recorded, and the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of Africa’s Endemic Bird Areas (land important for habitat-based bird conservation containing restricted-range bird species), hosting five bird species found nowhere else.

Birds of Serengeti

These specials are easy to locate within their restricted range. The grey-breasted spurfowl is common in the Seronera area. In woodland areas, parties of Fischer’s lovebird draw attention to themselves and the rufous-tailed weaver is a fascinating bird placed in its own genus. The other two endemics are the Usambiro barbet and the grey-crested helmet-shrike. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Best time to Visit Serengeti

The best time to visit the Serengeti National Park is in the Dry season (from late June to October). This period offers the best wildlife viewing in general – with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, but certain areas are better at specific times. The timing of the migration varies every year (the best chance of seeing it is during June and July) while the wildebeest calving is from late January to February.

How to get to Serengeti

Most safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), just outside of Dar es Salaam, and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

There are regular flights from Arusha to several airstrips inside the park.

It’s also possible to drive; the trip is about 325km/202mi and will take about eight hours. It is a bumpy ride but it’s scenic and you’ll see some wildlife on the way.

As the trip takes you through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, a popular option is to fly one way, and drive the other way taking in an overnight stop to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Coming from the crater, the distance to the Seronera area in the Serengeti is about 140km/90mi, and the driving time is about three hours.

A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime. There are few places that have wildlife densities and variety on this level. It is not unusual to see the Big Five in one day – and all this in the most amazing setting with a backdrop of the 600m/1,968ft-high crater wall.

Wildlife of Ngorongoro

The star attraction of the Conservation Area is the Ngorongoro Crater: an extinct volcano teeming with wildlife. All major animals are easily seen. The only exception is giraffe, which is present in the Conservation Area, but not in the crater because of the steep descent. Elephant are common, including some very big tuskers, and all the big cats are prominent as well.

Birds of Ngorongoro

Both the Ngorongoro highlands and the crater offer excellent birding, with over 500 species recorded. Birdlife in the highland forest is rich and interesting. Among the birds to be seen are white-eyed slaty flycatcher and Livingstone turaco. A number of specialized grassland birds are resident in the crater. Most noticeable are ostrich, kori bustard, crowned crane and the secretary bird. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Best time to visit Ngorongoro

Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is superb at all times. However, grass on the crater floor is short in the Dry season (June through September) and this makes animal spotting easier. The scenery is lush and spectacular in the Wet season months (from November to May).

How to get to Ngorongoro

Most people will visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as part of a bigger package, including a visit to the Serengeti. Conveniently, the conservation area lies en route and is only a three-hour drive on tarred road from the town of Arusha, the starting point of all safaris in northern Tanzania.

From Arusha, you can hop around the parks of the northern circuit by small aircraft on chartered or scheduled flights, or you can drive and do the whole circuit by safari vehicle. A popular option is to fly into the Serengeti and make your way back by safari vehicle via the Ngorongoro Crater, or the other way around. In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport.

Coming from the Seronera area in the Serengeti, the distance to the crater is about 140km/90mi and the driving time is about three hours. This can obviously take much longer allowing for wildlife viewing along the way. The 80km/50mi drive from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro Crater takes about two hours, and the 180km/110mi drive from Tarangire takes about four hours.

The best option to get to Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), near Dar es Salaam and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Tarangire is one of the more seasonal parks in northern Tanzania, with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. In the Dry season, between June and October, large herds of animals are attracted to the Tarangire River. At this time, the elephant numbers are spectacular and the park should be part of any safari in northern Tanzania.

Wildlife of Tarangire

Tarangire is outstanding seasonally for wildlife. In the Dry season, the Tarangire River is a magnet for migratory animals such as wildebeest, zebra, common eland, hartebeest, gazelle, buffalo and elephant – of which there are more than you can imagine. Lion are quite easily spotted at this time, as well.

