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16 Days Tanzania Overland Adventure combines road trips, cultural experiences, and Wildlife safaris. It is the perfect trip for those who wish to explore the Tanzania landscapes by road, meet with the beautiful people of Tanzania as well as going on safari. If you are an adventurous person, this tour is for you.
On this tour, you will have a chance to explore Africa’s best national park, the Serengeti National Park. You have a chance to witness Elephants, Giraffes, Zebra, Lions, Cheetah, and other dozens of animals. If you are lucky you might also witness African Leopards which are very rare to see unless you stay for more days in the park.
This tour starts from zero altitudes of the Indian ocean up to 2000 feet above the sea level, making this tour the perfect way to experience Tanzania’s different aspects. This is our short Tanzania overland itinerary that connects the East and Northern Circuit. If you prefer the more extended package, check our 27 days epic Tanzania Road Trip or 35 days across Tanzania road trip experiences. Both alternatives combine the East, North, West, and Southern circuit. The latter also is extended to Zanzibar for a beach vacation.
16 Days, 15 Nights
The minimum age required for this tour is 6 years.
English, Spanish, French, and Germany speaking guide available
Private group tour
Mid-range lodges and tented camps
This tour can be customized
Road Trip, Cultural Experience, Hiking & Walking, and Game viewing
Start & End
This tour will start & end in Dar es salaam
Flexible for any departure date
Maximum of 26 people for a road trip and 6 people for 4×4 safari vehicle
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Dar to Dodoma
Day 3: Dodoma to kondoa.
Day 4: Kondoa to Katesh
Day 5: Katesh to Mwanza
Day 6: Fullday in Mwanza
Day 7: Mwanza to Serengeti
Day 8: Full game drive in Serengeti
Day 9: Serengeti to Ngorongoro
Day 10: Ngorongoro to lake Eyasi.
Day 11: Lake Eyasi to Arusha.
Day 12: Arusha to Lushoto.
Day 13: Lushoto to Pangani
Day 14: Pangani to Bagamoyo.
Day 16: Bagamoyo to Daresalaam
Arrival to DAR , transfer to Dodoma, capital of Tanzania. Sightseeing – cathedral, university,…
I hope that we can start our journey bettween 7:30 and 8:00 am, maybe a bit earlier. We go to capital city of Dodoma, it is approximately 460 km, so very long journey. I hope that we will arrive before 3pm, maybe before 4pm. (?????) so that we can time to see some of the important buildings in Dodoma – kathedrals, mosques, parlament, university, Lion Rock, ….
Accommodation: I made reservation in Dodoma Siesta In and they confirmed to me this reservation.
Central Tanzania – Kondoa rock paintings, cultural visits of local tribes.
We start early (inmediately after breakfast) and continue to Kondoa region where there are many Rock-Art Sites, especially near of village of Kolo. We must stop first at Kolo – Antiquities Department office (tel. 0752-575096) to arrange a permit and local guide and then we can see some of the sights.
We will be in a region of many tribes, for example Barabaig, Sandawe, atc. So if time we can try to visit some villages – this day or more probably next day. But in the afternoon we must reach the village of Katesh and here arrange the permit for Mt. Hanang climb and also reliable local guide for me and maybe some other people from my group. This must be done in Forest cachement office (tel.0784-456590) in Katesh.
Accommodation: for this and next night I did not manage to arrange accommodation in Katesh – none can be booked for example by www.booking.com. Maybe you are able to do it directly. Try to call Summit hotel, tel. 0787-242424, which is probably the best in the village. If not possible, there are some others.
Central Tanzania – Mt Hanang 3417m climb, alternatively cultural visits of local tribes
Early in the morning I want to start Mount Hanang climb with my local guide. Maybe I will be alone, maybe there will be more of us. But for sure, most people from my group will not attempt this climb. For them it is neccessary to make some good alternative all-day program in nearby villages – there are many tribes and some of them accept visits of their villages by tourists. Also the countyside is nice here. Maybe it will be possible to arrange some dancing or drumming – everything is possible. I hope that you are able to think it out well, I will try to help you. Late afternoon return to Katesh.
Accommodation: the same like the day before – for this night I did not manage to arrange accommodation in Katesh – none can be booked for example by www.booking.com. Maybe you are able to do it directly. Try to call Summit hotel, tel. 0787-242424. If not possible, there are some others.
