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‘Authentic Tanzania’ 9 Days Safari Tour

9 Days

Tour Overview

About the tour

Embark on an unforgettable 9-day adventure with ZAFS Tours, exploring the natural wonders of Tanzania’s most iconic wildlife destinations. Your safari journey begins with your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where our friendly team will greet you and ensure a smooth transfer to your comfortable accommodation in Moshi. Enjoy a restful night, preparing for the thrilling days ahead.

Mkomanzi National Park is a hidden gem in Northern Tanzania, offering a remote and untouched wilderness experience. The park features diverse landscapes, from savannahs to riverine forests. Visitors can embark on game drives, and birdwatching tours, often without encountering other tourists. This park is a sanctuary to some of the endangered species like black rhino and African wild dogs. It’s a pristine destination for nature enthusiasts.

Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour: Materuni is a picturesque village near Moshi, Tanzania. Visitors can take guided tours to the stunning Materuni Waterfalls and learn about the local Chagga culture. A highlight of the tour is the opportunity to see the coffee-making process from bean to cup, including coffee picking and roasting. It’s a unique and immersive cultural experience.

Shira route: Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and a popular destination for trekkers and climbers. The Shira route offers a challenging day hike that takes you through diverse ecological zones, including moorland and alpine desert. Although it doesn’t reach the summit, it provides breathtaking views of the mountain and its surrounding landscape.

Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. The crater is a caldera formed by the collapse of a volcano, and it’s often referred to as the “Garden of Eden” due to its lush landscapes and high wildlife density. Visitors can see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) along with numerous other species like hyenas, and hippos. Game drives into the crater provide an opportunity to witness this unique ecosystem up close.

Serengeti National Park is synonymous with the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebras traverse the vast plains in search of water and fresh grazing. It’s one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa. Apart from the migration, Serengeti offers year-round wildlife viewing, including predators like lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Hot air balloon safaris are also popular here, providing a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling landscapes and herds below.

Central Serengeti (Seronera): Seronera plains in the central Serengeti is a year-round wildlife haven. It’s known for its resident big cats, including prides of lions and leopards. The area offers excellent game viewing opportunities with rolling plains and kopjes (rocky outcrops) that are favorite resting spots for lions.

Balloon Safari (Optional): A hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti is a magical way to experience the park’s vast landscapes and wildlife from above. It offers a serene and panoramic view of the savannah, with a chance to spot animals from the air. The experience usually includes a champagne breakfast upon landing, making it a luxurious adventure.

Highlights

  • See the 'Big Five' at the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Take a guided tours to the stunning Materuni Waterfalls and learn about the local Chagga culture
  • In the right season, witness The Great Migration on the plains of Serengeti

Itinerary

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Day 01 :
ARRIVAL

Your safari adventure begins as you touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our team will be there to warmly welcome you and ensure a hassle-free transfer to your comfortable accommodation in Arusha, where you can unwind and prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

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Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour offers a captivating and immersive experience in the lush landscapes of Tanzania, providing a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and culinary delights. Nestled at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Materuni is a serene and picturesque village renowned for its stunning waterfalls and rich coffee heritage.

 

The tour begins with a leisurely hike through the vibrant and verdant countryside, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking scenery and local way of life. As you ascend, the cascading sounds of the Materuni Waterfalls grow louder, creating an air of anticipation. Upon arrival at the waterfalls, you’ll be greeted by the sight of water plunging down from a considerable height into a crystal-clear pool, surrounded by lush vegetation. The pristine beauty of the falls offers an ideal backdrop for relaxation, photography, or even a refreshing dip.

 

The tour’s cultural component adds depth to the experience as you engage with the Chagga people, the indigenous inhabitants of the area. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals and gain insights into their traditional way of life. A visit to a local Chagga home provides a window into their daily routines, customs, and perhaps even participate in some traditional activities.

 

A highlight of the Materuni tour is the exploration of coffee cultivation. You’ll have the chance to witness the intricate process of coffee production, from the nurturing of coffee plants in the fertile volcanic soil to the harvesting and roasting of beans. Guided by knowledgeable locals, you’ll learn about the art of coffee making, a significant aspect of Chagga culture. The fragrant aroma of freshly roasted coffee fills the air, and you can savor a cup of the locally grown and meticulously prepared coffee, a true delight for coffee enthusiasts.

Breakfast, Lunch

Get ready for your first wildlife encounter as you venture to Mkomazi National Park. This lesser-known gem is home to endangered species, including rhinos and wild dogs. Prepare to be amazed by the park’s unique landscapes and incredible wildlife.