Birds of Tarangire

Tarangire is a great bird-watching site with more than 500 species recorded. The park harbors several dry-country bird species at the extremity of their range, such as the northern pied babbler and vulturine guineafowl. Serious bird-lovers should also keep an eye open for flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all restricted to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Best time to Visit Tarangire

The middle and end of the Dry season, from late June to October, is the best time for wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park. Most of the animals migrate out of the park during the Wet season, and wildlife viewing is considerably less productive.

The park is part of the popular northern safari circuit and is typically visited together with Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Most safaris start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) near Dar es Salaam and book a domestic flight to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

There are regular flights from Arusha and the Serengeti to Tarangire, but it is a comfortable two-hour drive from Arusha to the entrance gate, of which only the last 7km is not tarred. Moving on, it is an easy drive to Lake Manyara (100km/60mi in about two hours) or the Ngorongoro Crater (180km/110mi in about four hours).

Kilimanjaro National Park in northern Tanzania is a unique and surprising place.

And we’re not just saying that. For starters, it’s home to the highest mountain in Africa (5,895 m!), yet that mountain rises up out of a vast, relatively flat plain.

Mount Kilimanjaro covered in snow with trees in foreground


Most iconic mountains are a part of massive ranges, like how Mt Everest is part of the Himalayas and Mt Aconcagua part of the Andes. The reason for this is that Mt Kilimanjaro was once a volcano. This allows it to stand tall in a flat region, letting you enjoy unimpeded views of it from far away, even in Kenya.


Kilimanjaro National Park was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.


How tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, is a whopping 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level.

It’s also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, standing 4,900 m (16,076 ft) above its plateau base. Think about that: that’s five vertical kilometres of straight-up mountain!

Trekkers walking through snow near summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Though it sits near the Equator, the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro is so high that it’s frequently covered in snow

As with most things of immensity, you cannot fully appreciate the scale of the mountain from afar. It’s only when you’re on the mountain itself, taking step after step to climb to the summit, that its wild size comes fully home to you.

Where is Kilimanjaro National Park?

Kilimanjaro National Park is located in the northeast of Tanzania, in eastern Africa. You can see it in the top-right corner in the map below.



How do I get to Kilimanjaro National Park?

As the map shows, the quickest way to reach Kilimanjaro National Park is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. The drive to the park from the airport is 75 km and takes about 90 minutes.

Kilimanjaro Airport

Flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport brings you within a few hours’ drive of the mountain

You could also opt to drive there from Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania’s main airport. The airport is just outside of Dar es Salaam, the country’s largest city, which sits on the coast in the east of the country. Dar es Salaam is over 500 km south of Kilimanjaro National Park, and takes about nine hours to reach by car.

Alternatively, you could fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. The drive south is just 200 km, but you will, of course, have to get a Kenyan visa and deal with border control when entering Tanzania.

We’ll fetch you from the airport

If you choose to climb Kilimanjaro with Follow Alice, we’ll fetch you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) if you wish.

Kilimanjaro National Park accommodation

Most people heading to Kilimanjaro National Park stay in the city of Arusha, or the town of Moshi. You don’t actually stay inside the park, except when climbing Kilimanjaro.

As you can see in the map above, Moshi is very close to the park, especially if you use the park’s southern entrance. Arusha is over two hours away by car, but many find it to be a good base for both visiting both Kilimanjaro and the safari parks of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit.


We like to use Lindrin Lodge in Moshi when there’s availability

We host clients in both Moshi and Arusha, depending on their needs. The lodges we visit are beautifully situated and comfortable, and the offer outdoor swimming pools and lounging areas, which are especially welcome after the major exertions of a Kilimanjaro trek!

Trekker accommodation on the mountain

During the trek itself, climbers stay either in tented camps or huts. The tents are provided by your tour operator, while the huts are large, permanent structures supplied by the park. The huts are only available along the Marangu route, which is the original trail up the mountain.

Along the other trails, you must camp. Operators provide their trekkers with sleeping tents, a mess tent, and a toilet tent. You can learn more in Sleeping on Kilimanjaro.