Long transfer to Lake Victoria with interesting stops on the way
From Katesh we start early the longest transfer of all – approx. 450 – 550 km, depends on the route we will choose. It will be long transfer so it will take most of the day and we only stop when we see some interesting place on our route – villages, markets, baobabs, etc. The finish will be in or near of Mwanza, near Victoria Lake. Here will be accommodation for 2 nights.
Accommodation: I made reservation for 2 nights in Charming Bungalow, but they did not confirmed it to me. I wrote them and they responded that they were booked. But I made it by booking.com so my reservation could be valid in any case. I will resend this reservation to you and you can ask them directly – tel. number is +255 762 783 858
Mwanza and surrounding area sightseeing, all day on shores on Lake Victoria
There is much to see in Mwanza and near around. Places with big stones like Bismark Rock, Jiwe Kuu – Big Rock, … Temples, mosques. Central Market, Mwaloni market and fish market. Sukuma – open air museum and possibility of dancing performance here.
Accommodation: Again the same – I made reservation for 2 nights in Charming Bungalow, but they did not confirmed it to me. I wrote them and they responded that they were booked. But I made it by booking so my reservation could be valid in any case. I will resend this reservation to you and you can ask them directly – tel. number is +255 762 783 858
27/03/2021- 31/03/2021 5 – days program including Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Eyasi
In the morning of the first day we leave Mwanza and start our 5-days program that we agreed on before. In the evening of 5th day we arrive to Arusha.
Accommodation: I made reservation in Savannah House near Arusha and it will be o.k. – they answered to my email.
Usambara mountains – short walks in proximity of Lushoto, villages, view points, sightseeing
In the morning (inmediately after breakfast) we continue with our minibus to Lushoto. In the afternoon we make some walking through villages to some view points, like Irente Viewpoint or others. For some people it can be 4, 5 or 6 hours walk, alternatively it can be shorter for the others (for example they can go by bus as far as to Irente farm, take good cheese lunch here and continue only short walk to viewpoint).
Accommodation: I made reservation in Kialilo Green Garden Motel and they confirmed my reservation.
Short drive to Pangani, relax at the see, in the late afternoon short drive to Bagamoyo
The program of this day will be easy. After some hours of driving we arrive to Pangani, find the best beach here and have free time. In the late afternoon we continue to Bagamoyo to be here in the evening.
Accommodation: I made reservation in Barcelona Lodge but they did not confirmed it to me, they did not respond at all until now. But I made it by booking.com so my reservation could be valid in any case. I will resend this reservation to you and you can ask them directly – tel. number is +255 756 661 834.
Bagamoyo and Kaole Ruins sightseeing, in the afternoon Dar es Salaam, then departure 23:30
In the morning we make Bagamoyo sightseeing and also visit the ruins nearby – Kaole ruins. Maybe the last short swimming at see if there is high tide right now. In the afternoon, if there is good situation in Dar es Salaam, we visit shortly also some things in this huge city – markets, museums, etc. Then in the evening transfer to the airport or Zanzibar.
This tour is highly customizable with more than 4 options. Please send us your request to get a perfect itinerary based on your specification.
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transfers
- All activities indicated in the itinerary
- All park fees
- All Transport on Safari in 4 x 4 open-roof Land Cruisers
- All Transport on a road trip, vehicle depends on your group size
- Airport transfers
- A professional safari guide
- Mineral water
- All excursions not included in the itinerary
- Drinks at the camps or lodges
- International flights
- Laundry Service
- Post night accommodation in your arrival
- Travel Insurance
Good to know
- Your flight should arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
- Our service will start upon your arrival at DAR
- Official name: United Republic of Tanzania
- Country Currency: Tanzania Shilling
- Population: 56 million (estimated)
- Capital: Dodoma
- Political stability: Stable (No historical civil wars since its independence in 1961)
- Location in Africa: East Africa
- Dialing code: 255
- Timezone: GMT +3
- Language: Swahili and English. Kiswahili is the official language, although English is widely spoken in commercial areas including the major parks and reserves. The terms Swahili and Kiswahili are used interchangeably, though the term Swahili normally refers to the people while Kiswahili refers to the language.