Breakfast, Lunch

A day hike on Mount Kilimanjaro’s Shira Plateau offers a remarkable adventure amidst stunning landscapes. Starting from the Shira Gate, trekkers traverse through diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to moorland, before reaching the high-altitude plateau. The hike provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding savannah and the imposing Uhuru Peak in the distance. Along the way, you will encounter unique flora and fauna, making it a memorable experience.

Breakfast, Lunch

Rise early for an exhilarating day at Tarangire National Park, known for its majestic elephants and stunning wildlife diversity. After an unforgettable day in the park, we’ll transfer you to Karatu, where you’ll spend a peaceful evening at your chosen accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the “African Eden.” Descend into the crater’s lush caldera, home to an astounding variety of wildlife, from grazing herds to elusive predators. Marvel at the unique ecosystem of the crater, where natural beauty and wildlife flourish in harmony. Later in the evening we will accent the crater and stay overnight at an accommodation on the rim of the crater.

Breakfast, Lunch

Maasai experience during a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater can be an incredible and immersive cultural encounter. The Maasai people are an indigenous ethnic group residing in Tanzania and Kenya, known for their distinctive culture and traditional way of life. While the Ngorongoro Crater is primarily renowned for its stunning wildlife and natural beauty, it also provides an opportunity to interact with the Maasai community who are part and parcel of nature.

The Maasai are known for their vibrant and energetic traditional dances. During your visit, you may have the chance to witness these dances firsthand. The Maasai warriors, adorned in their colorful attire and elaborate beadwork, perform rhythmic jumps and chants, showcasing their strength and agility. You might also witness other cultural demonstrations, such as fire-making techniques, traditional storytelling, and ceremonies.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll proceed towards the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. Upon arriving in the Central Serengeti, you’ll be greeted by the park’s abundant wildlife and iconic savannah scenery. Enjoy an enchanting evening in the heart of the Serengeti as you settle into your comfortable overnight accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is devoted to exploring the wonders of Central Serengeti. Rise with the sun for a full day of thrilling game drives. Witness the incredible diversity of wildlife that calls this region home, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. Keep your camera ready to capture unforgettable moments in this wildlife paradise. As the day draws to a close, return to your cozy accommodation in Central Serengeti, where the sounds of the wilderness will lull you to sleep.

Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is devoted to exploring the wonders of Central Serengeti. Rise with the sun for a full day of thrilling game drives. Witness the incredible diversity of wildlife that calls this region home, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. Keep your camera ready to capture unforgettable moments in this wildlife paradise. As the day draws to a close, return to your cozy accommodation in Central Serengeti, where the sounds of the wilderness will lull you to sleep.

Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your adventure is not over yet! Spend the morning on a final game drive in Central Serengeti, capturing those last incredible wildlife moments. Later in the afternoon, we’ll transfer you back to Arusha, where you’ll spend your final night, reminiscing about the extraordinary experiences of the past three days. Your safari adventure concludes with a comfortable night’s rest in Arusha before your departure the following day.

Breakfast, Lunch

With load of memories to cherish, this is the time to say goodbye to Tanzania. On your departure day, we’ll pick you up from the hotel and escort you to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you’ll catch your flight back home.

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, you have the option to extend your hotel stay till 6:00 PM for an extra fee.

Includes & Excludes

This Trip Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation, before & after safari on bed and breakfast basis
  • 5 nights’ full board accommodation whilst on safari
  • Exclusive use of 4*4 safari jeep, with pop-up roof and wide windows
  • Professional English speaking driver guide
  • All Park fees and Crater fees
  • Complimentary lunch on day 1
  • Game drives as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water while on game drives

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Drinks of choice on the Itinerary
  • Extra excursions / services available at safari lodges
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, phone calls & snack
  • Deviation from the safari itinerary provided
  • Balloon Safari – USD 570 per person
  • Tips to your safari guide ( $25 per vehicle per day)