Barranco Camp at night

Barranco Camp with the endless starry sky typical of nights spent high on Kilimanjaro!

We’ve found that having a hot drink and a chat and looking at the view is one of the highlights of a Kilimanjaro climb. Our awesome mountain crew sets up camp and cooks your dinner while you chill in a chair!

Is Kilimanjaro National Park safe?

Tanzania is a pretty safe country to visit. Like most countries, the cities pose a few more dangers like theft and pickpockets. But when you head to the country and parks, like Kilimanjaro National Park, you’re pretty safe. This is a region dedicated to eco tourism, and you’ll find the people are friendly, welcoming and helpful.

Is Mt Kilimanjaro safe?

Mt Kilimanjaro is an inactive volcano that hasn’t erupted in 200 years. It’s also a non-technical mountain, meaning you don’t need any mountaineering experience or equipment to hike it. All you need are warm clothes, a good pair of hiking boots, strong legs and determination. The climb is arduous and will test your mettle!

The biggest risk in climbing Kilimanjaro is the possibility of developing altitude sickness. However, you can take precautions against this. Firstly, you can choose one of the Kilimanjaro routes with a good acclimatisation profile. One of our favourite routes is the Lemosho, as it’s both beautiful and a good acclimatisation route.

Chris on Kilimanjaro

Chris is our charismatic and fearless Follow Alice Tanzania leader!

Secondly, you can add to your safety on the mountain by trekking with a reputable tour operator. Good Kilimanjaro tour operators hire qualified staff and offer them regular training. This training includes how to detect, assess and treat symptoms of altitude sickness.

At Follow Alice, safety is a priority. Chris Sichalwe is the founding father of Follow Alice Tanzania. He’s been climbing the mountain for many, many years and has been rated among the top 10 Kilimanjaro trek guides. He and his handpicked team of lead guides, guides, porters and cook are a friendly, knowledgeable, reliable and well-trained team.

What wildlife is in Kilimanjaro National Park?

Kilimanjaro has plenty of exciting wildlife, especially as it has five different ecological bands, so it offers a few different environments for different types of animals. In the lower region, there are elephants, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas and various antelopes. But this isn’t the area where Kilimanjaro climbers walk, so we caution you not to expect to see such game on your trek.

The ecological zone that’s the most exciting for animal spotting is the rainforest band. Here, the biggest highlight is the monkeys, particularly the unusual black-and-white colobus (see pic below). Also look out for dainty duikers and klipspringers. And keep your eyes peeled for the three-horned chameleon (or Jackson’s chameleon).

back and white colobus monkeys Kilimanjaro National Park

Black-and-white colobus monkeys are often seen in Kili’s rainforest

The birdlife in the rainforest is spectacular, and you can hope to see beauties and rarities like Hartlaub’s turacoes, silvery-cheeked hornbills, African pittas, malachite sunbirds, and African pygmy kingfishers.

To learn more, and see some great pics, please go to Animals on Kilimanjaro.

Home to the Hadzabe bushmen, Lake Eyasi is one of the few places remaining in Africa where tribal life is still maintained relatively untouched by the development of the region. The Hadzabe people have called Lake Eyasi home for more than 10,000 years, and still retain their hunter gatherer lifestyle; making them one of the last bastions of ancient African tribal life. A visit to the Hadzabe lands offers a unique and unforgettable glimpse into an ancient culture.

Details of Lake Eyasi

Guests are invited to overnight in these tribal lands as well as witness how these people continue to hunt and forage for their food in the face of Tanzania’s continued development. Observing an early morning hunting display, gathering honey, and traditional dance performances are all part of the experience.It is a cultural experience not to be missed, and it all happens against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Eyasi.

Lake Eyasi is situated at the southwestern end of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area between Great Rift Valley Eyasi escarpment and Kidero mountains, just 133 km (95 miles) west of Lake Manyara. Lake Eyasi cover an area of about 1,050 square km (400 square miles).