- Total Area: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)
- Religion: Christian, Muslim, and traditional beliefs
- Longest distances: 1,223 kilometers (760 miles) from north to south; 1,191 kilometers (740 miles) from east to west
Electricity supply, travel plugs & adapters
- Plugs & Adaptors: Tanzania use plug type G and plug type D
- Electrical supply: 240V
Transactions, Credit Cards & ATMs
- Most tourist-class hotels quote rates in US dollars, and many will expect to be paid in USD currency.
- Airport taxes and national park fees are paid in US dollars.
- ATMs are available in all big Towns and Cities.
- You can use your credit card to withdraw money from ATMs (You will get only local currency)
- Most ATMs accept visa and master cards only
- You can also use your credit card in some places, but you might be charged a fee of 4% to 5% of the transaction.
- You can use your credit card for making payments to some of the big hotels, but most small hotels and restaurants accept cash only.
- Foreign currency can be changed into Tanzanian Shillings at any bank or any Bureau de change (forex bureaux)
- Bring banknotes printed in 2006 or later as notes printed before 2006 are rejected by most banks and bureau de changes.
- Most banks operate from 08.30 am to 17.00 on weekdays and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday.
Most travelers coming from America, Europe, and Asia will require a Visa before they visit Tanzania. If your country is on a list of the visa-free country for Tanzania, you won’t be required to apply for a visa, you will have to undergo immigration formalities at the entry point upon arrival.
Learn more about visa applications, a list of visa-free countries, types of visas, and more on this link
Weather & Climate Conditions
Tanzania has a tropical climate with variations depending on altitude. In the higher regions temperatures can range from 10-20°C throughout the year whereas in the lower regions temperatures rarely fall beneath 20°C. Humidity increases closer to the coastal regions. The hottest period of the year tends to be from October to February. The two main rainy seasons are between March to May and November and February.
Additional travel information
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Malaria, Immunization & other safety information
Tanzania has a tropical climate and different bacteria, flora, and fauna. It is advisable to take a few health precautions when traveling to make sure your trip goes as comfortably and smoothly as possible. Malaria is usually top on the list of visitors’ worries, and prevention goes a long way towards keeping you protected. Make sure to visit your doctor to get a prescription for the anti-malarial drug the best suit you.
Food & Hygiene
If you eat every meal you are offered, anywhere in the tropics, you will undoubtedly become ill. Be selective. Possible disease hazards range from minor bouts of travelers’ diarrhea to dysentery and more serious parasitic diseases that may ruin your trip, so precautions are worthwhile. Always choose food that has been freshly and thoroughly cooked, and is served hot.
Only drink water that you know is safe. Don’t drink tap water or brush your teeth with it, stick to bottled or canned drinks – well-known brands are safe. Have bottled mineral waters opened in your presence, and regard all ice as unsafe.
Vaccines commonly recommended for travelers to Africa include those against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow fever, Rabies, and Meningitis.
It is always best to seek advice on immunization well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.
All Tanzania national parks are protected by park rangers. If you are on an organized safari then you will be very safe as your guide will always be there to ensure your overall safety. The only thing you have to do is to follow the park’s rules that you will be directed by your guide.
Payment & Cancellation Policy
Payments & Tour Confirmation
- This tour will be confirmed upon the receipt of 20% of the total price, the remaining payment should be paid 45 days before this has departed.
- Full payment is required if this tour has been booked in less than 45 days before departure.
- Cancellation will be confirmed in writing or by emails and it will be in effect upon receipt.
- 50% loss of deposit will be effective if the tour will be canceled 45 days prior to the tour start date.
- 50% loss of deposit will be effective if the tour will be canceled less than 45 days prior to the tour start date.
- 100% loss of deposit will be effective if the cancellation received 20 days prior to the tour start date.
Frequently asked questions
Is it safe to visit Tanzania?
Tanzania is a politically stable, multi-democratic country with no recorded civil war since its independence in 1961. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people who eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay. Hotels are safe and have watchmen.
As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as not walking alone at night, not walking with a large amount of cash in streets as well as locking valuables in the hotel.
How much does a Tanzania Safari Cost?
Personal interests, the company you use and the time that you are planning to visit can determine how much you are expected to spend on safari in Tanzania.
If you are planning for a standard guided safari, the price per day can go as low as $200 per person sharing, for vising parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The debate of how much can a safari cost also goes with the level of service. From the above example, a typical budget safari can even go as low as $150 per day per person sharing, and it can go up to $1500 per day per person sharing, for luxury or high-end safari.