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Inspire10500566621
Inspire10500566621
2024-03-21
Amazing Highly recommend ZAFS tours! I'm diabetic type 1 and every one always helped me when my bloodsugar went to low. Pro and amazing people 🖤
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Pioneer52281264327
2024-03-20
Amazing care Myself and my cousin went on for this route, Zafs has done excellent job in handling us right from the start till end. A special mention to our guides John and Neyman, who took care of us at every step we made on the route. They were very patience answering everything we asked and followed us like shadows. Amazing 👏
Vladimir
Vladimir
2024-03-20
Amazing Experience with ZAFS! Amazing time spent on Kilimanjaro with whole ZAFS team. Everything was excellent, guides, porters and food! Highly recommend!
Charmaine D
Charmaine D
2024-03-19
Unforgettable experience at Kilimanjaro Zafs team one and all definitely exceeded my expectations in all aspects from day 1 to the last. Food was delicious. Toilets were spotless . Guides were outstanding and personal . Zafs team is highly recommended ❤️
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Go57257773641
2024-03-16
Best in town Best team in town. Guys you can blindly go with this team. The whole team was really kind , they will take care of everyone like a family member. The guides they all well experienced and they are the best.
Skywalker 49
Skywalker 49
2024-03-14
A very good tour operator based in Moshi We had a really nice 'Materuni Waterfalls & Coffee Plantation' tour with ZAFS from Moshi. Good organization, good price and a friendly and well English-speaking tour guide. We can really recommend ZAF.
Shreenath Muthyala
Shreenath Muthyala
2024-03-04
Glad we chose ZAFS ZAFS Tours exceeded all expectations during our Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition, thanks to their outstanding team of guides—Amani, Faruq, Mussa, and Majumba. The service was truly exceptional from start to finish. The guides demonstrated unparalleled care throughout the journey. Their attention to our well-being, health, and safety was remarkable. They went above and beyond, ensuring we were acclimatizing properly, providing timely reminders for hydration, and keeping a close eye on our overall comfort. A special mention goes to Amani, Faruq, Mussa, and Majumba for their genuine concern and support during challenging moments. The food provided on the mountain was both nourishing and delicious, surpassing typical trekking expectations. The guides ensured dietary preferences and restrictions were considered, making the dining experience on Kilimanjaro an unexpected highlight. It felt like a home-cooked meal at high altitudes. One notable instance of their exceptional service was when, on summit night, we realized we had forgotten our windbreakers. The guides swiftly arranged replacements on the spot, displaying not only their preparedness but also their dedication to ensuring our comfort and safety during the most crucial part of the trek. The camaraderie and fun shared with the guides made the journey memorable. They brought a lively spirit to the expedition, creating an atmosphere that turned strangers into a close-knit group. Their professionalism was evident in every aspect of the trek, fostering an environment that balanced adventure with safety. Huzeifa, the owner of ZAFS Tours, played a pivotal role in orchestrating this seamless experience. His attention to detail, commitment to customer satisfaction, and hands-on approach to managing the operation were evident throughout. Accommodations both before and after the trek were comfortable and well-organized, adding a touch of luxury to bookend the rugged adventure. By the end of the expedition, the group, including the guides and Huzeifa, felt like one big family. The bonds formed during the trek were a testament to the warmth and hospitality of ZAFS Tours. The combination of professionalism, personalized care, and a genuine passion for their work made this Mt. Kilimanjaro experience truly exceptional. ZAFS Tours has set the bar high for adventure tourism, and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable trekking experience.
Prag S
Prag S
2024-02-29
MAGNIFICENT KILLIMANJARO with ZAFS We had an incredible 7 day Lemosho trip for a group of 6 of us. Zafs took care of everything & supported us in every way before, after & in the trip. There were moments when things were hard-they had prepared us for these times. They were aware of our limitations and our needs & were next to us when we needed them. I couldn’t have got to the top without our guides John, Gabriel & Janeth. And the porters & chef-what can I say-they carry all that gear on their backs & always smiling. They are real heros. The food they carry & prepare was excellent. The toilet tent was never a ‘no go’ zone! They chatted with us & taught me so much about Tanzania that I didn’t know previously. I wish I could have stayed longer to explore more of this beautiful country. I will definitely come back to see more. I would highly recommend Zafs. 🙏🏽 Asante
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GrandTour25943929852
2024-02-26
UNFORGETTABLE LEMOSHO ROUTE: 8 DAYS I CAN WITH THE UTMOST JOYOUS HEART SAY THAT THIS WAS THE BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE SO FAR WITH ZAFS TOURS. Teary and emotional as i type this, I Went on the trip solo and left with 17 new friends and met the most amazing team of guides and management. From start to finish, the service was outstanding, ensuring every aspect of the journey was seamless. The guides were knowledgeable and attentive, making me feel safe and supported throughout the trek. They made sure I summit. The food provided was not only delicious but also exceeded my expectations for mountain cuisine. OH AND THEY EVEN BAKED FRESH CAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN FOR A BIRTHDAY!! Most importantly, the memories created during this adventure are ones I will cherish forever. Thank you, ZAFS TOURS, for an unforgettable experience <3 I RELIVE and revisit memories of this trip & moments from it everyday.
MKilo
MKilo
2024-02-23
Excellent service! I heard about Zafs tour via a Youtube vlogger and they were as good as advertised: their drivers and guides were professional, kind, courteous and patient and made sure I had a safe and enjoyable journey. I enjoyed the conversations with them and my transfers were smooth.