Tanzania

14 great activities, day-trips & excursions whilst you're staying in Tanzania

Many of the places that we feature in Africa include a full range of activities, but sometimes optional extras are possible – day-trips and excursions which are worth adding into your stay and are best arranged before you go.

Talk to us about anything which interests you before you finalise your trip with us. Meanwhile, a few of the possibilities in Tanzania are noted below; we hope they help to give you inspiration:

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Balloon Safari over Ruaha

Balloon Safari over Ruaha

3 hours

Varied and scenically stunning, Ruaha National Park features rolling hills, woodlands, open plains and two wide meandering rivers: the Ruaha and the Mwagusi. What better way to view it than from the air, at sunrise? A balloon safari offers just this, the landscape unfolding below your basket as you float almost silently above. More about Ballooning in Ruaha

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

3 hours in total

As the sun rises over the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania, climb aboard for an extraordinary adventure. For an hour you’ll float in a hot air balloon over beautiful savannah and woodland and a diversity of plains wildlife. More about Balloon Safari

Chimpanzee habituation experience

Chimpanzee habituation experience

Half to full day

A chance to catch a glimpse of a unique group of chimpanzees that are in the process of being habituated on Rubondo Island. Trek, in search of these remarkably human-like creatures, follow their calls, and with luck spend some time watching them in their natural environment. More about Chimpanzee experience

Crater Rim Walk

Crater Rim Walk

2-3 hours

For some fantastic views, and the chance to see flora and fauna up close, take a walk along the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Led by an experienced safari guide and accompanied an armed ranger, you will be able to take in the scale and beauty of the landscape from a different perspective. More about Crater Rim Walk

Day Hike on Mount Kilimanjaro

Day Hike on Mount Kilimanjaro

Full day including lunch

Experience Africa’s highest mountain – in just a day. In the company of a private guide, hike through the forests of Mount Kilimanjaro’s western side to an altitude of 3,400m. From here, explore the Shira Plateau and its surroundings, perhaps spotting wildlife along the way. More about Kilimanjaro Day Hike

Empakaai Crater Hike

Empakaai Crater Hike

Half day

Spend a half day hiking through the Empakaai Crater, in the Highlands area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), led by an experienced guide and accompanied by a ranger. More about Empakaai Crater Hike

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Up to 1 hour

Experience the forest of Lake Manyara National Park from a whole new perspective – high up in the trees. The first suspended walkway in Tanzania, it stretches underneath the canopy for 370m between the mahogany and fig trees, giving intrepid visitors a unique view of the surrounding flora and fauna. More about Manyara Treetop Walkway

Maasai Village Visit

Maasai Village Visit

2-3 hours

Gain an authentic insight into Maasai life, visiting one of the villages in the highland areas of the Ngorongoro Crater. Far from being a commercialised, contrived experience, this is a genuine opportunity – organised through just one camp, Entamanu – to visit a real village, and to be welcomed by the villagers. More about Maasai Village Visit

Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

3 hours

Discover the intricacies of day-to-day life in the large Tanzanian village of Mto Wa Mbu with a knowledgeable local guide. This is not a village set up for tourists; Mto Wa Mbu is a real community and offers a chance to see a side of the country that many visitors pass by. More about Village Walk

Olduvai Gorge visit

Olduvai Gorge visit

1–2 hours

See for yourself the renowned archaeological site of Olduvai (or Oldupai) Gorge, which lies en route between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Famed for the discoveries of early hominin remains as well as the Laetoli Footprints, the site offers beautiful views, an engaging museum and potentially the opportunity to visit an active dig. More about Olduvai Gorge visit

Olmoti Crater walk

Olmoti Crater walk

Around 2-3 hours

Follow an ancient Maasai cattle trail on this private hike up the Olmoti Crater, led by an experienced guide and accompanied by an armed ranger. The crater may not compete in size with the neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, but the birding is good, the mountain views wonderful, and the array of ferns a botanist’s dream. More about Olmoti Crater walk

Safari in Arusha National Park

Safari in Arusha National Park

Half or full day

Arusha National Park offers some lovely walking in the foothills of Mount Meru and canoeing on the Momela Lakes, plus gentle game drives. More about Safari in Arusha NP

Safari in Lake Manyara National Park

Safari in Lake Manyara National Park

Half or full day

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park makes a great safari destination. Here, along with elephant herds and plains game, you’ll find jungle-like forests that are home to blue monkeys, a soda lake tinged pink by flamingos and some of Tanzania’s best birding. More about Lake Manyara safari

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Typically a full day

To drive into the Ngorongoro Crater is to immerse yourself in a renowned wildlife park. Prides of lion and clans of hyena patrol amongst herds of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelle, whilst flocks of crowned cranes keep out the way of jackals. Come for elephants with big tusks, too. And then there are the rhino… More about Ngorongoro Crater safari

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