Tanzania, Lake Eyasi

The lake is as all the other lakes in the Rift Valley a soda lake. Lake Eyasi, which has one principle spring, the Sibiti River, is enclosed with walls consisting of purple lava. The main attraction of Lake Eyasi are the Hadzabe bushmen, the indigenous inhabitants and the last community of hunters and gatherers in Africa. Lake Eyasi is their homeland for over 10,000 years. They are still holding to their traditional way of life, hunting and gathering different kinds of fruits and honey.

Tanzania, Lake Eyasi

The Hadzabe live in caves and they don’t wear any kind of clothes but rather skin to cover the private parts. Their community is endangered, because most of their land has been taken away from them for commercial production and they are forced to join the civilization.

Tanzania, Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi is also inhabited by another bushmen community, the Tindiga. This community is also a hunters and gatherers community, but they are tired of this kind of live and want to join the civilized world. They have been living for centuries from the forest and its products, hunting animals such as monkeys. The Tindiga people don’t have permanent houses and avoid buildings with iron sheets, because they believe they cause blindness.

A visit to their community is something you will most likely not want to miss, perhaps you will even have the possibility to see how they shower and lotion with monkey bone narrow.

Lake Natron

Lake Natron is a salt or soda lake not far from Lake Manyara in northern Tanzania. It is located in the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift. The lake lays at the foot of the Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano.

Lake Natron is quite shallow, less than three meters deep, and varies in width depending on its water level. The lake is 57 kilometers long and 22 kilometers wide. The area receives irregular seasonal rainfall, mainly between December and May. The temperatures at the lake are often over 40 ° C.

As the fresh water evaporates in the lake, water with high concentrations of salt minerals such as sodium and trona remains. The alkalinity of the lake can reach a pH level of more than 12. Special bacteria and blue algae thrive in this environment and form an ideal breeding ground for the life of birds. Such halophilic organisms include some cyano bacteria that, like plants, produce their own food through photosynthesis. The red pigment in those cyano bacteria produces the deep red colors of the lake’s waters and the orange colors in the shallow areas. Salt-loving microorganisms living there are coloring the alkali salt crust on the surface of the lake is red or pink.

The perfect breeding place for Flamingos

Flamingos find a safe breeding ground at Lake Natron, since most other animals find its caustic environment and high temperature of the lake (up to 60°C) as well as its high salinity inhospitable. It therefore provides a good barrier against predators trying to reach nests on seasonal evaporation islands. Every year, more than two million flamingos come here to lay their eggs and chicks hatch between September and April. Cyanobacteria are increasing with the salinity of the water, and the lake can carry more nests. Larger flamingos also breed in the Wadden Sea.

Other animals in Lake Natron

Some fish species (such as tilapia) can survive in the slightly less salty water near the shore. Lake Natron is also home to some endemic algae, invertebrates and other birds. Tens of thousands of other birds can be spotted near the lake, making Lake Natron a prime destination for bird lovers in Africa.

Nearby National parks

Lake Natron is also well connected other National parks, such as: Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south and the Northern Serengeti National Park in the west. Usually Lake Natron will be visited after Lake Manyara National Park.

Most common animals in Lake Natron

  • Flamingo
  • Lots of bird species
  • Fishes
  • Maasai goats, sheeps and donkeys
  • Some small antilopes
  • Some zebras and wildebeests
Lake Natron Tanzania Specialist

Excursions and activities in Lake Natron

  • Visit an authentic Maasai village
  • A walk to Lake Natron itself
  • Beautiful view on the mountain Ol Doinyo Lengai
  • Climb Ol Doinyo Lengai (Not for everybody and on your own risk!)
  • Walk to the waterfall (Not for everybody and on your own risk!)
  • Birdwatching (if you are lucky you can see thousands of flamingoes)
  • Photography: the view of the large escarpment landscape + volcanot La

Out of all the Big Cats in Serengeti, the Lion is the one that arouses much awe and admiration. “Jon Julio”


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