Please contact us to get the actual price based on your itinerary.
How can I get a Tanzania visa?
You can get a Tanzania visa by using an online application procedure through the immigration website. We advise each visitor who is planning to visit Tanzania to apply for a visa in advance of their trip. All visa applications should be done on the Tanzania immigration office website (www.immigration.go.tz ). You should also note that the only website to apply for Tanzania’s online visa is www.immigration.go.tz. Tanzania immigration does not recognize any agent or website that claims to be a Tanzania visa application center.
Upon the submission of your application, you will expect to get feedback from two to three weeks, so make sure you apply as soon as possible before the departure date of your trip.
You can also get a visa on arrival, but we highly recommend the online application so as to avoid some delays at the airport as the procedure might take up to two hours.
An ordinary single-entry (tourist) visa costs $50 and $100 for a multiple entry visa.
What are the don’ts and do’s when visiting Tanzania?
Tanzania is a developing country with many kinds of people, the educated and the uneducated, and so on. If you are coming from a developed country, don’t come with the mindset that you know everything as there also people who are well educated there. Generally, just behave in a proper manner like talking & smiling to people, helping them and so on. These are very few practices but they will help you to have a great experience when you visit.
The most important thing is to follow the rules especially when you are in the parks and in this case, just listen to your guide on what you are supposed to do. Off-course we don’t ask you to accept everything, there are other situations that might need you to take action by using common sense.
However, this should not bring fear to you, Tanzanian people are overall a very nice people. We just want to prepare you to have the best experience when you visit this beautiful country.
When is the best time of the year to visit Tanzania?
Most national parks in Tanzania are accessible throughout the year. If you want to have the best wildlife safari experience, it better to visit in the drier season. It is easy to sight animals in the drier season because of short grasses, which make it easy to spot small or short height animals.
The best time to visit Tanzania for a wildlife experience is from June to October which is a dry season. January and February (hot season) can also provide the best animal sighting options though in some of the parks it might not as best as in the dry season.
The best time to climb mount Kilimanjaro is from January to March and also from June to October.
The best time to visit Tanzania is highly affected by the type of trip and activities that you want to experience in Tanzania.
Please contact us to get an idea of which time in a year you should visit Tanzania based on your interests.
Are there any flights to Tanzania?
From Europe to Tanzania
There are several flight options from Europe to Tanzania. If you are coming from Europe, there are only two direct routes from Europe to Tanzania. You can either use KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that fly daily to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro from Amsterdam or Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.
Apart from direct flights, there are dozens of alternative e-routes like Addis Ababa, Cairo, or Nairobi.
Nairobi options tend to the most favorite for alternative routes. Kenya Airways has direct flights from London or Amsterdam to Nairobi, and it has daily departures from Nairobi to Tanzania. Other Nairobi options include Swiss Air from Zurich, British Airways from London, and Air France from Paris.
You can also connect to Dar es salaam through Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa, Oman Air from Muscat, Qatar Airways from Doha, Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi, Egypt Air from Egypt, and Emirates from Dubai.
North America to Tanzania
Travelers from North America can get into Tanzania by flying directly to Johannesburg from New York (JFK) or Washington-Dulles with South African Airways. You can also fly from Atlanta with Delta Air Lines then connect with South African Airways to Tanzania.
Alternatively, You can en route through Instabul or Amsterdam. Turkish Airlines has direct flights from more than 10 cities in North America to Instabul, then from Istanbul, you get a direct flight to Tanzania. This also applies to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, but you will have to use Amsterdam as your en route to Tanzania.
Asia to Tanzania
If you are coming from Asia, visitors can a link with Air Tanzania which flies directly from Mumbai to Dar es salaam.
Kenya Airways has up to three direct flight links with Bangkok, Hanoi, and Mumbai to Tanzania.
There are also optional en routes via a hub in the middle east using Emirates, Etihad, Omar Air, or Qatar Airways.
From South America and Australia
There is no direct flight from these two continents. The most common option is to en route via Johannesburg, then to Tanzania by using South African Airways.
Alternatively, other best options are either Europe or the Middle East by using Ethiopian Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, KLM, Etihad Airways, or Qatar Airways.